Is options trading worth the risk and hassle for the ordinary investor? Christos Vasiliadis believes that it certainly is. But you've got to have the knowledge to maximize your potential gain and limit your possible losses. It's certainly a specialized market, but Christos believes that anyone can learn it. He's been doing it for years and has certainly drunk the Koolaid, but it has been profitable Koolaid at that. And he says the risks are manageable and the gains are predictable and repeatable. It's just takes practice and more practice. 

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Gregor is bullish on electric vehicles and especially nickel. While Lithium gets all the glory, nickel is extremely important. Here's what Gregor says about batteries. 

Nickel manganese cobalt (NMC). Nickel provides the performance, cobalt keeps the battery safe and manganese allows for high current discharge without heating up excessively. The more nickel is used, the more powerful and inexpensive the battery becomes but it must be more carefully fine-tuned to maintain safety. This chemistry has high energy density and a long life span. There are three reference NMC generations: NMC111 containing 33% Nickel and 33% Cobalt is the simplest NMC622 contains 60% Nickel and 20% Cobalt, greatly improving the power/cost ratio NMC811 contains 80% Nickel and 10% Cobalt, the highest theoretical performance vs. cost Lithium nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA).
A power/costs improvement over NMC 111 because it increased the percentage of nickel while reducing expensive cobalt. Tesla uses this extensively but will likely switch to the 3rd generation NMC811 chemistry once mature. NCA has relatively lower energy density but a long-life span. Lithium cobalt oxide (LCO). Used extensively in the portable electronics industry, e.g. in iPhones, this chemistry has good performance but, due to its very high cobalt usage (around 55%), is expensive. LCO has a high energy density but a short life span. Lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Intrinsically safer than other chemistries but not nearly as powerful as NMC811.
This was the early preferred choice in China, but the trend is now to switch to NMC which meet the minimum energy density levels required to qualify for Chinese government subsidies. Lithium manganese oxide (LMO). It was used in early EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf, because of its high reliability. LMO's downside is low cell durability and mediocre power compared to competing technologies. 
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The numbers: A measure that tracks consumer prices shows the cost of living is increasing at the fastest pace in six years, reflecting a strong U.S. economy and ultra-tight labor market that’s stoking inflation.

The consumer price index increased 0.2% in May, the government said Tuesday, in line with Wall Street’s forecast. The report came out one day before a Federal Reserve meeting in Washington that’s expected to result in another increase in U.S. interest rates.

A more closely followed measure that strips out food and energy also rose 0.2% last month. It’s known as the core rate of inflation.

The consumer price index has risen 2.8% in the past 12 months, up from 2.5% in April. That’s the fastest rate since early 2012.
The yearly increase in the core rate edged up to 2.2%.

What happened: The increase in the cost of living last month was spearheaded by the rising cost of gasoline, medical care and shelter — rent and home prices.

The cost of medical care has accelerated again after a slowdown toward the end of 2017. Ditto for rents and home prices. Gasoline prices have climbed after what the IEA calls solid demand, reduced OPEC output and geopolitical developments.

Americans are paying less for new and used cars, airline fares and communications services such as wireless and cable, but that hasn’t been nearly enough to offset a broad increase in prices.

The steady uptick in inflation is taking a bite out of household income. Real or inflation-adjusted hourly wages rose a meager 0.1% in May, and they are unchanged over the past year.

Big picture: On guard for rising inflation, the Fed was already poised to raise a key U.S. interest rate. The central bank is expected to take action Wednesday after the end of a two-day meeting.

The big question now is whether the Fed raises rates one more time before the end of 2018, as previously planned, or takes a more aggressive approach as many on Wall Street now expect.

The answer is likely to be found in inflation readings over the summer. If inflation tapers off around the Fed’s 2% target, the central bank is likely to stay the course. Yet if prices keep rising and the economy remains strong, the Fed could lift rates at least twice more this year.

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Another police shooting in the Pittsburg area. Was it justified? Ron believes that we shouldn't rush to judgment. Just because the media says something doesn't make it true. While the officer in question has been charged, it's important that this not become another Freddy Gay case that ripped Baltimore apart. 

Ron is very concerned about the attacks on ICE. We either have a country with a border or we don't. It's about time Congress took the lead on this important issue. Drug trafficking is at an all time high and it's ravaging the country. 

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Bill Powers started his podcast/mining stock website much the same way we did. The financial crisis hit and he was looking for options. But Bill didn't just stop there. He got deep into the weeds and became a mining stock expert. Now he's keeping busy interviewing mining company CEO's and mining stock experts. And he's become a bit of an expert himself in the process. One thing is certain, the mining industry plays a vital role in our capitalistic system and is very under-followed and under-appreciated. Bill is doing his part to change all that. 

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We began today's session with a review of some FSN member's queries. EFT's at least GLD and SLV have a number of questionable practices that make one wonder about whether they really have the metal in the vault. Your call, just be careful and use for trading vehicles only. Tom asked whether it makes sense to never retire and keep stacking gold and silver. There's lot's more so listen up. 

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Mark Skousen, proprietor of Freedom Fest, which bills itself as the largest conference of libertarians in the nation. This year is number 11 and it promises to be exceptional. In 2015, a well known billionaire had just announced he was running for president. He was a last minute guest and the rest is history. Who knows if the next president will appear at Freedom Fest 2018? It could again be history in the making. 

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First time guest, Bob has written a number of books about what going to happen next. We're in a buy now pay later economy. But eventually the bill is going to come due. No one is worrying about the debt right now but at some point it's going to be an issue. Borrowing helps for now but in the long run it's going to make a difference. Right now the money printing is on hold, but we're going to have to print more and then we're going to see inflation and that's when the problem really begins. And there won't be a Paul Volcker there to save us. And then there will be a collapse. And you can guess what happens then. 

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The problem with regulation is that in Canada you need to be licensed to call yourself a Financial Adviser, but to call yourself a Financial Advisor there is no such requirement. Things are a little different in the US, but the real issue isn't your licensing status, but rather the concept of fiduciary duty and putting the client's interest above your own. 

Tariffs are about to take hold and there will be blood. Canada's economy is going to take a hit and to a lesser extent, so will the USA's. The system is unsustainable. It's not just here in the Western Hemisphere, it's all over the world. Whatever happened to the concept of creating competition instead of we're creating corruption. Beware of a rising tide because eventually it will subside. 

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Kitco's director of global trading Peter Hug returned to the show. Commenting on the recent metals decline, he believes it was triggered by the ECB's continued quantitative easing program which makes the dollar particularly attractive to European participants. Of course it's somewhat predicated on the Fed's continued effort to normalize interest rates. Between interest rate hikes and trade concerns, the Fed has made a conscious decision to be more tolerant of higher consumer prices. All of these factors bode well for gold and silver. Up coming seasonal trends should see them go higher after the summer doldrums have passed. 

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Steven Mosher has been studying China from a birdseye vantage point since 1979. He believes that Trump's recent triumph in negotiations with North Korea is nothing short of amazing, especially in light of China's repeated attempts to sabotage his efforts. How much further is this rapprochement going to continue? Can Trump pull it off? 

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We receive so many questions from you daily. I answer them all as quickly as possible. John and I covered a number of questions about gold, silver, metals etf's and economic stats. There's no limit to the sensory overload that we all face daily. We try to cull out the most important questions and answer them on air. So don't hesitate to keep on sending them. They all get our personal attention. 

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Keith offers a fresh look at some of those “oft-repeated yet difficult to get your mind around” macro problems with the dollar and our monetary system. Of particular interest is Keith's concept of Yield Purchasing Power the Marginal Productivity of Debt. They help shed light on where the economy really is. The value of each dollar of additional debt undertaken is helping economic activity less and less, until the system collapses. 


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Precious metals and mining stocks have been trading in a very tight range. That means that the slightest catalyst can set them moving higher. David has noticed that metals and stocks have zoomed higher with each rate increase and yesterday's was no exception. Gold broke $1300 and silver broke $17, both on the same day. David looks first at share structure, the less shares the better. Then he looks at Canadian insider buying, when it picks up there's a very good chance that an opportunity is knocking. 

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President Trump fired a shot across the G7/EU's bow. Whether it's trade or military obligations, it's time for our allies to get with the program. The US will no longer act as Europe's piggy bank. The US will act in the best interests of the country first and foremost. 

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Just when you thought you couldn’t take anymore winning, history is made. The US and North Korea signed a major agreement to denuclearize and to head on to the goal of normalizing relations. It’s quite obvious to most observers, or it should be by now, that this deal was already cut well in advance of the actual meeting. That’s the way countries roll. It should also be obvious, even to the most deranged of Trump haters, that this historic meeting and agreement could never have happened without the tireless efforts of the President and his advisors, not to mention China’s President Xi as well.

Tucker Carlson finally discovers the world of affirmative action air traffic controllers. Seems like the Obama admin back in 2014 wasn't happy with the number of minority controllers and set about recruiting more minorities regardless of their qualifications and their potential threat to safety. Would you go to an affirmative action dentist or heart surgeon? Do you want an affirmative action pilot flying your plain. Affirmative action in the legal profession probably couldn't hurt anyone.

Oh and all those very important cases that finally make it to the United States Supreme Court are often contrived cases who's sole purpose is to propagate new public policy, which is a gross violation of the canons of legal ethics, which specifically prohibits such frauds upon the court. 

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The winning keeps on coming. Are we tired of it yet? The midterms are coming up and there's reason for optimism among President Trump and the Republican Party. Things are starting to look up, the economy is improving, employment is getting better and there's much to be happy about. November is no longer looking like a romp.

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Noted physician Elaina George joined us today. She's concerned that the big money players are pushing AI medicine. It might be okay for treating a cold, but it's no substitute for a trained medical doctor. The average doctor trains for 27000 hours before going into practice. The average nurse practitioner trains for just 600 hours. Who would you rather have treat you? Trump is cracking down on the Big Pharma rip-off. The link in the corrupt chain is the pharma benefits manager who decides what drugs you will get and how much you will pay for them. They're taking in over $300 billion per year. It's got to be stopped!

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Another day, another Trump victory. It appears that there will be peace on the Korean Peninsula and that North Korea will be giving up their nukes shortly. After ripping the G7 PC Gang to shreds, Trump has done the impossible and met with Kim Jung Un. It was a loveliest almost from the beginning. Expect a McDonalds to open up very shortly in the Hermit Kingdom. And that's just the beginning. Sometimes all you have to do is just dare to be great and the rest falls into place. 

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Chris Martenson believes we're in a unique time in history. The truth is being suppressed at every turn. Ordinary people are being kept in a bubble. Our only hope for the future is to accept where we're at and plan accordingly. 

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Jeff Small believes that we’re in a time when we need good financial information and excellent financial advice. We’re not getting it, and that’s a huge problem. Life expectancy is longer, medical costs are rising, Social Security is tenuous, and markets are rocky. The information that enters our homes, whether it is through the mail, the TV, or the internet, is dubious at best. The smiling investment guy in the suit offering to help may not be any better. This book was written so opportunities won’t be lost behind everything else you’re bombarded with concerning your finances — and so you can put your interests first.It will clear up a lot of misconceptions, stop the leaks, and provide a clear view and best path to viable options. Although I work exclusively with retirees and pre-retirees, Turning Financial Planning Right Side Up is invaluable to people of all ages. As a financial advisor, I help everyday people prepare for what my staff and I call “the art of financial self-defense.” Their retirement funds are designed so they pull out as much income as they can, but leave their assets intact and avoid losses.

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There's a established pimp running for the Nevada legislature, but Wall Street has been pimping itself out for years. Just look at the array of so-called financial products that can help you get higher yields in a low yield environment. But at what cost? Now, more and more sub-prime auto bonds are finding their way downstream. This is going to have a negative impact upon many people who can least afford it. And best of all, according to John, we're heading into the peak seasonal precious metals buying in Sept-December. 

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Trump is in Singapore looking to do the deal of a life time. John thinks it will start off a multi-year process that will hopefully end in a more peaceful planet. We believe that the deal has already been done and a nuclear free North Korea is right around the corner and there will be a McDonalds on every corner in every city, with electricity for all. The G7 and Justin Trudeau be damned. 

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Congress finally got around to modifying Dodd Frank which could be very good news for real estate and the financial system in general. The threshold for a too big to fail bank has been raised to 250 billion dollars in assets from 50 billion. Mortgages will be easier to come by as well, community banks and credit unions will no longer be over regulated and should result in easier mortgages. We also discussed identity theft and the steps you need to take to avoid getting trapped. It's so prevalent but changes are coming soon!

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Author Rick Richman's book Racing Against History is the story of three powerful personalities who sought to turn the tide of history, and the American Jewish community at the beginning of the most consequential decade in modern Jewish history.  

In 1940, David Ben-Gurion, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann—the leaders of the left, right, and center of Zionism—undertook missions to America, a country paralyzed by isolationism, to campaign for a Jewish army to fight Hitler.

Their efforts were at once heroic and tragic. The fast-paced, dramatic narrative is supported by extensive research, including previously unpublished letters, speeches, and diaries, shedding new light on both Zionism and the history of World War II. The Epilogue takes the story in 1948 and the establishment of the Jewish state.

The book aims to stimulate discussion about the evolving relationship between Israel and American Jews, as the Jewish State celebrates its 70th anniversary under the continuing threat of annihilation

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