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By: Peter Spina, President, CEO of & - 9 January, 2015

A collapsing oil price and surging US Dollar were unable to bring gold, silver prices lower last month. This firm price action shows the underlying strength of precious metals as we end 2014 with huge physical demand continuing mostly out of Asia, Wall Street however ended 2014 still selling the main GLD-ETF down to 22.7M ounces. This is lower by close to 3M ounces in 2014 and over 20M ounces from GLD’s 2012 peak holdings. Full Story

By: Eric Coffin - 9 January, 2015

It’s been a wild ride since the last Journal issue. The ride isn’t over though things should get briefly smoother as we get through year end. Not necessarily “better” but volatility in the metals markets may ease off a bit when we return to a post-holiday trading environment. Whatever the hell “normal” is these days. Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 9 January, 2015

I wasn’t planning to write this morning (Friday); and in fact, will have completed this article before the December NFP payroll report is released. Regarding said report, my advice is the same as always regarding the “island of lies” reporting of the nation’s most politically-sensitive statistic. Which is, to ignore the fraudulent headline numbers – even if “worse than expected” – and look into the internals; which unquestionably, will reveal a true unemployment situation, at best, on a par with the 1930s. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 9 January, 2015

We focus here on Key Profit Opportunities, Threats and possible Catastrophes for 2015, few, if any, of which you are likely to hear about from the Main Stream Media (MSM), before they occur because the MSM are beholden to the Powers-that-Be. Full Story

By: Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist - 9 January, 2015

The controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline is proof positive that American politics have gone from debate to pure partisan propaganda – at the expense of business and even common sense. With over half a million miles of pipeline already, failing to replace that aging infrastructure only means more oil flowing via crumbling pipelines – some 50 years old – and dangerous rail cars, like the one that killed dozens in Quebec in 2013. Full Story

By: John Browne, Senior Economic Consultant at Euro Pacific Capital - 9 January, 2015

Late last year, with the U.S. economy experiencing falling unemployment and seemingly low inflation, observers were extremely confident that the Federal Reserve would move judiciously in 2015 to restore 'normal' interest rates sooner rather than later. However, in light of the recent fall in both stocks and oil, that conviction has softened considerably. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence - 9 January, 2015

The gold miners have seen impressive investor interest in their beaten-down stocks in this young new year, with capital inflows fueling a sharp rally. And this buying is likely just beginning, as major market changes are afoot that should catapult gold much higher. With gold stocks trading at fundamentally-absurd price levels relative to prevailing gold prices, this sector’s upside potential is vast and unequalled. Full Story

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 9 January, 2015

Fabrice Drouin Ristori, CEO of, today publishes six questions he has sent to Alexandre Gautier, the director of market operations for the French central bank, the Banque de France, about the bank's secret interventions in the gold market particularly and possibly the commodity markets generally. Ristori's questions are exactly the sort of questions that would be posed by the mainstream financial news media if they had any real journalists and not mere toadies for government and big investment houses. Full Story

By: John Mauldin and Jawad S. Mian, CFA, CMT - 9 January, 2015

’Tis the season for making forecasts. I will be sending my own five-year projections this weekend, but today for your Outside the Box reading pleasure we look at some similarly longer-term prognostications from the newest member of the Mauldin Economics writing team, Jawad Mian. Jawad writes a monthly global macro advisory publication called Stray Reflections, which is read by some of the world's largest hedge funds, family offices, and asset managers. I and my team have become fascinated with his work. Full Story

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 9 January, 2015

Responding to gold researcher Koos Jansen's report yesterday about what is effectively the official remonetization of gold in Turkey, in which citizens' gold is deposited with commercial banks and then used by the banks to satisfy the reserve requirements of the Turkish central bank, moving temporarily to the central bank's books - the Perth Mint's Bron Suchecki notes today that this falsifies the central bank's gold position, which is in turn misleadingly reported by the World Gold Council. Full Story

By: - 9 January, 2015

GoldSeek Radio Nugget: Professor Burton Malkiel, Ph.D. & Chris Waltzek Full Story

By: David Chapman - 9 January, 2015

It is 2015, a year ending in 5. Years ending in 5 have been good years for the stock markets. Since 1881 there has been only one year ending in 5 that was not an up year. That year was 2005 and the Dow Jones Industrials (DJI) lost a small 0.6%. Prior to 1881 there were two years ending in 5 that were not up years – 1865 and 1875. The years ending in 5 tend to be strong performers as well. 1915 remains the best year ever for the DJI with a gain of 81.7%. Years ending in 5 have recorded numerous stellar gains. Full Story

By: Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT - 9 January, 2015

The current trendy reason for the mainstream to dislike Gold is strength in the US Dollar. On the surface it makes quite a bit of sense. Gold is priced in dollars. Dollar strength automatically pressures the Gold price. However, this popular view reveals a total lack of introspection. Since the end of 2013 Gold is essentially flat (positive by a fraction) while the greenback has gained a whopping 14.9%. Better yet, since Gold’s early November low it has gained 6.0% even while the US$ is up 5.8%. This type of relative strength within the context of an aging bear market may be another sign of a major trend change brewing under the surface. Full Story

By: Alasdair Macleod - 9 January, 2015

There is compelling evidence that 2015 will see a global slump in economic activity. This being the case, financial and systemic risks will increase as evidence of the slump accumulates. It can be expected to undermine global equities, property and finally bond markets, which are currently all priced for economic stability. Even though these markets are increasingly controlled by central bank intervention, it is dangerous to assume this will continue to be the case as financial and systemic risks accumulate. Full Story

By: Steve St. Angelo, SRSrocco Report - 9 January, 2015

There is this notion put forth by the media that a decline in global oil demand caused the huge drop in the price of oil. Ironically, global oil demand is higher than ever… that is, according to the IEA – International Energy Agency. Not only did the world consume the most oil it had ever in the third quarter of 2014, it was 600,000 barrels per day more than it did in the same period last year. Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 8 January, 2015

Three months ago, I wrote “2008 is back, with one temporary exception”; which, in hindsight, parallels May’s “most damning proof yet of QE failure” as the most important articles published in the past year. The latter refers to the abject failure, based on plunging interest rates, of the Fed’s comprehensive market manipulation and propaganda scheme – starting in April 2013, seeking to fool the world into believing QE had successfully revived the U.S. economy, and was easily reversible under the Fed’s expert custodianship. Full Story

By: Frank Holmes - 8 January, 2015

Crude oil has recently dipped below $50 per barrel for the first time since 2009, one of the reasons for which is the rise of oil production in the United States. The glut has already prompted many U.S. companies to halt or limit projects, especially those that make use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. With oil prices as low as they are, it’s possible even more companies will join them. Full Story

By: Bill Holter - 8 January, 2015

We have seen unprecedented volatility over the last 2 months, in particular the last 3 weeks. This is highly unusual as most year ends and beginnings are calm with very little news. The news on a global scale has had the volume turned up so that nearly no market has been left unaffected. The obvious markets are FOREX and oil, the not so obvious market is that of the hidden markets, OTC derivatives. We have just finished the worst three days to start the year in history, what has happened? Full Story

By: Graham Summers - 8 January, 2015

The world is turning Japanese. For over 20 years, Japan has been ground zero for the great Keynesian nightmare of Central Planning. Japan’s financial bubbles burst in 1989-1990. Since that time, Japan has seen little to no growth for thirty straight years. The Bank of Japan has dealt with this by running an effective zero percent interest rate policy and implementing over NINE different QE programs amounting to an amount of money equal to over 50% of Japanese GDP. Full Story

By: Gary Savage - 8 January, 2015

With commodities now moving down into their three year cycle low I’m hearing more and more talk about deflation. This is complete nonsense. Bernanke had it exactly right when he pointed out that any determined government could halt deflation at will with a printing press. As a matter of fact the only mildly deflationary event we’ve seen since 1932 was a brief period during 2008 and early 2009. Bernanke succeeded in stopping it in its tracks almost immediately with QE1. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff - 8 January, 2015

In his first Gold Videocast of 2015, Peter Schiff looks back at gold’s performance on the global markets in 2014 and forecasts where the yellow metal is headed in the new year. Learn why:
Contrary to bear predictions, gold performed better than almost every major stock market and currency in the world in 2014.
The collapsing oil price may be a bad omen for the US stock market.
The US is headed for recession in 2015 – which will force the Fed to keep printing money. Full Story

By: Jeff D. Opdyke - 8 January, 2015

The state of the world today requires one commitment from you — a commitment to gold. When you look around the world, there is a hurricane of crosscurrents blowing across the investment landscape — the stock and bond markets, developed and emerging economies, monetary policies taking shape in various countries, what’s happening to oil and commodities, geopolitical machinations. Full Story

By: - 8 January, 2015

GoldSeek Radio Nugget: David Morgan & Chris Waltzek Full Story

By: Rambus - 8 January, 2015

Tonight I would like to touch on several different areas in regards to our trades we have going right now. First lets look at the INDU and some of the reasons I went short yesterday. The daily chart shows a rising wedge in which the price action closed below the bottom rail yesterday. Today’s bounce was a little stronger than what I was hoping for closing above the bottom rail of the falling wedge. There is also another and I believe stronger chart pattern in play and that is a possible double top. Full Story

By: Darryl Robert Schoon - 8 January, 2015

After the 1999 gold crisis, bankers could no longer force the price of gold lower by loaning central bank gold and selling it in the open market. In 2001, as demand—and the price of gold—rose, the bankers were forced to flood markets with discounted ‘paper gold’, gold futures, i.e. paper promises of future gold deliveries at lower prices, in order to contain gold’s rising price. Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 7 January, 2015

It’s incredible to believe, but next month marks ten years since I left my last “desk job” – as an equity oilfield service, equipment, and drilling analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in New York. Nearly every day since, I’ve started my day at the gym, on the Stairclimbing machine for one to two hours. Typically, my workouts start at 4:30 – 5:00 AM MST, or just as New York’s algorithms start manipulating markets – and unwaveringly, any gym I patronize has a TV screen showing CNBC. Full Story

By: Market Anthropology - 7 January, 2015

We came into last year with the idea that despite a historically low disposition at 3 percent, the 10-year yield had become stretched at a relative performance extreme. In less than two years, yields had run up over 100% above the July 2012 cycle lows around 1.4 percent. Even in context of previous rate tightening cycles, such as the one in 1994 that had caught the market offsides - the move was massive. When expressed on a logarithmic scale, the less than two year rip was the most extreme in over fifty years. Full Story

By: Peter Degraaf - 7 January, 2015

The current bull market began in 2002 with gold at $260. The correction that started in 2011 has retraced 50% of the rise from $260 to $1930. You will notice that the latest drop to the 50% retracement level has been met with non-confirmation from the supporting indicators (blue arrows). This includes the important A/D line which has been positive from day one. Notice also the buildup in volume during the recent turnaround (green box). Full Story

By: Bill Holter - 7 January, 2015

“Audit the Fed!”, there is now another movement within Congress to do this. Will it ever happen? Maybe, but not unless the Chinese (and rest of the world) demand it in my opinion. Let me explain this but please remember what came to light the last time back in 2010, when we found out the Fed had lent over $16 trillion (yes, with a capital “T”) during the 2008 financial crisis. Some of this $16 trillion went to U.S. banks, brokers, insurance companies and mortgage institutions …but, the majority went to FOREIGN institutions! Full Story

By: Axel Merk - 7 January, 2015

Is the recent bout in volatility yet another ‘buy-the-dip’ opportunity or a sign of worse to come? Investors struggle to both keeping up with the markets while protecting themselves against a severe correction. By taking a step back, investors might be able to see the forest for the trees to gauge whether their portfolio is ready for what lies ahead. Full Story

By: Steve St. Angelo, SRSrocco Report - 7 January, 2015

Not only is there conjecture that some or most of the gold at Fort Knox may be missing, but also there is speculation that some radioactive gold made its way into U.S. Treasury Gold Reserve. The movie Goldfinger, in which James Bond stops a plot to radiate the U.S. gold at Fort Knox, may actually turn out to be more truth than fiction. Full Story

By: Tekoa Da Silva - 6 January, 2015

During a time where the pain of downward pricing has spilled from minerals into the energy sector, Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott U.S. Holdings was kind enough to share a few comments. On the recent collapse in oil Rick noted that, “[M]arkets work. The cure for high prices (despite Washington’s consternation last year over high gasoline prices), is precisely that—high prices. The best they can possibly do is nothing. The cure for low prices, simultaneously, is low prices. The truth is that low energy prices will constrain supply over time and stimulate demand.” Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 6 January, 2015

This weekend, a reader sent me a Forbes article with one of the most clueless, disingenuous themes imaginable; i.e., “there is zero evidence (repealing Glass-Steagall in 1999) unleashed the financial crisis.” I have always been fascinated by Forbes’ flip-flopping around reality and delusion, especially as Steve Forbes is a notable gold bull; in fact, one of the most vocal advocates of a new gold standard. Full Story

By: Avi Gilburt - 6 January, 2015

As I read through many different sources on metals, I am actually somewhat amazed that many are still quite bullish on the metals. Many are still claiming that this is an excellent buying opportunity and many are quite confident, once again, that the bottom has been seen. To me, this is still seeming too bullish for a true bottom to have been struck. Such widespread confidence is not likely to be seen at major bottoms, especially in the metals. So, I still reiterate my perspective that I do not believe we have a long term bottom in place in the metals just yet. Full Story

By: Clif Droke - 6 January, 2015

Stocks were hit by selling pressure on Monday as the S&P 500 (SPX) declined 1.83% and the Dow 30 shed 1.86%. The energy sector bore the brunt of the selling with the NYSE Oil Index declining 4.61%. Crude oil prices also dropped nearly 5% for the day to close at 5 ½-year lows. Fears that Greece may exit the euro zone are being blamed on the latest broad market decline. Upcoming elections in Greece have spooked many investors, who feel that the country’s exit from the euro zone would be disastrous. Full Story

By: Craig Hemke - 6 January, 2015

The Old Order is passing away. The paper--physical connection is finally breaking and the new markets for pricing precious metal will be based upon physically delivered contracts, located in Asia. Expect unprecedented volatility as this transition continues and, if you have to ask yourself whether or not you hold enough physical precious metal yourself, then you likely don't. 2015 is going to be a wild and eventful year. Continue to prepare accordingly. Full Story

By: It's a Mystery - 6 January, 2015

So, why now and what gives? I believe equities have reached their greater fool limit. The economies around the globe are in dire shape. The US economic numbers are fiction and oil has crashed. There is simply no way that equities can disconnect from a horrific global economy forever, especially in the face of sky high PE ratios. Full Story

By: Theodore Butler - 6 January, 2015

As I reported on Tuesday, I made my recent article, “The Perfect Crime” public, in which I spelled out the reasons why I believed JPMorgan had, since May 2011, amassed upwards of 300 million oz of physical silver, including as many as 70 million oz of Silver Eagles, or half the amount produced by the US Mint since April 2011. I was careful to note that I had “yet” to notice any response to the publication. As it turned out, a response was soon forthcoming in which one of my contentions (the one about Silver Eagles) was disputed. Full Story

By: Stewart Thomson - 6 January, 2015

In late 2013, I predicted the Fed would taper its QE program to zero, and the first taper would cause gold to rally, stunning the Western gold community. I also predicted the taper would turn the US stock market into a “wet noodle”. That’s what happened. In 2015, I expect the Fed to hike rates sooner than most analysts expect, and I’m predicting that gold rallies on these rate hikes, and global stock markets take a horrific beating. I expect the stock markets of India and China to recover from that beating, but not the American market. Full Story

By: Bill Holter - 6 January, 2015

2014 was a year of posturing. The U.S. "postured" by trying to lure Mr. Putin and Russia into a war. First it was over Syria and then later over Ukraine. The Russians postured by not taking the bait and buying time. Yes, Russia has suffered with a devaluing currency, lower oil revenues, and an economy running on less than eight cylinders. China has stayed out of the public spotlight during this period but privately stood behind Russia, I will explain this a bit later. Full Story

By: Ryan Fletcher, B.A. - 6 January, 2015

Gold actually performed pretty boring last year, basically staying flat, even though the equity prices and investor’s emotional states may have suggested otherwise. With gold flat, and oil down 50% in three months that should make a lot of happy miners, especially the bulky, low grade, energy/oil sucking operations, where oil is a major input cost. Full Story

By: Graham Summers - 6 January, 2015

We’ve been warning that stocks were susceptible to a sharp drop for several weeks now. Stocks are notoriously “dumb” when it comes to major market moves. Consider that stocks, even at current lofty levels, have a global market capitalization of slightly over $60 trillion. In contrast, the global bond market is well over $100 trillion. Full Story

By: Manish Thatte - 6 January, 2015

I have been studying the stock markets and gold market for the last few days, and I have found an interesting pattern. Whenever the stock market is doing well... the gold prices tend to decline or at best stagnate and whenever the stock market is priced much more reasonably, Gold does well, as far as pricing is concerned. As regards Silver, it just tends to amplify the losses or gains of gold. Full Story

By: Peter Cooper - 6 January, 2015

Gold and silver prices have jumped since the start of 2015 as safe haven and dollar diversification plays. But this will be nothing compared to the upside gain to come as financial markets really lose it. Precious metal investors know from long experience that when gold prices go up silver does even better and vice-versa. Full Story

By: Arkadiusz Sieron - 6 January, 2015

In the last Market Overview we pointed out some signals indicating that recession may be on the U.S. horizon. There is no doubt that a possible outbreak of the crisis would have important implications for the whole global economy, including of course the gold market. Therefore, it is extremely important to analyze gold performance through business cycle. Full Story

By: Captain Hook - 6 January, 2015

It’s true. The Fed’s been talking about raising interest rates since 2010 but never does. Why? Because they can’t, which makes their entire act nothing more than bad kabuki theatre while they fallaciously continue to debase ‘core economy interests’ (think stocks, bonds, currency, etc.) at an increasing rate. An increasing rate? No, that can’t be true or gold would be doing much better. Really, it’s true – they just hide it better and obfuscate the situation by never talking about it correctly. Full Story

By: Dan Norcini - 6 January, 2015

Call this the market that simply will not die. As mentioned in some previous posts, just about the time one thinks that this market is finally ready to turn lower marking the onset of the end of the ultra-low long term interest rates and the inception of the new trend towards higher rates, back up it goes and down go the rates. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 6 January, 2015

We’ll take our rallies one small leg at a time, since Gold has displayed a nasty propensity to disappoint whenever we’ve turned too bullish too quickly. The current rally, now in its third day, has stalled ay the 1208.20 mipdpoint pivot of the pattern shown. If buyers can push past it by just $1 or so, the futures would become an odds-on bet to reach 1214.80. As always, it would be a bullish sign going forward if the target is exceeded by a point or two rather than merely touched. Full Story

By: Jim Willie CB - 5 January, 2015

As 2014 leaves off and 2015 begins anew, the main theme seems to be the end of the American Empire, the demise of the Petro-Dollar, the blunt of USMilitary over-reach, and the global urgency of putting the King Dollar into a cement casing coffin. The global movement will gain strong momentum to end the dollarized terrorized nightmare. The entire world is coming to realize that the USDollar is wrecking the financial structures, ruining economies, forcing colossal debt abuses, while its defense is a grand threat to world peace. Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 5 January, 2015

Lately, keeping up with the exploding headlines has been as difficult as George Jetson keeping up with Astro on the treadmill. The reason, of course, is that without a question, “2008 is back, with one temporary factor.” That factor, PPT-supported stock markets, looks as close to being overwhelmed by the “unstoppable tsunami of reality” as ever; and when it does, Central banks will NOT be able to save them with new money printing schemes. Full Story

By: Mickey Fulp - 5 January, 2015

My dad was a baseball star back in the hills of Missouri but gave it up when my mom told him, “It’s either me or the game.” My dad evidently wanted a left-handed son who was a ballplayer and loved the game as much as he did. So I guess that’s why I’m around, and no doubt the reason there’s a photo of me at age 3 with glove, ball, and bat in hand. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital - 5 January, 2015

The sudden fall in the price of oil provides a unique opportunity to examine the widely held belief that deflation is economic poison. As many governments and central banks have vowed to fight deflation at all costs in 2015, the question could hardly be more significant. While falling prices may strike the layman as cause for celebration, economists believe that it can kick off a nasty, and often inescapable, negative cycle, which many believe leads inevitably to a prolonged recession, or even a depression. Full Story

By: Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst - 5 January, 2015

Dmitry sipped his coffee drink at his favorite café in Moscow, flipping through the newspaper in front of him. It was full of bad news: currency troubles, ongoing sanctions from the West, rising inflation, and more. But he ignored all that. He turned to the investment section and began to scan the page, looking for the latest price of one specific investment. He went past the headline that screamed Russia’s inflation rate was up to 11.4% last year, as well as the article detailing the ruble’s debilitating 46.5% fall. He knew all those things and had experienced them firsthand. Full Story

By: Bill Holter - 5 January, 2015

Hopefully everyone is refreshed and ready to start the new year after spending the holidays with friends and family! During the holidays, I had a chance to shut down a bit and just observe what's going on. For me, this is a good thing because normally I view things from a big picture perspective rather than up close. Most people see the trees and miss the big picture of the forest, my flaw is missing the trees sometimes. Full Story

By: The Gold Report - 5 January, 2015

We've hit peak economic gold discoveries, but unlike the new fracking technologies that saved the oil industry, there's no fracking technology to coax mineral wealth from ever-deeper deposits. In the face of this shortage, expert geologist Brent Cook of Exploration Insights is scouting out companies that are cashed up and poised to deliver value when other miners may be left scraping the bottom of the barrel. In this interview with The Gold Report, find out what Cook expects for gold exploration in 2015, and why the next few years are going to be very interesting indeed for yellow metal miners. Full Story

By: Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA - 5 January, 2015

Briefly: In our opinion no speculative short positions in gold, silver and mining stocks are currently justified from the risk/reward perspective. The USD Index soared much higher on Friday, well above the previous high. With the USD Index being so high, it seems odd that gold managed to close higher and the same went for mining stocks, which even outperformed the yellow metal. Is the rally in gold around the corner? Full Story

By: Frank Holmes - 5 January, 2015

Gold traders surveyed by Bloomberg are bullish for next week. Rising concerns surrounding the political uncertainty in Greece are increasing the precious metal’s appeal as a haven. Goldman Sachs set its long-term forecast for gold prices at $1,200 an ounce for the next three years. This price is estimated by the investment bank to be the majority of gold producers’ breakeven price. If gold prices fall below $1,200 an ounce, losses would result in a supply reduction, which should prop prices back up. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 5 January, 2015

I don’t often feature technical analysis as the topic of the week. In this case, however, the Dollar Index is at a crucial threshold that deserves a drum-roll and our close attention. Notice the two tightly spaced purple lines near the top of the chart. These are ‘Hidden Pivot’ rally targets of medium importance, albeit of slightly different degree, and if they were to be easily exceeded it would suggest that the steep 15% run-up since May could be just a warm-up. Full Story

By: Tony Sagami - 5 January, 2015

I was raised on a farm and I’ve shoveled more than my share of manure. I didn’t like manure back then, and I like the brand of manure that comes out of Washington, DC, and Wall Street even less. A stinky pile of economic manure came out of Washington, DC, last week and instead of the economic nirvana that it was touted to be, it was a smokescreen of half-truths and financial prestidigitation. Full Story

By: John Mauldin and Doug Kass - 5 January, 2015

It’s that time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and investment planning for the future. It’s also the time of year when analysts feel more or less compelled to offer up forecasts. My friend Doug Kass turns the forecasting process on its head by offering 15 potential surprises for 2015 (plus 10 also-rans). But he does so with a healthy measure of humility, starting out with a quote from our mutual friend James Montier (now at GMO). Full Story

By: John Mauldin and Worth Wray - 5 January, 2015

The headlines this morning talk about the US dollar hitting an 11-year high. I have been saying for years that the dollar is going to go higher than anyone can imagine. This trade is just in the early innings. And the repercussions will be dramatic, not only for emerging markets that have financed projects in dollars, but also for commodities and energy, gold, and a variety of other investments. The world is at the doorstep of a new era of volatility and currency wars. Full Story

By: - 4 January, 2015

John Embry - Summary:
John Embry, Chief Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management, views the mainline mantra of economic recovery in a dim light.
Harry S. Dent Jr. - Summary:
Stocks have entered bubble territory, setting the stage for Credit Crisis part II.
Although the Dow Jones Industrials could gain another 2,000 points, 20,000 could be the bull market zenith, leading to a precarious selloff. Full Story

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA - 4 January, 2015

Toronto broker and mining entrepreneur Michael Ballanger covers U.S. government rigging of the stock and gold markets in his latest market letter on what he thinks will be the "trade of the year" for 2015 -- a variant of which he also thought would be the "trade of the year" for 2014 but turned out to be only the trade of the first half of the year. Full Story

By: Steve St. Angelo, SRSrocco Report - 4 January, 2015

When it comes to global silver demand growth over the past decade, the coin and bar investment category is the big winner. Unfortunately, the media tends to focus on growth of industrial silver consumption, while investment demand continues to take a back seat. For example, the Silver Institute hired CRU Consulting to put a report together on the growth of industrial silver demand until 2018. In the December 2014 Industrial Silver Report, CRU believes global industrial silver demand will increase 27% (from 2013), an additional 142 million ounces (Moz) by 2018. Full Story

By: Peter Grandich - 4 January, 2015

2014 was a major transition period for me on several fronts. After over two decades of being a compensated consultant in the junior resource market, I spent 2014 concluding that if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t say the classic line, “I wouldn’t change a thing.” I spent enough time and energy in 2014 going over this and feel it’s finally behind me. I do miss some people, venues and the like from that area of work, but they’re quickly overwhelmed by the joys of what now fully occupies my business life (And for the last time, I note I didn't sell any shares of SGC or TGZ in 2014). Full Story

By: Michael Noonan - 4 January, 2015

Each week, we prepare a selection of newsworthy events to which the current market can explained, somewhat. This week is no exception, save one difference, that being so many want to see/hear some kind of look into the prospects for the year ahead. Our look ahead starts with a rear view mirror look back at 2014. In hindsight, we began 2014 with a positive outlook, but that quickly changed into the view that 2014 could turn out to be just like big rally. On that score, we were on point. Full Story

By: Andrew Hoffman - 4 January, 2015

I’m writing this New Year’s Eve day, from the “Play Factory” in Phoenix – where my soon-to-be three-year old is frolicking, on one of Arizona’s few rainy days. Oh well, the ominous, overcast weather is a fitting end to one of the most frustrating years of my life – which, I might add, will be replaced by weeks of sunshine starting tomorrow. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 4 January, 2015

Finally, 2014 is done. It was a tough year in many regards and markets were definitely one of them. The metals also had a tough year and they do still look set to continue to struggle. Markets and stocks remain in a bull market and I expect 2015 to be a great year trading todays leading sectors, and those who emerge as the year plays out. Full Story

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