• Fool's silver?

    The price of the poor man's gold has doubled over the past year, putting it at a 30-year high. How long can it keep going?

    The rally puts silver up 21% this year at a recent $37 and change – a level it hasn't seen since the Hunt brothers tried to corner the market in 1980. Responding to surging interest, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange recently raised margins on silver, forcing those MORE

    - Mar 28, 2011 6:35 AM ET
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  • Gold, China, and Facebook: Detecting market bubbles

    It's not always so difficult to know when an asset is in a bubble. The real challenge is determining when it will pop.

    Suppose we can travel back in time and detect all the market bubbles that went bust. How much pain would we save ourselves? How much wealth would we forgo?

    Vikram Mansharmani, managing director at Boston-based hedge fund SDK Capital, thinks he has nailed the formula to detect bubbles. He MORE

    - Mar 18, 2011 10:49 AM ET
  • Happy Birthday bull market? What a load of bull.

    If you go by the strict definition of the word, yesterday marked the second anniversary of a bull market. You could have fooled me.

    If you want to find a pessimist's pessimist, look no further than the Tea Party. According to a recent poll, only 3% of Tea Partiers think a recovery has taken hold in the U.S. The rest, of course, think we're all going to economic hell in a MORE

    - Mar 10, 2011 9:55 AM ET
  • 10 ways to play the spike in global inflation

    Inflation is on the rise in many parts of the world, but there are ways to profit from it through key trades in commodities, currencies and global equities.

    By Darius Dale, Hedgeye

    In recent weeks and months, analysts at Goldman Sachs (GS) and JPMorgan (JPM) have been reneging on their bullish emerging markets as a result of hawkish monetary policy and instead are predicting outperformance by US MORE

    Jan 18, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Silver takes a shine to Bernanke

    The commodity pits aren't buying what Ben Bernanke is selling.

    All manner of commodities took off Monday after Bernanke appeared on 60 Minutes to explain why expansive Fed policy won't set off an inflationary spiral.

    With tighter labor markets nowhere in sight, his case makes sense to me -- but obviously not to everyone. Many fine people, judging by Monday's action, raced to purchase commodity futures in anticipation that Bernanke will succeed MORE

    - Dec 6, 2010 3:36 PM ET
  • What's bugging gold?

    Gold usually shines in a crisis. But thanks in large part to changing views of China, the problems swirling in Europe and Korea have barely budged gold prices.

    In just the past week, Ireland has been forced to take a bailout, Portugal has claimed it doesn't need any money and Spain has warned that speculators who bet against its bonds are cruising for a bruising. Oh, and North Korea started shooting at South MORE

    - Nov 29, 2010 6:41 AM ET
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  • The case for gold stocks

    Is it time to buy gold stocks?

    Prominent gold fans are saying yes, reasoning that shares of miners haven't kept pace this year with the rise in the price of gold. The gold price is up 23% for 2010, compared with a 20% rise in the NYSE Arca Gold Bugs index, which tracks the shares gold producers such as Goldcorp (GG) and Barrick (ABX).

    But that gap closed this week, thanks to MORE

    - Oct 29, 2010 6:56 AM ET
  • Who (now) owns Cash4Gold?

    In late 2008, Boston-area VC firms Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners pumped $40 million into a Florida company called Green Bullion Financial Services.

    Doesn't ring a bell? Let me rephrase:

    In late 2008, Boston-area VC firms Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners pumped $40 million into the parent company of Cash4Gold.

    But here's the weird thing: Highland tells me that it's no longer a shareholder in Green Bullion, but refuses MORE

    - Oct 15, 2010 10:20 AM ET
  • Don't blame the dollar for commodity crunch

    It's always fun to point fingers. But the weak dollar doesn't deserve all your scorn for the boom in, say, corn.

    Commodity prices have surged in the months since Fed officials led by Ben Bernanke started talking in earnest about further asset purchases. Their loose-money talk has yet to lead to any action, but the jawboning tends to drive the dollar down MORE

    - Oct 13, 2010 6:41 AM ET
  • Dollar takes another drubbing

    Betting against the buck keeps paying off.

    The dollar tumbled again Wednesday, hitting a 15-year low against the yen and a new low against the Swiss franc. The dollar index dropped to 77.7, putting it down 6% in the past month.

    The dollar slid to $1.39 against the euro and 83 yen. It dropped to 96 cents on the Swiss franc, widely viewed as the soundest of the paper currencies, after trading MORE

    - Oct 6, 2010 11:15 AM ET
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