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 The Gold Investor’s Handbook “ by Jack A. Bass, B.A. LL.B.

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1oz 1984 Krugerrand Transferred from en.wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why Invest in Gold and Gold Stocks – and Why Now ?

Historically, gold has been a proven method of preserving value when a national currency was losing value. If your investments are valued in a depreciating currency, allocating a portion to gold assets is similar to a financial insurance policy. In the past year, the climb in the price of gold above $1600 per ounce is due to many factors, one being that the dollar is steadily losing value.

  • The dollar is weak and getting weaker due to national economic policies  like quantitative easing , which don’t appear to have an end.
  • Gold price appreciation makes up for lost interest, especially in a bull market.
  • The last ten years are a major bull move similar to the 70′s when gold moved from $38 to over $800.
  • Central banks in several countries have been increasing their gold holdings as part of their foreign reserves, instead of selling.
  • All gold funds are in a long term uptrend with bullion get  ready for an new gold bull market surge in 2013.
  • The trend of commodity prices  ( such as food stuffs ) to increase is relative to gold price increases.
  • Worldwide gold production is not matching consumption. The price will go up further with demand.
  • Most gold consumption is done in India and China and their demand is increasing with their increase in national wealth.
  • U.S. government economic policies over the past decade have systematically projected the U.S. economy down a road with uncontrollable federal spending and an uncontrollably increasing trade deficits. Both will cause the dollar to lose in international value and will increase the price of alternative investments, such as gold.

Amazon Gains $3 billion – in nearly free money

The tech giant has quietly raised capital — at almost no cost- Praise The Fed

FORTUNE — While online shoppers were gobbling up e-deals on Cyber Monday, Amazon once again demonstrated its appetite for capital. It raised $3 billion in debt at ultra-low interest rates. Spread across three tranches of bonds that mature over 6 ½ years, Amazon will pay an average of 1.6%, which makes the loan nearly cost-free to Amazon, factoring in inflation. The unexpected debt-capital raise, Amazon’s first in 15 years, double’s Amazon’s cash stockpile. (The Wall Street Journal has a lot of the facts here.)

The swift move got me wondering what Amazon (AMZN) will do with the money. There are obvious starting points. Amazon recently cut a deal to buy its currently leased Seattle headquarters buildings for a bit more than $1 billion. It’s an odd decision, but Amazon is an odd company. It is investing heavily in new warehouses, the better to offer speedier delivery to customers, particularly in locations where Amazon recently has begun collecting state sales taxes—something it probably should have been doing all along. In my recent interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos he deflected the question of whether Amazon wants to offer same-day delivery, saying the company hasn’t figured out how to make such a service economical. He said it’s hard enough investing simply to push back in the day when Amazon cuts off taking new orders.

MORE: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: The ultimate disrupter

Given its size and growth, it’s also astounding that Amazon sells in just nine countries: the U.S., Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Counterintuitively, Bezos notes that Amazon is investing particularly aggressively at the moment in Spain and Italy. New regions are a natural place for Amazon to invest its cash.

Amazon obviously continues to invest heavily in its Kindle line, which is showing itself to be a worthy competitor to Apple (AAPL) and tablets that use Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system. (The Kindle Fire uses a version of Android too.) Amazon’s Lab126—it’s Kindle design center in Cupertino, Calif.—recently listed more than 200 open job positions.

Then there are Amazon’s many business lines, many of which compete against each other. To get a sense of the breadth of Amazon’s disparate businesses. I made a list of the 25 brands Amazon links to at the bottom of its U.S. home page, including, with one exception, the way Amazon describes them:

AbeBooks. Rare books and textbooks.

Amazon Local. Great local deals in your city.

Amazon Supply. Business, industrial and scientific supplies. (beta)

Amazon Web Services. Scalable cloud services.

Amazon Wireless. Cellphones & wireless plans.

Askville. Community answers.

Audible. Download audio books.

BeautyBar.com. Prestige beauty delivered.

Book Depository. Books with free delivery worldwide.

CreateSpace. Indie publishing made easy.

Diapers.com. Everything but the baby.

DPReview. Digital photography.

Fabric. Sewing, quilting and knitting.

IMDb. Movies, TV & celebrities.

Junglee.com. Shop online in India.

Myhabit. Private fashion designer sales.

Shopbop. Designer fashion brands.

Soap.com. Health, beauty and home essentials.

Wag.com. Everything for your pet.

Warehouse Deals. Open-box discounts.

Woot. Beta deal site. [My description. Amazon's is so confusing it defies description.]

Yoyo.com. A happy place to shop for toys.

Zappos. Shoes & Clothing.

Vine.com. Everything to live life green.

Casa.com. Kitchen, storage & everything home.

Amazon acquired many of these brands, like Audible, Zappos and IMDb. Some of the sites are clear copycats of more successful startup companies that Amazon hasn’t yet bought. Amazon includes a link at the bottom of its home page to its “Internet-based ads” business, a very real attack on the online advertising industry. It makes no mention of the robotics company it acquired this year, Kiva Systems, which continues to maintain its own web site and gives the appearance of serving non-Amazon customers.

So, how can Amazon spend $3 billion? Let us count the ways.

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Microsoft Battles Apple With Surface Tablet at $ 499

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Microsoft (MSFT : NASDAQ : US$29.49)

October 17

Bill Gates lives in constant fear that Chuck Norris‘ PC will crash.

 

Microsoft announced it will sell its first computer, a device called Surface RT, for as little as $499 as the software maker pushes into the tablet market dominated by Apple’s (AAPLiPad.

The first iteration of the device, powered by a chip with technology from  ARM Holdings (ARMH) , will be available as a 32GB model for $499. With a black cover, it will cost $599, and a 64GB version will be $699.

Analysts say the world’s largest  software maker  needed a device priced under $500 to lure customers away from the iPad and to compete with Amazon.com (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) , which are pushing prices lower in the tablet category. The snap-on cover, which includes a full keyboard, is one of the key features that make the Surface different from other tablets. Customers can buy the cover for $119.99 in black, white, magenta, cyan and red. The tablet has a 10.6-inch display and will run the new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Both go on sale October 26.

 
 

Amazon Signals It Is Moving Into Smartphones

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October 16

Texas Instruments (TXN : NASDAQ : US$28.22)

Amazon.com (AMZN : NASDAQ : US$244.18)

 

Amazon.com, the world’s largest Internet retailer, is in advanced talks to buy the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist reported on Monday.

If negotiations lead to an agreement, Amazon, which makes tablets and is expected to enter the smartphone industry, would become a direct rival to Apple (AAPLand Samsung Electronics, which also designs their own chips. The value of any deal will probably be billions of dollars, Calcalist said.

Note that T.I. said last month it will shift its wireless investment focus from products like smartphones to a broader market, including industrial clients such as carmakers, where it is hoping for a more profitable and stable business. T.I., which chips are used in Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, told investors it would continue to support its customers but its mobile application chip business, which supports features like video, will not invest in supporting its customers future roadmap for tablets and smartphones to the same degree as before.

 

 

BEST BUY – continues to search for meaning in an Amazon World

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Oct 15

Amazon.com (AMZN : NASDAQ : US$242.75)

ABC: Always Be Closing. 

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Best Buy planning to match the prices of Internet competitors such as Amazon.com (AMZN)

this holiday season, even as it plays down its concerns over shoppers browsing gadgets in stores only to buy them for less online. Best Buy said it wants to turn more shoppers into actual buyers.

The electronics chain also is preparing to offer free home delivery on merchandise that is out of stock in stores, according to a person familiar with the matter, in spite of recent remarks by new CEO Hubert Joly that “showrooming” by consumers has been blown out of proportion. The electronics retailer says it is taking these steps to improve the percentage of people who walk into their stores and leave with a purchase, which is about 40% of shoppers.

The Journal noted that Best Buy’s seemingly contradictory stance underscores the conundrum facing executives at many big-box chains. Aware that they need to adapt aging business models to the realities of mobile- and computer-aided shopping, they don’t want to overreact or lose sight of what made them successful – namely, selection and service.

 

 

Deutsche Bank: GOLD IS MONEY

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Sept. 19

Is gold money

It’s become a tireless debate: goldbugs seem to cling to the shiny yellow metal with a religious fervor not usually displayed by anyone toward other asset classes, and it’s been known to frustrate some who don’t share their views.

Gold often gets lumped in to investment forecasts with other “commodities” – real, consumable things like oil or food.

But Deutsche Bank analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu say gold is seriously misunderstood, and in a new report – wherein they update their gold target to $2000/oz sometime in the first half of 2013 – they explain that “gold is not really a commodity at all.”

The undisputable evidence for the case that gold is money, according to the Deutsche Bank analysts:

While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publically used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason: it is widely held by most of the

world’s larger central banks as a component of reserves.

That’s their take. But there’s more – the analysts differentiate between “good money” (gold) and “bad money” (fiat paper currency):

We would go further however, and argue that gold could be characterised as ‘good’ money as opposed to ‘bad’ money which would be represented by many of today’s fiat currencies. In describing gold as such we refer to Gresham’s Law – when a government overvalues one type of money and undervalues another, the undervalued money (good) will leave the country or disappear from circulation into hoards, while the overvalued money (bad) will flood into circulation.

What’s interesting is that all of the arguments against gold propogated by the anti-goldbugs – that it’s not really a consumption good, that it serves no industrial purpose, etc. – are all the exact reasons why Brebner and Xiao call gold “good money.”

The analysts elaborate on this point in the report:

In our view the ideal medium of exchange must balance the paradox of representing value while having little intrinsic value itself. There are very few media which can do this. Fiat currencies physically have no use other than that which is prescribed to them by government and accepted by the public. That fiat currencies cost little to produce is of a secondary concern and we believe, quite irrelevant to the primary purpose.

Gold is neither production good nor consumption good. Jewellery we see as a form of storage or hoarding (the people of Portugal have all but exhausted their personal gold stores – hoarded in the form of jewellery – having converted them to survive the crisis). If gold did have a meaningful commercial use we believe that it would make the metal less attractive as a medium of exchange as the value of the metal in whatever market it was used in could periodically interfere with its medium-of-exchange role…

Other characteristics are important of course in fulfilling the requirements for ‘good’ money: indestructibility, divisibility, transportability and universal acceptability.
NEW : ” The Gold Investor’s Handbook ”  will be available on Amazon.com on September 25

QE 3 – The Chief Benefit – Raising Inflation

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The Apprentice Millionaire Program Watchlists performed well after Ben Bernanke / The Fed announcements.

September 14,2012

The reality is that the quantitative easing is a spent force. What potential house buyer is moved to action if rates drop one-tenth of one per cent or even two-tenths. What employer will hire – regardless of bank rates , if there is no appreciable upturn in demand for his products.

Banks will have billions more in cash on deposit at the Fed because the demand remains sub-par .

Where then is the effect to be seen.

Resource stocks enjoyed a great end-of -the week because ultimately all those trillions will boost inflation. The place to save your portfolio and sanity is to own the oil, gold etc that will keep pace with real buying power .

Start with building your own safety net in a portfolio hedged against  the almost three  trillion dollar U.S. debt impacting assets denominated in U.S. dollars.

“I think the Fed will likely continue easing until it’s unequivocal that the unemployment rate is on a permanent downward trajectory and is no higher than the mid-to-low 7-per-cent range, accounting for a cyclical correction (up) in the labour force participation rate,” said senior economist Michael Gregory of BMO Nesbitt Burns.

“It will likely take sustained payroll job growth well above 200,000 [a month] to accomplish this, and some time to get there – perhaps by 2014 … The Fed is going to throw the veritable kitchen sink of policy measures at ensuring economic growth becomes both ‘substantial’ and ‘sustainable.’

The precious metal charts are forming bullish formations as their 50 day moving averages are moving to penetrate the 200 day moving average to the upside. Let us look at the gold miners (GDX). At $52 this has broken out and formed a strong bottom, our near term target is $60. The (GDXJ) is also breaking out at $24 and breaking through resistance.
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Stock Market Magic: Building Your Apprentice Millionaire Portfolio 2012: All you need to succeed in today's stock market

Smartphone War Profits In Your Portfolio

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With Apple’s iPhone next week the most widely anticipated in a wave of new product launches, investors need to be choosy as only a few companies will emerge as winners at the end of the smartphone battles.

“For companies to put out their hottest new product when everyone’s heads will be turned by Samsung and Apple, it’s almost a waste,” said Brian White, analyst at Topeka Trading.

While Apple (AAPL) remains most people’s favorite stock, strategists say other mobile-related companies could see gains from the smartphone wars.

As an alternative to Apple, White advised investing in Qualcomm (QCOM), which is a supplier for both Apple and Samsung’s smartphones. Broadcom (BRCM) and Cirrus Logic (CRUS) are other major Apple suppliers.

Meanwhile, Patrick Moorhead, President & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights said Microsoft (MSFT) is a good play on operating systems.

“You have Nokia (NOK) and Samsung [using Windows 8] and there will be more companies going forward,” said Moorhead.

Moorhead said he expects Microsoft’s Windows-based platform to see “at least single-digit gains” in market share over the next six months. As a result, the company has “no place to go but up.”

It’s not just Apple’s iPhone that rivals are looking to steal market share from. Adding to the tech-release frenzy, Amazon.com (AMZN) launched its new e-reader and a larger version of its Kindle Fire Thursday in an effort to take on Apple’s iPad and the rumored iPad mini, which is expected to be launched by year-end.

While Amazon’s shares rallied to all-time highs, analysts were largely unmoved.

“Nothing really grabbed our attention and [Amazon's] announcement will do little to halt the momentum of Apple’s iPad franchise that continues to gain momentum around the world,” according to White in his latest research note.

For investors still looking to invest in Apple, White says the stock has further upside room, despite hitting an all-time high on Friday. He expects the company’s brand to continue strengthening over its competitors and has a unique $1,111 price target and “buy” rating on the iPhone maker.

“In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if HTC, Nokia and RIM (RIMM) are no longer standalone companies 18 to 24 months from now,” he said. Shares of Nokia and Research In Motion have both lost nearly 50 percent of their value year to date.

Earlier this week, Nokia and Motorola Mobility (now owned by Google (GOOG)) both unveiled new handsets, which were met with tepid responses from critics. Nokia’s shares plunged more than 15 percent following the announcement.

And more product releases are on the horizon this month: Motorola is expected to unveil an Intel (INTC)-powered phone on September 18 in London and HTC is scheduled to take the wraps off a new smartphone on September 19.

-By CNBC’s JeeYeon Park

Amazon Debuts New Kindle Fire HD Tablets

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Sept . 6

At an event held in Santa Monica today, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos took the stage to officially debut the company’s brand new Kindles. First up was the bread and butter of the Kindle namesake: the e-reader.

Kindle Paperwhite

Enter the all-new Kindle Paperwhite — an e-reader that features a patented backlight technology which is the first of its kind. The Paperwhite weighs just 7.5 ounces and measures a skinny 9.1mm in thickness. The battery life clocks in at a very impressive 8 weeks, even with the light turned on. The backlight can be adjusted to fit the ambient light in the room.

Aside from the new backlight, the screen itself is sharper than current Kindle models, featuring 62% more pixels. This allows additional small touches to be added to the display, including a new feature that tells the reader how much time is left in the book or current chapter.

The Paperwhite comes in wifi and 3G enabled flavors. The wifi-only version carries a modest $119 price tag, while the 3G model will sell for $179. You can place an order today, and the readers will begin shipping on October 1. The current base model of the Kindle — now with an updated, sharper display, but no backlight — will begin shipping on September 14 for $69.

Kindle Fire HD

But it’s not just e-readers the company has become well known for over the past year or so — the Kindle Fire made a huge splash as the first true Amazon tablet, and it was just begging for a big brother. Make way for the new Kindle Fire HD tablets — a 7-inch model and an 8.9-inch tablet with an ultra-sharp 1920 by 1200 pixel display. For video chat, the HD models come with front-facing hi-res cameras — another first for the line.

The new Fire HD line features a tweaked display which eliminates the air gap between the actual screen and the top of the glass display, which Amazon claims will kill 25% of the glare you normally see off of your tablet. It also comes with stereo speakers.

The Fire HD slates feature all-new parental control options called Kindle FreeTime, which allows parents to set limits for various types of content. For example, you can specify that the tablet is only to be used for 30 minutes of games, but can be used an unlimited amount for reading books.

The smaller, 7-inch Fire HD will sell for $199 and ships September 14. The 8.9-inch model is priced at $299 and begins shipping November 20. Both tablets come with 16GB of storage.

But Amazon wasn’t done. Just to throw its hat into the 4G ring, the company also announced a 32GB Fire HD model with built-in 4G LTE connectivity. The tablet will begin shipping on November 20 for $499. Those interested in this premium model will be able to take advantage of Amazon’s data plan which includes 250mb of data per month for $49 per year.

The company has also taken the original Kindle Fire model and supercharged it. The new base model of the Kindle Fire retains the same form factor as the original, but now features longer battery life and 40% faster performance thanks to an upgraded processor. The new model will begin shipping on September 14 for $159.

This article was written by Mike Wehner and originally appeared on Tecca

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