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The next real gold rush: Underwater Mining

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Posted by Ben Gersten via Resource Investor

on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 00:08

The next real gold rush won't be on a far flung asteroid. It will be under the sea.

In fact, The Wall Street Journal said earlier this month that underwater mining could be a $500 trillion business someday.

That means underwater mining stocks, which are cheap now, could be headed for monster gains.

Scientists now project there are over 10 million tons of gold to be found by sifting through the seas - but don't go out with your shovel and sifter. Most of the gold is buried under a mile of water.

And that is just the gold.

Underwater mining companies also hope to extract copper, nickel, ore, silver, zinc, and even rare earth metals.

So for those of you who are worried that the earth will run out of these minerals, underwater mining should calm your fears.

"It's unimaginable to think we'll need to rely on asteroids from space to supply the Earth with metals," Scott McLean, chief executive of Ontario-based mining company HTX Minerals Corp., told The Journal. He said the idea is "interesting, it is visionary to think about these things," but he concludes: "The Earth's mineral bounty is immense, and it will continue to provide for millennia."

Underwater Mining: Tapping the Unknown

There is very little that is known about what exactly lies at the bottom of the ocean and how much of it there is. Yet engineers and scientists are coming up with newer ways to find out what is hidden below and how to extract those resources.

Last year scientists from the University of Tokyo discovered an estimated 80 billion to 100 billion metric tons of rare-earth deposits in the Pacific Ocean, or almost a thousand times more than current proven recoverable onshore rare-earth reserves, as estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey.

And the interest in underwater mining is booming on a global scale.

Over the last year, the International Seabed Authority, an independent body set up by the United Nations to control mining in international waters, signed four new contracts with groups interested in exploring the ocean floor, says Adam Cook, an ISA marine biologist.

That is a jump from the eight contracts previously, six of which were signed over 12 years ago, Cook said. The new contracts include agreements with state and private organizations from Japan, Korea, Russia and China.

Previously, underwater mining was too expensive and beyond our technologies to see to fruition. But recent advances in robotics, underwater drilling, computer mapping, and record high commodity prices now make underwater mining an attractive possibility.

And there are some Canadian companies already testing the waters.

The Top Underwater Mining Stocks

Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSE: NUS): Thought to be the first to mine, Nautilus suffered a setback Friday, June 1 when the company announced that funding issues would delay its scheduled projects. This highlights the fact that the initial costs for underwater mining are still a major risk for investors, especially in the short term.

However, the Toronto-based Nautilus dealt with financing issues after the 2008 crash and this year signed its first customer for high-grade copper and gold that it expects to mine almost a mile below the South Pacific, in several sites off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Nautilus reported that one of its prospective undersea deposits in the Pacific Ocean has the capacity to yield ore with an average 7.5% to 8% of copper, compared with 0.6% at an average onshore mine.

Nautilus stock took a hit following the funding announcement and tumbled more than 60% to $0.94 over the next few days before rallying to its current price of $1.27. This might be the time to buy the dip as it traded above $3.00 just less than a year ago and has an average target price of $3.80.

Diamond Fields International Ltd. (TSE: DFI): Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Diamond Fields plans to use a ship or platform fitted with an almost mile-long hose to vacuum up fine silt suspended near the bottom of the Red Sea by 2014. The company says the silt contains copper, silver, zinc and trace amounts of gold.

The stock is currently a penny stock trading at $0.06. Yet, it traded at $0.40 not more than a year ago and over $0.75 prior to the recession.

DeepGreen Resources: Also based in Vancouver, DeepGreen announced that Swiss-based Glencore International PLC ( LON: GLEN), a commodities trader, agreed to buy half of the nickel and copper it plans to process from tennis-ball-sized nodules sitting nearly three miles below the water's surface between Hawaii and Mexico. The nodules contain about 30% manganese, a metal used in the manufacturing of steel, along with cobalt, nickel and copper. DeepGreen hopes to begin production by 2020.

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Posted by Larry Edelson - Uncommon Wisdom

on Monday, 16 July 2012 07:32

I’d love to tell you that all is well in the world. That Europe has solved its sovereign-debt and currency problems. That the U.S. economy is looking better than most believe. And that Asia is about to soar again.

But the fact of the matter is that none of that is true.

Europe’s in deep doo-doo. Spanish and Italian debt yields are soaring again. Moody’s has now downgraded Italy. Finland is threatening to pull out of the euro. The euro is tanking; it’s at a fresh multi-year low and threatening to plunge even more.

Here in the United States, corporate earnings are starting to disappoint. The U.S. budget deficit hit $904 billion in June and is on track to hit $1.17 trillion by the end of the year.

Our national debt is approaching $16 TRILLION, more than $51,000 for every man, woman and child.

Plus, our country is quickly heading toward a fiscal cliff of gigantic proportions ― uncertainty in just about everything, from tax policy ... to fiscal policy ... to monetary policy and more.

Also thrown into the mix: Underlying tones of class warfare, rising social unrest, stubbornly high unemployment, and more.

In Asia, China’s economy has slowed more than I expected. Though the region can bounce back quite quickly, there’s no doubt the added worries about Asia are also weighing on the global economy.

Bottom line: The short- and intermediate-term fundamental forces driving the markets are looking ugly.

That’s also precisely why the technical picture for most markets is also looking bad.

Consider this chart of gold: Many see some sort of bullish formation forming, all because gold has managed to hold the $1,522 to $1,545 level on at least five occasions.


But anyone who has truly studied the market knows that the more times a market tests a particular level, the greater the odds are that it will eventually break that level and plummet right through.

All my system signals remain bearish gold in the short to intermediate term. Once $1,545 is taken out, look for support levels at $1,495.50 ... $1,446.80 ... $1,400.80, followed by $1,373.10 and $1,346.80.

ONLY a close above $1,723 in gold would reverse the downtrend. Short of that, I strongly believe gold is headed lower.

Also consider this chart of Silver. Similiar to Gold, Silver has repeatedly tested — and worn down — the support level at the $26 area. The next time through it, and silver should plummet.


Look for support at $23.61 followed by $20.27 and $16.89.

Only a weekly close above $31.49 would reverse silver’s short- to intermediate-term downtrend.

Hard to believe silver could fall to $20 or lower. I know. But that’s what my systems are telling me. And the rout could come soon. So stay alert.

Also consider this chart of crude oil. It’s one of the ugliest charts I’ve seen in a while.


While oil is trying hard to hold the $80 level, it will soon fail to do so. Instead, a shocking decline lies ahead for oil, one that will see it plunge to below $60 a barrel.

Keep your eyes on the $77.33 level. Once that gives way, oil will spin a lot of heads as it tumbles hard. Only a weekly closing above $92.87 would turn the immediate trend around for oil.

As for U.S. stocks, don’t expect much upside there either. While the broader U.S. stock markets are in a new long-term bull market, they remain vulnerable to the downside in the short term.

There’s simply too much global uncertainty right now, and I see the Dow falling to at least 11,500 and possibly 10,500 — before any sustainable rally develops.

My view:

  1. Continue to keep most of your liquid funds in cash, ready to be deployed on a moment’s notice, but as safe as can be right now. The best way: A short-term Treasury-only fund in the U.S., or equivalent.
  2. Despite gold’s weakness, hold on to all long-term gold holdings. You do not want to let go of those. Long term, gold is heading to well over $5,000 an ounce. Short term, gold is heading lower. Consider inverse gold ETFs, such as the ProShares UltraShort Gold (GLL), to hedge your long-term holdings. 
  3. Consider prudent speculative positions to grow your wealth. Like those I have recommended in myReal Wealth Report, which are doing great right now as silver falls, as the euro struggles, and more.

Most of all, don’t let the pundits on Wall Street kid you. The Fed will not prop up the markets for the elections ... Europe will not be able to solve its sovereign-debt crisis ... corporate earnings have seen their best for the current cycle ... and there are more dangers to your wealth right now than there have been in the recent past, since at least 2008.

So stay cautious, but ready to pounce on new opportunities as they unfold.

Best wishes,


P.S. My Real Wealth Report subscribers have side-stepped the crash in gold and silver mining shares ... have hedged up most of their gold holdings from much-higher levels ... and they are also enjoying pretty nifty gains in their speculative positions, including inverse ETFs on silver and the euro.

Wouldn’t you like to join them? All you have to do is click here to start your risk-free Real Wealth Report trial today!


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Exclusive Grandich on The Resource Mkt, European Crisis & Shorting Bonds

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Posted by Peter Grandich via Bull Market Thinking

on Friday, 13 July 2012 04:47

via Bull Market Thinking: For those who don’t know, over the last 25 years Peter is one of a few people in the world to have correctly called major market tops and bottoms—warning investors of the 1987 top, the 2007 top, and the 2009 bottom—within days of their actual nominal peaks and bottoms. During the interview, when asked about the most impactful item in the marketplace for investors to be aware of right now, Peter said, “The onoing crisis in Europe grips the markets on a day to day and almost on an hour to hour basis…there’s still somewhat of an expectation…that there will be a QE3 in earnest…We’re seeing just a dramatic slowdown in all areas of the world now, places like China that was once seemingly insulated from the world slowdown, is no longer the case.”

When asked about his thoughts on the mining share market, Peter said, “The further you go down into the food chain of the resource market, the uglier it’s been…it’s hard to imagine it, because unlike other declines…the metal prices are pretty much where they’ve been on average the last year, the general equity markets have not sold off in a big way—there’s nothing unusual happening in the metals and mining industry…yet as we go down that food chain from major producers to explorers, we see the damage acute.”

In regards to his extensive background and experience in the junior resource market, and whether or not this is just another “typical” down cycle he’s become accustomed too, Peter responded that, “The lack of sleep and the aggravation that has come with the territory, as someone who makes a livelihood in working with the juniors—it’s not fun to almost every day read hate-mail—I like to joke and say that’s from my family, let alone my readers! But the bottom line is…since the venture exchange was created about ten years ago, it’s gone through something like 7 or 8, or 9 boom and bust cycles. One thing that is familiar is when we’re at this bust side of it, we have a feeling or a sense of hopelessness, that’s [it's]never going to reboundagain, and ‘How are these $.20 cent stocks ever going back to a dollar?’ [type of attitude]. But during the last ones [cycles] it did—[but] it took several years.”

He further added that, “This one is a little bit different, because it really came out of left field. It really wasn’t part of something that we can point to in the past as I noted earlier and said, ‘Ah-ha, now you can see why the market has come off in the way that it did’, and I think the shock of it has left people dazed.”

On the concept of the coming American debt crisis, and the idea of shorting 10 year US government bonds ahead of rising interest rates, Peter said,“Europe has been a few years ahead of us in the debt crisis. No matter what anybody wants to think, America is no better off from a debt level [perspective], than most of the European countries that are going through the crisis…Once the European position looks like it’s past it’s worse, the focus I believe will come to the United States, and the realization will be, ‘We’re as every bit as bad as Greece, Italy, and the others’,  and then the bond market no matter how slow the economy is, no matter how much the fed is printing, will get hit, and get hit very hard and interest rates will actually rise dramatically—something that people just can’t see happening with such a slow economy.”



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A Rare "Buy" Signal on Gold

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Posted by Dr. Steve Sjuggerud's Daily Wealth

on Thursday, 12 July 2012 08:10

The bull is back…

Now is the perfect moment to own gold… Sentiment is still negative. And we have a hint of an uptrend.

This is exactly what we wait for.

In short, things are getting "less bad" in gold. And our True Wealth Systems computers tell us it's time to buy. Based on history, we could see enormous gains over the next few months. Let me explain…

Our computers recently started flashing a rare "buy" signal on gold…

As my True Wealth Systems readers know, we track gold two ways. Our first "Gold in Currencies" system tests gold versus four of the major world currencies.

The idea is simple… We want to own gold in a bull market. But what is a gold bull market? 

You might hear people say, "It's not a bull market in gold… It's simply a bear market in the dollar." 

You see, if the U.S. dollar is crashing against other currencies, it's likely also going down in terms of gold. So it looks like gold is in a bull market. But what if gold is falling in terms of the euro or yen while it's rising against the dollar? That's not a gold bull market.

So what is a bull market in gold? 

One simple definition is: When gold is going up in terms of all the world's most important currencies, it's a bull market in gold. 

We used this definition to come up with a simple system for gold. We tested the idea on four major currencies… the U.S. dollar, euro, British pound, and Japanese yen.

If the average price of gold is up in all four currencies versus the previous month… buy gold. Repeat the next month. That's it.

I know, it sounds too simple, but it works… We want to own gold when this system says "buy." We've tested the idea on 40-plus years of data. The results are astonishing. Take a look at this chart from the most recent True Wealth Systems

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Based on history, buying a double-long gold fund when this system says "buy" is good for 41.4% annualized returns. 

Yes, that's right. This system returns over 41% a year when it flashes "buy." 

Importantly, these signals are somewhat rare… Our computers say "buy" less than one-third of the time… Meaning, on average, we'll only get about four buy signals every year.

And right now, the True Wealth Systems computers tell us now is the time to buy gold and ride it higher.

The thing is… We still don't have the uptrend, based on our "Gold Uptrend" system. I'm not concerned, though… this system is a bit slow to signal. Our "Gold in Currencies" signal can be a great "early sign" of a new uptrend in gold.

In short, based on our historical testing, we could be at the brink of a major breakout in gold… without a confirmed uptrend.

I pored over the data and found an incredible result…

In 40-plus years of testing, we've seen six MAJOR gold bull trades. (That doesn't sound like many. But remember… gold went down, consistently, between 1980 and 2000.) Our "Gold in Currencies" system said "buy" before our "Gold Uptrend" system did at the beginning of every trade except one. (In that case, they signaled at the same time.) 

In these five cases, our "Gold in Currencies" system signaled "buy" one to three months before the "official" uptrend kicked off. However, being a few months early can "juice" our long-term gains…

The average return on our five gold uptrend trades was 110%. That's an incredible return. However, by following our "Gold in Currencies" system into the trade a few months early, we're able to increase our average return to 133%.

Importantly, every one of these trades was MORE successful because of following the currency system in early.

Today, we could be on the verge of another major move in gold. Of course, we can't know if this is the case. But simply based on history, we want to own the yellow metal when our "Gold in Currencies" system says "buy." Historically, it's good for 41.4% annualized returns, regardless of predicting a new uptrend.

You get the idea – right now is a great time to buy gold. It is still a bit hated, and we could be on the brink of a major uptrend.

Good investing, 


Further Reading:

The cost of producing an ounce of gold is soaring, but one group of gold companies couldn't care less. Earlier this week, resource expert Matt Badiali told DailyWealth readers about one of his favorite ways to play gold. "These companies are largely immune to the rising cost of mining gold," he writes. Get the full story here: The World's Best Gold Companies.

And catch up on another one of Steve's favorite "cheap, hated, and in an uptrend" ideashere.


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Jim Rogers: Shorting Stocks & Waiting on Gold's Sidelines

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Posted by JIm Rogers via Hard Assets Investor

on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:22

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The commodities investment legend says he’s ready to buy more gold once its correction runs its course, but for now he’s shorting Europe.

Jim Rogers, the natural-resources investing guru, says the bull market in commodities he described in his 2004 book “Hot Commodities” is far from over. Speaking on the telephone with IndexUniverse.com Managing Editor Olly Ludwig, Rogers said the bull run in materials is perhaps in the bottom of the fifth inning or the top of the sixth.

Stressing that any bull run will have its setbacks, Rogers said China’s development is likely to re-accelerate, and that gold will resume its more than decade-long climb upward as central banks around the world continue their easy money policies. Rogers said he just hopes he’s smart enough to buy more gold—and a lot of it—when the yellow metal’s current correction is over.

Ludwig: What did you think of the recent central bank actions?

Rogers: I find it absurd. It’s the wrong thing to do. They are just adding to the inflationary pressures that are here, and we’re all going to have more problems down the road.

Ludwig: China’s announcement of a 25 basis point cut is decidedly different than the European central bank cutting by 25 basis points, no?

Rogers: I don’t think either one of them should have cut by 25 basis points–neither the Chinese nor the Europeans.

Ludwig: So how do you contrast the Chinese cutting rates with the excesses you perceive with the loose-money policies of the Federal Reserve or the ECB?

Rogers: China doesn’t have the excesses that we have in the U.S. or even in Europe. China has huge reserves of currency, while America is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. They are not comparable situations.

But as far as inflation goes, China has inflation and this is just going to make its inflation worse. If I were China—and I’m not, and there’s no reason for it to listen to me—it should keep monetary policy tight until inflation is killed. It’s not killed yet, and this is not going to help kill it.

Ludwig: Let’s talk about China for a moment. There’s a fair amount of talk that the China juggernaut is at a crossroads, that what Deng Xiaoping achieved in the past generation was the easy part, and achieving steady growth is going to be a lot harder going forward. What’s your take on that view?

Rogers: There’s no question that the first 30 years are the easiest 30 years when you’re doing something like Deng Xiaoping did. And, secondly, there will certainly always be setbacks. Any country, any company, any family, any individual that rises has setbacks along the way. That’s the way the world works. It’s normal.

And, as we just discussed, China has been trying to slow its economy for the past three years. Anyone who doesn’t understand that China is slowing down should read the newspapers. And, I as I was just saying, they’re trying to loosen up too soon. But this is part of a plan. They have been successful so far, but whether they will continue to be successful, who knows?

In America, in the 19th century, we had a horrible Civil War; we had many Depressions; we had very little rule of law; we had periodic massacres in the streets; and we had few human rights. And yet we became an extremely successful country in the 20th century.

China is going to have plenty of problems as we go along. What they’re going to be and when and why, I don’t know. But I do know there are going to be plenty of problems.

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