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Why Is the South China Sea Important?

Why is the South China Sea important? At first look, the island group seems uninhabitable and worthless – but this observation would be grossly in error.

These islands sit on the edge of the most lucrative fishing area in the South China Sea. They are also on the edge of one of the most oil- and gas-rich areas yet discovered.

And the Spratlys are claimed by no less than six different countries.

"This is definitely a situation you want to watch closely," Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon told readers on Dec. 8. "Any kind of a major 'incident' there will clearly have a big – and negative – impact on the world financial markets."

Here's a look at the irresistible treasures that make ownership of the South China Sea crucial...


The Commodity Prices Nightmare of 2015

Commodity prices have been getting decimated in 2015.

We mostly hear about the decline in energy since oil and natural gas are down 33.4% and 38.5% this year.

But this comprehensive chart shows how energy is just the tip of the commodities iceberg...


Why This 6-Acre South Dakota Ghost Town Is On Sale for $250,000

A South Dakota ghost town just reduced its sale price from $399,000 to $250,000.

Investors from the United States to Russia have shown interest in the property, but every offer has fallen through since 2014.

Find out why investors may be getting more than they bargain for if they purchase this seemingly too-good-to-be-true six-acre property.


How to Spot the Commodities Recovery First

Commodities prices have essentially crashed.

The Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodities CRB Commodity Index peaked near 365 in 2011.

Today it sits at just 189, a brutal loss of more than 48%. Gold, silver, oil, natural gas, uranium, coal, iron ore, and copper are all at or near multiyear lows.

It's been devastating for companies producing them and countries dependent on exporting them.

But by definition, commodity production is a cyclical business, and what goes down simply must come up.

In fact, there's so much upside potential at the other end of this sector-wide slump that my eyes have been glued to some important indicators – including some that few others are looking at.

When a bottom and recovery develops, it will appear here first. That will give us the earliest opportunity to capture gains on the way up.

I really like what I see right now. Let me show you...


If These Commodity Prices Tank… Run for Your Life

Both U.S. and overseas stocks have been rallying since their ugly August sell-off.

But, if these key commodity prices tank, expect stock prices to follow.

Oil and copper hold the keys to the future of stock prices…

Here's why...


A Simple Way to Profit from Glencore's Complex Problems

Glencore Plc. is the world's biggest, most important commodities trader, and it is in big trouble, under heavy pressure from all directions.

Too many things have to go right for Glencore to escape. If it can't pare down its debt load fast enough, if it can't raise cash fast enough, if ratings agencies junk it, or if commodities prices keep falling, Glencore could implode – violently.

And thanks to its outsize position and importance to the global commodities market, any meltdown at Glencore would have truly global implications across the commodities and debt markets, derivatives, emerging markets and, of course, U.S. and world stock markets.

Glencore's situation is really complicated, but I'm going to show you a simple way to cash in big when this company heads over the cliff - and takes a large portion of the global economy with it...


Glencore's Collapse Gives Commodities Their "Lehman Brothers Moment"

On Monday, European commodities and mining powerhouse Glencore had a very bad day, and its shares dropped 29%.

Maybe you hadn't heard of Glencore before Monday. But I'd wager that, by the end of this year, everyone will know the name. Just like they know the names AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns.

You see, what's happening with Glencore is an eerie, picture-perfect replay of what happened in the AIG meltdown of 2008.

And what happens next is going to rock the entire market.

We all have to move quickly on this one...

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Commodity Prices Update: Faber, Icahn, Soros Make Big Bets on the Sector

A few legendary influencers in investing are making huge bets right now on commodities, an area that's faced – and continues to face – some pretty strong headwinds.

Famed hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller recently made a $323 million bet on gold. Carl Icahn took an 8.5% position in copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX).

What are we to make of this? And how could this impact commodity prices? Take a look...


Platinum Prices Could Rebound on This News

After nearly five years of a correcting bear market, platinum prices have fallen by nearly half, from $1,800 in 2010 to $1,003 on Sept. 8.

To stem the tide, some of the world's largest producers of the precious metal are cutting production.

But a new push to make the official sector a key consumer of the metal could move platinum prices higher...


Jim Rogers: "Don't Give Up on Commodities"

Legendary investor Jim Rogers just spoke with BBC's Radio 4 on Aug. 24, now known as "Black Monday" – the day commodities crashed to their lowest level in the 21st century.

Brent crude oil prices, the international benchmark, have plummeted 18.8% in August so far, dipping below $44 a barrel. Futures have fallen 38.6% from the 2015 high of $69.94 seen just over three months ago. WTI crude oil prices have fallen even more – the U.S. benchmark has tumbled 20% this month, 34.6% this year, to hit below $39 a barrel.

There are ample reasons to be pessimistic about commodities right now.

But according to the famously contrarian Rogers, investors shouldn't rule out a comeback for the depressed sector...