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A World in Chaos...Buy Gold

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 18, 2006

As we look around us, the world is becoming an increasing dangerous place. Whether it is a war, a rumor of a war, terrorism, corrupt government action, insane financial risk, fiat currencies, trade imbalances, or just man's inhumanity to man, the world is becoming increasing unstable, and less likely to sustain life as we have enjoyed it here in the western world for so long.

Paying for War

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 15, 2006

After days turned into weeks, we have now come to the close of a full month of high-intensity conflict between Israel and Lebanese militia Hizbullah. As the armies cautiously tiptoe back to previously held positions, residents and businesses in two countries must start the financial tally of reassembly.

Housing's Ill-gotten Gains

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 14, 2006

Honesty is the best policy. Twain knew this well. But unfortunately in the housing market the truth is often the first casualty of the bidding war.

The Game Has Changed

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 9, 2006

Baltimore, MD- Where once there were fortunes made only the weeds now grow. But it's not the weeds here that are so noticeable as it is the silence.

Chile Copper Export

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted August 8, 2006

While the rest if the commodity world is focused on the 400,000 barrel per day oil shut-in at Prudhoe Bay, I'm looking over 7,000 miles away to the northern Atacama Desert of Chile where their copper exports are being threatened.

Where There's Water, There's Fire

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 8, 2006

The last time I headed to the Middle East during the summer, my ever-cautious mother asked me if I packed my raincoat. “No,” I answered, “It doesn’t rain there in summertime.” No one knows this better than the residents of Southern Lebanon, whose precious Litani River is about to resume its longtime role as a territorial boundary and resource rope in a regional tug-o-war.

World Trade on the Ropes

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 4, 2006

In the boxing match of global commerce, the World Trade Organization is in a position to award championship belts. Unfortunately, though, the fighters too often walk away from the ring.

Ho...Ho ...Ho...These Homes have Got to Go

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 31, 2006

Throw another Yule log on the fire, grab yourself another eggnog, and call the kids down to unwrap their presents. Sure it is a little hot outside, but it's never too early to be thinking about gifts.....lots and lots of gifts.

The Iceberg Looms

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 26, 2006

In his Congressional testimony last week, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke set to the task of dutifully rearranging the deck furniture. Calm as ever he made no move whatsoever to the lifeboats and coolly turned aside all talk of icebergs.

The Oil War No One Sees Coming

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 25, 2006

There is an oil crisis in the making in the Near East. Ethnic divisions and the international War on Terror are at play, and escalation means jeopardy to major supply routes. This is not Lebanon. This is Georgia.

Waiting for the Next Wave

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 21, 2006

The current situation in junior mining stocks reminds me of times when I enjoyed surfing as a young man. While there were moments of shear exhilaration as the waves would suddenly come alive, there were also moments of monotonous boredom waiting for the next big set of waves to arrive. In the process, the number of surfers in the water would dramatically change with the circumstances.

Manifest Destiny: The Boots that Change the Landscape

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 19, 2006

If the current mess in the Middle East leads to full scale regional war, Gilad Shalit’s brush with destiny will be remembered as the occurrence that started it all.

Looking at Long-Term Gold

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted July 18, 2006

Gold dips nearly $40 an ounce in two days! But are we concerned? Not a chance pal. Gold's long-term fundamentals are positive and we remain as bullish as ever.

Beirut Burns, Oil Boils

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 18, 2006

It's stifling here in Baltimore. Across the United States and throughout much of the world, summertime is making its full force felt and inspiring us to withdraw into the shade.

What Are People Thinking?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 14, 2006

So few investors seem to be paying attention or truly thinking about the many changes that are coming to our world. This amazes me and leaves me wondering, "What are people thinking out there?"