Investing in a mining company carries risk. In this video, Jim Mueller explains three reasons for selling Freeport-McMoRan. Freeport operates a large copper and gold mine in Indonesia and, if government sentiment toward foreign ownership of natural resources changes, Freeport could be in trouble. The European economy could affect copper demand and, lastly, Freeport's foray into the oil and gas business may not pan out.

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