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Metals

Gold Report: Manipulation vs. Intervention

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:12 | Ronald Stoeferle

There is a thin line between intervention (normally by the government, government-related institutions, or more generally, politicians) and manipulation (negative connotation – as in “influence”). The (sometimes massive) interventions on…

Arguments For and Against Gold Ownership

Mar 21, 2011 at 16:53 | Taras Berezowsky

Stories and opinions on whether to buy or sell gold seem to be a dime a dozen these days (more likely, it has always been this way), and there’s no…

Chinese Money and Conflict Minerals in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Mar 18, 2011 at 11:05 | Stuart Burns

It would seem that in spite of democracy, not much changes in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To say bribery, corruption, theft, tax evasion and coercion are rife in…

A Detailed Look at the Increasing Demand for Gold

Mar 18, 2011 at 10:50 | Ronald Stoeferle

For the first time in many years investor demand might exceed jewellery demand in 2010. In 2000, investment demand accounted for only about 4.8% of total demand, in 2009 for…

Gold in the Context of the Financial Crisis

Mar 17, 2011 at 09:56 | Ronald Stoeferle

The paradox is the trigger of the crisis, i.e. too cheap money, is now being treated as its medicine. This could be regarded as an absurdity of historical proportions. Three…

The Japanese Earthquake’s Impact on Global Metal Markets

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:30 | Lisa Reisman

The impact of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan undoubtedly has had — and will continue to have — broad ramifications across commodity markets, currency markets and stock markets, not to…

Gold is Money, Nothing Else

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:28 | Ronald Stoeferle

Money is usually credited with three essential functions : - Means of exchange- Value storage- Value measure Gold fulfils these three central functions without a problem. Gold is universally accepted money.…

Gold is the Optimal Portfolio Insurance

Mar 14, 2011 at 08:47 | Ronald Stoeferle

While a popular opinion contends that gold is volatile and thus risky, facts clearly prove the opposite. A look at the past few months as well as the long-term history…

Massive Price Discrepancies between Paper Gold and Physical Gold

Mar 13, 2011 at 10:44 | Ronald Stoeferle

There are massive discrepancies between the contracts based on gold price quotations at the COMEX and the price of physical gold. At the moment physical gold commands a premium of…

In What Phase of the Gold Bull Market Are We?

Mar 11, 2011 at 11:34 | Ronald Stoeferle

A central pillar of the Dow Theory is the description of the phases of a bull market. According to Dow the three phases reflect the confidence of the investors: - 1.…

China's Five Year Energy Conservation Plan Could Have Serious Ramifications for Metals

Mar 10, 2011 at 07:59 | Stuart Burns

An interesting article in the New York Times last week looked at Chinese plans to release details this month of its new five-year plan for energy conservation. The issue…

Next Stop $50 for Silver

Mar 08, 2011 at 20:49 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Last week, I saw silver rise $1 in one day. I remember when the white metal’s total cost was $1! Investment demand is overwhelming industrial demand by a large margin.…

Rare Earth Prices Soaring: Will Miners Play Catch Up?

Mar 08, 2011 at 15:00 | Jeb Handwerger

The Middle East Turmoil has created a sell off in equities and a run to the safe haven assets of precious metals and oil.  Even though rare earth prices are…

What do the Middle East Uprisings Mean for Metals?

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:35 | Stuart Burns

It is tempting to look at the events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and, as shocking as the loss of life and bloodshed have been, at least console ourselves that…

Are High Nickel Prices Here to Stay?

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:52 | Stuart Burns

How should stainless consumers plan their product design and view material purchasing options strategically in the face of such a strong nickel price? It is no secret that during the…

A Look at the New Field of Deep Sea Mining

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:37 | Andy Soos

Deep sea mining is a relatively new mineral retrieval process that takes place on the ocean floor. Ocean mining sites are usually around large areas of polymetallic nodules or active…

Oil's Big Push on Corn

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:55 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

You would think that with oil crisis levitating over $100/barrel and gasoline continuing its relentless march towards $5/gallon, farmers would be wringing their hands, wondering how they can afford the…

When is the Best Time to Buy Silver?

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:48 | Taras Berezowsky

While there’s considerable focus on silver regarding what returns it can gain as an investment asset and as a hedging tool – both valid applications, amidst sovereign debt risks and…

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…

Why Warren Buffet Hates Gold

Mar 02, 2011 at 21:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The “Oracle of Omaha” expounded at length today on why he despises the barbarous relic. The sage doesn’t really care if the yellow metal hit an all-time high today of…

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