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Metals / Commodities

Going Back into the Ags

Jun 23, 2010 at 19:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

OK, I can’t stand it anymore. After staying out of the agricultural sector for the past six months I’m going back in. I’m not betting the farm, mind you. I…

44 Million People Driven Into Poverty by Rising Food Prices

Feb 25, 2011 at 07:44 | David Caploe PhD

Rising food prices have driven an estimated 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June as food costs continue to rise to near 2008 levels, according to…

Libyan Unrest Causes Commodity Prices to Skyrocket

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:31 | Business Insider

As political turmoil and violent social unrest continue to plague Libya, a massive economic mushroom cloud has emerged in the form of unprecedented upward price momentum across the broad spectrum…

A Buying Opportunity is Setting Up for the Ags

Feb 22, 2011 at 20:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

In January, I wimped out of my hefty long position in the grain ETF (JJG), hoping to sidestep a potential sell off going into a dreaded US Department of Agriculture…

A Look Behind Rising Food Prices: Population Growth; Rising Oil Prices; Weather Events

Feb 21, 2011 at 08:42 | Gail Tverberg

Rising food prices, crowned by a recent record high spike and chronicled in the graph below, have played a role in triggering the spread of unrest that we’ve witnessed recently…

The Population Bomb Echoes

Feb 20, 2011 at 19:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Pack your portfolios with agricultural plays like Potash (POT), Mosaic (MOS), and Agrium (AGU) if Dr. Paul Ehrlich is just partially right about the impending collapse in the world’s food…

Why Commodities are Being Driven by Inflation and Supply Worries

Feb 14, 2011 at 07:10 | Wall St. Cheat Sheet

The mainstream press loves to talk about emerging market demand as a cause of inflation, rising prices and the bull market in commodities. Did emerging markets suddenly begin demanding food,…

Despite High Prices - There is no Bubble in Commodities

Feb 11, 2011 at 07:50 | Business Insider

High prices do not mean a bubbles. High prices are just high prices. Humans are horrible at best in predicting either the frequency or the magnitude of such moves, yet…

Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Feb 07, 2011 at 14:10 | Jeb Handwerger

A serious lack of rare earth elements is endemically afflicting the world body politic.  It has been brought on by a chronic combination of American short sightedness and Chinese need…

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 | Eurasianet

Writing about the 1967 Six Day War in his 2001 memoirs, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that "While the border disputes between Syria and ourselves were of great significance,…

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Jan 20, 2011 at 06:41 | Bruce Krasting

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Bernanke is responsible for all the run-up in global food prices. There are many factors at play. That’s not to say the US…

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:54 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on forming a joint venture with Mongolia to develop a large uranium deposit. Medvedev's signature clears the way for creation of the…

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:39 | 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…

A Perfect Storm is Settling Up for the Grains

Jan 05, 2011 at 09:21 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I bet I’m the only guy you know whose wedding was filmed by the KGB. In the seventies, my friend, the TASS correspondent, Yuri, shot the entire assembled foreign press…

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

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?

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

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

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

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…

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