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Gold: First Mover Advantage

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Posted by Frank Holmes via US Global Investors

on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:30

In the Investor Alert, our investment team shares charts and data that we believe provide readers with a first mover advantage. While markets don’t always move like we anticipate, recognizing historical trends can provide an edge if you act quickly.

Last week, gold bugs were rewarded with the long-awaited positive momentum in the yellow metal, and on Friday, bullion rose to about $1,670. After falling below the 200-day moving average, gold had been stuck in quicksand for several months. With the jumps in the price last week, bullion swiftly rose above this critically important long-term moving average.

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Bloomberg reported on Thursday that gold investors were the “most bullish in nine months” as its survey of 29 of 35 analysts indicated that they expected prices to rise—only three were bearish toward the metal.

One chart that might turn those three bears to gold bulls was featured in a recentInvestor Alert. I noted that gold’s 12-month rolling return in standard deviation terms triggered an extremely low sigma event, dipping below a reading of -2. To our investment team, this signal means that investors should expect gold to experience a significant price reversal.

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Price reversals, of course, work both ways—the oscillator above also tells you whether gold has climbed too quickly and should be expected to fall. If you take a look at the previous “peak,” when gold rose above 2 sigma, the chart sent out a chilling warning signal that gold was due for an eventual correction.

Last August, when the price of gold was reaching all-time highs, I reminded investorsthat it would be a non-event to see gold decrease by 10 percent. In fact, I felt that this correction would be a healthy development for markets, because it would act to remove the short-term speculators while the long-term story remained on solid ground.

Gold still hasn’t made it back to its all-time high, but Stifel Nicolaus’ gold-to-crude oil ratio suggests gold climbing to $1,900. According to Stifel’s research, the gold-to-oil ratio based on the price of Brent has historically “shown a tendency to run to around 16.5x.” In other words, the price of the yellow metal is usually about 16.5 times the price of a barrel of Brent oil. With Brent trading around $116 per barrel last week, the math tells us that gold could go to $1,900.

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The long-term fundamentals for gold stand on solid ground. Way back in March, Ian McAvity stated that the “extreme behavior of major central bankers and the absurd ‘risk-on/risk-off’ surges of liquidity across all markets fueled by those liquidity injections sloshing around markets rather than reaching any economy is frightening, and the most bullish fuel they could throw at the gold market.” Liquidity keeps flowing today, as central banks have continued their massive global easing cycle throughout the summer. In McAvity’s opinion, “The gold price volatility is more a reflection on the U.S. dollar and euro paper and the madness of an asset bubble. Gold will be the last man standing on the other side of the valley.”

Even the Love Trade—gold buying out of China and India—isn’t over, despite rather tepid quarter-end results from the World Gold Council. In his latest Greed & Fear document, Christopher Wood from CLSA says that he believes the media overreacted to China’s gold demand. With gold demand totaling nearly 800 tons from June 2011 to June 2012, he points out that the country “is still buying a lot of gold.”

As for gold demand in India, his team hears that people are buying gold with cash to avoid the higher duties. “As a result, these cash purchases will not be recorded in the official data,” says Wood.

In addition to these factors, there’s a new growing demand coming from central banks. Wood sums it up for investors: “The conclusion for investors is stupefyingly simple. Stay long gold.”


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New Cyclical Bull Underway in Gold Stocks

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Posted by Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT

on Monday, 27 August 2012 08:47

Three weeks ago we wrote that the short-term outlook in precious metals was bullish. Quoting our conclusion: The bottom line is this sector is very close to a breakout which would likely confirm the May bottom. The price action has started to improve and the sector has not been deterred by the aforementioned bad news which, in normal conditions would have caused a selloff. In the meantime, the public has been bearish the entire year and the dumb money has started to exit the market. It is this combination of factors that lead us to a firm bullish posture over the rest of the summer.” In terms of weekly closing prices, GDX and SIL closed last week at a four month high, while GDXJ closed last week at a three month high. Silver closed at a four month high while Gold closed at a five month high. From that it would seem that these markets are overbought. However, a quick study of the long-term charts, sentiment and valuations confirms that we are in an absolute sweet spot. Markets have bottomed, a new cyclical bull has begun and there is substantial room to move over the coming months and year.

We begin with a chart of the bull market in the HUI and we highlight the cyclical bear markets. The 2011-2012 bear lasted about as long as the 2004-2005 bear but was a bit deeper (42% versus 36%). The fact that this bear corrected the recovery from the 2008 crash could be why various valuation and sentiment indicators are at such compelling levels (as annotated in the chart).   

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Next we chart our proprietary Silver index, which is comprised of 10 “growth oriented producers.” (The ETF SIL only has a few years of history). This index corrected 60% in 2004, 90% in 2007-2008 and 50% from 2011-2012. The current bear market was the almost the longest (short of the 2007-2008 bear) but the smallest with only a 50% correction. Yes, to say only 50% is ironic but in looking at the chart one can see that the correction appears to be quite routine. This chart has potential to be a cup and handle pattern which could have massive bullish implications for the next few years.

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How does this bull market compare to the past? The Barron’s Gold Mining Index (BGMI) had two tiny cyclical bears and two large cyclical bears. The circles show consolidations within cyclical bulls which lasted more than three years. 

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Visually we can understand why the sector is beginning a new cyclical bull market. Yet let’s take a look at some simple sentiment and valuation data. Below we show info ℅ SentimenTrader which shows the Rydex Precious Metals Fund. At the recent bottom, the assets were the lowest they’ve been since 2008. In fact, going back 10 years, it was the second lowest point (with 2008 being first). Also note that the precious metals assets (as a percentage of all Rydex funds) were at a minimum of a six year low.

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Next, we’ve shown this before but it’s worth showing again. We calculated that the PE ratio of the HUI Gold Bugs Index at the May low was 12x earnings. This chart from the Erste Group displays the year by year PE of the HUI. If Gold moves higher then earnings should increase. Combine that with rising valuations and that explains the potential for substantial gains.

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The confirmation of the bottom is obvious. Now what? Well, the question is if the sector will continue to zoom higher similar to 2005 and 2009 or if it will consolidate for months (similar to 1972 and 1977) before making a parabolic advance in less than two years. In any event, that is just semantics and for the hyper traders out there. In either scenario we are early in a new cyclical bull and there is tremendous opportunity to be had. If youd be interested inour professional guidance in uncovering the equities poised for big gains, then we invite you to learn more about our service.

Good Luck!

Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT

 



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Greg Weldon: Gold & Silver in Focus

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Posted by Greg Weldon - Weldon's Macro-Market Metal Monitor

on Friday, 24 August 2012 14:00

This is an ‘EXCERPT’ from this week’s ‘macro-market’ metal monitor update from Greg Weldon.

It focuses solely on Gold and Silver, with perspective on ... ... Gold's med-term technical breakout ... Gold's longer-term technical position ... the decline in the US Dollar Index ... Gold 'priced-in' Eurocurrency ... Gold 'priced-in' Yen ... the new RECORD HIGH in Gold 'priced-in' Brazilian Real ... the breakout in the CRB Index ... the Gold Bug Index versus the S+P 500 Index ... American Barrick, Goldcorp, Freeport McMoran, and Yamana Gold ... the Junior Miner ETF, and more! 

Readers can get the FULL report by signing up for a free trial at http://www.weldononline.com/signup.aspx.

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Is the golden era of Silver about to dawn?

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Posted by Rakesh Neelakandan via Commodity Online

on Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:17

“Investment demand for precious metals will take over in any case from industrial demand. And once the gold price heads up then silver will follow. You get 50 times more silver for your money than gold. Historically it was 12 to 15 times the amount of silver for gold, so that also looks like a correction just waiting to happen.”

The time before monetary easing contributes to a period of uneasiness. Time after easing contributes to a binge.

It is because Quantitative Easings, wherever they are carried out ultimately find their way to commodities and equities. Now China, in an anticipated phase of deceleration predicted for August is expected to announce stimulus measures. US Federal Reserve minutes from the latest meeting of policy honchos is indicative of a round of QE 3 for many.

So, what is the outcome of these measures as and when they happen?

One word: inflation!

When printed money without sufficient asset backing finds its way to markets, it behaves like a tide and in a deluge kills the value of money. Hence you may have to pay that piece of burger or this piece of jewellery, a little more than what you had paid a few months ago.

The next question is how to safeguard your investments and assets from this deteriorating trend.

Investing in precious metals is the best option and investing in silver the bettter-than-best option!

“It does just have to be silver. Consider this: silver is the only major commodity not to have reached a new all-time high in this bull market; silver is still cheaper than it was 32 years ago, prices are astonishingly depressed. Then you can consider the impact of an economic slowdown on silver. Yes its industrial use will go down but so will its production because that is linked to the output of copper and zinc mines.” said Peter Cooper in anarticle.

[Pure-play silver mines are rare and silver is often obtained from zinc and copper mines in an also-mined fashion.]

“Investment demand for precious metals will take over in any case from industrial demand. And once the gold price heads up then silver will follow. You get 50 times more silver for your money than gold. Historically it was 12 to 15 times the amount of silver for gold, so that also looks like a correction just waiting to happen.” he added.

Nowadays there are talks of a global slowdown about to happen in lines of the 1930s depression. If that turns out to be true, those who possesses nuggets of gold and silver would rule the world.

Now, if the silver prices are being kept low as Theodore Butler has argued, and pent up demand in silver and a mismatch in paper silver and actual silver occurs, God save all those who have not invested in silver.

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Gold Juniors with Bright Futures

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Posted by Lawrence Roulston via The Gold Report

on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:15

In the topsy-turvy gold equities market, it can be difficult to spot junior mining firms capable of delivering substantial pay-offs. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, top market analyst and Resource Opportunities newsletter editor Lawrence Roulston identifies undervalued firms from Africa to British Columbia that have high-quality assets, access to development cash, solid management teams and bright futures.

COMPANIES MENTIONEDEXTORRE GOLD MINES LTD. - GOLDQUEST MINING CORP. - KAMINAK GOLD CORP. - KEEGAN RESOURCES INC. - MILLROCK RESOURCES INC. - NEW GOLD INC. - NEWSTRIKE CAPITAL INC. - PAGET MINERALS CORP. -PRETIUM RESOURCES INC. - RIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC. - SANDSTORM GOLD LTD. - SUNRIDGE GOLD CORP.

Lawrence Roulston: Most of the gold in the world is held for the long term. Only a small portion of total gold holdings is actively traded. Short-term price fluctuations are largely the result of traders reacting to news. A long-term chart of the gold price tells the real story. Gold is trending higher and there are short-term fluctuations, but the long-term direction is obvious.

The important message is that the long-term outlook for gold remains extremely bullish. The gold producers have an ongoing need to replace reserves, and they want to grow their businesses. That's the basis for viewing the exploration and development companies. You're going to beat yourself up trying to figure out what the next short-term move is going to be in the gold price, but if you take this long-term uptrend seriously and look at the companies developing deposits that are likely to be taken over by the larger companies, that's a much better way to play the gold market.

TGR: In February, you told The Gold Report that for gold shares, "the worst is over." Do you still feel that way? Are there signs that a bottom for equities has been reached?

LR: That call was premature. There was a brief rally. It turned around when the gold price dropped. The U.S. dollar replaced gold as a safe haven as people fled from the uncertainty in Europe. At that time, I differentiated between the resource markets overall and the higher-quality junior companies. The message still applies. Better-quality companies with good assets, cash on hand and strong management are building strong bases in their share prices at this time. Some of these companies have come down to the bottom and are trading at cash value. There is not a lot of downside once they're trading at cash value.

We are in the midst of the summer doldrums. People aren't really paying attention to the junior markets. That's going to change in September when people come back from holidays. Investors are going to recognize that companies with good assets are trading for cash value or near that level, and that there is more upside potential than there is downside risk.

"The long-term outlook for gold remains extremely bullish."

The big factor that is really going to drive the markets is takeovers. We're seeing it now. For instance, Avion Gold Corp. (AVR:TSX; AVGCF:OTCQX) just received a takeover offer that was a 70% premium to its 20-day trading price. There are going to be a lot more offers like that, and that's going to make savvy investors pay attention.

TGR: In terms of companies trading at or near their current cash value, are there any firms that you think are a good deal for investors right now?

LR: Keegan Resources Inc. (KGN:TSX; KGN:NYSE.A) has $200 million (M) in the bank, and its market value is not a lot more than that. It has a 5 million ounce (Moz) good quality gold deposit in Ghana. That's an example of how irrational the valuations are in this market now.

TGR: Speaking of rationality, what specific political and economic trends are affecting the price of bullion and the price of gold equities?

LR: Short-term prices are impacted by news headlines, but headlines are not all that accurate. We hear constantly about the slowdown in China. In reality, China is the largest consumer of metal and its economy is growing at better than 7% a year. That's less than the 8–9% growth of recent periods, but it's still a phenomenal pace of growth for the second largest economy in the world.

TGR: What about the so-called euro dilemma?

LR: The situation in Europe is the most significant element impacting investor sentiment. Markets have pretty much discounted a complete collapse of the euro. Personally, I don't think we're going to see a complete collapse of the euro. I think a more practical outlook is that the powers in Europe are moving ever closer toward a wide-open monetary easing in the same way that the Americans used monetary policy to overcome the 2008 global financial crisis. And it worked very effectively in the U.S. The American economy is not booming yet, but it has certainly rebounded from a recession to a period of slow growth.

TGR: What would be the effect of quantitative easing in Europe on gold investors?

LR: Over time, it will be very positive for hard assets in general, and especially for gold, but also positive for the whole range of commodities. Monetary easing depresses the value of currencies. It's inflationary. Hard assets like gold and other metals are going to effectively hold their value in real terms as the value of currencies decline. In the long term, the easing could be very bullish for commodities in general.

TGR: Given that now is a good time to bargain hunt for junior mining stocks, what standards should investors use when evaluating whether a particular junior has a solid chance at making it through the next year or so and emerging as a contender?

LR: The biggest payoff for a junior exploration company comes with a new discovery. We saw that recently with GoldQuest Mining Corp. (GQC:TSX.V). In a period of three months, its stock price went from $0.05/share to $1.50/share. But, unfortunately, discoveries like that are not very common. Investors must balance risk and potential reward by buying companies that have a solid asset combined with a realistic prospect of a takeover. The value of a quality asset increases as the owner expands and upgrades the resource by conducting engineering studies and moving toward production. Companies with solid mining assets and good management teams that are advancing toward production provide the best balance.

It's hard for companies to raise money. Financings can be dilutive to the point where a company may never recover. But enterprises with cash in hand are in strong positions. And companies with good assets and strong management can still raise money. Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG:TSX; PVG:NYSE), for instance, is presently raising $18M in a flow-through financing that's priced at a 25% premium to market. To be a winner, a project has to have size and it has to have grade. It has to be well located with regard to infrastructure and jurisdiction. Now, having said that, the number of good jurisdictions is shrinking. The most recent downgrade came as Bolivia announced the takeover of a project from South American Silver Corp. (SAC:TSX; SOHAF:OTCBB). It's getting harder and harder to find good-quality assets in favorable jurisdcitions.

TGR: Is that good or bad for the junior investor?

LR: Long term, it's good. The value of the good-quality assets will appreciate. In decades gone by, there was a surplus of good-quality metal deposits available for development. When metal prices rose, a lot of new deposits came onstream and knocked back the metal prices. We saw that cycle repeated several times over the last few decades. But the situation has dramatically changed; there is no longer a surplus of good-quality assets. Finding large, high-grade deposits is getting harder. That means that when a company makes a discovery, the discovery is more likely to yield a high value for shareholders.

TGR: Looking at the relative share prices of junior companies over a two-year window, we see some that are still holding value, despite some downturn in share price. For example, Newstrike Capital Inc. (NES:TSX.V) was $0.40/share in August 2010 and now it's $1.80/share despite having risen as high as $3.40/share in the interim. There are other firms with similar stories. Do you consider this type of comparison to be an indicator of company strength for the long term?

LR: Yes, those price ranges are good indicators of value in this market. There are several ways to explain undervaluation of high quality firms. Some individual investors are terrified and are selling across the board; they want out of all equities. Another huge component in the selling is investment funds, hedge funds and other institutional-type investors who came into the resource sector not really knowing what they were doing. Now they are looking to get whatever they can get for their positions. Consequently, sophisticated investors are picking up great bargains. That companies like Newstrike are still holding value indicates that they have tangible assets and solid management.

TGR: Are there other companies that you are looking at that are holding value comparable to Newstrike?

LR: GoldQuest is up from $0.05/share to $1.80/share in a period of months after a discovery. Where it will go from here, who knows? It will depend on the next drill results.

Pretium is up 2.5 times over the last couple of years.

Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. (XG:TSX; XG:NYSE.A; E1R:FSE) has doubled from two years ago; Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (SSL:TSX.V) has tripled.

These are all companies that have good management and solid assets, which are getting recognition from, in the case of Extorre, another mining company, and for the others, from investors who understand the sector.

TGR: Are some of these juniors with relatively low stock prices benefiting from joint ventures with seniors?

LR: Absolutely. I've always been a fan of the joint venture approach to exploration. It's a very high-risk business, and it's better to use other people's money for the early-stage exploration. For example,Millrock Resources Inc. (MRO:TSX.V) has held up better than some other companies because it benefits from senior companies that are funding the work on its projects. Another example of that synergy isRiverside Resources Inc. (RRI:TSX), which has held up well in a really tough market.

TGR: Can you be a little more specific about Riverside and what's going on there?

LR: Riverside is a prospect generator-type company that has initiated many exploration projects. A number of juniors and seniors are funding work on its projects. It's focused on North America, so it's in good political jurisdictions. It has two deals where it has entered into strategic alliances to conduct regional exploration programs, one in Mexico and another in British Columbia. That kind of business model is very effective, especially for a company like Riverside that is able to attract the big companies that can afford aggressive exploration programs.

TGR: You mentioned Millrock. Can you tell us a little bit about what's going on with that firm?

LR: Millrock has quite a number of exploration projects in Alaska and also in Arizona. It has joint ventures with senior companies. Quite a lot of work is going on at the moment. Any of those projects could turn into a major discovery.

TGR: Tell us more about Newstrike. What makes it attractive?

LR: Newstrike is working on a project in Mexico in a very prolific gold belt. It has a big property position and has made a discovery. It is systematically drilling off the discovery and has potential for additional discoveries on its property.

TGR: I wonder about Africa, which has a host of political and infrastructure obstacles. Are there any undervalued juniors operating in eastern Africa that have drawn your attention?

LR: I like Sunridge Gold Corp. (SGC:TSX.V) a lot. It has a very good project at the feasibility stage. It is gold and base metals. In this kind of a market, investors don't want anything to do with a country like Eritrea, but Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NSU:TSX; NSU:NYSE.A) has been very successful in that country, has developed an operating mine and was able to raise debt financing in the international markets. Sunridge is on the same path to mine development. At its current share price, it's way undervalued. "I like to focus on firms that have a tangible asset in hand."

When you look at countries within Africa that have various levels of political risk, it comes down to a tradeoff between risk and potential reward. There are some places in Africa that I wouldn't touch under any circumstances, but there are other places that are quite attractive in terms of their level of geopolitical risk, are extremely prospective geologically and, therefore, provide an excellent balance of risk and potential reward. Sunridge is one example.

TGR: What other regions would fit those criteria?

LR: West Africa in general is very positive. Ghana is a good place to be. Ghana and many other countries over the past couple of years have bumped up its rates of taxation and royalties on the mining industry in response to high metal prices. That's turned off a lot of investors, not so much about the level that the royalties and taxes are at this time, but the political situation creates uncertainty as to what it is going to do next. We saw the same thing in Mongolia, which bumped up taxes, said it was satisfied with that, then came back a year or two later and said, "no, we want more." That's really the biggest problem right now, the uncertainty of what's coming next.

TGR: For the retail investor, what are some of the major metrics that an investor could look at to tell the difference between a good-quality company and one that's maybe not so good in today's market?

LR: You have to realize that most of the junior exploration companies have the best intentions in the world of making a discovery next week or next month. They're good geologists, they're well intentioned, but if they're not successful at making a new discovery, they're not going to deliver a lot of value to shareholders. Some of them will make discoveries, and they will provide enormous payoffs for shareholders, as we saw recently in the case of GoldQuest. But, unless they make a discovery, there may not be a lot of value in the vast majority of the companies in this sector.

I like to focus on firms that have a tangible asset in hand. They have made a discovery or they've reinvigorated a discovery that was made at some point in the past. So they have something tangible, and they're adding value to it. It's important to realize that the mining industry has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. There were discoveries made in the 1980s, 1990s and even the early part of the 2000s that didn't make economic sense at that time. The grade was too low or it was too remote. And of course the metal prices at that time were very much lower than they are today. With higher metal prices and with changing metrics in a number of areas, discoveries from way back are now extremely valuable and, in fact, are some of the best deposits available to the mining industry.

TGR: Before we conclude, are there any juniors that you would like to recommend to our readers?

LR: Companies that are working toward adding value on existing deposits include Kaminak Gold Corp. (KAM:TSX.V), which is drilling a deposit in the Yukon. It will be putting together its first resource estimate later this year. People are going to be very pleased when they see the size of it.

Paget Minerals Corp. (PGS:TSX.V) and its joint partner are working on a very substantial situation in British Columbia. It is a discovery from decades ago that was put aside. Paget reactivated it.

Pretium has outlined 17 Moz high-grade gold ounces on its Brucejack property in British Columbia. The world had seen Brucejack as being a large but low-grade deposit, and the company was able to go in and identify a very substantial, high-grade portion in that deposit.

New Gold Inc. (NGD:TSX; NGD:NYSE.A) is conducting probably the biggest exploration program in the world at the moment on its Blackwater project in British Columbia. That opens up a whole region where there are a number of juniors looking at other deposits or other prospects that might look like Blackwater.

TGR: That sounds promising.

LR: British Columbia is really coming back into the forefront. Not a lot of investors have appreciated the significance of what's happening in British Columbia.

TGR: Well, it has infrastructure. It is politically stable. There are a fair amount of new discoveries going on.

LR: It's one of the most highly prospective geologic areas. It has had a lot of work done in the past, and there are many companies that are now building on that historic work. In fact, I'm working now on a special issue of a newsletter devoted to British Columbia.

TGR: In terms of new extraction techniques?

LR: In terms of companies that are building on work that was conducted in the province in the past, such as Paget, which is drilling on a deposit that was discovered initially in the 1960s. Until recently, it was perceived as having no value, but this might end up being one of the most significant porphyry copper-gold prospects anywhere. There are a lot of situations like this in British Columbia. The province was explored pretty thoroughly in the 1970s and 1980s but at that time, the grades that the enterprises were coming up with weren't high enough to be economic in the context of metal prices. But now the gold price in the last decade is six times higher and the copper price is six times higher. Situations that had little value a decade ago are now highly prospective.

TGR: Do you have any parting words?

LR: A lot of people recognize the long-term fundamentals in gold and the mining industry in general, but they are terrified about the situation in Europe and they're standing back. They're waiting for a signal that the markets are at the bottom. Nobody is going to ring a bell to announce that the market is at the bottom. We saw in the early part of 2009 how quickly the markets could rebound. Within a couple of weeks, the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Index was up 50% and went on to triple over the next two years.

TGR: We could be in a similar situation.

LR: I believe we are. The really important point is that the high-quality companies are already seeing strong bases building in their share prices and many of them, in fact, are beginning to trend upward. If people wait until there's a signal that the markets are on the way up, it's going to be too late to get a position in the good-quality companies.

TGR: Thank you very much for your time. It's been a pleasure talking to you.

Lawrence Roulston, editor of Resource Opportunities, is a geologist with engineering and business training and more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the resource industry. After completing his studies at the University of British Columbia in 1975, Roulston worked as an analyst for Cominco Ltd. and for a mid-size Calgary oil group for several years. In 1984 he became the CFO for a group of mineral exploration companies. He was also vice president in an investment management firm focused on the resource industry. From 1994 to 1997, Roulston was CEO and director of a mineral exploration company. Since then, he has been a resource industry consultant and independent mining analyst. Roulston's years of hands-on experience and extensive personal contacts in the industry provide unique insights that have generated an impressive track record for Resource Opportunities.

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DISCLOSURE: 
1) Peter Byrne of The Gold Report conducted this interview. He personally and/or his family own shares of the following companies mentioned in this interview: None.
2) The following companies mentioned in the interview are sponsors of The Gold Report: Pretium Resources Inc., Newstrike Capital Inc., Extorre Gold Mines Ltd., Millrock Resources Inc., Sunridge Gold Corp. and Paget Mineral Corp. Streetwide Reports does not accept stock in exchange for services. Interviews are edited for clarity.
3) Lawrence Roulston: I personally and/or my family and/or Resource Opportunities may own shares of the following companies mentioned in this interview: Keegan Resources Inc., Pretium Resources Inc., Newstrike Capital Inc., Millrock Resources Inc., Riverside Resources Inc., Sunridge Gold Corp., Kaminak Gold Corp. I personally and/or my family am paid by the following companies mentioned in this interview: None. I was not paid by Streetwise Reports for participating in this interview.







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