Energy & Commodities

Budding Marijuana Company In Canada

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Posted by The Baron Investing

on Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:03


Village Farms International is a greenhouse operator looking to enter the Canadian medical marijuana industry.

They have the facilities, and partner, to potentially become a major player in the North American market.

The company is well positioned to enter the North American recreational marijuana market should the United States change their position under new leadership.

Let's get right to it, Village Farms International (OTCQX:VFFIF or TSE:VFF) has the potential to be the low cost producer in the Canadian medical marijuana industry. This investment is based on stages of development, which I plan to explore with readers and let you know, in likely the most transparent way possible, how I plan to "play" this player in this promising industry.

....read more HERE



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Where Will All That Lithium Come From?

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Posted by Sean Broderick - The Edelson Institute

on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:21

Lithium prices have traveled sideways recently. So the shares of lithium miners, developers and explorers have suffered a correction. As they often like to do, speculators are temporarily rushing out of a market simply because it’s no longer going up, up, up. They’re probably piling into Bitcoin.

Folks, nothing goes straight up (not even Bitcoin). A cooling off in the lithium market is just what the doctor ordered. 

Look at these charts:

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The chart on the left shows the prices of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate in Asia. Asia is the major buyer of lithium. Since the metal doesn’t trade on an exchange (yet), we have to use transactions in Asia to track it. You can see that 2016 and ’17 were rocket rides for the metal.



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Now is the Time to Take a Contrarian Position

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Posted by Egon Von Greyerz

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:29

We are currently standing before one of the most unique and frightening periods in history. Never have there been so many extremes in so many different areas. In the last 100 years everything seems to have developed so much faster, including population, technology, inflation, debt, money printing, budget deficits, stock, bond and property prices, crypto currencies etc.

All of these areas are now in an exponential growth phase. The final stage of exponential growth is explosive and looks like a spike that goes straight up. A spike for a major sample like global population or the Dow never finishes with just a sideways move. Once a spike move has finished, it always results in a spike move down.

It seems that everything in the world is developing much faster today like computers and mobile phones or robots. The world assumes that this exponential growth in so many areas will continue or even accelerate further. But sadly, that is unlikely to be the case.


Stockholm housing-1975-2017

There is a more scientific illustration how these exponential moves occur and also how they end. (Ed Note: Great article & charts!)

....continue reading HERE

....also from Egon Von Greyerz:

MAJOR ALERT: Greyerz Says One Of The Two Largest Banks In Switzerland Just Refused To Hand Over Clients’ Physical Gold. Even More Surprising Is What The Client Did Next


Energy & Commodities

Clive Maund: Oil Market Update

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Posted by Clive Maund Maund

on Monday, 20 November 2017 05:58

It’s a good time to take an updated look at oil, because the paradoxes we observed regarding gold and silver, which we looked at in yesterday’s new Gold and Silver Market updates are much more extreme in the case of oil.On the latest 5-year chart for Light Crude we see that oil has in recent weeks succeeding in breaking out of its giant Head-and-Shoulders base pattern at last. We also see that volume has expanded greatly over the past 2 years which is viewed as a sign of a completing bottom. Recent strong upside volume has driven both volume indicators to new highs, despite the price still being way below its 2013 highs – this is viewed as a very bullish sign, and suggests that oil will advance at least to the $80 area.


.....continue analysis HERE


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Zinc and the Base Metals Are Telling Us Something Important

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Posted by Eric Fry, Macro Strategist - The Oxford Club

on Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:52

  • Investors have avoided commodities like the plague for the last half-decade.
  • But today, Eric reveals how one base metal may be signaling a turnaround in the sector...

Just like Lassie, the lovable TV canine, zinc may be trying to tell us something important. Zinc's message probably has nothing to do with Timmy falling into a well, but it may have a lot to do with the prospect of rising commodity prices. 

You see, the price of zinc has been conspicuously strong, which often portends good things for the rest of the commodity complex. 

Unlike Lassie, zinc doesn't receive much love or attention. No one ever searches for zinc-filled treasure chests... or slides a zinc ring around a wedding finger. In fact, most folks couldn't identify the stuff if you dropped a chunk of it on their kitchen table. 

But this overlooked metal deserves a closer look... right now. Not only is its high-flying price leading the base metals sector, but it is also leading the entire commodity complex.


For most of the last six years, the commodity sector has been a great one to avoid. After hitting an all-time high in early 2011, the Thomson Reuters CRB Commodity Index tumbled 60% to a 15-year low. Many individual commodities plummeted more than 80%

But the CRB Index finally hit rock bottom early last year. Since then, it has bounced about 20%. However, not all commodities have enjoyed a similar revival. Many are still languishing near their 2016 lows. 

As the chart below shows, base metals and energy have registered the biggest gains from their 2016 lows, while agricultural commodities and soft commodities like coffee and cotton have barely budged.



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