Protect Yourself From Debased Currencies, Jim Rogers Style

Last week, Jim Rogers appeared on CNBC to talk about some of the issues in today’s economy. Sporting his typical Orville Redenbacher-like bowtie and suit, Mr. Rogers had plenty to say about recent actions from the Fed and what impacts it will have on our future. One of the main issues that he covered was the devaluing of the U.S. dollar, which has been a hot topic since the quantitative easing programs began in 2008 and our national debt pile quickly surged to nearly $16 trillion.

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Billionaires Trust GLD, Why Can’t You?

If GLD was a sports team, it would undoubtedly be the New York Yankees; everybody loves to hate this ultra-popular fund. Though it is the second largest ETF in the world, investors still have quite a beef with GLD. The blogosphere is especially vehement in their opposition to this gold product, as many claim it to be a complete sham. Some feel the fund holds no gold at all, while others think that the amount of gold in GLD’s London vault has been grossly overstated [for more gold investing analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How Will Gold React to Bernanke’s Speech at Jackson Hole?

Tomorrow will feature the long awaited Jackson Hole speech from Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke. Investors will be reading into Bernanke’s every word as they look for some kind of hope that the Fed will step in to provide more help for our economy, specifically in the form of QE 3. It has been rumored for months that Bernanke will be announcing a third quantitative easing program any day now, and all investors can do is wait [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 World Players Buying Gold Now

Gold has been a hot topic in recent weeks as investors have been waiting on what many feel is the inevitable announcement of QE 3 from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Though that announcement has yet to come, Friday’s Jackson Hole speech brings hope to gold bugs everywhere, as another round of money printing from the U.S. will debase the dollar and give way for gold to gain. But it is not just casual investors betting on an uptrend in gold, as a number of significant investors and institutions have been increasing their gold stakes as of late [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Three Interesting Commodity ETFs Launching Soon

The world of commodity investing was cracked wide open by the introduction of exchange traded funds. ETFs democratized an asset class that was once reserved for active traders who understood the nuances of direct futures and options investing, leaving many on the sidelines. But now that the commodity ETF world has taken off, investors of all levels have the opportunity to play these hard assets like never before. What’s more, the commodity ETF universe is still expanding, bringing new options for investors to make a play. Below, we outline three interesting commodity funds that have been filed for, but have yet to launch [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Top 10 Most Valuable Numismatic Coins of All Time

Coin collecting may not be the most popular form of investing, but it certainly has been a mainstay of niche investors for many years. Anything from a misprinted penny to an experimental coin that was never circulated can be highly sought after by some of the most savvy collectors around the world. The term “numismatic” refers to one who either studies or collects physical currency, and is often used to refer to coins themselves. Some of these collectibles are so rare that they are considered priceless, but there are others that come with a hefty price tag. Below, we outline the top 10 most valuable numismatic coins of all time (or at least the ones that can be valued) [for more numismatic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Jim Rogers: The Agriculture Industry is Doomed

Legendary investor Jim Rogers has long been a fan of agricultural assets and companies along with a number of other hard assets. His hard-nose investing theory has payed off quite handsomely, as his name has become renown around the world and investors hang on his every word. Unfortunately, his words as of late paint a relatively gloomy picture for the overall agriculture industry, as he feels that it will soon fall on hard times [for more agriculture news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Will Hurricane Isaac Send UNG Soaring?

As hurricane Isaac has continued to develop, it appears that it now has a clear path set to run through the Gulf and make landfall within the next 24 hours. Though it steered clear of the Republican National Convention, the storm has now entered the Gulf area and could cause a lot of problems for the dozens of drilling rigs in the surrounding area. Not only that, but the storm is currently headed along a very similar path to 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, worrying residents and government officials. Three states have already declared an emergency and have begun to evacuate residents.

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Physical Gold vs. GLD: Five Questions to Find Your Perfect Goldmate

Gold investing has surged in popularity in recent years, as the debut of financial instruments like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) has made it possible for any investors to quickly add exposure to this precious metal in their portfolio. But with the introduction of this physically-backed asset has come a number of questions as to whether or not long-term investors should actually use it. Below, we outline five questions that every investor should ask themselves when making the decision between GLD (or other gold securities) and physically investing in the metal [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How to Play a Republican Party Gold Standard Commission

For the majority of the past century, the U.S. has been on the gold standard, which ensured that our currency was backed by physical gold. But that changed in 1971 when President Nixon announced the end of the gold standard in order to deal with hyperinflation and the exorbitant costs of the Vietnam war among other things. Ever since, the value of the U.S. dollar has been on a slippery slope, as this move opened the doors for new generations of Fed members to print money at will: see Ben Bernanke [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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