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Doug Casey on Haiti

Published January 27, 2010

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) Editor’s Note: Dear Readers, I wish you could have heard Doug when we spoke about Haiti. His words may seem cold-hearted – discussing adoption in terms of misallocated capital! – but he was passionate indeed in this conversation. When he spoke of the Haitians having nothing, not even […]

Doug Casey on Unemployment

Published January 20, 2010

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, I saw a Wall Street Journal headline a few days ago that boldly proclaimed, “Car Makers May Hire Soon.” Be still, my trembling heart! It’s hard to believe the WSJ would stoop to such a meaningless headline, but I guess they are just trying to give […]

Doug Casey: “Stock Market Set to Crash”

Published January 13, 2010

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: So, what's on your mind this week, Doug? I understand you've had a “guru moment”… Doug: Well, it's nothing but a gut feeling, but I think the stock market is riding for a big fall this year. Everyone was afraid the world was going to come to […]

A Little Research

Published January 6, 2010

Dear Reader, David is finishing up the last edits to our new issue of The Casey Report, so Chris will be filling in today. I’ve always considered myself somewhat of an optimist, but my super-bearish outlook for 2010 has made me feel like an outcast among my fellow men (and women) as of late. So, […]

Doug Casey on Currency Regime Change


(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Happy New Year, Doug! What’s on your mind these days – have any new thoughts for the new year? Doug: Well, the new currencies discussed in the news have caught my attention. L: Ah, yes. Hugo Chavez is launching a new virtual currency among some Latin American […]

Doug Casey on Poker

Published December 30, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, you often make a point of differentiating speculation from gambling, as in our recent conversation on winning speculations. But I know you also you like to gamble. Poker, specifically. Is that a vice, or a virtue? Doug: Well, I've always enjoyed poker, ever since I was […]

Doug Casey on Bungling Ben

Published December 23, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: So, Ben Bernanke just got named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine. I know you must have some thoughts in response to this auspicious event? Doug: I just don’t know where they find these people… On the other hand, Slime magazine has always said that those […]

Doug Casey on Winning Speculations

Published December 16, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, these conversations are going out to a wider and wider audience – almost 100,000 now. A lot of these readers are new to our style of investing. They've heard of your 30-year track record of picking winning investments, and many are wondering how you do it. […]

Unemployment and Taxes

Published December 11, 2009

Dear Reader, You’d think that by writing a daily missive such as this, one would run out of things to write about in relatively short order. Not hardly. There is so, sooo, soooo much going on in the world just now that everywhere I look, up pops something worth paying attention to. And that’s just […]

Doug Casey on Rome

Published December 9, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, it seems that in almost every conversation we have, you mention something about ancient history, particularly Roman history. In our conversation on speculative fiction, you mentioned that it and ancient literature are your favorite kinds of reading. So let’s talk about Rome – why the fascination, […]

She’s Breaking Up, Capt’n!

Published December 4, 2009

Dear Reader, As readers of any duration longer than a day already know, here at Casey Research we are considerably less optimistic about the economic outlook than members of the government or their close companions down on Wall Street. Are we bearish by temperament? And so our radar picks up only bearish-shaped blips?   Perhaps, […]

Doug Casey on the Military

Published December 2, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: I’m sitting with Doug Casey in his apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Above me, on the wall behind the sofa I’m sitting on, is a mural depicting the brutality of war. Every time you write about the military, Doug, we lose a large swath of subscribers. But […]

Doug Casey on His Favorite Sport

Published November 25, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, we’ve talked about cars, gold, and real estate. Another well-known passion of yours is horses, and your love of the game of polo. In fact, I see that you’re wearing a tie that has polo horses on it. But I know you’ve had a few accidents […]


Published November 22, 2009

Dear Readers, For the record, I don’t actually plan to recommend a piece of music each day, as I have done so far this week. This week, however, dramatic music (my primary passion) seems to be in the air, the latest entry involving bagpipes. The song is The Gael, by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, […]

Doug Casey on Real Estate

Published November 18, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: So, Doug, it’s well known that in addition to investing in resource stocks, especially gold juniors, you also have a passion for playing the real estate market. What can you tell us about real estate in today’s world? Doug: Real estate has been very, very good to […]

Doug Casey on Speculator’s Fiction

Published November 11, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)   Doug: You're in Chile, I'm in Argentina, and we're talking through our computers for free. The next step might be the “communicators” of Star Trek. Actually, we're almost there with smart phones. Life increasingly resembles science fiction, and we often refer to sci-fi. So let's talk about […]

Doug Casey on Charities

Published November 4, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, our readers are hoping to live well for the rest of their lives. That’s what The Casey Report and all our other publications are about, really. If they are successful, they’ll have some money left over at the end. Some have wondered, given your low opinion […]

Doug Casey on Technology

Published October 28, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, people have written in saying you’re a “doom-and-gloomer” and a “permabear” – but I know you’re an optimist. Why do you suppose that’s so? Doug: Perhaps it’s because I’ve long said that the Greater Depression is going to be even worse than I think it will […]

Not So Safe Deposit Boxes

Published October 27, 2009

Dear Reader, Much more troubling to me than the crummy economic fundamentals we address so often in this missive and in The Casey Report, are the growing police state and the complete disregard of individual liberties we see both here and abroad. This news story out of the U.K.: The raid that rocked the Met: […]

Doug Casey on Education

Published October 21, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, in our recent conversation on global warming, you made some critical remarks about modern education. I know that wasn’t mere drive-by disparagement – can you tell us why you’re so hard on teachers today? Doug: Sure. Since the school season started recently, it’s probably a good […]

Doug Casey on Nobel Prizes

Published October 14, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, our savior Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for boldly intending to wage peace. Really. Any day now. I know you must have some thoughts on this… Did you lose your lunch when you saw the news? Doug: : I was having a rather gruesome nightmare […]

Doug Casey on Global Warming

Published October 7, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: [Phone rings. It’s Doug Casey, whose gravelly, “Lobo, let’s talk!” always makes me smile.] Hi Doug! What’s on your mind? Doug: Global warming. People like my fanatical neighbors here in Aspen seem perfectly willing to undo centuries of progress because they are completely delusional about global warming. […]

Doug Casey on Gold Stocks

Published September 30, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, we were talking about gold last week, so we should follow up with a look at gold stocks. If one of the reasons to own gold is that it’s real – it’s not paper, it’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability – why own gold stocks? Doug: […]

Weekend Edition

Published September 26, 2009

Dear Reader, Welcome to the weekend edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch, a compilation of our favorite stories from the week for the time-stressed readers. Of course, if you want to read all of the Daily Dispatches from the week, you may do so in the archives at Energy & Special Situations Summit Recap It’s […]

Doug Casey on Gold

Published September 23, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Doug, we’ve talked about cars, cows, and cash, but the investment world thinks of you as a gold bug, so let’s give that a go; why gold? Doug: Sure. First of all, it’s because gold is actually money. It’s an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about […]

Doug Casey on Political Correctness

Published September 16, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L:So, Mr. Wilson (R-SC) went to Washington and called the president a liar, an action I can’t help but approve of. Regrettably, he didn’t have the spine to stick with the truth and later apologized to the president. Knowing that you don’t have any more use for politicians […]

Bull or Bronco?

Published September 14, 2009

Dear Reader, Because it will soon come into play, I will take a moment to enlighten the non-rodeo aficionados among you about the distinct difference between riding a bronco and a bull. A bronco is capable of giving you a very rough ride, with athletic leaps high into the air coupled with dangerous bursts of […]

Doug Casey on Cattle

Published September 9, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, we talk a lot about metals and energy, but you’ve also made money in agriculture, as have our subscribers who got in early on corn and potash. In the February 2008 issue of the International Speculator, you made the case for speculating on rising cattle prices. Would […]

Doug Casey on Protecting Your Cash

Published August 26, 2009

 (Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, we talked last week about getting assets out of your home country, especially the U.S., where to take them and what to do with them. In so doing, you touched on the inevitability of currency controls just ahead, especially for Americans. Can you tell us more about […]

Doug Casey on Protecting Your Assets

Published August 19, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, we’re getting a lot of questions from readers on how to follow your advice to diversify assets, politically. I know it’s a prickly subject, but what can you tell us about getting our money out from behind the new iron curtain that seems to be descending? Doug: […]

Doug Casey on Cars – Past, Present, and Future

Published August 12, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, last week we talked about energy, including your thoughts on what’s in store for the oil markets. That naturally leads me to ask about something that I know has been near and dear to your heart: the automobile. Especially high-performance cars – which were the basis of […]


Published August 10, 2009

Dear Readers, After what can only be described as a whirlwind trip to Croatia – having left Monday and returned Sunday – I’m back at the desk and grateful to our own Chris Wood for covering in my absence.  Proving my lack of credentials as a road warrior, I forgot to bring along a power […]

Doug Casey on Mowing Down Green Shoots

Published July 29, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: So, Doug, we’re sitting here in Vancouver, epicenter of many of our investments, thinking about the future. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury has announced some mind-boggling debt auctions for next week. Any comments? Doug: Yes, the size of this auction coming up, $235 billion, is really rather shocking – […]

Doug Casey on Judging Justices

Published July 22, 2009

(Interviewed by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, you wrote in an email that you’ve been shaking your head over the latest antics of Supreme Court nomination and appointment. Care to tell us why? Doug: Well, the whole thing is a pointless circus. The whole uproar over the “wise Latina” remark is irrelevant, and all […]

Doug Casey on Nuts & Bolts: Handling Bullion

Published July 15, 2009

(Interview by Louis James, International Speculator) L: Doug, we get a lot of questions about how to handle significant amounts of bullion. So let’s talk about physical gold, and what to do with the stuff. First off, do you really think that people should put as much as one-third of their asset portfolios into physical […]

Doug Casey on the Echoes of War

Published July 8, 2009

Q: Doug, I hear you’ve been reading the obits recently – what’s on your mind? Doug: Yes, I couldn’t help but note the long and generally favorable obits on Robert “the Strange” McNamara, at age 93. The obituaries ranged from glowingly positive to, at worst that I read, neutral. I was shocked and disgusted by […]

Doug Casey on the Greater Depression

Published July 1, 2009

Q: Doug, you’ve been, as one subscriber recently dubbed you, “the town crier of America” for some time now, warning about what you call the Greater Depression. Do you really see that as being what’s ahead for America? You have seen the country seemingly headed for the precipice before, but it somehow missed going over […]

Doug Casey: “Deflation is actually a good thing”

Published June 10, 2009

Q: Doug, according to a recent article called “The Greater of Two Evils,” The Economist recently stated that inflation is preferable to deflation. What is your take on that? Doug: It was certainly one of the most ridiculous articles that I have read in recent years. It is disappointing that The Economist is employing the […]

Welcome to the Room – May 29, 2009

Published May 29, 2009

Welcome to “The Room” The May editions of The Casey Report, International Speculator, BIG GOLD, Casey Energy Opportunities and Without Borders are now available. May 29, 2009 Dear Reader, As I have done occasionally in the past, I’m going to rely on the kindness of others to help me with this week’s musings. That’s because, […]

Welcome to the Room – November 14, 2008

Published November 14, 2008

Welcome to “The Room” The November editions of The Casey Report, International Speculator and Casey Energy Opportunities, are now available. November 14, 2008 Dear Reader, Fittingly, the song that I have played too loud and too frequently this week – and that I am playing just now as I begin this weekly missive – deals […]

Welcome to the Room – January 11, 2008

Published January 4, 2008

Welcome to “The Room” The subscribers-only home page of Casey Research January’s issue of International Speculator is now available. Last Updated January 4, 2008 Dear Reader, As I begin this edition of The Room, it is the wee hours on a frigid Friday morning here in the semi-wilds of New England. Last night, as I […]