Brad Zigler

Features and News

Gold Manipulation Redux

While it's unlikely the argument will ever be won, the evidence just isn't on the side of the gold-futures manipulation theorists.

  • The manipulation argument
  • The gold price/short position noncorrelation
  • The rational explanations

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The Gold Market’s Tech Clues

Gold is a tremendously psychological investment. Technical analysis is all about modeling behavior. A match made in heaven?
  • Recent signals
  • The fundamental vs. technical debate
  • The special case for gold

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The Dollar Ain’t Picture Perfect. But What’s Better?

For all the talk of replacing the dollar as the world's reserve currency, there simply isn't a better option.
  • SDRs just don't work
  • Even the Chinese and Russians are retreating
  • The yuan isn't an open global currency yet

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Playing The One-Armed Bandit Gas Pump

HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor lays odds on the likely increase in gas prices for those futures' last 2009 trading day.
  • Fueling your summer chariot
  • Oil refiners not so altruistic
  • Ciphering the crack spread

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How Much Gold DO You Need?

HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor provides some models to determine how much of the yellow metal might be a beneficial portfolio diversifier.
  • Rising price targets
  • How volatility shifts as allocations change
  • The effect of mean reversion

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Has Gold Been Manipulated?

HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor looks for a smoking gun amid rumors of conspiracy theories.
  • Is a banking cabal suppressing gold's price?
  • Focusing on facts
  • Bank lopsided positions not limited to one commodity sector

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Oil Refiners Grab A Stake In The Ethanol Business

HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor ponders whether Valero's recent acquisition of VeraSun will be a model for other refiners.
  • The sound of credit lines snapping...
  • Pernicious corn price hikes
  • Consumers' fickle motor fuel loyalty?

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Commodity ETPs Closing In On A Bull Market

HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor compares six broad-based commodity exchange-traded products.
  • Risk trades are back
  • Investor sentiment has shifted
  • Interest in 'safe-haven' gold is eroding

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Yin And Yang Gold Stocks

On the eve of earnings releases for two major gold mining outfits, HardAssetsInvestor.com's managing editor parses the numbers.
  • A study in contrasts
  • How hedging factors in
  • Testing the earnings momentum scorecard