Marc Faber – Emerging Market Economies Will Challenge and Surpass the West

Marc Faber has an informal rule never to spend more than 10 days in a country before rushing to the next one. In addition to lots of frequent-flyer miles, this gives him the chance to see firsthand how lots of the world is doing.So how’s it doing?Better than the U.S., says Faber, the editor of the The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.In the U.S. we have a “structural unemployment” problem. We have a debt problem. We have an economy-propped-up-by-frantic-government-spending problem. And, by in large, while the rich get richer, the middle class does not benefit, especially during the boom days earlier this decade.The rest of the world has problems, too, of course, Faber says, but they’re not as bad as ours. He’s observed businesses in emerging markets in Asia are less vulnerable to market fluctuations because they tend to be cash rich, and therefore less reliant on debt and leverage. He also says there’s a hunger and competition, in countries like China and India, that’s missing in the U.S.So go ahead and enjoy the “v-shaped” recovery while it lasts, says Faber, who has already fled to Hong Kong.

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Gold (GLD) – SPDR Gold Shares

On 10/16/2008 – Bought GLD at $80 per share.

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

SPDR Gold Trust (the Trust), formerly StreetTRACKS Gold Trust, is an investment trust. The Trust holds gold, and from time to time, issues the SPDR Gold Shares (Shares) (formerly streetTRACKS Gold Shares) in blocks of 100,000 Shares (Baskets) in exchange for deposits of gold and distributes gold in connection with redemptions of Baskets. The Shares represent units of fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust. The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of gold bullion. The sponsor of the Trust is World Gold Trust Services, LLC. The Bank of New York is the trustee of the Trust. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. serves as the custodian of the Trust’s gold.

Buy Gold – GLD

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streetTRACKS® Gold Shares

Objective Designed to track the price of gold (net of Trust expenses)

Structure Continuously offered investment trust

Symbol GLD

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Rio Tinto Offer for Alcan

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Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO)(ASX: RIO)(NYSE: RTP) has received US antitrust clearance for the proposed acquisition of Alcan by a subsidiary of Rio Tinto.

Receipt of this, and other regulatory clearances, is a condition to Rio Tinto’s offer to acquire the outstanding shares in Alcan.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa. Continue reading