Archives for March, 2014

Should We Really Put Gold in an IRA?

Jeff Clark, Editor of BIG GOLD “Gold is one of the dumbest things to put in your IRA,” said the slick TV commentator, with his $200 haircut, perfect white teeth, and superior attitude. “Everyone knows income-producing vehicles are best for an IRA.” I tried to ignore the prepackaged message from someone who sounded like he […]

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Juniors for Seniors: An Interview with Louis James

Juniors for seniors… huh? No, I’m not referring to Junior Mints, but rather, junior resource stocks. I had the.privilege of interviewing Louis James, the chief metals & mining investment strategist at Casey Research.  Louis is the editor of Casey International Speculator, the first subscription newsletter I ever bought, and I am holding a good number of his recommendations. […]

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Outside the Box: Gavekal on Russia and Japan

  I look at dozens of sources a day on global macroeconomics, but one source I go to every day is my good friends at Gavekal. The Gavekal partnership – father Charles Gave, son Louis-Vincent Gave, and noted economist and journalist Anatole Kaletsky – spans three continents: Charles is based in Paris, Anatole is in […]

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Reverse Mortgages 101

My grandfather liked to use clever sayings to make a point. One of his favorites was, “the same thing, only different!” As we pulled together this article, I immediately thought of how his funny little saying applied. The Same Thing… When you buy an annuity, you give a private company a sum of money in […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Crimea River

  By Grant Williams  |  February 17, 2013  (Marina Lewycka): Public clashes between Ukrainians and Russians in the main square in Sevastopol. Ukrainians protesting at Russian interference; Crimean Russians demanding the return of Sevastopol to Russia, and that parliament recognise Russian as the state language. Ukrainian deputies barred from the government building; a Russian “information […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Crimea River

  By Grant Williams  |  February 17, 2013  (Marina Lewycka): Public clashes between Ukrainians and Russians in the main square in Sevastopol. Ukrainians protesting at Russian interference; Crimean Russians demanding the return of Sevastopol to Russia, and that parliament recognise Russian as the state language. Ukrainian deputies barred from the government building; a Russian “information […]

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Doug Casey’s 9 Secrets for Successful Speculation

When I started working for Doug Casey almost 10 years ago, I probably knew as much about investing as the average Joe, but I now know that I knew absolutely nothing then about successful speculation. Learning from the international speculator himself—and from his business partner, David Galland, to give credit where due—was like taking the […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Inequality and Opportunity

  “Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.” – Stephen Jay Gould My letters the last few weeks on income inequality (here and here) brought more response from readers than any topic I’ve written on in the history of this […]

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Why Unemployment Rates Matter to Your Retirement

My biological clock is ticking—as is yours and everyone else’s. With each passing day, you are either moving closer to or further past the day you quit working full time. Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and will continue to do so for the next 17 years. Whether you count […]

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Outside the Box: Seth Klarman: Investors Downplaying Risk “Never Turns Out Well”

  Today’s Outside the Box is unusual in that it isn’t an original document but rather a summary of a client letter from one of the greatest investors of our generation, Seth Klarman, who is also one of the more reclusive – he rarely speaks in public or grants interviews. He is known for his […]

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