The Largest Private Landowners in the U.S.

Buying and owning hard assets like farmland and timberland has been a popular investing method for many years. Unfortunately, it is too costly and difficult for the average retail investor, so it is often left to those who have access to a significant capital base. For those who can invest in land, it can often be one of the best investments you will ever make, as the potential for profit is quite large [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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DBA vs RJA: What Would Jim Rogers Do?

As Bernanke and the Fed continue to print more money and debase the dollar, investors are becoming increasingly concerned with the potential impact this will have on inflation. This has led to many turning to commodity investments to help protect their portfolios. Among the most popular inflation hedge investments are agricultural commodities, as food prices are among the first to feel the effects of inflation. As such, a number of big name investors have been recommending ag as the place to be for the coming years [for more agricultural 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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Alert: 3 Key Commodities in Backwardation

When it comes to futures investing, contango and backwardation are two phenomenons that traders should always keep an eye on. Backwardation is simply the process whereby near month futures are more expensive than those expiring further into the future, creating a downward sloping curve for future prices over time [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Jim Rogers: This Sector Will Boom in the Coming Years

“It’s unavoidable” says Jim Rogers of a coming recession. He notes that roughly every four to six years has seen an economic slowdown in the U.S., and that 2013 and 2014 will be no exception to that rule. For months now, Rogers has been warning investors that our culminating debt issues and a sluggish economy will lead to a recession that is even worse than that of 2008. He has continually told investors to be very worried and to prepare themselves, but unlike most others who predict a doomsday-like scenario, Rogers has given advice on how to prepare yourself [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Can Commodity ETFs Hedge Your Everyday Expenses?

Although the concept of “hedging” has been stretched, abused, and otherwise manipulated over the years, it is nevertheless a very important process for many companies. Commodity producers use forwards and futures contracts to help ensure a certain level of cash flow, and corporate commodity consumers use hedging to help control costs. So here’s a thought – can regular people use commodity investment products like ETFs to hedge some of their everyday costs of living?

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How Jim Rogers is Preparing for a Recession

Jim Rogers has been calling for a recession for several months, as he feels that our overwhelming debt levels and upcoming fiscal cliff will propel us into another economic spiral. “It’s coming” he has warned, stating that 2013 and 2014 will be worse than the fallout we saw in 2008. Now that the Fed has announced an extremely aggressive QE3, Rogers has become extremely bearish on the U.S. dollar, feeling that is will suffer the same losses that the pound sterling did years ago. Luckily, Rogers has been kind enough to tell investors exactly how he has been preparing for the coming recession [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Jim Rogers: Commodity Bull Market Has No End in Sight

It seems like every day brings bolder statements from Jim Rogers, one of the most respected commodity investors of all time. Rogers has gone on the record recently with calls like gold will drop 20%, silver is a better buy than gold, and anyone who avoids commodities is a fool. But his new comments bring a wave of optimism to the world of commodity investing, especially for agricultural investments, as Rogers feels commodity prices will have to spike given the dismal outlook for the overall industry [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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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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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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