Gold Summer Doldrums

By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From Gold Eagle

Gold’s incredible strength this summer is very unusual, as early summers are the weakest times of the year seasonally for gold, silver, and their miners’ stocks.  With traders’ attention diverted to vacations and summer fun, interest in and demand for precious metals normally wane.  So this entire sector tends to suffer a seasonal lull, along with the general markets.  This June’s bull-market breakout is a momentous anomaly.

This doldrums term is very apt for gold’s usual summer predicament.  It describes a zone in the world’s oceans surrounding the equator.  There hot air is constantly rising, creating long-lived low-pressure areas.  They are often calm, with little or no prevailing winds.  History is full of accounts of sailing ships getting trapped in this zone for days or weeks, unable to make headway.  The doldrums were murder on ships’ morale.

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A Personal Note.

By Bob Shapiro

Many of you know that I am living through Prostate Cancer. The treatments seem to be focused on using a couple of weeks here, or a couple of weeks there in an effort to add several months down the road.

I’ve had a good life- not that I’m rushing to say good-bye at 73 – and it’s been interesting to see how my priorities have been brought more clearly into focus.

I’ve been very happy sharing my ideas these last 5 years (whether I’ve written them or someone else) on my Blog and on Facebook. If you’ve found them worth your time enough to read some of them, well thank you.

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Artificially Intelligent Investors Rack Up Massive Returns in Stock Market Study

 By -Re-Blogged From Seeker

An international team of researchers showed that artificial intelligence can make a killing on the stock market — and some real-world hedge funds are already trying it.

Bubble Stock Investing

  By Bob Shapiro
I invest in Gold & Silver, mostly miners.
Most people, I expect, are unwilling or don’t have the temperament to put all their eggs in one basket. The most familiar of the highly liquid investments is stocks – shares of most of the companies you know and love plus many that you’ve never heard of.
But, by pretty much any objective measure, stocks are in Bubble territory today, and the FED has started a tightening cycle – and has promised major tightening leading up to the mid-term elections this November.
I suggest that you still can make money in stocks today, using a strategy that Hedge Funds originally were designed to use – buy stocks that you think have the brightest prospects and sell short stocks that likely will be dogs (by comparison). If your ‘good’ stocks indeed do better than your ‘bad’ stocks, then you’ll make money. It matters not whether they both go up, both go down, or the ‘good’ is up and the ‘bad’ down, so long as the ‘good’ does better than the ‘bad.’
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Ultra-Low Volatility…This Time Is Different…?

By Axel Merk – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

We increasingly see claims low volatility in the markets may be structural. Even as we agree that some of the analyses we see make good points, we are concerned we may be setting ourselves up for a major shock. Let me explain.

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Short Selling Skeptic Cashing In On Solar Company Collapses

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

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Gordon Johnson of Axiom Capital Management Inc. is the short selling 3rd Avenue Financial Analyst Solar Energy companies are learning to hate. His business is making money from the the failure of unsustainable renewable business models.

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