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Metals

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…

Silver is Hot, Hot, Hot

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:15 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Those who followed my advice to watch silver should by now have the precious coins raining down upon them. Since then, the precious white metal has jumped 8% to $19.30,…

China's Insatiable Appetite for Gold

Aug 30, 2010 at 09:01 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Gold bugs and naysayers alike take note. When the world's second largest and fastest growing economy liberalizes gold ownership by individuals, who happened to be the planet's most fastidious savers…

Why Gold Seems Unbreakable

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

While the rest of the world has been going to hell in a hand basket, gold (GLD), (GDX) refuses to take a serious dip, and is threatening the old $1,260…

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,…

The Misguided Interpretation of Historical Gold Prices

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:13 | Adam Sharp

Gold bears are on the prowl again, having apparently recovered from their 10 year scorching, and it looks like some are launching a new counter-offensive.Exhibit A: The gold chart…

Mis-Judging the Gold Market

Aug 12, 2010 at 11:38 | Dave Forest

Gold is so misunderstood. My colleagues and I often joke about how gold is the "all-weather" investment. When the economy is good, pundits claim gold will rise because of inflation.…

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…

Will Gold Coins Suffer the Fate of the $10,000 Bill?

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:13 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The conspiracy theorists will love this one. Buried deep in the bowels of the 2,000 page health care bill is a new requirement for gold dealers to file Form 1099’s…

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…

The Ultra Bull Argument for Gold

Jul 14, 2010 at 02:57 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am constantly barraged with emails from gold bugs who passionately argue that their beloved metal is trading at a tiny fraction of its true value, and that the barbaric…

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