Weekend: The Key to True Wealth

Brian Hicks

Updated December 26, 2010

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles.

Forty-seven Christmases into this trip, I have learned but one thing…

Life is what you make of it.

Throw in a wonderful family, some great friends, and a few cold ones, and it doesn’t take you too long to figure out that you’ve got the world on a string.

Somehow, I have managed to grab all three.

Which is why, despite my sometimes bearishness, my glass could be smashed into a million pieces and I could continue to insist that it’s still half full.

All things considered, I have been pretty fortunate.

And there’s one thing I wish I’d learned earlier in life: The people in your life are what truly matters.

It’s not what you have; it’s who you love.

As for money: It comes…it goes… and you can always make more.

But the one thing you can never replace is the time you spend with your family and friends.

You realize just how much that matters when your holiday occasions begin to have a few less partiers.

At our house this year, that missing place was one that had always belonged to Unc.

His real name was Branson, but “Unc” seemed to suit him just fine. Right next to the biggest bowl of gravy, his spot went empty this year.

Eight weeks short of the holidays, he moved on to the great table in the sky — leaving us with far more leftovers than we ever bagged before.

Not coincidently, the Bud Light also lasted quite a bit longer; although I would have traded it all for one last laugh with him…

What he did leave us all with was a gift that you can never put a price on. More valuable than anything found under the tree, he left us with enough memories to last us a lifetime.

Sadly, for me at least, Unc is just one of many.

Aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends, and teammates — I’ve been around long enough to collect my fair share of memories. Christmas or otherwise, they are always enough to make me smile.

You see, I’ve learned that the best gifts don’t come in boxes or in little round tins. True wealth, I know, is only built from within.

As for the markets this week, I’ve given them a rest. Tomorrow, I’m sure it’s back to the grind.

Like a great train headed south, life moves on.

In the meantime, our editors have put together a few of their best investment ideas for the year to come.

Below are this week’s top-read articles from Wealth Daily and Energy & Capital.

Best wishes to you all this holiday season,

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Steve Christ
Editor, Wealth Daily

Gold Prices
Head Higher: World Gold Demand to Remain Strong

Analyst Luke Burgess explores the rising global demand for gold and discusses how to earn two times your money on the precious metal in 2011.

America’s Next Oil Boom: Petro-fracking Poised to Double Reserves
Used at 236 drill sites and counting, one company holds the key to 1.525 trillion barrels of oil — and 900% profits for early investors.

2011 Solar Stock Forecast: 2010: The Year Of Compulsive Lying
Editor Jeff Siegel offers his outlook for 2011.

Signs of the Peak: Oil and Gas M&A: Take a Look at This Rash
Editor Nick Hodge pokes around recent oil & gas industry mergers and acquisitions, concluded high oil prices are a symptom, not a cause.

Sell, Sell, Sell: Ten Percent Correction by March 15
Editor Christian DeHaemer explains why it’s time to build the cash position and get ready to buy the dip.

Cash Is King: What to Do When the Tube is Out of Toothpaste
Publisher Brian Hicks touts the savers and explains why blue chip companies — especially high tech — are in for a prosperous New Year.

Gold and Silver Prices to Spike Next Week: Own Precious Metals Ahead of the Price Jump
Analyst Greg McCoach urges investors to own gold and silver ahead of contractual obligations that will need to be met before year’s end.

Why the Dirty Oil Sands Aren’t So Filthy: Oil Sands Makeover: Just the Facts, Ma’am
Editor Keith Kohl takes a closer look at the oil sands report that led to immediate government action.

The Scariest Thing about Bernanke: A Monetarist and a Mathematician Walk into a Bar…
Analyst Adam Sharp explains why the Fed under Bernanke it is set to take crony capitalism to a whole new level.

Post-Peak Oil Trends: 3 Trends for 2011 and Beyond
Editor Nick Hodge claims victory on Peak Oil premonition and puts forward three more trends to expect in coming years.

2011 Stock Market Predictions: The Safest Places to Invest for the New Year
Editor Ian Cooper uncovers several of the safest places to invest your cash in the New Year.

Short Christmas: Time to Sell This Winner
Editor Chris DeHaemer explains why, despite online retailers’ booming business, shorting Christmas is the smarter investment move.

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