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  • Could This Royalty Company Turn It Around in 2013?

    By Lior Cohen - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, GG, RGLD, GLD

    Shares of Royal Gold (NASDAQ: RGLD), much like many other gold stocks, haven’t performed well during 2013 (up to date) as they tumbled by more than 35%. Nonetheless, Royal Gold’s business model is different than other gold companies as it relies on royalty payments from precious metal miners; this type of business model lowers the company’s risk compared to the risk that gold producers face. Will Royal more »

  • A Golden Opportunity to Go Long On Miners

    By Philip Davis - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, HMY, NEM, NAK, AGQ, GLD

    Gold collapsed overnight - all the way to $1,222.90 and this morning we took our first long on the gold futures in ages (/YG) at the $1,230 line as this is just beyond ridiculous at this point and we already caught a nice $5 pop for a $166 per contract gain and that lets us take a quick profit and reload for the next test of $1,230 more »

  • Why Gold Will Continue Its Plunge

    By Dan Moskowitz - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: SLV, UUP, GLD

    Have you been long gold or silver since 2008? If so, you might remember how long it took for quantitative easing, or QE, to sway these precious metals to the upside. 

    As the Federal Reserve created more money, you waited and waited for gold to move higher, unconsciously clenching your fists whenever you looked at the ticker, and frantically chasing fantasies of financial freedom in your mind. It was a more »

  • 4 Ways You Can Beat the Fed

    By Marie Palumbo - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, XOM, GM, SLV, GLD

    Last week, Ben Bernanke announced to Congress that if recovery trends continue, the Federal Reserve will begin to taper its purchase of government-backed securities. When the Fed cuts back on purchases, interest rates will rise, and government securities will become more appealing. Investors will likely follow the higher yield, selling their positions in the stock market, and sending stocks into a slump.

    Since 2008, the Fed has driven the 10-year more »

  • Goldman Sachs Could Miss Earnings This Quarter

    By Alexander Cho - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: GS, SLV, GLD

    I think we’re going into a tough quarter for Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS). The bank will find it difficult to thrive with all this market volatility.

    Goldman Sachs institutional client services

    Source: Goldman Sachs

    In the first quarter, Goldman Sachs reported a 10% year-over-year decline in its institutional client-services segment, which handles all of the fixed income, currency, and commodities execution. With the recent decline in the price of more »

  • Post Traumatic Friday - Don't Catch Those Knives!

    By Philip Davis - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, TZA, TLT, NFLX, SCTY, DIA, GLD, SBUX, TSLA, USO

    Wheeeee - what a ride!

    As our Members well know, we had a classic "spitting cobra" pattern on our charts and we knew this week was the inflection and we knew it was likely to be down which is why, on Monday, we welcomed the greater fools to the BS Futures rally and Tuesday we discussed gravity, parabolas and what would happen when the Fed cut the thrust to our market more »

  • Get Ready to Buy Gold and Silver, at Least Short Term

    By Michael Lee - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: SLV, GLD

    Oh how I wish I would've been short gold and silver today (June 20, 2013). I had liquidated all positions for safety earlier this week in anticipation of the FOMC meeting outcome potentially moving the markets (and boy did it!). I had a brief moment of bravery yesterday and almost entered a short silver position, but I played it safe.

    Of course, I'm kicking myself for not having more »

  • Investing in Inflation

    By Chris Johnson - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: DBO, GLD, RIG, USO

    With the FOMC wrapping up their two day meeting on Wednesday and announcing the future outlook of the quantitative easing program, the idea of inflation is particularly elevated in the minds of investors. A quick glance at the overall inflation numbers might suggest there is little reason to worry, but the adage “a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow” has been around for decades, and economics teaches more »

  • Do Gold and Silver Protect You From Inflation?

    By Lior Cohen - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: TIP, SLV, GLD, WMT

    In a recent, interesting article on the Fool’s blog network the author tries to settle which precious metal, gold or silver, is a better investment and serves as a better hedge against inflation. But do these metals serve as a good inflation hedge to begin with? I would like to tackle this issue and examine how well precious metals have protected your portfolio against inflation in recent years; let more »

  • Precious Metal Investing: Silver or Gold?

    By Sam Mattera - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: GFI, SLV, SLW, GLD | Editor's Choice

    For investors interested in precious metals, it really comes down to one decision: silver or gold? Although they frequently trade in tandem, and are often purchased for the same reasons, they are far from identical.

    Each metal has its own trade-offs. I'll break down the relative arguments for owning one over the other, and then suggest ways for interested investors to get exposure.

    The case for silver

    Silver is more »

  • 3 Shining Stars That Will Stand the Test of Time

    By Brendan Marasco - June 9, 2013 | Tickers: GDX, NEM, ^RUT, ^GSPC, GLD

    Those who do not emphasize asset allocation will get burned. Others will earn a fortune. Consider these staggering statistics:

    An over-inflated balloon

    The American government continues on a massive spending spree. No one can fully predict to what extent the repercussions will affect our economy. However, assets are extremely expensive as the equity market and money supply are becoming increasingly inflated. Simply looking at the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPCmore »)

  • Will Gold and Silver Bulls Have the Last Laugh?

    By Lior Cohen - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, SLW, GLD

    Gold and silver haven’t performed well in the past several months. Will precious metals recover from their recent tumble? Some people still consider gold an investment worth having. The leading arguments aren’t surprising: Central banks are printing money, global debt is rising and gold has done very well in the past decade. Let’s take a close look at these arguments and consider their validity. Let’s also more »

  • Should You Go for Gold?

    By Victor Lai - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: DBP, GLD, XME

    Gold prices are down about 17% year to date, while the S&P 500 is up about 13%.  Before you plunge in to buy on the dip, let's take a closer look at whether (as Bob Barker would say) the price is right.  

    How can you measure gold's true worth?

    In a previous post, I explained how commodities can be difficult to value because of their lack of more »

  • Forget Gold and Oil; Look at Platinum and Palladium

    By Joshua Bondy - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: PALL, PPLT, PAL, GLD

    Platinum and Palladium don't get the same fanfare as oil or gold, but they are important commodities in the modern economy. They are both critical parts of autocatalytic converters and their demand is expected to increase due to growing auto sales. China's recent decision to consider banning dirty coal imports is a sign that the nation is heading down a more environmentally friendly path. This makes it very more »

  • Barrick Hedges Its Product and Its Portfolio

    By Peter Pham - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: AU, ABX, GLD

    The world’s leading gold producer Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) recently released its quarterly results, in which its profits fell on lower prices and lower volumes. But the company is sticking to its guidance of 7 million to 7.4 million oz. mined for the year. The company's long-suffering shareholders, however, have finally been given some decent news about costs, as the company is going to begin selling off more »

  • Goodbye Gold

    By John Timmes - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, KGC, NEM, GLD

    Gold's dramatic rise over the past few years has been made more interesting by its recent fall from grace.  Gold currently trades around $1,365 per ounce, down significantly from it's 52-week high of over $1,800.  During the time of gold's ascent, many market pundits were advising that miners were a great way for investors to gain exposure to the commodity.  They reasoned that the miners more »

  • Pros and Cons of Investing in Gold

    By Nur Tarkak - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: GG, TLT, GLD

    Investing in gold was one of the safest things to do under volatile economic conditions. But all that changed when gold took a plunge last month. Now, people are aware that even gold is subject to volatility. It is like the stock market where there are highs and lows; it will not remain bullish all the time.

    For the past 10 years, gold was generally upbeat. Those who traded in more »

  • The Investor's Guide to Gold ETFs

    By Robert Baillieul - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: UBG, TBAR, GLD

    You don't have to be a doomsday prepper to appreciate gold. There are several good reasons to consider adding the yellow metal to your portfolio including:

    • Gold acts as a safe haven in times of (inflationary) uncertainty,
    • Gold's low correlation to other assets reduces risk in a long-term portfolio, and 
    • Gold serves as a hedge against a decline in the U.S. dollar.

    Fortunately for investors, the advent more »

  • Time To Short Gold

    By Callum Turcan - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, GG, GLL, GLD

    I was wrong, I admit it. A while ago I wrote a post about how central bank demand would push gold higher. Instead, lower CPI numbers and other factors have pushed gold prices below $1,400 and caused numerous investment banks to revise their estimates downward. Credit Suisse sees gold heading to $1,100 an ounce by the end of the year, due to decelerating inflation and the global economy more »

  • How to Play the End of the Commodity Super Cycle

    By Sam Mattera - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, FXA, GLD, TD

    Since 2009, most commodities have been on a fairly strong, and sustained, run. But in recent months, that trend has shown signs of reversing. Some prominent fund managers have called for the end of the great commodities “super cycle” -- if that’s truly the case, how should investors position themselves?

    The commodities super cycle

    Along with equities, commodity prices largely plummeted during the financial crisis, bottoming early in 2009. Then more »

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