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Metals

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…

The Monetization of Lumber

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you want to see how widespread the commodities boom has become, take a look at the lumber market, which has popped 47% since June. This is in the face…

Watch Rice For Clues to Corn

Oct 25, 2010 at 08:07 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Those wondering what to do about their ag positions better take a look at the contract for rough rice, which has skyrocketed by 50% since July to $14.50 a pound.…

Growing Competition for Natural Resources Leads to Daily Pricing for Alumina

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:42 | Dave Forest

We've all heard the lines about increasing global competition for natural resources. The world is not the same as it was ten or even five years ago. New sources of…

A Big Boost for the Palladium Market

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:01 | Dave Forest

Not to belabor my writings on palladium from earlier this week. But this chart tells a critical story. Open interest…

Tapping the Oceans Mineral Wealth With Deep Sea Mining

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:28 | Al Fin

No one knows how many hydrothermal vent sites are in the oceans, but there is a best guess. Amazingly, when scientists who have studied different parts of the ridge system…

Run over by the Grain Train

Oct 13, 2010 at 08:02 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The US Department of Agriculture released a shocking report on Friday that triggered rare limit up moves in all three major grains simultaneously, corn, (CORN), wheat, and soybeans, and sent…

Where to Buy the Next Dip in Gold

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:47 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After the violent moves in the gold market last week which took it to another all time high of $1,363, and then a wrenching $25 pull back in a matter…

The Big Gold Era Arrives

Oct 07, 2010 at 11:19 | Dave Forest

Five years ago, a big investment house like Merrill Lynch would have scarcely thought to mention gold. But in 2010, the yellow metal is a hot topic. A September report…

Japanese Recycling Weakens China’s Rare Earth Stranglehold

Oct 07, 2010 at 09:32 | David Caploe PhD

As Deng Tsiao-Ping observed before his death, rare earth metals - which are crucial to producing all manner of "clean" high-technology - are China's oil. Despite the name, rare earth…

Metals Shortages Threaten Developments in Solar Energy and Nuclear Power

Oct 05, 2010 at 09:55 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is not only an impending gap in demand and supply of oil that imposes upon the conservation of human civilization, the pressing and imminent depletion of world metals threatens…

Silvers Boost From Asia

Oct 04, 2010 at 13:15 | Dave Forest

I wrote last week about Asia's love for platinum. This week, it's looking like there's a new "hot item" in the East. Silver. Open interest in silver on the Tokyo…

Gold is Now At the Deep End of the Pool

Oct 01, 2010 at 08:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

For me, the best case scenario which I have been predicting for nearly two years has arrived. But as much as I love gold for the long term, I have…

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