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Peter Krauth

 With silver prices flat for the year, is silver a good investment to make right now?

Silver has not performed nearly as well as its high-flying days of 2009-2011, when it quadrupled in price. But that doesn’t mean the metal doesn’t have value to your portfolio.

Let’s delve into some relevant aspects of the silver market to determine whether now is a good time to invest in silver.

Where Silver Is Trading Now

If we look at silver’s price chart over the past year, we can gain some interesting insight:

silver a good investment price chart

You can see the price bottoming around $15.25 in November, then after a spike to $19.25, dropping back to around $15.50 in March. We can also distinguish a rising trend channel that seems to be establishing itself (green lines).

As for the 50-day moving average, it looks like it has stabilized, bouncing around the $16.50 level. Consider, though, that the 200-day moving average is still trending downward.

What will be especially constructive is when the 50-day moving average moves up to cross the 200-day moving average, better known as a “golden cross,” a bullish signal potentially forecasting an upcoming trend change.

But to understand more about if silver is a good investment right now, at current prices, I always look at this indicator…

Determining Silver’s Value

Another compelling buy signal for silver prices right

Article source: http://moneymorning.com/2015/07/02/is-silver-a-good-investment-today/

A ‘once-in-a-decade’ opportunity in the oil sector

From Henry Bonner in Sprott’s Thoughts:

“Midstream” oil stocks are this attractive about once every decade, says Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott U.S. Holdings.

In a recent round-table with Byron King (Agora Financial) and Matt Badiali (Stansberry Research), Rick explained why he’s looking at one segment of the oil sector. You can listen to his full comments here (registration required):

SEE ALSO: Dr. Ron Paul Describes Exactly What America’s Next Crisis Will Look Like

Midstream companies are involved in processing and transportation of oil and gas. These companies have been popular with investors because they may be less risky and volatile than exploration and production companies.

They tend to make money through long-term transportation contracts that are “insulated” from oil price swings.

In particular, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) own transportation infrastructure such as pipelines and charge oil companies to move oil and gas to market. These companies pass on their revenues to shareholders, which can lead to large dividends with moderate exposure to oil and gas prices.

The last major opportunity for MLPs was in March 2009, after the financial crisis cut down energy prices and stocks. The Alerian MLP index, which tracks 50 prominent companies in the sector, rose 356% from then through September 2014.

MLPs are not completely independent of oil prices. Since September, the Alerian MLP Index is down around 25%. Last year, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners cut its payout to investors by 80% after it failed

Article source: http://thecrux.com/rick-rule-these-oil-stocks-represent-a-once-in-a-decade-opportunity/

Here’s why the Greek crisis could mean huge profits for investors

For the unprepared, it happens like a mugging…

When you hear a central banker or politician deny that something is going to happen to bank depositors, you can almost be certain that it will happen. And probably soon.

Coming from a government official, the real meaning of “No, of course not” is “Could be tomorrow.”

There’s a reason for the dishonesty. The government needs to take the public by surprise. Otherwise they won’t get the results they want from capital controls or a bank holiday.

The term bank holiday is a politician’s euphemism. When one happens, you won’t be celebrating. You won’t be able to access your bank account, and you’ll be worried.

READ MORE: Why America is NOT Normal – Dr. Ron Paul’s 8 facts prove how bad things really are

How will you get by, and how long will the lockout last? And when it ends, will all your money still be there? Will any of it remain?

Calling the experience a bank holiday is like calling a street mugging a surprise party.

Once the banks are closed – or on “holiday,” as the government puts it – the politicians are free to help themselves to as much of the customer deposits (including yours) as they want. It’s like an all-you-can-steal buffet.

A bank holiday usually dovetails with capital controls, which are restrictions on the free flow of money out of the country. Capital controls make it hard for the country’s remaining wealth to dodge a future mugging.

Bank holidays and capital controls are all about the

Article source: http://thecrux.com/capital-controls-and-a-bank-holiday-in-greece-heres-how-to-profit/

Capital controls and a bank holiday in Greece… Here’s how to profit

For the unprepared, it happens like a mugging…

When you hear a central banker or politician deny that something is going to happen to bank depositors, you can almost be certain that it will happen. And probably soon.

Coming from a government official, the real meaning of “No, of course not” is “Could be tomorrow.”

There’s a reason for the dishonesty. The government needs to take the public by surprise. Otherwise they won’t get the results they want from capital controls or a bank holiday.

The term bank holiday is a politician’s euphemism. When one happens, you won’t be celebrating. You won’t be able to access your bank account, and you’ll be worried.

READ MORE: Why America is NOT Normal – Dr. Ron Paul’s 8 facts prove how bad things really are

How will you get by, and how long will the lockout last? And when it ends, will all your money still be there? Will any of it remain?

Calling the experience a bank holiday is like calling a street mugging a surprise party.

Once the banks are closed – or on “holiday,” as the government puts it – the politicians are free to help themselves to as much of the customer deposits (including yours) as they want. It’s like an all-you-can-steal buffet.

A bank holiday usually dovetails with capital controls, which are restrictions on the free flow of money out of the country. Capital controls make it hard for the country’s remaining wealth to dodge a future mugging.

Bank holidays and capital controls are all about the

Article source: http://thecrux.com/capital-controls-and-a-bank-holiday-in-greece-heres-how-to-profit/

Doing this for just 45 minutes each week could cut your risk of cancer by 32%

From Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA, Editor, Retirement Millionaire:

Cut your risk of cancer by hitting the gym today…

Middle-aged men who exercise regularly are 32% less likely to die of cancer… according to a study last month in the medical journal JAMA Oncology.

Researchers followed almost 14,000 men in their late 40s to early 50s for an average of 6.5 years. At the beginning of the study, men took a cardiorespiratory test on a treadmill that measured their fitness levels.

During the study, 1,310 of the participants were diagnosed with cancer (about 9%). In addition to being less likely to die from cancer, the men with the highest fitness levels had a 55% lower risk of lung cancer and a 44% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Even if you don’t have much time, a 15-minute workout provides many of the benefits of longer workouts. (Go here for my full write-up.)

READ MORE: Why America is NOT Normal – Dr. Ron Paul’s 8 facts prove how bad things really are

Overweight men also have more trouble fighting prostate cancer. A recent study of 1,400 men with prostate cancer showed that the overweight or obese participants had a 15% increased risk of dying from the cancer.

The study, published in the journal Cancer, also found that the men had a 3% higher chance of prostate-cancer relapse and a 7% higher chance of their cancer spreading. Researchers behind the study haven’t pinpointed the reason why excess weight leads to worse outcomes. They

Article source: http://thecrux.com/doing-this-for-just-45-minutes-each-week-could-cut-your-risk-of-cancer-by-32/

Top Trader: Stocks are headed lower… Here’s how to profit

From Jeff Clark, Editor, Stansberry Short Report:

The stock market is likely headed lower over the next few weeks…

Last week, I told you a “Head and Shoulders Top” pattern was forming on the chart of the SP 500. This is a bearish pattern that often signals the end of a bull trend and the beginning of a bear trend. And it can lead to large, fast gains for folks willing to bet on the downside.

Now, this pattern is playing out. And traders are getting the chance to profit…

RELATED: Is this China’s plan to destroy the U.S. Dollar?

Take a look at this updated chart of the SP 500…

On Monday, the index broke down from the Head and Shoulders Top pattern. The target for this downside move is about 2,038. But we could see the SP 500 fall all the way to 1,990 over the next several weeks if we get a particularly hard decline.

Of course, it won’t be a straight shot lower. We’re going to get violent bounces off of oversold conditions.

That’s how traders can profit on the short side.

Traders who want to profit on the short side need to be nimble. They need to take profits when the market gets oversold and is approaching logical support levels… then look to re-short as the index bounces back toward resistance.

For example, traders who shorted the market last week in anticipation of the Head and Shoulders

Article source: http://thecrux.com/top-trader-stocks-are-headed-lower-heres-how-to-profit/

Rick Rule: This is my favorite opportunity in the oil sector

From Henry Bonner in Sprott’s Thoughts:

“Midstream” oil stocks are this attractive about once every decade, says Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott U.S. Holdings.

In a recent round-table with Byron King (Agora Financial) and Matt Badiali (Stansberry Research), Rick explained why he’s looking at one segment of the oil sector. You can listen to his full comments here (registration required):

SEE ALSO: Dr. Ron Paul Describes Exactly What America’s Next Crisis Will Look Like

Midstream companies are involved in processing and transportation of oil and gas. These companies have been popular with investors because they may be less risky and volatile than exploration and production companies.

They tend to make money through long-term transportation contracts that are “insulated” from oil price swings.

In particular, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) own transportation infrastructure such as pipelines and charge oil companies to move oil and gas to market. These companies pass on their revenues to shareholders, which can lead to large dividends with moderate exposure to oil and gas prices.

The last major opportunity for MLPs was in March 2009, after the financial crisis cut down energy prices and stocks. The Alerian MLP index, which tracks 50 prominent companies in the sector, rose 356% from then through September 2014.

MLPs are not completely independent of oil prices. Since September, the Alerian MLP Index is down around 25%. Last year, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners cut its payout to investors by 80% after it failed

Article source: http://thecrux.com/rick-rule-these-oil-stocks-represent-a-once-in-a-decade-opportunity/

Sjuggerud: These three stocks offer ‘extreme’ yields… plus growth

From Steve Sjuggerud, Editor, True Wealth:

Most investors buy stocks for either growth or income. But in rare cases, you can have both…

Three major companies are paying extreme yields and beating the market this year. They’re large caps you’ve likely heard of before… but probably never realized pay out these kinds of dividends.

Let me explain…

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The companies in the table below are true large-cap stocks. They come from different industries and share little in common as businesses. But they all share two traits – they’re paying hefty yields and beating the SP 500 handily in 2015. Take a look…

www.stansberryresearch.com

All of these companies pay yields that are at least double the SP 500. Surprisingly, these companies are also cheap, based on earnings. They trade for discounts of 21%-54% below the SP 500.

The first of these businesses is Blackstone Group (BX)… which is another great way to play today’s housing boom.

Blackstone is one of the planet’s biggest “alternative” asset managers. The company invests in private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and high-yield credit funds.

Although diversified, much of Blackstone’s profits come from its real estate investments. And it’s those profits that allow the company to pay out big 6.3% dividends to shareholders.

The next two are more common household names…

ATT (T) is a cable, Internet, and communications giant. It’s not every day you run across a $182 billion company paying out 5%-plus in dividends. Regardless of how

Article source: http://thecrux.com/sjuggerud-these-three-stocks-offer-extreme-yields-plus-growth/

Contrarian idea: Greek stocks nearing ‘maximum pessimism’

For the unprepared, it happens like a mugging…

When you hear a central banker or politician deny that something is going to happen to bank depositors, you can almost be certain that it will happen. And probably soon.

Coming from a government official, the real meaning of “No, of course not” is “Could be tomorrow.”

There’s a reason for the dishonesty. The government needs to take the public by surprise. Otherwise they won’t get the results they want from capital controls or a bank holiday.

The term bank holiday is a politician’s euphemism. When one happens, you won’t be celebrating. You won’t be able to access your bank account, and you’ll be worried.

READ MORE: Why America is NOT Normal – Dr. Ron Paul’s 8 facts prove how bad things really are

How will you get by, and how long will the lockout last? And when it ends, will all your money still be there? Will any of it remain?

Calling the experience a bank holiday is like calling a street mugging a surprise party.

Once the banks are closed – or on “holiday,” as the government puts it – the politicians are free to help themselves to as much of the customer deposits (including yours) as they want. It’s like an all-you-can-steal buffet.

A bank holiday usually dovetails with capital controls, which are restrictions on the free flow of money out of the country. Capital controls make it hard for the country’s remaining wealth to dodge a future mugging.

Bank holidays and capital controls are all about the

Article source: http://thecrux.com/capital-controls-and-a-bank-holiday-in-greece-heres-how-to-profit/

Gold recovers on buying by jewellers; silver remains higher

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Gold-recovers-on-buying-by-jewellers-silver-remains-higher/articleshow/47936525.cms