Archives for January, 2014

A Turning Point in Junior Gold Stocks?

It’s not exactly news that gold mining stocks have been in a slump for more than two years. Many investors who owned them have thrown in the towel by now, or are holding simply because a paper loss isn’t a realized loss until you sell. For contrarian speculators like Doug Casey and Rick Rule, though, […]

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Business Development Companies

Business Development Companies (BDCs) are publicly traded private debt and equity funds. I know that description isn’t terribly sexy, but keep reading and you’ll find there’s a lot to be excited about. BDCs provide financing to firms too small to seek traditional bank financing or to do an IPO, but at the same time are […]

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Defend Your Life

It’s all too easy to get lost in the misinformation and politicking surrounding Obamacare. Dr. Vliet, an independent physician and the past director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (whom I had the good fortune to meet when she spoke at the last Casey Summit) graciously agreed to sit down and clear the […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Behold, Politics

  Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. It has an area of 2.6 square miles and juts from the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Roughly 30,000 people live in the territory, whose sole distinguishing feature is the very large rock which runs along the eastern edge of […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Forecast 2014: The CAPEs of Hope

  “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” – Robert Louis Stevenson South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope is one of the most dangerous stretches of coastline anywhere in the world, where the warm Agulhas Current (also called the Mozambique Current), rushing down from the Indian Ocean, meets the cold Benguela […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Forecast 2014: The CAPEs of Hope

  “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” – Robert Louis Stevenson South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope is one of the most dangerous stretches of coastline anywhere in the world, where the warm Agulhas Current (also called the Mozambique Current), rushing down from the Indian Ocean, meets the cold Benguela […]

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Americans Can Still Benefit from Tax Havens

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin You are technically a slave when 100% of the fruits of your labor is taxed or otherwise confiscated by force. So, at what percentage are you not a slave? When you consider the totality of the countless direct and indirect taxes […]

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Two Gold Stocks You’ll Wish You Owned in 2013… and Should Still Buy Now

Looking back on 2013, we have to conclude that it was one of the worst years for precious metals stocks in recent memory—despite all the reasons why it should have been a great one. Here’s a sober look at the performance of the most widely followed indices in the precious metals (PM) sector. It’s obvious […]

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Laddering Adds Another Layer of Protection

Laddering reminds most people of a strategy often used when owning multiple CDs. Back when interest rates made them worthwhile, if you were trying to arrange cash flow, you could stagger the maturity dates of your CDs so you always had one maturing in the near term. Longer-term CDs had better rates, but they tied […]

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Energy Outlook: What’s Hot in 2014

Investors who want to know how the energy sector will be doing in the coming year are, in my opinion, asking the wrong question. There really is no such thing as “the energy sector,” because the performance of the different resources—from oil and gas, to uranium, to coal, to renewables—can vary dramatically. Case in point: […]

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