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Lobo Tiggre

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Lobo Tiggre, aka Louis James, is the founder and CEO of Louis James LLC, and the principal analyst and editor of the Independent Speculator. He researched and recommended speculative opportunities in Casey Research publications from 2004 to 2018, writing under the name “Louis James.” While with Casey Research, he learned the ins and outs of resource speculation from the legendary speculator Doug Casey. Although frequently mistaken for one, Mr. Tiggre is not a professional geologist. However, his long tutelage under world-class geologists, writers, and investors resulted in an exceptional track record. The average of the yearly gains published for the flagship Casey publication, the International Speculator, was 18.5% per year during Tiggre’s time with the publication. A fully transparent, documented, and verifiable track record is a central feature of IndependentSpeculator.com services going forward. Another key feature is that Mr. Tiggre will put his own money into the speculations he writes about, so his readers will always know he has “skin in the game” with them

Louis James - I just had a long conversation with my friend Doug Casey. We talked about stocks, bonds, commodities, real estate, and the fate of the world. It was a terrific conversation, I hope to transcribe and share with you soon. Meanwhile, his far-ranging comments reminded me that Doug is the original International Man. That got me […]

October 18th, 2018 | Gold vs. Bitcoin

Louis James - I’ve heard junior mining executives in Vancouver bemoan bitcoin stealing gold’s thunder as an inflation-proof alternative to US dollars. Much worse from their point of view is the cryptomania in general siphoning off speculative capital from mining stocks. But these are very different things. While the siphoning of capital may be happening, I don’t think […]

Louis James - It’s said that about 80% of the capital raised around the world for mining and exploration is raised in Canada. Toronto is the Hollywood of mining. The problem is that while many of the bigger companies have dual listings in Canada and the US, most Canadian juniors don’t. Since these juniors have the most explosive […]

October 11th, 2018 | Contrarianism vs. Momentum

Louis James - People ask me why I haven’t bought any weed stocks yet. Last fall when bitcoin was going vertical, people asked the same thing about that bandwagon. In my mind, the answer has always been: I prefer to invest in businesses I understand—in which I know I’m good at picking winners. But having meditated upon it […]

October 10th, 2018 | 5 Tips for Starting Out

Louis James - I’m often asked how to get started as a speculator. I have to start by pointing out that it’s one thing to be an experienced investor looking to profit from more speculative investments, and quite another to start from scratch. The two starting points are quite different, and pose different challenges. The seasoned investor may […]

October 4th, 2018 | Gold About to Run?

HoweStreet.com Radio - Vanadium secret darling of the metals market.

Louis James - Australian dollars. Canadian dollars. American dollars. Euros. Pesos. Yuan. There are so many currencies that affect our speculative investments, and their values are constantly changing. How do we deal with this? Some people speculate directly on changes in currency values, of course. One can buy the euro if one thinks the US dollar is going […]

September 21st, 2018 | Red Flags for Investors

Louis James - Six months ago, something called VRify Technologies published a very funny spoof video of some of the nonsense employed by investor relations (IR) people in the junior resource space. They’ve just published an equally humorous sequel, with cameos by my friends Rick Rule and Brent Cook. While I found the IR hack in the videos […]

Louis James - There is a widespread notion among investors, analysts, and pundits that the escalating trade conflict between the US and its trading partners is bad for the global economy. This is no stretch. The leap from there to it being bad for commodities is understandable, but less certain. Still, people who should know, like those running […]

September 18th, 2018 | Truth or Scare

Louis James - Infamous Canadian stock promoter Murray “The Pez” Pezim is said to be the source of the expression, “When the ducks quack, feed ‘em.” My translation: “Tell investors what they want to hear.” That’s not to say that The Pez wasn’t involved in some real discoveries that made fortunes for some investors. He was, and they […]

Louis James - I’ll tell you up front that I can only answer the first part of this question clearly. We’ll have to struggle with the second. There are many forces interacting in the gold market, but for the last few years, gold has been trading in its role as a commodity. It’s priced in US dollars, and […]

Louis James - A reader wrote in asking about the relationship between mine supply and the price of gold. (Note that questions are lightly edited for grammar and clarity.) Recently, I heard somewhere that the average cost of pulling gold out of the ground across the entire mining space is around $1,100–$1,200. That was said in the context […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - India, Global Economy, and Declining Commodity Prices

September 5th, 2018 | 5 Ps for Picking Winning Stocks

Louis James - I have made a lot of money for a lot of people over the years. Despite meltdowns, mistakes, and great big grizzly bears, my past track record averaged 18.5% in annual gains. How did I pick so many winning stocks? I’ll tell you. But first, I should say that I decide on what I want […]

Louis James - Contrary to hope, reason, and possibly law, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has just reversed the country’s Supreme Court decision to reinstate Tahoe Resources’ (TAHO, THO.TO) mining license. The back-story here is that Tahoe’s Escobal mine, one of the largest and highest-grade silver mines in the world, was shut down in 2017 when a group of locals […]

August 29th, 2018 | It’s All About Plumbing…

Louis James - I may be about to anger a bunch of geologists, but I’m going to try to boil all of economic geology down to a few critical points. The goal is to help non-geologists sort through the geo-jargon so they can have a clearer idea of what’s being said. Even a basic grasp of how deposits […]

Louis James - I’m on the record saying that there’s a lot of money to be made speculating on the world’s adoption of a new energy paradigm. Since becoming an energy metals bull, all of them except uranium have dropped in price. Does this change my outlook? No. Markets fluctuate. Metals markets do so with gusto. It’s par […]

August 23rd, 2018 | Gold, Oil, and Uranium

HoweStreet.com Radio - Gold Juniors and Nuclear Energy

Louis James - This week’s spot uranium price held even at US$26.10 per pound. I’m very pleased. I have long been confident that higher uranium prices are a “when, not if” question. As you may have seen in last Thursday’s Speculator’s Digest, I think “when” has become “now” for uranium. Here’s why. First, there’s uranium’s price history. In […]

Louis James - The “thud factor” is a rhetorical device used to obscure weakness with the weight of authority. Back in my college days, I found that when debating Marxists, they would often throw down Das Kapital as the ultimate answer to almost any argument. The combined volumes make for a massive book that hits the table with […]

Louis James - Some plain talk today. Precious metals rallied Friday. Huzzah! But does this really mean the pain is over? Before breaking out the champagne, we should consider the possibility that this is just a reaction to the preceding dramatic declines—a so-called “dead cat bounce.” Let’s pull back to look at the bigger picture. As you can […]

Louis James - I have a confession to make. One of the key ways I break the rules Doug Casey taught me is in the area of taking profits. Longtime readers will know that for decades, Doug has preached selling half on the first double on any given speculation. When you’re up 100% and you take profits, you […]

Louis James - The resource sector is reeling this week, as many minerals prices have become collateral damage in the trade war. Metals are blipping up today, but are down across the board over the last few months. Precious metals suffered a major meltdown this week—and I have to say, they may not be done falling yet. There […]

Louis James - You probably don’t need me to tell you that gold and silver are fell hard today. You may also recall that I have a theory on why this is happening at a time of greater uncertainty in global markets: some of the world’s main gold buyers are targets in the trade war. I focused on China […]

Louis James - The first time I saw the term HODL, I thought it was a typo. I even wrote to the website where I saw it (just trying to be helpful). I was politely informed of my ignorance. I guess it shows how little attention I’ve been paying to investments outside my primary field until now; I […]
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