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By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 21 January, 2011

In our previous free essay we’ve mentioned that mining stocks are at a particularly important crossroad, and whichever they decide to move is likely to determine the way for the underlying metals as well. In the following article we will put another factor into the equation – the general stock market. Full Story

By: Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Strategist, Casey Research - 21 January, 2011

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is a pretty active group. It regularly hosts networking and news events for its members, who range from scientists to industry reps. One meeting that grabbed our eye took us to Toronto in October, ready to sniff around the Geothermal Investment Forum. Full Story

By: The Gold Report with Michael and Chris Berry - 21 January, 2011

Correction? What correction? Chris Berry, founder of House Mountain Partners, and Michael Berry, publisher of Morning Notes and, think the 2011 price correction in precious metals is nothing but a passing fancy, and that gold and silver will be back on their respective ascents by year-end. If anything, gold and silver equities are currently on sale. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Chris and Michael share their market insights for the present and future. Full Story

By: Richard (Rick) Mills, Ahead of the herd - 21 January, 2011

Global climate change, reducing our carbon footprints, weaning ourselves off fossil fuels and achieving energy independence are all key issues facing us and future generations and the herd is not paying attention to HOW our future power is going to be supplied. But as more and more investors figure out how we are going to produce our future energy, companies in the uranium sector could very well deliver spectacular gains for their shareholders. Uranium should be on every investors radar screen. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence - 21 January, 2011

The US stock markets have enjoyed an awesome run since late August, with the flagship S&P 500 stock index (SPX) up 23.7%. Traders have earned huge profits in sectors that leverage general-stock-market gains, including commodities stocks. But as usual after any long and uninterrupted rally, complacency reigns supreme today. Such sentiment is a prime breeding ground for spawning corrections. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 21 January, 2011

Indeed, the Mainstream Financial Media and Wall Street Toadies to The Fed would like to think Energy and Food Inflation do not count. Try telling this to the Protestors and Demonstrators in Laos, or Tunisia, or Jordan, or India or much of Africa, or in the USA or Eurozone for that matter, who are suffering from Food and Energy Price Spikes facilitated or caused by Massive Central Bank Currency Printing, as Simon Black points out. Full Story

By: Frank Holmes - 21 January, 2011

If 2009 was a recovery year for commodities, 2010 was the year they regained their crown. The Reuters-Jeffries CRB Index jumped 17.44 percent in 2010. Combined with 2009’s 24 percent gain, the CRB has climbed nearly 45 percent off 2008 lows. Twelve of the 14 commodities we track were in positive territory in 2010 and nine of them saw gains exceeding 20 percent. That’s in stark contrast to the bloodshed of 2008 when gold was the only commodity not in the red. Full Story

By: Michael "Woody" O'Brien ChFC - 21 January, 2011

Past economic data is more fun to play with than silly putty. Undisputed historical data allows you to play “what if” scenarios at economic turning points where our bankster-controlled government made horrific policy decisions. Full Story

By: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis - 21 January, 2011

The prices for commodities can change quickly and wildly, and in many cases, investors can hold commodities for years without any realization of profits. The wild cyclicality is what has kept many out of the commodities markets, and it is the reason why so many value investors choose to ignore commodities as a broad investment alternative. In respectful disagreement, making the case for a value investment in silver is a cakewalk at worst. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 21 January, 2011

Over the years, several people have known/believed that there was a secret, clandestine or Hidden Hand working behind the scenes to rule the world through manipulations of the financial markets and producing a coming one world government. While a few persons have had some perception and have written about their understanding of this coming new world order, I would suggest that even a fewer, if any, have really put the pieces together correctly. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 21 January, 2011

I was intrigued by the title of the essay “The Cheapest Thing on Earth” by Nathan Lewis here at The Daily Reckoning. I was interested because I thought that such a tasty trivia tidbit could come in handy, like this morning when I could have used it as a distraction when my kids were calling me “cheap” because I wouldn’t open up my wallet and give them another king’s ransom for some new dumb reason; I forget what, but there was a lot of crying and wailing about it, whatever it was. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 21 January, 2011

They’re they go again! No sooner had we finished praising the Wall Street Journal for a blunt assessment of the coming train wreck in muni-bonds than they do a hit-job on gold. The article, which appeared in Thursday’s editions, practically exhausted the inventory of clichés employed by establishmentarians these days to put the knock on the yellow stuff. Full Story

By: Andy Sutton - 20 January, 2011

Over the past two years, I have visited the topic of the consequences of our new zero rate world on several occasions. Despite media ramblings about ‘free’ money stimulating the economy and igniting another 2005-esque period of time, there have been several very negative consequences. Obviously, pathetic rates of return on what are traditionally referred to, as ‘risk-free’ assets are one well-understood development. There are others. This week we’ll take a look at the specter of zero-rates from a risk management perspective and demonstrate exactly how much our world has changed. Perhaps, ironically, the news is not all bad; there is a bit of a silver lining in here! Full Story

By: Michael Pento, Senior Economist at Euro Pacific Capital - 20 January, 2011

From all accounts it appears that the world is in the early stages of a major leg up in food prices. The major macroeconomic trend will likely drive economic policy and the investment outlook for years to come. Although mainstream pundits like to focus on cyclical drivers like the weather, the real force behind the move is secular. The U.S. is leading the world in a pandemic of monetary inflation that is helping to cause commodity prices, food in particular, to skyrocket across the globe. Full Story

By: - 20 January, 2011 Radio Gold Nugget: Kevin Kerr & Chris Waltzek Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital - 20 January, 2011

The global economy has become so unbalanced that even government ministers who would normally have trouble explaining supply or demand clearly recognize that something has to give. To a very large extent the distortions are caused by China's long-standing policy of pegging its currency, the yuan, to the U.S. dollar. But as China's economy gains strength, and the American economy weakens, the cost and difficulty of maintaining the peg become ever greater, and eventually outweigh the benefits that the policy supposedly delivers to China. In the first few weeks of 2011 fresh evidence has arisen that shows just how difficult it has become for Beijing. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 20 January, 2011

One of the reasons behind the Federal Reserve creating so many trillions and trillions of dollars in new money is so the stock market will go up so that more taxes will be collected, and the bond market will go up so that more taxes will be collected (and less interest paid by issuers, too!), and the housing market will go up so that more taxes will be collected, and prices of everything will go up so that more taxes will be collected, so that massive, backbreaking, bankrupting deficit-spending by the government can continue going up. Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 19 January, 2011

China is in the midst of a ‘State visit’ to the U.S. but this time China will get a state banquet. This implies a changed attitude to China by the U.S. It is clear to all today that there is unlikely to be a real confrontation between the two nations anymore. If there were to be a war between the two it is most unlikely to be an economic/financial one, not a military one. China is racing to be the number one economic world power and the U.S. is retreating from that position, slowly but surely. Full Story

By: Frank Holmes and Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD - 19 January, 2011

For the BIG GOLD annual gold forecast survey published in January, Jeff Clark surveyed seven gold experts and nine top economists and fund managers, along with Doug Casey himself, to provide their best insight on what to expect in 2011 and how to invest. One expert he interviewed was Frank Holmes, head of U.S. Global Investors, which manages 13 no-load mutual funds, many of them recognized for consistently high performance by Lipper Fund Awards. Last year, Frank’s Gold & Precious Metals fund returned 36.8% – more than triple the Dow – and the World Precious Minerals fund gained 45.4%, outgunning the S&P almost four-fold. Read on for Frank’s thoughts on gold and precious metals stocks… Full Story

By: Clif Droke - 19 January, 2011

In the Bible there is a reference to a “sin unto death.” In the realm of U.S. economic policy a situation is developing that could easily lead to a “death” of the current recovery. Ironically, this brewing economic destruction is springing from the same policies that are responsible for the recovery (call it a “recovery unto death”). These policies are supposed to lead the U.S. out of recession and into a “new tomorrow” but as we’ll discuss here, the end result is likely to be something far short of what policy leaders envision. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 19 January, 2011

When you stop and think about it, the Fed’s main instrument of monetary policy, the manipulation of interest rates has been lost to it. That is two years with the same rate. What has become very obvious is that an official rise in rates would create all kinds of havoc. The same is true for Europe. This past week the ECB held rates steady as well. South Korea raised their rates. As the TV camera panned downtown Seoul we observed a large sign that said buy Korean – so much for free trade. Full Story

By: Professor Antal E. Fekete - 19 January, 2011

For some nine years I have been predicting that the economy is going to a recession morphing into a depression, using a purely theoretical argument. The essence of my argument is that the open market operations of the Fed cause a protracted decline in interest rates which is responsible for the hard-to-detect capital destruction affecting the financial sector no less than the productive sector. The immediate cause of the depression is the destruction of capital. The ultimate cause is the monetary policy of open market operations. The chain of causation is as follows. Full Story

By: - 19 January, 2011 Radio Gold Nugget: Dr. Burton Malkiel & Chris Waltzek Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 19 January, 2011

I have grown to think that the definition of “economics” was the one found in the Mogambo Big Book Of Economic Stuff (MBBOES), which is, “The horrific inflation in prices caused by evil and/or stupid people creating excess money, perpetrators of which comprise a long, long list of evil people and/or stupid people, starting with the Federal Reserve, Congress, and the odious Supreme Court, whose particular idiocy is their traitorous decision to allow a fiat currency, instead of the dollar being defined as a specific weight of gold as required by the freaking Constitution of the United States, for crying out loud, a specific mandate purposely put there by the Founding Fathers to prevent inflation in the money supply, which causes inflation in prices, which is the Number One Killer Of Economies (NOKOE). See also Doomed, We’re Freaking.” Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 19 January, 2011

We often disparage the Wall Street Journal for being too spineless to tell it like it is when reporting on the state of the economy, but with last Friday’s lead story, New Hit to Strapped States, they pulled no punches. You can almost pick a paragraph at random and get a sense of how serious the cities’ credit problems are. Full Story

By: Professor Antal E. Fekete - 18 January, 2011

Ten years ago I started writing about my theory that, wittingly or unwittingly, the Fed has become the quartermaster general of the coming deflation and depression. I offered a logical, closely argued reasoning for this thesis. My argument had to do with the contention that the open market operations of the Fed make bond speculation risk-free, which explains the perpetual bull market in bonds. Bond speculators, knowing that the Fed must needs buy bonds in order to keep the money supply growing, front-run (or, to use the old-fashioned term: pre-empt) the Fed’s open market operations. They buy the bonds beforehand, and pocket risk-free profits when they sell them to the Fed. Speculators will allow the bond price to fall only so much. Then they show up as buyers for another ride of the escalator upstairs. Full Story

By: Scott Silva - 18 January, 2011

The Fed is spinning gold. Deep in his subconscious, Ben Bernanke secretly yearns to return the country to the gold standard, but he knows that if this were to happen, he’d be out of job. And so would thousands on the government payroll who have perfected the art of printing money out of thin air. So, every day Chairman Bernanke issues the money printing quota to the cohorts, who print away, day after day, to the monotonous beat of the ”deflation”drum. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 18 January, 2011

Many gold and silver Investors are now confused and worried about their long-term holdings because many analysts are talking about this being a long and deep correction. Therefore, it's natural for one to wonder if it looks like the long-term gold and silver holdings are threatened. Full Story

By: Moses Kim - 18 January, 2011

Gold is an asset that people believe is difficult to value because frankly, people don’t put in the effort. Analysts will always talk about how they value companies based on either cash flow or dividends as if it were some kind of hard science. They won’t tell you that their assumptions go out the door as soon as the business cycle turns, which is regularly. In times of panic, their assumptions look outright foolish. I can only say that there is a bias with gold that makes sense if you understand the implications of rising gold prices. There is no other global asset whose changing prices signifies as much. Full Story

By: Captain Hook - 18 January, 2011

Between the high frequency trading and other shenanigan’s the bureaucracy’s price managers employ to goose the stock market higher on a daily basis, one could think both it and the economy are better than they really are, but that would be a lie. In fact, you should know that the stock market is not designed to reflect what is happening in the economy, but rather contrary outcomes of the betting practices of gaming speculators who amazingly for the most part do not realize this, and even if the do, with market conditions in such a mature state, cannot measure sentiment effectively. Full Story

By: Stewart Thomson - 18 January, 2011

Here’s what could turn out to be: Chart Of The Year! It’s Gold against gold stocks via the SGOL fund and GDX. It’s a unique 60 minute chart that runs back 6 months. You can see the huge outperformance of gold against gold stocks. I would suggest gold stocks are about to blast off against bullion, first in the very short term, and then in the very long term. Use this chart to book consistently profit on GDX and plough a portion of those profits into more ounces of gold bullion wealth. Full Story

By: Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor - 18 January, 2011

Many commentators like to speculate on where the dollar-denominated gold price is ultimately headed. Some claim that it is destined to reach $3,000/oz, others claim that it won't top until it hits at least $5,000/oz, and some even forecast an eventual rise to as high as $50,000/oz. All of these forecasts are meaningless. Full Story

By: Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT - 18 January, 2011

Sure the juniors have already had a fantastic run, but our chart argues that it may be even better in the next few years. As the bull market rages on, the herd will naturally become more speculative. The large players have begun to resort to takeovers and acquisitions. This will continue and further catalyze the junior sector. Full Story

By: Toby Connor, GoldScents - 18 January, 2011

Humans, for whatever reason, tend to project the past into the future. It is an emotional flaw in our genetic makeup. It is also the reason why so many otherwise intelligent people miss the big turning points in the economy and stock market. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 18 January, 2011

Everybody seems to be complaining about the unemployment rate, mostly (I suspect) those who are unemployed. Being but a heartbeat away from that dismal fate myself, due to my crippling handicap of Lazy Bum Syndrome (LBS), I empathize with their plight. Full Story

By: Ron Hera - 17 January, 2011

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced on November 3, 2010 that it would purchase longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $75 billion dollars per month through the Federal Reserve’s Permanent Open Market Operations (POMO) facility by the end of the second quarter 2011 and potentially beyond. The Quantitative Easing Two (“QE2”) program, championed by Ben Shalom Bernanke, Ph.D., Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, is expected to total at least $600 billion and the program may total more $600 billion, if Dr. Bernanke and the FOMC deem it to be necessary. Currently, QE2 is expected to continue until the end of 2011, i.e. up to $1.2 trillion, although there is ongoing policy debate within the Federal Reserve amidst growing fears that the policy may backfire. Full Story

By: Goldrunner with Lorimer Wilson - 17 January, 2011

A Gold Bull Market is much like a bucking bronco in the Old West – constantly trying to buck investors out of the saddle – as many in the Precious Metals universe are calling an intermediate-term top for Gold. Some are even suggesting that we have seen the final top in this Historic Gold Bull. We have a completely different view maintaining that we are very close to the juncture where Gold starts another rip higher into May or June. Let me explain. Full Story

By: James West - 17 January, 2011

Despite the best efforts by the American mainstream financial media, the eager PR division of the United States Dollar Ponzi Scheme, to paint the rosiest of rosy pictures for blindly optimistic readers, the stubborn image of a debt-swollen jobless behemoth economy slowly toppling persists. No matter how much U.S. departmental data is primped, polished, and primed, no amount of lipstick is going to transform this fat pig into a princess. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 17 January, 2011

Although we see nothing scary in gold’s so far 5.5 % fall from early December’s record highs, we’re monitoring the February Comex contract closely for the first hint that the selloff might be about to turn ugly. At the moment, that would require a drop of a little less than $50, to below 1317.40, without any intervening rallies lasting longer than a day. With the futures trading around 1365 late Sunday night, there is obviously not much margin for comfort, since quick, $50 selloffs are not that unusual with gold currently trading at historical heights. Full Story

By: - 16 January, 2011

1st Hour:
Headline news & the Market Weatherman Report.
Spotlight Stock Picks.
Host Chris Waltzek & Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster discussion and answer listener's questions.
2nd Hour:
Michael Ruppert
CEO Dr. Greg Myers, Caza Gold Corp. Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 16 January, 2011

While China is taking a greater portion of our financial attention on a daily basis, it seems to us that the sheer size of China and its continued growth has not been factored into the world economic perspective, even now. One of the consequences of profit driven capitalism in the past was the relocation of manufacturing from high-cost, developed countries to the lower cost country of China. Full Story

By: Larry LaBorde - 16 January, 2011

The lovely Miss Puddy accompanied me to the movies a few weeks ago for a viewing of “Unstoppable” with Denzel Washington. In the movie Washington, a 30-year veteran locomotive engineer saves the day by not listening to the bureaucracy and trusting his instinct honed by years on the job. It is the story of a simple journeyman veteran who knows his trade well from 30 years on the job who saves the day. Full Story

By: Adrian Douglas - 16 January, 2011

Since reaching new highs at the end of 2010 gold and silver have been sold off, and the selling has been particularly intense in the last few days. The news on the economy is almost exclusively bullish for the precious metals. From the price action one might be falsely led to believe that investment demand for the precious metals is waning. On the contrary the data analysis I will show in this article reveals strong indications of growing shortages and furthermore that the gold and silver markets are approaching “tipping points” that will lead to an acceleration of price appreciation. Full Story

By: Jack Mullen - 16 January, 2011

Were people consciously aware something was about to change in a very bad way just before Lenin and Trotsky appeared on the scene in Petrograd in the Spring of 1917 ? Did the German people realize accepting the 'hope' of Hitler would result in something so hideous and evil that tens of millions of people would die and a permanent blood stain would appear on the history of Germany? Full Story

By: Voltaire - 16 January, 2011

Before the financial crisis of 2008, mentioning gold and silver among polite company was social suicide, nothing has changed today except the mode of death. Before 2008, the reaction was to ignore and ridicule the crazy person. Today, the reaction is to panic, and then try and forget about the bad news. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 16 January, 2011

Between now and the end of the year, most likely in the fall, we’ll see major financial and economic problems in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Italy. Those events will sorely test Germany, France, Holland and Austria. Full Story

By: David Knox Barker - 16 January, 2011

In a recent article, I introduced the possibility that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle provides far more insight for stock market cycle analysis than the infamous Hindenburg Omen. Feedback from readers suggests many appreciated this new line of thinking, while others challenged the proposed application of hard science principles to the softer social science of the study of economic and stock market cycles. In this article, I will further explain precisely what I am proposing about human action, including yours. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Sean Rakhimov - 16 January, 2011

Never mind the correction in the price of silver, says Silver Strategies Editor Sean Rakhimov; better things are ahead. "It may be volatile; it may be steep; but it should be short-lived," he says, adding that he expects silver to rise well above its 2010 high at some point in 2011. Some of that price support could come from governments entering the silver market. Find out all the reasons for this in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report. Full Story

By: John Mauldin, Millennium Wave Advisors - 16 January, 2011

Last week, in the first part of my annual forecast, I suggested that 2011 would be better than Muddle Through, with GDP growth in the US north of 2.5%. World GDP growth should be even better. This week we look at what I see as the real downside risks to that prediction. Oddly enough, the risks are not in the US but on the other side of both our oceans, in Europe and China. Plus, we will visit a few other items, assuming we have space (Bernanke’s recent speech just screams for some comments). Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 16 January, 2011

The Mogambo Stupidity Prize (MSP) is a not-so-rare honor bestowed to highlight the laughable kind of stupidity about inflation that is so prevalent these days that I find myself screaming at the radio, the newspaper and the TV, wildly ranting, arms akimbo like some kind of demented old man, about how inflation is the Worst Thing That Can Happen (WTTCH), working myself into a fit of uncontrolled anger that goes beyond “outrage” and into some dark, dangerous place... Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 16 January, 2011

Gold slid 0.67% for the week even while calls from high atop the media mountain were screaming down loudly on the large dollar figure corrections. You don’t hear them yelling like that when a $14 stock is down $0.30. That's really all that happened with Gold. Don’t let the pundits scare you, put it in perspective and look at it in percentage terms and also ignore most intraday moves. Full Story

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