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Russia and Ukraine just ended talks to "de-escalate" the crisis. Here’s what you should know.

From Bloomberg:

Four-way talks on the crisis in Ukraine ended with an accord aimed at taking the first steps toward de-escalating the conflict, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hopes he won’t have to send in troops.

The agreement was announced after talks in Geneva today between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign-policy chief. Their session lasted more than six hours, longer than scheduled. Kerry said Russia, which the U.S. and its European allies accuse of stoking the conflict, must start implementing the deal within days.

“The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens,” the four said in a joint statement. “All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation, or provocative actions.”

The U.S. and its European allies have threatened to ratchet up sanctions on Russia, their former Cold War enemy, if it doesn’t act to calm the situation in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings and NATO estimates 40,000 Russian troops are massed on the border.

U.S. Skepticism

U.S. President Barack Obama said he remains skeptical about concrete results coming from the agreement, while adding that there remains a possibility that diplomacy can de-escalate the situation.

“I don’t think we can be sure of anything at this point,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “We’re not going to know whether, in fact, there’s follow-through on these statements for several days.”

Putin,

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Crux Quick Links: April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: The markets are closed today, but the world keeps turning…

 

USAToday shocked the world last night: “Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine”

 But turns out, the story is not what it appears to be

 

And the highest returning “asset” class in CNBC’s 25 years is…

No, not the SP 500…

 

A Nevada rancher explains why the cowboys helped Cliven Bundy resist the federal government

“Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM…”

 

And a side of the Nevada ranch stand-off you haven’t seen

“The next time you hear some bleeding heart environmentalist talking about the federal government ‘protecting’ the land and ‘saving’ the animals, kindly direct them to this…”

 

Wal-Mart just expanded into a brand new sector

“A huge footprint that could reshape that industry…”

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Incredible Exchange: Russian president Putin just got grilled by NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden on live TV

“Our secret services, thank God, are controlled by our society and by the law…”

 

World’s biggest hypocrite?: How to become a millionaire by lamenting income inequality

“The pay is $225,000 a year, plus a $10,000 expense budget – and the distinguished professor gets summers off…”

 

Astounding energy fact of the day:

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Gold and Silver Report: Gold Prices Fall on Ukraine Diplomatic Agreement

Gold dropped modestly in Thursday trading after Ukraine and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to reduce tensions during negotiations in Switzerland. The talks included U.S. and European Union representatives. Gold prices have climbed in recent weeks as violence in Ukraine boosted the metal’s safe-haven appeal.

PreciousMetalsRecap Gold and Silver Report: Gold Prices Fall on Ukraine Diplomatic AgreementGold futures for June delivery sank 0.7% to $1,293.90 per ounce on Thursday, according to CME Group. Gold prices were as high as $1,304.40 and as low as $1,292.80. Bullion closed in London at $1,295, according to BullionVault.

11103054 gold bullion 200x200 Gold and Silver Report: Gold Prices Fall on Ukraine Diplomatic Agreement
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Silver futures for May delivery dipped 0.2% to settle at $19.60 per ounce. Thursday’s high for silver was $19.72, while the low was $19.49.

Here’s how metal-based funds and mining stocks fared on Thursday:

Gold and Silver Funds

  • The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) slid 0.6%.
  • The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) fell 0.6%.
  • The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) was flat.

Gold and Silver Mining ETFs

  • The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) sank 1%.
  • The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) declined 2.2%.
  • The Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) faded 1.2%.

Gold Miners

  • Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) climbed 1.8%.
  • Barrick Gold (ABX) fell 1.8%.
  • Eldorado Gold (EGO) rose 0.5%.
  • Goldcorp (GG) sank 0.9%.
  • Kinross Gold (KGC) slid 0.7%.
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) dropped 0.9%.
  • NovaGold Resources (NG) rose 0.9%.
  • Yamana Gold

    Article source: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/gold-and-silver-gold-prices-ukraine/

This is how tax season can actually make your life better

No one likes doing taxes.

You should be sighing with relief right now… but you shouldn’t be getting too comfortable.  This is the best time out of the year for financial “spring cleaning,” so be sure to take advantage of it. You should already be thinking about next year.

Think about. Your financials are in order… and your paperwork is organized. Why not maintain this cleanliness… and make it easier for yourself next year.

Organize files

Whether you do your own taxes or have them prepared for you, you still need to present your financial records. Maintain quick and easy access throughout the year… and you’ll be grateful when April 15th rolls around next year.

Tips for organizing…

  • Shred old and unnecessary paperwork
  • Create a filing system… neatly labeled… and logically organized
  • Prevent piles of paperwork by setting aside time to sort and file it
  • Go paperless whenever possible. It’s more organized, ensures timely payments, and you can even get discounts

Review paperwork

Keep your paperwork updated. A lot of households lose sight of what they’re paying for mortgages, insurance, and monthly service agreements.

For example, if you move your car from street parking to a garage… your car insurance rate could actually decrease. Your insurance company can’t lower rate if you don’t tell them.

The easiest thing to lose sight of is monthly service agreements. If you signed up for the cell phone plan with unlimited talk, data, and text… and you only talk for an hour or send less than 50 texts… switch to a cheaper plan. You don’t have

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The Kitchen Sink: April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: The markets are closed today, but the world keeps turning…

 

And the highest returning “asset” class in CNBC’s 25 years is…

No, not the SP 500…

 

Wal-Mart just expanded into a brand new sector

“A huge footprint that could reshape that industry…”

 

Incredible Exchange: Russian president Putin just got grilled by NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden on live TV

“Our secret services, thank God, are controlled by our society and by the law…”

 

Astounding energy fact of the day: Net petroleum imports hit 28-year low… and falling

“America’s petroleum supplied by foreign sources has fallen from 62% in early 2007 to below 30% this year…”

 

A Nevada rancher explains why the cowboys helped Cliven Bundy resist the federal government

“Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM…”

 

Thanks, Obama! Obamacare really IS changing U.S. medicine for the better

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Precious metals: “One of the greatest opportunities in more than a decade”

“A massive outperformance by the mining shares vs. the SP 500, Dow Jones, and the NASDAQ…”

 

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When To Buy Gold And Silver: Are Prices Falling Only To Turn Back Up?

Gold, silver, bronze

Gold and silver had a good start to the year. While many analysts were calling for higher prices this year, we questioned their ability to turn back up.  A weakening dollar and a correction in the stock market in February might help explain the advance these two precious metals made in the beginning of 2014.

Gold and Silver CME spot prices since 2013

Gold and Silver CME spot prices since 2013

Since their peak, silver has fallen 12 percent while gold has fallen 8 percent. Despite an upturn this year, both of them remain in a downtrend since 2011 and they are not far from recording a 4-year low. Silver, the weakest would fall into a new record low if it dropped 7 percent or more. Given their strong correlation that could drag gold to new lows as well.

US Dollar Index since 2011

US Dollar Index since 2011

The direction that the US dollar takes through the rest of the year might determine where these two precious metals head to in 2014. The dollar breaking down to lower levels will help gold and silver turn upward. However, we see the dollar more likely to go higher, having a depressing effect on gold and silver prices.

What This Means For Metal Buyers

Gold and silver prices seem to be having trouble turning upward. It might make sense

Article source: https://agmetalminer.com/2014/04/when-to-buy-gold-and-silver-are-prices-falling-only-to-turn-back-up/

What you don’t know about South Korea’s largest maritime disaster in 20 years

The capsized South Korean ferry is the country’s largest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

There were 475 passengers and crew… mostly high school children and teachers on Spring Break. Almost 300 people are still missing… and four confirmed dead.

Passengers recall a loud bang… before the ferry completely submerged several hours later.

An announcement told the passengers to stay still… while the ship was already sinking. Some students ignored the message and jumped through windows… but the majority of students stayed put. One rescued student said, “We asked if we should escape now, but the announcement kept telling us to stay still. I’m so worried about the students in rooms.”

Survivors on the ship are sending text messages to friends and family. One text message says, “I’m not dead… there are still people inside the ship.” Rescue operations are continuing despite rain and strong currents. Victims trapped inside the ship and the anguished families at shore can only wait.

 


 

 

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News quiz: Have you heard this?

The mainstream media has completely ignored the most important stock story of this year…

But if you’ve been reading my DailyWealth Trader service, you’ve not only heard this story… you’ve been making good money on it. And there’s much more to come…

What’s the story? I’ll tell you in a moment…

First, let’s review a story the mainstream press has been all over:

Over the past 18 months, some of the world’s most-watched stocks have skyrocketed… Online retailer Amazon climbed as much as 85%. That was nothing compared with 3D-printing pioneer 3D Systems, which soared 310%. And even 3D’s move couldn’t match the 657% gain in movie streamer Netflix.

Social-media network Facebook climbed 280% since November 2012. Its cousin Twitter nearly tripled from its initial public offering (IPO) in November 2013.

These stocks climbed to valuations beyond all reason. Amazon was trading at more than 600 times trailing 12-month earnings. 3D Systems hit 171 times earnings. Facebook at one point last January traded at 1,623 times earnings.

And Twitter… Well, Twitter doesn’t have positive earnings yet. It lost $645 million in 2013. But it peaked at 75 times annual sales… which is an outrageous number.

When valuations are that high, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where shareholders are going to make money… except by selling to a “greater fool.” And it looks like greater fools are getting scarce…

As you no doubt have heard, the “glamour” stocks are falling… hard. What you probably haven’t heard about is the price strength in some of the world’s greatest companies…

You

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