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Costco and Sam's Club Go Head to Head
With more than 600 locations each, Costco and Sam's Club are the most popular warehouse clubs in the country. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance checked how they stack up in several categories. .

Long-term Investors Seeking a Potential Slam Dunk
Should Run to Nike

Ingrid Hendershot, editor Hendershot Investments, rates NIKE a “Buy”. NKE is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

The Walt Disney Company Would Fit Nicely in Most Equity Portfolios
Value Line’s Ian Gendler recently spotlighted The Walt Disney Company a Dow-30 component and one of the world's largest entertainment conglomerates. Gendler projects that share earnings will exceed $7.50 by the 2020-2022 time frame.

Love is Universal, Operates in Over 190 Countries
The emergence of social media has definitely impacted one corner of human relationships: dating. According to Match Group, Inc. the industry leader in online dating, 53% of single people living in the U.S. have created an online dating profile and 40% of singles have dated someone they met online. Match operates in 38 languages in over 190 countries.

Strong Institutional Investment Pushes Silver Prices Higher
The silver price has started 2017 on a positive tone, rising by roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year. The strength of silver prices is largely due to improving sentiment among institutional investors, says Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute.

Barrick Gold Explores Sale, Joint Venture for Peru Mine
Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s biggest gold producer, is exploring options for its Lagunas Norte mine in Peru, including the sale or part of all of the assets which could be worth $1.4 billion.

2017 Forecast Survey
Analysts are Bullish Across the Board for All Four Metals
Top LBMA Forecaster Looks for Gold to Rise 8% in 2017

Contributors to the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) 2017 Forecast Survey are bullish across the board for all four metals. Analysts are forecasting that the average gold price in 2017 will be 5.3% higher than the average price in the first half of January 2017. They are slightly more bullish about the prospects for silver prices, with an increase of 7.1%, but less bullish about PGM prices. For platinum, they forecast an increase of 4.9%, but expect a more modest outlook for palladium, with a forecast increase of just 2.4%.

Gold: Trumped

John Ing, Maison Placements Canada – The US has been living beyond its means for over a half a century as the dollar’s role as a “reserve currency” allowed it to run up huge budget and current deficits and to pay its bills with printed money.

Ironically, Donald Trump is on record as strongly appreciating the gold standard yet his rhetoric versus actions are as unpredictable as his predictability. Despite the obvious attractions, a reversion to the gold standard doesn’t have much popular support, especially among the ruling class. Yet America’s restive creditors, especially China are preparing for a change in the US dominated financial architecture. As such gold has regained its lustre in light of the changing geo-political and economic climate .


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Featured Articles Inside This Issue:

Gold Price Forecast – The London Bullion Market Association asked 23 Gold analysts from around the world for their predictions on the average, high and low price range for the year ahead for Gold. Analysts who contributed to the Survey were invited to identify the top five drivers likely to influence the gold price in 2017. The top two drivers were the US dollar and US real interest rates, followed by demand in China and India, global political events and President Trump’s fiscal and international policies.

Here’s what the Analysts forecast for Gold in 2017.

US Gold Recycling to Remain Subdued, Despite Forecast of Rising Gold Prices – Recently, Pawn America filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection, one reason for which was the increasing online competition it faced. Another issue is likely to have been the decline in the volume of gold being sold back and pledged by US consumers. Although Pawn America plans to emerge from bankruptcy protection, US gold recycling is expected to remain at multi-year lows.



Featured Articles Inside This Issue:

Top Stock Picks 2017 – The nation’s most widely read and highly respected investment experts give their favorite conservative and speculative ideas for the year ahead. From high-fliers to blue chips, these 2017 Top Picks offer a wide-ranging shopping list of stocks, mutual funds and ETF ideas for income and growth potential.

7 Great All-Weather Stocks – Wall Street pundits frequently pitch “defensive” stocks that should avoid steep losses in a downturn. Sounds terrific: stocks that stay afloat when the market is tanking! But if you want stocks that won’t keep you up at night, you may need to look beyond the usual sleepy suspects.

Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2017 – There are plenty of legitimate moneymaking opportunities for you to capitalize on at your convenience during 2017. Some are simply good for a fast buck, while others could turn into consistent streams of income.

Make This Tax Season a Breeze – 10 simple tips to help you get a jumpstart on tax season and side-step unnecessary worry and stress.

Investment Newsletter Digest – Buy/Sell advice from the world’s top-performing market timers. Investment experts reveal which stocks to buy and sectors to play now for maximum gains in 2017. Read what seasoned advisors and traders are recommending for Small-Mid-Cap Stocks, Emerging Situations, Blue Chips, Turnaround Situations, and more.

Analysts are Bullish Across the Board for all Four Metals – Contributors to the LBMA’s 2017 Forecast Survey are bullish across the board for Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium. The most accurate forecaster, Joni Teves, UBS Ltd., for Gold and Silver in last year’s Survey gives her forecasts and commentary for the metals in 2017.

Reasons Why Precious Metals Prices May Rise Sharply In 2017 – Patrick Heller, Liberty’s Outlook, says any one of these listed factors could trigger surging Gold and Silver prices.



Featured Articles Inside This Issue:

Where to Invest in 2017 — Against a backdrop of change unfolding within an essentially sound economy, you’ll do best by favoring stocks over bonds, zeroing in on companies with strong long-term growth trends and rising dividends, and by finding sectors that will prosper with Donald Trump in the White House.

Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2017 — Cash-generating ideas that will help you fatten your wallet in the year ahead. There are plenty of legitimate moneymaking opportunities for you to capitalize on at your convenience during 2017.

Investment Newsletter Digest — Solid Buy/Sell advice from the world’s top-performing market timers. Investment experts reveal which stocks to buy and sectors to play now for maximum gains in 2017. Read what seasoned advisors and traders are recommending for Small-Mid-Cap Stocks, Emerging Situations, Turnaround Situations, and more.

Top Stock Picks 2017Respected advisors give their Top Picks for 2017. General Electric, stock price has recovered nicely with lots of upside. Cisco Systems, dividend has grown impressively by more than 20% annually since initiated in 2011. General Motors, paying dividend over 4% and is safe for the foreseeable future. Goldcorp, underperformance unwarranted, expected to catch up over the year ahead.

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Fairmont Resources Acquiring Major Dimension Stone Producer in Spain; Consolidates Historic Quartzite Resource at Baie-Comeau in Quebec
Fairmont Resources Inc. is a rapidly growing industrial mineral and dimensional stone company in the midst of acquiring a major dimension stone producer in Spain. The assets of Granitos de Badajoz (Grabasa) in Spain includes 23 quarries, premium quality dimension stone mine licenses, and a 42,000 square meter granite finishing facility for cutting and polishing. The company has annual production capacity of over 250,000 square meters and has produced finished granite installed in buildings across Europe. These mine licenses and processing facility will make Fairmont one of the largest granite producers in Europe...READ MORE

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Puma Exploration IDs Large Geophysical Anomalies at Turgeon VMS Project in New Brunswick
Fairmont Resources Inc. recently announced completion and logging of 12 drill holes in a 2015 drill program at its Forestville Quartzite Property, located 20 kilometres north-northwest of the town of Forestville, Quebec. The property is accessible by road, and is situated within 50 Km the Municipal Port of Forestville, Quebec, it has excellent logistics to the Great Lakes, Eastern Seaboard and Europe. Fairmont has optioned the property for the purpose of testing the chemical and physical properties of the quartzite as potential raw material source of high purity glass, fiber optics, ferrosilicon and silicon metal...READ MORE

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Torex Gold Building First Gold Mine,
Defining Its Second... and Looking for More

Torex is a growth-oriented, Canadian-based resource company engaged in the exploration and development of its 100% owned Morelos Gold Property, an area of 29,000 hectares in the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt located 180 kilometers southwest of Mexico City...READ MORE

The Bull & Bear: Analysis, Strategies and Top Stock Picks

Jay Taylor: Turning Hard Times Into Good Times
Lessons for Today from the Ford Motor Company
Jay Taylor,, interviews Chris Whalen, Jim Payne and has commentary from Michael Oliver. Whalen, a highly regarded and well known Wall Street analyst, talks about his book titled, “Ford Men: From Inspiration to Enterprise.” Whalen explains how Henry Ford’s selfishness in fact caused the catastrophic bank holidays of 1933 and as such, greatly worsened the Great Depression. Chris also offered his highly respected views on the current banking industry in the U.S. and around the world. Jim Payne will update us on dynaCERT’s accelerating sales growth and what kind of upside potential may await subscribers now that the company has received certification for its Hydrogen technology in Europe. Michael will update us on the dollar, gold and other significant markets.

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Strategies for a Volatile Market
Feeling skittish about stocks? You're forgiven. Some strategists say stocks have climbed too far, too fast, since the election, reflecting hopes for gains in the economy that may never come. Doubts about the administration's ability to work with Congress to pass President Trump's legislative agenda have heightened market volatility, too. If all this has you spooked, here are four ways to protect your gains or profit from a slump.

Top Stock Pick for 2017: Optex Systems – a military play
Optex Systems is one of Bill Velmer’s, Stock Picks of the year for 2017. This military play has the potential to increase in value by 300-400%, according to Velmer

Cash in with these Tech Giants
Many investors dream of winning the lottery with a small company that hits the big time. But technology giants can pay handsomely too. Trends such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence “are reinforcing the power of the largest players.”

Build Wealth, Diversify your Investments
For the 70th anniversary of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, editors are offering their best ways to build wealth – and that includes not putting your eggs in one basket.

Scotiabank: Digging Deep into Metals & Minerals
An overview of the current state and forecast trajectory of the major metals markets for 2017 and 2018.

Flush with Cash, Global Miners Promise Prudence, Dividends
For the first time in four years, the world’s biggest miners are awash in cash, riding a wave of cost cuts and a recovery in raw material prices from coal to zinc last year.

Exxon Touts Growth Potential with Eye Toward Dividend
Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, sought to reassure anxious investors recently, about its growth potential, highlighting both short- and long-term projects executives said should continue to help fund the 106-year-old dividend.

How to Build an Income Portfolio Now
If you own a mix of stocks and bonds, you may expect the stocks to cause you periodic bouts of anxiety. But it’s bonds that have been acting up lately, and in coming years they may not live up to their reputation as a portfolio sedative.

Brokers Change Their Game Plan
President Trump's executive order, which directs the Department of Labor to review the fiduciary rule for brokers who offer financial advice to investors with retirement accounts, will likely delay the rule's effective date of April 10 and could lead to its demise. But no matter what happens in Washington, the financial-services industry has made changes that are here to stay.

Unique Ways to Make and Save Money
Here are three unique ways to make and save money in the year ahead.

Leave The Legacy You Want With This End-Of-Life Checklist
A lifetime of hard work may have rewarded you with a nice home and hefty bank accounts, but what happens to all those assets once you’re gone?

How to Get a Great Deal on a Lease
Leasing accounted for nearly one in three new-car transactions in 2016. With a lease, you pay for a car's depreciation only over the term of the lease, which means payments are lower than if you financed the entire cost of the car. Plus, with most lease terms, you're always under warranty. Here are some terms you should know.

Why Being Friends With Your Broker Could Cost You Money
Building a trusting relationship with a financial professional is important. But be wary of becoming too close.

The Golden Rule of Estate Planning: Your Spouse Comes First
RBC Wealth Management Offers Tips to Help Married Couples Leave a Family Financial Legacy

What to Ask Before Investing in Natural Resource Stocks
Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd., says that the 'management interview' is critical before investing in any junior resource company. Here are the questions to ask before investing.

Brent Cook Reveals His Rules and Guidelines for Evaluating Junior Exploration Projects and Companies
Independent exploration analyst, Brent Cook and a number of his accomplished friends have compiled a list of "must read" rules and guidelines for evaluating junior exploration projects and companies.

Documents You Need When Disaster Strikes
Financial advisers say people who identify and prepare key documents long before calamity strikes can avoid unnecessary damage to their personal finances in the wake of a fire, flood, hurricane or other disaster. What you need...

Five Username Mistakes That Can Be Worse Than Using the Same Password for All Your Online Accounts
Usernames that you have created for email accounts, social media could be delivering all their private details into the hands of cyber criminals – no password needed. These five common mistakes should be avoided when creating a username.

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Argonaut Gold Inc.
Argonaut Gold Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Key Fresnillo Mineral Concession Adjacent to the El Castillo Mine

BacTech Environmental Corporation.
Ross Orr, President & CEO, BacTech Environmental Corporation, sits down and reminisces about the past year and speculate about the new year with BacTech.

BacTech Announces High Grade Silver, Tin, Copper Results From Telamayu Drilling.
BacTech Environmental Corporation announced the results of the first 47 samples (35 routines and 12 control samples) from 3 holes drilled on a 60-hole drill program (approximately 600 m in total) at the Company’s joint venture Silver-Copper-Tin tailings remediation project at Telamayu, Bolivia

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. Intersects 12.27 g/t Au over 7.45 Metres in Shaft Zone at Island Mountain.
BGM announced additional results from the ongoing 2017 Phase II Island Mountain exploration drilling program at the Company’s flagship Cariboo Gold Project. The Company is currently exploring and delineating Island Mountain with seven drill rigs and has now mobilized the eighth rig to the untested Tailings Zone which occurs in the valley between Cow and Island Mountains.

Fairmont Resources Inc..
Fairmont Resources Inc. Requests and Receives Short Extension For Grabasa Acquisition from the Spanish Court in Badajoz.

Great Panther Silver Ltd. Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results.
Improved metal prices, combined with a 20% reduction in GPRs all-in sustaining costs to $10.99, resulted in Great Panther delivering a 404% increase in mine operating earnings in 2016.

Puma Exploration Inc..
Puma Exploration Provides Update on the Murray Brook Property Acquisition.

Torex Gold Resources Inc..
Torex Gold Resources announced its financial and operational results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Is Art a Good Investment?
A group of researchers say you should buy paintings if you like looking at them, but not to make money
Art has been emerging as a new asset class for the well-diversified portfolio. The reported returns are enough to catch anyone’s eye: the index of fine art sales, used by art advisors to sell art funds, shows an average annual return of 10% over the past four decades. Investors are embracing art-as-an-asset-class as if it were a newly discovered van Gogh. But is it?

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Start It Up: Five Surprisingly Great Times to Launch Your Business
Many people want to start their own businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Sean C. Castrina explains why five common excuses should actually be used as motivation to become your own boss.

No Money, No Problem: Eleven Tips for a Start-up
Business with Very Little Cash (and a Great Idea)

Many entrepreneurs kick off their ventures on a budget so lean it’s beyond shoestring; it’s dental floss! That’s especially true in an era where credit is almost impossible to come by. Michael Houlihan, one of the founders of Barefoot Wine, explains how to get the biggest possible bang out of very few start-up bucks.

9 Major Retirement Planning Mistakes to Avoid
Much has been written about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations and charities. Aside from these blunders, there are also some classic financial missteps that plague retirees.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the Cosmos—Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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