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For banks, the recent news is pretty grim. But it’s about to get much worse, based on the following: Yield Curve Flattens: Now 10-Year Yields Just 1% More than 2-Year (Barrons) – Ye olde yield curve keeps getting flatter. Wednesday continued the trend — which is most pronounced between two and 10-year maturities. At 2:30 […]

The commodities bust may be about to claim some brand-name victims: Freeport-McMoRan Inc: The Hits Just Keep Coming Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) is off to a brutal start in 2016 with its stock price down nearly 40% in just over a week. The company is being battered by a barrage of negative news items, with the latest […]

Precious Metals Starting To Produce Some Winners

by John Rubino on October 26, 2015 · 5 comments

Everybody who’s owned gold and silver mining shares through a couple of cycles has their favorite story of the stock that took off and ran away. There was Glamis Gold, which rose from $1 to $40 in the space of a few years before selling out to Goldcorp. And Silver Wheaton, which soared from $3.45 […]

The Most Interesting Story In Gold

by John Rubino on September 25, 2015 · 24 comments

Or: Gold Miners’ Doom Is Streaming Companies’ Boom. The gold and silver miners are in crisis, as metal prices hover around break-even for many and capital dries up for most. Dozens of companies are one or two quarters away from running out of cash and closing down, and their executives are ready to deal. This […]

One of the most common pieces of advice in the gold-bug world is to get as much metal as possible for your money, which means buying bullion rather than rare (i.e., numismatic or collectible) coins. The latter weren’t confiscated in 1934, but — so goes this line of thinking — that’s not an issue this […]

Are Gold Investors Finally Capitulating?

by John Rubino on July 20, 2015 · 30 comments

Sprott Asset Management’s Rick Rule is one of the smartest guys in the resource investing world — and one of the most reasonable — which has made his interviews of the past few years a little disconcerting. Along with the obligatory positive thoughts on the long-term value of gold and silver and the resulting bright […]

China, India and Russia are accumulating a lot of gold, but they’re virtually alone. Traditional money managers, for a variety of reasons, view the metal as neither a viable investment (because it doesn’t pay interest) nor a substitute for cash (because they don’t understand monetary history). But what if they changed their minds? From Chapter […]

One (perhaps the only) bright spot in the past few years’ gold market has been Chinese and Indian demand for the metal. Here’s a chart, courtesy of Ed Steer’s Gold & Silver Daily, showing that the two countries have imported a cumulative 15,000 tonnes since 2008, which is not far from the total production of […]

One of the oddities of floating exchange rates is that they cause people to view the world in terms of their own national currency. For Americans that means looking out through a window that is distorted by the dollar’s recent surge. A C$100-a-night Vancouver BC hotel room, for instance, cost about US$100 in 2013 and […]

Suddenly, Not A Bad Environment For Gold Miners

by John Rubino on January 13, 2015 · 33 comments

A few years ago (when the world was very different) veteran mining analyst Jay Taylor told me something that seemed counterintuitive: Deflation can actually be a good thing for the gold and silver mining business — if the prices of mining inputs like oil fall faster than the price of precious metals. In other words, […]

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