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Metals / Commodities

Food Prices 18.5% Higher than a Year Ago

Food Prices 18.5% Higher than a Year Ago

Jan 01, 2011 at 17:55 | Gail Tverberg

I am busy working on some bigger projects that I can’t write about yet, but I thought I would put up a little scanned in section from today’s WSJ relating…

Why Commodity Prices are Surging

Why Commodity Prices are Surging

Dec 29, 2010 at 18:42 | David Beckworth

Paul Krugman explains the main reason for the rising commodity prices: Today, as in 2007-2008, the primary driving force behind rising commodity prices isn’t demand from the United States. It’s…

Is Food the New Distressed Asset?

Is Food the New Distressed Asset?

Dec 06, 2010 at 08:57 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After my entertaining repast with the head of our nation’s intelligence service, (See: Lunch with the CIA) I had to ask myself this question. During the sixties, new dwarf varieties,…

Rare Earth Metals Shortage Made Worse by Smuggling

Rare Earth Metals Shortage Made Worse by Smuggling

Dec 02, 2010 at 10:26 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Rare earth (RE) metals find application in devices inlcuding wind turbines, hybrid and electric cars, LCDs, fuel cells, nuclear reactors and lasers. China controls some 97% of the world supply…

Pssst! Have You Heard About Rhodium

Pssst! Have You Heard About Rhodium

Nov 30, 2010 at 08:31 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I was at the New York Hard Asset Investment Conference weeks ago, every hour someone would stop by my table, mention the word “rhodium”, and walk away. My interest…

Forget a Potential Oil Shortage: A shortage of this Mineral Would be Much Worse

Forget a Potential Oil Shortage: A shortage of this Mineral Would be Much Worse

Nov 25, 2010 at 11:19 | Brian Westenhaus

Most folks think an oil embargo or a running out of supply would be a disaster, some even realize oil could drive nations to war. But there is a much…

Survey Shows U.S. Has Abundant Rare Earth Supplies

Survey Shows U.S. Has Abundant Rare Earth Supplies

Nov 24, 2010 at 10:27 | David Gabel

In the headlines lately has been news of China's monopoly of rare earth elements (REE), adding to China's growing clout. It would increase their leverage should they choose to reduce…

The Genius Behind Successful Resource Companies

The Genius Behind Successful Resource Companies

Nov 23, 2010 at 13:21 | Dave Forest

I've been reviewing several new project opportunities this week, in both minerals and petroleum. It's got me thinking about genius. Good resource companies have some kind of genius. Something the…

Platinum: Good Prices Are Not Enough

Platinum: Good Prices Are Not Enough

Nov 17, 2010 at 11:09 | Dave Forest

Platinum gurus Johnson Matthey published their 2010 Interim Review of the platinum market yesterday. A big event in that part of the mining space. The report was fairly rosy for…

Year End Risk Analysis: Commodities

Year End Risk Analysis: Commodities

Nov 11, 2010 at 10:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

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