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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Warning: John Hussman’s Model Shows the Worst Short Term S&P Risk-Reward in a Century

As last week’s QE3 announcement juiced equities, valuations began to look stretched according to some long-term metrics (such as the Shiller PE, which approached 24). The Bulls certainly proved to be in the majority as the market’s upward move was substantial, but as gold prices surged after the QE3 announcement as well, it was clear that some investors were growing increasingly wary of inflation and general market frothiness.

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How to Build a Futures Free Commodity Portfolio

For commodity traders, futures contracts and futures-based products are usually the go-to financial instruments for gaining exposure to your favorite hard assets. While futures investing may be appealing, there are many serious drawbacks and costly nuances to this strategy that can impact bottom-line returns. And without fully understanding how futures work and without being able to frequently monitor a trade, futures positions can quickly turn sour. For those who wish to avoid futures, we outline an all ETF portfolio that is designed to provide well-rounded exposure across all of the major commodities completely devoid of these contracts [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Norway Prepares For The End of The World

The concept of a world-ending economic collapse seemed to be a joke several years ago, but as time has pressed on, more and more people have hopped on the bandwagon of a world-ending crisis, be it a natural disaster or economic crisis. But while some people may be sitting around merely talking about the possibilities of all of the terrible things that could happen, one country is actually doing something about it. The Norwegian government has funded and built a seed vault in preparation for any kind of regional or global disaster [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].

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The Ultimate Commodities Survival Kit: Five Must-Haves

The threat of a massive economic meltdown has had investors talking ever since the 2008 recession. Each person has their own plan for how they would survive another stock market crash, and what they would do to keep their heads above water. Most people feel that the likelihood of this happening is relatively low, but there are still others who note the wide variety of problems in today’s world and prepare for the absolute worst. For those looking to hedge against a stock market downturn, we outline five-must buy commodities to help protect your portfolio [see also Four Commodities To Buy Before Roubini’s “Perfect Storm”].

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Are Diamonds the Next Gold? GemShares Planning Diamond Index

Everyone knows that gold is one of the most prolific commodities of all time, as its store of value has been coveted by people across the world for centuries. But another commodity is equally as popular among the wealthy though its presence is relatively unknown. Diamonds are an extremely lucrative hard asset that may soon become the next big commodity given a recent filing. GemShares, a Chicago-based firm is expected to secure a patent to create an index for diamond pricing which can then be applied to futures contracts and ETFs and so on [for more breaking commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Beginner’s Guide to Wine Investment Funds: How to Invest in Fine Wine

Drinking wine has been a pastime for thousands of years, as people from various periods in history have all enjoyed this alcoholic beverage. Today, wine remains an incredibly popular drink, but it has also developed into something else, an investment. There are now a number of people who will invest in wine for its potential to appreciate with time, allowing the owners to sell at a profit. Generally, as wine starts to age it becomes more coveted by the market, pushing its value higher (note that this only works with certain kinds of wines, your two-buck-Chuck will not fall under this category) [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand]. 

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How to Play Schiff’s $5,000 Gold Prediction

Peter Schiff is a household name in the investing world, as he is well-known for his bold statements on the global economy and where he thinks markets are headed next. Schiff is vehemently opposed to stimulus packages as well as the massive deficit that seems to only grow by the day in the states. As such, Schiff was recently quoted as predicting gold to hit $5,000/ounce, a massive increase from its current levels. Though he was unable to quote a specific time frame for when gold will see this rapid jump, he has sound reasoning behind his theory on this precious metal [see also Four Commodities To Buy Before Roubini’s “Perfect Storm”].

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The Beginner’s Guide to Art Investments: How to Invest in Fine Art

When most investors think of commodity investing, their go-to image is a gold coin or barrels of crude oil. But there are a number of other options that fall beyond the “standard” commodities. Many of these options fall under the “hard assets” category, as they are not traded on any sort of market, there are no futures or options, and the only way to establish exposure is to physically own the commodity. One of the most enticing hard asset investments comes in the form of fine artwork, as collectors have created a hefty supply and demand system as the years have gone by [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].

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