Dear Reader,

Dan Steinhart here, filling in for David Galland, who's busy kicking off our star-studded Casey Research Summit in Tucson, Arizona, along with the rest of the Casey staff.

Just which stars are studding our Summit this year, you ask? Dr. Ron Paul is the biggest name, and is sure to impress with his keynote presentation. But such giants of the investment world as Rick Rule, Lacy Hunt, Jim Rickards, John Mauldin, and of course Doug Casey will also be in attendance, sharing their takes on the global economy and, most importantly, their very best investment ideas.

As for me, I'll be spending my Friday in a decidedly different manner, driving down to West Orange, New Jersey, to be at my dear friend Jay's side as he marries his sweetheart this weekend.

Given that Jay is one of my very best friends from college, and that we're a rare pair of college buddies to remain just as good friends so many years later, I wouldn't miss his wedding for the world.

My only regret is that, despite today's breathtaking rate of technological advancement, humans have yet to figure out how to defy physics by being in two places at once. That, combined with the geographic reality that Tucson is 2,389 miles from West Orange, means I won't be attending this year's Summit.

Luckily for me, we record every second of the conference, so although I can't be in the same room with the investment gurus and legends, I'll still be able to absorb their knowledge and most profitable investment ideas by doing the next best thing: listening to the audio after the Summit concludes.

If you're in the same boat as I and would like to attend the Summit but simply cannot due to other obligations, click here to preorder the audio collection and save $100 off the regular price.

As I need to hit the road shortly, I'll now pass the baton to Doug French, who has much to say about the apparent recovery of single-family home prices. He asks and answers: just who is buying all those single-family homes that seem to be flying out of inventory faster than builders can build them?