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Metals

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…

The Grains Take Off

Jul 12, 2010 at 08:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It turns out that perfection doesn't continue forever, after all. That was the bet I was more than happy to make three weeks ago when I started to buy the…

The Starbucks Mining Model

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:57 | Dave Forest

Starbucks has a great business model. They've essentially created a chain of clearinghouses across the globe. Coffee is the anchor product. It brings a lot of people in the door…

What to do About Gold

Jul 07, 2010 at 15:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Gold, gold, gold. What to do about gold? I get asked this question a dozen times a day, by some who have been long since the current move started more…

This Crop Could Be Your Big Winner This Year

Jun 30, 2010 at 23:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Since the is an absolute dearth of things to do right here, I want to reiterate my call to buy soybean meal (click here for original call). This morning, the…

Gold: A Bubble on the Verge of Bursting?

Jun 29, 2010 at 09:29 | Daily FX

Gold has marched steadily higher over the past ten years, with only the reasons behind investors’ demand for the yellow metal changing along the way. Looking ahead however, mounting fundamental…

Why Silver Could Outshine Gold

Jun 28, 2010 at 16:53 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The latest round of risk reduction by global hedge funds bashed silver (SLV), knocking $2.50 off of the $19.50 high seen in the heady days of May. Today we have…

Investment Bankers Excited About Aluminum

Jun 23, 2010 at 22:25 | Dave Forest

Reports from Harbor Intelligence's aluminum outlook conference in Chicago this week suggest that Credit Suisse and Glencore are close to the launch of an exchange-trade fund (ETF) back by physical…

Buy Those Who Sell Shovels, Not Miners

Jun 22, 2010 at 12:22 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

A careful study of the history of California's 1849 gold rush shows that while almost all the miners went broke, those who provided the picks, shovels, transportation, and banking services…

Why Uranium Will Make Someone Rich

Jun 16, 2010 at 12:08 | Dave Forest

Uranium is a very unusual sector. For one, it's small. So small, that at one point in history top-producing nations like Canada and France tried to form a uranium cartel…

Grains See the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Jun 16, 2010 at 11:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am a huge long term bull on the grains, but abandoned my trading call in January when the USDA published a spectacularly bullish forecast for most crops for 2010.…

Coffee Perks Up

Jun 15, 2010 at 17:50 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Coffee prices rocketed to a seven month high last week after the International Coffee Organization published a report predicting a serious decline in global supplies this year. Exports from Vietnam…

Is Gold Set for a Dramatic Decline?

Jun 10, 2010 at 12:16 | Charles Hugh Smith

Teasing apart the various forces acting on the price of gold reveals the complex financial character of the yellow metal. That gold is in a long-term uptrend is undeniable. But…

Fears of Rare Earth Shortages Rise

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:48 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Fears that Chinese hoarding of rare earths would lead to global shortages hit the market this week. The government has stopped issuing licenses for new exploration until mid 2011. It…

Gold Crucifies Doubters

Jun 09, 2010 at 12:40 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Gold (GLD) blasted through to an all time high last night, doubters and naysayers carping all the way up that it was overpriced. The white metals of silver (SLV), platinum…

The New California Gold Rush

Jun 04, 2010 at 10:16 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The gold rush is back on in California. On my way back from Lake Tahoe recently, I saw that every bend of the American river was dotted with hopeful amateur…

Will Iridium be the Best-Performing Commodity of 2010

Jun 02, 2010 at 15:12 | Dave Forest

Unless you're a chemist or paleontologist, you've quite possibly never heard of iridium. The metal is one of the "little brothers" amongst the platinum group elements. The United States used…

Commodity Investors Now Turning their Attention to Rhodium

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I was at the Hard Asset Investment Conference in New York a few weeks ago, every hour someone would stop by my table, mention the word "rhodium", and walk…

Here Come the Water Wars

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Long time readers of this letter know well that I have been a big fan of the water play. The world is rapidly running out of fresh water, possibly within…

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