Natural Gas Fueled by a Bitter Winter

Polar vortexes and heavy snow are two of the most defining characteristics of the 2013-2014 winter season in the U.S. Bitter cold and harsh weather conditions have taken their toll on parts of the economy, especially when it comes to employment figures. However, when it comes to natural gas prices, the cold weather has propelled the fossil fuel higher, as incessant demand has sent NG on a tear to open up the year [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold in 2013: The Correction Finally Weighs In

After a 12-year unstoppable bull run, gold finally met its match in 2013. Investors had been hopping on the bandwagon with great success for a number of years, as  it seemed that gold would never stop climbing. With the Fed committed to printing money as a part of its various quantitative easing programs and a general sense of uneasiness about the economy, gold was able to make historical highs in 2011. Though it fell off from its peak that year, it still had a positive run in 2012. 2013, however, was a completely different story [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Q&A With Peter Schiff: Silver Looking Golden

Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, has long been a major presence in the precious metals industry. We had the chance to sit down with Peter to discuss silver, gold and his new fund that debuted earlier this year.

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Natural Gas Bucking the Seasonal Trend

Natural gas is, perhaps, one of the most cyclical commodities in the space, as its demand and usage is heavily tied to seasonality. As a result, its price cycles for the past few decades have been somewhat predictable, even though it can be quite volatile day-to-day. Both of those factors combine to make it one of the most popular commodities traded on the market. 2013, however, looks like it may be moving away from its normal trend [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Soybeans Soar, Creating Trading Opportunity

The summer of 2013 has been notably cooler than the scorcher that 2012 brought, but August saw the heat turned up on the U.S., having a marked impact on a number of commodities. Soybeans, in particular, have seen their prices spike, as the hot and dry weather of the last few weeks has taken its toll. The run higher could throw a wrench in the commodity’s standard cycle, making it all the more difficult to trade [for more soybeans news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Investing In The U.S.’s Surging Natural Gas Production

As fracking continues to develop, with new reserves being discovered on a daily basis, the world has watched natural gas production surge. Though still a non-renewable resource, natural gas burns cleaner and is cheaper than crude oil. As the world looks to replace dated energy sources, natural gas figures to be an increasingly significant commodity. At the forefront of the NG movement has been the U.S., as its presence in the natural gas world has continued to skyrocket in recent years [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold on the Verge of a Major Breakout

Gold has been at the center of investor attention since soaring to historical highs in the latter half of 2011. Since then, however, the metal has taken a tumble, leading many to speculate when it would hit its bottom and when it was time to buy back in. Everyone from Jim Rogers to Peter Schiff had their predictions of where gold was headed and just how low it would go, but the fundamentals for the metal seem to be suggesting it is on the cusp of a healthy breakout [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Investors Making Big Bets on Natural Gas

This summer has shaped up quite differently than the one just a year ago, throwing a wrench into a number of commodities. 2012 was the warmest calendar year in U.S. history, and the summer was especially hot. This year has been a different story, as temperatures have remained relatively low with only a few heat waves in comparison to 2012. While it may be nice to save on electric bills and still stay cool, the lower temperatures have presented natural gas with an uphill battle in a time when it usually flourishes [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What Obama’s Energy Plan Means For Commodities Investors

After years of environmental acts dying in Congress, President Obama is taking action by finally outlining a green plan for the U.S. Calling a press event at Georgetown University earlier this week, Obama discussed his goals: reducing carbon pollution, promoting green energy, and cooperating with  both developed and emerging economies to ensure global involvement. Many on the Hill have already objected to Obama’s goals and his use of executive orders to avoid Congressional approval, saying that the American worker will lose in this plan [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Fed Tapering Puts Precious Metals In A Pickle

As the decade opened, precious metals (namely gold) were among the most popular commodities for long-term investors. Many had grown comfortable with the commodities as safe haven assets that would help to protect their portfolios from inflation and any unforeseen market dips. But Ben Bernanke may have let the air out of the precious metals world when he announced that the Fed would begin tapering its bond purchasing late this year or in early 2014 [for more precious metals news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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