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Nuclear Power Goes Begging, Likely at Consumers’ Expense

Operators of nuclear power plants are seeking rate increases to avoid closures in deregulated market

Electricity producers in several states are asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in financial support to keep costly nuclear power plants in business—a move that is likely to boost customers’ power bills.

The utilities claim the nuclear reactors in question—located in New York,

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Nuclear power: UK 'must learn' from French reactor concerns

Lessons should be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK, says Britain's nuclear safety regulator.

French regulators have been informed of "manufacturing anomalies" in components "particularly important for safety" at Flamanville 3 power plant, in Normandy.

The reactor is similar to one planned for Hinkley Point, in Somerset.

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Nuclear energy turns saffron 

Narendra Modi appeared focussed on India’s energy needs as he alluded on several occasions to the "saffron revolution."

A $350-million Indo-Canadian nuclear agreement has emerged the hallmark achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s summit with his counterpart here,

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Nuclear power to be less than 20% of Japan’s energy mix in 2030: sources

The Japanese government is planning to set the target for the ratio of nuclear power generation to the country’s total electricity production in 2030 a little below 20 percent, compared with 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010, when the Fukushima nuclear crisis occurred, sources said Monday.

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WAIT: Don't File Those Taxes Just Yet! 

WAIT: Don't File Those Taxes Just Yet!


Those of you in the US know that it’s the least wonderful time of the year: tax time.

Hopefully you haven’t filed your tax return just yet. Maybe you rushed it in because you feel ever so grateful to your government for letting you keep some of your hard-earned cash. Or maybe—like most of us—you wait 'til the very last day out of principle.

Either way, chances are you’re leaving money on the table. We want to show you how to get most of it back.

From time to time, On the Radar will feature something special that we think deserves the spotlight—research or writing that we believe is of exceptional quality and is especially valuable.

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3 US-focused Uranium Companies Waiting for Better Prices

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The uranium price has come a long way from the lows experienced post-Fukushima, yet is still not at the level analysts have been touting. Indeed, it continues to dilly-dally around the $40-per-pound mark.

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Should We Really Put Gold in an IRA?

Should We Really Put Gold in an IRA?

By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst

“Gold is one of the dumbest things to put in your IRA,” said the slick TV commentator, with his $200 haircut, perfect white teeth, and superior attitude. “Everyone knows income-producing vehicles are best for an IRA.”

It was a prepackaged message from someone that sounded like he hadn’t given any more thought to the topic than what he’d read somewhere. His advice was misleading and

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Fission Uranium's Dev Randhawa: 'Just a Matter of Time Before the Market Improves'

    Author: Teresa Matich

An analyst favorite, Fission Uranium (TSXV:FCU) has continued to make waves in the uranium space this year. Since the release of a larger-than-expected maiden resource estimate for the Triple R deposit at its Patterson Lake South (PLS) property in Saskatchewan, the company has continued to put out impressive drill results.

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More Unofficial Capital Controls: PFIC Rules

More Unofficial Capital Controls: PFIC Rules

By Nick Giambruno

It ranks at the very top of potential tax nightmares, especially if you invest internationally.

This nightmare could become a reality if you happen to invest in what the IRS deems a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), which are taxed at exorbitant rates and have highly complex reporting rules. Most foreign mutual funds are PFICs, as are certain foreign stocks.

It’s not illegal to invest in a PFIC, but practically speaking, the costs of doing it are so incredibly onerous that it’s prohibitively expensive in the vast majority of cases.

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Doug Casey: Signs of a Resource Sector Bottom

Doug Casey: Signs of a Resource Sector Bottom

By Doug Casey

Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator

L: Well, Doug, we’ve seen another quarter of high volatility and significant world events. What strikes you as most important at present?

Doug: Everything is still held together with chewing gum and baling wire, for which I’m grateful, considering what’s coming. It’s very clear to me that the global economy is in very much the same space as it was in 2007—in other words, on the edge of a precipice.


L: On the global economy, my question is this: If Obama and Yellen have saved the US and Merkel and Draghi are saving the EU, why are commodities selling off so dramatically? Iron, copper, oil—just about everything is selling off. How can an economy be recovering if it’s not using raw materials?

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