Weighing the Risks in International Oil Plays

Explorers and producers need to go where the oil is. But how do you balance resource upside potential with jurisdictional risk? Amin Haque of Stonecap Securities argues that jurisdiction risk isn’t a deal-breaker if management knows how to mitigate it. In this interview with The Energy Report, Haque shares some companies that meet . . . → Read More: Weighing the Risks in International Oil Plays

Rick Rule: Be a Risk Manager, Not a Reward Chaser

The Gold Report met up with Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd, at the Hard Assets Conference in San Francisco. In this interview with The Gold Report, he shares his belief in the power of gold as both “catastrophe insurance” and an investment vehicle. As to equities, he . . . → Read More: Rick Rule: Be a Risk Manager, Not a Reward Chaser

There Is More to Gold than Mere Capital Appreciation: John Hathaway

John Hathaway, senior managing director of Tocqueville Asset Management, does not particularly trust banks to keep stores of physical gold safe and segregated. Indeed, he considers his black lab Jake a better watchdog than the SEC. That is why he favors the SmartMetals program from Hard Assets Alliance, a new service launched in . . . → Read More: There Is More to Gold than Mere Capital Appreciation: John Hathaway

Quality Oil and Gas Stocks Are On Sale: Joel Musante

The pullback in oil prices has created some attractive buying opportunities in both developing and established oil and gas companies, even if oil prices settle in the $80-90/bbl range. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Joel Musante, senior analyst with C. K. Cooper & Co., gives us his insights into current energy . . . → Read More: Quality Oil and Gas Stocks Are On Sale: Joel Musante

Paternalism and the Infantile Society

The continued expansion of the welfare state is a grave concern to me, now more than ever. I fear the expansion of the welfare state because I believe it infantilizes society. By this I mean that citizens of the United States become more dependent on the federal government’s largesse, and in so doing become . . . → Read More: Paternalism and the Infantile Society

Economics Question: Does Poverty Force People to Spend More?

Is being poor self-reinforcing because it forces one to spend more on stuff a little bit at a time over time, as opposed to saving up and/or forking over a large sum at once, and eventually spending less?

I don’t consider myself “poor,” but I do have a personal situation that illustrates the question:

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Economics and Constitutional Law

In which Paul Krugman again reveals his ignorance:

Let’s start with the already famous exchange in which Justice Antonin Scalia compared the purchase of health insurance to the purchase of broccoli, with the implication that if the government can compel you to do the former, it can also compel you to do the latter. . . . → Read More: Economics and Constitutional Law

Gold Profits from World Turmoil: Carlos Andres

Volatile markets. Natural disasters. Geopolitical turmoil. Last year was definitely one for the record books, according to Carlos Andres, managing editor and publisher of the Frontier Research Report. With the world in turmoil, is there any upside for mining investors? Andres believes there is for investors courageous enough to look past the perceived . . . → Read More: Gold Profits from World Turmoil: Carlos Andres

Stock Market Repeating Itself: Michael Ballanger

The resource markets have weathered some death defying ups and downs lately. But Michael Ballanger, senior investment advisor with Toronto-based Union Securities, is looking for a renewed period of growth in the TSX Venture Composite Index. Is it too soon to see such a heady rebound? In this exclusive interview with The Gold . . . → Read More: Stock Market Repeating Itself: Michael Ballanger

Gold Juniors Poised to Rebound: Joe Mazumdar

Economics and politics. Accretion and repletion. Mergers and acquisitions. Joe Mazumdar, senior mining analyst with Haywood Securities, sees all of these as catalysts for a rebound in the junior gold space in 2012. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, he reveals the names of companies he expects to take off.

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