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Brent Cook

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Brent Cook brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as a geologist, consultant and investment adviser. His knowledge spans all areas of the mining business, from the conceptual stage through detailed technical and financial modeling related to mine development and production. Cook's weekly Exploration Insights newsletter focuses on early discovery, high-reward opportunities, primarily among junior mining and exploration companies.




Recent Interviews

More than 25,000 Investors and Mining Types Walked into PDAC. The Result Was. . .Realistic (3/10/14) PDACPDAC curse or blessing? Fresh from the Letter Writer Presentations track at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference, The Gold Report asked thought leaders to share their impressions from the annual minefest. Adrian Day Asset Management Founder Adrian Day, Exploration Insights Publisher Brent Cook, House Mountain Partners Founder Chris Berry and The Daily Gold Premium Publisher Jordan Roy-Byrne used terms such as "realistic" and "muted." Eric Coffin, editor of Hard Rock Analyst, posited that the lack of excitement might actually benefit the few companies that rose on good conference-timed news because it removed the chance of a "PDAC curse" dropping stock prices after the event. Let's see if all the voices agree.

Legendary Geologist Brent Cook Shares His Rules for Weeding Out Flaky Companies (2/5/14) If now is the time to accumulate deeply discounted companies with strong fundamentals in advance of a hot junior market in 2015, how can an investor tell if a company is a black hole or a shining star? Exploration Insights Publisher Brent Cook shines a light on the all-important due diligence process in this interview with The Gold Report and gives seven examples of companies that pass his litmus test.

Quality over Quantity Stressed at Colorado Conferences (10/4/13) If it is fall, it must be conference season in Colorado. The Denver Gold Forum, held Sept 22ľ25, was an invitation-only event billed as featuring seven-eighths of the world's publicly traded gold and silver companies measured by production. It was preceded by the Precious Metals Summit in Beaver Creek, which focused on smaller, emerging companies, some 90 of them with market caps of at least $20 million. Attendees included analysts, fund managers and institutional investors eager to hear updates on companies they ownŚor may want to own in the future. The Gold Report Publisher Karen Roche and Associate Publisher Jason Mallin were there and brought back this report.

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Recent Quotes

"VGQ is quality for sure." (4/6/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's Kinsley Mountain, and in particular the West Flank area, could host an economic Carlin-style gold system." (3/20/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect additional resources will be added to TGM's North Kao." (3/16/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's TV Tower offers excellent potential for the discovery of supergene copper and porphyry copper/gold deposits." (3/9/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Many of FCU's defined zones at PLS may merge into a significant trend." (3/9/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko is one of a very few high-margin, low-capex, undeveloped projects on the market." (2/23/14) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ has made a very intelligent deal that puts ~$7M into the ground at Coulon annually." (2/9/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM is a stock that makes money and that institutional investors want to own." (2/5/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

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"FCU is onto a major discovery." (2/5/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"Remarkable discoveries like FCU's PLS are few and far between." (2/2/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM continues to advance its Karma gold project in Burkina Faso." (1/19/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect ROG's resources to increase with detailed drilling." (1/12/14) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's recent feasibility study confirms that the Karma gold deposit is indeed very robust." (12/21/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko should prove to be a low-cost, simple and profitable operation." (12/15/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU received final approval for the plan of arrangement whereby shareholders will get one share of Fission 3.0 for each share of FCU." (12/15/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Fission's new spinout will start its life with a strong management team and $3M cash." (12/1/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's hit rate has been exceptional." (11/17/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"EFR is projected to become profitable in 2014." (11/17/13) Energy Fuels Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's Karma deposits offer a low-cost, profitable mining operation." (11/10/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Drilling within ROG's 55 Zone confirmed the high-grade nature of the deposit." (11/3/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU has hit the longest mineralized interval in the history of PLS." (10/13/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU and Alpha have already completed 38 holes at PLS with 8 more planned." (10/6/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's Karma deposit is one of the most advanced, simple, low-cost gold mining projects on the market." (9/29/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"The PEA for ROG's 55 Zone shows a very robust and economic project." (9/22/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU intersected 103m of variable uranium mineralization; within this interval was about 7.6m of off-scale radioactive readings." (9/22/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ATY can make money on El Roble and use it as a jumping-off point to acquire other deposits." (9/18/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"When I was nervous of the gold price, I diversified into other metals but only best-in-class deposits like FCU's world-class PLS deposit." (9/18/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD has a large, near surface, oxidized, high-sulphidation gold deposit, which means it's a cheap mine to run." (9/18/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"If you're positive on the gold price, VGQ is the safest bet possible." (9/18/13) Virginia Mines Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM has a solid deposit and sufficient cash to continue moving Ixtaca forward." (9/15/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS shows the potential to grow into a world-class and economically viable deposit." (9/8/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's 55 Zone gold deposit should qualify as a nice, low-cost acquisition target." (9/1/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"All drill results from FCU's Athabasca properties have been positive." (8/25/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS is a very fertile uranium system with the potential to host a number of economic deposits." (8/18/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM is well positioned to continue testing the Ixtaca gold/silver discovery in Mexico." (7/21/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"High-grade mineralization at FCU's Patterson Lake South remains open." (7/21/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's bought-deal financing brought in gross proceeds of $10.25M." (7/21/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko should require low capex and show high profit margins." (7/7/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU continues to intersect high-grade uranium mineralization at the PLS property; it is one of the best exploration plays." (5/25/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect LYD to have its final mine permit in hand by late summer." (5/25/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM's Ixtaca is a major hydrothermal and mineral system that is capable of producing a significant discovery." (5/25/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"CXO might be onto a high-grade porphyry copper deposit." (5/20/13) Colorado Resources Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM is the kind of company an investor wants to be involved with." (5/20/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ATY had some very good drill results and its VMS project is certainly economic." (5/20/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I like LYD because of its simple, low-capex project." (5/20/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ROG's Burkina Faso deposit will be easy to mine, inexpensive to build and very profitable." (5/20/13) Roxgold Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I think more high-grade mineralization is yet to be intersected at AMM's Ixtaca project." (5/14/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ATY has a gold-rich VMS deposit; gold will be ~40% of total revenue." (5/14/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"FCU is on to the most exciting uranium discovery to come around in quite a while." (5/14/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"Lead, zinc and gold factor heavily into the economics for MAG's Juanicipio silver project." (5/14/13) MAG Silver Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"VGQ's Wabamisk drilling returned some high-grade intersections." (5/11/13) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's assays confirm the high-grade nature of the Yaramoko deposit." (5/11/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM's higher-grade intersection at its El Cobre project is encouraging." (5/11/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko project hosts one of the highest-grade resources belonging to any junior company." (5/5/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS continues to release encouraging drill results from the PLS uranium discovery." (4/28/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"The results of PVG's mining sample should be out in the fall." (4/14/13) Pretium Resources Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"LYD offers a high-margin, relatively low capex, simple oxide project in Armenia." (4/14/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS' results suggest the PLS property will host a number of economic pods of shallow uranium mineralization." (4/7/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS' positive exploration results continue to validate our investment thesis." (3/11/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"LYD's Amulsar is one of my top pick projects in the gold sector." (3/10/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ATY had some very impressive drill results from its El Roble mine." (2/18/13) Atico Mining Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ADV's Kami is one of the best undeveloped iron ore districts I know." (2/6/13) Alderon Iron Ore Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ADV's Rose deposit remains one of the best iron ore projects." (1/9/13) Alderon Iron Ore Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"RPM is making a bet that the mining law of 1872 holds up. I think it will." (1/4/13) Rye Patch Gold Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"MAG's Juanicipio project is probably the best undeveloped silver deposit in the world." (1/4/13) MAG Silver Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD's feasibility study shows a $1B valuation for a market cap of $250M." (1/4/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"CTG has a good, easy-to-mine silver deposit in a Slovakian mining town." (1/4/13) Global Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I went down to AMM's Ixtaca project two years ago and bought the company then." (1/4/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM is drilling out a project that offers homerun potential and it's doing it effectively and efficiently." (10/17/12) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM's Ixtaca project has what I like to see; it will find the sweet spot." (8/17/12) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - SmallCap Power Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD's capital cost to build a mine at Amulsar is at least half that of other jurisdictions." (8/17/12) Lydian International Ltd. - SmallCap Power Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM is on the top of my list in Mexico." (6/27/12) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I think a deal between RPM and CDM is going to be struck at above the current share price." (6/27/12) Rye Patch Gold Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"RRI is a prospect generator that turns up ideas and brings somebody else in to spend the high-risk dollars." (6/27/12) Riverside Resources Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"RD has a big drill program going on its own property in San Ramon." (6/27/12) Red Eagle Mining Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"MAG just put out a solid PEA on its Juanicipio project." (6/27/12) MAG Silver Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD is putting out a feasibility study that I think will show it's worth quite a bit." (6/27/12) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I still own GSV and I'm not selling it because the risk-reward is massive." (6/27/12) Gold Standard Ventures Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"CNL has made a great discovery in Colombia." (6/27/12) Continental Gold Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I think MAG's robust PEA will attract attention from a possible suitor." (6/17/12) MAG Silver Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I'm encouraged by GSV's management and geology." (6/17/12) Gold Standard Ventures Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

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