We got a chance to interview Rick Rule — one of the most intelligent and successful investors of our time — and got his detailed perspective on the economy and a few other areas of special interest in the markets. His perspective on the U.S. as a whole is extremely unexpected and likely to be controversial for the average precious metals investor.

We even got a chance to pick his brain on real estate, and ended our conversation discussing the water crisis that is being experienced in the American southwest. Once again, we were reminded that when the government gets involved, things head for the worst.

When it comes to investing like the best, it helps when you hear what they have to say.