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Will Iridium be the Best-Performing Commodity of 2010

Jun 02, 2010 at 15:12 | Dave Forest

Unless you're a chemist or paleontologist, you've quite possibly never heard of iridium. The metal is one of the "little brothers" amongst the platinum group elements. The United States used…

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Commodity Investors Now Turning their Attention to Rhodium

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I was at the Hard Asset Investment Conference in New York a few weeks ago, every hour someone would stop by my table, mention the word "rhodium", and walk…

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Here Come the Water Wars

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Long time readers of this letter know well that I have been a big fan of the water play. The world is rapidly running out of fresh water, possibly within…

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When Higher Metals Prices Aren't Good for Miners

May 14, 2010 at 11:53 | Dave Forest

A couple of interesting data points on costs in the mining industry. Cost containment is once again becoming a major issue for miners. TD Newcrest analyst Greg Barnes told a…

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Australia’s Super Profits Tax on Resource Companies Leads to Immediate Fall-Out

May 03, 2010 at 12:01 | Dave Forest

Australia sent the major miners into a tailspin overnight. The Rudd government announced Sunday night that it will impose a new "resource super profits" tax on mining, oil and gas,…

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The Coming Boom in Rare Earth Metals

May 02, 2010 at 09:33 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Interest in Rare Earths is starting to heat up in a dramatic fashion, and it something you should keep on your radar. So named because they were hard to get…

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What to Look For When Investing in an Exploration Company

Apr 27, 2010 at 13:31 | Dave Forest

Calling all mineral explorers. Australia needs your help. The Australian Institute of Geosciences (AIG) this week released a report noting that the Aussie exploration sector is suffering. AIG blames the…

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ETF-izing the Market: Are Producers Getting the Wrong Signal?

Apr 14, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

Reports this morning that Russian aluminum giant Rusal is looking at launching an exchange-traded fund (ETF) back by physical aluminum. Rusal said the fund could initially be backed with up…

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Chinese Base Metal Stockpiles are Reaching Epic Levels - How will this Affect Prices

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

A couple of interesting data points the last few weeks, on commodities oversupply. Last week CBI China reported that Chinese base metal stockpiles are reaching epic levels. CBI surveyed commercial…

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Rio Tinto Case Indicates Chinese Leadership are Confident that Growth Will Continue

Apr 04, 2010 at 19:00 | David Caploe PhD

When four executives from Rio Tinto, the giant Anglo-Australian mining company, were arrested last July on charges of stealing commercial secrets, as well as taking and receiving bribes from Chinese…

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