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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…

What Do China's Aluminum Sales Mean?

What Do China's Aluminum Sales Mean?

Nov 10, 2010 at 12:29 | Dave Forest

China has started (slowly) selling its considerable stockpiles of base metals. The National Development and Reform Commission announced this week it sold just under 96,000 tons of aluminum through public…

Rare Earths ETF Launched by Money Manager Van Eck

Rare Earths ETF Launched by Money Manager Van Eck

Nov 03, 2010 at 12:06 | Mark Nicholls

Money manager Van Eck Global has launched an exchange-traded fund (ETF) offering investors exposure to a possible bull-run in the value of ‘rare earth’ metals. Such metals are crucial raw…

Growing Worldwide Concern Over China's Dwindling Rare Earth Supplies

Growing Worldwide Concern Over China's Dwindling Rare Earth Supplies

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:31 | RFE/RL staff

Hybrid cars, mobile phones, flat-screen televisions, fiber-optic cables, the latest-generation wind turbines. What do these products all have in common? For many countries, they represent the money-making future of manufacturing…

The Monetization of Lumber

The Monetization of Lumber

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you want to see how widespread the commodities boom has become, take a look at the lumber market, which has popped 47% since June. This is in the face…

Watch Rice For Clues to Corn

Watch Rice For Clues to Corn

Oct 25, 2010 at 08:07 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Those wondering what to do about their ag positions better take a look at the contract for rough rice, which has skyrocketed by 50% since July to $14.50 a pound.…

Growing Competition for Natural Resources Leads to Daily Pricing for Alumina

Growing Competition for Natural Resources Leads to Daily Pricing for Alumina

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:42 | Dave Forest

We've all heard the lines about increasing global competition for natural resources. The world is not the same as it was ten or even five years ago. New sources of…

A Big Boost for the Palladium Market

A Big Boost for the Palladium Market

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:01 | Dave Forest

Not to belabor my writings on palladium from earlier this week. But this chart tells a critical story. Open interest…

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