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Byron King

Byron received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, was a cum laude graduate of Harvard University, served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and as a field historian with the Navy. Our resident energy and oil expert, Byron is the editor of Byron King's Military-Tech Alert, Outstanding Investments and Real Wealth Trader.  Byron has made frequent appearances in mainstream media such as The Washington Post, MSN Money, Marketwatch.com, Fox Business News, CNBC's Squawk Box, Larry Kudlow, Glenn Beck and PBS Newshour. He also had a feature article written in the Financial Times, and has appeared on both CNN and Marketplace radio broadcasts. Byron has also been quoted in various international publications such as The Guardian and De Volkskrant, and has been a guest on Canada's CBC television broadcast.

Two Ways To Play The Coming Nuclear Restart

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I was on the road last month, visiting companies and scrubbing ideas. At one point, the airliner landed at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Next thing I knew, I was at the Hilton Hotel, where Poydras and Canal Streets meet the Mississippi River, attending the 40th New Orleans Investment Conference; aka the “Gold […]

Saudi King Fires First Shot In New Oil War

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Big News! Saudi Arabia just opened a new front in ongoing “oil wars” that are being fought across the world. A few days ago, the Saudis made a relatively quiet move; but it may as well have bombed Pearl Harbor, considering the impact and implications. Saudi actions are already cascading across oil markets. We’ll likely […]

Israel, Hamas and “Leviathan”

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Doubtless, you’ve followed news about the ongoing battle in Gaza, between Israeli forces and Hamas. Earlier this summer, Hamas shot rockets at Israel; in turn, Israelis bombed the tar out of targets in Gaza, and then sent in troops. You’ve also probably seen reports of Hamas “invasion tunnels” dug — by hand! — across the […]

The Street Cred of Fracking

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It’s in the headlines every day: Iraq is breaking apart. And that means 3.5 million barrels of oil per day are at stake. But while oil prices have gone higher in reaction, they haven’t gone that much higher. Why not? As our friend Byron King shows, North American shale oil has a lot to do with it…

Byron Was Right: The Oil Wars are Here, Part 2

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Last week, I showed you how things are rapidly falling apart in Iraq, especially where the Iraqi oil industry is concerned. But there’s a silver lining. While the world’s oil traders chew their fingernails thinking about how much worse it could get in the Middle East, there’s finally taking a look at another sources of […]

Byron Was Right: The Oil Wars are Here, Part 1

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I’m sure you’ve followed recent news from the Middle East. Iraq is breaking into three regions defined by ethnicity and religion — Sunni, Shia and Kurd. It’s along lines that I’ve described over many years, in the “Oil Wars” scenario. Oil prices are moving upwards across the world. Still, close to home, we have fracking […]

You Can Profit from the Metal China Needs Most

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Last week, right before the Fourth of July festivities kicked off in this nation, the Wall Street Journal mentioned a new environmental technique being developed on the other side of the world: the Chinese are trying to build wind tunnels big enough to blow the smog out of Beijing. It’s likely you’ve heard of the […]

Gold Investing Advice From “Canada’s Warren Buffet”

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When it comes to gold investing, you want to know where the price is headed. When it comes to gold miner investing, you also want to know how much it costs them to mine the metal. Our own Byron King has got insight on both today, straight from a gentleman I like to think of as “Canada’s Warren Buffet.” This guy has made billions in the small-cap resource investing space, and he was happy to share his thoughts on the near-term outlook for gold miners with Byron. Thinking of establishing or changing your position in the gold market? Read this first…

Sanctions For Russia? Here Are The Real Winners

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Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a short, emotional speech on the annexation of Crimea. “After a long, hard and exhausting voyage,” said Putin, employing timeless, classic nautical analogies, “Crimea and Sevastopol are returning to their harbor, to their native shores, to their home port, to Russia!” Meanwhile, Western political leadership — U.S., EU […]

Can You Still Invest in Dr. Copper?

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Out in the big world, Russia continues to redraw the map. Today, Crimea. Tomorrow… well… a bunch of places that many people can’t spell. Just you wait. It’s going to happen. It won’t “not happen.” Russia’s military actions add a significant risk markup to gold and silver and will alter energy markets for many years […]

Position Yourself for a Payday

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With strikes in South Africa, possible sanctions for Russia, and no other countries ready to take up the slack, platinum could be looking at a very good year in 2014. After all, it’s primarily an industrial metal, and as the global economy continues to recover, big consumers will have to bid on what’s already above ground. But how can you play platinum’s coming bull market? Short term, hold metal or PGM funds. Long term, watch for updates as we find new companies that could begin producing platinum outside the troubled regions of Africa and Russia…

Were We That Good or Just Lucky?

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I walked outside this morning to pick up my newspapers. It was still dark, but I felt this strange sensation. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. Then it hit me: warmth! But don’t bet the ranch that winter is over. We could still get slammed with more Arctic air and more snow and ice, […]

How Much Is a Gold Mine Worth?

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The relatively low share prices for gold miners reflect the relatively low price for gold in the past year. Yes, things in the world of gold may muddle along. Central banks do what they do (a taper here a taper there.) Politicians do what they do. Traders do what they do. But when something hits the wall with the dollar or other major currencies or “big” economics on a global scale? Then gold prices could soar. The value of gold-backed assets — like gold mines — could soar as well. Meanwhile, we watch and wait as events play out.

$700 Oil — The Price for Urgency

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Last week, the price of energy hit the equivalent of $700 per barrel. As Americans pulled energy from every nook and cranny of different grids last Tuesday, Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant shut down. The problem was a nonnuclear electric malfunction, according to a Calvert spokesperson. Specifically, snow and ice formed over a ventilation […]

Honest Abe’s Nat Gas Play

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It’s an old-line American energy company… It’s been a key energy player in America since the days when Abraham Lincoln was in the white House, back in the 1860s. This company has survived the ups and downs of the American economy for over 150 years — recessions, depressions, wars and more. Now this resilient, long-lasting […]

Knock Knock/Who’s There?… China’s Metal Monopoly

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I hope you’re hunkered down from the big chill this month. Wow, we’ve seen some cold. It was so cold a few weeks ago that one of my cats stuck his face outside one morning and literally jumped back into the house. Cold, right? And here we are with another polar vortex breathing down our […]

How To Buy Gold Assets… On The Cheap

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“The only easy day was yesterday,” say my Navy SEAL friends. Every day is different, of course. Still, a wave of business news hit the beach this week. Headlines included news of Google buying Nest Labs, a maker of smart thermostats, for $3.2 billion. Charter made a $37.4 billion move to acquire Time Warner Cable. […]

A Tale of Two Countries, and Environmental Trade-offs for Energy

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Last year while traveling in Europe, I flew through Berlin. As the airplane was landing, I looked out the window and saw huge strip mine operations southeast of the city. I was curious about this, because I thought Germany was a very “green” country full of environmental hard-liners. So what’s with the strip mine? Let’s […]

Ben Bernanke Versus Ben Franklin

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“A penny saved is twopence clear,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in his now-classic Poor Richard’s Almanack, published annually between 1732–58. Franklin’s Almanack embodied — and perhaps shaped — the ethos of money in Colonial America. Today, we’re a far from pennies earning more pennies. Heck, we hardly even talk about pennies after a century of inflation. […]

1,300 Years of Strife, Invest Ahead of the Oil Price Melt-up

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2013 was a year of “fanning the flame” across the entire Middle East. It’s been another tragic, gruesome testament of the “Oil Wars” scenario that I’ve developed in these pages over the past few years. As an investor, you need to move away from this looming conflagration! Expanding Middle East conflict has the potential to […]

Time To Ditch Saudi Arabia?

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Good news keeps rolling in for America’s booming shale plays. This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report describing how the Marcellus Shale region is on track to supply 18% of total U.S. natural gas production in December. Let’s take a look at two important charts – plus a few quick takeaways […]

Five Big-Picture Investing Opportunities…

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There are numerous hot items on my radar today – below I’ll share with you my five favorites for right now. In short, I feel that through the end of 2013 and into the beginning of 2014 we’ll have plenty of “investable” opportunities in the resource sector. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s […]

The Last “Hard Money” President

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I never met President John F. Kennedy. I was all of 5 years old when the man was elected U.S. president in 1960. I was eight years old when he died in 1963, 50 years ago. I saw President Kennedy one time. It was 1962, I believe. I was about 7 years old. Kennedy was […]

Investing Amidst the Golden Ruins

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“Never laugh at live dragons,” wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in his classic book The Hobbit, published in 1937. Tolkien was on to something, I believe. His words come to mind because I keep seeing more and more news about China — the national symbol of which is the dragon — and its many citizens […]

Three Ways To Play America’s Booming Oil Patch

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We’re living through a stupendous, technology-driven energy boom. In oil and natural gas fields across the land, one can see capital investment by the mile — across the surface of the land and road grid and drill rigs and pump systems that go deep into the bowels of the earth. Looking back over 150 years […]