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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…

Gold Mining Boom Increasing Mercury Pollution Risk

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:34 | Andy Soos

In order to maximize gold extraction, mercury is often used to amalgamate with the metal. The gold is then produced by boiling away the mercury from the amalgam, a process…

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…

Gold Makes Record Run

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:54 | Global Intelligence Report

INCIDENT: On 7 December, gold hit an all-time high above US$1,425 per ounce (London morning fix), after having risen from under $300 per ounce at the beginning of the millennium…

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…

Survey Shows U.S. Has Abundant Rare Earth Supplies

Nov 24, 2010 at 10:27 | David Gabel

In the headlines lately has been news of China's monopoly of rare earth elements (REE), adding to China's growing clout. It would increase their leverage should they choose to reduce…

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…

If You Think Gold is Just a Dollar Thing

Nov 18, 2010 at 13:49 | Dave Forest

There's a lot of speculation these days about the gold price. One of the favorite theories is dollar weakness. The rising gold price is caused more by a falling dollar,…

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…

Unbelievable Open Interest in Silver on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange

Nov 11, 2010 at 14:53 | Dave Forest

I know I've been harping a lot about this, but the chart just keeps marching unbelievably upward. Over the last two days, open interest jumped another 12%.

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?

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…

You No Longer Have to Be Crazy to Buy Gold

Nov 09, 2010 at 21:12 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The good news is that you no longer have to be crazy to buy gold. Until recently, certifiable believers chasing the barbaric relic were driven by a host of urban…

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

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…

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