• Sprott Money
    02/28/2015 - 07:05
      In this exclusive interview, Hugo Salinas Price share his views on precious metals, provides some historical background on gold and silver money, the manipulation of the precious...

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Artist's Impression Of The Inevitable Nasdaq Endgame

Nasdaq 5,000 or bust (or maybe ...and bust). The following clip came to mind as we see the Nasdaq ceaselessy inflated day after day, defended as 'different this time' on every mainstream media channel, and increasingly focused on fewer and fewer large stocks...



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The Most Important Commodity For Housing Is Screaming "Recession"

While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as we noted previously, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities (h/t @Not_Jim_Cramer). That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling - breaking to 18-month lows today. We have seen this picture before, and it did not end well...



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"Sovereign Risk" - This Is How Easily Your Property Can Be Confiscated

“Based upon a review of your account, there has been no such qualifying activity and it is therefore subject to being classified as abandoned if you do not act quickly... If we fail to hear from you the account will be escheated to the state and closed.”

Sovereign Risk is the biggest risk out there. You cannot ever underestimate the desperate tactics and procedures of bankrupt governments.



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Falling AAPL Ends Nasdaq Anti-Gravity Streak



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Fact Or Fiction: Raytheon CEO To Obama "It's Getting Out Of Hand In Libya"

Using the subject heading “you should definitely check this out,” Thomas A. Kennedy, CEO of the defense contractor Raytheon, reportedly emailed President Obama today with yet another link to an article detailing mounting tensions in Libya...



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Doubts (And Bond Yields) Are Rising Again In Greece

If "everything is awesome" in Greece (and Europe) then why - oh why - did Greek government bond yields surge higher today, Greek stocks tumble, Greek bank stocks (and less so bonds) collapse, and Greek CDS jump? It appears that as the euphoria relief wears off, as WSJ reports, doubts over the willingness of Greece’s left-wing government to follow its creditors’ orders on budget cuts and economic overhauls spilled into the public today. IMF's Lagarde stated that the Greek proposal "is not conveying clear enough assurances that the government intends to undertake the reforms," and even Syriza officials admitted, "it is difficult to determine how the government can fulfill its promises, including the debt write-off, with this agreement,” as doubts arise across Europe's policymakers and markets.



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If You See A Terrorist Say Something, FBI Warns After Busting ISIS Threat To "Kill President Of US"

With the invasion of Syria, pardon, the "Islamic State" on behalf of US allies in the middle east imminent, it is time to send the fear meter to Max, and spook the US population with the reminder that far from being expert, Hollywood-quality video editors, ISIS is engaged in not only in selective, carefully sponsored and funded beheadings several thousand miles away, but is operating right under everyone nose.



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AAPL Tumble Sparks Stock Slump - Yellen Gains Gone

Stock market investors live by the Apple and die by the Apple... and with Apple's 2.5% drop today, broad stock market indices have cratered in the last few minutes retracing the gains accrued since Yellen started speaking yesterday...



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Steve Jobs Held Billions Of Dollars Offshore. Was He "Unpatriotic"?

At the end of September 2011, just days before his passing, the company that Steve Jobs founded had a $25 billion cash hoard. Nearly half of this was stashed overseas. His personal share of the untaxed offshore booty was obviously substantial. Did this make him ‘unpatriotic’?

Was the guy who revolutionized five industries and touched the lives of billions of people some nefarious traitor because he held so much money offshore? Of course not.



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How To Trade Oil For HFT Idiots 101

While we previously exposed the 1430ET NYMEX Close Ramp trade, it appears a new algo-idiot trade has made an appearance. "Sell API Inventory data, Buy DOE Inventory Data"



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Putin Slams Ukraine Decision To Cut-Off Gas To East As "Genocidal"

Ukrainian authorities decision to halt gas supplies to Donetsk amid the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe occurring there "bear the hallmarks of genocide," blasted Russia's Vladimir Putin during an awkward press conference with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades (who he had just agreed bilateral military and trade deals with). "Apparently, some responsible leaders of the modern-day Ukraine are unable to understand the importance of humanitarian issues," Sputnik News reports Putin concluded. In an attempt to gain leverage and force Ukraine's hand however, Russia's Gazprom has indicated it intends to suspend gas deliveries to Ukraine (and thus Europe via pipelines) unless Kiev makes a further prepayment.



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Chart(s) Of The Day: Gasoline, Greenback, & Ghosts Of 1937

Is it time to spread Heating Gas and Gasoline in anticipation of the arrival of Spring? Is China "devaluing" the Yuan as policy? Is Ms. Yellen is taking rather more of a gamble than she is willing to admit?



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Shorts Burned Following Strong 5 Year Treasury Auction

If yesterday's strong 2 Year bond auction confirmed that there was not a hawkish cloud on the bond market's horizon, then today's just concluded 5 Year bond auction doubled down on the strength of the short-end, when moments ago the Treasury sold $35 billion in 5 year paper at a yield of 1.480%, stopping 0.3 bps through the 1.483% when issued. The Bid to Cover of 2.54 also posted a modest increase to last month's 2.49, if a below the TTM average of 2.71. The internals were also in line, with Directs getting 7.5%, Indirects a far stronger than average 60.1%, and Dealers left holding 32.4% of the auction.



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The Magical Debt Disappearance

It is not entirely unusual for revisions to be made to the flow of funds data published by the Fed. Nothing about this time seemed remarkable, until one gets to corporate non-financial debt. Apparently, all that debt that has been taken on by companies in recent years has suddenly disappeared, as if by magic...



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