Streetwise Reports' Article Archives — November 2014 back to current month (22)
An aging world is a deflationary one, according to "The Demographic Cliff" author Harry Dent. In this interview with The Gold Report, he predicts a major, painful crash in the next two years based on population statistics and historic patterns. He has some positive short-term predictions for gold, and investment suggestions for how to be one of the ones still standing after the dust settles.
Gold Investing Myths: What Gold's Critics Don't Get (11/26/2014)
"In the right allocations gold is an important part of a healthy portfolio. It can hedge against market crisis and provide returns when other assets underperform."
So Bad It's Good: Surviving 2014 (11/25/2014)
As we approach Thanksgiving in the States, Streetwise Reports reached out to some of our most popular experts for perspective on the natural resource market during this volatile time. While some thought 2014 was so bad it was good—for contrarian investors—others will be all too happy to see the year in the rearview mirror.
Florian Siegfried, head of precious metals and mining investments with Zurich-based AgaNola, says there are small signs—fewer equities participating in the recent rally, greater spreads in the high-yield market—that the sentiment toward gold is changing. But we will have to wait to see if a trend forms. In the meantime, Siegfried believes all-paper M&A will gain pace, with a focus on companies that are making money at current gold prices while still trading at multiyear lows. In this interview with The Gold Report, Siegfried suggests playing it safe with some small producers and tiny developers.
Ethanol: It's About The Economics, Stupid (11/24/2014)
"Ethanol and the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard is a very political issue, but the reality is ethanol is a market based commodity now."
Solar Shines on Silver Demand (11/24/2014)
"Since 1999, photography has increasingly gone digital, and as a result, silver demand in the film industry has contracted about 70 percent. But there to pick up the slack in volume is a technology that also requires silver: photovoltaic (PV) installation, otherwise known as solar energy."
The Swiss Gold Referendum Explained (11/20/2014)
The referendum, if passed, will mean that (1) The Swiss National Bank must hold 20% of all assets as gold, (2) Switzerland will repatriate the 30% of its gold held abroad by England and Canada and (3) Switzerland may no longer sell any gold it accumulates.
Finding Gold Dollars in Nevada: Thomas Drolet (11/19/2014)
Patience is the key to a golden future for both investors and miners. Thomas Drolet of Drolet & Associates Energy Services Inc. is an energy expert who is also an avid gold investor. He typically visits the mines in which he has a stake and talks turkey with managers. He has found a sweet spot for gold in his basic portfolio—and he shares a few of his favorites with The Gold Report.
More may really be better for end users and mining companies when it comes to graphite. Credit Suisse Analyst Michael Slifirski sees something a lot bigger than a zero-sum game in minerals. In this interview with The Mining Report, he explains how a steady source of graphite and vanadium from outside China could create whole new markets for energy storage and aluminum anodes. And he knows just the company to convince manufacturers to make the commitment.
"Those who purchased gold, silver and the producers in the early years of this bull market will be sitting on handsome profits, assuming they had a buy-and-hold strategy."
How low can gold go? Chen Lin expects a probable near-term low of $1,000/ounce. The author of the What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling? newsletter says that at that price we can expect a bloodbath of companies, both large and small. Gold cannot be kept down forever, however, and once the bottom is in, those miners that have survived will be in an enviable position, able to buy lucrative assets at bargain prices. In this interview with The Gold Report, Lin identifies several producers and one near-term project uniquely positioned for the next bull market.
Can Coal Endure Competition, Anti-Carbon Lobby? (11/17/2014)
"The switch in the U.S. Senate recently following the mid-term elections is beneficial for the industry, as the incoming majority remains opposed to the EPA's tough regulatory regime. But it's hard to know to what extent they can help the industry given the existing rules/statues in place already."
Rocks to Riches with Thomas Schuster (11/12/2014)
The key to finding gold is understanding the rocks. Thomas Schuster is a geologist and mining analyst with a deep understanding of where the gold hides. In this interview with The Gold Report, he talks about a number of gold explorers whose rocks are starting to shine. And gold is ready to come back strong, he says, as global reserves melt away.
China's geology, cost structure and disregard for environmental degradation have led to rare earth world domination. But the landscape is changing. In this interview with The Mining Report, industry expert Jack Lifton shares his vision for a world where centralized modern processing could make it possible for mining companies in the United States, Europe and Australia to start producing truly critical materials with small capex.
Frank Holmes Talks No-Drama Investment Strategy (11/10/2014)
Frank Holmes' advice to investors? Chill. In his interview with The Gold Report, the veteran commodities investor shares some strategies that help him "sit back and stay balanced," namely by diversifying and following the money. Find out about the indicators Holmes watches to read the market's pulse, and why a +/- 35% move for gold doesn't keep him awake at night. Holmes also profiles his favorite mining stocks, including one that generates what could be the highest per-employee revenue in the world.
Gold's Fundamental Supply Picture (11/10/2014)
"Why don't we all ignore the endless bombardment of economic white noise spewing from mainstream media outlets and instead concentrate on gold's fundamental supply problems?"
"What marks capitulations are their extraordinary violence, their relatively short duration, and the fact that they're emotionally driven rather than arithmetically driven events. What's useful about capitulations is that, in my experience, they have marked definitively the end of long bear markets."
When Dr. Alan Greenspan became chairman of the Federal Reserve, he moved from the world of rhetorical economics to the world of action. His most recent memoir, "The Map and the Territory 2.0: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting," attempts to make sense of how the financial crisis of 2008 came to be and how we can better predict future crises, along with the role of gold in a global monetary system. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference with Navellier & Associates Senior Writer Gary Alexander, Gloom, Boom & Doom Report Publisher Marc Faber and Stansberry & Associates Investment Research Founder Porter Stansberry, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
U.S. Miners May Profit from GOP Election Blow-Out (11/05/2014)
"A Senate switch to the GOP may not switch the balance of power that much, but it will give politicians who oppose environmental laws and question the reality of climate change more power to delay and amend Climate Change-oriented laws, such the new federal rule cutting carbon emissions from power plants."
Near-term oversupply is suppressing uranium prices but there are signs of upside movement, says Colin Healey, research analyst with Haywood Securities. In this interview with The Mining Report, he notes that non-discretionary buying in the uranium spot market returned in Q3/14 after a lengthy absence and that the 71 reactors being built around the world should support Haywood's long-term $75/lb uranium forecast. Healey also discusses companies suited to perform in the current market and beyond.
Paul Adams: Macro Trumps Micro in Resource Sector (11/03/2014)
Investors in Australia's junior mining sector are feeling the same pain as those in North America but Paul Adams, an analyst with brokerage firm DJ Carmichael in Perth, believes select junior resource companies will outperform the broad markets as macro-level events impact certain commodities. In this interview with The Gold Report, Adams suggests that strong demand fundamentals in nickel, zinc and uranium could mean better years ahead for equities with exposure to those commodities. Adams also discusses DJ Carmichael's new investment strategy and several companies that fit into it.
"Gold bullion prices slipped to re-touch Friday's new 4-year lows early in Asian trade Monday, before recovering that $10 drop to trade at $1,172 per ounce as world stock markets edged down."
|"GBR is raising $14.6M to outline or formally estimate a resource."|
|"GSV is an attractive takeout candidate for a midcap miner."|
|"ABN completed all requirements to acquire 100% of Forrest Kerr."|
|"We see SEA as attractive to large copper and/or gold producers."|
|"PVG is the most attractive small cap gold producer as a takeout."|