Catch up

Record prices spawn new wave of China gold bugs: “More investors are moving into paper gold because of the lower capital costs. The prospect of making big and quick bucks by betting on gold’s ascent is beginning to look like a fairly easy way to make money.” Keep this in mind to temper they . . . → Read More: Catch up

Matt Gowing: Hunting for Profits in Rare Graphite

Lithium-ion batteries may be named for the alkali metal they contain, but graphite is actually used in greater amounts. Mackie Research Strategic Metals and Clean Tech Analyst Matt Gowing says investors would be wise to shift their attention to this still under-the-radar electrical conductor. While lithium supply concerns have made for splashy headlines, . . . → Read More: Matt Gowing: Hunting for Profits in Rare Graphite

On Patent Reform

The Smith Patent Reform Bill has become law:

President Obama today signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) a bipartisan, bicameral bill that updates our patent system to encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth. Both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly supported the proposal, which was sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman . . . → Read More: On Patent Reform

Economic Events on September 21, 2011

The Mortgage Bankers’ Association purchase index will be released at 7:00 AM EDT, providing an update on the quantity of new mortgages and refinancings closed in the last week.

At 10:00 AM EDT, the Existing Home Sales report for August will be released.  The consensus is that existing homes were sold at an annual . . . → Read More: Economic Events on September 21, 2011