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Rob Kirby

Rob Kirby

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Goldman Zeros Japan

    Published 15 March 2006 | viewed 5,170 times

    A news item was quietly reported - in Japan of all places - back on March 3, 2006 which I strongly feel is of the…

  • Potpourri

    Published 01 March 2006 | viewed 5,764 times

    With this being the last Market WrapUp I write before we enter the month of March - I felt it appropriate to take a look…

  • They Only Fix What's Broken

    Published 22 February 2006 | viewed 5,511 times

    On the 15th March 1968, the authorities closed the London gold market for two weeks, following an unprecedented three-day speculative surge of gold buying. When…

  • The Tail That Wags the Dog

    Published 19 February 2006 | viewed 6,783 times

    Since 1993 - when the first exchange traded fund, The Spider, was launched - this type of financial instrument [ETF or Index Fund] has grown…

  • Conflicts, Confusion, Clear Visions and Countdowns

    Published 15 February 2006 | viewed 6,029 times

    Believe It or Not For the longest time, those who contended that the gold market was rigged [the Gold Bugs] were looked upon with disdain…

  • Hollywood Inc.

    Published 10 February 2006 | viewed 5,477 times

    Like something that plays right out of a "B" movie, U.S. Government number crunchers have raised the act of deceptive hubris to a truly specialized…

  • Debt Markets Demystified

    Published 09 February 2006 | viewed 8,475 times

    This week the U.S. Treasury is set to undertake a very large and onerous quarterly refunding with the re-introduction of the 30 year or "long…

  • The Times They Are A Changing

    Published 31 January 2006 | viewed 10,353 times

    Bob Dylan wrote about this, perhaps unwittingly - and in doing so immortalized the saying, "and the times they are a changing". Amazing how words…

  • Forks in the Road

    Published 25 January 2006 | viewed 4,674 times

    This essay was originally published January 23, 2006. Canada goes to the polls today, January 23, 2006 - in a national election. Recent polls indicate…

  • Consistently Inconsistent or A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?

    Published 23 January 2006 | viewed 5,979 times

    March 20, 2006 sure is cropping up to be some kind of blockbuster date - and apparently not only on the financial calendar, ehh? Not…

  • The Looming Fiat Currency Train Wreck

    Published 18 January 2006 | viewed 10,289 times

    While the bulk of the Western World's main stream media continues to make pronouncements about the price of both crude oil and gold continuing to…

  • Snake Oil, Carnies and Four Flat Tires

    Published 12 January 2006 | viewed 6,124 times

    Why is it that firms such as Goldman Sachs [as recorded from 'Midas' commentary at the James Joyce Table - [Jan. 5/06] - at Lemetropolecafe.com]…

  • The Road Ahead

    Published 11 January 2006 | viewed 7,290 times

    For those of you who have not been paying attention, there has been a considerable amount written recently about the Fed's announcement to "abolish" the…

  • The End of the Innocence

    Published 01 January 2006 | viewed 8,182 times

    As a Canadian, I live in a country whose government [or at least their Central Bank] has divorced itself from sound money. It being a…

  • Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

    Published 22 December 2005 | viewed 5,879 times

    Now I've got to tell all of you - that I feel like a pretty lucky guy. Well, perhaps lucky isn't the right choice of…

  • The Grand Illusion

    Published 17 December 2005 | viewed 13,116 times

    Who hasn't read about the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to discontinue reporting M3 money supply data? Well, in case you missed it, you can read…

  • The Golden Globes - From Dawson City to ROB TV

    Published 16 December 2005 | viewed 4,901 times

    Here's a little story that would be equally at home in the business section on merit, the sports section from the "where are they now"…

  • Weird Goings-On In The Gold Market

    Published 14 December 2005 | viewed 6,652 times

    To say that the price of gold has been behaving somewhat strangely lately - is perhaps a bit of an understatement. In fact, the steady…

  • Crude Oil vs. Nat. Gas -- A Contrarian's Hypothesis

    Published 08 December 2005 | viewed 5,279 times

    Last week in this space, I wrote about the recent - post Katrina/Rita - pull back in the prices of energy [crude oil and Nat.…

  • Gulf Oil and Gas Update -- The Fundamentals

    Published 30 November 2005 | viewed 4,172 times

    The chart above depicts the movement in the spot price of NYMEX crude oil futures over the past 6 months. Clearly, the price of crude…