Gold Beat All Other World Currencies in 2014

Tuesday December 30, 2014 15:35 “Gold is money. Everything else is credit.” ~J.P. Morgan in 1912 Loyal readers of our Investor Alert and my blog Frank Talk are no doubt aware that the U.S. dollar’s rising strength has put pressure on commodities such as oil and gold. I wrote about this as recently as my roundup of the top commodities stories of 2014, which you can read here. Gold took a blow in the second half of 2014 as a result of the dollar’s ascent, and sentiment toward the yellow metal right now is less than ideal. But to keep things in perspective, its performance this year has far outpaced that of 2013, when it fell 28 percent—its worst showing since early into President Reagan’s first term. Even though gold has lost 0.8 percent year-to-date as of this writing, it still leads all major world currencies except for the U.S. dollar. … Continue reading

John Kaiser Talks To The Gold Report

The Four Exploration Companies Bottomfisher John Kaiser Thinks Could Get Gold Investors Excited Again Source: JT Long of The Gold Report  (12/31/14) The junior resource market is at a historic low point, but Kaiser Research Online author John Kaiser knows it just takes one big discovery to bring excitement—and investor dollars—back to the market. It has happened before. In this interview with The Gold Report, he reveals which four companies could lead the way. The Gold Report: When we talked in October, you compared the resource sector to a swamp. Is that still a good analogy? John Kaiser: The resource sector is analogous to a swamp in that companies in this space are having a very difficult time making any headway. Valuations are extremely low. All the big narratives are either going south or stuck in a rut. There is no capital flowing in to make this swamp a little bit … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots: Live Every Day Like It Is a Holiday

By Tony Sagami If you’re a longtime reader, you know that I spend most of the year in Asia. I have lived in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines.Asia is wonderful, but I have to confess: it isn’t easy for me to get into the holiday spirit over here.It isn’t that Asia doesn’t try hard. From Japan to Jakarta, Asians have embraced the commercial symbols of Christmas in a big way. Stores and shopping malls are decorated with Christmas trees and holiday lights, all the stores play “Silent Night” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and a child won’t have any problem finding a Santa that’s happy to listen to his wish list. I’m much too old to sit on Santa’s lap, and the meaning of the holiday season has changed for me over the years. As a child, the holidays mean presents and time off from school, but … Continue reading