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This precious metal has almost NEVER been so cheap

Even after yesterday’s 600-point plunge in the Dow, bargains are hard to find. The air is just starting to be let out of the 10-year “everything bull market” caused by a decade of ultra-low interest rates and the Fed printing trillions of dollars. I don’t know if the volatility we’re seeing today is

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Even Warren Buffett is fed up with these guys. . .

It wasn’t that long ago that IBM was easily the most dominant tech company in the world… the king of its industry. Back in the 1980s nearly every large company, government, and institution used IBM’s products and services. It was the ultimate. Yet over the last 30 or so years, IBM went on

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These stocks soared during the tech bust and likely will again today

[Editor’s note: Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist, Tim Staermose, is filling in for Simon today.] The year was 1999. I was working for a small newsletter company with its Asian research offices based in Manila, Philippines. The dotcom boom was in full swing. And, just like today, companies with no profits, burning through

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How to pay literally ZERO tax… and do a bit of good

True story– over the past 15 years I’ve spent a LOT of time studying my family history, and I’ve managed to trace my roots all the way back eight centuries to 1250 in medieval England. Along the way (and I recorded a podcast about this a few years ago), it turns out that

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Look at how well gold has retained its value from 1,000 years ago

On October 12, 929, roughly 1100 years ago, Abd-ar Rahman III of the Umayyad Dynasty was proclaimed ruler of Cordoba– the Islamic kingdom that comprised most of Spain at the time. Rahman was just 21 when he ascended to power, and he remained there for nearly 50 years as one of the wealthiest

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The Hitler of South Africa is crushing farmland prices… time to buy?

One of our major themes this year has been avoiding big mistakes… Mostly, we’ve been talking about avoiding assets that are irrationally expensive (like most stocks and real estate today). And we’ve been discussing ways to raise cash and diversify outside of traditional investments to protect your capital. But now that you have

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The world’s greatest investor is running out of things to buy

It was late October, 1989. East Germany was disintegrating, and the Berlin Wall was days away from coming down. The Soviet Union was just starting to fall apart. George H. W. Bush (the elder) was President of the United States. And the #1 movie in the world was John Travolta’s Look Who’s Talking.

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Tesla stock soars on news they ‘only’ lost $717 million

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe… it’s like the financial version of the ‘upside down’ from Stranger Things. Case in point: last night the infamously loss-making electric car maker Tesla announced its quarterly earnings. As usual, the numbers were gruesome. Tesla’s net loss was TWICE AS BAD as the

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It’s been another tough week for Tesla…

It’s been a tough week for Tesla. Bloomberg Businessweek reported Tesla factory workers were given Red Bull to stay awake to meet aggressive Model 3 production goals (and told to walk through a raw sewage spill to keep the line moving). Also, because Tesla has delivered 200,000 cars to US buyers, customer tax

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Another billionaire says we’re running out of gold

A few months ago I sent you a note explaining that major gold discoveries are shrinking. Simply put, mining companies are no longer finding vast, new deposits of gold to replace their aging mines. I quoted Pierre Lassonde, the billionaire founder of gold royalty giant Franco-Nevada and former head of Newmont Mining: If

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On the verge of a major turning point

This morning I had the pleasure of being buried in a mountain of paperwork– the penalty for trying to do basically anything in the financial system these days. It seems that everything, from sending a wire transfer to establishing a new account, comes with endless bureaucratic hoops to jump through as you’re forced

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“Bitcoin will go to $40,000 this year. . .”

Every year around this time I attend a small, private event to break bread with some of the most invigorating people I know. There’s only about 100 people in the room– but they’re all at the top of their game… business and intellectual leaders from a variety of industries. And we gather each

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Capitalism has new rules. And they’re seriously messed up.

It was just a month and a half ago that Tesla approved an eye-popping long-term pay package, worth as much as $50 BILLION to founder and CEO Elon Musk. And on Wednesday afternoon, Tesla held its first corporate earnings call since then. You’d think that Elon would have been gracious and professional, anxious

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My partner found $57 million in a random corner of Asia

[Introduction from Simon: We’ve got one more investing Notes today. This essay, originally published in August of 2016, I think best exemplifies the strategy Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist, Tim Staermose, uses in his 4th Pillar investment service. It shows you the huge potential in buying quality assets for less than their net

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Guest Post: The No. 1 reason you should AVOID index funds

[Introduction from Simon: While I’m down in southern Chile today inspecting the farming operations of our thriving agriculture business, I thought I’d send you an excerpt from Tim Staermose’s quarterly update to his investors. You probably recognize Tim’s name; he’s Sovereign Man’s Chief Investment Strategist and editor of our popular 4th Pillar Investment

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The world’s most powerful banker sees chance of “market panic”

The most powerful banker in the world, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, just released his annual letter to shareholders. Behind Warren Buffett’s annual missive, Dimon’s letter is probably the most read and deliberated executive report out there. For one, Dimon is one of the most connected and respected men in finance. And given

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A new ICO from a bunch of porn stars

It’s about time. Someone has finally discovered what the adult entertainment industry has been missing for so many years: blockchain. It’s true: a bunch of porn stars have recently gotten together to launch Bunny Software Ltd, a new cryptofinance startup that aims to ‘disrupt’ how people pay for pornography. Instead of charging your

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Who’s going to win this Pepsi Challenge?

In our discussion on Monday, we talked about the latest annual letter from Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s holding company. The big takeaway from that piece is that Berkshire Hathaway now holds a record $116 billion in cash. More importantly, Buffett is NOT a buyer right now. As he wrote in his letter… “[P]rices

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Warren Buffett isn’t buying. Why should anyone else?

Over the weekend on Saturday morning, amid its usual fanfare and attention, Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway released its annual report to the public. This is a pretty big deal each year. Investors and financial reporters typically wait with baited breath to hear what the Oracle himself has to say in his legendary

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Why the most-recent selloff was just the beginning

On October 19, 1987, the Dow experienced its biggest one-day percentage loss in history – plunging 22.6%. It was “Black Monday.” The selloff was so fast and so severe, nothing else even comes close. The second worst percentage loss for the Dow was October 28, 1929 (also Black Monday) when the exchange fell

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Bitcoin back above $10,000

Cryptocurrencies exist in dog years. That’s how my colleague Tama Churchouse explained the rapid innovation and massive volatility in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The technology is advancing so quickly that one year in the crypto sector is like seven years anywhere else. And the price action reflects this breakneck pace. Bitcoin returned 1,318%

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Here’s what the ‘Warren Buffet of Crypto’ told us yesterday

If you’ve been on the Internet in the past six months, you’ve no doubt seen loads of ads touting “crypto geniuses” that have found the next token that’s going to explode… One guy in particular seems to be following me around to every website I visit, claiming to have some special insight into

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No. It’s not over

Last night I was checking out tickets for some upcoming travel. I’ll be headed to Colombia soon to check on the progress of a large cannabis investment we’ve made there, then off to Miami for an event with our Total Access members. After that it’s Puerto Rico to meet with some officials there

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Common sense investing wisdom from Mr. Miyagi

Almost exactly a year ago to the day, on January 23, 2017, I wrote to you in this column that the US dollar was overvalued against almost every currency in the world. Specifically, I described how Donald Trump and Fed Chair Janet Yellen BOTH wanted a weaker US dollar: Donald Trump told the

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Is there any new information that didn’t exist two weeks ago?

The year was 1720. And one of the smartest people to have ever lived had just made one of the dumbest financial mistakes imaginable. Sir Isaac Newton was a genius in every sense of the word. He practically invented the science and mathematics that is at the foundation of nearly every bit of

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His passion for vintage pornography led him to become a Bitcoin millionaire

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a satirical article entitled “Everyone is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not.” That headline perfectly encapsulates the ‘Fear of Missing Out’, or FOMO, that’s so pervasive in cryptocurrency right now. Just about everyone either knows, or has heard of someone, who’s made an absolute fortune

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The fastest way to get rich in cryptocurrencies

We’ve all heard the term “Kodak Moment.” It’s a popularized phrase to describe a picture-perfect moment – one that should be forever captured on Kodak film. Like Kleenex tissue, Kodak was once so large and popular, the company worked its way into basic lexicon. Kodak was founded in 1880 by a man named

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The day I found out it was all rigged

May 6, 2010 started off as a pretty boring day. The most exciting stories from the morning’s newspapers were reviews of the upcoming Iron Man 2 film. But all that changed at around 2:45pm when, without warning, the stock market crashed, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,000 points within minutes. It

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