As Doug Casey said recently, we expect things to come unglued soon. With the ongoing madness in Europe, it seems to me that things are starting to look visibly less well glued already.
Two words that any oil company dreads to hear are “export duty.” Especially if the word “increases” or “introduced” is floating around there too.
I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’ll bet I can tell you how much a house will cost in five years.
Last week, the price of gold again broke below its new base at $1,200, and the U.S. stock market was again under strong pressure, due to a confluence of fears, most of which point to a deflationary double-dip.
While we’re convinced gold and gold stocks are destined for much higher levels, buying when prices are low can mean the difference between a double or triple and a ten-bagger... a week in Malibu vs. a week in Milan.
It’s true that GLD’s assets just passed the $50 billion mark, and that it’s the second largest U.S. ETF. Yes, mints had difficulty filling orders when the Greek crisis broke. And yes, the gold price is up nine years in a row.
What if, I wonder, the whole modern construct of what passes for making the right moves in an advanced society is plain wrong?
The White House might be gaping in shock that the U.S. federal court overturned the six-month drilling moratorium, but it really isn’t all that surprising. Amid the finger pointing and political posturing, the Obama administration seems to have misse
Back when I had more time, I would occasionally play Oblivion, a video game. A game so addictive, it’s been known to contribute to flunking out of colleges and the failure of marriages.
Shareholders were treated to a big win last month when Brett Resources (V.BBR) was bought out by Osisko Mining (T.OSK), giving investors a triple from our initial recommendation. We talked with Brett Chairman Ron Netolitzky to get the story behind ho
After a troubled past, resource-rich Albania is trying to modernize itself into a good place to do business… and with astonishing success.
The trillions in U.S. federal debt now exceed 85% of gross domestic product – and that’s not counting unfunded liabilities. Unemployment is breaking 20% as the government used to calculate it. The Federal Reserve is printing money like the paper it i
Proper planning with your finances is incomplete until you consider the endgame consequences of your investment decisions today. So, what are the tax consequences of selling gold, gold ETFs, and gold stocks?
Oh, what a tangled web we live in. On one side of the Atlantic, there is a fundamentally broke European Union. On the other, the world’s largest debtor nation, these United States.
Commenting on the European crisis – because this has gone well past being one that can be termed “Greek” – the New York Times cited a senior U.S. official on the significant role the U.S., including Obama himself, played in getting Europe’s leadershi
What do search engines and wind energy have in common? That’s the question a lot of investors were asking earlier this month, when Google made an almost US$40 million investment into NextEra Energy Resources, a North Dakota wind energy firm. The simp
Recent decades have witnessed an amazing shrinkage of the American manufacturing sector, from #1 in the world to virtual non-existence. Companies, taking advantage of cheaper labor costs abroad, have either outsourced some portion of the workforce or
David Galland, Managing Director of Casey Research, interviews… David Galland.
Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced large new federal loan guarantees for the nuclear energy industry – totaling about $54 billion, or more than triple the current level of funding. Philosophically, we abhor government subsidies to
“I don’t like it, Jerry,” he said in a grave tone, as if scolding a misbehaving child. “Why don’t you invest in the gold company I told you about?” Jerry thought this might happen. His broker was traditional, conventional, and only pushed compan
Willie Shakespeare may have summed it up best when, borrowing the voice of King Richard III, he penned “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” History is replete with examples of how, but for the proverbial horse, kingdoms have been lost.
Last month I visited Peru again, penetrating perhaps a bit deeper but certainly higher up in the Andes than I’ve gone before. No nose-bleeds, but I’m not ashamed to admit that scrambling over rocks in search of boiling textures at 5,300 meters (17,40
In December 2008, after OPEC warned of “substantial cutbacks,” I voiced my strong opinion that the members of the Dirty Dozen would cheat, because cartels always cheat. Sure enough, despite all the talk about production cutbacks, even more oil flowed
The latest buzzword on investors’ lips is shale, and it’s everywhere. Shale gas production is rapidly growing, and the domino effect of unconventional gas development on the global energy market is staggering.
As the price of gold rises and the inevitable quacking begins again about the “barbaric” metal being overvalued, I thought a quick check-in with the historical perspective might prove useful.
Terrorism is becoming a major force in the world, as evidenced by Clinton actually referring to the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical devices in the U.S. I've thought their use against U.S. targets was an inevitability for years. But with the
Like many of you, the passage of the healthcare bill wasn’t met with the popping of champagne in my house. I found myself chanting “Uncle Sam, Uncle Sham” as the day wore on. Higher taxes and other major changes are headed our way. And yet, I think t
Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its scoring of President Obama's budget for the next 10 years. It shows a budget deficit of $9.8 trillion. That is just shy of $4 trillion worse than the CBO’s baseline budget, a budget that in
On March 3, I heard John Taylor over lunch at the San Francisco Federal Reserve. In his talk he reviewed the government’s bailouts and their effects on our economy. If you aren’t familiar with Taylor, he co-authored, along with Bob Hall, the macroeco
These days it takes very little to set me off on yet another rant against the American political class – a proxy for governments the world over.