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Golden Smackdown for Big Banks Plus

by Sean Brodrick

A rogue gang of fat ladies is parked in the lobbies of the big five gold-dealing banks, and they're clearing their throats and tuning up. Here's why: On Friday, researchers announced the London gold fix - the benchmark used since 1919 to set gold's market price - may have been manipulated for the last decade by the very banks setting it. Read On…

Who’s Got the Gold? Plus

by Sean Brodrick

I recently got my first long-term buy signal on gold in many months. That means we can shift from "playing" short-term swings in gold and miners to long-term investing in the shiny metal. However, one thing nags at my mind: Who's got the gold? Read On…

Confidence Game Plus

by Christopher Rowe

Have you ever stuck with a losing stock position because you were overly confident that the Street had it wrong and it was sure to come back? The painful mistake is so clear... in hindsight. This is because trading and investing psychology is the single-strongest indicator of stock market profits or losses. Read On…

The Secret to Picking Biotech Stocks Plus

by Marc Lichtenfeld

Yesterday, I was on Komodo Island, Indonesia, as part of The Oxford Club's Chairman's Circle cruise to Australia and Indonesia. We saw the famed Komodo dragons, which are some of the most lethal animals in the world. When they bite, they release bacteria that stop the blood-clotting process, leaving their prey (including humans) to bleed out. Read On…

What Mike Tyson Can Teach You About Investing Plus

by Alexander Green

You might not think of Mike Tyson as a mentor when it comes to running your portfolio. After all, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has never demonstrated any great money management skills. In fact, he has been a wildly controversial figure both inside and outside the ring, even biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout. Read On…

Is It Too Early to Invest Down Under? Plus

by Alexander Green

I'm currently aboard the luxury ship Crystal Symphony in the midst of The Oxford Club's Chairman's Circle Wealth Cruise from Sydney to Bali. (Hazardous duty, yes, but someone has to do it.) And while we are spending much of our time eating, drinking, gabbing and touring about, we are also here to size up global investment opportunities. (After all, some of us plan to write this trip off.) Read On…

How to Play the Silver Rally Plus

by Sean Brodrick

Silver is rallying sharply this month, up about 14% in the last three weeks and blowing out of its old range. After it closed yesterday at $21.85, I'm confident we'll see silver test $27 or even $30 by the end of this year. And that will make a huge difference for undervalued silver producers. Read On…

From the Mailbag: Should You Dump Small Caps? Plus

by Marc Lichtenfeld

If you want to make money in the markets, small caps must be part of your portfolio. They outperform large caps over the long term and will add several percentage points to your overall return. But small caps are risky, right? On an individual basis, they certainly can be more speculative than your average S&P 500 stock. Read On…

Technical Tuesday: How to Detect Stock Market Tops Plus

by Christopher Rowe

As I noted last week, bull market tops are often characterized by a breakdown of the sector that had led the market higher (like tech stocks in 2000 or financial stocks in 2007). Another clue in our hunt for the top is the concentration of leadership to individual sectors. When we get near major (or even intermediate) bull market tops, we tend to see one sector (or sometimes two related sectors) breaking clearly away from the others. Read On…