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James Dines - Editor of The Dines Letter

One of the world’s foremost financial forecasters

James Dines, truly a living legend, is one of the most-accurate and highly-regarded Security Investment Analysts today. Few others have inspired normally conservative Barron’s to call one of his predictions, “One of the most fantastic investment calls on record.”

Or Moneyline to call Mr Dines “One of the most extraordinary men in America today; a man with a long and glorious reputation in being one of the first people to call the real turns in the strategic moves that have happened in our marketplaces over the years.”

A contrarian is born

James Dines has become legendary for having made correct forecasts that were in complete contradiction to the rest of the financial community.

In an industry in which it takes courage and conviction to go against the crowd, Mr Dines defiantly was the first to warn investors of  numerous booms and busts:  "The Coming Gold and Silver Booms," "The Coming Internet Boom,"  “The Coming Uranium Boom,” and now "The Coming Rare Earth Boom."

His subscribers to The Dines Letter have profited so much that subscriptions are handed down to the next generation.

From Military Intelligence to market brilliance

Mr Dines’ ability to see markets so clearly began during his days as a National Honor Scholar at the University of Chicago, where he worked toward his doctorate, and graduated from Columbia University, before having served in Military Intelligence. That duty aside, he then became a Junior Security Analyst with a Wall Street brokerage firm and in only 2½ years earned the title of Senior Security Analyst at AM Kidder & Co.

In an early exhibition of the brilliance that would propel him to the top of the financial world just a few years hence, after 6 months, Mr Dines was promoted to write Kidder’s weekly market letter at a time when few very young men were permitted to hold such responsible positions on Wall Street.

After just a year, the publication was renamed The Dines Letter, a reflection of his successful predictions and unique style. Mr Dines was also admitted to Wall Street’s prestigious New York Society of Security Analysts, its top professional organization.

The courage to be right

The financial community was starting to sit up and take notice of Mr Dines. They saw that not only was he a brilliant Security Analyst, he was also one of the most courageous forecasters to come along in years. Indeed, he risked his meteoric career by insisting that what was then called “the almighty dollar” would be devalued -- considered a “treasonous” view at the time. He also predicted that gold would rise in an “historic bull market” from government-fixed levels of $35 to “over $400.”

Mr Dines refused to be censored, and began publicly recommending gold stocks in The Dines Letter. At that time being called a “goldbug” was to be called a dirty name, so Mr Dines defiantly claimed the title of “The Original Goldbug,” based on his having been the first Wall Street Security Analyst to have consistently and very outspokenly recommended precious metals assets. In fact, his outrageous-looking prediction of $400 gold was seen to have been conservative after gold soared to $850!

Subscribers to The Dines Letter began stacking up their profits from Mr Dines’ recommendations. As his number of correct calls increased, so did subscriptions, and soon The Dines Letter was one of the most successful investment newsletters on the market.

The death of a Wall Street firm and birth of a legend

Mr Dines was also the first Wall Street Security Analyst to predict that, without a link to gold and silver, the dollar would lose its integrity and suffer a massive devaluation -- a prediction that unfortunately has come true.

The peer attitude to gold was so hostile that it destroyed Mr Dines’ opportunities for advancement within corporate Wall Street. But Mr Dines refused to recant, so he was fired by AM Kidder for his bullish gold predictions. After gold and silver soared as predicted, AM Kidder & Co went defunct, and James Dines’ reputation became even more the stuff of legend.

Mr Dines then chose to warn the world of “The Coming Gold Crisis” by publishing The Dines Letter independently. He alerted subscribers to an imminent gold boom, with silver following suit. The investment community scoffed, claiming that “gold is dead” and silver is “an industrial metal.”

Subscribers who listened to Mr Dines, though, enjoyed a 2,025% growth in gold in 7 years and 1,639% growth in silver.

Hailed by Barron’s as a “classic”

By establishing his own philosophy, going his own way and repeatedly having been proved right, Mr Dines was creating a whole new way to approach the markets. He began putting his unique investment analysis and strategies on paper, and wrote what was to become a groundbreaking treatise on Technical Analysis -- one of the very earliest books on the field -- that would help investors for many years to come.

Called Technical Analysis, the book was immediately hailed as a “classic” when the Barron’s magazine’s reviewer wrote,

“It is the most comprehensive text ever written on the entire arcane field of investment analysis. This book was deliberately designed to attract the novice and then turn him into a pro. The established pro could learn much from it. We wholeheartedly recommend that you read the book.”

What’s more, Lex Column of the London Financial Times commented that “Mr Dines has done for Technical Analysis what Graham & Dodd has done for Fundamental Analysis.” Unfortunately, this out-of-print “classic” is sold out and The Dines Letter has none for sale, but it is available in the rare-books markets for around $1,000 a copy!

Forecasts: “How does he know?”

Mr Dines moved from Wall Street to San Francisco as a window on Asia because he foresaw a “time of troubles” for Europe and deflation in the United States. At the same time, he predicted there would be great growth in Asia. He further predicted the collapse of communism and that the 21st century would someday be called “The Chinese Century.” That was when China was among the poorest nations in the world.

The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Metals mania vindicates such economic Cassandras as James Dines, who for years have urged investment in gold as a safe hedge in an inflation-weary world.”

Barron’s editorialized, “…his prediction-that the price of bullion would some day cross the Dow Jones Industrial Average begins to look like one of the most fantastic investment calls on record.”

Kevin Boden, on his Moneyline radio show said “Mr Dines is one of the most extraordinary men in America today; a man with a long and glorious reputation in being one of the first people to call real turns in the strategic moves that happened in our marketplaces over the years. He was the man to first pull the plug on the stock market when the Dow hit 1,000. He was the first person to recommend in a forceful manner that we buy gold and continue buying it.”

Continuing his prescience, Mr Dines said in 1994 that the Internet would revolutionize the world. Investment professionals again scoffed, as very few even knew what it was.  But as we all know, the Internet took off in the biggest boom in history, and Mr Dines’ recommended stocks climbed thousands of percentage points in the next 6 years.

Not blinded by “irrational exuberance”

As good as the Internet run was, though, Mr Dines’ famous forecasting ability protected subscribers to The Dines Letter by having seen the imminent top. On December 3, 1999, he told subscribers about his concern that professional money managers and new Internet mutual funds were pouring into the market, and that this was strongly signaling a high-tech top. Stating, “We are never more uncomfortable than when too many investors agree with us, as it requires an iron will to avoid being swayed by lemming stampedes.”

As predicted, high-tech stocks began to crash just 60 days later. Subscribers, though, had been protected by Mr Dines’ well-placed stops, and were able to get out with the huge profits that others missed by mere weeks.

Mr Dines successfully called the 1997 Asian currency crisis, the 1999 euro’s plummet, the crash of the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the NASDAQ bottom and subsequent rise to 2,000. Indeed, his call of the market bottom was only 5 days off target. Subscribers who bought stocks according to that signal were set to gain 30% before the market began to fall again.

Continued correct calls, despite mind-numbing volatility

In the period since 2000, most investment analysts have called the market no more correctly than blind guessing would produce. Even a child -- or a monkey -- could call the market correctly 50% of the time. Yet in the last 21 years, Mr Dines has correctly forecasted the Dow’s major market turns 19 out of 21 times -- a success rate of over 90%! According to Timer’s Digest, The Dines Letter has ranked first in the Top Ten Long-Term Timers on the S&P 500 Index in 2009, 2010 and 2011 (through April).

What’s next? Only Mr Dines knows

As Mr Dines continues to publish his monthly newsletter, The Dines Letter, subscribers continue to profit.

It’s hard to know what the market might bring next. But one thing’s for certain: whatever it is, Mr Dines will probably be among the first to see it, and his subscribers will continue to profit, as they long have.

Now, Mr Dines is urging subscribers to buy select Rare Earth mining stocks.

Learn how “The Original Uranium Bug” could lead you to even greater profits in uraniums in the coming months.

Media and lecture appearances

Mr Dines has been called on by the media, as well as major universities and professional investment associations, to provide guidance and leadership. Here are a few of his appearances:

60 Minutes, main feature

Mr Dines face was on the cover of New York magazine

The MacNeil-Lehrer Report
Paul Kangas’ Nightly Business Report (PBS)
Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street Week
The Wall Street Journal
Business Week
The Christian Science Monitor
The Washington Post
Women’s Wear Daily
New York Society of Security Analysts
Overseas Press Club
Federation of Women Shareholders in American Business
Association of Investment Brokers
The New SchoolBernard M. Baruch Graduate School
New York University
PACE College
San Francisco State University
California State College
Technical Securities Analysts Association of San Francisco
American Economic Council
National Committee for Monetary Reform
American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Securities Analysts Association of Japan

Speech before the Regular Session of the Legislature of the State of Hawaii where he was introduced in the Senate while asking Mr Dines to rise for a “standing ovation” from the legislators: “Mr President, it’s my great pleasure this morning to introduce the internationally respected and followed economic and investment advisor-counselor who publishes The Dines Letter, Mr James Dines. Mr Dines has just returned from seminars and speaking engagements involving investment advice and economic projections in the Asian arena. He has been the principal speaker at many of these seminars throughout the world and this nation. It is too bad that past Washington administrations did not use the wisdom of this gentleman as advisor to the Treasury Department. He has been responsible for many people becoming wealthy because of his sage investment advice to them. Had our country the wisdom to appoint this gentleman, America would be in a better fiscal condition today!”

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