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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 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 - 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 […] Radio - Copper – Part of the New Energy Wave

Louis James - One of my favorite Doug Casey sayings is that it’s the pioneers who take the most arrows. Each time a ship landed on North American shores and the European pioneers clashed with Native Americans, the balance of power tilted farther away from the Natives. They might have been better warriors, but they were outgunned. And […]

Louis James - The 2018 Sprott Natural Resource Symposium was an interesting show. It wasn’t the busiest I’ve seen, and the mood was definitely not as frothy as during a raging bull market. It was, however, far from gloomy. It seems that attendees were mostly very disciplined investors who understand that in order to buy low and sell […]

Louis James - Doug Casey and I used to discuss the odds of local politics turning bad, say, in Mali or El Salvador. And then the next day, it would be Quebec or some other pro-mining jurisdiction that would raise taxes on miners. Doug would chuckle and say, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” By that he […] Radio - Zinc, Copper, Cobalt, and Oil

Louis James - Every day, financial headlines proclaim that Tesla is down for this reason, Apple is up for that reason, or copper is down for another reason… Problem is, these explanations often contradict each other. That’s not surprising, given that markets are not single, consistent entities. Markets are interactions between millions of people. Each has his or […]

July 10th, 2018 | Drying Tears for a Profit

Louis James - I had an interview scheduled for today, but it was postponed at the last minute. I’d rather post nothing than waste people’s time with content that has no real value, but a source of mine in Peru happened to send me this striking YouTube link today. It’s about informal (illegal) miners of the sort I […]

Louis James - With most speculations, when things go wrong, they go spectacularly wrong. The exploration or research project fails to deliver. The mine or factory is nationalized. The market changes, and a once-robust business model is no longer viable. The list of fatal outcomes is endless. But there’s a stealth fatality, a sort of chronic wasting disease […]

Louis James - No one, not even Warren Buffett, can pick market winners every time. I’m a big boy, so I don’t get all bent out of shape when a trade goes south. I’m at peace knowing that I win more than I lose. The losses I take are the price I pay for the gains I make. […]

Louis James - I may not be a gold bug, but it’s something I pay a lot of attention to. I buy the metal itself as my preferred form of long-term wealth preservation. I speculate on related equities to profit from trends in the gold market, just as I do with other metals, minerals, and natural resources. So […]

Louis James - I was on a panel at a large investment conference… there have been so many, I don’t remember the precise details. But I was up there with Doug Casey and other famous resource speculators, and someone in the audience commented that averaging down was a recipe for disaster. I think it was Rick Rule who […]

Louis James - It’s true. Some investors and business owners can dramatically—and legally—reduce their tax burdens by moving to Puerto Rico. I did. My net tax burden decreased by about 60% the year after I moved here. If you ever wondered why my company is Puerto Rican and based in San Juan, now you know. There are several […]

Louis James - There is a well-known pattern of lower market volume and less corporate activity during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. So many European and North American families take their vacations over the summer, it pulls many brokers, bankers, company executives, and investors away from the markets for days or weeks at a time. The reduced news flow […]

Louis James - In my teaching, I’ve found that most young people think investing and speculation are for old people with money. On the other hand, I often hear from retirees that investing for high gains is for young people who can afford to take risks. This would be a funny version of “the grass is always greener” […]

Louis James - I’ve written about how to prepare for a stock market crash and use it to your advantage. Basically, we heed the warnings, take any necessary lumps, go to cash—and prepare to buy when there are stupid-cheap prices on great assets. Doomsday But come Doomsday, what would I actually buy? At the risk of cementing the […]

Louis James - One of the most frequent questions I’ve had over the years is what would happen if there were a major market crash. What should we do if there’s a 2008 or 1929 level of disaster? I’m sure all investors have this question lurking at some level or another of their thinking, especially after 2008. But […]

Louis James - I’ve been writing for years that copper is headed for a major structural supply deficit. Governments in major copper-producing countries are strangling supply, and it’s getting more difficult to permit new copper mines everywhere in the world. Even a global economic meltdown would only delay the coming supply crunch temporarily. The escalating global trade war […] Radio - North Korea minerals, and geopolitical risk

Louis James - You don’t have to go to Hollywood to make a movie, but it’s a great place to put a movie project together and finance it. Similarly, you don’t have to go to Canada to launch a natural resource project, but it’s a great place to do it. It’s often said that about 80% of the […]

Louis James - You probably don’t need me to tell you that gold’s taking it on the chin today. The important question is: what comes next? I always tell readers I have no crystal ball—and that they should run from anyone who tells them they do. But that doesn’t mean we have no information on what’s going on. […]

Louis James - I’ve explained my reasons for staying on the sidelines of the oil and gas market several times. But, as Ayn Rand advocated, I like to check my premises. So I decided to interview an oil and gas expert I know from my Casey Research days, Chad Champion of The Champion Investor. NOTE: I didn’t tell […]

Louis James - Uranium prices are up a good 10% over the last month, with the latest quote at US$23.50. Stocks in uranium producers like Cameco (CCO.TO, C$15.53) are up in proportion. Uranium exploration stocks are up even more: Fission Uranium (FCU.TO) and Nexgen Energy (NXE.TO) have leapt over 18% from their May 31 closes. Does this mean […]

June 9th, 2018 | A Painful Lesson

Louis James - Today I took a 50% loss on what had been my largest speculation for years. This was the gold stock fund I bought when my former employers required me to sell all my stocks near the market bottom in 2015. Well, not all of them… just the ones that were in the newsletter I wrote […]
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