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Metals / Commodities

Why You Should Pay Attention to Copper

Sep 14, 2010 at 11:49 | Robert M Cutler

The world price of copper both reflects and drives the hopes and fears of economic recovery and disaster. Roughly 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of copper is used in producing an…

My Sugar Buy Explodes to the Upside

Sep 14, 2010 at 08:20 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I just got a bill from my dentist, accrued since the sudden onset of my sweet tooth on August 2, and it was an absolute whopper! The good news is…

A Short Squeeze in Corn May Hit the Market

Sep 13, 2010 at 10:24 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The US Dept of Agriculture's Friday crop report has left traders carrying short positions in corn (CORN) with a decidedly sickening feeling in the pits of their stomachs. The federal…

Peak Rare Earths is Upon Us

Sep 13, 2010 at 08:58 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I first recommended the rare earths miners four months ago, I thought of them as stocks that you put on the  back book and forget about, hoping that they…

Growing Hunger for Iron Ore Upends Indian Politics

Sep 11, 2010 at 08:30 | David Caploe PhD

In the global rush to industrialize, and above all, make steel, the imperative element in manufacturing, iron ore has suddenly become a key element of global economics. As noted below,…

Is Copper the New Red Gold?

Sep 01, 2010 at 20:07 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Federal detention centers in the San Francisco Bay are a are slowly filling up with a new type of criminals. Illegal immigrants and petty drug dealers are being joined by…

Time to Add some Corn to Your Diet

Sep 01, 2010 at 10:44 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I have been waiting for a substantial dip in the grains to add to a position in corn, and it is clear from the chart below that we are just…

The Brewing Crisis in Rare Earth Elements

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:18 | Dave Cohen

As economists focus on the Sacred GDP number, which must remain positive to maintain the statistical recovery myth, there is another crisis brewing in the world of crucial resources. In…

It's Off to the Races at Molycorp

Aug 24, 2010 at 22:33 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I just wanted to follow up on the rare earths piece which I recently published. Despite lackluster market conditions at best, Molycorp (MCP) managed to raise $394 million through its…

Is Palladium the New Gold?

Aug 20, 2010 at 11:49 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When the current outbreak of angst biting at the heels of the markets runs its course, and traders morph back into risk accumulation mode, you can count on palladium outperforming…

BHP Billiton Develops an Appetite for Potash

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:25 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

BHP Billiton’s (BHP) low key, South African CEO, Marius Kloppers, has announced that he is making a hostile takeover bid for Potash (POT) for $39 billion, or $130 a share,…

Scorched Earth Finance

Aug 10, 2010 at 13:11 | Dave Forest

One of my favorite journals is Project Finance. Having recently raised $25 million for a mining project, and now looking at a bigger raise for another, it's a subject I…

The Bull Market in Food Is Only Just Starting

Aug 09, 2010 at 17:32 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I believe that the surge in the price of food we have seen in recent weeks is the beginning of a major, secular, long term trend. During the sixties, new…

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…

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