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October 17, 2017

Stel­lar smashups are the source of #gold, #plat­inum, #uranium & other heavy el­e­ments found through-out the uni­verse

Quite incredible.  Now the question is, how do they go from there to depositing themselves throughout the earth in different geologic conditions and settings?

Can someone explain?

"As­tronomers scan­ning rip­ples in space-time have de­tected the col­lision of two neu­tron stars for the first time—and, by an­a­lyz­ing the flare from the cat­a­clysmic crush, dis­cov­ered such stel­lar smashups are the source of gold, plat­inum, uranium and other heavy el­e­ments found through-out the uni­verse."

October 11, 2017

#Gold shows it’s luster amid weak #currencies

- #Gold has always done best in an environment of weak currencies. The latest example is the Turkish Lira #TRY
- Big #gold buying in Germany lately comes at no surprise. In the past 100 years, German investors have seen fiat currencies come and go: 8 at last count. 


The latest political tension between the U.S. and Turkey (arrest of a U.S. diplomat in the U.S. embassy in Turkey) has led to the gold price rising in Turkish Lira (attachment 1 - one week chart).


The 5-year chart shows how gold has performed in Turkish Lira since 2013.  Especially since 2015, gold has gained 50% versus the Turkish Lira. Gold is safe haven for the Turkish citizens.


Turkish gold imports reached 289.7 tons from January-September 2017.


Attachment 3 shows gold versus the British Pound on a 5-year chart. Since the Brexit Referendum of June 23, 2016, gold in British Pounds has gained around 20% but the Pound was already weak versus gold since fall 2015. Big events throw the shadow ahead.


If Spanish Pesetas still existed, the Peseta would be very weak against gold due to the Catalonia referendum. But Pesetas doesn't exist anymore, although when you shop and pay in Spain your shopping ticket shows the amount in EURO and also in Pesetas.  Politicians are warned, citizens have a mammoth memory.


The big gold buying in Germany lately comes at no surprise. German investors have seen fiat currencies come and go: in the past 100 years, Germany has had eight (8) different currencies. The weak governments in the Euroland, the upcoming sovereign debt and banking crisis don't bode well for a great future for the EURO.


The so called "agreement" of last Sunday between the sister parties CDU/CSU, the largest party in Germany, on the refugee politic, looks more like what is called in spanish una piñata (Wundertüte in german or pochette surprise in french or surprise bag in english). Another meaningless agreement and nobody knows what is exactly in it.


The weak "agreement" is due to the fact that Germany is currently forming a new majority government. While the international financial world believes, with probably Mrs. Merkel heading the new government, everything will be the same, the reality is completely different. She needs a coalition with the Liberals (FDP) and Greens, a so called Jamaica coalition, named after the colors of the flag of Jamaica, black, yellow, green. The power of the German government will be weaker as the CDU/CSU will have to please the junior partners and its influence in the European Union will be diminished. Through this the EURO will become a softer currency.




October 1, 2017

How To Take A #MiningCompany Public on the #TSX, #IPO, #CPC or #RTO?

Here’s an introductory piece on How To Take A #MiningCompany Public

Mick Thomson is an expert when it comes to the process of publicly listing a company, whether it be through the use of a capital pool company (CPC), a reverse take-over (RTO), or an initial public offering (IPO).

Michael G. (“Mick”) Thomson is the President of Independent Capital Partners Inc., a corporate finance advisory firm that focuses on going public transactions.   He is a Director of four companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and a former Member of the TSX Venture’s Listings Advisory Committee and the Vancouver Stock Exchange’s Pre-Listing Advisory Committee.  In this piece he talks about the do’s and don’ts of listing a mining company on the TSX. 

Read the whole piece here on Palisade Research’s site: How To Take A #MiningCompany Public

September 18, 2017

#Copper #MiningStocks Due for Bounce Off First Level of Support $COP, $FCM $GLEN.L $FM.TO $HBM.TO

#Copper: Testing First Level of Support, but risks remain

-          Copper has pulled back nearly 8% from the 2017 highs and is now testing its first key level of support near the 50-day moving average and August consolidation zone.

-          The pullback resembles the December 2016 lows as price action hits the 50-dma as Full Stochastics reach extreme near-term oversold levels. 


Global Copper Miners ETF: Trading Opportunity Off the 50-MDA


-          The Global Copper Miners ETF (COPX) has pulled back to initial support at the 50-day moving average.

-          The recent weakness has pushed Full Stochastics  to oversold levels and reset daily RSI providing an opportunity to accumulate.  



Freeport-McMoRan: Testing Key Support

-          Freeport has pulled back to converging support at the 200-day moving average, August lows and neckline of the Feb-July rounded bottom.

-          Combined with sub-10 Full Stochastic readings, the recent pullback provides an attractive entry point.

Glencore: Dual Support

-          Glencore is retesting the breakout from the November to August trading range and rising 50-day moving average.

-          The September pullback has reset momentum from an oversold condition and offers an opportunity to accumulate.  


First Quantum Minerals: Bottom of Channel

-          Price action has pulled back 17$ from the September highs and is now at the bottom of the developing bullish channel.

-          Deeply oversold Full Stochastics combined with price testing support suggests adding to FM at current levels.  


HudBay Minerals: Oversold at 200-Day Moving Average 

-          Attractive entry point in HBM as price tests a key inflection level dating back to December 2016 and the rising 200-day moving average.

-          RSI, MACD and Full Stochastics reset and price action remains in an uptrend versus the TSX Composite.


Copper Commitment of Traders: Still Needs to Reset

-          While we see attractive trading opportunities in Copper stocks after their recent declines, there still remains some risk over the coming months from the positioning in the Commitment of Traders.  

-          Net speculative long positions in Copper have risen to the second largest net long position in history behind only the late 2016/early 2017 period. At the same time, commercial traders have opened up significant net short positions approaching the 2017 lows.  

-          The bearish COT setup suggests Copper is likely to experience a multi-month period of consolidation similar to the first half of 2017.  


September 10, 2017

#Gold - #ETF gold holding end of August 2017

The World @GoldCouncil published its #Gold #ETF holdings update


European funds have increased their AUM (asset under management) by 12% on the year, while Asian funds have lost 16% of their assets.


Gold-backed ETFs increase by 31.4t in August to 2,295t in global holdings


·        North American ETFs drove global inflows in August as investors added 27.8 tonnes ($1.3bn, 2.6% asset under management (AUM)

·        Flows in Europe were mixed with a net increase of 6.4t ($321mn, 0.78% AUM)

·        Asia funds lost 2t ($80mn, 3.0% AUM), with many of the Chinese gold-backed funds losing assets

Individual fund flows

·        In North America, SPDR® Gold Shares led inflows with +22.4t ($1.03bn, 3.2% of AUM), followed by iShares Gold Trust with +4.6t ($266mn, 3.1% of AUM).

·        European inflows were driven by Source Physical Gold +6t ($245mn, 5.5% of AUM) and ETFs Physical Gold +2.1t ($109mn, 1.87% of AUM).

Year-to-date trends

·        Global gold-backed ETFs collectively hold 2,295t and added 143.5t, equivalent to $5.3bn so far in 2017. This represents an increase of 5.5% of global AUM.

·        European funds continue to lead inflows accounting for nearly 79% of all inflows during the year.

European funds have increased their AUM by 12% on the year, while Asian funds have lost 16% of their assets.




August 30, 2017

#Gold All in-sustaining cost #AISC

The attached research paper "#Gold & Precious Minerals" by Scotiabank deals with AISC (all-in sustaining cost).  Generally speaking, for the senior and intermediate gold producers, a gold price of US$ 1'000 to US$ 1'100 per ounce is needed for FCF (free cash flow) breakeven.


From Scotiabank:


The industry has done well cutting costs to maintain their margins despite much lower gold prices. It's a well-known narrative that gold producers have cut spending heavily since the peaks of 2011-2012;  analysis confirms that in 2016, standardized AISC margins (%) for the group have returned to levels similar to 2012 (~25-30%) when the gold price was more than $400/oz higher. "Sustaining FCF" margins (i.e., after deducting cash taxes and interest) have rebounded even further with margins now ~18% vs. 17% in 2012. Since 2012, Nemont Mining has improved their standardized AISC position the most (from seventh to third), while Yamana Gold has slipped the most (from first to seventh).




August 20, 2017

#Debt & working capital in #Mining: @EY_MiningMetals: across mining sector, leverage is being brought back under control

#Miners have beeen reducing #debt levels this year as #commodities prices have increased

Gearing dropped to 34% for the top 50 miners, back to levels last seen in 2013, but still 2x that of 2011

EY - Debt in mining

EY - Debt in mining

August 7, 2017

#Gold & #silver Commitments of futures traders

Net Commitments of #gold futures traders show that large speculators #hedgefunds & money managers have increased their long positions. Net commercial traders increased their short positions (attachment 1). It looks like the market is in the building stage for something to come.


The Gold Barometers reveals that gold stocks are just about overbought and the physical gold is neutral and this already for some time as gold is in a trading range (attachment 2).


The KITCO Gold Survey indicates that Wall Street is 47% bullish and 41% bearish for this week. Main Street (Retail investors) are 48% bullish and 38% bearish for this week (attachment 3).


The XAU hourly gold chart shows that gold had a good week till Friday but lost all it gains on the U.S. unemployment figures. As per Friday, New York time 4 p.m. gold closed at US$ 1'258 per ounce for a loss of US$ 11 on the week (attachment 4).


The ARCA Gold Index (HUI) (attachment 5) shows that gold stocks tried to break through the 200-day moving average but failed. The weekly chart shows the same picture as HUI tried to break through the 40-week moving average on the upside but just couldn't make it (attachment 6). This is the 4th unsuccessful attempt this year to rally over this average.


Net Commitments of silver futures traders show the same picture as in gold. Large speculators are building their long positions while net commercial dealers are increasing their short positions. These positions are still small compared where they were over the last 12 months.


August 3, 2017

World @GoldCouncil H1 #Gold demand down 14%;slower #ETF inflows offset stronger consumer demand

World @GoldCouncil's detailed publication on gold demand and supply trends during the second quarter 2017, analysed by sector and by region.


ETF inflows slowed dramatically from last year's record pace
ETF holdings continued to grow: after adding 56t in Q2, H1 inflows reached 167.9t. European ETFs saw
the strongest H1 inflows: holdings in these funds reached a record 977.7t.

Bar and coin investment rebounded from very low levels
Q2 demand gained 13% from Q2 2016, while H1 demand rose 11%. A strong jump in Turkey was fuelled by
economic recovery, double-digit inflation and relative currency stability.

Jewellery demand strengthened from weak 2016, but fell short of the long-term average
India was the main contributor to the 8% gain in Q2, as it recovered from extremely low 2016 demand.

Technology demand registered its third consecutive quarter of growth
Growth in wireless charging and development of features that use LEDs boosted demand. New smartphone
handsets supported chip production.

Second Feature Article
Gold demand statistics
Latest statistics on gold global supply and demand. View second quarter 2017 gold statistics. [

July 27, 2017

#Cobalt, #EV's & #DRC: What will the bonanza mean for the #Congo? @FT

The move to ban petrol & diesel cars in France & UK will have a huge impact on the demand for #Cobalt. The #DRC as the main producer better find a way to clean up its act.

Clean electric cars are built on pollution in Congo: The country’s cobalt bonanza looks set to benefit only elites and mining companies

The MasterMetals Blog


July 11, 2017

#Gold: #HongKong #HKEX & #LME New contracts & trading systems

Two #HKEX platforms trade 24 hours a day; could turn HK into a global #gold trading hub

#Gold US$1,210/oz vs US$1,207/oz yesterday –

From SP Angel: Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) has said 3,000 of its new gold contracts traded on their launch day

London Metal Exchange traded a third of this volume on its system which also went live today.

The two HKEX platforms trade 24 hours a day and could turn HK into a global gold trading hub while allowing Chinese currency RMB deposits to trade in gold

The idea is to attract trading and investment away from the much larger OTC market, to increase market visibility and enable better regulation

The HKEX gold contract is available for trading in offshore renminbi 'CNH' and US dollars enabling the arbitrage between CNH futures and the other currency gold contracts

Physical delivery in Hong Kong is also available which should lead to price convergence and help prevent manipulation

#Gold #ETF holdings in June up from May: World @GoldCouncil

Weak currencies are #Gold's best friends! 

In the U.K., with the weaker Pound, UK's Source Physical Gold Trust added 12.2 tonnes of gold or 12% to 111.72 tonnes in June 2017.


·         At the end of June, total holdings in gold-backed ETFs and similar products stood at 2,313.1t (74.4moz), 22.2t higher from May. These holdings were valued at US$92.4bn, 1% lower compared to a month earlier.
·         North American and European Funds led the way: the former gained 12.8t to 1,227.1t while the latter added 10.5t to 977.7t. Asian funds lost 1.3t (-2%) to 61.9t and funds in the Other region increased marginally (+0.2t) to 46.4t. 
·         In North America, gains by iShares Gold Trust (+7.4t) outpaced that of SPDR Gold Shares (+5.0t). Their holdings at the end of June were 210.3t and 852.5t respectively.  
·         In Europe, it was UK's Source Physical Gold P-ETC that witnessed the largest inflow across the universe in the month. Its holdings increased a whopping 12.2t (+12%) to 111.7t.
·         In Asia, decline of the Chinese fund holdings slowed in June. After falling below the 20t mark during June, holdings of the Hua'an Yifu Gold ETF rebounded and ended the month at 20.0t. 

June 24, 2017

#Zinc Positioned to Move Higher After Successful Retest of Support: $TV.TO, $TK.V

Zinc is breaking out from a five month bearish channel and two month double bottom

From Paradigm Capital: 

Zinc Positioned to Move Higher After Successful Retest of Support: TV, TK

Chart 1 – Zinc has printed a bullish reversal off converging support levels along the 2014/2015 highs and retest of a seven year downtrend. The recent weakness was a healthy correction to work off the overbought pressure built up from the ~100% advance in 2016. Now weekly momentum has reset with Full Stochastics curling higher from oversold levels, confirming the price reversal off converging support levels. Zinc remains the strongest commodity within the CRB Index as price action carves out a multi-year uptrend and once again breaks out on a relative basis. Conservative long term upside measures to $3,500/t ($1.59/lb).


Chart 2 – Near-term, Zinc is breaking out from a five month bearish channel and two month double bottom. The breakout confirms the bullish divergence in momentum indicators and positions price action for a rally back to the 2017 highs. Look for any near-term checkback to find support at ~$2,650.


Chart 3 – Trevali was unable to break above resistance at the 2014 highs on its first attempt as momentum was already trending at overbought levels. Price action has subsequently pulled back in a retest of converging support levels along the uptrend from the 2015 lows and previous multi-year downtrend. With momentum now reset as price action tests support, the risk reward setup is very favourable.


Chart 4 – Tinka Resources has also pulled back to an attractive level along the rising 100-day moving average and 1/3rd retracement of the 2016-2017 advance. Momentum indicators have largely reset, providing a favourable risk/reward entry level.




Zinc: Bullish Reversal Off Support





Zinc: Breakout from Bearish Channel





Trevali Resources Corp.:





Tinka Resources Ltd.:



June 17, 2017

World's Billionaire Investors Buy #Gold

Infographic: Why the World's Billionaire Investors Buy Precious Metals
"They want to make money – but they also want to execute on strategies that will protect their wealth and build robust portfolios that can withstand any type of macro event."

Why the World's Billionaire Investors Buy Precious Metals

Why the World's Billionaire Investors Buy Precious Metals

There are always lessons that can be learned from the "smart money".

Unlike regular investors, billionaire money managers like Ray Dalio and Stan Druckenmiller are professional investors. They have entire institutional teams at their disposal, dive deep into the nuances and complexities of the market, and spend every waking moment of their lives thinking about how to get more from their investments. 

They want to make money – but they also want to execute on strategies that will protect their wealth and build robust portfolios that can withstand any type of macro event. 

Turning to Gold

In recent months, some of these elite investors have turned to precious metals like gold as a part of their overall investment strategies.

In the following infographic from Sprott Physical Bullion Trusts, we explain why these investors are adding precious metals to their portfolios, the underlying tactics, and the best quotes each investor has on assessing today's market

Why are these billionaires buying precious metals?

Their cited reasons can basically be summed up with six categories: wealth preservation, store of value, inflation hedge, portfolio diversification, future upside, and investment fundamentals.

What Billionaire Investors are Doing

1. Lord Jacob Rothschild
In late summer 2016, Rothschild announced changes to the RIT Partners portfolio because he was worried about very low interest rates, negative yields, and quantitative easing, saying they are part of the "greatest monetary experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world".

His solution? Buy gold to help preserve wealth, and as a store of value for the future.

2. David Einhorn
Einhorn has a similar assessment. He believes that monetary policy is becoming increasingly adventurous, and that this – along with the policies of the Trump administration – will eventually lead to large amounts of inflation.

In February 2017, he shorted sovereigns, and bought gold.

3. Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio is the founder of the world's top hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, but he's also no stranger to gold.

If you don't own gold, you know neither history nor economics.

– Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates

More recently, in 2016, Dalio is quoted as telling investors to own a well-diversified portfolio that is 5-10% gold.

4. Stanley Druckenmiller
Druckenmiller, some people argue, is the best money manager of all time.

Lately, he's placed his bets on gold as well, but for different reasons than the above managers. Druckenmiller has always placed big trades with lots of conviction, and in February 2017 he put his money in gold because "no country wants its currency to strengthen".

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