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  • Here are Gartman’s top trades for 2014

    The commodities king gives his picks for the coming year.

    With the new year just a few hours away, the world wants to know what Dennis Gartman, editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter, is predicting for 2014.

    Gartman spoke Talking Numbers with his three top predictions for this coming year.

    1. Buy English-speaking currencies against the Japanese yen

    Gartman believes the Japanese yen will do worse against the US dollar, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, the New Zealand dollar, and the Australian dollar. Gartman says: "The yen is under duress and will continue to be under duress. The monetary authorities want it to weaken. And, I think the English-speaking currencies, with their respect for tradition and the rule of law, is where flight capital will tend to move. So, I want to be long the English-speakers. I want to be short the yen."

    (Read: Euro rises against dollar and yen but seen vulnerable)

    2. Buy the Nikkei against the S&P 500 index

    Gartman says: "I think over the course

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  • Why the dollar could see a wild 2014

    Amelia Bourdeau, Director of FX sales at UniCredit AG, gives her three predictions for the currency markets in 2014.

    The euro hit a two-year high against the US dollar on Friday after officials from the European Central Bank and Germany's Bundesbank suggested that European interest rates may be too low. Besides the hit the dollar took again the euro, the US Dollar Index also had its worst day in two months.

    Meanwhile, this is occurring as the US Federal Reserve Bank begins to taper its bond-buying stimulus program, thus potentially causing a hike in US rates as well.

    In other words, the coming year could be a wild one in the currency markets.

    (Read: Euro hits more than 2-year high; yen at 5-year lows)

    What can we expect next? Amelia Bourdeau, Director of FX Sales at Unicredit AG, gives her three predictions for the dollar in 2014 to Talking Numbers.

    1. It will not be a one way street higher for the US dollar in 2014.

    2. The Fed is tapering, but monetary policy is still accommodative.

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  • Peter Schiff: Why Wal-Mart can’t pay $15/hour wages

    Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, says Wal-Mart can't afford to pay its employees a minimum of $15 per hour.

    Can the world's largest retailer afford to its employees $15 per hour? No, says investment manager Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of "How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes".

    Schiff recently took a video camera to a Wal-Mart and asked shoppers exiting the store if they thought the company should pay its employees more. He then asked they were willing to pay 15% higher prices to make $15 per hour wages possible and, when he tried to collect 15% of the shoppers' receipts, he was rebuffed a majority of the time.

    (Read: McDonald's removes worker site after fast food flap)

    The point of this exercise, according to Schiff, is to demonstrate that the actions, rather than the words, of the general public are the reason why Wal-Mart isn't able to pay higher wages. A company that has made "everyday low prices" an integral part of its business model would be

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  • Why lower gold prices will mean more gold production: Top strategist

    Sean Darby, Global Head of Equity Strategies at Jeffries Securities, on what's next for gold (and it will surprise you).

    Bad news for gold bugs: The Fed's printing presses aren't going to print as many dollars anymore.

    The Federal Reserve Bank is tapering on its bond-buying stimulus program. For a year now, the Fed has been buying $85 billion per month in US Treasury and mortgage bonds in the hopes that those dollars get circulated into the economy.

    On Wednesday, outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that amount will be reduced to $75 billion per month. What followed was a sell-off in gold, with the yellow metal closing at $1,193.60 per ounce, a three-year low.

    (Read more: Gold sinks to 3-year low; ends at $1,193.60)

    Gold is often considered by some investors to be an ideal inflation hedge because no matter how many dollars get printed, the amount of gold remains relatively stable (about 174,100 tons have been mined since the beginning of civilization, according to the World

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  • Dr. Marc Faber’s three bold predictions for 2014

    Dr. Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, has three very bold predictions for the upcoming year.

    He's one of the world's most noted market contrarians. Now Dr. Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, has three very bold predictions for the upcoming year.

    In an interview with Talking Numbers, Faber offers what he thinks is next for the world in 2014:

    1. The market will continue to decline from its November high of 1,813

    Faber says: "My sense is that at the present time, the US market is relatively expensive compared to foreign markets, especially to European markets and to emerging markets. On a cyclically-adjusted P/E [price-to-earnings] basis, it is actually going to return very little over the next seven to 10 years.

    (Watch: Stocks surge as Fed green lights taper; record closes for Dow, S&P 500)

    2. Best shorts for 2014: Facebook, Tesla, Twitter, Netflix, and Veeva Systems

    Faber says: "If you look at the entire market, some stocks are not terribly

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