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Athena Bleecker


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  • A portfolio of Gold Stock Analyst newsletter's Top 10 Stocks has outperformed every Gold benchmark since 1995. Tana Goldfields

    Finding the Top 10 Gold Stocks

    Gold Stock Analyst is two newsletters that make it simple for investors to own a portfolio of the best Gold stocks. Published twice a month since 1994 by a former Professor of Economics and Finance (Bentley College in Waltham, MA), GSA focuses on the 70 Gold and Silver miners that have ounces that meet the US Security and Exchange Commission's strict report- ing standard for Proven and Probable Reserves. From those meeting this test, GSA crunches numbers, dissects SEC filings, visits mines, talks and visits with management.

    All this searching for the Top 10 Stocks... those that are undervalued and have the potential to double in the next 18 to 24 months, assuming no change in Gold's price. In today's era of $10 internet trades, the transaction cost to buy 10 stocks is trivial... even if Gold is only 10% of your total portfolio.

    Ten stocks is the right number for this volatile sector. It's a small enough so a big gain in one will have major impact on the total portfolio... one stock doubling boosts the portfolio by 10%. Yet ten is large enough that even if one fell 50%, it would cut the portfolio's total value by just 5%.

    Additionally, the discipline of 10 stocks means a new stock must be seen to have better upside than the current members of the Top 10. Since we seek undervalued stocks that can double at the current...

  • TANA GOLDFIELDS articles Ancient Technology for Metal Coatings 2,000 Years Ago Can't Be Matched Even Today

    Artists and craftsmen more than 2,000 years ago developed thin-film coating technology unrivaled even by today's standards for producing DVDs, solar cells, electronic devices and other products. Understanding these sophisticated metal-plating techniques from ancient times, described in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research, could help preserve priceless artistic and other treasures from the past. Gabriel Maria Ingo and colleagues point out that scientist have made good progress in understanding the chemistry of many ancient artistic and other artifacts -- crucial to preserve them for future generations. Big gaps in knowledge remained, however, about how gilders in the Dark Ages and other periods applied such lustrous, impressively uniform films of gold or silver to intricate objects. Ingo's team set out to apply the newest analytical techniques to uncover the ancients' artistic secrets.

    They discovered that gold- and silversmiths 2,000 years ago developed a variety of techniques, including using mercury like a glue to apply thin films of metals to statues and other objects. Sometimes, the technology was used to apply real gold and silver. It also was used fraudulently, to make cheap metal statues that look like solid gold or silver. The scientists say that their findings confirm "the high level of competence reached by the artists and craftsmen of these an...

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    The world's economy is in tatters and safe havens are few and far between, says legendary contrarian Marc Faber. The banking crisis in Cyprus has shown that even bank deposits are not safe. The publisher of the Doom, Boom and Gloom newsletter, surveying the world from his perch in Hong Kong, discusses the impact of unemployment in Europe, the economic slowdown in China, asset bubbles and the turnaround prospects for precious metals miners. Faber also reveals his investment strategy for these volatile times in this interview with The Gold Report. The Gold Report: Marc, I recently interviewed James Turk who said that Europe is in a banking crisis, but that some countries are in worse shape than others. Are things on the continent as bad as they seem to be from the headlines in the U.S.? Marc Faber: Unemployment is high in both Europe and the U.S., particularly for young people. One reason for the high unemployment rate is that it is very difficult to find highly specialized workers for industry. Perhaps that's due to more university students studying non-user-friendly subjects, such as philosophy. The Western world is lacking in well-trained workers who can handle industrial machines that cost $10–20 million ($10–20M). But if I need a clerical assistant for financial services, I can find hundreds and hundreds of applicants. Swiss-born Marc Faber, who at age 24 earned his Ph.D. in economics magna * laude from the Univers...

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  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design