Among the specters lurking in the ShadowStats.com editor's gloomy outlook for the US are the demise of the dollar, hyperinflation and the ongoing lack of political will to take sound corrective measures.
A fantasy of growing and infinite demand and inelastic prices (prices not driven by simple supply and demand) increasing without limit, has placed the most emphasis on those rare-earth juniors who say that they will produce in the near term.
Europe has long been reliant on Russia for its supply of natural gas, but domestic discoveries of shale gas - along with strong governmental support for drilling - might soon catapult Poland to the forefront of the energy landscape.
Despite the risks and unfavorable public opinion associated with offshore drilling, the truth remains that the keys to unlock the planet's vast remaining oil resources lie beneath ocean floors, in places like the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and the Arctic.
The House Mountain Partners founder Chris makes his case that over the longer term the element will be in such strong demand for the electric vehicle revolution that investors will no longer be able to ignore explorers and emerging producers.
Gold is flat against the dollar but remains just less than 1% from the record nominal high reached yesterday ($1,628.05/oz). The euro is under pressure again today and gold is 0.7% higher against the euro.
While most markets welcomed the financial rescue of Greece, gold market players exhibited "skepticism" about its efficacy and piled on additional bets in the yellow metal as Friday morning's dealing began.
Although lithium is not in short supply now, electric and hybrid vehicles could soak up new production of the versatile light metal. The economist for Chile-based signumBOX, elaborates on small exploration plays that could move up.
Advances in energy and agriculture are creating demand for previously ignored metals such as scandium, tellurium and indium. The mining analyst and editor of Kaiser Research Online, explains the science behind some overlooked stocks.