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Wednesday
Jan062010

The Biggest Financial Deception of the Decade

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By Jeff Clark, Editor, Casey’s Gold & Resource Report

Enron? Bear Stearns? Bernie Madoff? They’re all big stories about big losses and have hurt a lot of employees and investors. But none come close to getting my vote for the decade’s most dastardly deception...

First came Enron, with $65.5 billion in assets, going belly-up and becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history at that time. Chairman Kenneth Lay said that Enron's decision to file bankruptcy would “stabilize the company,” but over the next five years the company was completely liquidated. The stock went from a high of $84.63 in December 2000 to a whopping 26¢ one year later.

And what had we been told by the media? Fortune magazine dubbed Enron “America's Most Innovative Company” for six consecutive years. A well-intentioned friend wanted to give me a gift subscription to the magazine for Christmas; I choked on my cocktail and luckily he assumed my drink was too strong. In the end, you can thank Enron for bringing us the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a ghastly financial reporting regulation for which compliance is grossly expensive, and – stop the presses! – hasn’t prevented similar repeats.

Next came WorldCom filing for bankruptcy in 2002, their assets of $103.9 billion dwarfing Enron’s. “We will use this time under reorganization to regain our financial health and focus, while operating with the highest integrity,” assured CEO John Sidgmore. Was his eggnog spiked? Today, WorldCom stock certificates have been spotted as doilies under pancake house coffee mugs signifying it’s decaf.

Tyco, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems… it’s a crowded field around this time. But their stories of fraud and greed and mismanagement get boring after awhile. Just watch the closing credits from the movie Fun with Dick and Jane and you’ll see what I mean.

Bear Stearns set us all up for the Big Meltdown of 2008. It was B.S. (no, I mean Bear Stearns) that pioneered the asset-backed securities markets, and we all know how that turned out. Later we learned that as losses mounted in 2006 and 2007, the company was actually adding to its exposure of mortgage-backed assets, gearing itself up to 35:1. With net equity of $11.1 billion supporting $395 billion in assets, B.S. carried more leverage than a streetwalker’s push-up bra.

And during it all, Bear Stearns was recognized as the “Most Admired” securities firm in a survey by Fortune magazine (there’s that Lower Manhattan tabloid darling again). Frequent sightings of company executives on country club fairways assured the public that all was well. And CEO Alan Schwartz told us there was “no liquidity crisis for the firm” and insisted he “had the numbers to back it up.” His company was sold four days later to JPMorgan Chase at $10 per share, a 92% loss from its $133.20 high. Perhaps his numbers were prepared by ex-Arthur Andersen employees.

Lehman Brothers, the 158-year-old investment bank, was next and still today holds the title as the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. L.B. succumbed to 2007’s Word of the Year, “subprime,” and its $600 billion in assets all went poof! In just the first half of 2008, before the meltdown, Lehman’s stock slid 73%.

And what did CEO Dick Fuld tell us in April of that year? “I will hurt the shorts, and that is my goal.” He must have been referring to the attire of his tennis club buddies, because the ones who actually got hurt were numerous other banks, money market funds, institutions, hedge funds, REITs, brokers, private and public trusts, foundations, government agencies, foreign governments, employees, and investors.

Moving on to the largest U.S. government bailout recipient by far, AIG’s troubles spawned my favorite placard of the decade: seen outside their Manhattan offices stood a sign that simply read, “Jump!” Maybe its creator heard what I did from AIG’s financial products head Joseph Cassano: “It is hard for us, without being flippant, to even see a scenario within any kind of realm of reason that would see us losing one dollar in any of these [credit default swap] transactions.”

He must have substituted his prescription eyewear with those giant New Year’s Eve glasses, because the government sunk $180 billion into the company and it still had to be split up and the assets sold to the highest bidder. I’m sure that his non-flippant comment had nothing to do with him making CNN’s “Ten Most Wanted Culprits” list in 2008.

GM, with $91 billion in assets, filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2009 and is now largely owned by the U.S. and Canadian governments (i.e., taxpayers). The $19.4 billion in federal help wasn't enough to keep the nation's largest automaker out of bankruptcy. But don’t despair: the government is pouring another $30 billion into GM to fund “reorganization operations.”

GM shares? Bye-bye. For 83 years GM had been a member of the prestigious 30 Dow Industrial stocks. It managed to survive the Great Depression but not this decade’s Greater Depression. Yet chairman Ed Whitacre had insisted, “I remain more convinced than ever that our company is on the right path and that we will continue to be a leader in offering the worldwide buying public the highest quality, highest value cars and trucks.” I wonder what he thinks now that the stock is named “Motors Liquidation,” trades only on the pink sheets, and sells for about 50¢?

Topping off our list is the infamous Bernie Made-off (er, Madoff), who scammed $65 billion over 20 years from unsuspecting institutions and wealthy investors. But don’t be too upset, because the number is probably half that amount. Hey, the alleged size of the losses comes from his own ledger book, and should we really trust his balance sheet? Dubbed the largest Ponzi scheme ever, I beg to disagree, as you’re about to see...

By now you are probably wondering... what’s bigger than all these? He’s covered the major frauds and scams of the past decade – what could possibly be left?

To quote my favorite sleuth, Hercule Poirot, “When all the facts are laid before me, the solution becomes inevitable.”

Here are a few clues…

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on July 16, 2008, that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are “adequately capitalized” and “in no danger of failing.” Then-Secretary Treasurer Henry Paulson declared on August 10, 2008, “We have no plans to insert money into either of those two institutions.”

►Both Fannie and Freddie were nationalized 28 days later, on September 8, 2008.

Ben Bernanke claimed on February 28, 2008, “Among the largest banks, the capital ratios remain good and I don’t expect any serious problems of that sort among the large, internationally active banks...” Henry Paulson added on July 20, 2008, that “It’s a safe banking system, a sound banking system. Our regulators are on top of it. This is a very manageable situation.”

►Since the recession started in December, 2008, 144 banks have failed.
Paulson informed us on April 20, 2007, that “All the signs I look at show the housing market is at or near the bottom.”

►The number of foreclosures skyrocketed shortly thereafter and will now any day surpass those during the Great Depression.

Ben Bernanke announced on June 20, 2007, that “[The sub prime fallout] will not affect the economy overall.”

►Less than one year later, the stock market crashed, losing 53% of its value, and is still down 25% despite one of the biggest bounces in history.

Those in charge of our country’s finances not only failed to see the crises developing and then bungled the handling of the recovery, they’ve deliberately misled us about what they’re doing to our currency. In spite of emphatic promises, flowery speeches, pat-on-the-back assurances, and continual reassurances, here’s what they’ve actually done to the dollar:
Since September 1, 2008, the monetary base has ballooned from $908 billion to $2.0 trillion. The current monetary base is now equal to bailing out General Motors 23 times.

Bailout funds in 2008 and 2009 total $8.1 trillion. That’s almost 78 WorldComs. It’s over 123 Enrons.

U.S. debt has risen sharply, from $6.2 trillion in 2002 to $12.1 trillion today. That’s over $39,000 per citizen.

David Walker, the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office from 1998-2008, warned that the U.S. is on the hook for $60 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Independent analysts peg the figure at near twice that. Whatever the number, it is incomprehensibly large. The only way we will meet these liabilities is to print the money and inflate them away.

We’re bailing out corporations that should fail, making financial promises we can’t keep, and adding layers of debt we can’t possibly repay. And the real killer is, if we don’t have the cash, we just print it. It is, by any reasonable account, the “blunder that will plunder” the next several generations. It is changing America permanently, and the problems will persist long after you and I are laid to rest.

Bottom line: after all the bailout programs, housing initiatives, rescue efforts, stimulus schemes, bank takeovers, wars, unemployment benefit extensions, and numerous other promises, the biggest financial deception of the decade is what the U.S. government is doing to the dollar. Nothing else even comes close.

This reckless activity has spooked our foreign creditors, weakened our global standing, diluted our currency, is punishing savers and retirees, and ultimately sets us up for a level of inflation this country has never seen before.

Yet, what is the guardian of our economy and money telling us now?

“Will the Federal Reserve's actions to combat the crisis lead to higher inflation down the road? The answer is no; the Federal Reserve is committed to keeping inflation low and will be able to do so. In the near term, elevated unemployment and stable inflation expectations should keep inflation subdued, and indeed, inflation could move lower from here.” (Ben Bernanke, December 7, 2009).

This is pure rubbish. If inflation could be controlled by just thinking stable inflation thoughts, then Ben should be able to grow a full head of hair by just thinking scalp follicle thoughts. This is so ridiculous, it’s insulting.

Government actions make a mockery of their words; what they say and what they do are diametrically opposed. It’s clear that inflation is not a question of if, but when.

Any level-headed individual has to conclude that there will be a steady – and likely accelerating – decline in the dollar’s purchasing power. It’s inevitable.

The great masses don’t quite understand it yet, but they will. There will be no escape from the cold, hard slap in the face citizens will receive when a high level of inflation arrives. And when it does, it will make a mockery of any opposing viewpoint.

So the question before you is simple: Will you be a prepared survivor for what lies ahead, despite what our government leaders tell us, or will you be a complacent victim of the biggest financial deception of the decade?

For me, there’s only one solution. Don’t kid yourself into thinking a man-made asset will protect your purchasing power. This is the time to be overweight gold and silver. I advise letting them serve their purpose for you.

Learn the best ways to buy and hold gold and silver, and the stocks that will help you outpace the inflation that’s right around the corner. Give Casey’s Gold and Resource Report a risk-free try and learn how to escape with your assets intact. For $39 a year, it’s a no-brainer. Click here for more.


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Monday
Jan042010

The Federal Reserve Sued by GATA

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The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc. today (Dec. 30th, 2009) brought suit against the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, seeking a court order for disclosure of the central bank's records of its surreptitious market intervention to suppress the monetary metal's price.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

This is the opening snippet from rightsidenews.com who carried this article entitled 'GATA Sues Federal Reserve to Disclose Gold Market Intervention Records' They also refer to a letter from Kevin Walsh, a member of the board which states:

I have confirmed that information withheld from you under exemption 5 in this case is both predecisional and deliberative within the meaning of exemption 5.

Accordingly, this information was properly withheld.

'Properly Withheld' that sort of comment sticks in the throat and was aptly picked up by Al Korelin of The Korelin Economics Report when he interviewed Chris Powell, GATA Secretary/Treasurer. Click here to listen to it. Its also on Youtube.

The gold price manipulation theory has been around for some time so it should be interesting to see just how this one pans out. We don't know how long it will take to get this issue into court but GATA have asked the questions and The Federal Reserve Board need to come up with a few answers.





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Tuesday
Dec222009

Are We Missing Something?

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By Olivier Garret, CEO, Casey Research

Ben Bernanke is a dubious choice to be named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.  While Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel credits him with recognizing early and reacting appropriately to the ongoing financial crisis, in reality, he was wrong time and again with both his predictions and his remedies. Just remember these gems:
 
On July 1, 2005, Bernanke stated without hesitation that we were not experiencing a housing bubble: “I think what is more likely is that house prices will slow, maybe stabilize, might slow consumption spending a bit.”

November 2005, on derivatives: “With respect to their safety, derivatives, for the most part, are traded among very sophisticated financial institutions and individuals who have considerable incentive to understand them and to use them properly.” And “the Federal Reserve’s responsibility is to make sure that the institutions it regulates have good systems and good procedures for ensuring that their derivatives portfolios are well managed and do not create excessive risk in their institutions.”

February 15, 2006: “Housing markets are cooling a bit. Our expectation is that the decline in activity or the slowing in activity will be moderate, that house prices will probably continue to rise.”

February 2008: “I expect there will be some failures of smaller banks” (Bear Stearns collapsed a couple of weeks later).

But then again, I guess in regards to his nomination we are talking about achievements in 2009. That was the year Bernanke said, "Currently, we don’t think [the unemployment rate] will get to 10 percent."
 
This is the same chairman of the Federal Reserve who told us that Fannie and Freddie were “adequately capitalized” and “in no danger of failing.”  

Unfortunately, he has not just been wrong about housing, unemployment, banking, and derivatives -- his policies have directly contributed to all of the problems we now face.
 
High unemployment and the weak dollar threaten to further undermine our economy, yet his policy is to just keep borrowing. The massive debt his policies have foisted on the American taxpayer is weakening the U.S.’s position as global economic leader and hurting already tenuous relations with foreign governments. Bernanke has supported the policies of Greenspan and our current and previous administrations – the very policies that got us into this mess. He has supported the leveraging of the American economy to rescue companies long past saving and the borrowing of billions from foreign governments to line the pockets of corrupt investment bankers. 
 
I could recommend a few alternative names for runner-up, if Time’s criteria are really as dubious as they appear:

Lloyd Blankfein from Goldman Sachs for robbing taxpayers legally

Rick Wagoner of GM for taking the world’s largest car maker to bankruptcy in a quarter-century

Tim Geithner for ensuring that all of our bankers prospered during the worst financial crisis since the ‘30s

Tiger Woods for providing the nation with great dinner conversations and helping to spur tabloid sales.
 
Bernanke is insistent on using inflation to make our personal debts seem small, all the while setting the country up for a much larger disaster long term. Bernanke is borrowing from Peter to pay Paul… and robbing taxpayers to pay Peter.
 
As you may have noticed, the government will not save you from the reverberations of a declining U.S. economy. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands… and no one is better at pointing the way than the editors of The Casey Report. No matter how dire the economic trend, double- or triple-digit gains within 12 to 24 months are easy if you discover the right opportunities to profit. Find out more by clicking here.



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Friday
Dec182009

The Eye of the Storm

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By Louis James, Senior Analyst/Editor, Casey’s International Speculator

At a recent Casey Research editors’ meeting, the team took on the question of whether the somewhat steady recovery since last February’s washout bottom in the broader markets had any of us thinking that the recession might be over. The gathering of minds included: Doug Casey, Managing Director David Galland, CEO Olivier Garret, Casey Chief Economist Bud Conrad, Senior Energy Analyst Marin Katusa (my counterpart on the energy side), myself heading the metals division, and several other editors.

Doug’s guru-vision remains locked on the disaster channel. The U.S. economic problems, he says, remain so profound and, if anything, have been worsened by the government’s actions, that Americans are headed for a significant lowering of their standard of living.

As this reality unfolds, it will send out shock waves that will impact much of the world: the Greater Depression.

And the next step, Doug believes, will be a change in interest rates. The Bright Boys in DC will resist doing this, but while they seem willing to let the dollar slide to ease their mounting debts, they don’t want it to crash. They may soon be forced to raise interest rates. When that happens, Wall Street usually moves in the opposite direction – which could be the end of the “Things Aren’t as Bad as We Thought” rally of 2009.

Bud Conrad – in proper, responsible chief economist-style – considered the question carefully and conceded that there do indeed seem to be many “green shoots” now, but still concluded that conditions will continue deteriorating. He sees the government deficits in the driver’s seat, the main variable to keep a watch on.

As the U.S. government persists with its spending spree, valiantly dousing the deficit fire with more debt-gasoline, it will continue destroying the dollar, and that will push ever more people into gold.

A year ago, Bud predicted that gold would top $1,150 by year-end 2009. His call was bolder than most forecasters’ – but he was right. Looking at the numbers today, Bud’s new baseline 2010 forecast is for gold to top $1,450. He sees a “possibility of further international instability or currency debasement as adding to that baseline.” In plain language, Bud’s confident that resource stocks of all sorts will, on average, benefit greatly from the demise of the U.S. dollar.

Somehow, I can’t shake the image of Bud singing Don’t Fear The Reaper with Blue Öyster Cult for back-up… but that’s really more like something Marin would do.

Speaking of Marin Katusa, he commented that there is money to be made in the current rebound environment, but speculators should be extremely cautious: “You should know you’re dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight. You need to make sure you know the dance steps: get in early and exit before you get the dip by the devil at the end of the song.” (Marin not only has made huge amounts of money for our subscribers, he sings in a rock band, so he knows what he’s talking about.)

My own thinking has evolved into seeing 2009 as being like the eye of a monstrous storm.

The sky has cleared substantially, and the sea looks amazingly calm, given what we’ve just been through. But it’s not over yet; the trailing edge of the storm always delivers the most damage, and that’s yet to come. Anyone fooled into abandoning shelter is taking a terrible risk.

This doesn't mean we should stay huddled in our huts, however – it makes more sense to go out, restock supplies, repair what damage we can, and get ready for the deluge to come. The renewed fury of the storm will sink many more ships, but it will also make vast fortunes for those who invest in the ships that survive and even thrive in the tumult.

Essential strategy: For the near term, buy only an initial “tranche” (portion of your desired position) in the most storm-proof (cash-rich) companies you can find – ideally with great discovery or development stories that will deliver exciting news regardless of market conditions – and hold a good chunk of cash in reserve for the next big buying opportunity.

Nothing goes up in a straight line, as share prices over the last month have amply demonstrated. There are some great picks that have been heading up all year that are now paused in their advances. Any more correction in precious metals could put them on sale, temporarily, offering great buying opportunities with a lot of the technical (e.g., discovery) risk removed from the plays. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t have any cash on hand to take advantage of them – and kick twice as hard if you paid too much for a large whack of something that goes on sale.

Worried about sitting on cash with the U.S. dollar in a death spiral? Remember: gold is also cash, highly liquid, and with terrific speculative upside to boot.

With gold having just corrected sharply (as I predicted it would in Casey’s International Speculator), gold is unquestionably the best investment we can recommend right now – fluctuations aside, it has nowhere to go but up for quite some time. Perhaps as long as a decade.

That, plus our essential “eye of the storm” strategy as above is what we’re recommending to all our subscribers – and indeed to all investors around the world who want to not only survive the trailing edge of the financial storm still to come, but thrive because of it.

While gold has gone up 38% since last December, junior gold stocks can provide even greater gains than the yellow metal itself. Currently, for example, Louis is following eight juniors that have all the right conditions to become takeover targets by gold majors… which would drive share prices through the roof. If you want to get in early, this is the time: with our special holiday offer, you’ll save $400 on a one-year subscription of Casey’s International Speculator – but only until midnight, December 18. Hurry up and click here to learn more.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

High River Gold Target Price of $2.48

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In the third quarter of 2009 High River Gold demonstrated improving operating and financial results: production, revenue and operating profit rose compared to the levels of the first and second quarters. Based on the Q3 numbers and upon completion of the Troika investment of C$57M, the company is debt free on a net basis, which enabled us to increase our target price by reducing the discount applied in our peer valuation from 35% to zero. The stock's upside potential remains high supporting our BUY rating - Olma Investment Company.

The above is an excerpt from a research report issued by Olma Investment Company which if you can find the time is a very interesting read, please click here to read the report in full. This could just be the buy of this festive season as the upside potential looks very attractive at this point, so you might want to give it a thought when you are next on the acquisition trail.

Our stance throughout this roller coaster ride has been to hold tight and not sell at what we considered to be bargain basement prices and we are still of that opinion. The stock price has come a long way since it bottomed for mere pennies and is making steady progress so our patience may yet be rewarded.

Once again our thanks and gratitude go to Chris Charlwood for keeping his finger on the pulse and alerting us to this report, have a great Christmas Chris.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

Best Wishes for the Christmas Break

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Team,

A quick note to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a golden New Year. Have a really good break and come back full of beans and ready for action as 2010 will not be easy but it will be volatile and exciting, so we all need to be wide awake with clear heads for what lies ahead.

Have a good one.

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Thursday
Dec102009

How to Predict the Price of Gold

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Jeff Clark, Editor, Casey’s Gold & Resource Report

Long-term readers know that gold moves inversely to the dollar, meaning if the dollar drops, gold tends to rise (and vice versa). This happens with about 80% regularity. But what many gold writers haven’t acknowledged is the leveraged movement our favorite metal has demonstrated this year to the world’s reserve currency.

The U.S. dollar index, a six-currency gauge of the greenback’s value, has dropped 7.8% so far this year (as of December 3). Meanwhile, gold is up 38.7% year-to-date. In other words, for every 1% drop in the dollar index, gold has risen 4.9%. If that approximate percentage holds over time, one can begin to estimate what the gold price might be if you know what the dollar might do.

While the dollar is likely to bounce at some point, making gold correct, the long-term fate of the dollar has already dried in cement. If the dollar were simply to return to its March 2008 low of 71.30 next year – a 4.6% drop from current levels – this would imply a rise in gold of 22.5% and a price of about $1,478 an ounce.

The long-term scenario is more dramatic. If you believe the dollar will lose half its value from current levels, this would imply a gold price around $4,164. If you believe it will lose 75% of its value, gold would reach about $5,642. Doug Casey has called for a $5,000 gold price; if he’s right, guess what that implies for the dollar?

And think about this: these calculations ignore what else might “show up,” such as when price inflation shows up in the economy, the greater public shows up to buy gold, or the Chinese don’t show up at an auction. Could $5,000 gold be too low?

Unless you think the dollar’s problems are solved, its eventual demise is gold’s eventual glory. Prepare, and invest, accordingly.

And keep up on the gold and precious metals markets in Casey’s Gold and Resource Report. Each month I’ll bring you the best research and investment recommendations in the business. And until December 18, you can get a subscription for 50% off the regular price and receive a free gift worth $79. Click here to learn more.



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Tuesday
Dec082009

Canadian Gold Juniors Soar – Should You Buy Now?

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By Jeff Clark, Editor for Casey Research

For years, gold bugs like Doug Casey and his team have been saying that once gold takes off to stratospheric heights, it will take the gold mining stocks with it. It’s called the “Mania phase” of the commodity bull market.

Has this time arrived now?

If it hasn’t, it sure does a good look-a-like job. In the last weeks, the gold price has reached new records almost daily – the latest intraday high being $1,226.50/oz. The Chinese government has been urging its 1.3 billion citizens to buy physical gold and silver. And serially successful fund managers are beginning to load up on gold and gold shares.

BlackRock is a global commodities investment fund with a total of $1.4 trillion under management and serves as manager and adviser to the U.S. Federal Reserve. Not only did BlackRock state last month that “Central banks will be net buyers of gold this year as they diversify away from the U.S. dollar, marking a reversal of a decades-old trend” – the fund itself has a total of $4.655 billion invested in gold shares. Comparing the size of the gold stock market to the size of their portfolio, the 0.3% of their assets said to be invested in gold shares comes to something like 1 to 2% of the gold share market.

Financial website Minyanville agrees that “The smart money is already piled into gold,” listing high net worth investors like George Soros and Jim Rogers, and well-known fund managers like Bill Gross and Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital, Donald Coxe of Coxe Advisors, and David Tice of the Prudent Bear Fund.

The proof is in the pudding: On December 1, the Canadian TSX stock exchange posted its highest close in 14 months, and since the end of September, the S&P/TSX gold index was up 13%.

"There are really only four sectors in Canada — mining, energy, financials and everything else," Colin Cieszynski, market analyst, CMC Markets Canada, told the Vancouver Sun.
"For the most part, the seniors in the energy group have been flat for awhile and the banks have been flat for three months. One of the only areas that has been moving with a sizable weight on the index has been the mining sector. Since (gold) is one of the only areas moving, it's being noticed."

So, should you jump into gold stocks with both feet?
Louis James, senior editor of Casey’s International Speculator, one of the world’s most respected gold mining stock advisories, warns of throwing caution to the wind. In a recent interview with The Gold Report, James stated, “Gold stocks are . . . highly, highly speculative. Most gold companies don't have any gold; they are exploring for gold or developing projects that they hope will be economic. Only a few actually produce gold, and even the biggest producers are highly volatile, because the price of their product fluctuates constantly and strongly.”

“If [the juniors] do make a discovery, they go from having literally nothing but a geologist's dream to having something of measurable value. The difference in valuation can be huge; this is how it's possible to get 10-baggers or even 50 times your money on one of these stocks.”

Discerning the potential multi-baggers from the barren holes in the ground, though, is not an easy feat – but the market, says James, has done part of the work for investors.
”In 2007 and 2008, before the jitters, the market was overvaluing a lot of companies, practically anything with ‘gold’ in its name. Some of these companies didn't even have any assay holes drilled into their prospects; all they had were theories and hopes, and they were trading for tens of millions of dollars. Since last fall's crash, there's been quite a separation of wheat from chaff, and many of the companies that had nothing but theories or hopes have not recovered significantly.”

Still, James and his colleagues at Casey Research are expecting another market correction before gold – and by extension, gold shares – begin their trip to the moon: “If you're psychologically predisposed to being nervous about your investment, and you know you'd have a hard time dealing with a drop of 30%, 40% in a month or two, maybe this is not a good time to be buying speculative gold stocks.

“That having been said, if you stick to quality companies, buy an initial slice of your ideal position now, and fill out the rest of your position at a lower average price if it fluctuates downward, you preclude the possibility of missing out on a stock that takes off. But you have to believe in your picks strongly enough to see a sell-off as a buying opportunity.

“Our general recommendation right now is to focus on the best of the best. Everything in the International Speculator portfolio has resources drilled off that can be defined by one of the regulation-complaint categories or another. And it's all gold and silver right now.”

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Monday
Dec072009

Gold Prices in Uncharted Territory

With gold trading at over $1225 per ounce recently, we have witnessed a terrific rise in the yellow metal, taking it to new all time highs. For those of us who are long gold, new all time highs are obviously great news, but this situation also brings with it new challenges in terms of technical analysis.

Gold Prices in Uncharted Territory 1

With these all time highs, gold is in uncharted territory and therefore conducting technical analysis becomes more challenging. Where are the resistance levels? Where are the supports? These questions become harder to answer when gold is trading at levels never seen before.

We believe the breakout in gold came when it broke through $1033, a level that it a reached a couple of times previously but failed to break through. Therefore we believe the strongest support is now at this level and it is for this reason we do not think $1000 gold will be seen again for a very long time.

However we do not see gold correcting back to this level, as we have noted on the chart above that gold will get some support at $1150, and more at $1100. One of the reasons that we do not think gold will retreat back to $1033 is the similarity between the pattern seen now with gold breaking $1000, and that seen when gold broke $700 and ran to $1000. We class both these moves as Major Rallies and this is where the real money is made during a gold bull market.

Gold Prices in Uncharted Territory 2

A key feature of Major Rallies is that gold does not correct as many would expect, nor behave as standard technical analysis would suggest. Note that during the Major Rally of Sep-07 to March-08, the Relative Strength Index for gold did not drop much further than 50, and did not correct when it entered the overbought zone above 70. We think this will also be a characteristic of this major rally, with gold rising to over 80 on the RSI as it pushed past $1200, and it will probably not fall further than 50 this time around too.

Therefore we would be strong buyers of gold when the RSI is around 50. At present the RSI is at 56.38, so we may just watch gold for the moment, as it could dip further. In particular we are watching the USD index, which has been in a down channel for some time, it case it breaks out of its channel.


US Dollar Chart 061209


Although we view a rally in the USD as unlikely, we are watching to see if the greenback does break out as this would cause a decent correction in gold prices. However we are reasonably confident it won't, as the RSI for the USD is now above 50 and at a level that it has struggled to move higher than over the past year.

So overall we see the USD remaining in its down channel, and gold resuming its path higher, albeit with some possible consolidation this week. Further weakness in gold should be seen as an excellent buying opportunity, particularly if the prices drifts towards $1100 and the USD refrains from making a breakout upwards.

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Monday
Dec072009

Busy Times for OPTIONTRADER!

Recently market action has made things very busy at OPTIONTRADER, our premium options trading service. Since our last update we have closed another 7 trades, with an average gain of 51.17% in an average of 37 days per trade, and in the last two months our subscriber base has more than doubled.


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Bought GLD JAN-11 $100.00 CALLS @ $14.00 on the 6/10/09
Sold for $20.05 on the 18/11/09
43.21% Profit 43 days.

Bought GLD JAN-11 $100.00 CALLS @ $12.70 on the 29/10/09
Sold for $20.05 on the 18/11/09
57.87% Profit in 20 days

Bought SLV JAN-11 $18 CALLS @ $2.20 on the 29/10/09
Sold for $3.40 on the 23/11/09
54.55% Profit in 25 days.

Bought SLV JAN-11 $20 CALLS @ $1.70 on the 29/10/09
Sold for $2.30 on the 4/12/09
35.29% Profit in 36 days.

Bought GLD JAN-11 $105 CALLS @ $10.80 on the 29/10/09
Sold for $18.00 on the 4/12/09
66.66% Profit in 36 days.

Bought GLD JAN-11 $110 CALLS @ $10.60 on the 29/10/09
Sold for $15.90 on the 4/12/09
50% Profit in 36 days.

Bought GLD JAN-11 $105 CALLS @ $12.00 on the 6/10/09
Sold for $18.00 on the 4/12/09
50% Profit in 59 days.

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