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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 - I’ve decided not to wait for another meltdown to buy some of the stocks atop my shopping list. However, most are trading significantly higher than they were before the March meltdown. This has caused several readers to write in ask about the changed reward/risk ratio this implies. In other words, how to deal with the […] Radio - Uranium Mining, Bond Market, Future Commuters

Louis James - Gold and silver stocks are finally catching a bid. Some of the better stories have even seen share prices rise on days when the metals retreated or traded sideways. Mr. Market seems to be warming to history’s longest-serving stores of value and mediums of exchange—and he’s looking for leverage. The stocks got whacked harder than […]

Louis James -   There’s been a lot of what I see as fearmongering regarding silver. Some say it’s become just another industrial metal. The record gold-silver ratios we’re seeing are offered as evidence of this. I don’t agree. I understand that central banks buying tonnes of gold every year—but no silver—says that the major players no longer […]

Louis James - Legendary resource investor Rick Rule has long argued in favor of what he calls “optionality.” Equally legendary speculator Doug Casey calls this type of stock a “land bank” play. The idea is that we can make money betting on companies that have large deposits in the ground but are selling cheap because of low commodity […]

Louis James - In this historic period of broken charts and unprecedented government action, one of the most striking events yet was spot oil in the US turning negative yesterday.     That was an artifact of the front oil futures contract expiring today. The market essentially went “no bid,” and traders had to pay people to take […]

April 16th, 2020 | Uranium and Rare Earths Radio - Rising stocks and tricky markets

Louis James - Whatever any of us thinks about the medical realities of the COVID-19 outbreak and government responses to it, these are the cards we’ve been dealt. Politicians left and right have turned pork-barrel politics into a pork freight train. All this “spend like there’s no tomorrow” thinking ignores the fact that there is a tomorrow. The […]

Louis James - I’ve written that the powers that be (TPTB) would pull out the stops to counter this year’s economic downturn, and they sure are. One of the talking heads on financial media said yesterday that the Fed’s new $2.3 trillion in bailouts amounts to a “too big, medium, or small to fail” policy. There’s no targeting; […]

April 8th, 2020 | Technical Trap

Louis James - History is not linear. Financial history doubly so. Investors should beware of thinking they know what will happen next. It’s precisely because I don’t know—and I don’t think anyone knows—what will happen next that I’m massing as much cash as I can. Of course, we do well to look to history for guidance. As the […]

Louis James - Many uranium stocks have rallied since the March meltdown in global markets. I’d argue that they aren’t just rebounding with the markets, but because uranium itself is up sharply. This has important investment implications.     If uranium stocks were simply “enjoying” a dead-cat bounce alongside mainstream equities, I’d say that was a clear warning […]

Louis James - An unsurprising consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting flood of easy money (dwarfing even that of 2008) is a surge in demand for physical gold and silver. The spike in demand for bullion coins is so strong, some mints sold their entire inventories in record time. This has happened before, but this time, […]

Louis James - I look out my window and see that the streets below remain silent. Shops and cafés remain closed. Only essential businesses are open, and even those are curtailed to core functions. This is obviously devastating for the economy—and for the resource sector that provides it with raw materials. But there’s less obvious damage that goes […]

Louis James - A statistic that’s getting a lot of airtime these days is that 40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense. We also hear constantly about people living from paycheck to paycheck. And now those paychecks have been interrupted for 2% of the US workforce—in just one week. That’s based on the 3.28 million new […]

Louis James - This morning, one-quarter of the entire human population of our planet is reportedly on lockdown. As per yesterday’s article on a possible global economic depression, this comes at a huge human cost and I’m sure it will leave permanent scars. I started warning this could happen last January. What I didn’t think through—and should have—is the […]

Louis James -   My friend Doug Casey has long predicted what he says will become known as The Greater Depression. In 2008 when I worked for him, we thought it had arrived. We didn’t think such a fatally wounded economy could be revived, and yet that’s what happened. Then, since the powers that be (TPTB) did so […]

March 20th, 2020 | John Galt’s Strike is On

Louis James - The governors of both California and New York announced statewide lockdowns this morning. Entire countries are going into hibernation. Outside my window, the beaches are empty and the streets are silent. We’re witnessing an historic event: the human tragedy is deepening, and the economic engine of the world is stopping. Millions of people are being […]

March 19th, 2020 | Laissez Faire!

Louis James - Back in the 1990s, a former cabinet minister from New Zealand named Maurice McTigue went on a world speaking tour. His topic was how subsidies keep farmers poor. When subsidies and regulations were cut, sheep farmers were forced to innovate. They stepped up to the plate and ended up becoming much more prosperous. The really interesting part […]

March 18th, 2020 | Are We There Yet?

Louis James - With another epic meltdown under way on Wall Street today, a lot of people are asking me if it’s time to start scooping up the great bargains already available in some of the very best gold and silver stocks. It’s a fair question. And make no mistake; I’m more bullish than ever on gold—and silver!—presenting […]

Louis James - A common metric many gold investors monitor is the gold-oil ratio. Why compare two commodities? Because they both can be seen as economic indicators, and divergences between them can be telling. But is this really useful in terms of offering us insight into whether prices of one or the other are likely to rise or […]

Louis James - I have a simple but critical point to make today. The best time to buy gold stocks in my entire career so far was after the crash of 2008… This historic opportunity is repeating itself. Consider yesterday’s decline in gold prices.       We’ve seen this before. Gold gapped down on October 13, 2008, […]

March 11th, 2020 | Corona Virus, Market Crash Radio - Gold, Uranium, Geopolitics

March 10th, 2020 | Where’s the Bottom?

Louis James - The massive volatility in stock markets around the world over these last weeks has stocks in many great companies on sale. And yet, I’ve been warning that I think things will get worse before they get better. I’ve also been saying that while everyone knows it’s dangerous to try to time a market bottom, it’s […]

Louis James - Most investors hate volatility. It usually stems from sudden, unpredicted change, which is often bad for mainstream assets. For that very reason, however, volatility is good for safe-haven assets like gold and silver. And it can be even better for gold and silver stocks. The key here is simple: volatility is great for building positions […]

Louis James -   Gold and silver are, without a doubt, the best assets for weathering the storm the COVID-19 outbreak is visibly starting to unleash. Silver is both the better bargain and the one that has offered the most upside volatility in the past. Plus, silver has antimicrobial properties that could boost demand during the global pandemic […]
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