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The standard wisdom on gold is that it does well in times of economic bad news such as in the 1970s, a period of stagflation and recessions, when the yellow metal rose from $35/oz to peak at $850/oz in 1980. But this time, Don Coxe, a portfolio adviser to the BMO Asset Management, believes things are different. In this interview with The Gold Report, Coxe explains why gold will rise when the economy improves.
"Over the past 13 years, the average annual volatility of resources prices has been three times what it was in the 1990s, resulting in a new era of resource price supercycles."
"On a brighter note and thanks to the Fed, we're seeing some positive signs in the markets. The stock market, for instance, has been on the rise, telling us that better times lie ahead. Interestingly, gold and bonds are telling us the same thing and we'd be foolish not to listen."
See No Evil: Silver Price Manipulation Probe Dropped (09/27/2013)
"This decision highlights the fact that regulators face very stiff obstacles in proving market manipulation despite the expanded powers the CFTC received in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act."
The industry is focusing on liquid-rich plays, but some gassier regions offer solid returns, asserts Joel Musante, senior research analyst for oil and gas exploration and production with Euro Pacific Capital. With oil trading over $100 per barrel, liquids-rich plays are most attractive. Prices may pull back, even though the surge in merger and acquisition activity suggests that some companies might believe that these price levels are here to stay. Ultimately, producers must consider development costs as well as product types and margins to enhance returns. In this interview with The Energy Report, Musante discusses oil and gas companies with the right combinations.
With more than 25 years of experience in the biotech market, John McCamant, editor of the Medical Technology Stock Letter, understands how the seasons of the investment cycle can influence a company's value. But he sticks to the fundamentals: After all, a great pipeline and competent management can propel a biotech upward through blustery weather as well as blue sky. Find out how four companies fit his philosophy in this interview with The Life Sciences Report.
What happens when you bring together four of the top minds in the precious metals investing space to share insights from the front lines of gold, silver platinum and palladium investing? These excerpts from a Sprott Resources Roundtable featuring Gloom, Boom and Doom Report Publisher Marc Faber, Sprott Asset Management Chief Investment Strategist John Embry, Sprott Global Resource Investments Founder Rick Rule and Sprott Asset Management Founder Eric Sprott prove that great minds think big.
In the fall, an investor's fancy returns to the market. Michael Curran of Beacon Securities believes that the end of the summer doldrums could result in gold reaching a high of $1,500/oz this year. In this interview with The Gold Report, Curran argues that investors should pay particular attention to speculative plays with modest potential downsides and exciting potential upsides.
50 Shades of Gold (09/25/2013)
EPA Restrictions Can Encourage Clean Coal (09/25/2013)
"Coal may have no choice but to develop cleaner and cheaper CCS technology."
Corporate America Goes Off the Grid (09/24/2013)
"Over the last 10 years, a sea change has occurred in the provision of power."
Diversify, diversify, diversify—that's Michael Curran's advice for metals investors. So if you've been obsessively eyeing gold and silver prices, you might want to focus your attention elsewhere in the mining sector, says the Beacon Securities mining research analyst. Nothing wows the market like discoveries, and exploration success in the copper, zinc and uranium spaces are making some shareholders very happy indeed. In this interview with The Metals Report, Curran shares his top speculative picks for a diversified mining portfolio.
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Let's get one thing straight: Clean tech is much more than solar panels. So if you're squeamish from the Solyndra bankruptcy, it's time to do some more homework. Raymond James Energy Analyst Pavel Molchanov is following clean tech companies around the world that help utilities avoid rolling blackouts, connect solar systems to the grid and produce biofuels that don't compete with food crops. Discover these fascinating stories in this interview with The Energy Report and find out which names Molchanov is recommending for short- and long-term profits—as well as stocks to steer clear of.
Has the gold price hit bottom? Charles Oliver, senior portfolio manager with Sprott Asset Management, believes that the fundamentals are in place for gold to vault from its downturn—possibly topping $2,000/oz in the next year. In this interview with The Gold Report, Oliver talks about which small-cap miners he's been adding to his portfolio before the market recognizes the illogical discounts.
"The analysis of the top 20 sectors of the worldwide medical device market reveals that the IVD sector is expanding at a CAGR of 5.1%, outpacing the overall medtech market growth rate of 4.5%."
"Both the price of gold and silver recovered early losses Monday morning in London, regaining a 1% and 2% drop respectively as world stock markets slipped with commodities."
It's important to take the emotion out of investing. Keay Nakae, senior research analyst with Ascendiant Capital Markets, looks at micro- and small-cap biotech stocks from an engineer's perspective: It's all about the data. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Nakae reports on four companies with upcoming catalysts that potentially position them for significant growth—and the ability to grab investors' attention.
On his recent tour of U.S. shale basins, Frank Curzio, Editor of Small Stock Specialist and Phase 1 Investor, noticed two major trends: The transportation industry is eager to make the switch to cheap natural gas, and the oil and gas industry wants to further its reach by building LNG export facilities. In this interview with The Energy Report, Curzio discusses companies enabling the fuel switch, and shares some likely recipients of export terminal building contracts.
Many mining companies find themselves in a high-grading dilemma, according to Brent Cook, publisher of Exploration Insights. As companies deplete higher grade reserves, they have to acquire new deposits. But unless you are a geologist, don't look to NI 43-101s to always give you reliable information about the quality of a resource. They often don't provide the data needed to make intelligent decisions, says Cook in this interview with The Gold Report. Cook is interested in investing only in world-class deposits and shares some of the names on his list.
The One Oil Move to Make ASAP (09/18/2013)
"It's time to position yourself for regional variations in price."
When gold and silver took a plunge, institutional investors went bargain shopping right away, says Paul Renken, mining analyst with VSA Capital. Now it's time for retail investors to ride upside momentum in copper, zinc, tungsten and phosphate. In this interview with The Metals Report, Renken shares his outlook for base and minor metals, as well as the companies that could outperform on the back of climbing commodity prices. (Hint: It's not usually the majors.)
The numbers don't lie—but politicians and industry bigwigs do. While pundits still wax poetic about an era of American energy independence, Bill Powers, author of the book "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth," sees productivity plummeting in almost every major shale play. In this interview with The Energy Report, Powers tells us to forget about LNG exports and a manufacturing boom and get positioned for a bust. How? Invest in energy equities. Powers names his favorites for maximum returns when the bubble bursts.
With a credit rating higher than Mexico and Brazil, Peru should be high on the list of mining investors, but confidence has been shaken over the last few years when the government revoked some high-profile mining licenses. According to Lima-based Kallpa Securities Managing Director Ricardo Carrión and President Alberto Arispe, recent government actions might signal a reset, with the government even acting as a mediator between mining companies and the local communities. In this interview with The Gold Report, Carrión and Arispe detail the state of mining exploration in Peru and discuss companies actively exploring, including one that just received its long-awaited environmental approval.
The Platinum Series: Part II (09/16/2013)
"The entire world supply of platinum is far less than gold or silver."
Summers' Fed Exit Fails to Spur Precious Metals (09/16/2013)
"Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers last night withdrew from being considered for the role of U.S. Federal Reserve chief, citing strong political opposition."
Historic Buying Opportunity Coming in Gold Stocks (09/16/2013)
"The first reason I expect a retest is the current recovery has veered off historical course."
Historic Buying Opportunity Coming in Gold Stocks (09/16/2013)
"The first reason I expect a retest is the current recovery has veered off historical course."
The Next Step in Killing Cancer (09/16/2013)
"After several years of trial and error, Olson and his team at the privately owned Seattle biotech firm Blaze Bioscience, have created something called 'tumor paint.' And the solution has come from the most unlikely of places. . .Scorpion venom."
Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.'s Jeff Cohen regularly explores the frontiers of regenerative and medical technology looking for solid investment opportunities. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Cohen reveals promising finds in one of the world's fastest-growing business sectors. From robotics to skin grafts, Cohen knows his science and his market.
Conflict in the Middle East has Europe scrambling to find reliable energy sources closer to home. This means investors should consider watching for a big shale discovery in a friendly location. Marin Katusa, energy expert with Casey Research, is constantly looking for the next big thing. In this interview with The Energy Report, Katusa profiles natural gas and uranium companies that could offer stable supply in a time of crisis.
As science director for Griffin Securities, Keith Markey knows his way around the advanced technologies of the most promising research in biotech. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Markey explains the science behind new developments in the antibiotic, diabetic and dermatological fields, highlighting ground-floor investment opportunities that investors will not want to miss.
Adrian Day is finding that the glass is definitely half full these days. While the founder of Adrian Day Asset Management believes that volatility in precious metal stocks will continue, he also believes that gold's extreme bottom is behind us and macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions will continue to support gold. In this interview with The Gold Report, Day is downright exuberant on gold stocks and discusses royalty companies, prospect generators, majors and juniors that can mitigate risk.
The stubborn spot price of uranium has frustrated market watchers for the past year. But that's not the whole story. As most long-term contracts have been made at higher prices, astute investors have been slowly moving into the stocks of uranium producers and explorers in anticipation of the delayed commodity price move expected in 2014. In this interview with The Energy Report, Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Metals and Mining Analyst Rob Chang explains what lies ahead and how the turnaround in the uranium market will benefit the companies he thinks investors should focus on for maximum profits.
David Franklin: Is Platinum the New Gold? (09/10/2013)
The Goldrums of June are giving way to a new dawn for platinum group metals, says David Franklin, a market strategist at Sprott Asset Management. While white metal miners face a variety of challenges, there is an increasing demand for platinum and palladium from vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. and China. And supplies of the hard-to-find metal are vanishing day by day. Now is the time to buy into existing stockpiles of the precious metal, Franklin tells The Metals Report.
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), particularly the medical device excise tax, has taken a heavy toll on the medtech sector, hurting pricing decisions of the companies and subjecting them to tremendous margin pressure."
"According to Glencore's presentation, a 5% increase in demand equates to around 600,000 mt of new zinc mine capacity needed every year; by 2016 nearly 2 million mt of new annual production will required."
The global rally for gold underway since late June will soon translate to juniors, says Brien Lundin, CEO of Jefferson Financial and the publisher/editor of Gold Newsletter. With so many undervalued companies in safe North American jurisdictions, he sees no reason to add sovereign risk to a portfolio. In this interview with The Gold Report, Lundin details which companies he follows and why, highlighting one area where major discoveries are "lined up like pearls on a string."
Will Gold Follow Its Seasonal Pattern This Year? (09/09/2013)
"Historically, September has been gold's best month of the year. Looking at more than four decades of monthly returns, the precious metal has seen its biggest increase this month, averaging 2.3%."
Searching for the Clean Coal Holy Grail (09/09/2013)
"For all the attention, and the public and private dollars flowing into "clean coal" power and carbon capture initiatives, the results thus far have yet to identify potential solutions that meet stringent economic and environmental criteria with science proven by vigorous scientific tests."
America's Energy Revolution (09/06/2013)
"From the depths of reserves to the richness of the energy, an incredible transformation is taking place."
Neuroscience is about as complex as it gets. The central nervous system contains the brain and spinal cord, where hundreds of billions of neurons are located—and that doesn't include the peripheral nervous system. Casey Lynch, managing director of NeuroInsights, works to make sense of both the disease processes affecting the nervous system and potential therapies that could help patients and enrich investors. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Lynch brings some clarity to the complexity, and speaks frankly about the wild goose that some Alzheimer's disease investigators have been chasing.
It's that time again. From Labor Day through the New Year, analysts jet off to conferences across the U.S. and Europe to hear data they've been waiting on for years. Michael King, managing director and senior biotechnology analyst at JMP Securities, has been at this game for almost two decades, and he has a firm grip on how data releases about molecules and their targets will affect the biotech stocks in his coverage. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, King also names four growth companies making important advances in hematologic cancers. Just in time.
Three Ways to Profit from MLP Funds: Hinds Howard (09/05/2013)
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) started to enter the limelight in 2011, but the best may be yet to come. Low interest rates are acting as a tailwind in the space, and the sector experienced its best performance in Q1/13. Hinds Howard, chief investment officer of Guzman Investment Strategies and author of the MLP HINDSight blog, tells The Energy Report about the unprecedented growth MLP funds are enjoying. He names the top performers, reveals the pros and cons of this complex investment vehicle and shares his secrets for wringing the most value out of it.
Prepare for the Chinese Energy Juggernaut (09/05/2013)
"Over the past decade, China has become the world's largest energy consumer, as well as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide."
Five Ways to Play Gold and Silver (09/05/2013)
"The past two years have not been kind to our favorite precious metals."
"Though there are exceptions, in general the supply chain doesn't care which REE projects will successfully come to fruition, only that enough come to fruition such that their ability to secure REE metals, oxides and other compounds from sources outside of China, at a reasonable price, is realized."
"The FDA's new development path is specifically designed for experimental agents that produce large and unprecedented treatment effects in early clinical trials. If a drug is designated a breakthrough therapy, the FDA says it will expedite the development and review of the drug."
Analysts at Mackie Research Capital crunched the data to stress test which junior miners would thrive, survive or die at $1,000/oz gold and $18/oz silver. In this interview with The Gold Report, Barry Allan, director and vice chairman of Mackie's mining group, delves into details on some of those companies and offers hope that the sector, instead of going to hell in a handbasket, is actually rebounding.
South Africa, platinum mining giant, is about to fall off the investment map, says Dave Forest of Pierce Points. Until the country sorts out its labor politics, there is a real need to establish alternative sources of platinum group metals, vanadium and manganese. In other words, while it's a bad time to be a miner in South Africa, it's a good time to hold in-ground reserves. In this interview with The Metals Report, Forest names deposits in the Americas and elsewhere in Africa with the potential to meet global platinum needs. But he's choosing carefully, because even in times of scarcity, Forest argues, it just won't do to develop anything other than the best, most economic mining projects.
Bruce Edgelow is optimistic. The energy group vice president for ATB Financial says technological advances have opened new exploitation opportunities for the Canadian oil and gas market and have improved the industry's ability to monitor and respond to leaks, spills and other system issues. Selective access to capital and consolidation has presented challenges for producers, but it's an encouraging time in the basins, Edgelow says. In this interview with The Energy Report, he discusses the players he likes and why.
"While any geo-military event like the one about to play out will increase volatility in oil prices, a power vacuum in the Middle East would strike at the core of a trader's basic fear—an interruption in supply."
|"EFR's eye-popping copper grades could allow the company to improve the economics significantly at Canyon."|
|"I am very pleased to see POE is making good progress at East Jabung; individual investors seldom get into this kind of world-class asset."|
|"VIT's Eagle gold project is shovel-ready, with all permits in hand and an agreement with the local First Nations."|
|"Drilling at ML's Pastos Grandes continued to encounter brine-bearing structures at depth; we're really looking forward to seeing the assay results."|
|"Our thesis is that GUY provides a rare combination of a high margin, long life asset, gold price optionality and M&A potential."|