This was an up-and-down year for oil prices, but don't expect that pattern to repeat in 2012. No, next year, the trajectory for oil prices will be far more linear - and it's pointed up. In fact, we could even see $150 oil by mid-summer.
While we are finding new sources of crude oil, discoveries pale to what's happened with natural gas. Recent boosts to supply also cannot overcome volatility in the Mideast and the fact that much of the world's cheap crude was pumped long ago.
Articles in the press have highlighted the possibility that we may be witnessing a bubble in the rare earths. They cite a preponderance of short sellers hovering as vultures in the skies over the sector. We take a long-range view.
I've been waiting for indication of a long-term upside movement in the natural gas market for over three years. But in this case, it has never looked prospective enough for me to venture in. And frankly, that perplexes me.
Thorium as nuclear fuel is clean and safe and offers significant advantages over uranium. The technology for several types of thorium reactors is proven but still must be developed on a commercial scale.
Nuclear power was gaining a lot of momentum prior to the terrible disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant in March. But since then, atomic energy has come under increased scrutiny and once again drawn the ire of environmentalists.
The billionaire founder of an electronics retailer proposes to give a quoted monetary value to a one-ounce pure silver coin. When the price of silver falls, the last quote will remain in place, so that the quoted value can never diminish, only rise.
The chief executive of Noricum Gold is eyeing the prospect of gold exploration and production at two initial projects. The investment case for backing small-cap gold explorers like Noricum looks increasingly compelling