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Dr. Doom is calling for an economic crash — How will precious metals be affected?

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Apocalyptic predictions are usually the stuff of TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” but last week Marc Faber, a noted contrarian investor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, made one of his own.
Faber, often not-so-affectionately called “Doctor Doom,” said Thursday on CNBC’s Futures Now program that the stock market is headed for a crash worse than the one seen in 1987. “I think it’s very likely that we’re seeing, in the next 12 months, an ‘87-type of crash,” he commented. “And I suspect it will be even worse.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodities head exits Schroders

Posted on 08 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Robert Howell has left Schroders after 16 years with the investment company to pursue opportunities outside the financial industry. Howell had also been lead manager on the Schroder Commodity fund, which has $2.6 billion in assets.
He is replaced in the role of head of commodities by Geoff Blanning, who is currently head of emerging markets debt, commodities and currencies group………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BP warns of regulatory hit to commodities prices

Posted on 02 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The head of one of the world’s biggest energy trader has said some of the regulation being imposed on financial markets could have “very worrying” side effects on commodities prices.
Paul Reed, chief executive of BP’s integrated supply and trading division identified a range of new threats from new regulations, including higher capital requirements and a push to using clearing houses to settle trades………………………….Full Article: Source

How Obama could beat Putin playing energy geopolitics: Gas and oil are at the center of the struggle

Posted on 21 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The White House’s first round of “sanctions” announced Monday against 11 individuals involved in Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and Crimea evoked gales of laughter in Moscow, according to news reports. An embarrassed President Obama made a second try with additional penalties on Thursday.
Of course, President Obama’s defenders are quick to point out that our options in this case are limited. Certainly that is true of potential military steps. There is one alternative that could be a game changer, though: wielding the energy weapon against Russia, a country that has not hesitated to use that weapon to advance its own interests………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Paul Adams remains bullish on Platinum, Palladium

Posted on 14 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Paul Adams thinks the current gold price is about right, plus/minus $100 per oz ($100/oz). Wobbles in the emerging markets have prompted gold’s recent move up into the $1,300/oz range.
The consensus data for the industrial metals generally looks positive for 2014 and into 2015. Obviously, we want to see what effect the Indonesian ban on raw exports will have. That’s very important to nickel prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities where the action is - Danske Bank

Posted on 12 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Allan von Mehren, Chief Analyst at Danske Bank notes that most action has taken place in commodity markets following on the surface very weak trade data out of China. “Iron ore showed the sharpest decline yesterday in more than four years and reached the lowest level since October 2012. LME metal price index also plunged, hitting a two and a half year low.”
“The drop in commodity prices has taken its toll on mining stocks such as Rio Tinto, Vale and BHP Billiton.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Influential investor Jim Rogers talks commodities and Japanese stocks

Posted on 11 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Maverick investor Jim Rogers founded the Quantum Fund hedge fund in 1973 along with George Soros. Rogers made his fortune early and retired at 37. He later traveled on a motorbike around the world in 1990, and then visited six continents over three years in 2003, chronicling his adventures in books.
Around 2005 he relocated with his family to Singapore, partly so his daughters could learn Mandarin Chinese during childhood. In talks, Rogers emphasized China’s rise to economic dominance in the early 2000s and penned “Hot Commodities” (2004), which painted China as a massive consumer of natural resources in coming years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Eni CEO sees oil price falling to $90 a barrel

Posted on 07 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices are likely to fall to around $90 a barrel as global supply rises and demand falls back thanks to a shift to more natural gas usage and increased fuel efficiency, the chief executive of Italian oil and gas major Eni SpA Paolo Scaroni said Thursday.
New oil fields coming onstream in Brazil, the Barents Sea off Norway and onshore in the U.S. will lift the world’s oil supply, Mr. Scaroni said. Concurrently, the U.S. shale boom has lifted demand for natural gas, while Europeans would likely shift from using coal and oil to cleaner-burning gas to meet carbon dioxide emissions targets. Gas demand would also prove high in Asia as the region’s economies expand, Mr. Scaroni said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Baden Wright appointed as new CEO for Carbon Trade Exchange

Posted on 07 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Carbon Trade Exchange Australia (CTX) on Thursday announces the appointment of Baden Wright as Chief Executive Officer. Baden has a wealth of expertise in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry, with over 20 years’ experience across Banking & Finance, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Airlines, Power Utilities and Government.
He is an experienced executive with a superior understanding of technology and business concepts from inception through to market implementation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The man behind $2-trillion in ETFs

Posted on 28 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Reginald Browne tilts his 6-foot-5-inch frame forward to reach a chirping phone. “What do you want, what do you need?” he asks. It’s his standard greeting for just about anyone who calls, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its April 2014 issue.
This time, it’s a representative of a large public pension fund who’s thinking about moving money into exchange-traded funds for the first time. Browne launches into his education mode, patiently answering questions on how closely an ETF will really track its index, how quickly the investor can get in and out and how much it will cost to trade………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Senator urges curbs on banks buying commodities

Posted on 26 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown on Tuesday said he pushed a pair of nominees for key regulatory posts to take steps to deter big banks from owning and storing oil, aluminum and other key commodities. Brown, chairman of a Senate panel that monitors financial institutions, has been urging regulators to crack down on behavior that could lead to higher prices for consumers.
Some large banks buy and hold commodities in a strategy that can lead to higher prices for things such as beer, canned food or fuel. Brown met with Chris Giancarlo and Sharon Bowen as they made the rounds among senators after their nomination to the Commodities Future Trading Commission. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Barclays Asia heads of commodities, credit sales leave

Posted on 31 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Barclays’ head of Asia commodities and its head of credit sales in the region are among its high-profile departures in Asia after it began cutting hundreds of jobs in its investment bank, two sources familiar with the matter said.
James Groves, head of Asia commodities business and who had been with Barclays since 2002, as well as the bank’s Asia credit sales head Jim Vore have departed, the sources told Reuters on Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s top money manager finds what really moves the gold price

Posted on 30 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Nicholas J. Johnson, an executive vice president at PIMCO, the world’s largest money manager with an eye-watering $2 trillion in assets across its various funds, is also the company’s portfolio manager focusing on commodities.
In one of the giant financial company’s latest missives, Johnson makes a compelling attempt to demystify the gold price; something some of the smartest people in the financial world are more than willing to admit they cannot explain or understand………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Jim Rogers: Gold headed for short-covering rally

Posted on 23 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A short-covering rally is in store for gold after its 28 percent drop in 2013, says legendary investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.
Already, the precious metal has gained 4 percent this month, with the February Comex contract trading at $1,241 an ounce Wednesday morning. Investors sold gold last year as anticipation that the Federal Reserve would taper its quantitative easing quelled worries about inflation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC ministers see no 2014 glut amid signs of demand

Posted on 30 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil ministers from Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) three biggest members rejected the possibility of a glut in global crude supply next year amid an increase in US output and efforts by Iran and Libya to add barrels to the market.
The OPEC, which provides about 40 percent of the world’s oil, won’t need to cut production in 2014 because growth in demand can absorb the additional crude, the ministers from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait said Monday after a meeting of Arab oil exporters in Doha, Qatar………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Rio Tinto CEO sees iron-ore price decline next year: Commodities

Posted on 19 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Rio Tinto Group (RIO) expects a decline next year in the price of iron ore, the source of most of its earnings, saying global supplies will increase.
“There will be capacity coming on next year,” including at Rio, the London-based company’s 63-year-old Chief Executive Officer Sam Walsh said in an interview in the city. “I expect that iron-ore prices will soften a bit next year but it will still be a good business to be in.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Goldman names new global commodities, metals chiefs- sources

Posted on 19 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs Group Inc has appointed two senior executives to run its global metals and commodities businesses, sources said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of high-level changes at Wall Street’s No. 1 bank for commodities.
London-based Charles McGarraugh, who is currently head of European mortgage product trading, will be global head of metals trading, running one of the world’s biggest metal derivatives desks, two sources familiar with the matter said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ED&F Man names Howell CEO as Van der Wild heads commodities

Posted on 17 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ED&F Man Holdings Ltd., the 230-year-old London-based commodities trader, appointed Phil Howell as chief executive officer. Howell, currently head of financial services and group business development, will take up his new post on Jan. 15, replacing Rafael Muguiro, ED&F Man said today in an e-mailed statement. Jan Kees van der Wild, head of the company’s Volcafe coffee unit and the liquid products division, will become managing director of commodities.
ED&F Man, which trades or brokers commodities from sugar to coffee to metals, made a profit of $57.7 million in the year ended Sept. 30, 2012, according to a filing with U.K. Companies House………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Newedge’s commodities, currencies chief leaves

Posted on 13 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Newedge Group’s global commodities and currencies chief, John Fay, has left the U.S.-based futures brokerage ahead of a major ownership change.
Fay’s resignation, announced by Newedge on Thursday, comes as the firm’s owners, French banks Societe Generale SocGen and Credit Agricole, prepare for SocGen to take full control of the company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Venezuela backs Iran’s candidacy for OPEC chief

Posted on 12 December 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Venezuelan ambassador to Tehran says his country supports Iran’s candidacy for the position of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) secretary-general.
Venezuelan officials will definitely back Tehran’s nomination for the top job at OPEC as they supported Tehran at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), Amenhotep Zambrano told the official Iranian News Agency (IRNA) on Wednesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

‘Now is a very good time to buy’ – Ron Paul on gold

Posted on 29 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ron Paul gave gold bugs a reason to smile this week, reiterating his confidence in the precious metal’s store of value. “It may well have seen the bottom as far as I’m concerned,” Paul said. “And I think if anybody has a need to hold more gold, now is a very good time to buy.”
When asked about his preferred investments, the former politician said precious metals and properties are a safe bet – things you can “see and feel.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

French’s successor at M&G: why I back commodities

Posted on 20 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Randeep Somel, who replaced Graham French as sole lead manager of the £4.2 billion M&G Global Basics fund, is backing commodities to bounce back despite a falling copper price and fears of slowing infrastructure spending in China.
Amid speculation that Somel would change the underperforming fund’s focus and look to other sectors, he said he would keep its large allocation to basic materials, currently its largest overweight position……………………………………Full Article: Source

Obama nominating Timothy Massad to run CFTC

Posted on 13 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

President Barack Obama is nominating a top Treasury Department official to run the independent agency that regulates the futures and options markets.
The White House says Obama will announce the nomination of Timothy Massad to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday. For the past three years, Massad has overseen the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the bank rescue plan known as TARP………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC said to be unresolved on criteria for new secretary general

Posted on 07 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC has yet to decide on requirements for selecting a new secretary general to replace Abdalla El-Badri, whose extended term ends this year, according to three people familiar with OPEC policy.
The organization’s board of governors ended a meeting today in Vienna without agreeing on the selection criteria, the people said, asking not to be identified because discussions among the 12 member nations are private………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Founder of top India commodity exchange quits amid investigation

Posted on 01 November 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Jignesh Shah resigned from the board of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd., the nation’s biggest commodity trading platform, amid an investigation into the failure of a related spot bourse.
Shah, 46, quit as non-executive vice chairman with immediate effect, according to a filing yesterday from the company he founded in 2003. He said he’s leaving to help ensure investors aren’t harmed by “mud-slinging” over the probe…………………….Full Article: Source

Ex-Noble trader Banga plans commodities splash with Caravel

Posted on 31 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Harindarpal “Harry” Banga, a billionaire businessman who carved out a 20-year career at commodities trader Noble, plans a return to the industry in a new trading firm with his two sons.
The 63-year-old former sea captain has amassed a $1 billion (623 million pounds) war chest to splurge on the newly formed Caravel Group while luring 10 to 20 former Noble Group Ltd (NOBG.SI) colleagues to join the venture, sources said. They include former Noble staff in Hong Kong and at its iron ore business in Beijing……………………………….Full Article: Source

Goldman Sachs’ co-head of commodities Shenouda to leave: memo

Posted on 30 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The co-head of Goldman Sachs’ global commodities business, Magid Shenouda, is leaving the bank after 14 years, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
London-based Shenouda, who has run the commodities business for the past two years alongside New York-based Greg Agran, joined the firm as an executive director in oil trading in 1999, and had run European oil as well as power and gas…………………………………….Full Article: Source

Why Buffett won’t invest in commodity companies

Posted on 22 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Oracle of Omaha has been quoted many times stating that he does not like to invest in companies that rely on commodities as a main source of income. Having said that, this has not stopped him from directing Berkshire’s cash to companies such as ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips in the past. Of course, Buffett’s Conoco bet led to a $1 billion loss, leading the sage himself to openly admitted that the Conoco investment in particular was a mistake.
So why does Buffett like to stay away from commodity companies? Well, the answer becomes pretty clear we we take a quick look at the erratic earnings of companies that rely on commodities as their main source of income………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold price: Bernanke and Buffett

Posted on 21 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Remember, several months ago when US Fed Chair Ben Bernanke made headiness saying, “Nobody really understands gold prices and I don’t either.” That was a Quaint remark, and brings up the Big Q, how does the world’s biggest holder of Gold not know anything about Gold or where it may go?
The US Fed just holds 75% of the its reserves in Gold, over 8,000 tonnes, and its Chairman says publicly that he does not understand what, why or how come. Not true…the Fed and Mr. Bernanke know all about it……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Jim Rogers, the commodities boom is not over

Posted on 07 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Jim Rogers, ‘the Chinese-driven commodity boom is not over.” Savvy commodities analysts and participants including Jim Rogers have seen long-running Bull Markets stumble, falter and end, and some not so savvy folks try to predict their end, mostly missing the call. Instead of ending, the Bull Markets turned into a “frenzy” that finished in a “bubble.”
“I haven’t seen the frenzy yet,” say Mr. Rogers, who correctly predicted this Chinese-driven a commodities boom. ”I’ve been around markets long enough to know that when everybody’s on one side of the boat, it’s probably not the right side to be on………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Barclays’s Neelakandan said to resign as head of carbon trading

Posted on 04 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Nima Neelakandan, Barclays Plc (BARC)’s head of emissions trading, resigned from the London-based bank, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Neelakandan, 28, left the bank in September, five months after taking over the role from Louis Redshaw, who resigned in April, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC chief comfortable with drop in demand

Posted on 03 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC’s Secretary General says he is comfortable with the market outlook for 2014 and that a forecast drop in demand for OPEC oil is not large, indicating the group may not make big changes to output policy at a December meeting.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects demand for its crude to fall to 29.61m barrels per day (bpd) in 2014, down 320,000 bpd from 2013, due to rising supply outside the producer group………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC’s al-Badri says current oil price ‘comfortable’ (Video)

Posted on 03 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices are at an acceptable level for producers and consumers, says OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri, suggesting the group may not change output policy much at the next OPEC meeting. And it OPEC intensive production it’s still good in anything decent for many many decades to come. I think guys think yeah it’s. Yeah has noticed also who have bad habits and with the world news out of we’re out there — about reducing.
That’s the minimum today. Close so many years the compound without investing so we have given problem providing the world — – All inflows. For the foreseeable future………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Barclays hires four people in commodities from JPMorgan, Citadel

Posted on 03 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Barclays Plc (BARC) hired three commodities directors from JPMorgan Chase & Co. last month and an oil trader from Citadel LLC. Crude oil trader Thomas Wiktorowski-Schweitz joined from Citadel and is based in London, the bank said in an e-mailed response to questions today.
Rebecca Lee joined as director in commodities sales in New York, Phil Hardwick is London-based director in energy sales for Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Thomas Horn was hired as director in commodity-linked finance in Hong Kong. They all worked at JPMorgan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC secretary general ‘comfortable’ with 2014 oil outlook

Posted on 02 October 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC’s Secretary General said he was comfortable with the market outlook for 2014 and a forecast drop in demand for OPEC oil was not large, indicating the group may not make big changes to output policy at a December meeting.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects demand for its crude to fall to 29.61 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2014, down 320,000 bpd from 2013, due to rising supply outside the producer group………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran reappoints Kazempour as OPEC governor

Posted on 27 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran has named a veteran oil official as its representative on OPEC’s board of governors, the latest former incumbent to return to a senior oil post under new president Hassan Rouhani.
The appointment of Hossein Kazempour Ardebili as Iran’s OPEC governor was confirmed this week by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on its website………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Saudi Arabia OPEC governor Mufti said to leave by end of 2013

Posted on 26 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yasser Mufti, Saudi Arabia’s governor to OPEC, is stepping down after more than a year in his post at the producer group, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Mufti, who serves as chairman of the board of governors for the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is leaving by the end of this year, the people said, declining to be identified because Mufti’s departure hasn’t been announced publicly.
Officials in the media department of the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources in Riyadh didn’t answer phone calls for comment after normal business hours………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Jim Rogers: The 3 most exciting investment opportunities right now

Posted on 24 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities guru Jim Rogers lives in Singapore and is a well-known China bull, but the contrarian investor travels all over the world (and has circumnavigated the globe twice). So we asked where he sees exciting economic opportunities for average investors now.
Rogers tells The Daily Ticker there are great opportunities in Africa – he names Angola and Ethiopia specifically. He also is focusing on the South American country of Uruguay. “I said to my wife, ‘let’s move to Angola – we could live like kings,’” Rogers, the author of Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets, tells us in the video above. “She said, ‘you move to Angola; I don’t want to live like a queen in Angola’…but you could!”………………………………….Full Article: Source

CEO Blankfein says commodities trading is ‘core’ to Goldman

Posted on 19 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein made his most public commitment to the bank’s commodity trading business on Wednesday, even as regulators consider measures that may push Wall Street out of physical markets.
While rival JPMorgan Chase & Co decided in July to quit trading in the physical raw material markets and Morgan Stanley has publicly weighed spinning off all or part of its vast franchise, Goldman has remained steadfast………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Power veteran Posoli returns to JPMorgan to advise on commodities sale

Posted on 19 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Power market veteran Paul Posoli has returned to JPMorgan Chase & Co. after a year-long sabbatical to help advise on the bank’s sale of its physical commodities business, according to an internal bank memo.
Posoli, a senior trading executives who rose through Enron and utility giant Calpine before building a formidable gas and power trading division at Bear Stearns, will serve on the commodity unit’s management team in an advisory capacity, according to the memo from commodities chief Blythe Masters, a copy of which was seen by Reuters………………………………………..Full Article: Source

National Spot Exchange names chief executive

Posted on 18 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India’s National Spot Exchange Tuesday named a new chief executive, as it struggles to settle commodity contracts that were outstanding when it halted trading amid a regulatory probe into alleged rule violations.
The board has appointed Saji Cherian, the new CEO, also as the exchange’s managing director, it said in a news release. Mr. Cherian was previously head of listing at MCX Stock Exchange Ltd., a stock exchange co-founded by Financial Technologies (India) Ltd., the owner of the National Spot Exchange………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s would-be PM ‘beacon of hope for the gold industry’

Posted on 17 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An unlikely saviour appears to have arrived on the horizon for the country’s beleaguered gold industry, battered by import duty restrictions. India goes to the polls in 2014. With the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announcing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s name as the party’s prime ministerial candidate, jewellers from across the country, diamond retailers and bullion traders are all lining up to pledge their support Modi.
Though India has recorded three decades of reasonable growth under the Congress led government, the question doing the rounds is whether the model has run out of steam………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC unlikely be able to appoint new secretary general: Iran

Posted on 10 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said Monday it was unlikely that OPEC would be able to appoint a new secretary general to run the group’s Vienna secretariat when it makes another attempt in December to fill the post, parliamentary news service icana.ir reported.
OPEC has so far failed to agree on a successor to Libyan Abdalla el-Badri, whose second three-year term as secretary general ended on December 31, 2012, but who was asked to remain in the post for an additional year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran adamant over top Opec post

Posted on 05 September 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran will not back down in its quest for an Iranian head of Opec, the country’s new oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying on Tuesday. The long deadlock over who should be the next secretary general of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has highlighted political tensions within the 12-country group that have increased due to Western sanctions on Iran.
Saudi willingness to raise exports to make up for a reduction in supplies from Iran and rising competition from Iraq has intensified the rivalries between the Gulf neighbours, with each having put forward a candidate for the job and none willing to back down………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Jim Rogers: US war with Syria would be bullish for commodities

Posted on 30 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s looks likely that the United States will launch a military attack against Syrian government forces, and that would boost commodity prices, says legendary investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.
He told Reuters he owns oil and gold. “If there is going to be a war, and it sounds like America’s desperate to have a war, they’re going to go much, much higher,” Rogers said, according to the news service. “Stocks are going to go down, some of the markets are already going down. Commodities are going to go up.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Jim Rogers expects higher gold prices, and Marc Faber does too!

Posted on 30 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s not a surprise to hear that billionaire investor Jim Rogers, who’s usually bullish on commodities, expects higher prices for gold, but The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report’s Marc Faber said he does too.
Marc Faber, also known as “Doctor Doom,” told HardAssetsInvestor in an interview published Wednesday that “looking at how debt will continue to increase and how central banks will continue their monetization not only in the U.S. but on a worldwide scale, I assume the price of gold will trend higher.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

London Metal Exchange gets new CEO

Posted on 28 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. said Tuesday it had appointed Garry Jones as the new chief executive of the London Metal Exchange, the venerable industrial metals bourse it acquired last year, which has been embroiled in a series of price-manipulation lawsuits.
Mr. Jones, a derivatives-market veteran who most recently led the rival NYSE Liffe commodities exchange, is expected to help lead the LME’s push into more lucrative commodities trading even as the 136-year-old institution battles accusations that it turned a blind eye to metal hoarding at exchange-registered warehouses aimed at pushing prices higher………………………………………..Full Article: Source

FMC tightens rules for commodity bourse CEOs

Posted on 28 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Tightening its noose around commodity exchanges in the aftermath of NSEL fisaco, the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) today issued a circular making CEOs more accountable to their board and the sector regulator.
FMC asked Managing Directors and/or CEOs of the commodity exchanges to furnish by September 2 if they were keeping their boards informed about the material developments and asked if expenditure incurred by them was approved by their boards………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran oil minister vows to revive output as he eyes price war

Posted on 23 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh is on a mission to make up for the last eight years. In his first few days as oil minister in President Hassan Rohani’s new government in Tehran, the 61-year-old initiated plans to revive oil production to pre-2005 levels, hinted at a price war to win old customers and brought back managers sidelined by the previous administration.
“Revival of Iran’s lost oil markets is among my top priorities,” Zanganeh told the Fars News agency this week. “We only ask those who have replaced us in the world’s oil markets to know that when we are reentering these markets they will have to accept that oil prices decline or they should reduce their production to create enough space for Iran’s oil.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Eric Sprott on gold and why it’s heading to $2,400 in a year

Posted on 16 August 2013 by VRS  |  Email |Print

I firmly believe that we reached the bottom on June 28th and that gold should double from that bottom within the next 12 months. So by next summer, I think that the price of gold will have made new highs and stand around $2,400 per ounce.
Given my outlook on gold prices, this sector will be explosive. The continuation of the gold bull market will lead the junior gold mining stocks higher by many hundreds of per cents, just like it did during the 2008 recovery. By the way, since hitting the bottom on June 28, gold has rebounded by 12 per cent while gold miners have gone up by about 25 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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