Critical Reading for Rare Earth Metals Investors

Rare earth element coverage has exploded since The Gold Report started covering this sector in early 2009. At that point, the REE junior mining market was a $2 billion industry. Today, REE juniors are a $10 billion+ industry—give or take a one-day market fluctuation, and Streetwise Reports now has a dedicated newsletter to cover . . . → Read More: Critical Reading for Rare Earth Metals Investors

I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

Was it Popeye’s friend, Wimpy, who kept asking for a hamburger on credit? Today’s credit markets are anything but robust, with reduced demand and supply for borrowed funds. Always eager to find obscure terms for modern dilemmas, economists refer to this condition as a liquidity trap. With a little prodding from Facebook friend and . . . → Read More: I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

Compelling Proof of the College Bubble

From the New York Review of Books:

In Academically Adrift, Arum and Roksa paint a chilling portrait of what the university curriculum has become. The central evidence that the authors deploy comes from the performance of 2,322 students on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester at . . . → Read More: Compelling Proof of the College Bubble

Economic Events on December 30, 2011

At 3:00 PM Eastern time, the Farm Prices report for December will be released, giving investors and economists an indication of the direction of food prices in the coming months.

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Coming Full Circle

The newest bubble appears to be (wait for it…) real estate. Specifically, farmland:

The latest Grant’s Interest Rate Observer reports that farmers in Sioux County, Iowa bidding on a 74-acre tract forced a winning bid price of $20,000 an acre, far higher than the previous record price of $16,750 per acre set in October.

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Don't Let Short-Term Volatility Inform Investment Decisions: James West

James West isn’t interested in timing the precious metals market—that’s a good way to end up butchering perfectly good investments. As the editor of The Midas Letter and portfolio advisor of the Midas Letter Opportunity Fund, West doesn’t even check the daily trading of the stocks he’s following. He’s more interested in making . . . → Read More: Don’t Let Short-Term Volatility Inform Investment Decisions: James West

Tortoise or Hare? Pittsburgh Real Estate

I really do suspect one could blog/comment/opine daily on assessments in Allegheny from now until…  some undefined date long in the future, but who wants to endure that.  So to connect a bit the assessment crescendo just beginning with the bigger picture, and for a good end of the year post…  just what is . . . → Read More: Tortoise or Hare? Pittsburgh Real Estate

Economic Events on December 29, 2011

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the U.S. government will release its weekly Jobless Claims report. The consensus is that there were 372,000 new jobless claims last week, which would would be 8,000 more than the previous week.

At 9:45 AM Eastern time, the weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index will be released, providing an update . . . → Read More: Economic Events on December 29, 2011

Renewed Faith in Oil and Gas: Jim Letourneau

According to Jim Letourneau, author of the Big Picture Speculator, oil and gas aren’t going away any time soon. Indeed, new technologies offer the industry and investors profitable opportunities. Read more about why Letourneau considers shale gas, shale oil and enhanced oil recovery “game changers” in this exclusive Energy Report interview.

The Energy . . . → Read More: Renewed Faith in Oil and Gas: Jim Letourneau

Cleveburgh Watch: A Tale of Two Banks

So to admit upfront, this is all parasitic on some neat reporting from Bloomberg out on the Analytic Journalism frontier.  They have acquired and made available to the public (which means they want us to use it right?) data as they describe “Once secret ” from the Federal Reserve on its lending to major . . . → Read More: Cleveburgh Watch: A Tale of Two Banks