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Is Gold Set for a Dramatic Decline?

Jun 10, 2010 at 12:16 | Charles Hugh Smith

Teasing apart the various forces acting on the price of gold reveals the complex financial character of the yellow metal. That gold is in a long-term uptrend is undeniable. But…

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Fears of Rare Earth Shortages Rise

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:48 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Fears that Chinese hoarding of rare earths would lead to global shortages hit the market this week. The government has stopped issuing licenses for new exploration until mid 2011. It…

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Gold Crucifies Doubters

Jun 09, 2010 at 12:40 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Gold (GLD) blasted through to an all time high last night, doubters and naysayers carping all the way up that it was overpriced. The white metals of silver (SLV), platinum…

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The New California Gold Rush

Jun 04, 2010 at 10:16 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The gold rush is back on in California. On my way back from Lake Tahoe recently, I saw that every bend of the American river was dotted with hopeful amateur…

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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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The race to Find a Platinum Replacement is on

May 30, 2010 at 12:11 | Brian Westenhaus

Platinum – the joy of a jewelry designer – the bane of a catalyst user, and in the current economy its the most expensive element on earth. Platinum is the…

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How far will gold Run?

May 18, 2010 at 13:03 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The good news is that you no longer have to be crazy to buy gold. Until recently, certifiable believers chasing the barbaric relic were driven by a host of urban…

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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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