We have long known that the world is likely to eventually reach limits.
Now we are faced with what looks like an unsolvable problem.
Gold's price multiplying by over fivefold since 2001 has unleashed an onslaught of exploration all over the globe.
Oil exporters need ever-higher prices, partly because the cost of extraction continues to rise, and partly because oil exporters use taxes from oil to fund public works projects and to keep their many unemployed citizens pacified.
Gold's precipitous decline in the first half of 2013 sent shockwaves throughout the entire mining industry.
What are investors who buy BHP Billiton shares buying into?
If the so-called resources boom is over, why are companies still investing in assets that are designed to last a very long time?
The big miners have been the cornerstone of investors' portfolios for years but as the mining boom fades should this position be reassessed?
Energy should have a place in economic models.
Traders are so worried about what Bernanke had for breakfast that they?ve totally lost sight of the big picture.
A question that seems to come up quite often is, "Are we going to have inflation or deflation?"
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