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With a 37% gain in The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) since late July, we’ve done really well with our targeted investment in real estate.

And with very quick gains of 9% in Brazilian-food processor BRF SA (NYSE ADR: BRFS), 5.2% in South American agricultural play Adecoagro SA (NYSE: AGRO) and 1.6% in high-tech agribusiness player  Neogen Corp. (NasdaqGS: NEOG), we’re doing well with our plays on (pockets of) accelerating U.S. inflation.

Today we’re going to combine the two concepts and employ a very simple formula we believe will add to your profits…

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  • What Maslow and Rand Would Tell Investors Today (And How It Relates To Gold) The average investor has significantly underperformed oil, stocks, gold and bonds in the past 20 years. While, on average, investors returned 2%, oil, stocks and gold rose about 8%. Let's apply some psychology to find out why. Read More...
  • Does Investing in Gold Top Your List of "Best Investments"? gold

    Even though the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index have hit record highs this year, investing in gold remains the top investment pick in CNBC's latest All-America Economic Survey.

    The March poll shows the yellow metal is the favored investment choice among 35% of respondents, beating real estate at 27% and stocks at 21%. This is the second year that investing in gold has topped the list of what those surveyed consider the "best investment" to make now.

    While survey participants are more optimistic this year than last about the stock market, 21% are uncertain if now is a good time to dabble in stocks, up from 11% in December 2009.

    Those who believe the current environment make it a good time to buy stocks jumped from 31% in November to 40%, the highest amount since December 2009.

    Moreover, in spite of the improved outlook for stocks, the overall view of the current state of the economy remains bleak. Currently, 60% of those surveyed are pessimistic about the U.S. economy, up from 56% in November.

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  • Can Gold Miners Increase Profits Through Spin Offs?

    After more than a decade of merger mania, gold miners are now looking to spin off some of their acquisitions.

    By doing so, the gold miners hope for better results after abysmal performance recently, as gold prices have fallen. And, as always, gold miners' profits rise and fall much faster than the yellow metal's price.

    The underperformance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDX) compared with that of the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD) bears this out. GDX is down 20.5% since the end of last year, while GLD is down 4.8%.

    Investors are starting to get really impatient with the gold miners - so much so that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson is arguing some of the world's biggest gold mining companies, including AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU), spin off some of the mines that they have acquired through M&A over the past 10 years.

    Paulson, the largest shareholder of GLD and AU, thinks the sum of the parts is greater than the value of the whole mining company. Paulson certainly can't be pleased with AU's 23.5% decline so far in 2013.

    Other gold majors, including Gold Fields Limited (NYSE: GFI) and Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX), have already spun off some of their mines or are in the process of doing so.

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  • Don't Shy Away from Investing in Gold

    Gold prices were up today (Thursday) as the U.S. dollar retreated against other currencies, leading foreign buyers to favor investing in gold



    The most actively traded gold contract, for April delivery, rose $2.70, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,590.70 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    "The gold market is getting propped up by a break in the dollar index," Ira Epstein, director of the Ira Epstein division at the Linn Group, told The Wall Street Journal. "The problem is, people are not buying into the rally, they're buying it on the dips."

    If gold prices cross the psychologically important $1,600-an-ounce level, confidence in investing in gold could strengthen.

    Until then, it looks like investors will stay busy trying to profit from the record-high Dow.

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  • These Gold Stocks Are Poised to Rebound in 2013 They almost HAVE to. Fact is, gold mining companies' stocks specifically have lagged the performance of the precious metal for six years. Here's why investors can expect a reversal in the next nine months. Read More...
  • Gold Prices: Don't Ignore This Bullish Trend Gold prices have been languishing in recent weeks, as investors have been drawn into riskier assets, like equities. Investors are not looking for a "save haven" right now. But not everyone is shunning gold - and you shouldn't either. Take a look. Read More...
  • Gold and Silver Prices Boosted by These Global Moves Gold Price trends this year

    Gold and silver prices both marched toward their largest gains in more than a week Tuesday joining the uplifting mood on Wall Street. As the Dow Jones Industrial Average reveled in a historic rally that took the benchmark to a record high, commodities also soared. 

    Gold prices settled Tuesday's trading session up $2.50, or 0.2%, at $1,574.90 an ounce, supported by stimulus chatter and a weaker dollar. The safe haven metal had reached as high as $1,585.80 an ounce intraday, on course for its biggest leap since Feb. 26.

    Year-to-date, gold has dipped 5.7%. The commodity logged its fifth consecutive month of declines in February, marking its longest stretch of declines since 1997.

    Silver prices rose 1.7% to $28.97 in early trading, their biggest gain in more than a week. The white metal ended the day at $28.81.

    While silver's slip since January has been more modest than gold's, it's well below the $34.89 it traded at during the same period a year ago.

    But loose monetary policies worldwide, geopolitical uncertainties, rising oil prices and renewed fears of inflation should support, if not boost, both gold and silver prices in the months ahead.

    Aggressive Global Stimulus Here to Stay

    Driving gold and silver prices higher Tuesday were comments from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen.

    At the National Association for Business Economics conference Monday, the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) Yellen defended the bank's $85 billion a month of bond purchases.

    "At this stage, I do not see any (risks) that would cause me to advocate a curtailment of our purchase program," Yellen said.   

    Yellen's sentiments mirror that of Fed Chief Ben Bernanke, who thinks continued stimulus will be good for the U.S. economy. Acknowledging there are risks from the Fed's aggressive efforts to stoke the anemic U.S. economy, Yellen added there are also risks from not being aggressive enough.

    This news from overseas is also bullish for gold and silver prices...

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  • Gold Prices Are Being Manipulated and Here's What To Do About It If you’ve ever suspected gold prices are being manipulated, you’re right, they are.
    Against the backdrop of fiscal mismanagement, political incompetence, and failed austerity measures, the world's biggest traders have all bet heavily on gold. Lately, they've been pulling out all the stops to get what they want (while laughing all the way to bigger bonuses).
    Today, I want to talk about who "they" are and share a few tricks you can use to capitalize on their actions without being taken to the poorhouse.
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  • The Looming Gold Production Cliff That Will Drive Prices Higher Country Canada maple leaf

    In recent years, global gold production has been at or near record levels. The plentiful supplies have led gold bears to argue that the yellow metal's decade-long bull run will end.

    But gold bears are dead wrong.

    In fact, the 'glory days' of gold production may be ending soon.

    That's because some industry experts are beginning to point to a gold "production cliff' that is looming not far in the future.

    And this coming decline in production can mean only one thing: higher gold prices.

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  • A Test of Strength for Gold It's still among the wisest investments you can make right now. As Frank Holmes explains, the gold price could rise more than 16% in the short term. You have to see this chart... Read More...
  • Investing in Gold Stocks Peter video gold

    Gold prices hit their death cross last week, technically a bearish indicator, but what does that really mean for investing in gold stocks?

    According to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) it means gold is headed down for the remainder of the year. In a Feb. 25 note to clients, Goldman lowered its three-month gold-price forecast to $1,615 an ounce from $1,825, its six-month forecast to $1,600 an ounce from $1,805 and its 12-month forecast to $1,550 an ounce from $1,800.

    But, once again, Goldman is wrong.

    "The fact is, despite this pullback, gold prices are consolidating at a relatively high level, which is rather bullish. As well, gold's price is forming a technical pattern known as a "symmetrical triangle,' which also provides a bullish setup," said Money Morning Global Resources Specialist Peter Krauth when the sell-off began earlier this month.

    "The last time we had this was in 2008 to 2009," explained Krauth. "After that consolidation, gold began a multi-year climb that nearly doubled its price. I think we are in the first innings of another such cycle that could take the price much higher, and almost certainly to new all-time highs."

    As for investing in gold stocks, Krauth said now's a good time to stock up on the yellow metal.

    "I believe the best strategy, as gold remains in a secular bull, is to accumulate on dips," said Krauth. "So this very recent weakness has created a great opportunity for true contrarian investors to do just that and add to their gold positions."

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  • Why Russia is Investing in Gold More Than Anyone money

    Now we know what Russia has been doing all these years with all its oil mega-profits: investing in gold.

    A Bloomberg News article Monday reported that Russia's central bank added 570 metric tons of gold in the past decade, making the country the world's biggest gold buyer. That amount is a quarter more than the world's second-biggest buyer, China.

    The amount of gold Russia added to its stockpile is almost triple the weight of the Statue of Liberty, according to Bloomberg.

    It certainly makes sense for Russia to add to its official gold reserves. Gold prices have gained about 400% over the past decade.

    "The more gold a country has, the more sovereignty it will have if there's a cataclysm with the dollar, the euro, the pound or any other reserve currency," Evgeny Fedorov, a lawmaker for Putin's United Russia party in the lower house of parliament, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview in Moscow.

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  • Why Bill Gross Says You Should Be Investing in Gold What is the Price of Gold Today?

    Renowned bond investor Bill Gross, the manager of PIMCO's Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund, just shared his top investment picks with Barron's. Leading the savvy investor's short and selective list was gold.

    Why is a bond bull keen on investing in gold?

    It's because Gross sees gold as a stellar inflationary hedge as global central banks attempt to reflate their economies.

    Gross explained that while it looks like loose monetary policies and the deluge of dollars will continue for a while, at some point both will have to stop and "when all this money printing by central banks ends, it won't be pretty."

    Gross sees trouble brewing in the artificially-priced U.S. Treasury market.

    "The Fed is buying 80% of the Treasury market today. It is remarkable to think that when the Treasury issues debt in the trillion-dollar-plus category, the Fed ends up buying most of it. The Treasury sells it to banks and primary dealers, who sell it back to the Fed at a higher bid," Gross explained.

    "This is very different from the free-market capitalism we've come to know. And it will continue until inflation exceeds the upper end of the central bank's target of 2.5% or, by some miracle, we get real economic growth," Gross continued.

    The artificially priced bonds leave investors to question if investing in them is worth the slender reward, given the paltry yields from a bevy of bonds except high-risk junk bonds.

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  • Two Ways to Go Big on Gold Stocks Right Now

    There are plenty of reasons for you to have some gold stocks in your portfolio.

    Governments are stockpiling record amounts of the shiny metal. Mints are pumping out new coins as fast as they can. And the Fed under "Helicopter" Ben Bernanke is wallpapering the world with greenbacks, pumping out $85 billion a month until...well, who knows when?

    But there's more.

    The Europeans have joined the party by bailing out their weak sisters with hundreds of billions of euros.

    And the Bank of Japan just announced a $1.2 trillion bond purchase program for 2013 and $150 billion per month after that - almost twice the size of the Fed's folly.

    Now the yahoos in Washington are threatening to spill more blood over the debt ceiling.

    All this spells big upside for gold prices in 2013...and the companies that produce gold.

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  • Why Germany Wants its Gold Back After spending more than 50 years in foreign hands, Germany's gold is finally going home.
    The Bundesbank (Germany's central bank) is the second-largest gold holder in the world. And it wants at least half of its gold to be held in its own vaults. That's going to mean moving 54,000 bars of the shiny metal.
    But why does Germany want its gold back, and why now?
    Part of it has to do with pressure from a grassroots group led by a group of economists, business executives, and lawyers, along with the German Precious Metals Association, who have put together a "Repatriate our Gold!" campaign.
    But that's only part of the story... Read More...