Gold Rises on Fed Interest Rate Hike, as Contrarians Predicted

Predicting is a risky sport and predicting markets an extreme one. But understanding can be much more lucrative. After years of speculation about the negative impact a Federal Reserve rate increase could have on gold, a number of our experts took a contrarian view and based on an understanding that the hike was already priced into the gold price, they explained that it would actually benefit the gold price because it would remove the overhanging doubt. And that is exactly what happened. Within hours of the unanimous announcement on Wednesday that the Fed’s benchmark short-term borrowing rate would go up a quarter point, gold was up $14/oz. Back in June, Gold Stock Trades founder Jeb Handwerger, in an interview with The Gold Report aptly titled “Fed Interest Rate Increase Could Be Best Thing to Happen to Gold,” said he believed that the Fed raising interest rates would be positive for … Continue reading

Lepouttre Plays Santa Claus, Gives Away Top 5 Junior Mining Picks

Thibaut Lepouttre, editor of Caesars Report, knows ’tis the season for generosity, so when we asked him for his top three picks among junior mining equities, he gave us five—four gold plays and a phosphate name. Belgium-based Lepouttre also discusses different “black-swan” events and their potential impact on the gold price, as well as some naughty and nice mining jurisdictions. But this is the interview that keeps on giving, so before he left Lepouttre added two micro-cap oil names he believes would make great “stocking stuffers.” He’s not Santa Claus but you’ll appreciate his magnanimity in this interview with The Gold Report. The Gold Report: The Chinese yuan will soon join the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency basket. The Chinese government hopes the yuan’s inclusion will help undermine the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. What will the likely impact be on gold? Thibaut Lepouttre: … Continue reading

Rob McEwen, the Investor, Has Some Advice for Mining Executives Everywhere

What does a veteran mining executive look for when investing his money in junior equities? In this interview with The Gold Report, Rob McEwen, who has been predicting $5,000/oz gold prices since 2011, explains why he still thinks that this is a possibility in the next four years and how companies can take advantage of technology to ensure that a price rise goes to the bottom line—and ultimately shareholders. And he shares the names of the three companies that meet his litmus test, one of which bears his name. The Gold Report: For the last five years, you’ve been predicting $5,000/ounce ($5,000/oz) gold. Are you still predicting that and what would drive it there? Rob McEwen: Yes, and the reasons are even more pressing and relevant. The industrialized world has never before increased the money supply as fast and as large as it is today and government debt is at … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing Uncovers Best Resource Companies at Silver Summit

The exhibit hall at the Silver Summit in San Francisco was filled with resource companies. Investors roamed the booths and sat in on CEO presentations to determine which companies had the best geography, core samples, business plan—and ultimately—chance of returning big upside to shareholders. The Gold Report took the advice of Frank Holmes, CEO and chief investment officer at U.S. Global Investors, who recommended the book “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Surowiecki and polled attendees for the best prospects. The results were pretty overwhelming. According to Surowiecki’s research, a motivated, independent-minded group can come up with the right answer and be smarter than even the smartest single member of the group. To test that, we asked investors to tell us their three favorite companies and then aggregated the results to determine which ones the group thought could outperform the market itself. The top three—First Majestic Silver Corp. (FR:TSX; AG:NYSE; … Continue reading

Shale Investing 101: Matt Badiali Reveals the Science Behind Oil Investments that Pay Off Big Time

As Matt Badiali, geologist and editor of the Stansberry Resource Report, explains, it has only been in the last few decades have we learned to release the potential of the massive oil and gas reservoirs in the U.S. Now we are learning how to tell if a shale project will be profitable. In this Energy Report article, he shares three names he is watching closely. Geologist Matt Badiali compares a conventional oil field to a glass of iced tea. The ice cubes are the rocks, the tea is the oil and the cup is the reservoir (just imagine the whole thing upside down, so the cup is on top). The cup is a trap where oil and gas accumulate after migrating out of the source rocks. A shale resource is not like that. It’s the source of the oil. It is rock formed when much of Canada and the central … Continue reading

Palisade Radio Interview On Stock Warrants

BY COLLIN KETTELL DECEMBER 06, 2015     What are common stock warrants? How do they work? Common Stock Warrants can outperform options manyfold with less risk and for less money down. That is according to Dudley Baker, founder and editor of the Common Stock Warrants website and The Warrants Report. Dudley Baker started out as an I.R.S. agent in 1967 and became a team leader auditing the largest corporations in the world. Now days he has little use for the I.R.S. but this experience gives him a unique insight that he puts to good use with his 40 years experience in trading stocks, options, leaps, futures and warrants, to provide details on all warrants trading on the mining and energy companies. Talking points from this week’s interview – • Just what is a common stock warrant? • What advantages do they have over other securities? • Gaining access to … Continue reading

How Investors at the California Capital Conference Picked the Next Top Small-Cap Companies

If only someone could bottle the experience of finding an overlooked company, investing for pennies a share and cashing in for 10, 20 or 30 times what you paid. Priceless, right? But how to find those companies? Small caps aren’t covered by the mainstream press and analysts the way blue chips are, and determining value of an early-stage company before profit and loss statements take on real meaning and big questions about science and markets are answered can be difficult. That is why veteran investors like Tom Swaney, president of California-based Harwood Capital Inc., like to meet management in person at events like the California Capital Conference. The event brought 18 companies and 20 professional investors together in the beautiful Napa Valley at the end of November for a series of one-on-one meetings that resulted in insights Swaney says just can’t be found on company websites. For those who couldn’t … Continue reading

Mackie Analyst Ryan Hanley’s Storm-Tested Canadian Equity Picks

Amid a tempestuous year for the U.S. dollar gold price, gold has quietly moved up about 6% in Canadian dollar terms, squarely placing the focus on gold producers with Canadian operations that generate cash flow, says Ryan Hanley, mining analyst with Mackie Research Capital. In this interview with The Gold Report, Hanley lists his storm-tested top picks, shines light on names with M&A potential, and sees smooth sailing ahead for some companies with near-term catalysts. The Gold Report: Why haven’t the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris spurred a greater safe-haven gold trade? Does it mean the concept of gold as a safe haven is, for the most part, dead? Ryan Hanley: I don’t believe so. Despite the recent attacks, this is the first time in a long time we’ve seen the United Kingdom backing France, and the U.S. and Russia on the same page. Gold continues to have an … Continue reading

Fred On Everything | Security Theater: Customary Federal Pointlessness

December 3, 2015 Fred On Everything By Fred Reed A few cheering thoughts on terrorism. This column specializes in cheering thoughts. Terrorism by Moslems in America and Europe cannot be stopped. If attacks do not occur, it will be because nobody tried very hard. Stopping them would require excluding Moslems, deporting them, or controlling them by totalitarian methods. Or, improbably, minding our own business in the Middle East. What you think of the foregoing approaches doesn’t matter, since none of them will be used. In France the result would be a civil war. America is too divided to do anything about anything. The notion that the government can prevent terrorism suggests studied inattention to the obvious.  To begin, the intelligence agencies have proved useless. NSA did not prevent the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, nor the successful one. French intelligence did not prevent the recent attacks in Paris, … Continue reading