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By: The Gold Report and Bob Moriarty - 22 July, 2011

With the price of gold hitting record highs and equity prices lagging behind, Bob Moriarty, founder of, says it's time to gather some precious metals as insurance against hyperinflation or deflation—whichever may be coming our way. Prudent picks, he suggests in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, stand a good chance of yielding returns up to 500%. Full Story

By: Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD - 22 July, 2011

My local newspaper ran a story about the escalating battle between and the state of California. At issue is the collection of sales tax: Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring online retailers to collect state sales tax on purchases made by CA residents. Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 22 July, 2011

SO in 1294, English king Edward I fell out with Philip IV of France – to whom he owed loyalty by also being Duke of Aquitaine – after English pirates raided French ships and sacked the port of La Rochelle. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence - 22 July, 2011

Averaging $96 so far this summer, crude oil certainly doesn’t feel cheap. Nevertheless, its technicals are looking increasingly bullish. After recently bouncing out of a major correction, oil appears to be embarking on a new bull-market upleg. If one is indeed brewing, speculators and investors alike ought to capitalize on this excellent buying opportunity in oil stocks. Full Story

By: Rob Kirby - 22 July, 2011

Amazing, isn’t it? The Washington Post and Bloomberg report that governments conspired to CONTROL / RIG oil prices. Funny thing [or perhaps not?], they generally “scoff at the idea” that the government would attempt to CONTROL / RIG precious metals prices – serially ignoring and usually labelling anyone would suggest as much as a CONSPIRACY THEORIST. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 22 July, 2011

Gold and Silver and Essential Food Products and Producers are the most important Means to Profit and Protect regardless of Economic, Financial, or other Market Conditions, when preparing one’s Portfolio for Hyperinflation and other crises to come. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 22 July, 2011

Being technical analysts is one of our professions, so it is quite rarely when we feel any emotions regarding the market regardless if we’re making substantial gains or if we’re on the losing side. But, off the record, we will admit to a slight twinge of a thrill when gold broke the psychological barrier of $1,600 an ounce this Monday. Full Story

By: Arthur M.M. Krolman - 22 July, 2011

The United States economy is pregnant with child. Accidentally conceived on August 15, 1971, this wonderful blessing has been gestating for 40 years and it is now due: the replacement of the Fed's IOU-nothings with real, human-friendly money: gold. Full Story

By: Chris Wood, Casey Extraordinary Technology - 22 July, 2011

We all remember the promise of stem-cell technology when scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins University first isolated and successfully cultured human pluripotent stem cells back in 1998 – that these miracle cells would lead to products that would revolutionize medicine. Full Story

By: Michael Kilbach - 22 July, 2011

Interest rates are near historic lows. Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the price of precious metals? Watch the following two minute video and decide for yourself. Pay attention as this video gets right to the point and it moves quickly. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 22 July, 2011

Gold clipped along recently at near $1608 (setting new records in the longest rally in gold in 31 years). Silver also did about as good as gold because it crested over $40 an ounce once more (now well above the last Rothschild Cabal take-down some weeks ago). Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 22 July, 2011

Where would you invest $76 billion if you had it? That’s the size of Apple’s cash hoard at the moment, and it would appear that they have no better idea of what to do with all that money than you or I. Apple isn’t the only company with this “problem,” if you could call having a mountain of spare cash in the bank a problem. Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 21 July, 2011

Many believe we are at the point where the rising gold market has entered a ‘bubble’ and is losing momentum just ahead of the ‘bear’ phase. With record prices of $1,610 and €1,136 seen in the midst of debt crises on both sides of the Atlantic, things surely must get better and gold and silver prices must fall… Full Story

By: Michael Pento, Senior Economist at Euro Pacific Capital - 21 July, 2011

The debt ceiling debate that has dominated the headlines over the past month has been thoroughly infused with a string of unfortunate misconceptions and a number of blatant deceptions. As a result, the entire process has been mostly hot air. While a recitation of all the errors would be better attempted by a novelist rather than a weekly columnist, I'll offer my short list. Full Story

By: Chris Martenson and David Morgan - 21 July, 2011

More so than perhaps any other, the silver market has been loudly and visibly accused of rampant price manipulation. And more recently, suspicion is growing that the exchanges and ETFs dedicated to trading the metal do not hold sufficient volume of it to meet their obligations. Is the silver market free and fair? Chris delves deeply into these important questions with one of the best-known silver experts. Full Story

By: Gary North - 21 July, 2011

There will be no tax increases in the USA before 2014. There will be great increases in Federal debt. We see that the governments of the West are incapable of reducing massive deficits. There is no significant political resistance to the vast expansion of debt. We are in the final stage of the politicians' addiction to debt. On behalf of future generations, they are buying votes by buying time. Full Story

By: Clif Droke and Richard Hoskins - 21 July, 2011

Many books have been written in recent years on the problems facing us due to our nation’s enormous debt. Indeed, many more could be written before the full scope of the debt problem and its consequences have been exhausted. One of the best books I’ve read which describes the debt problem in its simplest and most fundamental terms was written by one Richard Hoskins, entitled War Cycles/Peace Cycles. Full Story

By: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis - 21 July, 2011

The bond rating agency that missed the subprime bubble, financial crisis, and is perennially late to the downgrade “party” has toughened its language with the US government. Recently, the company warned that a debt ceiling is the true problem facing the US government. Eradicating debt fights from government would be a sure way to better the United States’ global standing as a first rate borrower. Full Story

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

We searched Google News in vain Wednesday afternoon for the latest, presumably sordid, developments in the U.S. budget crisis, finding instead only stories about the lethally hot weather that has blanketed much of the U.S., the apparent death of three hikers swept away by a waterfall at Yosemite, and yet one more setback between players and the NFL. Google’s story-of-the-hour concerned an unlikely Internet hero, Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, who has come to the media baron’s defense with the ferocity of the proverbial house ablaze. Full Story

By: Jim Willie CB - 20 July, 2011

The economic theory in textbooks must be updated to account for Fiat Soft Science. An important third factor determines price. It is not demand, as most Deflationist Knuckleheads claim. It is not supply, as the moronic followers of Laffer Curve advocates insist. Instead, it is the falling USDollar since all commodities are priced in US$ terms. Lower demand will not result in lower commodity prices, since the monetary effect trumps all. The twist lies in the pricing denomination units, not in the Price Demand dynamics. An inflationary recession is deeply rooted in progress, with a depression next to occur. Full Story

By: Ben Traynor, BullionVault - 20 July, 2011

EUROPE & WASHINGTON'S debt ceiling squabble has seen the gold price breach $1600 per ounce and €36,500 per kilo. The financial media's standard line is that investors are scared and gold represents a "safe haven". But how? What are investors scared of that's led some of them to bid the gold price higher? Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Stephen Taylor - 20 July, 2011

Growth is where you find it. Taylor Asset Management founder and CEO Stephen Taylor is an active global investor who loves Latin America, China and certain event-driven natural resource plays that he expects will provide big growth to investors who have made a bet on his Taylor International Fund. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Stephen shares his best ideas. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 20 July, 2011

This past week the person, who calls himself President again engaged in extortion by threatening to shut down the government, default on bonds and deprive Americans of their Social Security and Medicare. We all know that is not going to happen unless the illegal alien wants to start a revolution. He can cut costs anytime he wants, but he is more interested in terrorizing the old and the infirm, so he can continue his wild spending. Full Story

By: Axel Merk, Portfolio Manager, Merk Funds - 20 July, 2011

Today’s debate may be focused on whether the debt ceiling will be raised, but it’s tomorrow’s debate that really concerns us. Last week, Standard & Poors made it clear that raising the debt ceiling would be one thing, but in order to withhold a downgrade to the U.S. credit rating, the U.S. must show that it is not “maxed out.” In other words, show that it would be able to manage another crisis, or a potential war. What would be the implications of a credit downgrade? And what policies would need to be engaged in, in order to avert a downgrade and strengthen the U.S. dollar over the long-term? Full Story

By: Justin Smyth - 20 July, 2011

If you simply looked at a chart of the Euro over the last year or so, and didn’t know about all of the problems facing the European Union, you could conclude that the Euro was just experiencing a pullback in an ongoing uptrend. That’s how good the technical action in the Euro has been given the considerable problems it has been facing. From the recent May high in the Euro at 149.40 to the July low of 139.50, the Euro is down a mere 6.6%. This pullback so far isn’t even as big as the pullback in the Euro at the end of 2010. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 20 July, 2011

If a millennial tide of Fed funny-money can push the broad stock averages higher no matter what the economic climate, just imagine what it can do for the shares of companies with strong earnings growth in these recessionary times. In particular, Google, IBM and Apple have soared in recent days on stellar Q2 reports and giddy rumors. Yesterday it was Big Blue that took flight, gapping up five percent on news of exceptional top-line growth. Full Story

By: Manan Somani - 20 July, 2011

Times are changing in all aspects of life with the rising prices… more so in the commodity markets and even more so in the precious metal markets. Markets are flush with the U.S. distributed stimulus funds and almost nowhere for the retail investor to invest, we find a major chunk of the investment in commodities mainly gold because of the fact that it is considered a safe haven investment. Silver has also caught a major fancy with its current meteoric multifold rise. Full Story

By: Paul Tustain - 19 July, 2011

YES, by all means sell gold today. Just don't be a schmuck and 'take a profit'. That's supposed to be when you exit something volatile and revert to a stable store of value. But you'd hardly be doing that if you traded your gold for US Dollars, Euros, Yen or Pounds today. Full Story

By: Nick Barisheff - 19 July, 2011

Pension funds across North America are facing record shortfalls. Research shows that 33% of Canadian pension funds are struggling to meet liabilities(Figure 1); the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan funding shortfall, for example, ballooned to $17.1 billion in 2009, despite strong investment returns. Full Story

By: Stewart Thomson - 19 July, 2011

You have just watched the “gold punisher” administer an incredible eleven day beating on the US dollar. From about $1478 to $1610, gold has now risen 11 days in a row. Click this gold chart link now to view the beating, and to view the four buy points you need to be prepared to respond to, if price declines to those areas. In particular, the approx. prices of $1595, $1578, $1560, and $1535 are where you need to be prepared to buy “enhanced” amounts of gold, with US dollars. Full Story

By: Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor - 19 July, 2011

The difference in yield between the standard 10-year Treasury Note and the 10-year TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Security) is what we call the Expected CPI. The Expected CPI is not a realistic measure of the market's inflation expectations, but the direction in which it trends should be the same as the direction in which the market's inflation expectations are headed. The Expected CPI can therefore be useful, provided that we focus on its trend rather than its value. With this in mind, let's now take a look at weekly charts of the Expected CPI and T-Note futures. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 19 July, 2011

Summing up, it seems most likely that a small consolidation will be seen and the way it plays out will determine where gold prices go in the weeks ahead. The long-term picture is clearly bullish, but it doesn’t mean that gold can’t decline for a month or so. Full Story

By: Gary Tanashian - 19 July, 2011

Going back to the run up to the crash of Armageddon '08 through the ultimate bottom in early 2009, we often heard things like "this is a crisis of confidence as much as anything else" with regard to the state of the 'too big to fail' US banks. We heard this from government officials and from a hell of a lot of mainstream financial services sources; sources whose very existence depended on the above phrase being perceived as true. Full Story

By: Frank Holmes - 19 July, 2011

Commodities don’t all perform in the same way. In any given year, a particular commodity will go gangbusters and outperform the group. However, that commodity will typically come back to Earth and underperform the following year or the year after that. This is why active management is important when investing in commodities. Active managers can benefit from rotating from winners to laggards or by investing in the companies which produce, farm or mine commodities most effectively. Full Story

By: David Coffin & Eric Coffin, HRA Advisories - 19 July, 2011

The latter part of this editorial contains comments on resources stocks and metals. Notwithstanding those comments, the current situation in Europe will overwhelm everything else in the market near term so we will comment on that first. We’ll preface those comments in turn by stressing the debt crisis in Europe is very fluid. This is a crisis of confidence as much as anything else. Markets will be highly volatile and subject to reversals on every bit of news, rumor or innuendo until traders decide to take a time out. We’re about to find out how good Europe’s political class really is at calming a crowd. Full Story

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

Although our bullish outlook for stocks remains unchanged, the 900-point Dow rally we projected in late May hasn’t been the quite romp we were expecting. In fact, springtime’s tiresome ups and downs appear to be continuing into summer, and it now seems possible this behavior could persist well into August. If so, the risk of financial loss will be lower in the coming weeks than the risk of being bored half to death. Yesterday’s price action underscored the stock market’s reluctance to do much of anything, even when conditions seem right. Full Story

By: Gary Dorsch, Editor, Global Money Trends newsletter - 18 July, 2011

The Federal Reserve has just ended its $600-billion Treasury bond-buying program, known as QE-2, and already, traders are trying to figure what new tricks the Fed might have up its sleeve, in order counter a significant correction in the US-stock market in the second half of 2011. Including QE-1 and QE-2, the Fed pumped $2.35-trillion into the coffers of the Wall Street Oligarchs. Together with near-zero interest rates, and the printing of trillions of dollars the Fed fueled a speculative stampede into the commodity and stock markets, enabling traders to record bumper profits, while doing little to reduce the jobless rate. Full Story

By: Richard Benson, SFGroup - 18 July, 2011

When business slows down over the summer months, I finally have some time to reflect and do a little economic detective work and, yes, an occasional jig saw puzzle. Trying to figure out what is going on in the world these days is extraordinarily similar to putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Within the pile of pieces, you know there’s a picture somewhere but until you snap those last few pieces into place, the puzzle won’t be complete. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Matt Badiali - 18 July, 2011

As a geologist by training, it's no surprise that S&A Resource Report Editor Matt Badiali takes a data-driven approach to investing. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, he shares calculations for trailing stops and strategies to take profits with prospect generators and points to the signs of gold price manipulation. Full Story

By: Dr. Ron Paul, U.S. Congressman - 18 July, 2011

The debt ceiling debate is providing plenty of opportunity for political theater in Washington. Proponents of raising the debt ceiling are throwing around the usual scare tactics and misinformation in order to intimidate opponents into accepting more debt and taxes. It is important to distinguish the truth from the propaganda. Full Story

By: Scott Silva - 18 July, 2011

Gold is showing its true colors as the ultimate safe haven asset. Gold has been trading at all-time highs as national economies in the European Monetary Union teeter on bankruptcy, threatening the legitimacy of the Euro as a legitimate currency. Adding to global economic uncertainty is the US debt crisis, which has forced the major credit rating agencies to place US sovereign debt on negative credit watch for potential downgrade. Full Story

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

An important shift in global markets is taking place and it bears introspection. Gold has broken to a new high while Silver has established a bottom. Precious metals stocks have rebounded significantly from support. At the same time, important global stock markets are in the early stage of a technical breakdown. We don’t foresee a repeat of 2007-2008, yet odds are good that global stock markets are beginning a cyclical bear market and unlike the last cycle this is coming at a time when precious metals are set to accelerate to the upside. Full Story

By: Michael S. Rozeff - 18 July, 2011

In order to rid ourselves of the currency monopoly, we need alternative currencies up and running. But before that we need the will and commitment to open free markets in currency, in both money and credit. We need to know the goal and to know that it is right and to know that what we now have is wrong. We need a Free Market Currency movement. Full Story

By: Adam Brochert - 18 July, 2011

When ignoring the day-to-day noise and focusing on the intermediate to longer term, all the pieces in the puzzle are lining up for another significant cyclical bear market. Yes, policy makers will do everything in their power to prevent it, just like they did in 2007 and 2008. Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie and Freddie Mac - there were government interventions and guarantees all along the way. All to no avail, although the United States apparatchiks and bankstaz did manage to waste a lot of other people's money. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 18 July, 2011

As gold ascends higher and higher into thin air, it continues to test every crag, jib, flake, crevice and runout on the rock face, much to the consternation of traders, investors and speculators. At these unaccustomed heights, it is perhaps only the long-term bull who acquired physical gold a decade ago who has the reserves of patience and calm needed to take corrective swoons and trendless tedium in stride. From a technical standpoint, we find that pullbacks both major and minor have gone to absolute extremes in order to prey on our individual and collective fears and doubts. Full Story

By: - 17 July, 2011

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Host Chris Waltzek & Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster discussion and answer listener's questions.
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By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 17 July, 2011

This weekend's Wall Street Journal publishes a lovely profile, written by Holman W. Jenkins Jr., of James Grant, publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer. But Grant's gold sympathies don't make him any less deficient as a journalist than Jack Farchy of the Financial Times, whose reporting last week noted that the gold price is far below its inflation-adjusted high but lacked the curiosity to inquire why this should be. Full Story

By: Clif Droke - 17 July, 2011

Despite the undue attention that has been paid to the chimera of inflation this year, it should be clear by now that deflation is the far greater structural problem. One clue that deflation, not inflation, is the main issue can be seen in the biggest form of savings and investment among the U.S. middle class, namely real estate. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 17 July, 2011

As we have said for many years crime on Wall Street, in banking and in corporate America pays. One just neither admits or denies and lets the corporate shareholders pay the fines. These are today’s untouchable, who steal billions and get away with it. Financial institutions are too big to fail, as are their key employees. To a great extent fraud and other criminal behavior caused the credit crisis and lack of recovery that we have witnessed over the last 5 years. We have had top officers of firms see their companies headed for trouble and with this inside knowledge they have cashed out their share holdings. Then there were the predatory lenders, syndicators of bonds, which contained mortgages, now known as toxic waste, that were criminally given AAA ratings when they deserved BBB. Full Story

By: John Mauldin, Millennium Wave Advisors - 17 July, 2011

This week we are going to revisit some themes concerning the problems of the debt and the deficit. I am getting a number of questions, so while long-time readers may have read most of this in one letter or another, it is clearly time for a review, especially given the deficit/debt-ceiling debate. I will probably offend some cherished beliefs of most readers, but that is the nature of the times we live in. It is the time of the Endgame, where things are not as black and white as they have been in the past. Full Story

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 17 July, 2011

Why does the Financial Times have no curiosity about gold's so badly failing as an inflation hedge over the last 30 years, failing by 50 percent or more? Here the gold price suppression scheme stares journalists in the face and yet they don't see it. Of course an explanation for this failure is readily available from GATA and others: central bank dishoarding and leasing of gold and particularly the surreptitious underwriting by central banks of "paper gold," the creation of a vast supply of imaginary gold for which delivery is never taken, the development of a fractional-reserve gold banking system precisely to cripple gold's usefulness as a hedge against the inflation created by central banks and to rob gold of its traditional influence on interest rates and the value of government bonds. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 17 July, 2011

The big talk these days is of the debt ceiling in the US having to be raised. The US is lucky they can do this unlike other countries such as Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and others who need to be bailed out or pass huge austerity measures. Unfortunately the perpetually increasing debt of the US is what’s going to be their downfall. It simply cannot last forever and the only way out now is a devaluation of the US dollar which has been and is occurring, but so far it’s been orderly. Full Story

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