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5 Things I Look for in Exploration Companies

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Posted by Jordan Roy-Byrne - The Daily Gold

on Monday, 24 July 2017 07:05

5-Things-I-Look-for-in-Exploration-Companies opt3-1024x769Three months ago (April) we covered the reasons we primarily invest in junior exploration companies. We promised to follow up with some criteria we follow in attempting to pick winners. Here are five things we look for when evaluating and selecting junior exploration companies. 

Management has a track record and experience.

There is a decent number of executives in the junior industry that were part of or led a company to an acquisition. If they have done it before then they know what needs to be done in order to do it again. If management has not been involved in a transaction, check to see if they have discovered a deposit or expanded a resource through drilling. Also, seek out the executives that had ample experience at a major company. 

Do not stop with the CEO. Also consider the track record and experience of the chief geologist. They are just as important. 

Strong capital structure and a small retail float

The capital structure refers to the cash, shares outstanding and warrants and options. We are looking for companies with cash, tight share structures and tight floats. That means enough cash to move forward (without needing to raise multiple times) a low number of warrants and options and a small retail float. 

The float is the number of shares available for trading after subtracting closely held shares. The smaller the retail float, the more amount of stock is tightly held (by insiders, institutions and large investors). Stocks with tighter retail floats can rise more quickly than stocks with larger retail floats. It’s basic supply and demand and the size of the retail float is just as important as the overall structure itself.

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The Tax Man Cometh

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Posted by MoneyTalks Editor

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 13:38

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The on-going theme of government seeking every tax dollar possible is playing out as the federal government proposes to eliminate an "up til now" regular part of small business and professional tax planning. The Trudeau government proposes to target private corporations with family members as beneficiaries along with two other tax plan. CLICK HERE for more details


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Your Plan B - How to build an exceptional offense

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Posted by Simon Black - Sovereign Man

on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:23

Yesterday I talked about how to build the first part of your personal Plan B-- an impenetrable defense. 
offenseToday I’m going to show you how to build a strong offense. 
Once you have a strong defense that protects everything you have, a good offense positions you for gain. 
It helps you move the ball down the field, grow your wealth and achieve exceptional investment returns… all while taking minimal risk. 
Step #1: Invest outside of the mainstream

When I say outside the mainstream, I don’t mean weird or highly risky. I mean beyond conventional wisdom… in other words, beyond stocks and bonds. 
In fact, I always look for smart investments that have high risk-adjusted returns. 

In other words, I would prefer an investment with a 9% return and little risk of losing my capital over a super risky investment that could return 25%. 
 And the best way to ensure that is to buy: 
(1) High-quality assets 
(2) Managed by competent people of integrity 
(3) At prices that are at/below intrinsic value 
There are plenty of high-quality assets out there today. But finding anything at a decent price is next to impossible. 

The stock market is at an all-time high. Companies are selling for huge multiples of their earnings – like Amazon, which trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 180. 

But if you look outside conventional investments, you discover a whole, new world of opportunities. 

Things like… deeply undervalued international stocks, secured peer-to-peer lending, private businesses, agricultural real estate and even royalties of songs
For example, our colleagues at Silver Bullion, the most advanced bullion depository in Singapore, have created a peer-to-peer lending platform where investors can loan funds against gold and silver, typically backed at a 2:1 margin, at deposit rates up to 6%. 
In other words, you can lend $50,000, and earn a strong, 6% return while your money is backed by $100,000 worth of gold and silver.



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Demographic Trends for the 50-and-Older Work Force

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Posted by Jill Mislinski - Advisor Perspectives

on Friday, 09 June 2017 06:55

Note: This commentary has been updated with the latest numbers from last week's Employment Report.

Our earlier update on demographic trends in employment included a chart illustrating the growth (or shrinkage) in six age cohorts since the turn of the century. In this commentary, we'll zoom in on the age 50 and older Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR).

But first, let's review the big picture. The overall LFPR is a simple computation: You take the Civilian Labor Force (people age 16 and over employed or seeking employment) and divide it by the Civilian Noninstitutional Population (those 16 and over not in the military and or committed to an institution). The result is the participation rate expressed as a percent.

For the larger context, here is a snapshot of the monthly LFPR for age 16 and over stretching back to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' starting point in 1948, the blue line in the chart below, along with the unemployment rate.



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Can You Afford to Reach 100?

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Posted by John Mauldin - Mauldin Economicsin - Mauldin Economics

on Monday, 05 June 2017 06:15

"This week I have good news and bad news for you" - John Mauldin

Centenarians Everywhere
The $400 Trillion Gap
A Wedding and the Virgin Islands

“I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, ‘Dang, she looks good for her age!’” – Dolly Parton


“Just because you live 20 years or 100 years doesn’t make it less meaningful. They’re both short amounts of time. So all we can do is just live in that time, whatever time we’re given.” – Ansel Elgort


“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” - Blaise Pascal1657 (and a few score other later attributions)



Welcome to the new, improved, faster-to-read, better yet still-free Thoughts from the Frontline. My team and I have been doing a lot of research on what my readers want. The reality is that my newsletter writing has experienced a sort of “mission creep” over the years. Bluntly, the letter is just a lot longer today than it was five or ten years ago. And when I’m out talking to readers and friends, especially those who give me their honest opinions, they tell me it’s just too much. There are some of you who love the length and wish it were even longer, but you are not the majority. Not even close. We all have time constraints, and I wish to honor those. So I am going to cut my letter back to its former size, which was about 50% of the length of more recent letters. (Note: this paragraph is going to open the letter for the next month or so, since not everybody clicks on every letter. Sigh. Surveys showed us it’s not because you don’t love me but because of demands on your time. I want you to understand that I get it.) Now to your letter…

This week I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that you and your children will probably have much longer lives than you currently imagine. The bad news is that you’ll have to pay the bill for them.



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