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May 31, 2013

Peter #Degraaf The Long Wait is almost over for #Gold

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The Long Wait (nearly 21 months) is Almost Over

May 29, 2013

DOUG #KASS: The Case to Buy #Gold

   • There is a time, place and price for every asset class.

   • Gold gets dug out    of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole,    bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility.    Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.

   • The problem with    commodities is that you are betting on what someone else would pay for them in    six months. The commodity itself isn't going to do anything for you.... [I]t    is an entirely different game to buy a lump of something and hope that    somebody else pays you more for that lump two years from now than it is to buy    something that you expect to produce income for you over    time.

   • Gold is a way of    going long on fear, and it has been a pretty good way of going long on fear    from time to time. But you really have to hope people become more afraid in a    year or two years than they are now. And if they become more afraid, you make    money; if they become less afraid, you lose money -- but the gold itself    doesn't produce anything.

   • I will say this    about gold. If you took all the gold in the world, it would roughly make a    cube 67 feet on a side.... Now for that same cube of gold, it would be worth    at today's market prices about $7 trillion dollars -- that's probably about a    third of the value of all the stocks in the United States.... For $7 trillion    dollars ... you could have all the farmland in the United States, you could    have about seven ExxonMobils, and you could have a trillion dollars of    walking-around money.... And if you offered me the choice of looking at some    67-foot cube of gold and looking at it all day, and, you know me, touching it    and fondling it occasionally.... Call me crazy, but I'll take the farmland and    the ExxonMobils.

   • The major asset in    this category is gold, currently a huge favorite of investors who fear almost    all other assets, especially paper money (of whose value, as noted, they are    right to be fearful). Gold, however, has two significant shortcomings, being    neither of much use nor procreative. True, gold has some industrial and    decorative utility, but the demand for these purposes is both limited and    incapable of soaking up new production. Meanwhile, if you own one ounce of    gold for an eternity, you will still own one ounce at its    end.

   • What motivates most    gold purchasers is their belief that the ranks of the fearful will grow.    During the past decade, that belief has proved correct. Beyond that, the    rising price has on its own generated additional buying enthusiasm, attracting    purchasers who see the rise as validating an investment thesis. As "bandwagon"    investors join any party, they create their own truth -- for a    while.

   • I have no views as    to where it will be, but the one thing I can tell you is it won't do anything    between now and then except look at you. Whereas, you know, Coca-Cola will be    making money, and I think Wells Fargo will be making a lot of money and there    will be a lot -- and it's a lot -- it's a lot better to have a goose that    keeps laying eggs than a goose that just sits there and eats insurance and    storage and a few things like that.


-- All  of the above quotes are from Warren Buffett

In many  ways, I have shared Warren Buffett's skepticism on gold, as expressed in his  seven quotes above.

Also,  in support of Warren's ursine view of the precious metal, is Oaktree Capital  Management's Howard Marks, who has written that gold is a lot  like religion. In religion, you either believe in God or you don't. In the gold  market, you either believe in gold or you don't. 

In the  past, I have agreedon the subject of gold with both The Oracle of Omaha  and The Oracle of Oaktree. In fact, I recently debatedwith Peter Schiff about gold, providing the bear case  for the asset class (albeit, at much higher prices).

In  essence, the gold market is a state of mind -- the subject of gold is an  emotional one. It neither represents a corporate franchise that increases over  time as profits are earned and retained such as, say, Procter & Gamble ( PG), with a protected  moat -- nor is it a productive asset. As such it is hard to ascertain what the  intrinsic value of the commodity is.

On the  latter point, gold doesn't produce profits or cash flow and, as such, fails to  provide a stream of income. Its future price is simply dependent upon someone  willing to pay more for the asset class compared to its  price today.

While  it might take time for the price of gold to build a real bottom, there is a  time, place and price for every asset class.

Why  Now?

This  morning, I paid $133.30 for SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD) in premarket  trading.

Below I  will discuss my reasons for building a position in gold over the next few weeks  and months.

Expectations  for the price of gold are now low and diminished . Gold  experienced a speculative blow-off top 18 months ago as the European debt crisis  peaked, the threat of a U.S. default ceiling rose and coincident with the debt  rating of U.S. being lowered.

A most  unpopular asset class provides a contrarian's appeal . Weak  price action since September 2011 has created an improved reward vs. risk. Hereis  the price of gold since 1833. And below is a chart that follows the price of  gold since 1970.

As you  can see, the price of gold is more than $500 an ounce below the fall 2011  peak.

Last  month's gold selloff looks like a selling price and volume  climax . That  first day of the mid-April collapse was a near 5 standard deviation move lower  (or every 4,700 years) on huge notional volume of $20 billion. On the following  Monday, gold took an even greater beating. Over the two-day period, there was a  8 standard deviation event, which occurs statistically about every billion  years.

Negative  sentiment extreme . The  sharp price drop in gold has brought on a growing short  position.

With it  lies the seeds for a potential short squeeze or perhaps some latent demand from  short sellers.

The  growing consensus view of an acceleration in the rate of global economic growth  may be too optimistic . As  such, not only might the recent rise in real interest rates be nearly over (as  it holds the seeds for detracting from growth) but it raises the prospects for  more QE, lasting much longer than many market participants  expect.

The  U.S. dollar's recent strength might peter out . A higher U.S. dollar  is typically seen as a gold negative. But the recent strength, reflecting a  growing consensus of Fed tapering, might be  short circuited if global growth moderates.

More  currency debasing lies ahead . The  currencies of all the major countries, including ours, are under severe pressure  because of massive government deficits. The more money that is pumped into these  economies (the printing of money, basically), the less valuable the  currencies become and more valuable gold is.

Inflation  is gold's friend . The  world's debt load cannot be paid back in constant dollars. Reflating (and  inflation) seem inevitable (though inflation may lie out into the distant  future) and is the natural outgrowth of monetary policy.

Tail  risks remain . I  don't subscribe to the notion that all economic tail risks have been eliminated  nor that the shoulders of growth will be borne by monetary policy. Rather I view  an upcoming "aha moment," in which it becomes recognized that easing is losing  its impact as the Fed is pushing on a string. Again, QE might be with us for a  lot longer than many anticipate.

Demand  for physical gold is rising . It is  interesting to note that when the price of gold had its two-day crash in  mid-April, the price for physical delivery (gold coins, etc.) held better (the  premium increased) than future prices. (View about 33 minutes, 50 seconds into this  presentationby Grant Williams.)

Previously  bullish brokerages have given up on gold . Credit Suisse , JPMorgan and Goldman  Sachs have recently slashed their gold price projections. I view  this surrender as consistent with a possible contrarian  signal.


Recognizing  that the intrinsic value of gold is difficult to evaluate, now seems a  propitious time to consider diversifying some portion of one's portfolio into  gold.

There  is probably no better time to consider diversifying one's portfolio into a  depressed asset class (e.g., gold) than when the crowd is optimistic about a  vigorous and self-sustaining global economic recovery and when the world's stock  markets are at record high prices.

Gold,  which had a speculative blow-off to the upside back in 2011 (18 months ago), now  appears to have had a selling climax last month.

Investor  sentiment toward gold probably can't get much worse, and the growing optimism  regarding the trajectory of global economic recovery may not get much better in  the weeks and months ahead.

Position: Long  GLD


Douglas  A. Kass

Seabreeze Partners Management Inc.


May 13, 2013

MENA #Mining #Infograph

The Middle East and North Africa are still unknown entities to many mining companies & investors.
However much of the region has a long history of mining, good infrastructure, favorable geography, many active producers and huge potential.

· An estimated $3 trillion of untapped mineral deposits exist in Afghanistan
· 100 companies are licensed to search & produce gold in Saudi Arabia
· Morocco is the world’s 3rd largest phosphate producer
· Algeria has 32 operating mines
· Egypt’s coal resources are estimated at 50 Mt
· 20 exploration & mining companies operate in Eritrea

This digestible infographic will guide you through the opportunity presented by countries across the Middle East and North Africa:  The best minerals and metals, metrics, key players operating in the region, and more

MENA Mining Infograph 2013-5 - mena-mining-infograph-2013-final.pdf

May 8, 2013

Eurocontrol Launches State of the Art Mobile Solution for #Mining and Exploration Companies

Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc
PRESS RELEASEToronto: May 08, 2013


Eurocontrol Launches State of the Art Mobile Geological Data Analysis Solution for the Mining Industry

Toronto, CANADA, May 08, 2013 - Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc. (TSX Venture: EUO) ("Eurocontrol" or the "Company"), a Canadian public company specializing in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative authentication, verification, certification and energy security technologies, is pleased to announce the introduction of Geological Mapping Solution (GMS), a technology that has been developed by Xenemetrix Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocontrol, to work with Xenemetrix's Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) mobile spectrometer technology.  The ED-XRF system provides an onsite laboratory level solution to rapidly analyze almost all sample types and shapes (solids, liquids, powders and thin films) and the GMS technology utilizing ED-XRF enables location based geological data to be transferred immediately to the user's server for reporting and monitoring significantly improving the user's ability to analyze data in real time from exploration locations.

Geological Mapping Solution (GMS): Xenemetrix Geological Mapping Solution (GMS) includes compact size 50W tube power mobile analyzers that can easily be transported between sites or robust lab systems that are ideal to install in a mobile laboratory. The advanced software package is equipped with GPRS/WiFi/Satellite Data Transfer and GPS and is easily operated by non-skilled personnel. This "client-server" configuration delivers analytical flexibility and availability for research and monitoring tasks of multiple systems anywhere in the world, enables fast monitoring of field results provided with unique location tag, time stamp and quantification results per element of interest of each sample been measured. Through the GMS server system, setup and calibrations can be fine-tuned and the data collected can be sent to an advanced report repository to provide a state-of-the-art data analysis and monitoring on a daily basis. Xenemetrix's powerful laboratory spectrometers (EX-6600 SDD/X-7600 SDD-LE), equipped with Advanced Standard-less Fundamental Parameters (SLFP) Software (a complete XRF analysis tool, enabling quantitative analysis of various samples without need of certified reference materials- standards) enables a comprehensive analysis of the laboratory data transferred, providing the ultimate full solution of analyzing data in real time from multiple exploration locations.

The target market for Xenemetrix's Geological Mapping Solution, are geological survey companies, geological and mineral exploration companies amongst others. Materials recovered by geological survey and exploration from the earth includes: base metals, precious metals, iron, uranium, limestone, rock salt and potash. Xenemetrix's advanced spectrometers allow an on-site direct analysis of exploration minerals or other geological materials thereby reducing turnaround times for results from days, weeks and sometimes months to seconds compared to laboratory based analysis.

About Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc.

Eurocontrol through its three wholly owned subsidiaries, Global Fluids International S.A. ("GFI"), Xenemetrix Inc. ("Xenemetrix") and XwinSys Ltd. ("XwinSys"), is a leading provider and innovator of detection and marking systems worldwide. GFI and Xenemetrix are global pioneers in developing and implementing innovative molecular marking systems for the oil industry and XwinSys is currently a development stage company. GFI's unique and proprietary liquid authentication system, PetromarkTM, is the world's leading solution for fully integrated oil marking, mixing and detection.  Xenemetrix is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence ("EDXRF") systems, a technology that is the most accurate and economic method for determining the chemical composition of many types of materials, including the analysis of petroleum oils and fuel.  XwinSys is currently developing intellectual property that will combine 2D and 3D image processing technology from Brossh Inspection Systems Ltd. of Israel with Xenemetrix's EDXRF technology for application in the semi-conductor manufacturing process.

For further information on Eurocontrol, please visit the Company's website at or contact:

W. Bruce Rowlands
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc.
Tel: (416) 361-2808 | Fax (416) 364-5400



Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of each of Eurocontrol, its projects and partnerships, the timing of the future launch of new systems, , the effect the patent can be expected to have on Eurocontrol's performance and regulatory matters. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Eurocontrol, Xwynsis and Xenemetrix to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward- looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; achievement of synergies; timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the industrial industry; and, delays in obtaining governmental approvals or in the completion of activities. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Eurocontrol does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.