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Currencies

The Golden Yuan Is Coming – Here's How to Play It

The U.S. dollar has been the world's de facto reserve currency for almost 90 years.

But this financial dominance may be nearing its end.

In recent years, China's been floating the idea the yuan should take on the dollar's role as the world's reserve currency.

In fact, the Chinese have already negotiated numerous bilateral trade deals that completely bypass it.

And they've even called for efforts to "de-Americanize" the global economy.

Whatever happens, China's economic rise foreshadows increased influence.

It's a trend that not only has serious implications, but also great profit opportunities,

U.S. Economy

Don't Fear China and Japan Owning More U.S. Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department said today (Thursday) that total foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose 1.1% in November to $5.72 trillion, putting foreign holdings 0.1% below the all-time high of $5.76 trillion it reached in March 2013.

In particular, China's holdings reached record levels, increasing 0.9% to $1.32 billion, and so did Japan, which boosted its holdings by 1% to $1.19 trillion. The two countries are the largest and second-largest foreign buyers of Treasury debt, respectively.

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Precious Metals

1,600 Reasons to Buy Gold Now

Gold fell by 28% in 2013. That's a huge reversal of a decade-plus trend.

Between 2001 and 2012, gold managed positive gains every single year, a track record unmatched by any major asset.

The precious metal went from a low of $255 in April 2001 to a high of $1,900 in September 2011, for a peak return of 745%.

Since then, gold has given back 35% from its $1,900 high, leading many to call the end of the gold bull market.

But is it really finished?

By looking at history and numerous indicators, I've found a different story.

One that will jumpstart your 2014 profits...

Best Investments

Best Investments 2014: Turn Our Greatest Threat Into Your Biggest Profit

For most of 2013, we've warned about China's ongoing hack attacks on American companies and government agencies. The assaults highlighted the fragility of our current infrastructure networks.

In March, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) announced that the U.S. "is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country's economic competitiveness."

It also means that cybersecurity companies are going to reap epic profits...

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...

Top News

Debt Ceiling Deal Doesn't Fix This Larger Global Issue with United States

Senate leaders finally hammered out a debt ceiling deal today (Wednesday) that avoided a looming potential debt default. It also reopened the government that has been shut down for more than two weeks.

Investors cheered the news and sent stocks up 205 points, or 1.36%, today.

While a deal solves short-term problems, it's not doing much to help the long-term nightmare.

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Hot Stocks

Stocks to Buy: Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) Bets on Macau

Las Vegas is not the world's biggest gambling mecca – and that's just fine with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS), which happens to hold four properties in the Chinese territory of Macau.

Macau, you see, wrested that title away from Las Vegas back in 2006 – with hotels and casinos that are mind-blowing in size and scope – even by extravagant Las Vegas standards.

And now those moves are about to pay off in a big way...

Global Economy

This Latest Chinese Investment Trend Is Heating Up Social Strife Abroad

China is hungry and looking outside its borders for ways to feed its 1.35 billion citizens.

In recent years Chinese companies and investors have become some of the largest players in the vertical supply chain for global agriculture. It's a Chinese investment trend that will only accelerate as the country's population increases.

According to the Heritage Foundation, Chinese investors have pumped $27.9 billion into the agricultural sectors of more than 30 nations.

But one aspect of this Chinese investment trend has stirred some concern. The Asian giant has bought vast tracts of farmland in nations across Asia and Africa.

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Top News

Here’s Why China's Fat Finger Trade Matters

China's Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index (SSE) frankly went a little crazy yesterday afternoon, as shares swung up by nearly 6% – with a 53% jump in volume in a matter of about two minutes.

But it soon came to light that Everbright Securities Co. Ltd., one of the largest securities brokerages in all of China, had placed an erroneous buy order – a fat-finger trade – for securities worth $1.13 billion.

These revelations caused more chaos; Everbright's shares were suspended, while shares of the parent company, China Everbright International Ltd., lost as much as 8.5% of their value. The Shanghai Composite dropped overall.

The volatility ruined a lot of afternoons.

All of this from one fat-finger trade.

China

I Just Uncovered Some Shocking Numbers About China

There are few things more exciting in the investment business than finding a golden opportunity staring you in the face.

That's why I do a lot of research. Because I know that the more I dig, the greater the chance I will find something that others miss, that leads to big opportunity.

Just like when I revisited China's recent economic data, looking for something in there that indicates whether the country's economy is any closer to reviving its engine of growth.

And its stock market, too.

The Chinese stock market has fallen 40.9% since August 2009, leading Oppenheimer to refer to it as a "dead animal" and millions of investors to conclude it's a lost cause.

All the more reason to dig…

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