Streetwise Critical Metals Interviews


Elliott Gue

Where to Look for Yield During a Time of Low Gas Prices: Elliott Gue
Source: Peter Byrne of The Energy Report  (9/11/14)
With gas prices stuck at historic lows for the foreseeable future, bored investors can look toward master limited partnerships to increase profit yields on energy portfolios. Elliott Gue, energy investment strategist of Capitalist Times, spends his day finding great energy deals in the margins and curves. In this interview with The Energy Report, Gue does the dirty work and gives us his strategy so that investors can golf, yacht, and have fun without worrying about losing the value of their savings to inflation. More >


Filipe Martins: African Miners that Can Generate Cash Flow and Dividends
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (9/9/14)
AfricaLow all-in gold cash costs are a good thing, says London-based GMP Securities Analyst Filipe Martins, but they don't tell the whole story. In this interview with The Mining Report, Martins argues that the best companies are those with strong free cash flow yields and a view to return cash to investors. Many of these companies have gold, copper, titanium and graphite projects in Africa, which boasts low-risk jurisdictions in addition to high-grade geology. More >


Luke Smith

Canaccord's Luke Smith: Five Aussie Companies with Cash Flows, Low Costs and MOUs
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (8/26/14)
Now more than ever, only select mining companies are attracting investors. Luke Smith, head of mining research for Canaccord Genuity in Melbourne, argues that low costs, increasing cash flows and improved net cash positions are crucial for gold companies. Solid contracts with end-users and strong institutional support are crucial for commodities. In this interview with The Mining Report, Smith highlights two undervalued Australian gold companies and three Australian companies in graphite and lithium that have already seen explosive share growth and appear poised for even greater gains. More >


Björn Paffrath

Fund Adviser Björn Paffrath's Mantra: In the End, Performance Matters
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (8/19/14)
Björn Paffrath, Switzerland-based fund adviser and newsletter writer, says there is certainly an elevated risk of a correction in the broad market but the upside in the mining sector is worth looking at as the market turns. Paffrath expects more M&A activity in the fall and says he's always looking for opportunities that really impact the performance of the funds. In this interview with The Mining Report, Paffrath shares some silver, base metals and tungsten positions. More >


Paul Renken

Paul Renken: Bottom-Fishing for the Best Junior Resource Equities
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (7/28/14)
It's the lazy days of summer and Paul Renken, senior geologist and analyst with VSA Capital, is bottom-fishing. He sees a lot of value in unloved resource equities and spends much of his time sifting through the lot to find juniors that will get the increasingly sparse financing needed to turn potential into production. Renken offers an abundant catch of equity picks in this interview with The Gold Report. More >


Douglass Loud Jeffrey Mosseri

Doug Loud and Jeff Mosseri: Three Reasons Why Gold and Gold Stocks Will Rise
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (7/23/14)
It's hard to see the present until it's in the past. What does this mean for gold? Money managers Doug Loud and Jeff Mosseri of Greystone Asset Management say that a bull market may have already begun. All the signs are there: rising political tension, a shortage of new supply and a cull of the weakest stocks. In this interview with The Gold Report, Loud and Mosseri list a dozen gold, silver and copper companies that should ride the crest of the wave. More >


Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes' Trio of Rare Earth Project Contenders
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (7/15/14)
It's not the size of a rare earth elements project resource that determines its success, declares Tom Hayes of Edison Investment Research. In this interview with The Mining Report, he explains that companies will win based on their holdings of heavy and strategic rare earths and their ability to secure funding. With the race on to develop non-Chinese REE sources, he suggests three projects likely to end up on the podium. More >


Thomas Schuster

Thomas Schuster's Five Stocks to Buy and Hold
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (7/14/14)
Consulting Mining Analyst Thomas Schuster looks at the longer term in mining. He is bullish on gold but cautions that we won't see an end to the bear market in precious metals equities until financing again becomes readily available. In this interview with The Gold Report, the publisher of the "Rocks To Riches" research reports presents five companies in gold, silver and niobium with the management and projects to ride out the storm. More >


Luisa  Moreno

Luisa Moreno: Graphite, Lithium and REEs Essential to Hot Technologies
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (7/8/14)
Graphite. Lithium. Rare earth elements. What do these metals and minerals have in common? They are playing bigger and more critical roles in widely used big kid toys like smartphones, tablets and electric vehicles. Investors can't stay on top of every hot commodity but Luisa Moreno, mining analyst with Euro Pacific Canada, offers some companies developing graphite, lithium and REE resources for the toys and technology of the future in this interview with The Mining Report. More >


Rick Mills

Rick Mills' Econ 101—Rising Demand and Falling Supply Equals Higher Metals Prices
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (7/1/14)
Juniors can't fund their projects, which means that the majors' reserves will continue to shrink. Rick Mills argues that this process can have but one result: higher metals prices across the board. In this interview with The Mining Report, the owner and host of Ahead of the Herd.com highlights a half-dozen gold, silver, copper and nickel companies that will leverage these high prices, and introduces us to a Canadian company's unique cobalt project in Russia. More >


Brent Cook

Brent Cook's Tips for Finding Juniors that Can Survive the Dust Bowl
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (6/24/14)
As romantic as the idea of the gold explorer who strikes it rich in lightning fashion is, the far more common tale is one of hard work and persistence. For investors, that means doing due diligence to search out the likely success stories. In this interview with The Mining Report, Brent Cook of Exploration Insights shares the telltale signs of success he looks for in the junior gold, phosphate and uranium sectors and discusses the synergies that stand to benefit some recent mergers. More >


Michael Berry Chris Berry

It's Not About Discovering a Mine, It's About Discovering a Technology
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (6/17/14)
Michael and Chris Berry are back for The Mining Report's second annual father-son interview in honor of Father's Day. While they don't agree on everything, they are aligned on the importance of disruptive discoveries to help companies succeed even in a sideways market. Flexibility and selectivity are their long-term strategies in any sector, from precious metals to commodities to rare earths. More >


John Kaiser

What Will Shake Retail Investors Out of Their Shell Shock?
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (5/13/14)
Mining companies may just have one more year of tough going. Speaking about what he calls "the trough of a turning point," John Kaiser of Kaiser Research Online makes the case for retail investors to look seriously at discovery exploration while waiting for metals prices—gold in particular—to move back into a supercycle. In this interview with The Mining Report, Kaiser shares the names of underpriced gold, silver and zinc juniors with staying power, and explains why scandium is a metal that could save the world. More >


Christopher Ecclestone

Chris Ecclestone: Right Size, Right Metals Signal Success for REE Projects
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (5/5/14)
The rare earth elements sector is smaller than it was a few years ago, and Chris Ecclestone, mining strategist with Hallgarten & Co., thinks it needs to get smaller still. The only way to succeed, he tells The Gold Report, is by finding the right-sized project with the right REEs. He also shares his theories on China's manipulation of REE prices and touts the mineral wealth of Spain and Portugal. More >


Richard Karn

Night of the Living Dead Miners: Rare Earth 'Zombies' Attack the ASX and TSX
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (4/22/14)
In 2010, rare earth and specialty metals market froth had speculators throwing money at a sector they didn't understand, and opportunistic resource company managers stepped up to take their money. Two years later, so-called zombies, the walking dead companies, lurk on the TSX and ASX exchanges, all talk and no product. As Richard Karn of Emerging Trends Report explains in his interview with The Mining Report, anemic cash flows will put many of these zombies to rest in the coming year, while the survivors—the companies that can drop a sample on an end-user's desk for evaluation—will finally see the light of day. More >


Zachary  Schumacher

Zachary Schumacher's 'State of the Rare Earths' Address
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (4/8/14)
As China's rare earth production winds down, other sources worldwide could shape up to reward early investors. But there are different ways to play this (slowly) growing market. Zachary Schumacher, international market analyst with Asian Metals, tells The Mining Report how investors can go medium or long on rare earths, and why joint venture and offtake partnerships are the biggest factors in creating value. More >


Stephan Bogner

Stephan Bogner and the Rise of a Euro-Sino-Russian Superpower
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (4/1/14)
Stephan Bogner, mining analyst with Rockstone Research and CEO of Elementum International, views the crisis in Crimea as the beginning of a larger global power shift east of the Atlantic. In this interview with The Mining Report, Bogner details what these shifting power dynamics will mean for the commodities market. And take heed—gold and silver may continue to make gains, but uranium, potash and rare earths are the true wave of the future. More >


Mark Lackey

Mark Lackey: What Happens to a Mine Deferred?
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (3/25/14)
The shuttering of huge copper and iron ore projects gives the Street the blues, but the resulting squeeze in supply can lead to explosive price hikes. Meanwhile, Mark Lackey, executive vice president of CHF Investor Relations, is eyeing infrastructure buildouts in China, Korea, Brazil and India that point to a swelling of demand. In this interview with The Mining Report, find out how Australian partnerships, the deepening of the Panama Canal and the South Korean-Canada trade agreement could result in major returns on investment, and why 2014 looks like a bounce-back year for potash. More >


Jeb Handwerger

Jeb Handwerger: China Isn't Slowing Down, It's Buying Up (Resources, that Is)
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  (3/18/14)
Headlines about a Chinese economic slowdown may get good web traffic, but the real story is that China is buying up uranium and other resources around the world, says Gold Stock Trades writer Jeb Handwerger. Meanwhile, tensions in Russia highlight the massive country's resource dominance in natural gas, oil, uranium, platinum group metals, rare earths and nickel. Handwerger tells The Mining Report that North America is already acting to develop resources that can meet both domestic and international demand—and this global geopolitical uncertainty is an investment opportunity. More >


Paul Adams: Investor-Friendly Australian Projects Around the World
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (3/11/14)
Rather than shoot for the stars, Paul Adams of DJ Carmichael argues that junior miners should focus on more modest projects best suited to maximizing shareholder value. This means projects with reasonable capex, good grades and short turnaround times. In this interview with The Mining Report, Adams suggests gold, copper, iron ore and rare earths projects that can weather the complete commodities cycle, as well as a fascinating gold-silver outlier in Peru. More >


Kiril Mugerman: Graphite Investors Should Look for Large Flakes, Small Resources
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (3/4/14)
Companies that boast 80,000 ton-per-year production or high purity levels don't always impress Kiril Mugerman, mining analyst with Industrial Alliance Securities. Why? Because finding buyers for all those tons is a huge challenge, and thrifty end-users like to purify lower-grade graphite in-house. In this interview with The Mining Report, Mugerman explains why he looks for smaller projects that can hit revenue targets, and indicates which of the 176 graphite projects out there are worth your attention. More >


Paul Renken

Paul Renken: For 2014 Gains, Look to Uranium, PGMs and Gems
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (2/25/14)
Paul Renken, senior geologist and analyst with VSA Capital, calls 2014 a soft year for gold and silver prices, but foresees stronger prices—and demand—for nickel, copper and tech metals as the year progresses. In this Mining Report interview, he lists the three commodities investors should feel good about and digs into the details of the Indonesian ban on exports of raw ore. More >


Stephen Riddle

How to Vet Graphite Investments: Stephen Riddle
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (2/18/14)
Stephen Riddle, CEO of Asbury Graphite Mills Inc., has been in the business long enough to have seen companies come and go, sometimes more than once. He brings a realist's perspective to this Mining Report interview, and explains the questions he asks himself, as an investor, at each stage of mine development. He also comments on the supply-and-demand picture, and names the characteristics of his ideal graphite mine. More >


Lawrence Roulston Keith Schaefer Eric Coffin

The Most Important Question Top Stock Pickers Keith Schaefer, Eric Coffin and Lawrence Roulston Ask Company Presidents
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (2/18/14)
Payback time? Fallback plan? Money in the bank? What would you ask the CEO of a company you were considering investing in? In advance of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in March, newsletter writers Keith Schaefer, Eric Coffin and Lawrence Roulston are bringing 15 energy and mining companies together for a "meet the management" Subscriber Investment Summit in Toronto. In this interview with The Mining Report, the experts share their sometimes surprising responses to the state of the industry. More >


Ryan Castilloux

Ryan Castilloux: Sorting Reality from Hype in the Crowded Rare Earth Industry
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (2/11/14)
Evaluating rare earth projects is a tricky business, and the ambiguous reporting methods some companies use don't make it any easier. In this interview with The Mining Report, Ryan Castilloux of Adamas Intelligence examines misleading metrics that hide the devil in the details. He also explains the complex, objective methodology he uses to rank the world's 52 most advanced rare earth projects, and names five development-stage projects and three exploration-stage projects with lucrative upside potential. A must-read for anyone interested in rare earth elements. More >


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