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I’ll Take Two Lumps, Please

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:23 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It’s just a matter of time before global buying of the grains spills over into the sugar market. A combination of torrential rains in Brazil, the source of 54% of…

The Skinny on Lithium

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:16 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Long time readers of this letter know that I have been a huge bull on lithium plays, my pick in the sector, Chile’s Sociedad Quimica Y Minera (SQM), bringing in…

Grain Prices Are Spiking Everywhere

Aug 04, 2010 at 09:35 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Now the grains are literally on fire. News reports over the weekend of wild fires triggered by historic draught conditions in Russia and the Ukraine, consuming vast swaths of wheat…

Why Water Will Soon Become More Valuable Than Oil

Jul 30, 2010 at 08:53 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you think that the upcoming energy shortage is going to be bad, it will pale in comparison to the next water crisis, so investment in fresh water infrastructure is…

How the Lizard Brain Kills Exploration Projects

Jul 28, 2010 at 14:49 | Dave Forest

Exploration is a complex business. Ore bodies are almost never straight-forward. And in most cases the only information the exploration team has about these complex structures is gained from pencil-thin…

US Faces Water Supply Crisis: Study

Jul 23, 2010 at 04:47 | Charlotte Dudley

A new study says climate change will take a “serious toll” on American water supplies in the coming decades, with the group behind the report calling on Congress to pass…

The Importance of Mineralogy

Jul 19, 2010 at 03:09 | Dave Forest

It's been a hectic week of travel through Europe, on behalf of our gold-copper company. I'm sitting in the Crowne Plaza in Bratislava, Slovakia, getting ready for some meetings in…

The Grains Take Off

Jul 12, 2010 at 08:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It turns out that perfection doesn't continue forever, after all. That was the bet I was more than happy to make three weeks ago when I started to buy the…

The Starbucks Mining Model

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:57 | Dave Forest

Starbucks has a great business model. They've essentially created a chain of clearinghouses across the globe. Coffee is the anchor product. It brings a lot of people in the door…

This Crop Could Be Your Big Winner This Year

Jun 30, 2010 at 23:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Since the is an absolute dearth of things to do right here, I want to reiterate my call to buy soybean meal (click here for original call). This morning, the…

Investment Bankers Excited About Aluminum

Jun 23, 2010 at 22:25 | Dave Forest

Reports from Harbor Intelligence's aluminum outlook conference in Chicago this week suggest that Credit Suisse and Glencore are close to the launch of an exchange-trade fund (ETF) back by physical…

Buy Those Who Sell Shovels, Not Miners

Jun 22, 2010 at 12:22 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

A careful study of the history of California's 1849 gold rush shows that while almost all the miners went broke, those who provided the picks, shovels, transportation, and banking services…

Why Uranium Will Make Someone Rich

Jun 16, 2010 at 12:08 | Dave Forest

Uranium is a very unusual sector. For one, it's small. So small, that at one point in history top-producing nations like Canada and France tried to form a uranium cartel…

Grains See the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Jun 16, 2010 at 11:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am a huge long term bull on the grains, but abandoned my trading call in January when the USDA published a spectacularly bullish forecast for most crops for 2010.…

Coffee Perks Up

Jun 15, 2010 at 17:50 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Coffee prices rocketed to a seven month high last week after the International Coffee Organization published a report predicting a serious decline in global supplies this year. Exports from Vietnam…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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