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How to Play the Dollar Strength

Companies that sell domestically, benefit

One of the notable characteristics of the third quarter was the remarkable strength of the U.S. dollar. Consider these portfolio recommendations with minimal exposure to currency fluctuations due to their sales to the U.S. domestic market.

The Swiss Gold Initiative
On Sunday, the citizens of Switzerland will cast a historic vote to determine how their government will maintain its future financial health. The referendum is known as the Swiss Gold Initiative.

Flying High
The ongoing U.S. economic recovery, industry consolidation, and low fuel prices mean American airlines are sitting pretty.

China: Follow the Money!
While Western investors were sleeping, China opened the door to its investment world. On that day China began two way trading between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. This development essentially opened the Chinese stock market to investors around the world through Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.



Featured Articles Inside This Issue:
Oil & Gas: Supply Up; Demand Growth Down – But for How Long? The supply of oil and gas has risen. The demand growth for oil and gas has decreased. Both factors have sent down the price of oil. West Texas Intermediate – North America’s benchmark – now trades at its lowest level in two years. Here’s how to structure your portfolio to include oil and gas stocks.
General Electric Getting Trim and Fit: Analysts say North America is going to have to return to manufacturing, and if that’s true, GE is poised to be one of the big players, but with emphasis on big-ticket items like medical equipment and scanners, not dishwashers. Many on the Street are impressed with how focused GE is on restructuring its portfolio.
Bombardier Bagging Rail Equipment Deals: Bombardier’s rail equipment division has inked a string of successes like the recent $45 million deal in Ethiopia, New Jersey transit ($331 million), Germany’s Deutsche Bahn ($203 million), BART in San Francisco ($681 million). Of 13 analysts surveyed, 10 rated BBD.B a “buy,” one a “buy/hold” and two a “hold.”
Pembina Pipeline: A Buy Once Again: PPL has sold off almost 15% since early September, fueled by weakness in the Canadian dollar and misplaced concerns about lower oil prices. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy Pembina Pipeline Corp., a solid portfolio holding for those who don’t already own it.
Funds Bought These 6 Oil & Gas Stocks on Price Drops: Funds are buying these petroleum stocks on the dip, because of their strategic holdings and in the hopes that Brent crude will soon start to rise.
Making a Killing from Drilling
: Oil prices continue to drop steadily. Many companies, like Schlumberger, have seen their stock prices fall. Some reduction in price was inevitable but the steep drop in the shares of SLB is not justified. Schlumberger has been a productive part of many a growth portfolio over the last 25 years. The market has overreacted to the headlines about plunging oil prices, and is punishing good companies along with the bad. SLB is a Buy.
Profiled Companies: Torex Gold Resources, Atna Resources, Barkerville Gold Mines, DTS8 Coffee Company.

Henning: Musings of a Stock Market Curmudgeon
Cheer Up, Guys!
The One World Order is falling apart as the territorial imperative has become operative and the debt-laden central banking system has begun to implode. The Russians have booted the central bank boyz out of Russia. The Asians have started their own gold exchange. The stone-age Bedouin bandits have struck out on their own and have stopped stooging…


Bull & Bear's GOLD STOCK NEWS...

Sharp Rally In Gold Prices. Natixis forecasts lower gold and silver prices in 2015. But the analysts outline a number of factors which could lead to an unexpected rise in gold prices. They also give their price forecasts for PGMs.
Market Makers. Their disappearance – how to take advantage of it. True market makers are a thing of the past and this has a huge impact on the small cap mining stocks’ price movements...old support levels are not support anymore.
Torex Gold: The Heavyweight Champion of Gold Developers. Few companies have been as successful recently at finding, financing and developing a gold mine as Torex Gold. Torex is building its fist gold mine, defining its second one, and looking for more at its 100% Morelos Gold Property.
Atna Resources Re-Starts Pinson Underground Gold Mine. The Pinson property located on Nevada’s prolific Getchell gold belt, is a fully permitted high grade underground mine with an adjacent unpermitted open pit mine project. Annual gold production in 2015 is an estimated 40,000 oz.
Are Gold Stocks Cheap? K.C. Grainger and Robert Pellerin believe that Gold Stocks are cheap right now. True to form, many of the brokerage house recommendations will come after most of their “picks” have already had moves up on average of over 40%.
Gold Stock News Coverage: Claude Resources: Impressive Q3 productions news; Yamana Gold: You’d be hard pressed to ask for a better precious metals miner; Barkerville Gold Mines: Enters new phase as a gold producer in BC. New management team. Targeting 25,000 oz per year; IDM Mining is revealing some intriguing areas of mineralization; Richmont Mines bid adieu to CEO Paul Carmel or more appropriately, they dropped him down the mineshaft. Top analysts comment on precious metals trends and forecasts.

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Atna Resources Re-Starts Pinson Underground Gold Mine
Atna Resources’ restarted operations at the Pinson underground mine in June. The Pinson property, located on Nevada’s prolific Getchell gold belt, is a fully permitted high grade underground mine with an adjacent, unpermitted open pit mine project...READ MORE

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Torex Gold Building First Gold Mine,
Defining Its Second

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

Featured Articles Inside This Issue:

The Money Printers vs Gold – The genie has left the bottle. America’s financial system is hard wired into a fiat currency in ways that tomorrow’s problems can’t be handled. Rising tensions and western inertia will mean that the genie won’t be returned to the bottle any time soon. The upshot is that gold will be a good thing to have, says John Ing, gold analyst and President of Maison Placements Canada. Ing strongly believes that we have entered a dangerous phase. Here are his views and gold stock recommendations.

Top Ten Ways to Protect Children Stateside and Abroad – Top-rated estate planning attorney shares critical information on how to protect children of all ages.

Tipping Points – The markets are at Tipping Points. The central bank/Bilderboyz have bumped into something that they can’t comprehend – nationalistic entities, namely Russia, Asia and the Sheiks of Araby that refuse to relinquish control of their own money. The central banks, up to their noses in government bonds and real estate garbage, are busto, says Thomas Henning, resident Stock Market Curmudgeon.

Alibaba: “Monster in the Making – Global guru Keith Fitz-Gerald discusses why he thinks investors are underestimating the long-term value and potential of the recent Alibaba IPO; highlighting two additional stocks that offer ‘backdoor bets’.

Torex Gold: The Heavyweight Champion of Gold Developers – Few companies have been as successful recently at finding, financing and developing a gold mine as Torex Gold. The company is in the late stages of developing one of the highest-grade undeveloped open-pit projects in the world.

Bull & Bear’s Digest of Investment Letters – Buy/Sell advice from the world’s top-performing investment experts. Top Stock Picks of the Month, Seasoned advisors and traders give their recommendations for Small- Mid-Cap Stocks, Blue Chips, Sectors to play for maximum gains for the rest of the year and into 2015, Insightful Viewpoints on Domestic and International Stock Markets, Gold and Silver Trends, Oil & Gas and more.

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
Barkerville Gold Mines Enters New Phase
as a Gold Producer in British Columbia

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. is focused on exploration and development of gold projects in the Cariboo Mining District in central B.C. The company’s mineral tenures cover 1,164 km2 along a strike length of 60 km and approximate width of 20 km, including the Cariboo Gold Project, the Bonanza Ledge Gold Project, the Barkervile Mountain and Island Mountain exploration targets and seven past producing hard rock mines. READ MORE...

Bull & Bear Featured Company:
DTS8 Coffee – Shanghai’s Gourmet Coffee
Roaster of Choice for Good “Cuppa” Coffee

DTS8 Coffee Company Ltd is a purveyor of fresh, artisan roasted, gourmet coffee. DTS8 imports, roasts, markets and sells superior quality Arabica coffee in Shanghai and other parts of China. DTS8, a gourmet coffee roaster, is strategically positioned to participate in the growing Chinese coffee market, considered as one...READ MORE

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

Being Street Smart
Global Economies Will Dictate Rate Hike Timing

The Federal Reserve spent this year winding down its $85 billion a month QE stimulus program. With that task completed, the hot topic of analysts, and concern of markets, is how soon the Fed will take the next step in moving back toward normal monetary policies. That is, when will it begin raising interest rates from the current near-zero levels back toward normal?

Signing Up for Obamacare for 2015
Open enrollment is now underway, and it is a great opportunity to fix problems with your current policy or take advantage of new options available in your area.

Get the Most From Obamacare in 2015
Fix problems with your current coverage, and take advantage of new options available in your area.

The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance
There’s a massive shift happening in the way Americans get health insurance. Companies are scrapping the old employer-driven defined benefit model and replacing it with an individual-driven defined contribution model.

Oil Industry Swashbucklers Hit by War, Disease and Shale Boom
The world has become a more difficult place for the small, intrepid Canadian oil explorers that roam the globe hunting for the next big petroleum discovery.

The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland
November 30th a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country’s strong economic heritage.

Oil Price Seen Falling to $60 if OPEC Does Not Cut Output
Oil prices could plunge to $60 a barrel if OPEC does not agree a significant output cut when it meets in Vienna.

Fidelity Investments: Now Is a Good Time to Buy Gold
The recent gold price drop represents an excellent opportunity for long-term investors to add the yellow-metal to their diversified portfolios.

Gold: Winter is Coming
We believe that higher gold prices are in the offing based on the fundamentals including Chinese, Russia and central bank buying, a fiat US dollar and resultant spiraling currency war. Gold stocks have been so beaten up that they are attractively priced with “ten bag” potential. Here are the Gold stocks we favor.

10 Tips for 
Effectively Handling Customer Complaints During the Holiday Rush
Five Quick Responses to Customer Complaints

The holiday shopping season is a veritable minefield of potential customer complaints. 
Ron Kaufman offers advice on how to handle those complaints so that 
your unhappy customers become customers for life.

Beyond Chemo: Investing in New Cancer Treatments
Advanced melanoma has been one of the most deadly forms of cancer. With the best treatment available – chemotherapy – just 36% of patients survive for one year. However, new “immuno-oncology” treatments have begun to arrive, and the preliminary results are arresting. According to trials by Bristol-Myers Squibb, 94% of patients survive at least a year.

What to Do When You Haven’t Saved Enough for Retirement
A recent survey by Wells Fargo found that 22 percent of Americans in the middle class would rather die early than not have the means to live comfortably through their retirement years. Here are three tips for how to live out your retirement dreams without breaking the bank.

Predictive Musings on the Precarious Prices of Precious Metals based on Previous Months
Mickey Fulp provides evidence that the short-term prices for the other precious metals of import, silver, platinum, and palladium, are also very highly correlated in inverse fashion with the US dollar index.

6 Reasons Not to Buy a Smartphone
Is now the time to draw the line in the sand and say no to 24/7 connectivity and nearly all of the information in the world literally in your pocket? Where will it end? Only you can decide. Here are a few considerations.

Taxpayers It’s Not Too Late to Lower 2014 Tax Bill
Simple steps to lower a tax bill include donating to charity, maximizing retirement contributions.

End-of-Year Retirement Planning To-dos
If you’re one of the countless Americans with an IRA or 401(k), there are some critical items that ought to be on your to-do list before you ring in the New Year.

7 Retirement Investing Mistakes
Few investors, if any, sail through life without making mistakes, but when it comes to retirement investing, serious missteps can cost you. Similarly, ignoring unseen sources of risk can also prove detrimental.

Go on a Wine Adventure this Holiday Season
Stuck on the Same Old Starter Wines? Aficionado Shares Advice for a Maturing Palate.

Global Mineral Industry to Converge on Toronto for Exploration and Mining’s Largest Annual Convention
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is set to once again take place in downtown Toronto from March 1 – 4, 2015. The PDAC Convention is the industry’s largest annual event that provides a world of opportunities for attendees to learn about the latest trends, technologies and personalities shaping the mineral exploration and mining sector. In 2014, more than 25,000 people attended the convention for the fourth consecutive year.

India’s Central Bank Cautious on Response to Gold Import Surge
The Reserve Bank of India, grabbling with a surge in gold imports last month, could support some restrictions for trading houses but two senior policymakers involved in the bank’s decision-making said officials were also wary of overreacting.

New IRS Video Warns Taxpayers of Increasing Phone Scams
VIDEO: Tax scams are on the rise, and the IRS released a new video warning taxpayers to be careful. Scammers call taxpayers, pretending to be from the IRS. They demand immediate payment or tout the benefits of phony tax credits, nonexistent rebates or refunds.

Can Goldman Sachs Push Gold Down to $1,000?
Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling? Lin discusses the recent low in the gold price, the impact on gold miners, and whether the short sellers are done pushing it lower just yet. Also, Lin identifies several producers and one near-term project uniquely positioned for the next bull market.

Ten Things to Do Before Year-End
Financial reality check: Prep for 2014 taxes, donate, save more, and know what you own.

Precious Metals: Timing and Flexibility is the Key to a Successful Trade
Gold has not glistened since the summer of 2011 when a substantial rally took it to an all-time record price of $1900/oz. Gold’s inability to sustain a meaningful move to higher ground has been damaging to any portfolio that has acquired gold, silver or the associated mining stocks over the last 3 years or so.

Why the Strong U.S. Dollar is an Investing Opportunity
Plenty of studies show that investors tend to overweight their own equity market compared to investing abroad, a behaviour that has particularly worked against a lot of Canadian investors given the underperformance of this country’s resource sectors and, more importantly, weakening currency.

Top 5 Airline Stocks That Pay Dividends
Airline stocks aren’t known for their robust dividends, but industry consolidation is making the airline sector a must-own.

The Price of Gold May Continue to Languish
Gold may stay low. We still see more factors working against it than for it. Though you might hold a little gold for diversification purposes, remember its drawbacks.

Good News for Gold Bulls from the LBMA’s Near Bears
LBMA conference 2014’s straw poll marks big change from lagging the bear market... Everyone was bearish! Or very nearly. As contrarian signals go, add this to the pile...growing taller every day.

Brien Lundin: A Recap of The New Orleans Investment Conference
VIDEO: Brien Lundin serves as president and CEO of Jefferson Financial. He is also the host of the famed New Orleans Investment Conference, the world’s oldest and most respected gold investment event. Brien is on the show to talk about the action that took place at this year’s event.

Security Strategies for Online Shopping
For the first time, Thanksgiving, not Black Friday or Cyber Monday, could be the best day for finding deals online for 2014. Here are five security strategies to prevent identity theft.

Your Essential Guide to ETFs
There’s no question that exchange-traded funds are becoming a big part of the investor’s toolkit. Why opt for an ETF over an index mutual fund? Cost can be a factor. Besides low costs, what are other advantages of ETFs? Start with a low tax bill.

Silver Lining in Precious Metals Rout Catches Out Mints
A tumble in silver prices to four-year lows has triggered a global scramble by consumers to purchase silver coins and bars as the metal has reached its cheapest level relative to gold in more than five years.

4 Tips for Creating Your Financial Legacy Now
41 percent of baby boomers age 55 to 64 do not have a legal will. The time to plan for your financial legacy is now; here are suggestions on how to move forward.

Greenspan: Price of Gold Will Rise
Any doubts about why I own gold as an investment were dispelled October 25th when I met the maestro himself: former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan. It’s not because Greenspan said he thinks the price of gold will rise – it’s that he shed light on how the Fed works in ways no other former Fed Chair has ever dared to articulate. All investors should pay attention to this.

5 Wealthy Families Who Lost Their Fortunes
You wouldn’t think it possible that a family worth millions would blow through all of it. In fact, any number of factors could contribute to a reversal of fortune, whether the decline is swift and sudden or stretched out over six generations.

Oil Price Drop: The Good, Bad and Ugly
Is everybody happy? With crude oil prices down some 25 percent since June, filling up at the pump has become a bit less painful. And with winter coming on, lower fuels bill will bring welcome relief.

Natixis Metals Review Second Half 2014
Generic Monetary Conditions or Specific Fundamentals?

While precious metal markets watch anxiously for signs of when the world’s major central banks might begin to normalise monetary conditions, prices of industrial metals are currently being determined by fundamentals of supply and demand that are, in many cases, specific to each metal. Natixis gives their price forecasts for Gold, Silver, PGMs, Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Nickel, and Zinc for the balance of the year and into the 2015-2016 period.

Good News for Heirs
It’s not unusual for states to claim that they’re terrific places to live. In 2015, four states will increase the amount that’s exempt from state estate taxes, reducing or eliminating the tax that heirs will have to pay. More relief is on the way.

Prospects Wanted: Six Tips to Drive More Traffic to Your Website
Want to drive more traffic to your website? Mark Satterfield explains how to get the most bang for your buck when you purchase online advertising.

On the Cutting Edge…
Each quarter Friess Associates share samples of innovative ideas that cross their research team’s radar screen even though opportunities to invest in them may lie in the future or never surface.

Are Gold Stocks Cheap?
K.C. Grainger and Robert Pellerin believe that Gold Stocks are cheap right now. True to form, many of the brokerage house recommendations will come after most of their “picks” have already had moves up on average of over 40%.

Why It’s Different This Time
Is this downturn in oil prices going to be different for investors? I think it might. In fact, I think North American energy companies have a good chance of withstanding this downfall in prices than any other downturn of the last 40 years. You wouldn’t know it by looking at…

Top 10 Ways to Protect Children Under 18 and Over 18, Stateside and Abroad
Top-rated estate planning attorney shares critical information on how to protect children of all ages.

You Can Negotiate Anything:
13 Negotiating Techniques Taught at the Wharton School of Business

Everything is open for negotiation – even prices, schedules, and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Steven G. Blum, who teaches at the Wharton School of Business, says no one has to just accept what’s offered…but first you must hone your negotiating skills.

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.

Can Anyone Become a Millionaire?
Research Says ‘Yes;’ Expert Shares 4 Tips to Take You There No Matter What Your Income.

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...

Financial Advice for Newlyweds
People are waiting longer to get married. This means people also have time to accumulate more debt by the time they tie the knot. Here’s how to avoid financial stress.

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Barkerville Gold Mines Reports Whole Hole Fire Assay Results of Twenty One Diamond Drill Holes Conducted on Island Mountain between 2000 and 2002
Infill core sampling of diamond drill holes conducted on Island Mountain between 2000 and 2002 was completed this past spring. The infill core samples were collected for 50 gram lead collection/gravimetric fire assaying of gold.

Fairmont Options Lac Bouchette Quartz Property
Fairmont Resources Inc. announced that it has entered into an option agreement with two Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, based claim holders (the “Vendors”) to acquire a 100% interest, subject to a production royalty, in the Lac Bouchette Quartz Property.

Atna Announces Sale of Reward and Clover Properties for US$10.0 Million
Atna Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Reward Gold Mine near Beatty, Nevada, and the Clover gold-exploration property in Elko County, Nevada, by way of a US$10.0 million Share Purchase Agreement.

Puma Exploration Samples 2.0% CU Over 6 Meters at Turgeon South Copper Project in New Brunswick
Puma Exploration announced the results of the channel sampling and regional trenching programs conducted at Turgeon South area of the Turgeon Cu-Zn Project in northern New Brunswick.

Paramount Gold and Silver Further Expands San Francisco Bulk Tonnage Potential at San Miguel
Shallow intercepts return over 3 times open pit cut-off grade; 49.3 m intercept grades 26 g/t Ag and 0.11 g/t Au.

Eastmain Resources Options Lac Lessard to Darnley Bay Fort $2.5M
Eastmain Resources Inc. has executed a Letter Agreement with Darnley Bay Resources Limited to grant DBL the option to acquire a 50-per-cent undivided interest in its Lac Lessard Property, currently wholly-owned by Eastmain, and to create a joint operation once the option has been exercised

Argonaut Gold Announces Third Quarter 2014 Revenue of $37.3M, $8.7M in Cash Flow from Operations Before Changes in Non-Cash Operating Working Capital and Other Items

Torex Gold Reports Third Quarter Results
Torex Gold Resources Inc. announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

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.

Ten Common Pitfalls Executors and Administrators Should Avoid
Settling an estate and administering a trust can be complicated, messy, and time-consuming for individuals named as executors or trustees. Many executors and trustees have no previous experience with these matters, causing them to unwittingly commit costly errors. Here are ten pitfalls to avoid.

Your Child Can Retire with Millions!
Vita Nelson, The MoneyPaper: Children can grow very rich – very easily – because they have TIME on their side. Time is an investor’s greatest ally. It is the key element in the power of compounding, and combined with investments in the stock market (where the average annual return has been nearly 11% since 1926), the results can seem like magic. Here is a 20-stock DRIP portfolio made up of stocks we like for long-term accumulation.

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.

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Fifteen Tips for Making Sure
You Are Better Off Four Years from Now

To improve your financial outlook during the next four years, read on for a few of Tyson’s tried and true personal finance tips.

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