Caution: Goldman Says Short Gold

While major U.S. equity indexes continue to push into uncharted territory, commodities have taken a backseat so far this year. As investors keep pouring into stocks and increasing their overall risk appetites, safe-haven assets like gold have faltered. Year-to-date gold has dipped just over 7%, while the S&P 500 has jumped over 11% during the same time period [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold Gears Up For A Rebound

It was Warren Buffett that urged investors to be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy. At a time when it seems like equities are unstoppable, investors have been pouring into stocks and increasing their overall risk appetite. As a result, safe-haven assets like gold have taken a big hit, as there is less perceived risk in the economy than in the recent past. But what goes up must come down, and savvy investors have an opportunity to turn a profit based on current trends [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Why Peter Schiff Is Embracing The Fiscal Cliff

The fiscal cliff has been the chief worry of the U.S. economy as of late, as the uncertainty looming has created a volatile marketplace. Each political party has their own ideas on how to move forward, and the same can be said of individual analysts and experts. Famed gold bug Peter Schiff is no stranger to speaking his mind on the economy and what he thinks is the best course of action for the United States. And his most recent comments fall in line with his knack for bold and brash statements [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Faber Eyes Rally In Greenback

Marc Faber is usually known for his grim predictions, earning him the moniker “Dr. Doom”; a name he shares with Nouriel Roubini. The doctor has laid out a number of predictions in the past few years with his more recent jabs directed at sluggish growth in major Asian nations like China. But it seems that even Faber gets tired of a curmudgeon-like attitude, as one of his more recent predictions actually benefits the U.S. dollar [for more news and analysis on the dollar subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Sandy May Delay Key Jobs Report

As Sandy began to hammer the east coast late last night, the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to make a decision when to release October’s jobs data. This report will be a key factor in the upcoming election, as the undecideds will look to the jobs report as a sign of how our economy has been performing which could sway them either for or against current President Barack Obama. This, of course, comes after the last jobs report where many speculated that the numbers were fudged in favor of Obama, as the unemployment rate saw its biggest dip in recent memory [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Hot Off the Press: Fed to Print $470 Billion in 2013

All of the worry about inflation and the Fed’s ability to control it has put this organization under the microscope. Markets react to their every move, and investors take cues from Bernanke for how they should position themselves. The Fed recently released its printing plans for 2013 to the effect of how much physical currency they will be printing and in what denominations. NPR has a great infographic for anyone interested in a visual representation [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How To Play Marc Faber’s 20% Market Drop

Marc “Dr. Doom” Faber has amassed quite the following in the financial world given his outspoken nature and uncanny ability to time the markets. This year has seen Faber urge investors to store their gold overseas and a warning that no matter who holds the Fed chair next, he will continue to print loads of money. Faber’s most recent prediction calls for a drop in the markets, as he has explicitly stated his bearishness for the global economy for some time now [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Lessons From the Inside Commodities Conference

The Inside Commodities Conference took place in Chicago last week, and there was no shortage of interesting speakers and heated debates over the future of varying aspects of the commodity world. The day was chock full of presentations and findings on the commodity world, some of which were new or unique theories and ideas. We were able to boil it down to the five most important lessons and information conveyed at the conference, to help our readers stay up to date on the fast paced environment of commodity investing [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Three Alternative Sources for the Current Inflation Rate

Inflation can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared. Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. With the newly-announced open-ended quantitative easing program that involves a fair amount of money printing, many investors are worried that it is only a matter of time before inflation kicks up and wreaks havoc on their investments. Some are predicting hyperinflation, while others like Bill Gross have stated that inflation will be significant enough to turn all real returns to 0% for the foreseeable future [for more inflation news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Schiff Talks Gold, Recession, China at Commodities Conference

Last week’s Inside Commodities conference, presented by Index Universe, had a slew of well-known speakers and industry experts. Of the big names on the list, Peter Schiff was one of the most anticipated panelists of the day, as his thoughts on precious metals have long been followed by investors. As usual, Schiff did not disappoint as he commented on not only gold, but the surrounding economy and where he thinks the U.S. is headed in the future [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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