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Investing in Bitcoin: A Gold Rush for the Digital Age (Graphic)

More than one observer has compared investing in Bitcoin now to getting in on the California Gold Rush of 1849.

And there are numerous fascinating parallels, particularly regarding the area of mining and the wave of people who suddenly took an interest when they realized that fortunes could be made.

In this detailed graphic, you can see exactly how Bitcoin and the Gold Rush match up...

Tech Investing

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Holds the Keys to the Future of Computing

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) calls it "The Machine." I call it the future of computing. And it's just one reason why I think HP is among the smartest plays in tech right now.

The Machine represents a huge leap in technology that's going to make HP a top tech leader once again… and that's going to be a powerful catalyst toward market-beating gains for HPQ stock.

Here's why this turnaround is so exciting for investors…

Precious Metals

Strangest Gold Market News of 2014: Top Refinery Loses 2.7 Tons of Gold

Gold market news, July 30, 2014: On July 25, South Africa's Rand Refinery – the biggest processing facility for gold in Africa and one of the biggest worldwide – announced it will receive a shareholder loan to make up for "lost" 87,000 ounces (2.7 tons) of physical gold in its inventory. The press release describes what amounts to a $112 million loss at current gold prices, making this one of the strangest stories to hit the gold market in 2014.

This is incredibly embarrassing...

Precious Metals

The "Secret" Agreement That's About to Manipulate Gold Prices

May 19 was a big day for gold prices worldwide – perhaps the biggest this year. That's when the European Central Bank (ECB), along with the other 20 most powerful European central banks, announced the signing of the fourth Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA).

The stated reason for the CBGA is to attempt to coordinate gold transactions to avoid market disturbances – it limits the amount of gold signatories may sell in any one year.

While that may sound harmless, it’s anything but.

Here’s the real story behind the CBGA’s involvement in the direction of gold prices…

Hot Stocks

GPRO, TSLA, XOM Top Today's Hot Stocks to Watch

The second-quarter earnings parade continues Thursday with a barrage of earnings from some key sector players.

On tap to post results today are a new IPO darling, a niche electric car company, and a couple of oil giants.

Precious Metals

The Important Impact of This "Secret" Agreement

The fourth iteration of the Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA) has just been signed.

Essentially, it's a statement by Western Europe's most powerful central banks about how much gold they're willing to sell over the next five years.

Though done with no fanfare and barely any media coverage, its importance can't be overstated.

The real story lies with who hasn't signed, and what they're doing with their gold…

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Top News

Synchrony IPO Price Set Today; Here's What to Watch for as SYF Stock Hits Market

The Synchrony IPO price was set at $22 per share today (Wednesday), meaning the company raised $2.88 billion in its initial public offering.

Shares were priced at the low end of the previously proposed range of $23 to $26 per share. Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) had been expected to raise $3.1 billion.

The Fed

FOMC Meeting: Fed Keeps Same Narrative, Taper Proceeds – but Markets Move

The U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its usual script today after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The Fed announced the expected $10 billion cut to its almost two-year-old bond-buying program and reaffirmed its intention to keep interest rates low for a "considerable" period of time.

And yet the markets reacted to this "non-news" as if it were a surprise...


Silver Stock Earnings to Watch: ABX, AEM, HL, CDE

This week is one of the busiest for second-quarter earnings.

Among companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, 148 post results this week, according to FactSet. A couple of key silver stock earnings are among reports to watch today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, and another is on tap to release results next week.

Take a look...

Energy Investing

How to Invest in Pipelines for Maximum Profits

The first oil pipeline consisted of lengths of 2-inch wrought iron pipe that ran five miles, from a Pennsylvania oil field to a train station in Oil Creek.

Oil pipelines have changed how and where oil is found, refined, and sold and have turned America into one of the world's leading oil producers.

Most importantly for investors, they don’t just pump oil, they pump profits – profits that are there for the taking for those who know how to invest in these pipelines…