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Global Energy Markets

This Dangerous "New" Energy Crisis is Crippling the Middle East

Don't look now, but there are some problems developing in the global energy network.

It's hardly reassuring that the epicenter of all this is the Middle East.

The primary problem is hardly new. Actually, calling it an "old" problem is more accurate because the culprit is a collapsing network of delivery and storage that has been deteriorating for decades.

Unfortunately, this is hitting areas already beset by broad, accelerating economic shortfalls the hardest. That they also happen to be areas of significant unrest hardly improves the situation.

The latest is in Pakistan. There a combination of lower-than-expected water availability and a government powerless to provide the diesel fuel essential for the planting season means a population already on the brink is staring at food shortages.

The picture is very grim.

Precious Metals

The Greatest Silver Buying Opportunity In History

Make no mistake: The April sell-off in gold created some extensive "collateral damage" in the silver market.

The silver price dropped nearly 20% in just two days… and many Wall Street analysts were quick to downgrade their forecasts for the rest of 2013.

But we believe Wall Street analysts have grossly misinterpreted recent events.

And they have missed some extremely strong fundamentals regarding silver which makes the metal a fantastic investment today.

In fact, not only is this a good time to get your hands on silver… Recent events have made this possibly the greatest silver buying opportunity in history.

Let me explain…

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Washington

Sequester Circus Proves How Much Washington Hates America

Politics as usual has always been hard on the American people, but with the sequester, Washington has crossed the line this time.

All the sequester craziness has proven that our elected officials are not only inept, selfish, money-squandering bozos – they're also willing to actually inflict harm on the American people for political gain.

Virtually all of the problems created by the sequester, from the flight delays resulting from furloughed air traffic controllers to cancer clinics turning away Medicare patients could easily have been avoided.

But American citizens are suffering because Washington's warring factions – the Democrats and the Republicans – refuse to solve the nation's budget problems unless, like petulant toddlers, they can get their way.

A few Congressman – too few — have called out their colleagues.

"What we're showing is our incompetence, or our downright disdain for the American public," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, said on the Fox Business program Varney & Co.

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Precious Metals

Investing in Silver: Price Outlook for 2013

Believe it or not, investing in silver right now could double your money.

Think about it: In April 2011, silver prices rose by 170% in just 7 months. Anyone investing in silver during that period pocketed huge gains and spent a lot less than they would on buying gold.

And right now, it looks like the silver market is on the cusp of doing the same thing all over again.

According to our research, the next stop for silver prices could be $40 by year's end, and $60 by 2014.

And much higher after that.

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Precious Metals

Why Gold Prices Are Up This Week

It's been a good few days for investors holding on to gold, and we've been getting lots of questions as to why gold prices are up this week.

Gold futures had their biggest one-day gain of the year Thursday, up nearly $40 an ounce, and ended the week up 4.2% at $1,453.60.

At one point this week, gold had retraced half the loss it incurred during its April nosedive. In a two-day period, the yellow metal fell $225 an ounce, hitting a two-year low on April 15.

It is natural for any financial asset to enjoy some sort of a rebound after such a steep plunge. But there are some sound fundamental reasons as to why gold is up.

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Investing Tips

The 10 Secrets of Successful Investing

For Sir John Marks Templeton, the road not taken really did make all the difference in the world.

A true contrarian, the legendary investor became a billionaire by "avoiding the herd".

He bought low, sold high, and was always working against the grains of extreme bullish and bearish sentiment.

In fact, it is when the streets were the bloodiest that Templeton became the most eager to invest.

It was at these moments of what Templeton called "points of maximum pessimism" that he began to wade in snapping up rock bottom bargains along the way..

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Biotech Stocks

Why This Stock (and Sector) Will Trounce All Others

Forget gold, forget oil, and forget the S&P 500.

If you want to make big money in the market today you have to look to biotech.

In fact, if you ignore this field, you're going to miss some of the market's biggest stock gains.

That's because what happened earlier this week is going to become the norm.

On Monday, of the top 25 Nasdaq advancing stocks, 12 were straight-up biotech plays and another was a small-cap healthcare concern.

Their one-day gains ranged from 8% to 47%. Not bad for a day's trade.

Trend Watch

Ending the War on Pot Would Add $20 Billion to the U.S. Economy

So much for the war on drugs. For the first time ever, a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana.

According a new report from the Cato Institute, pot legalization could inject $20 billion a year into the U.S. economy due to the tax revenue generated and savings in law enforcement costs.

So how big is the market for market for marijuana?

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