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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 - Imagine committing an unpremeditated murder. Since we’re all nice people here, let’s say it was a true moment of temporary insanity under great emotional duress. But there the body lies, in a pool of slowly spreading blood. Let’s further suppose that some quick thinking, a handy mop, and lots of paper towels erase all evidence […]

January 16th, 2020 | Red Metal Rising

Louis James - Copper prices just hit eight-month highs. Given the many headwinds for the global economy, my immediate reaction was cautious. The headlines about the cooling Chinese economy have been particularly strong arguments for caution. Copper and Chinese GDP growth have had a very strong correlation for decades. That’s why I tweeted that I want to see the Chinese […]

Louis James - The Dow has 29,000 in its sights this fine Thursday. Gold has slumped all the way from $1,610 two days ago to $1,550 as I type. Gold and silver stocks are down sharply and some precious metals investors are wringing their hands as Mr. Market seems to be ignoring fiscal, economic, and geopolitical reality—again. My […]

January 8th, 2020 | Precious Metals Excitement

HoweStreet.com Radio - Monetary policy bigger influence on investments than geopolitics

Louis James - The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the Fed just added another $76.9 billion in “temporary” liquidity to the overnight intra-bank “repo” lending market. The Fed insists this is not quantitative easing, prompting some to call it “Stealth QE.” But whether this action technically constitutes QE or not doesn’t really matter. What truly does matter […]

Louis James - Last night, the US assassinated a top Iranian general. He’s described as a terrorist mastermind—and the second most powerful man in that country. Iran has, of course, vowed revenge. Gold and oil prices surged on the news. Most stock markets around the world dropped sharply. The news is an important reminder of the powerful impact […]

Louis James - First comes Tax Loss Season, then the Holiday Season, and now it’s Forecast Season. For the next week or two, expect the airways and your inbox to be flooded with predictions for 2020 and the next decade. There’s no harm in looking forward to imagine what may be. There’s a great deal of benefit from […]

Louis James - I’ve heard financial talking heads attributing Wall Street’s December rally to the end of the trade war. I think it’s got a lot more to do with the Fed moving to stealth QE and negative real rates—and setting the bar quite high for even considering a change in policy. This has very important implications for […]

Louis James -   The US-China trade war seems to have reminded investors that China supplies 90% of the world’s rare earth elements (REEs). This vital supply has been restricted before, as the Chinese reminded us all a few months ago, prompting the US military to invest in building REE processing facilities in the US. No surprise, then, […]

Louis James - I’ve heard from long-suffering uranium speculators who’ve given up hope of any help from Donald Trump for the uranium market. The president’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group (NFWG) was supposed to report last October, then November… and now December is almost gone with no official word. I understand the frustration. But Trump doesn’t care how long […]

Louis James - My friend Doug Casey warns investors about getting carried away buying stocks, saying, “You can’t kiss all the girls.” This is a great way of summing up important advice; one must focus so one can develop expertise and execute well. And you can’t fret about the ones you don’t kiss—because no one can kiss them […]

Louis James - It seems that the de-escalation of the trade war—and perhaps the prospect of an orderly Brexit—have Mr. Market convinced that it’s clear skies and calm seas for the rest of the year and on into 2020. It’s “risk on.” Wall Street indices are hitting new highs. Talking heads on financial media are grinning as they […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Rare Earths and the US Military

Louis James - This “you are the product” saying is a new meme that’s emerged from the era of social media. But the same thing’s been true for decades in finance, if not centuries—or the entire history of money. When short sellers publish free reports on how terrible a company run by crooks is, it’s not because they’re […]

Louis James - The issue of share buybacks is a hot topic among many investors today. It’s even become a political issue, with prominent politicians crusading against evil corporations using tax-cut windfalls to buy their shares back, instead of hiring more workers. I view this political grandstanding as nothing more than American populism. Management’s task is to provide […]

December 6th, 2019 | The Upside Maximizer

Louis James - Back when Porter Stansberry bought a majority interest in Casey Research, we had a meeting about my work. He pretty much told me to keep doing the great job I was doing, and asked what resources I need to do it the best I could—which he then provided. His one critique was to ask why […]

Louis James - The drug war is heating up in Mexico. Narco gun battles and massacres of women and children are making headlines. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) released the son of convicted drug kingpin El Chapo rather than go to open war with his cartel. President Trump says he’ll designate the drug cartels as terrorist […]

Louis James - Imagine what it was like back in the days of prehistoric hunter-gatherer cultures. Most economic activity—by far—would be subsistence production at the family level. What internal and external trade there might be would be almost entirely barter of surplus production. You smoke more mammoth meat than you need, you can trade it for spearheads from […]

November 26th, 2019 | How to Buy the Dips

Louis James - “Buy the dips” is a common expression in the investment business. I use it myself. But what exactly does it mean? Well, one size does not fit all, of course, but I may be able to help… First, some basics: The idea of buying the dips is to use normal volatility to get better prices […]

Louis James - While traveling after the New Orleans show, I got to spend a little time with my uncle Bob. He’s one of the most successful businessmen I know. Not coincidentally, Uncle Bob is also one of the calmest, most disciplined, and most thoughtful people I know. He saw that my business cards say “Contrarian Discipline Delivers” […]

Louis James - Bitcoin just hit a six-moth low, dropping under $7,000 earlier today. This has me thinking that folks who made a bundle on bitcoin in 2017 may soon be more keenly looking for the “next Bitcoin” speculation. What’s really interesting about about this is that it would include a lot of younger people than one would […]

Louis James - Precious metals are still in “correct and consolidate” mode, which has many resource investors worried. With Tax Loss Season heating up, I can’t blame them. But I do see this situation as a terrific opportunity, and I’ll tell you why. To me, the critical factor is that—whatever Powell says—the Fed’s easy money policy is in […]

Louis James - I’ve been thinking a lot about the spectacular unicorn failures on Wall Street this year. The implosion of WeWork may be the final nail in the coffin, but the Uber and Lyft debacles seem more significant to me. I have to wonder if anyone at WeWork investor SoftBank lost their jobs over their multibillion-dollar due […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Cryptos, Fiat, Crude Oil

Louis James - ‘Twas the night before the NFWG report, when all through the White House, all manner of creatures were stirring…” … but honestly, most had other things on their minds. I’ve been traveling all week, but this is pressing, so here’s a quick update on Trump’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group (NFWG), which is following up on […]
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