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By: Jason Hommel, Silver Stock Report - 13 March, 2009

I certainly don't have to reveal my suppliers. Some would say I'm crazy to do so. In one sense, the names of my suppliers are like a kind of "natural informational monopoly", and that without access to my suppliers, my customers have to order from me. But I want to reveal my suppliers, and this is not the first time I have done so. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Joe Foster - 13 March, 2009

In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, geologist Joseph M. Foster—a Van Eck Associates portfolio manager who also leads its International Investors Gold Fund—sees nothing but good news for gold in the months and years to come. Joe isn’t holding his breath for mania to set in, but he does see a mix blending that will get gold “firing on all cylinders.” Once a declining dollar, increasing inflation and an improving economy fill the combustion chamber, all it will take is a sustained spark of optimism for gold to forge ahead. Full Story

By: Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart - 13 March, 2009

-Jim Cramer doesn't think anyone should be spared from criticism in this economic environment.
-Despite his ethically dubious past, Jim Cramer calls for indictments for the economic collapse.
-Jim Cramer promises Jon he'll get back to the fundamentals of reporting the financial market. Full Story

By: David Chapman, Union Securities - 13 March, 2009

Today is Friday the 13th: according to superstition, either a day of good luck or bad luck. It occurs at least once a year. The fear of Friday the 13th is a form of triskaidekaphobia, which is a phobia of the number 13. This year it has occurred in February and March and will occur again in November. Full Story

By: Daniel Aaronson and Lee Markowitz - 13 March, 2009

The 10 year bond auction on Wednesday led to new bonds being priced at 3.04%, the highest level in four months. The implications of this are very important for all asset markets as the 3% threshold is considered to be a key level. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning - 13 March, 2009

The problem was pronounced “contained,” by then-US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson on April 7th, 2007. And then, on July 20th, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke admitted that the crisis could bring losses up to $100 billion. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. - 13 March, 2009

This week, with his pronouncement that "credit is the lifeblood of a healthy economy," President Obama reiterated what has been one of his most common themes in diagnosing our economic problem. The president has relied on this bedrock belief to propose policies that place the restoration of credit as the highest priority. However, despite his seemingly earnest intentions, the president and his economic advisors have misdiagnosed the ailment. Savings, not credit, is the lifeblood of a healthy economy. When not used properly credit can be like a cancer that sickens an otherwise healthy economy. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence LLC - 13 March, 2009

This past Tuesday, the flagship S&P 500 stock index (SPX) surged 6.4% in its biggest daily rally since rocketing out of its panic low in late November. Gold, which was flat that morning, suffered increasing selling pressure as the day marched on. As the SPX strengthened, gold weakened in an inverse linear fashion. It ultimately fell 2.6% that day, sliding under $900 for the first time in a month. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 13 March, 2009

Profit Opportunities (and Dangers) abound in the Nascent Wall Street Rally. But it behooves the wise investor to first identify certain of our current dangerous Realities in order to protect, and take advantage of, the opportunities. Full Story

By: Charleston Voice - 13 March, 2009

This Act follows FDR's March 5, 1933 chat on the "Banking Crisis", and effectively proves our president to be a liar and a thief. Interesting, too, that the gold is to be turned in to the privately-owned Federal Reserve Banks. James Turk furnishes an excellent analysis including the amount of gold actually surrendered by Americans. Full Story

By: Roland Watson, The Silver Analyst - 13 March, 2009

The consensus I tend to read amongst market commentators is that when this market bottoms, it will be a V shaped affair. Now I mainly write on precious metals but it will be foolhardy to presume that the fortunes of these two separate assets classes are not linked in some way. After all, if money is flowing back into the stock market, that means there is less money to flow into other asset classes such as gold and silver bullion products. Full Story

By: Michael Kilbach - 13 March, 2009

In the spring of 2008 oil tumbled from a high of $148 per barrel to $36 a barrel in December, and the commodities bubble was deemed popped. Gold dropped, silver fell roughly 58% from its high and palladium fell a remarkable 72% etc. But was this the result of a commodities bubble popping or could it possibly have been a credit bubble burst which happened to dramatically affect the price of commodities? This is important to understand in order for investors to determine where value is for future growth. Full Story

By: David Morgan, Silver Investor - 13 March, 2009

The controversy surrounding the gold and silver ETFs continues and there are proponents both for and against the GLD and SLV. In an effort to remain consistent personally, my original “take” on the silver ETF remains, which is to state that any “investment” involving silver would have an overall positive effect because it would draw more and more attention to both professional and private investors that indeed silver is not only a worthwhile investment but also has all the monetary qualities of gold and has an industrial component that will remain, under any economic conditions. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 13 March, 2009

I don’t know if you are aware but there is a concerted effort right now to take delivery of futures contracts because a lot of people believe that the price is being held down in the paper market they believe that if you can take 50% of the gold away from the Comex then the price will be closer to what you are paying for physical today. Do you know anything about that? Full Story

By: Gary Tanashian - 13 March, 2009

Dialing back to the micro subject of this post, understand two things... 1) Oil is still in the bottoming process. It is a classic looking bottom with a higher low, bullish divergence, a break above resistive moving averages and in the last two days, a healthy looking back test of those averages (EMA 20 and SMA 50). 2) This is A bottom, not necessarily THE bottom. Full Story

By: Chris Vermeulen - 13 March, 2009

Gold bullion and Crude Oil are both setting up for a rally higher if they continue to complete the breakouts. Oil looks like the best trade from a quick glance with huge profit potential but its important not to under estimate gold bullion as it can generate big moves even though is has already made a nice rally this year. Full Story

By: The Energy Report and Mickey Fulp - 13 March, 2009

Well-known and highly regarded throughout the mining and exploration community, Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp returns to tell The Energy Report readers about his growing Primer for the Lay Investor and share his musings on plays taking shape in uranium (Athabasca, Wyoming and New Mexico) and natural gas (southern U.S. and central Texas). Full Story

By: Jason Hommel, Silver Stock Report - 13 March, 2009

I risk making myself very unpopular writing this essay, but please bear with me. The truth is self evident to every rational thinker. The truth is polarizing. The truth often makes people angry, especially people whose lives and livelihood are set up in ways contrary to the truth. I hope my presentation is easy enough to digest that it avoids misunderstandings that lead to unnecessary anger and false accusations. Please read this article in full, before emailing me your discontent. Full Story

By: Andrew Mickey - 13 March, 2009

Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Right now, investors and traders are getting ready for it to rhyme again. Earlier this week, the government felt the stock market was getting a bit too low again. Our great leaders delved into their ever-shrinking bag of tricks and pulled two of them out. In the process, they sparked the strongest rally since last summer when they stepped in. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 13 March, 2009

There is no doubt about it, the super rich running things already have so much money one must wonder if money alone was the reason for the implementation of the 2007-2009 market falls. Thus, could the motivation be something else, as Peter allows--like maybe the super rich quest for more power in perhaps a coming world government. Almost for sure, this has to be one of the compelling motivations for the plutocrat strike in 2007-2009. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 13 March, 2009

I was at the bar, having a social drink and explaining to the usual crowd of drunken morons how the Federal Reserve has destroyed the purchasing power of the dollar by their insane over-creation of money and credit and that is why things always cost more and more, when the room started spinning and my head suddenly fell forward in a drunken coma. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning - 12 March, 2009

The Great Red Hope. We’ll get to the commies in a just a moment. First, a question: what happened to Tuesday’s big rally? Yesterday, stocks held steady. The dollar lost ground. And gold rose back over $900. So, are we at the beginning of a major rally…or did it end in a single day? We wait to find out. Full Story

By: Bix Weir - 12 March, 2009

To restore the underlying false confidence in our economic and monetary systems thus continuing the dominance of the global financial power elite.
Plan of Attack: Full Story

By: Thomas E. Woods, Jr. - 12 March, 2009

Last weekend, Harvard University sponsored a conference called (I am not making this up) "The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences." Its purpose was to try to figure out why, since everyone knows the current crisis amounts to a failure of the market economy, the stupid rubes continue to believe in it. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 12 March, 2009

The Masters of the Universe have lost control. The stock market, which had held up for so long has not only broken 7,268 as we forecast, but we broke 6,600 easily this past week. Economists, analysts and newsletter writers still do not get it. Stockbrokers are telling clients you do not have losses until you take them. What do they say when the Dow breaks 4,000? Full Story

By: Gary Tanashian - 12 March, 2009

Unfortunately, the massive changes currently underway in society (as an old system dies and a new one, idealistic yet virulent and dangerous, driven by extreme dissatisfaction with the betrayals of the dying system, takes its place) demand that we, as investment survivalists, take into account these changes, weigh and analyze their potential global effects, and act accordingly. This is ultimately just business after all. It is the business of defining and adapting to a ‘new normalcy’. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 12 March, 2009

The last several weeks has seen a flurry of media reports, stories, and analyses about the large, growing problems in the European Union and particularly in the EU currency, the euro. Almost without exception, the media presentations paint a dismal future for the euro while simultaneously conveying the alleged glory and greatness of the US dollar. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 12 March, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor came out and confirmed what everybody already knew; people are losing their jobs at a terrifying clip – which makes me wonder how long it will be before I get fired, too, and I wish that I had more gold, silver, oil and armaments with which to ward off those people who do NOT have gold, silver and oil... Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 12 March, 2009

We try to read the editorial pages with an open mind, but sometimes it’s more than we can stomach to have to imbibe opinion pieces at all. For instance, there was this repellent headline atop the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page yesterday: “The Fed Didn’t Cause the Housing Bubble.” Can you guess who the author was? Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning - 11 March, 2009

Stocks in the United States have lost $11 trillion in value – more than cut in half – without a single major bounce. We expected one after Obama was elected. All we got was a 15% ricochet. Then, after he announced his major stimulus/bailout/boondoggle program…we thought, surely, stocks would rally then. Nope. Instead, globally, stocks are down 20% since Obama office. Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 11 March, 2009

In lieu of globe-trotting advisors bearing deus ex machina solutions, each national government is left trying both to recapitalize its banks and also defend its cash savers. Trouble is, each government's funds are precisely limited to the cash inside its own borders. We, the people, are indeed the state, and you can only tax or rip off the savers for so long before all their money is spent. But everyone else is now stuck in the same fast-sinking boat too, so there's no one stood ready to bail us all out. Full Story

By: John Browne, Senior Market Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital - 11 March, 2009

Most importantly, while the good banks are being separated from the bad in the FDIC's ‘coral', will all American banks be forced to close? Worse still, after the forthcoming G-20 meetings, will all international banks be closed on a temporary basis, on a long bank holiday, as happened in the Great Crash? If so, what would happen to consumer confidence and the price of gold? Full Story

By: Adrian Douglas and Marina Portnaya - 11 March, 2009

The Russia Today television network's interview with GATA Board of Directors member Adrian Douglas, conducted by Marina Portnaya and elaborating on the gold price suppression scheme of the Western central banks, was posted at YouTube today and you can watch it here: Full Story

By: David Schectman, Miles Franklin, Ltd. - 11 March, 2009

Gold and silver are easy to buy and equally easy to sell. There are three ways to buy metals. First, you can use your savings or checkbook balance. Or you can roll over your existing IRA accounts into a new IRA funded with gold or silver that is stored for you in your name. When the time comes to make a distribution, you can ask for the physical gold or silver or you can ask for cash. Simple! The third way to buy gold is to sell another asset to fund the purchase. Stocks is a good place to start, and I'll get into that subject in a bit. Full Story

By: Tim Iacono - 11 March, 2009

On the same day that his successor signaled dramatic policy changes that would see the Federal Reserve "take away the punchbowl" before inflating yet another asset bubble, radically altering the way financial market regulators operate in the process, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan was readying yet another in a long series of op-ed pieces aimed at defending his legacy. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 11 March, 2009

I had the pleasure to talk with the famed investor and world traveler Mr. Jim Rogers on February 2nd, 2009 and I have finally gotten to transcribing the conversation. Unfortunately I caught him in the middle of a festival and time was short and I didn’t get to ask all of my questions. This will be a two part interview. Full Story

By: James West - 11 March, 2009

It took the onset of World War II to lift the world out of the Great Depression that began in 1929. Ignore the historical hyperbole that claim Roosevelt’s “New Deal” had anything to do with it. It was war, plain and simple, that galvanized the U.S. manufacturing complex into debt-driven growth, and ended the period of stagnation following the economic contraction from 1929 to 34. Full Story

By: Brady Willett - 11 March, 2009

Why Greenspan continues to try and defend his deplorable record as Fed Chairman is unknown. What is known is that the once powerful Sir Alan has seen his reputation steadily deteriorate to a level not much higher than laughing-stock. Here is what Greenspan had to say in his most recent commentary: Full Story

By: Douglas V. Gnazzo - 11 March, 2009

This is a secular bear market as opposed to a cyclical bear market; and it is occurring at the end of what may be the death of paper money; or the end of a false monetary system based on debt. This is a once in a millennium occurrence in my opinion. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Mickey Fulp - 11 March, 2009

Things are looking up in the junior sector, particularly in the gold business. Lots of money is being raised for good gold projects. As you point out, liquidity has been a problem in the junior resource sector since probably late spring. It was exacerbated by the usual summer doldrums and then the market crash. Paper just didn’t move. Full Story

By: Lorimer Wilson - 11 March, 2009

Market analysts, investment newsletter writers and financial planners are always commenting on how well, or poorly, the precious metals (read gold) mining sector is doing based on how a particular gold/silver mining index is trending but they are not telling you the whole story. Full Story

By: Andrew Mickey, Q1 Publishing - 11 March, 2009

Embry has been following the gold sector for 35 years (that’s since the early 1970’s) and is one of the leading authorities on gold. Embry is currently the Chief Investment Strategist for Sprott Asset Management – a legendary name to long-time gold investors. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 11 March, 2009

The Goldsmiths, Part XXXXVI, briefly touched upon the primary fall-out of the vast transfers of trillions of dollars from the US Treasury and the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank to the huge international banks on the guise that they are too big to be allowed to suffer or go broke. It seems that almost every week or so we learn that it has been necessary to give these big money changers another trillion dollars because they are not making loans to the people. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 11 March, 2009

I am so outraged at this that I say we ought to rise up in outrage and rush to our telephones, where operators are standing by to take your order for “Mogambo Brand” Mob Supplies (MBMS), including not only the popular Mogambo Flaming Torch (MFT) and Mogambo Long-Tine Pitchfork (MLTP)... Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 11 March, 2009

We'd forecast a $35 drop in Comex April Gold, to around $881-$885, and the futures got about 60% of the way there with Tuesday's selloff. That's about as bad as we can see for now, although we'd need to take another look if the selling takes the futures below 875.70 by week's end. At $881, though, Gold will have fallen 12.5 percent from its recent high near $1007. That's the kind of selling we should like to see: Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning - 10 March, 2009

Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels. The world is full of them. Our theme today comes from a movie, in which Michael Caine teaches Steve Martin how to be a gigolo. The idea is to identify rich, vulnerable women…seduce them…and then take their money. Full Story

By: David Galland, Managing Editor, The Casey Report - 10 March, 2009

Here at Casey Research, we are trying not to be overly pessimistic, but there’s no denying the mass of bad news coming to us from all fronts: the forces of collectivism are using the cover of the crisis they largely created, aided and abetted by capitalism’s quislings, to roll over the individual. Full Story

By: Mark Pasek - 10 March, 2009

Let’s start with the basics. Do we all understand the difference between the real value of tangible assets versus notional value of paper assets? Tangible assets have a limited quantity (think: Supply) and utility (think: Demand). Paper assets, on the other hand, have an un-limited quantity (because there is no limitation to how much you can create) and marginal utility (because demand for them goes negative once they begin to default). Full Story

By: Theodore Butler - 10 March, 2009

One of the most disturbing aspects of the current financial crisis is not just white-collar crime, but the lack of a cohesive reaction to it by law-enforcement and regulatory authorities. It was the lack of oversight and common sense regulation that permitted the crooks on Wall Street and elsewhere to create the epidemic of fraud impacting us all. Full Story

By: Andrew Mickey, Q1 Publishing - 10 March, 2009

Yesterday, the Dow fell for the 14th trading day out of the past 18. The sharp downturn only caps off an already disastrous market downturn. As we’ve been expecting, many commentators say it’s the nail in the coffin for “buy and hold” investing – a strategy which has worked for the past five decades. Full Story

By: Axel Merk - 10 March, 2009

The world’s a mess and in our eyes policy makers are inadvertently doing their best to worsen a bad situation. Let’s assume you’ve had it and want to hide somewhere safe to ride out the storm. Unfortunately there appears to be no such thing as a safe asset anymore. Therefore you may want to consider taking a diversified approach to something as mundane as cash. Full Story

By: Jason Hommel and Theodore Terbolizard - 10 March, 2009

On behalf of all of my family, we would like to thank everyone who has emailed in ideas and suggestions for silver bullion art round designs, keep them coming! My brother Jason and I greatly enjoy the creative process involved in making our products, and the ongoing discussions with any and all interested folks as we go about this work. We have had some amazingly sublime chats with folks, and I will attempt to convey some of the more obvious results and impressions from this activity. Full Story

By: Gary Tanashian - 10 March, 2009

The chart of WTI crude oil is very interesting to we bottom feeders. WTIC is on the verge of confirming a new uptrend and in fact, the break above the moving averages (green box) has held for three days. This is bullish. Next resistance levels are noted. Full Story

By: Steven Saville, Speculative Investor - 10 March, 2009

When the gold price rose to $1000 in late February there was naturally a lot of enthusiasm about this market's prospects, which, combined with the almost uninterrupted $200 rise over the preceding five weeks, paved the way for a downward correction. The gold price then fell for eight trading days in a row, with the eighth down day being last Wednesday. The stage was thus set for a rebound, but as noted in last week's Interim Update the fact that the 8-day decline had barely put a dent in bullish sentiment suggested that the overall correction from the February high had not yet run its course. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 10 March, 2009

Goldsmiths, Part XXXIV, quoted “The London Financial Times” of Feb 11, 2009 and its presentation of a provocative article by Martin Wolf on “Why Obama’s New Tarp will fail to rescue the banks.” Wolf opened his presentation by asking— “Has Barack Obama’s presidency already failed?” Wolf then concluded that “If Mr. Obama does not fix this crisis, all he hopes from his presidency will be lost. If he does, he can reshape the agenda. Hoping for the best is foolish. He should expect the worst and act accordingly.” Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 10 March, 2009

I thought that my eyes were playing tricks on me, but it looked like the earnings of the S&P Industrials Index went down last week, plummeting to $65.86 from $85.90 the week before, all of which probably explains why the Wall Street Journal reports that railroads “have seen shipping volumes drop by double-digit percentages in recent months”, and that “the nation’s five largest railroads have put more than 30% of their boxcars – 206,000 in all – into storage.” Yikes! A third less volume! Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 10 March, 2009

Why is it that the juiciest shorts are all but un-shortable? The shares of Goldman Sachs, for instance. We predicted here a while back that the stock would eventually trade below $30, a 67 percent plunge from its then price of around $90. We were so sure of this that we promised to don a grass skirt and dance the hula in Times Square in the middle of winter if we were wrong. Full Story

By: Michael J. Kosares - 9 March, 2009

The gold bullion coin shortage is real. Michael J. Kosares ( Author: The ABCs of Gold Investing: How to Protect and Build Your Wealth with Gold) tells why it is likely to be with us for some time to come. Full Story

By: Richard (Rick) Mills - 9 March, 2009

Gold miners, because the number of discoveries was falling and existing deposits were being quickly depleted, have had to diversify away from the traditional geo-politically safe gold producing countries, i.e. Canada and the U.S. The move out of these “safe haven” countries has exposed investors to a lot of additional risk. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning - 9 March, 2009

“Negative growth,” says today’s paper. Yes, dear reader. Stocks are advancing to the rear…and economies are growing…smaller. How we love these oxymorons! If only we could age negatively…and eat all we wanted and gain minus pounds! Full Story

By: Howard S. Katz - 9 March, 2009

We broke the last tie to gold in 1971, and real wages in America peaked in 1972. Now the country is getting poorer. When America was based on a gold standard (1788-1933), it had the greatest economy of any country in the world at any time of history. Full Story

By: Peter Grandich - 9 March, 2009

Now before my fellow bear followers scream “traitor” and question how can my cup go from half empty to half full, please note I’m not applying for membership in the “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” crowd. I tend to be early for everything (appointments, airplanes, buying NY Jets Superbowl tickets, etc.). I just believe that based how well we’ve done overall these last 18 months, and all the possible scenarios I envision going forward at this point, the time has come to implement a program that appears to be prudent and offers potential gains from the long side. Full Story

By: Jordan Roy-Byrne/Trendsman - 9 March, 2009

While stocks have made new lows commodities have held up well and especially in the past few months. Compared to stocks, commodities have actually hit a new bull market high (relative terms). Full Story

By: Michael S. Rozeff - 9 March, 2009

One year ago, Bear Stearns faced collapse when its short-term lenders stopped rolling over their loans to the investment bank. The federal government and the FED stepped in. They financed and brought about an acquisition by the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) bank. Full Story

By: Hubert Moolman - 9 March, 2009

It appears that gold is ready to go very high very fast, as measured in all currencies of the world. It seems that gold is in the process of completing the mega cup and handle pattern that started to form in 1980 when gold was at about US $850. The interesting part is the fact that it seems that we are in the final phase which should take us to about US $1,300 (about R 14 000) and eventually to about US $1,700 (about R 18 760) in a very short time relative to the 29 years since 1980. Full Story

By: Stefan Pernar - 9 March, 2009

May you live in interesting times. Just as we thought we could stop holding our collective breath as the subprime tsunami starts to recede, new specters appear on the horizon and you probably have not heard of them - yet. Meet subprime mortgage’s ugly cousins: Option ARM and Alt A mortgages. Full Story

By: Roy Martens - 9 March, 2009

It’s March already and the financial markets are on fire, negatively that is! The world indices are at lows not seen for over 15 years and the fear is that there’s still much more to come. Maybe we’ll see a bounce first but this bear market is far from over. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 9 March, 2009

An old friend with a good nose for investment opportunities tells me gold is showing all the signs of an intermediate market top: loads of press coverage - articles in The Economist and Wall Street Journal; television stories marking the breach of $1,000 per ounce; and even the new Dubai GOLD ETF for retail clients. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 9 March, 2009

Recently, a public radio host sponsored an economics professor from MIT. Since he was the former chief economist for the World Bank, you know that he was an Illuminist mouthpiece, a disinformation specialist for the powers of darkness. He was asked where all the money went that has been lost by the tens of trillions in various asset classes such as real estate and the stock market. Full Story

By: Clif Droke - 9 March, 2009

The problem plaguing the market heretofore has been two-fold: a lack of buyers on the retail side and deleveraging on the institutional side of the aisle. In an all-out liquidation market cycles, support levels and technical indicators are of little to no use until the panic subsides and a level-headed approach prevails. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 9 March, 2009

As General Motors goes, so goes the nation? There was a time when this was very nearly true – never moreso than in 1955, when the company became the first to pay taxes of more than $1 billion. Now, with GM a heartbeat from flatlining, policymakers are still wrangling about the funeral arrangements. Full Story

By: - 8 March, 2009

1st Hour:
Headline news & Market Weatherman Forecast.
Spotlight Stock Picks with big dividends.
The International Forecaster and Host Chris Waltzek answer listeners' questions.
2nd Hour:
-Louis Navallier, Portfolio Grader System Full Story

By: Clive Maund - 8 March, 2009

Something truly remarkable happened last week that has major implications for the global economic crisis - despite all the doom and gloom and the broad stockmarket continuing to make new lows, copper broke out upside from a 3-month long base pattern. Why is this so important? Full Story

By: Trace Mayer, J.D. - 8 March, 2009

Will sites such as BailoutSleuth which attempts to publicize important information the Federal Reserve Bank attempts to make a matter of private concern be hailed into court under defamation charges for true statements? Transparency is an essential element for investors yet the SEC and Federal Reserve are massive failures in this regard despite their hollow suggestions to the contrary. Full Story

By: Jason Hommel, Silver Stock Report - 8 March, 2009

Thank God that God's in Charge, and that He's doing it right! Thank God I'm not in charge of the Nation. When I first began studying gold, I had a lot more arrogance about what "should be done" about gold by those in power. Some of my more bizzare ideas were as follows. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner, The Daily Reckoning Crew - 8 March, 2009

“Substantial doubt,” say auditors at Deloitte & Touche. They’ve been studying GMs figures. The numbers make them wonder whether the automaker can continue as a “going concern.” Here at The Daily Reckoning, we’ve got substantial doubt about a number of things. Full Story

By: Captain Hook - 8 March, 2009

Are you scared yet? You should be because not many others are in spite of the growing carnage in the financial markets these days. This is set to change in a hurry however, where borrowing from the Kübler-Ross model on ‘death and dying’, which is the same process investors are going through right now, if I am right about this, in getting from A to B, with A being denial and B anger, the stock market could do the unimaginable. Full Story

By: John Mauldin, Millennium Wave Advisors - 8 March, 2009

Rules have consequences. And sometimes they have unintended consequences. If I told you that the US government was going to give multiple tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to hedge funds and private investors, you would justifiably not be happy. I think the word angry would come to mind. Full Story

By: Gary North, Mises on Money - 8 March, 2009

The private money guy and the state money guy go at it again.
PMG: If a gold standard is really a standard, who sets it?
SMG: The government.
PMG: Why not the free market?
SMG: Because someone has to enforce the law.
PMG: What law?... Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 8 March, 2009

The Nasdaq Dubai and World Gold Council launched its long awaited gold exchange traded fund this week. The newest gold ETF is both guaranteed Shariah compliant for Islamic investors by Shariah Capital and 100 per cent backed by physical gold. Full Story

By: R. D. Bradshaw - 8 March, 2009

As an old man now, I have heard and used several clichés over the years. For many of these I have not had the foggiest notion of where and how the sayings commenced. Thus, in these Goldsmiths articles, I have made reference to people who still believe in the tooth fairy and are in the market to buy a bridge in Brooklyn. These are old sayings that have been around for ages to describe ignorant, stupid, foolish, gullible and/or naïve people who are simply lost on what is going on in the real world around them. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The Mogambo Guru - 8 March, 2009

The bad news is that the National Association of REALTORS announced that existing-home sales plunged 5.3% in January, and that, even more worrisome, 45% of the houses sold were of “distressed properties.” Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 8 March, 2009

This was one of the most news filled and busiest weeks I have ever had. Bailouts, lies and deception ruled the week. The events unfolding could hardly be imagined by most even a month ago, let alone years ago. We are breaking down below levels said to be untouchable, but I think we have more to go on the downside. Full Story

By: Merv Burak, CMT - 8 March, 2009

After eight straight days of decline we finally had a couple of up days in the price of gold. Still, the upside was not all that convincing. I’m still waiting for that Obama rally (in gold, that is). It shouldn’t be much longer now. Full Story

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