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The Energy Potential in Ukraine's Troubles

[LONDON] As you read this, Marina and I will be in London for the annual energy consultations at Windsor Castle.

Now, if it seems like I'm spending far too much time traveling these days, you're right. But the truth is our trip to England is just the beginning… more is yet to come.

You see, most of the major new developments are no longer taking place in North America. The global energy sector is intensifying, and its importance has never been more striking than it is right now.

The American unconventional oil and gas revolution has gone global. In fact, that is the prime topic of our discussions at Windsor.

what this crisis will do to the global energy markets...

Sochi Olympics

The Companies Spending the Most on 2014 Sochi Olympics – And What They Really Gain

Around 23.7 million people watched prime-time coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Tuesday night when U.S. snowboarder Shaun White missed on a third-straight gold medal for the halfpipe event, a 17% jump in viewership from a comparable night of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Those numbers are why advertisers compete for – and spend so much money on – attracting viewers' attention. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) generated an estimated $1 billion in sponsorship revenue in the four-year cycle ending with the 2012 London Olympics.

Olympic sponsors, who are organized into one of four categories – worldwide and tiers one, two, and three – are picking up most of the advertising tab. In London 2012, "top Olympic sponsors (TOP)" paid more than $100 million in cash and "value-in-kind" goods and services for the right to participate, with the next tier paying $40 million each.

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Wall Street

This Is How You Win a "Billionaires' Brawl" (True Story)

There's a lucrative new trading "set-up" a lot of investors are using now. But unlike classic approaches, like "don't fight the Fed," and "the trend is your friend," there are no rules on how to play this new game.

So let's change that today.

This is the true story about two billionaires' egos, their trading games, and what happens when they clash over the same stock.

It's a story you can profit from, too…

It's a story you can profit from, too...

Investing Tips

This "Spark" Could Help Fetch a 935% Gain

Editor's Note: Sid's new Small-Cap Rocket Alert is off to a terrific start. His first recommendation is up more than 35% in less than 30 days. And the shares he recommended this week could also climb quickly. Sid's projecting a 935% potential gain over the next 15 months. The move will be driven by a series of "sparks," or catalysts, like the one he's going to show you today…

We hear Wall Street's wizards pontificate, on and on, about the true value of a company all the time. They support their claims with a wide range of ratios.

Or something even more powerful...

Q&A

How Gold, Oil, and Syria Really Mix… Plus "3 Strikes Against Apple"

The markets are very complicated at the moment, which is why now's an ideal time to reach into the Money Morning Mailbag and address your concerns.

The goal here is simple: To provide understandable, actionable, and, of course, profitable answers to your thoughtful and extremely insightful questions.

Energy Investing

Make These Moves Before the U.S. Hits Syria

From the Editor: You're getting special access to Bill Patalon's latest Private Briefing because the situation in Syria is escalating by the hour, and a U.S. strike would have a significant and immediate impact on stocks, but an even bigger impact on oil. So Bill called the one man who'd know exactly what to do…

Oil prices have been surging on fears that the Obama administration is planning to punish Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people.

Precious Metals

Why Gold Prices Are Up Today

Gold is down about 17% in 2013, but here's why gold prices are up today – and will continue their rise…

On Monday, as gold inched toward $1,400 an ounce, bulls claimed the yellow metal was entering a third-quarter bull market – and Tuesday's gold-price gains helped it get there.

Comex gold surged $24.40 to $1,417.50 an ounce in mid-morning trading Tuesday, and spot gold soared $13.50 to $1,419, a three-month high.

The precious metal is now up some $200 an ounce, or 20%, from June's three-year low of $1,179.40. A 20% gain equals a bull market.

Propelling gold prices Tuesday was a move from "risk-off" trades into safe haven assets.

All three major U.S. benchmarks were off sharply Tuesday, piggybacking the swoon that began late Monday, as investors grow increasingly concerned the United States and its allies are organizing military action against Syria.

Global Economy

How to Make 46% on My "Australian Independence"

I like Australia's stock market right now. I think it provides you with a ton of upside potential.

Virtually every analyst on Wall Street disagrees, of course. They hate Australia. But they didn't like Chile, either, where we're up 46%. And they weren't crazy about Indonesia – another market that's making us good money.

Independent thinking pays well, plain and simple. And right now, Australia can pay you extremely well.

And there's more than one way you can make money.

trend watch

Intellectual Property: How to Invest in America's Strongest Game

It's hard to overstate the importance of intellectual property, the creative side of industry, to the United States economy – especially in an era when there is a (mistaken) perception that the United States can no longer compete.

It's a complex, interwoven subset of the economy, and it consists of more than just royalties for music and television – although that's part of it. Software, hardware, entertainment, medicine, science, technology – all of these generate immense quantities of intellectual property revenue.

A Hugely Important Segment

You must consider that…

…More than 50% of the world's total intellectual property revenue flows directly into the United States. …Intellectual property rights touch nearly every facet of our immense economy.

…Employment, either direct or indirect, in 313 IP-intensive industries account for some 40 million jobs, nearly 28% of all jobs in our economy.

…And those are good jobs; they pay on average 42% more than non-IP-intensive work.

…IP-intensive industries add $5.06 trillion in value, nearly 35% of the United States' GDP in 2010.

…Nearly 61% of American exports, $775 billion, come from IP-intensive industries.

The figures, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, more or less speak for themselves.

They point to the United States as possibly the most creative and innovative society on Earth. Even as the overall economy wheezes along, intellectual property continues to grow, playing an ever more vital role.

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Global Economy

How China's One-Child Policy Will Transform the Future Global Economy

In 1979, China implemented a one-child policy in an effort to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems in the country.

Government officials indicate that the policy prevented over 250 million births between 1980 and 2000, and 400 million births between 1979 and 2011.

"China was a very different place back then," recalls Money Morning Global Investing & Income Strategist Robert Hsu. "It was very poor and there was overpopulation; they had to do something about it. I'm not saying that it's the best policy, but that's what they did to fix these problems. Nowadays though, the economic situation in China has vastly changed."

And changed it has – China is currently the world's second-largest economy, which is precisely why investors worry about how demographic issues there will play out globally. How will China's shrinking birthrate affect global economic growth?

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