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Why My Shorts Are Missing.

I have always been an aviation enthusiast, flying every rare, antique plane I could get my hands on over the last 40 years. My adventures have taken me from flying a 1929 Norwegian spruce and Irish linen constructed Belgian Stampe to a MIG-25 Soviet fighter to the edge of space at 90,000 feet (check out […]

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Is Copper the New Red Gold?

Federal detention centers in the San Francisco Bay area are slowly filling up with a new type of criminal. Thousands of illegal immigrants and petty drug dealers are being joined by a rising tide of copper thieves raiding abandoned government facilities for their heavy gauge copper electrical wire. At current prices a decent night’s haul […]

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Say Goodbye to Your Favorite Teacher.

Don’t bother taking an apple to school to give your favorite teacher, unless you want to leave it in front of a machine. The schoolteacher is about to join the sorry ranks of the service station attendant, the elevator operator, and the telephone operator whose professions have been rendered useless by rapidly advancing technology. The […]

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December 17, 2012 — Quote of the Day

“The Fed is not as big a player as people think,” said former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan.

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December 14, 2012

Global Market Comments December 14, 2012 Fiat Lux SPECIAL ETF ISSUE Featured Trades: (NOW ITS ALL ABOUT ETF’S), (SPX), (GLD), (USO), (UNG), (DIG), (PALL),  (PPLT), (SLV), (BOND), (HDGE), (QQQ), (AAPL) S&P 500 Large Cap Index SPDR Gold Trust Shares United States Oil Fund, LP United States Natural Gas Fund ProShares Ultra Oil And Gas ETFS […]

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Now It’s All About ETF’s.

Exchange traded funds (ETF’s) could soon replace traditional mutual funds as the primary investment vehicle for individuals because of the huge cost, tax, and liquidity advantages they offer. That’s the learned opinion of my friend, Tom Lyden, who runs a site dedicated to this versatile security. Tom’s site offers updates on new ETF launches, research […]

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December 14, 2012 — Quote of the Day

“There have been plenty of great reasons to short things this year, but zero interest rates trump all that,” said hedge fund manager Bill Fleckenstein.  

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December 12, 2012

Global Market Comments December 13, 2012 Fiat Lux Featured Trades: (THE FED CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR GOLD BULLS), (GLD), (SLV), (PPLT), (PALL), (USO), (CU), (SPX), (FXI), (NRE) (THE SAN FRANCISCO HARD ASSET INVESTMENT CONFERENCE), (THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT IN REAL ESTATE), (TESTIMONIAL) SPDR Gold Trust Shares iShares Silver Trust ETFS Physical Platinum Shares ETFS Physical Palladium Shares […]

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The Fed Christmas Present for Gold Bulls.

Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, delivered a real blockbuster yesterday in the aftermath of the final Open Market Committee meeting of 2012 – looks like he really wants to end the year with a bang. Not only will the Fed continue with $40 billion-a-month worth of mortgage-backed securities to supercharge the housing market, it will […]

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The San Francisco Hard Asset Investment Conference.

Attending the San Francisco Hard Asset Investment Conference last month, I learned that the people who inhabit this world are different from you and I. They camp in remote, mosquito infested swamps, risking hepatitis or dysentery, or suffer 100 degree below zero temperatures in the frozen wastelands of the north. The mines in which they […]

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The One Bright Spot in Real Estate.

After my weekly dump on residential real estate, I feel obliged to reveal one corner of this beleaguered market that might actually make sense. By 2050 the population of California will soar from 37 million to 50 million, and that of the US from 300 million to 400 million, according to data released by the […]

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Testimonial.

I can’t ask for a better performance. I have not seen anyone that could match your return. I have never doubted your service. I live in Australia and work in the mining industry and am always looking forward to your outlook on the bubble we have here. Most people I work with seem to believe […]

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December 12, 2012 — Quote of the Day

“You appeal to their dreams and their hopes. The republicans sometimes appeal to a sense of guilt and shame,” said former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee.

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December 12, 2012

Global Market Comments December 12, 2012 Ten Rules for Asset Allocation FOR PAID SUBSCRIBERS ONLY

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Asset Allocation 101

There is no single answer to asset allocation, and it is every man for himself. One thing that I can tell you with certainty is how a hedge fund approaches the issue. The biggest hedge funds run thousands of positions across countries, industries, sectors, and currencies that are dynamically hedged on a real time basis. […]

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