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The Industrial Man’s Gold

Published January 22, 2012

Platinum has historically sold for more than gold, but there are compelling reasons why it's likely to continue lagging the yellow metal for some time.

The Contrarian View of Argentina

Published January 20, 2012

While no country's perfect, the pros of Argentina far outweigh the cons for those looking for a second residence.

An Industry Ripe for Disruption

Published January 19, 2012

While more and more cars will be powered by electricity in the coming years, there are many reasons why it won't replace gasoline as the primary automotive fuel source anytime soon.

Marin Katusa on Investing in Energy in 2012

Published January 18, 2012

A look ahead reveals surprising insights into the best energy investments for 2012.

When Will Silver Make a New High?

Published January 16, 2012

A look at past corrections in silver provides clues as to when the metal will make new highs.

The Rise of the Praetorian Class

Published January 13, 2012

The growth of a separate, militarized class of law enforcers bodes ill for the future of the United States.

What SOPA and PIPA Could Mean for the Tech World

Published January 12, 2012

Ill-advised legislation to curtail online piracy threatens the Internet as we know it.

Doug Casey on The US’s Most Consistently Wrong-Headed Journalist

Published January 11, 2012

Doug Casey pokes gigantic holes in Thomas Friedman's argument that more government spending is needed to cure America's ills.

Gold Will Make a New High on This Date

Published January 8, 2012

An analysis of the three major corrections in gold this past decade provides clues as to when gold will reach new highs – and stay there.


Published January 6, 2012

The government is ramping up use of fear to justify massive new bureaucracies and regulations that trample civil liberties. In the face of this sad reality, you have but two options to protect what's rightfully yours.

There Will Never Be a Cure for Cancer

Published January 5, 2012

There will never be a single cure for all cancers – and that's good news for biotech investors.

Doug Casey on North Korea’s New Kim

Published January 4, 2012

Even though North Korea's young new leader is Western educated, there are a number of reasons why he's unlikely to lead his country out of abject poverty.

2011: Dud – or Springboard?

Published January 2, 2012

The Fed's $100 billion currency swap at the end of 2011 is just the latest reason why investors will soon be clamoring for more exposure to gold and gold stocks.

Doug Casey on Getting Out of Dodge

Published December 21, 2011

Troubling political developments in the US are on the rise; they signal that the door to expatriating your assets – and maybe even yourself – may soon slam shut.

Brain vs. Computer

Published December 15, 2011

The world's fastest supercomputer can now perform 10.51 quadrillion mathematical computations per second, an almost incomprehensible number… but the human brain is still nearly five times faster.

Louis James on Buying Low

Published December 13, 2011

Ignorance about the root cause of the economic mess we're in is creating historic opportunities for bold investors willing to speculate where others fear to tread.

Gold: Supply Crunch? What Supply Crunch?

Published December 12, 2011

A comparative analysis of the gold market of 1970-1980 and today reveals valuable clues about where prices for the yellow metal are most likely headed.

Guillermo Jasson, Managing Partner, Cross Fields Capital, LLC

Published December 6, 2011

In an interview with Managing Director David Galland, Argentine Guillermo Jasson, managing partner of Cross Fields Capital LLC, gives an eye-opening account of the effects of the 1989 hyperinflation in Argentina and how the population coped.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Major in Liberal Arts

Published December 1, 2011

Too many young Americans are pursuing liberal arts degrees, resulting in an "education bubble" that threatens to relegate many of them to second-class society.

Milos Dedovic, Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce

Published November 30, 2011

Milos Dedovic of the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce recounts how everyday Yugoslavs coped with an inflation rate of over 50% a day for 24 consecutive months.

$50 Gold Stocks Going to $200

Published November 28, 2011

There's precedent for your favorite gold stock to hit $200 or more, and Casey Research Senior Precious Metals Analyst Jeff Clark proves it.

Doug Casey on Fresh Starts

Published November 23, 2011

Doug offers advice for those young and old alike who are concerned about trying to make a fresh start in life.

What 2011 Gold Price Correction?

Published November 17, 2011

Casey Research Precious Metals Analyst Jeff Clark shows why the recent pullback in gold is nothing to worry about… and why it's opening up outstanding profit opportunities.

Gordon Chang, Forbes Columnist and Author

Published November 16, 2011

Guest host Stefan Molyneux speaks with Forbes Columnist Gordon Chang about the current economic and cultural state of China.

Gold Stocks Are Dirt Cheap

Published November 10, 2011

A short but insightful look at gold stock analysts' typical methods reveals why gold stocks are so undervalued at present. Also in today's edition: a new US tax snare is in the works for noncitizen property buyers; and signs of life from off-planet.

Doug Casey on “Occupy Wall Street”

Published November 9, 2011

Despite the movement being leaderless and disorganized, Doug Casey sees potentially big trouble looming in the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

Is It M&A Season for Big Oil?

Published November 8, 2011

Even as major oil companies enjoy high profits, declining production is putting pressure on them to acquire assets that will keep production up. An interesting buying season seems likely.

The Greatest Risk for Gold Investors

Published November 2, 2011

Gold investors worldwide – but especially those in the US – may be overlooking the greatest risk to their bullion investments. Learn what it is and how to minimize it.

Argentina Becomes Less Mining Friendly

Published October 27, 2011

Argentina's president is showing signs of trying to ease her country's economic woes by increasing the burden on international miners. While her newest rule change is indeed bad news for investors, it isn't necessarily a good idea to join the stampede to the exits.

Stop Meddling!

Published October 21, 2011

David Galland bemoans the Occupy Wall Street protestors' lack of reason, pizzazz and a unifying theme… and suggests one of his own.

Invest in Gold – and the Chinese Renminbi

Published October 20, 2011

A new Chinese investment contract may not work out exactly as expected, but it seems sure to be a game-changer for gold. Also in today's issue, Vedran Vuk on the recent Bank of America derivative transfer.

Eric Sprott, Founder, Sprott Inc.

Published October 19, 2011

At the Casey Research/Sprott Summit When Money Dies, Louis James spoke with Sprott Inc. founder Eric Sprott on the risk involved in holding money in banks, and the likely future of precious metals stocks.

Rick Rule – Global Resource Investments Founder

Published October 12, 2011

At the Casey Research/Sprott Summit When Money Dies, Rick Rule spoke with Stefan Molyneux about energy and gold investments and his outlook for the near-future market overall.

On the Brink of the Greatest Bubble of Our Time?

Published October 4, 2011

It may seem hardly possible, but Jeff Clark has found someone who is more bullish on precious metals than we at Casey Research are. Jeff shares some of a recent interview with him.

Shale Gas: Is It Really All That?

Published September 29, 2011

Updated estimates of the Marcellus Shale Basin’s quantity of recoverable natural gas coupled with a regulatory environment that favors oil exploration strongly suggest that the Mania Phase of shale gas exploration is over.

Doug Casey: Buying Physical Gold and Silver

Published September 28, 2011

Doug discusses reliable resources for buying precious metals, good forms of them, and where to store one’s stash.

Advances in Display Technology Are on the Way

Published September 21, 2011

Higher-quality and more durable displays are on the horizon… and they’ll be available in sizes ranging from the very small to enormous, even by today’s giant-TV standards. Learn more about the new technologies underpinning them.

Doug Casey: Debt, Doom, and Opportunity


Doug Casey explains why a debt crisis is unavoidable – for the US but also for many other countries, ultimately making it a worldwide problem – but he also highlights how careful investors can survive it… even profit from it.

Navigating the Tricky Seas of Russian-American Energy Collaboration

Published September 19, 2011

Russia needs newer technology for oil exploration and extraction; The US needs oil reserves from countries that are more friendly to it than most in the Middle East. Can the intersection of these needs yield a fruitful partnership?

Royalties Race in Latin America

Published September 9, 2011

As the prices of gold, silver, and other metals continue to rise, a severe case of royalty fever has struck Latin America. And it could spread to the US and Canada.

Goldman Sachs Chief Gold Trader Talks Openly of Gold Price Manipulation


Julian Phillips...and even Dennis Gartman...see gold price suppression. Asia gold buyers rush in after prices sink; India eyed. Expect Enormous Gains in Gold and Silver - Stephen Leeb

The Coming Currency Crisis

Published September 8, 2011

 This essay from the July 2006 International Speculator captures the essence of Bud Conrad’s forward-looking, contrarian analysis… almost eerily so as we appear to be on the brink of the economic precipice described herein.

Stupid Monkeys

Published September 2, 2011

Stupid is as stupid does… and there’s a lot of stupidity going around in the hallowed halls of Washington; David Galland gives some examples. Also in this edition: The Fed squanders $1.2 trillion and no one cares – Doug Hornig explains Bailout Fatigue.

Behind the Scenes at GLD

Published August 30, 2011

Alternative gold investments don’t always track the precious metal itself as closely as their owners or investors might like. Doug Hornig explains how one such investment, the exchange-traded fund GLD, works.

How Much Gold Do You Need?

Published August 24, 2011

When it comes to protecting yourself from inflation, a little gold can go a long way. Also in this edition: Water investing 101 – why H2O will become one of the most precious commodities in the near future

Understanding Oil Price Differences

Published August 19, 2011

The Casey Research energy team offers an excellent tutorial on differences in oil and how they – and other factors – contribute to price differences. Also, a great news story from tsunami-hit Japan prompts an insightful commentary on the differences in “saving” between that country and the U.S.

Doug Casey: We Are Exiting the Eye of the Storm

Published August 17, 2011

Doug presents a compelling argument that the U.S. and global economies are about to be buffeted again, as social and political unrest continue to grow.

Doug Casey on NASA & Space Exploration

Published August 10, 2011

In the wake of the U.S. space shuttle program’s closing, Doug convincingly argues for private space entrepreneurship, even in the current economic climate.

When an Image Is Worth One Word

Published July 15, 2011

When is a picture worth one word? Jeff Clark offers a sobering answer. Also in today’s issue, Louis James talks about a different kind of investing that he does; Vedran Vuk dissects the claim that TARP was a good investment; and some classics in the Friday Funnies.

Doug Casey on Self Immolation – Individual and National

Published July 13, 2011

Doug examines recent moves in the energy sector through his contrarian perspective.

Doug Casey on the 4th of July

Published July 6, 2011

Casey dissects the Declaration of Independence, showing how the chains of tyranny broken by American colonials are again in place – and stronger than ever.

3D Computing Is On the Way

Published June 30, 2011

Doug Hornig provides an encouraging update on developments in 3D chip technology. Also in today’s issue: Andrey Dashkov reports on the political climate for investing in Kyrgyzstan; another opportunity to hear Doug Casey speak; and are bankers being outsourced offshore?

Doug Casey on Gay Marriage

Published June 29, 2011

After a brief follow up on the Bitcoin conversation, Doug argues persuasively against all forms of relationship laws, on practical as well as ethical grounds.

Doug Casey on Bitcoin and Currencies

Published June 22, 2011

Doug discusses Bitcoin, along with its recent crash, as a harbinger of what’s ahead for state-based fiat currencies… especially the U.S. dollar.

The Great Gold Nugget Scam

Published June 20, 2011

Doug Hornig relates an attempted scam involving a large gold nugget – another sign of the gold market heating up. Also, gold price projections through the rest of 2011, and an opportunity to hear Doug Casey speak at Freedom Fest.

Doug Casey on the Royal Wedding

Published June 14, 2011

The recent British royal wedding sets Doug off on the uselessness of royalty throughout the ages.

The Value of Gold


SLV ETF had 6.6 million ounces withdrawal yesterday. Kitco and Perth Mint Precious Metal Certificates: Bron Suchecki tells it like it is. John Embry predicts debt repudiation by hyperinflation.

World Supply and Demand for Coal

Published June 13, 2011

The Casey Research energy team dives into coal price trends, and finds reason for speculators in this sector to be encouraged. Also in today’s issue: Vedran Vuk provides a glimpse into the Washington D.C. insider’s scene; and recommends a few good links.

Oil Production Problems Brewing in Iran

Published June 9, 2011

The Casey Research energy team provides a close look at the oil situation in Iran, with a focus on what it means for the American oil supply and energy investors. Also in this issue: Charles Vollum returns with an historical look at housing prices expressed in gold – prepare for a shock; and Vedran Vuk shares some timely stock tips.

Doug Casey on DSK, the IMF, and the World Bank

Published June 1, 2011

Doug explains, in his unique style, how the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal is emblematic of IMF, World Bank, and other transnational bureaucratic agencies.

Bionics Are Breathing Down Our Necks, Part 2

Published May 31, 2011

Doug Hornig presents the second installment of his bionics series, focusing on technologies that improve hearing and sight, and voice production. Also in today's issue: Vedran Vuk relates a disheartening parallel in economic attitudes between Croatians and free-market supporting Americans, and comments on the Belarus ruble devaluation.

The Good Soldiers: Lessons from the Front

Published May 27, 2011

David Galland pens a powerful mini-review of The Good Soldiers, and convincingly asserts that these ongoing military actions cannot be ignored by investors. Also in today’s issue: a must-watch video on bad real-estate loans; Kindle versus iPad; and Friday Funnies.

Doug Casey on Ron Paul

Published May 18, 2011

Doug considers Rep. Ron Paul’s candidacy for president as a good educational opportunity, but fatally flawed in terms of achieving its objective.

The Evolution of Cyber-War

Published May 17, 2011

Chris Wood offers a penetrating look at the ongoing cyber-war, with a focus on ways to profit from it. Also in today’s issue: what the Norges Bank’s decision to raise interest rates might mean; and a few interesting links from around the web.

Silver Market Defined By Lack of Supply

Published May 16, 2011

Jeff Clark shares a recent, thought-provoking interview with Andy Schectman of Miles Franklin on trends in the bullion market, especially silver. Also in today’s issue, Vedran Vuk offers some short links and his thoughts on a precious-metal currency.

Doug Casey on Civil War, Past and Potential

Published May 11, 2011

Doug tells us what our teachers never did about the Civil War, and then to discusses its lingering aftermath today and investment implications.

Lessons on Gold from India

Published May 9, 2011

A lesson for Americans: an Indian woman explains why gold jewelry is so much more than just an adornment in her country… Also in this edition: Vedran talks about QE3 and marginalizing ideas.

Doug Casey on Obama Killing Osama

Published May 4, 2011

Doug offers some shrewd observations on the state of Middle East affairs, and the U.S. government, in the wake of Osama bin Laden's assassination by U.S. forces.

Are You Smart Money?

Published April 27, 2011

Do you have what it takes to make money before the herd catches on? Jeff Clark explores what you need to know. Also in this edition: Federal Reserve leaves interest rates untouched.. and souvenirs from the Fed.

Doug Casey on Earth Day


Doug and Lobo commiserate over the faulty thinking underlying Earth Day, and offer ideas on countering irrational eco-religion.

Doug Casey on “The Donald” for President

Published April 20, 2011

Doug Casey considers a possible presidential bid by Donald Trump, and finds it lacking for many reasons.

The Fracking Controversy

Published April 18, 2011

Two new studies claim that fracking-derived shale gas is actually worse for the environment than mining and burning coal. The Casey Energy team weighs in on the debate. Also in this edition: Tesla Motors – a company burdened by regulation; and more on Bernanke’s press briefings.

The 2011 Gold Quiz

Published April 14, 2011

How much do you know about gold? Jeff Clark challenges you to test your knowledge. Also in this edition: Gold – the performing commodity; and, three ideas killed in the 2008 crash.

Doug Casey on Phyles

Published April 13, 2011

A lot of readers keep asking for more information on phyles, even though we’ve touched on the topic several times, so let’s have a closer look. What is a phyle, and why do they matter?

Doug Casey on Japan: Something Wicked This Way Came

Published March 30, 2011

Many readers have written to ask what you make of the situation. Is the damage in Japan largely a Japanese problem? Or could this be the straw that breaks the global economic camel’s back?

The Promise of Proton Therapy

Published March 18, 2011

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. today, but there’s a new technology that’s proven superior to traditional radiation therapy… Also in this edition: Is Quebec about to turn less mining-friendly?... What Vegas can tell us about the economy… and the Friday Funnies.

Think Like a Thief

Published March 16, 2011

You bought gold and silver, but how do you keep it from being stolen? By popular demand, Jeff Clark again weighs in on this important question. Also in this edition: Why are politicians so inept at foreseeing probable events?

The Japanese Crisis

Published March 15, 2011

The Japan crisis is getting worse as it impacts world economies, commodities, and even U.S. Treasuries. Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad provides a status update. Also in this edition: How will the Japanese government react to the crisis? And what could happen to the Japanese nuclear reactors and the uranium market?

Doug Casey: Waiting for WW III

Published March 9, 2011

Doug is currently at the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, so the next brand-new issue of Conversations with Casey will have to wait.

B-Schools and C-Students

Published March 3, 2011

You know the saying about companies being run by C students. Well, it really is true; one reason being that the best and brightest don’t end up in business schools.

Doug Casey on Labor Unions

Published March 2, 2011

When you can't work unless you join the union, and union membership is limited – often to people with political connections, or family relations with union officials – it's clear that the union is not a defender of the little guy, but a kind of protection racket. It's a fraud.

Safely Storing Your Gold

Published February 23, 2011

One of my friends recently discovered that five one-ounce gold coins had been stolen from his home. My friend overlooked one of the basic rules of home storage, so I hope you’ll review where and how you store your precious metals so that you can avoid the same pain and loss he experienced…

Doug Casey: Something Wicked This Way Comes


Oppressed Middle Easterners take to the streets out of hunger. Wisconsin union members take to the streets because their entitlements are threatened. Both relate to the rising costs of real things resulting from the global currency crisis, which is part of the larger train-wreck of the old economic world order.

Concentrated Benefits and Dispersed Costs

Published February 22, 2011

The DMV has exemplified government inefficiency for decades, but why? Besides inefficiency, it reveals one of the major problems with our form of government: there is almost no incentive to fix smaller problems.

Doug Casey: Make Corruption Your Friend, Part 2

Published February 16, 2011

When we last saw our heroes, they were hanging on a cliff of corruption, thinking about a world in which Egyptians stage a now-successful revolution, apparently more in response to government corruption than anything else. Mubarak the thief was more intolerable than Mubarak the dictator – especially when people got hungry.

Doug Casey: Make Corruption Your Friend, Part 1

Published February 9, 2011

The only way to fight official corruption is to reduce the amount of legal control of officials, particularly their regulatory power over the economy. If there were no government regulators, inspectors, assessors, auditors, and so forth ad nauseam, there'd be no reason for businesses and consumers to bribe them to get the hell out of the way.

Doug Casey on Revolution in Egypt and Beyond

Published February 2, 2011

Arab countries have long been the most repressive places in the world, with the possible exception of the despotisms in Africa, to their south. It's very good to see these regimes being overthrown. And the revolution – hopefully that's what it is – is internally generated. It's not the product of an invasion by foreign troops from an alien culture.

Doug Casey on Second Passports

Published January 26, 2011

Remember that getting a second passport is just part of a larger "permanent traveler" strategy. The ideal is to live in one place, have your citizenship in another, your banks and brokers in other jurisdictions, and your business dealings in yet others. That makes it very inconvenient for any one government to control you.

Doug Casey on Art, Part 2

Published January 19, 2011

[a continuation of Doug Casey on Art, Part 1] I'll tell you what the best single – very recent – place in the world for great, cheap art used to be, though I suspect it may be doing too well for that to be the case now: Vietnam, especially the north.

Doug Casey on Art, Part 1

Published January 12, 2011 is one of the most positive things about life itself. It's really about aesthetics, a very important part of human existence.

Prepare for Social Upheaval

Published January 5, 2011

I've been most fortunate wandering through the valley of the shadow of death. Statistically, though, even in the worst places, when hundreds of people get killed – which is a considered a big deal anywhere – the odds of dying are thousands to one against.

My Favorite Quotes

Published December 22, 2010

Some of Doug Casey's all-time favorite quotes – always words of wisdom, and usually wisdom informed by political incorrectness and a grasp of the absurdity of the human condition.

Robots, Net Neutrality, and More

Published December 21, 2010

Today, the Federal Communications Commission acts on so-called “Net Neutrality,” and given the commissioners’ predicted 3-2 party line vote, it would be a shocker if they rejected it. What happens next is anyone’s guess, because the exact text of the ruling will not be known until those contesting the order have had a chance to file their dissent.

The Slippery Slope

Published December 17, 2010

Dear Reader, Some years ago, during a winter-time visit with my dear friend and partner Doug Casey in Aspen, we decided to hit the slopes. While skiing played no role in my formative years in Hawaii, moving to the icebox of the Northeast has helped me gain some modest competency. Enough, in fact, to make […]

Doug Casey on Bernanke: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part 2)

Published December 15, 2010

It does no good to make marginal improvements to a system that is fundamentally flawed and broken. Bernanke is proposing a band-aid where amputation is needed.

Doug Casey on Bernanke: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part 1)

Published December 8, 2010

The Federal Reserve is a misnomer. There is no reserve, as there was in the days when the gold at Fort Knox backed the dollar. Now, the dollar isn't backed by anything, so there's nothing to reserve – they can and do create as many dollars as they want

Doug Casey on Wikileaks

Published December 1, 2010

The whole idea of Wikileaks is terrific. They've become one of the most important watchdog organizations on the planet, helping to expose a lot of government action for what it really is.

“You Cannot Find a Bank Safe Deposit Box in Germany”

Published November 27, 2010

U.S. silver eagles sales at 3,935,000… will the U.S. Mint break the 4 million mark next week?SLV ETF has a huge withdrawal. Silver money for China.EU rescue starts to threaten Germany itself. Three terrific King World News interviews… and much more. Despite how bad the gold chart looks… all is not as it seems.  With […]

Doug Casey on the TSA

Published November 24, 2010

All bureaucracies inevitably become sodden, counterproductive, and centered mainly on their own agendas. But the TSA is on an extraordinarily steep downward trajectory.

Gold Stocks in a Failing Fiat Currency

Published November 23, 2010

Dear Reader, With the Thanksgiving holiday beginning to settle over America like a warm blanket on a cold day, these daily musings will be a bit briefer than usual today and tomorrow – and completely AWOL on Thursday and Friday as your Casey Research team gathers around turkey with sharp knives and a clear intent […]