Shale gas is not the foundation of U.S. energy security that conventional wisdom claims, says Bill Powers in this interview with The Energy Report. But as shale gas peters out, the law of supply and demand will drive gas prices up.
Bitcoin, the virtual money that exists only in digital form, is spawning a real-world hardware boom. The currency, used to buy and sell everything from electronics to illegal drugs on the Web, has surged to about $135, more than 10 times its value a year ago.
For the very first time in our history all money, all currencies, are now fiat. The US dollar used to be gold backed and it was the rock to which all of the world's currencies were anchored. Our 41-year experiment with paper money is almost over.
Spot dealings opened with a bid-side quoted at $1,667 in gold and at $32.50 in silver. While there is still scope for attempts at taking out overhead resistance near $1,680 and $1,704 in gold (with a possible $1,730 end-target) the going has been anything but smooth.
What does Ron Paul own? Other than real estate and some cash, the majority of his holdings are in gold and silver mining stocks. Sixtyfour percent of his portfolio is in mining stocks and 5% of the total is in Canadian based junior mining stocks.