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The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns ... not really but so what?

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 07:21


Here's a nicely done graphic from Bloomberg and US Global Funds of the yearly return over the past ten years for many of the most commonly traded commodities.

Click on the table for an enlarged version that you can actually read.

Click the gears above pointing at US Funds for Frank Holmes short, clear and simple piece with some more simple and clear charting from US Gobal Research who would like for you to open an account.



And should you choose to read Mr. Holmes article, do so with the wisdom of Casey Stengel firmly placed in the front of your mind.




To quote Keith Neumeyer, President and Ceo of First Majestic Silver Corp.

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 18:52


The following was taken from an interview with Ron Hera of Hera Research that was published at Seeking Alpha this past weekend.

Keith Nueman's resume' was too heavy to cut and paste.

One must take into account that Mr. Neumeier has silver for sale so keep that thought in mind when considering his opinions on the price of silver going forward, but this is a man with tremendous experience dealing in futures markets as both a supplier/hedger and an investor/broker/dealer.

When he tells you the deal is rigged you have to take it seriously.

Click anywhere below for the entire interview.



Keith Neumeyer: The job of the regulators is to protect the retail investor. That’s their only job. It’s not to protect the banks or the brokerage firms. The little guy is the primary taxpayer. Why were the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the CFTC put in place? They were put in place to protect retail investors. Prior to regulation, the banks controlled the market. Today, the banks control the market again. Who should control the market? Retail investors. Who’s protecting them? No one.

HRN: Are you saying that the CFTC does nothing while the COMEX caters to banks and brokerage firms?

Keith Neumeyer: Yes.

HRN: And the COMEX doesn’t serve retail investors?

Keith Neumeyer: No. Absolutely not.

HRN: Do you foresee a return to a free market in the future?

Keith Neumeyer: I’m an optimist. I believe one day that governments will rewrite the rules and force the regulators to protect investors. That’s where we were back in the ‘70s and that’s where I think we have to be again to correct the problems that have arisen over the past 40 years. Silver is being revalued. It’s going to affect a lot of people along the way and it will change the financial system. Ultimately, we’re going to have a new financial system and, hopefully, we’ll go back to natural markets, completely driven by supply and demand. It may take another 20 years but I think it will happen.

HRN: A new financial system?

Keith Neumeyer: If I’m wrong, the banks will run the world, even more so than they do today, 10 or 20 years from now. God forbid that we ever get there because that’s a one currency, one government world that would absolutely be a disaster for the human race. There would be no freedoms at all to move or to invest. It would be like having shackles on our ankles. There is a movement to go in that direction, unfortunately. There are a number of very wealthy people that want to see that. I hope that we can find the politicians to prevent that type of world from coming to pass.


Instructive in light of the following quotes.

Don't you think?




Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 10:51


This one is a bit more complex.

You'd have to be a "Gold Bug" to have picked it up.

It has been percolating from site to site for the past week or so.

Simply put, people who think that they have acquired Gold that is being stored within some depositary somewhere have rather purchased only a promise of Gold to be paid upon demand, or have purchased a promise to pay in cash upon demand the value of some amount of Gold.

Got it?

You think you own Gold, but you don't.

This time it's mostly J.P. Morgan.

But Scotia shows up.

And of course, the ubiquitous Goldman Sachs.

The following are some of the more notable quotes, each will link to the story from which it was obtained.

"Ponzimonium" a word coined by CFTC Commisioner (Commodity Futures Trading Commision) Bart Chilton makes a nice title, and since Nathan Lewis has already grabbed it, I'll quote his story first.


Today, in a post titled Where's the Gold, Nathan Lewis continues.
Adrian Douglas of GATA (Gold Antitrust Action Committee) continues.

Goldman Sachs has just been charged with fraud for failing to advise customers to whom they were selling a particular investment that the firm had been paid by the John Paulson Fund to engineer the investment in a way that made it likely to go down in price.


 Sorry about the way long post, I couldn't figure a way to shorten it.


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