[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2111:]]By David Galland
A Casey Report interview with Dr. Andrew Bogan
Dr.Andrew Bogan is a managing member of Bogan Associates, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. He has spoken at many international investor conferences - his specialty being global equity investing - and has been interviewed on live television for CNBC's Strategy Session.
In an attempt to understand the relatively new but wildly popular Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Dr. Bogan did extensive research into the structures used by ETF operators, with a special focus on the potential risks that might arise should they be faced with large and sudden liquidations. Given that there are about 2,000 ETFs in existence, with assets totaling over $1 trillion, we thought it appropriate to find out what Dr. Bogan has learned in his research.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2111:]]By David Galland
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1905:]]By Clif Droke
The single most dominant theme among political commentators is the belief that government should do something - anything - to fix the financial system. Regardless of party affiliation, there is a near universal agreement that government should be charged with the task of regulating the financial realm in order to prevent another catastrophe.
By Adam Hamilton
With the general stock markets now due for a selloff while gold hits new nominal all-time highs, precious-metals-stock traders face something of a quandary. How are their stocks likely to perform in the near future? Will they ignore general-stock weakness to rally with gold? Will they get sucked into a stock-market selloff even if gold remains strong?
There was more selling than buying in January of GLD, the gold ETF that ranks in the top 10 holders of the precious metal in the world– right up there with the central banks of the US and several other nations. GLD holds gold worth $53.8 billion according to a spokesman for the fund. Some of its largest owners are hedge fund proprietors George Soros and John Paulson.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1667:]]By Chris Vermeulen
The past couple weeks I have been keeping a close eye the price of gold and the gold miners index. I check to see if its pointing to higher or lower prices in the near future using inter-market analysis, price and volume, along with technical analysis. At this time the charts are still pointing to lower prices in the coming days or weeks.
Taking a look at the daily chart of Gold
As you can see it has formed a bear flag with declining volume and the price has drifted up into a resistance level. This combination typically leads to lower prices.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1653:]]By JW Jones
At the risk of stating the obvious, the recent market action in the commodities has been manic with wild gyrations of price in a wide variety of basic materials, metals, and energy. Given these wild fluctuations in price, I thought we could look at an options trade in USO that gives a high probability of success.
In order to give a bit of a conceptual framework for this sort of trade, let me share the way I look at these. Development of precision high altitude bombing during World War II resulted in a dramatic reduction in casualties while inflicting devastating consequences to enemy forces. I view the sort of option strategy described below as the equivalent of high altitude precision bombing. We will extract substantial profit without putting ourselves at high risk of damaging anti-aircraft fire.
Silver is a rollercoster that only adults should ride. Violent swings in price will change your wealth between rich or poor in a few short months. How can one tame such unruly price action? The only way we know how is to examine the unruly patient by employing diagnostic charting methods by William Gann, Richard Wyckoff and Jim Hurst.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1611:]]By Chris Vermeulen
While Ben Bernanke says we are not seeing any inflation, I think most of us know that is a load of BS as other countries like Egypt see food prices surging. Over the past couple years everyone has been talking about how inflation will soon start and that has been one of the main driving forces for higher precious metals prices.
As we all know the market does the opposite as to what the majority of investors are doing. And while everyone has been buying metals in anticipation of inflation, I find it amusing how inflation for the first time is clearly presented on TV (Egypt issues) and we see gold and silver trading lower than they were a month ago. Seems like the buy the rumor sell the news lives is playing out. But the question everyone is starting to ask is how far will the metals correct?