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By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 25 March, 2011

Gold attracts tremendous emotion from people and it has always done so. It manages to bring out the extremes in investors, reporters, governments. It’s either hated or loved. Copper isn’t, nickel isn’t and coal isn’t. You can call it a commodity, a barbarous relic, money or a wealth preserver. Whatever title you use, someone will react. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Mike Kachanovsky - 25 March, 2011

The terrible tragedy in Japan is shifting markets worldwide. Mike Kachanovsky, a consultant to both resource companies and institutional investors, believes the volatility has created a finite opportunity to scoop up resource stocks on the cheap. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Mike explains what impact the devastation could play to the performance of rare earth companies, as well as how to navigate discounted stocks to avoid the duds. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 25 March, 2011

There are so many news items affecting precious metals, especially gold, these days. The precious metals glittered in their roles as havens as euro-zone debt worries resurfaced increasing the anxiety among market participants already jittery about $106 oil, the fighting in Libya, protestors killed in Syria and the nuclear crisis in Japan. Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 25 March, 2011

"ARE YOU available for an interview this afternoon? I'd like to discuss the possibility that we're in a gold bubble!" So asked a journalist's email we got here at BullionVault...back on 30th January 2009. Such bubble talk has only grown louder since then. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence - 25 March, 2011

Gold stocks aren’t feeling the love these days. They have merely been drifting sideways since their latest interim high in early December. Considering gold is edging up to new nominal all-time highs, and silver is surging, many traders find this lack of gold-stock responsiveness troubling. Is there a fundamental problem with this sector today? If so, it will show up in gold-stock valuations. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 25 March, 2011

Significantly, all the foregoing Simmering Crises and/or important Negative Consequences from them are likely coming to a Head in the next six months. Forecasts regarding Timing and Targets of Market Moves within these 6 Months will especially Crucial. Consider the Factors which will determine Market Moves in the Following Sectors: Full Story

By: John Browne, Senior Market Strategist at Euro Pacific Capital - 25 March, 2011

The specter of regime change in Saudi Arabia, which could result in radicalized Islamists taking control of the world's second largest oil producer, is a justifiably harrowing prospect. However, Saudi Arabia's political dynamics are very different from the Middle Eastern states that are in revolt. Understanding these forces should assure us that Saudi Arabia is not likely to be the next domino to fall. Full Story

By: Endeavour Silver Corp. - 25 March, 2011

Ever wonder how silver mining actually works? How Silver is Mined Part 2 includes a unique look at what is it like inside a mine and learn about the silver mining and refining processes used. Presented by Endeavour Silver Corp. as part of an ongoing series of education films on all things silver. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 25 March, 2011

Last week’s Goldsmiths CLXXXV touched upon the Japanese crisis and the incredible rise of the Japanese yen in the markets due to obvious manipulation, as deduced by the Goldsmiths. This Goldsmiths will follow up that report and offer more evidence of how the Rothschild Cabal money manipulators really cleaned up in its rip-off of investors over the yen. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 25 March, 2011

GoldSeek.com had the Reuters news report with the headline “China Adviser Says Beijing Should Buy More Gold.” Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman and Ross Moyer - 25 March, 2011

In the essay below, Ross Moyer predicts that America’s growing energy needs will force the exploitation of heretofore off-limits local regions such as the energy-rich Bakken Formation, which includes large swaths of North Dakota and Montana. He also expects physical gold to increasingly become the world’s standard of value relative to fiat money, even if a gold standard itself has not taken root. Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 24 March, 2011

When inflation hits a healthy economy such as China it has an entirely different impact then it does on today’s developed world. When we hear the word inflation, the mind turns back to textbooks on economic principles and sees solutions that did apply in the past but do not apply today. That is in the developed world. These solutions will work still in China where incomes are soaring, GDP growth is in double figures and money supply needs to expand to accommodate tremendous economic development. In the developed world where inflation has passed the poor levels of economic growth and interest rates, the scene is totally different. Full Story

By: Theodore Butler - 24 March, 2011

Good afternoon and thank you all for coming out today. I’d like to thank Joe Martin for inviting me and arranging this conference. This is my third Phoenix Silver Conference, so I thought I might review the silver market by first recapping the highlights of my first two speeches here and then cover what has transpired over the past year. Full Story

By: Daniel R. Amerman, CFA - 24 March, 2011

On the surface, the recent and well-publicized protests in the state of Wisconsin have been a no-holds barred struggle between public worker unions and a conservative governor, in a battle that has galvanized both the left and the right across the nation. There is truth to that viewpoint, but as is often the case, the much hyped political struggle between partisans of both sides is also a distraction that serves to mask a much more powerful and even more significant threat to the entire population, both left and right. Full Story

By: David Coffin & Eric Coffin, HRA Advisories - 24 March, 2011

Cloth-dying and soap-making have employed residue from boiled plant material since ancient times. The plants are reduced to brine and that evaporated until only the useful “potash” remains. In the 19th century the active ingredient in this precipitate was fit into the periodic table as “potassium” with the symbol “K”. Potash has stuck for potassium bearing salts mined in modern times. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital - 24 March, 2011

Very few people have either the time or patience to sift through the data released by the Treasury Department in the wake of its bond auctions. But the numbers do provide direct evidence of the country's current financial condition that in many ways mirror a financial shell game that typifies our entire economy. Full Story

By: Gary North - 24 March, 2011

The problem: no one in power is paying attention. The time for action is now, he said. Salaried economists have been saying this for years. But no one takes any action. Government debts will increase until rates go up. Then lenders will still lend. Private capital will suffer. It will be crowded out at the governments' low rates. The Federal Reserve System is buying most new Treasury debt today. The monetary base is rising. Monetary inflation is increasing. Price inflation is increasing. This is why interest rates will be going up. If you are in debt for anything on a floating-rate basis, you are in trouble. Full Story

By: James West - 24 March, 2011

I don’t know how likely it is, but shouldn’t the gold price naysayers and gold bubble theorists all stand up on their chairs and jump off right about now? There are so many factors pointing to not just an increasing gold (and silver) price, but an absolute breakout seems all but inevitable at this point. Judging by the solid return to strength in the junior resource sector on the buy side, it appears that not only gold, but silver too, are poised to set new records in the sessions immediately ahead. Full Story

By: U.S. Global - 24 March, 2011

The notion that this gold is being used to finance Gaddafi’s war is a faulty one. While 143.8 tons sounds like a lot, it is merely 6 percent of the country’s total foreign currency reserves. The U.S. has nearly 74 percent of its reserves in gold and no one is suggesting we are financing our battles with gold. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and John Pugsley - 24 March, 2011

John Pugsley, author of the highly successful newsletter, The Stealth Investor, is struggling with some sudden health issues. But in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, he shared his insight on how the global economic situation, including the catastrophe in Japan, is affecting the prospects for precious metals-related investments. Full Story

By: radio.GoldSeek.com - 24 March, 2011

GoldSeek.com Radio Gold Nugget: Peter Eliades & Chris Waltzek Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 24 March, 2011

What if I got right up in your face and told you that there is almost $2 trillion in government debt outstanding on which the government pays no interest? Would you think me insane? Would you look at me skeptically and say to me, “I’ve told you a thousand times that you are not allowed to make things up just because you don’t know what you’re talking about, you moron!” or something equally as rude? Full Story

By: Jim Willie CB - 23 March, 2011

The entire world struggles to determine the fallout effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, along with the ensuing problems. The effects are so pervasive, so profound, so critical, that it is no wonder the news networks focus on two things only. They have switched emphasis to the Libyan civil war, a pitched battle to retain a tyrant and his larcenous rule. But the news stories out of Japan focus 98% on their Fukushima nuclear complex, with hardly a peep about the long list of other economic and financial effects. This article will focus on what they leave out, dutifully reporting amidst the purposeful new vacuum in a grand distraction. The Japanese factor in early 2011 will turn out to be the most important factor to influence major global economies and the financial markets since the death of the US banking system in September 2008. Full Story

By: Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD - 23 March, 2011

What will happen to the U.S. economy and the dollar in the near term? Will inflation increase dramatically? What is the outlook for gold, and where should you put your money? BIG GOLD asked a world-class panel of economists, authors, and investment advisors what they expect for the future. Caution: strong opinions ahead... Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 23 March, 2011

EVEN Alan Greenspan knows that gold is always and everywhere about economic freedom. This isn't a moral point, just a fact. So sometimes, as we told the BBC World Service on Tuesday, it plays to the good of dictators; sometimes it plays to private individuals in terms of personal liberty. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski - 23 March, 2011

In our previous essay entitled Significant Breakdown in Gold or a Short-term Bottom in Platinum we mentioned that the recent breakdown in price of gold from the yen perspective should not make Gold Investors concerned about the healthiness of the bull market as there was a good fundamental explanation behind this phenomenon. The price has reversed quickly and is back in the rising trend channel, so there are no longer any short-term bearish signals coming from this market whatsoever. Full Story

By: John Browne, Senior Market Strategist at Euro Pacific Capital - 23 March, 2011

While the world's attention has been focused on the physical destruction wrought by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the desperate attempts to contain the fallout from the shattered Fukushima Daiichi plant, and the daunting problems that Japan faces in rebuilding its infrastructure, few have truly illustrated how long-lasting and widespread the radiation's effects may be. There has also been little mention of how large radiological events affect economies of countries outside the immediate fallout zone. In truth, the disaster could make as much of an impact on investors in New York, London, or Sao Paolo as it makes on an investor in Tokyo. Full Story

By: Peter Zihlmann - 23 March, 2011

The bull market of the gold price started towards the beginning of 2002. On the way from $ 252.20 to the recent high of $ 1435 (an increase of 470%), several significant corrections took place, the most severe one in 2008 when the gold price sank by 29% only to jump 102% to a new all-time high. The bull market is not over! Furthermore, we only reckon with a modest corrections within the up-trend as we cannot yet make out any overbought market condition. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 23 March, 2011

Cycles and booms and busts just don’t happen. They are planned that way. In the late 1990s Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan commented on irrational exuberance and said he hoped the market would cool down. The amount of money and credit he had introduced into the system had a great deal to do with a forming of a bubble. He indicated that on the short-term there was little he could do about it, when all he had to do was raise margin requirements from 50% to 60% temporarily. Full Story

By: Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT - 23 March, 2011

Many analysts focus on the seasonality of Gold and Silver. Why? It plays out most of the time. The metals tend to peak in the late spring and then bottom in the early summer before moving into the sweet spot of the year. When researching seasonality, I came across this chart from equityclock.com that shows the seasonality of the XAU Gold Stock Index. Full Story

By: Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante - 23 March, 2011

Whether on purpose or purely by accident, CNBC (the US Version at least, CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia sometimes have decent content) is a dangerous cesspool of misinformation and lies that can only serve one useful purpose: to see what kind of information Mom & Pop investor are receiving so you can place yourself on the opposite side of the trade. Full Story

By: Lorimer Wilson - 23 March, 2011

You have no doubt read countless articles on the price of gold costing “x dollars per ounce”, own a gold ring or some other piece of gold jewellery and/or wear or have bought/plan to buy a diamond ring but do you really understand what exactly what you are buying? What’s the difference between 1 troy ounce of gold and 1 (regular) ounce? What’s the difference between 18 and 10 karat gold? What’s the difference between a .75 and a 1.0 carat diamond? Let me explain. Full Story

By: Mickey Fulp, Mercenary Geologist - 23 March, 2011

I’ve been calling Uranium “The Next Big Thing” for the past several months. True to my contrarian nature, I first went bullish on uranium in January 2009 at market lows. Little did I know that it would take 18 months for the spot price of uranium to start an exponential move up. From July 2010 to early February 2011, the trade increased from $40.75 to $73.00 a pound for a gain of nearly 80%. Full Story

By: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis - 23 March, 2011

In a little known program to which few have been paying attention, the US Treasury is attempting to unwind positions it inherited from a very expensive bailout of government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 23 March, 2011

I admit that I am pretty lazy, and I don’t do a lot of technical analysis of markets and/or prices, but I do some charting of some things, and I naturally come across some of what others write about emerging chart patterns, and price-points, and channels, and bands, and stuff I don’t understand even more than I don’t understand any of this. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman and Wayne Razzi - 23 March, 2011

With debt spinning wildly out of control and the States threatening to revolt against the tyranny of Washington, we asked some frequent contributors to the Rick’s Picks forum how they thought the nation would look five years from now. In the essay below, Wayne Razzi, aka “Red Will,” predicts that “They” will win – as They always do. However, before any clear winners can emerge, the nation will feel the ravages of the catastrophic debt deflation that “we” have long predicted. RA Full Story

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

It’s official: the greatest number of responses to any article I’ve written since joining Casey Research was to Robbed!,the story of my friend’s gold being stolen and the suggestions for storage. It’s clear the article struck a nerve – from those who’ve also been a victim of theft, to those who were simply looking for additional ideas for storage locations. Full Story

By: Stewart Thomson - 22 March, 2011

As far as I’m concerned, price has already broken out upside, and the party is on! You can hide in a hole in the ground with all the top callers if you like, but my repeated suggestion is to buy some put options insurance, and re-join the party people on the long side. Full Story

By: Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor - 22 March, 2011

The Japanese government is the third largest holder of US treasuries (behind the Chinese government and the US Federal Reserve). Should we therefore expect some downward pressure on T-Bonds stemming from the Japanese government's efforts to finance earthquake-related reconstruction? In other words, is the government of Japan likely to become a seller of T-Bonds in the near future due to its need to raise money for the re-building effort? Full Story

By: Dr. Ron Paul, U.S. Congressman - 22 March, 2011

Last week, the subcommittee which I chair held a hearing on monetary policy and rising prices. Whether we consider food, gasoline, or clothing, the cost of living is increasing significantly. True inflation is defined as an increase in the money supply. All other things being equal, an increase in the money supply leads to a rise in prices. Inflation’s destructive effects have ruined societies from the Roman Empire to Weimar Germany to modern-day Zimbabwe. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Mickey Fulp - 22 March, 2011

The peripatetic Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp covers a lot of territory in this Gold Report exclusive interview. He touches on why he looks forward to a correction in gold, and what criteria he uses to evaluate the "best of the best" stocks that he presents in his periodic Musings. Among them—if he can't see a double within 12 months, Mickey will walk on by. Full Story

By: Marin Katusa, Casey Energy Opportunities - 22 March, 2011

For many years, trying to tap an oil sands deposit accomplished about as much as sipping molasses through a straw, but that is changing. So do oil sands companies make a good investment now? Humans and bacteria share a surprising number of features, not least in what they consider good food. In general, the smaller and simpler the molecule, the easier it is to digest. So, about 50 million years ago, when and where bacteria had a chance to chow down on some of the rich hydrocarbons we call oil, one might expect them to start on the smaller, tidier mouthfuls, and indeed they did. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 22 March, 2011

I was kind of amused at the CNBC headline that read “Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of US Wages,” as if this is something new. I mean, where have these CNBC weenies been the past decade? Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman and Roger Erickson - 22 March, 2011

With debt spinning wildly out of control and the States threatening to revolt against the tyranny of Washington, we asked some frequent contributors to the Rick’s Picks forum how they thought the nation would look five years from now. In the essay below, Roger Erickson eschews predictions, asserting instead that we will all have to pull together to meet whatever challenges and disruptions the future might bring. The task can only be accomplished, he says, if we rise above the squabbling of nation states, ideological factions and other vested interests. A model for this behavior, he notes, can be found in doctrines espoused by, among others, the United States Marine Corps. Full Story

By: Peter Degraaf - 21 March, 2011

This chart courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, shows the Monetary Base is rising exponentially. The current total is 2.35 trillion dollars. The increase since Jan 1/11 is 15.7%. The annualized increase is almost 65%! This increase is providing fuel for gold and silver to rise! The bankers of the world are concerned about social unrest and unemployment. They will continue to inflate (in the mistaken belief that this will solve the social problems), while pushing the effect (hyperinflation) as far into the future as possible. Full Story

By: Peter A. Grant - 21 March, 2011

The first quarter of the new year has been a tumultuous one, marked by geopolitical unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, major natural disasters in New Zealand and most recently in Japan, and of course ongoing economic turmoil throughout much of the industrialized world. This has resulted in rather extreme market volatility, amid fits of risk aversion associated with broad-based uncertainty about the likely impact of recent events. Full Story

By: Mickey Fulp, Mercenary Geologist - 21 March, 2011

Mineral commodities trade in four to seven year boom and bust cycles within longer 20 to 30 year secular market trends. Since starting work as an economic geologist in the summer of 1976, I have experienced four years at the end of a 30 year secular bull market, a 23-year bear market, and seven years in an on-going bull market. Full Story

By: Clif Droke - 21 March, 2011

The rising price of food and fuel is garnering more and more attention in the economic news headlines. There’s a good reason for this since a continued increase in the oil price could easily upset the economic recovery and send the U.S. economy tumbling back into recession. It could also have an adverse impact on the financial market and not surprisingly, analysts are already beginning to draw parallels between today’s stock market and the one of 2008, which was hurt by (among other things) a record high oil price. Full Story

By: Neil Charnock - 21 March, 2011

Global events currently support gold and Australian gold stocks. Yet gold and the ASX-XGD index have been in a consolidation and correction mode of late. The Australian gold sector has underperformed gold itself over the past two weeks, within a long-term uptrend, offering some sweet pickings which we did not waste. Investors swooped on these exceptional investment opportunities late last week as the Australian gold sector surged up from oversold lows. Full Story

By: Toby Connor, GoldScents - 21 March, 2011

For months and months I've been warning investors that the dollar was going to come under extreme pressure sometime this year. I expected it to probably happen in the spring. Many people thought I was nuts. They were sure it was the Euro that would collapse, despite the fact that the EU is doing everything they can to protect their currency while Bernanke is doing everything he can to destroy ours. Full Story

By: Peter Cooper - 21 March, 2011

Higher oil prices have been the most immediate impact on financial markets from the shock waves coming from the Japanese earthquake, Bahrain state of emergency and UN attack on Libya. Gold and silver prices have also bounced back quickly after an initial sell off. Full Story

By: John Mauldin, Millennium Wave Advisors - 21 March, 2011

What happens when the Fed is finished with QE2? I have been letting that filter into my thinking lately as I look at the economic landscape and the data we have seen the past few weeks. Correlation is not causation, as I often say, but all we can do is look back at what happened last time and speculate about the future. A very dangerous occupation, but your fearless analyst will plunge on ahead into the jungle of a very hazy future. You come with me at your own risk! Full Story

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 21 March, 2011

Here's hoping that yesterday's conviction of Liberty Dollar founder Bernard von NotHaus in federal court in North Carolina won't discourage the advocates of free markets in gold and silver and competitive currencies. Full Story

By: Merv Burak, CMT - 21 March, 2011

So, why hasn’t gold shot up through the roof with all that’s been going on lately? It’s a good thing I’m a technician and don’t have to come up with a WHY, as I don’t have a clue why. Let’s just go ahead and see where we are and possibly which way the wind is blowing. But first, the Merv’s Venture 30 Index. Full Story

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

Roger Wiegand of Trader Tracks Newsletter ominously notes that “With no fiat money to spread around and no takers for their specious bonds, bills and other paper, stock and credit markets as we know them now are finished. Then we’ll see some real, old-fashioned goods trading, black markets, expanding regional gangs and unbelievable backlash against the instigators. If you thought the 1850-1890 USA era was the Wild West, watch what comes next.” Full Story

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

“Go long oil, short stocks!” is what we advised subscribers to do on Friday, with Col. Qadaffy declaring a cease-fire and Japan laboring heroically to contain the menace of contamination from damaged spent-fuel rods. Sketchy news concerning a Libyan truce had caused crude-oil quotes to recede somewhat from their frenzied peaks, but we could think of no convincing reason why Qaddafy would actually stand down. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 21 March, 2011

How about this Gaddafi cat? Calling a cease fire after world powers called for a no-fly zone to be imposed and also permitting protective strikes, but he continued on as if nothing happened. He’s got quite the chutzpah to be killing his own countrymen. News is breaking fast, but it seems the powers that be are not totally ready to take him on, although France has launched some attacks and some US missile strikes are also clearing the way for allied planes to enforce the no-fly zone safely. Full Story




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