Sector Expert: Maria Smirnova

Sprott Asset Management

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Maria Smirnova joined Sprott Asset Management in May 2005. Smirnova is a portfolio manager with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has been part of the Sprott precious metals team since 2007 and has been a portfolio manager on the Sprott Silver Equities Class since its inception in 2012. Smirnova began her career at Excel Funds Management as operations manager, and subsequently worked in Product Development at Fidelity Investments. Smirnova graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has been a CFA charterholder since 2002. She graduated as a Bregman Scholar from the University of Toronto's MBA program in 2005.



Recent Interviews

Sprott Fund Managers: Sticky Contrarian Investors Wanted (6/4/15)
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When Paul Wong and Maria Smirnova took over management of the Sprott Gold and Precious Minerals Fund in January, the first thing they did was focus on liquidity. In this interview with The Gold Report, the two share their secrets for maintaining the discipline required to execute on a contrarian investing philosophy while taking advantage of the trading opportunities that open up in the final stages of a bear market.

Steve Yuzpe and Maria Smirnova: Why Sprott Resource Corp. Sold $76M in Bullion (12/17/13)

Private equity firm Sprott Resource Corp. recently sold off nearly $76 million in gold bullion, but don't count the firm out of precious metals yet. What is the firm shopping for with its new-found cash? In this interview with The Mining Report, new Sprott Resource Corp. President and CEO Steve Yuzpe discusses where the company will focus its capital, and Sprott Asset Management Associate Portfolio Manager Maria Smirnova shares her outlook for resource markets.

Sprott Is Bullish on Silver—and Gold—Equities (5/22/13)

Sprott Silver Equities Class Co-Manager Maria Smirnova understands the power of leverage. She has seen the big impact even a slight increase in the silver price can have on silver producers. Every cent is multiplied and goes right to the investor's bottom line, giving the equities more upside than possible in a coin. That is why Eric Sprott increased holdings of silver equities in certain Sprott funds. Smirnova discusses five of these companies in this interview with The Gold Report.

Recent Quotes

"PVG's Brucejack project is a spectacular deposit."

The Gold Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (6/4/15)
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"UGD just released a new resource estimate for part of its Neita concession, which came in at 2 Moz at 1.6 g/t."

The Mining Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (12/17/13)
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"SSO is currently operating a mine in Argentina with production north of 8 Moz per year."

The Mining Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (12/17/13)
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"Drilling the remaining strike length could more than double INM's La Cigarra resource."

The Gold Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (5/22/13)
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"Eric Sprott made MAG his top pick in the silver developer space."

The Gold Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (5/22/13)
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"We own names like MND, which tends to exceed guidance."

The Gold Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (5/22/13)
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"SVL made a prudent decision to transition Santa Elena into an underground operation."

The Gold Report Interview with Maria Smirnova (5/22/13)
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