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Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets 2013: The Unsung Gems of Latin America

For investors in search of growth in 2013, one of the best places to look is in emerging markets, particularly in the often-neglected region of Latin America.

While most of the talk about investing in emerging markets over the past several years has focused on Asia, particularly China and India, Latin America has been quietly enjoying a nice little boom of its own.

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The IMF's Change on Capital Controls Adds Danger for Emerging Market Investors

The IMF is up to no good again.

On Monday they released a new report on international capital flows which relaxed its opposition to exchange controls.

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Precious Metals

Why to Keep Betting on Higher Silver Prices

As November comes to an end, silver prices continue to hold their luster even in this down week.

On Tuesday, spot silver increased to $34.26 an ounce, its greatest level since the middle of October, before it dropped to $33.76.

Silver traders have hit the sidelines as economic news such as fiscal cliff discussions, the Greek bailout and an appreciating U.S. dollar have been a drag on the white metal.

James Steel, HSBC metal analyst said to Reuters of the current prices, "We believe gold and silver prices will tend towards consolidation, as investors await further developments on the U.S. fiscal cliff negotiations."

But don't worry silver bulls, there's still enough good news to keep you happy.

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Why 185% Gains Are Just the Beginning For 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD)

Loose lips sink ships. Or at least they try to…

Take the case of 3D Systems Inc. (NYSE:DDD). Investors who bailed on the stock recently – and there were a lot of them – missed a great rally on Tuesday. That 8.5% gain on heavy volume put the stock among the top 20 gainers of its exchange.

It would be easy to chalk that gain up to the market's overall rally that day.

No doubt, investors were thrilled to see evidence that Washington just may solve its budget impasse before we go over the "fiscal cliff." But that's not what's really going on here…

As I see it, DDD's rebound earlier this week was sweet justice indeed.

Or perhaps even revenge.

See, the stock had recently come under huge selling pressure after the financial advisory website Seeking Alpha slammed the company last week. An article on Seeking Alpha questioned the firm's huge recent sales growth, accusing management of "hiding something."

I've analyzed publicly traded firms for more than 30 years and I can tell you – that is a very serious charge.

In response, 3D Systems made the unusual move of holding a conference call to dispute Seeking Alpha's critique. Senior managers gave analysts an on-the-record look at the firm's accounting practices.
This call ranks as a key event in the recent history of 3D Systems' stock, which is up more than 185% so far this year. (Like I keep saying, you really can make a lot of money in this field.)

That's why I'm telling you, you have to be very careful who you listen to about tech stocks. So, let me take a moment to tell you what's really going on with DDD.

Here are three reasons I think DDD has the potential to blow that 185% gain out of the water.

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Emerging Markets Stocks 2013: Don't Miss These Next Waves of Growth

Amid a turbulent market environment in 2012, emerging markets stocks have been, well, turbulent.

Some markets (Colombia, Mexico and Thailand to name a few) have performed well. Others have disappointed (Brazil and Russia stand as two laggards.)

But as Money Morning Global Investing Strategist Martin Hutchinson explained last week, economic growth has shifted to these developing economies.

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Why to Expect Higher Silver Prices Before 2013

As the week comes to an end, Comex December silver prices are trading at $32.45, a slight decline from yesterday. For the week, prices are off about 1%.

Recent economic data and concerning news from abroad have hit precious metals this week, leading to their declines.

Gold has been stealing headlines as fear surrounding the fiscal cliff drives investors to seek safer assets. Should Congress and the president not reach an agreement by early next year, this will provide an opportunity for gold to shine.

But the white metal, with its volatility and recent high prices, can hold its own and also has the potential to increase in the short-term due to a few reasons.

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2013 Emerging Markets Forecast: Forget About the BRICs Buy These Rising Stars Instead

Savvy investors know there is far more to the markets than sitting on your hands worrying about the fiscal cliff.

Believe it or not the world doesn't revolve around the United States-or the Western world.

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LNG

Why U.S. Natural Gas Companies Are Looking Forward to 2014

Natural gas companies in the United States hope the worst is behind them.

In 2012, natural gas prices plummeted to a two-decade low at below $2 per million BTU. This meant U.S. natural gas lost 87% of its value over a six-and-a-half year period. The low price was thanks to a glut of gas due to newer drilling technologies such as fracking.

How to Profit From Greenland's Rare Earth Metals Bonanza

Greenland is a treasure trove of rare earth metals.

For millennia nearly all of this massive island was buried more than a mile deep in glacial ice, making its rich mineral resources almost impossible to extract.

But in recent years, Greenland's ice has started to retreat, with summer melts becoming more extensive each year.

That has made Greenland's rare earth metals (as well as a variety of more conventional elements, such as iron, nickel and gold) much more accessible — and mining for them far more economically feasible, particularly in its southern tip.

"This is huge; we could be mining this for the next 100 years," Eric Sondergaard, a geologist with the Australian-owned company Greenland Minerals and Energy, told The New York Times. Greenland Minerals and Energy (OTC: GDLNF) controls the vast Kvanefjeld project, estimated to hold 10.5 million tons of rare earth ore.

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Jack Welch on Natural Gas Companies: It's "Like the Internet in 1990"

Without unnecessary regulations, natural gas companies could trigger the next great American century, says Jack Welch.

In an interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, Welch explained why he believes an energy-rich and independent America in the 21st century could create a bigger boom in the economy than the Internet did in the late 20th century.

"We have a chance in this country to make this the American century," Welch said. "This gas thing is huge. The gas that we have found is in the first inning – it's like the Internet in 1990. This is the first inning of a great American century."

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