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SilverStrategies' Sean Rakhimov Advises Diversity (05/31/2013)

It's these times—volatile markets that shake you to your core—when you truly learn what kind of investor you are, says Sean Rakhimov, the founder of SilverStrategies. The investors who face these testing times, never forgetting why they sunk their funds into precious metals in the first place, are soon to be rewarded, according to Rakhimov. In this interview with The Gold Report, Rakhimov explains why he believes that investors who haven't been shaken out of stocks yet will be able to cash in on a "triple" headed to the silver sector and discusses a handful of companies that investors need to pay attention to.

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The Civil Nuclear Energy Renaissance Restarts (05/31/2013)

"The nuclear renaissance, and a bull market you should be aware of, have been restarted.

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The Copper–S&P 500 Disconnect (05/31/2013)

"No longer just a boring industrial metal, copper is a flamboyant asset that has made fortunes for investors and speculators."

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Diagnostics and Stem Cells Power Productive Portfolios: Kevin DeGeeter (05/30/2013)

New medical tests can be moneymakers for small- and mid-cap companies: They save insurers the pain of paying more to treat maladies and save patients from unnecessary treatments. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Senior Biotechnology Analyst and Director Kevin DeGeeter of Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co. makes his case for diagnostics companies with compelling ideas in the realms of cancer, cardiovascular and surgical testing. He also has one interesting stem cell idea to share.

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New Perspectives and Seven Biotechs for a Diversified Portfolio: Ori Hershkovitz (05/30/2013)

Sometimes speaking with investors who work half a world away is just what's needed to get a new angle and hear new names. That was the case when we talked with Ori Hershkovitz, managing partner of the Tel Aviv-based Sphera Global Healthcare Fund. His interest in global markets, following the news flow on his holdings and scouring the earth for new ideas, means Hershkovitz both keeps crazy hours and finds unique prospects. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Hershkovitz talks about his favorite names in the biotech space and lays out his growth theory in each case.

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Diversification Is Key to Energy Value: Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks of U.S. Global Investors (05/30/2013)

Calling the energy space underowned and a great value, Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks of U.S. Global Investors view shale oil plays as integral to an energy renaissance. Still, to hedge their bets, the two experts recommend diversification across the entire natural resources sector, including agriculture and food. In this interview with The Energy Report, they list opportunities in upstream oil and gas production, refining stocks, master limited partnerships and potash.

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Rick Rule's Reasons to Buy Gold and Select Gold Stocks (05/30/2013)

"I think that one of the things you have to look at in the gold market is that we are changing the nature of ownership, from institutional momentum holders who are leveraged to physical individual buyers on a global basis."

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Has the Gold Bull Market Hit a Snag? Tobias Tretter Says No (05/29/2013)

Interest rates will be low for a long time, predicts Commodity Capital Global Mining Fund Manager Tobias Tretter. Despite predictions of a gold bubble bursting, Tretter says in this interview with The Gold Report that the gold bull run will continue. In fact, Tretter still sees tremendous opportunity in a number of junior gold companies that have been largely ignored by the market.

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Flake Graphite Prices Have Bottomed: Simon Moores (05/28/2013)

Growth potential among end-users and underinvestment on the supply side makes graphite an obvious go-long play, according to Simon Moores, manager of Industrial Minerals Data. China's consolidation of graphite production plays a role in that scenario. Now is the time to look for responsible junior graphite miners that base their economics on current (lower) prices, says Moores in this interview with The Metals Report.

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Which Oil Companies Could Benefit from Price Differentials? (05/28/2013)

chadsub1Price differentials emerged last year as a major hurdle in oil and gas markets, but not every company is equally vulnerable to the swings and dips of different crude grades. In this interview with The Energy Report, Chad Ellison, oil and gas analyst at Dundee Capital Markets, explains how producers are protecting themselves against price downside—or increasing upside exposure. Find out which names are dancing with differentials.

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Three Hidden Water Costs that May Already Be Boosting Energy Prices (05/28/2013)

"Lack of supply (i.e., rising costs) is hardly the first water problem likely to be faced by energy producers. It will be from the three categories: access, treatment, and transport."

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Miners with the Means to Acquire New Assets Are in the Driver's Seat (05/27/2013)

"The short list of high-quality acquisition candidates includes Balmoral Resources Ltd. and Newstrike Capital Inc."

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How to Be an (Educated) Optimist: Ivan Lo on the Enduring Value of Gold and Silver (05/24/2013)

Do you follow your own advice? Ivan Lo, editor and founder of Equedia.com and The Equedia Weekly Letter, does. Lo doesn't just follow companies in the gold and silver space, he actually paused this interview with The Gold Report to receive a shipment of silver bars. Following the notion that "knowledge is power," Lo also explains the philosophies that guide his publications, the reasons why educated investors have nothing to fear from the dip in the gold price and why some companies remain good bets in the out-of-favor mining sector.

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Why a Uranium Renaissance Looks Inevitable (05/24/2013)

Casey Research's Chief Energy Investment Strategist, Marin Katusa, whose portfolio profited nicely the last time the uranium bull broke loose a decade ago, recently interviewed a group of world-renowned energy experts to discuss the prospects for the sector that some considered doomed by the Fukushima disaster. Anti-nuclear power sentiment has by no means evaporated, but Katusa sees clear signals that the bulls are ready to run, not least of which is the recent attack on the Somair uranium mine in Niger.

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Investing in Cancer Research Is Worth the Risk: Echo He (05/23/2013)

drugdiscovery8If investigators could find a way to make breast cancer survivors truly cancer free, and if a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer were less dire, investors could reap windfalls while patients and their families rejoice. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Maxim Group Senior Equity Analyst Echo He brings two important names to the table and explains why she believes the potential upside is worth the risk.

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Matt Badiali: Why Bill Powers Is Dead Wrong (05/23/2013)

Is this a great time to be an energy investor? It definitely is, according to Matt Badiali, editor of the S&A Resource Report. "You can make a lot of money, unless you're Bill Powers," he says in this interview with The Energy Report. Badiali discusses the true potential for U.S. natural gas, as well as what type of energy really gets him excited.

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Grade Is King: Gold Miners Moving Low-Grade Mega Projects to Back Burner (05/23/2013)

"With low-grade gold mega resources being seen as too expensive to develop in the current financial climate, explorers like Pretium, Seabridge and others are targeting potential higher-grade options."

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Is the Patent Cliff a Lethal Blow to Big Pharma? (05/23/2013)

"It's a certainty that big phama is going to be keeping close tabs on smaller companies that have promising drugs in phase 2 or 3 trials. Those are certain to be acquired at an accelerating rate, as their larger brethren seek to restock their R&D shelves in the most cost-effective manner."

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Sprott Is Bullish on Silver—and Gold—Equities (05/22/2013)

Sprott Silver Equities Class Co-Manager Maria Smirnova understands the power of leverage. She has seen the big impact even a slight increase in the silver price can have on silver producers. Every cent is multiplied and goes right to the investor's bottom line, giving the equities more upside than possible in a coin. That is why Eric Sprott increased holdings of silver equities in certain Sprott funds. Smirnova discusses five of these companies in this interview with The Gold Report.

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Natural Gas Producers' Hedging Strategies: A Risky Bet (05/22/2013)

"Gas producers are increasingly bearish on prices for their sector. You can see it in their hedging."

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Platinum and Palladium: A Fundamental Shift (05/22/2013)

"While we wait for our gold positions to rebound, an investment in platinum and palladium could be very profitable."

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How George Topping Is Profiting from Copper Price Volatility (05/21/2013)

Everything you thought you knew about copper is wrong. Is it an economic barometer? Nope. Do copper warehouses decrease volatility? Hardly. Can investors play small-cap base metals producers for profit? You bet. These are the conclusions Analyst George Topping shared with us in his interview with The Metals Report. Find out why Doctor Copper just might be stripped of its credentials and whether you should trade in your gold for platinum group metals.

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Investors Versus Traders: A Battle for Oil & Gas Profits (05/21/2013)

The worst may be over for companies and investors who have weathered the depressed gas prices of the past few years, but that doesn't mean it's clear sailing from here. In this interview with The Energy Report, Robert Cooper, senior energy analyst with Haywood Securities, talks about the need for selectivity and patience for catalysts that can crystallize underlying stock values. It's a battle of long-term investors versus short-term traders.

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6 Reasons Why Gold Stocks Will Begin a Huge Rally (05/21/2013)

It's been a tough road for precious metals but the path ahead has strong potential of being significantly profitable compared to these levels.

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Natural Gas Companies Inch Closer to LNG Export Approvals (05/21/2013)

"The Obama administration gave the thumbs up (a 20-year approval) to the Freeport LNG project in Texas."

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Brent Cook's Primer on Reading Drill Result Press Releases (05/20/2013)

"Half science, half art, half luck," is how Brent Cook describes a geologist's work in distinguishing an anomaly from a deposit. But in his interview with The Gold Report, the publisher of Exploration Insights suggests investors will have an easier time distinguishing good drill results from bad if they know how to dissect a company's press releases. And despite the current preference for cost cutting over discovery, Cook discusses several miners whose futures are bright.

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Volatility in Precious Metals Driven by Investor Switch from Commodities to Equities (05/20/2013)

"Initially extending Friday's late drop to touch $1,340/oz for only the second time since January 2011, gold rallied from new five-week lows for euro and British pound investors."

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Salmon Sperm May Provide Cheap Option for Rare Earths Recovery (05/20/2013)

"Dried salmon milt or sperm is a low-cost and environment-friendly method to extract rare earth metals."

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The Resurgence of the Nuclear Reactor (05/20/2013)

"An energy opportunity that could boost your net worth 500%—or more."

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Biotechnology ETF Investing 101 (05/20/2013)

"The sector maintained its strong performance in 2013 as generic competition is forcing many Pharma companies to engage in merger and acquisition deals."

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Caesars Report's Second Most Important Factor in Picking a Winning Mining Investment: Jurisdiction (05/17/2013)

Jurisdiction risk continues to grow as a result of countries attempting to capitalize on higher commodity prices. In this interview for The Gold Report,Thibaut Lepouttre, editor of Caesars Report, a newsletter and mining portal in Belgium, discusses which jurisdictions offer better value to investors and which countries to avoid. He also offers suggestions on where to look outside of North America for compelling values in junior mining.

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Two Biotech Ideas You May Have Missed: William Gregozeski (05/16/2013)

Adventurous investors have long sought out micro-cap stocks, attracted by the profit potential of starting on the bottom floor and rocketing toward blue sky. Biotechnology can add even more power to the upside possibilities of micro caps, especially now that pharma is starved for new products and will pay well for solid ideas. Managing partner William Gregozeski of Mont Blanc Capital Management has focused on very small, unnoticed stocks for most of his career and has pegged two undiscovered biotechs that could break out to big-time valuations. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Gregozeski elaborates on the stories behind these two investment opportunities.

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Junior Gold Producers' Q1/13 Earnings Show Profitability (05/16/2013)

"Junior gold producers are still, by and large, not in a panic about the current price of gold, though for some it puts the pressure on."

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Gold and Bitcoin: Currencies of the Future—James Turk (05/15/2013)

Europe, says James Turk, founder and chairman of GoldMoney, is in the midst of two crises—one in the banking sector, the other related to economic activity, and capital is needed to solve both. As to the allegedly strong dollar, Turk, in this interview with The Gold Report, suggests comparing it to the price of gold rather than other fiat currencies for a better picture. And the world's newest currency—Bitcoin—has a lot in common with one of the oldest—gold.

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The Hottest North American Shale Plays: Josh Young (05/15/2013)

Not all shale plays are created equal, and one in particular is bucking the trend with robust economics and company share prices that show it. But is it too late to buy in? Fund Manager Josh Young doesn't think so, and he sat down with The Energy Report to discuss the hottest (and coldest) North American shale plays. Read on to find out where he's finding bargains that could pay off handsomely.

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Daren Oddenino: How to Spot Oil and Gas Takeout Targets (05/14/2013)

oil and gas takeout targetsLet's make one thing clear: There is no magic formula to determine which company will be the next big buyout story. But if there were a formula, it would include variables like asset value, management skill level, risk profile and location, location, location. Today, C. K. Cooper & Co. Analyst Daren Oddenino joins The Energy Report to discuss M&A trends and help us solve for X. One caveat—a company that tempts an international player might leave domestic majors cold.

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Tips for Diversifying Beyond Gold from Brent Cook (05/14/2013)

Last month's landslide at Utah's Bingham Canyon, one of the world's largest copper mines, triggered significant discussion on possible copper shortages. Brent Cook, veteran geologist and publisher of Exploration Insights, puts the landslide into perspective in this interview with The Metals Report. And for investors who want to dig out profit potential beyond the yellow metal, Cook gives us a byproduct primer and suggests base metals are a great way to diversify.

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Marin Katusa: Time to Invest in Uranium (05/14/2013)

"Marin Katusa believes uranium is the most contrarian resource investment today."

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Why Peter Grandich Is Still Telling His Wife Gold Will Hit $2,000/oz (05/13/2013)

Many junior mining investors have run off with their tails between their legs. And who can blame them when even the portfolios of market veterans like Peter Grandich, publisher and editor of The Grandich Letter, have taken a beating? But before you cash in, you might want to read why Grandich still has hope for $2,000/oz gold, and which companies he believes have the mojo to make it through this trough in this interview with The Gold Report.

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US Silver Production Up 17% in February 2013: USGS (05/13/2013)

"Combined U.S. mining silver production for January and February of this year was 183,000 kg (5,883,586 oz), said the USGS."

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A Total Overhaul of the Global Oil Patch (05/13/2013)

"Can energy exporters just turn the valves, lower output and ship out less oil in order to goose up the price? Not likely."

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Three Reasons to Buy Gold Equities Today (05/13/2013)

"I believe the drivers for the yellow metal remain intact, so for investors who can tolerate the ups and downs, gold stocks are a compelling buy."

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Precious Metal Royalties: The New Landscape (05/10/2013)

In today's challenging finance environment, some miners are looking to royalty companies to fill the funding void. Royalty sales give the junior mining company capital to explore or build a mine in exchange for a percentage of future production. It is a win-win. Investors have exposure to gold profits, but are immune to much of the risk. Juniors get the money they need to move forward. But not all royalties are the same and a number of new types have entered the market to fill specific investing and funding niches. In this special primer from The Gold Report, we survey the heads of the companies to explain the role they see themselves playing in investment portfolios and the future of mining.

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Placing Bets on Colombia: Paul Harris (05/10/2013)

Some exploration projects in Colombia are advancing to the mine definition stage, says Paul Harris, the Colombia-based editor and publisher of the Colombia Gold Letter, and with the government starting to provide the level of administration that the sector needs, the country is poised for great things. In this interview with The Gold Report, Harris discusses the implications of Colombia's 2001 mining code and which companies are leading the project development curve.

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Position Yourself for Big Returns in the Stem Cell Space: Jason Kolbert (05/10/2013)

Stem cell companies have languished long enough in micro-cap territory. The industry is now approaching highly visible phase 2 and phase 3 catalysts that will produce results never before seen in medicine. Managing Director and Senior Biotechnology Analyst Jason Kolbert of the Maxim Group has staked out a select group of nascent cell therapy companies positioned to reap huge gains for investors willing to diversify. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kolbert reflects on the regenerative medicine space following the recent RegenMed Investor Day conference, and makes an enthusiastic case for his very best ideas.

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Takeaway for Biotech Investors: Keep Targeted Cancer Immunotherapies in Mind (05/10/2013)

"Increasingly, the great new medical technologies aren't coming from the pharmaceutical behemoths, but from scrappy little biotech upstarts. In few instances is this truer than in the field of cancer immunotherapy."

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Best Investments 2013: How the Mining Mess Will Send Platinum Soaring (05/10/2013)

"While platinum's long-term outlook is bright, a short-term price catalyst is about to take place, as early as this week."

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Six Superstars for Your Biotech Portfolio: John McCamant (05/09/2013)

We are in the "golden age," of biotech, and Medical Technology Stock Letter Editor John McCamant has innovative ideas on how to glean profits from the renaissance. Investors should be looking at companies with excellent management and platform technologies that offer multiple opportunities for success. McCamant names his favorites in this interview with The Life Sciences Report, including one company with a radical therapy that harkens back to the days before the reign of hand sanitizer.

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Keith Schaefer Names the Last-Standing Shale Plays (05/09/2013)

Shale oil has been North America's great experiment, says Oil & Gas Investments Bulletin Editor Keith Schaefer. But in this interview with The Energy Report, he questions the experiment's success and predicts steep declines ahead, with just a few formations left to supply the market. The question is what shale play will last the longest? Read on to find out how—and when—to get positioned for the end of the shale revolution.

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The Real Reason Gold Fell—and Why It Has Already Stabilized: Lawrence Roulston (05/08/2013)

Things are upside down in the gold market. Valuations are irrationally low, while global consumerism fuels demand and supply comes up short. Lawrence Roulston, editor and publisher of Resource Opportunities, advises people to trust their guts as well as the numbers when weeding through prospective investments. In this interview with The Gold Report, he skirts around conspiracy theories regarding the recent gold sell-off and keeps his advice simple: lower expectations, get rid of poorly performing investments and load up on the companies going cheap. If you push against the trend, you might come out with your feet on the ground.

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Mr. Spock Would Definitely Find Current Gold Price Levels Illogical (05/08/2013)

"Unprecedented demand for physical gold does not even seem to be having any impact at all on the metal price as high frequency traders rule the day. Illogical!"

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Richard Karn: New Mining Technology Could Increase Profits (05/07/2013)

The need for low-cost production may prove to be the mother of invention, argues Emerging Trends Report Editor Richard Karn. Although miners are far more technologically conservative than oil producers, today's tough financing environment may prompt technological advancements in a sector that has historically approached processing "with brute force rather than finesse," says Karn. In this interview with The Metals Report, Karn explores the possibilities for technological advancement in the mining space and tells us how we could (theoretically) reach a state of "resource equilibrium."

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Bill Powers: Pickens and Stansberry Wrong, Shale Gas Production to Fall (05/07/2013)

Energy pundits sing natural gas' praises, but Bill Powers, author of "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth," isn't buying it. He sees serious flaws in how reserves are reported, and his own research shows steep, across-the-board production declines in the near future. Nonetheless, he expects a multiyear bull run for the resource, and recommends investors get positioned before scarcity hits—just five to seven years from now. Find out which companies Powers is betting on in this interview with The Energy Report.

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Case in Point: How Following this 5-Step Biotech Investing Strategy Can Double Your Money (05/07/2013)

"This strategy can avoid some of the biotech sector's biggest risks, while giving you access to the high growth and high returns. And it still gives us the chance to find double-your-money stocks—the chief objective of the Five Tech-Wealth-Investing Rules."

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Porter Stansberry vs. Marin Katusa: I Win, You Lose! (05/07/2013)

"This means there are tremendous opportunities to profit while we wait for the rest of the world to catch up."

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Special Report from the SME Conference: How to Find Money in Any Market (05/06/2013)

Money: Mining companies need it and investors want to know that companies will use that money to make them money. An innovative conference sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), called "Current Trends in Mining Finance—An Executive's Guide: What Are Lenders, Investors Looking For?", brought together about 145 experts who were actively funding and running companies—and looking for answers. In this interview with The Gold Report, SME Executive Director David Kanagy and Conference Co-Chair Tim Alch share some insights about alternative funding that could help more companies survive the year.

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Are Palladium Stockpiles Running Out? (05/06/2013)

"The market is absorbing a supply-side shock from two fronts."

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How to Make Money in Range-Bound Energy Markets (05/06/2013)

"Hedge using market sectors."

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Ryan Walker: Tweet Retreat Hasn't Changed Gold's Story (05/03/2013)

Gold CoinsInvestors were shaken by the market's death-defying drop and recovery in a matter of minutes recently. But the "tweet retreat" hasn't changed the reasons why investors need gold companies in their portfolio. Ryan Walker, a mining analyst with Casimir Capital in Toronto, tells investors to look past the headlines to what underpins the market. In this interview with The Gold Report, Walker says all the cash pumped into the economy has to start driving inflation at some point.

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James Dines Follows His Prediction of a Commodity Crash with Another One the Mainstream Media Is Ignoring (05/03/2013)

When the metals markets tumbled in mid-April, The Gold Report reached out to "the original investor bug" and author of The Dines Letter, James Dines, for perspective. He predicted a crash in commodity prices two years ago based on his analysis of a weak Chinese economy. Next, he says, will be a bond market bust once interest rates start to climb. This will lead to "a stampede to get out of bonds like a herd of elephants attempting to exit through a revolving door." How can investors protect themselves? That is Dinesism #38.

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Physical Gold-Silver Shortage Could Benefit Undervalued Miners (05/03/2013)

"We may see a very powerful rebound as short covering and record investment demand returns to the precious metal sector."

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Biotech Watchlist 2013 Update: Exciting Ideas Have Explosive Potential (05/02/2013)

stethobillfold1In January 2013, The Life Sciences Report debuted its biotech Watchlist, which outlined ideas for investors keyed to catalysts in the drug development process that typically move biotechnology stocks. All stocks are affected by catalysts, but nowhere do they provide more leverage (or deleverage) than in biotech. We predicted the new year would present legitimate prospects for portfolio growth. So far, that has been the case. Although the party has given way to some fatigue, the punch bowl is still on the table and the biotech upswing continues.

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James McIlree: Three Companies Could Transform Power Production (05/02/2013)

Energy tech companies have a business model that's closer to Apple Inc. than Apache Corp. In other words, it's all about the new product. The products Dominick & Dominick Analyst James McIlree is excited about offer major benefits like improved geological mapping for oil and gas explorers, or electric grid safety for energy utilities. In an interview with The Energy Report, McIlree talks about his favorite companies in the energy tech space and how understanding product cycles can help investors time their buys.

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Silver Prices in 2013: The Reasons for a Bold Forecast (05/02/2013)

"Investing now in beaten down silver could prove very rewarding."

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How to Stress Test Gold Equities: Joe Mazumdar (05/01/2013)

Gold prices are down in the short term, but the commodity metal is here to stay, says geologist Joe Mazumdar. In this interview with The Gold Report, the Canaccord Genuity analyst assesses the current situation and compares the performance potential of the majors with the mid caps. He backs up his analysis and predictions with a few solid companies that are positioned to weather the storm.

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Gold Stocks to Rebound in May (05/01/2013)

"Sell in May and don't go away. Sell and buy gold stocks."

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The Approval Process in Action (05/01/2013)

What catalysts in the drug development process move biotech company stocks? The savvy investor must know what steps in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process can propel a stock up or down. From drug discovery to the much-anticipated PDUFA date, The Life Sciences Report and the Visual Capitalist have collaborated on an infographic that describes both the process and related catalysts.

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The Approval Process in Action (05/01/2013)

What catalysts in the drug development process move biotech company stocks? The savvy investor must know what steps in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process can propel a stock up or down. From drug discovery to the much-anticipated PDUFA date, The Life Sciences Report and the Visual Capitalist have collaborated on an infographic that describes both the process and related catalysts.

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The Approval Process in Action (05/01/2013)

What catalysts in the drug development process move biotech company stocks? The savvy investor must know what steps in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process can propel a stock up or down. From drug discovery to the much-anticipated PDUFA date, The Life Sciences Report and the Visual Capitalist have collaborated on an infographic that describes both the process and related catalysts.

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