Those in the greater Chicago area are welcome to attend the Chicago Natural Resources Expo on April 15-16 for a discussion about gold, silver, hard assets, inflation, currencies (or whatever else is on your mind). You also have the opportunity to meet with various natural resource company executives.

Exhibitor space in the April 2011 Expo is sold out for the first time since April of 2008.

Once again, I am pleased to announce the magic words: “It’s free”.

Originally known as the Chicago Natural Resource Conference and Exhibition, this is one of the oldest natural resource conferences in the United States. The conference is a semi-annual event and offers opportunities to learn about new and undervalued companies in the natural resource industry.

The event is directed by Rich Radez, who started the conference back in 1977. Rich, and his son Eric, created the unique format which focuses on resource companies and provides maximum exposure to both investors and sponsors.

There is no cost for those who pre-register to attend the conference. The Expo is held at the Rolling Meadows Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Rolling Meadows, IL. The Holiday Inn is located at 3405 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. The hotel can be contacted at 847-259-5000. It is a two day event that starts on a Friday afternoon, and ends on Saturday afternoon.

The Exhibition Hall, featuring some of the top companies in the resource industry, opens at 4pm. A buffet which includes jumbo shrimp, and smoked sockeye salmon, is served at 5pm. Following the buffet, company presentations begin. Friday night features a Q & A Session hosted by Rich Radez and a panel of industry experts, the discussion is based on topics that are fueled by the audience’s interests.

The event resumes on Saturday morning. Attendees enjoy a continental breakfast, and browse the exposition hall learning about companies. In the meantime, individual company presentations begin in the presentation hall. These presentations are a great way to hear each company’s story. Lunch buffet is served around noon, and accompanied by the second panel discussion. After lunch, presentations and expositions continue for the remainder of the day.

I will be on the panel Friday evening and Saturday afternoon along with Jay Taylor, Robert Ian, Clyde Harrison, and others. Saturday lunch is also free.

Utah Doubles Down On Gold Laws

As long as we are on the subject of natural resources, please consider this Wall Street Journal article from about a week ago: Utah Doubles Down On Gold Laws Amid Inflation Fears, Distrust

Populist fears about the Federal Reserve’s loose money policy spurred Gov. Gary Herbert last week to sign a law that is already on the books. Utah now explicitly recognizes that gold and silver coins designated legal tender by the federal government are also legal tender in the state.

The Utah law is not only redundant (it is already law), it is also symbolic. No one in their right mind would take a $50 American Eagle gold coin and buy $50 worth of groceries with it.

The American Eagle is the U.S. Mint’s most popular one-ounce gold coin.

Image: Bloomberg News, as credited by the WSJ

Although technically meaningless, the Utah legislation does bring a welcome discussion of what honest money is to the forefront. The more discussion on such matters, the better off we will all be.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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