On July 13, gold was still around $1,340 per ounce. Since last Monday, gold has suffered a big drop, falling as low as $1,293 in a few days. Many blame the decline on hawkish comments from the Fed’s Janet Yellen, who recently suggested the Fed could raise interest rates. “Higher interest rates would encourage investors to switch to assets that, unlike gold, pay interest,” said the news service Reuters1.
Following Thursday’s news from the Ukraine, gold has rebounded from its low, but remains under $1,320 as of July 22.
Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott US Holdings Inc., recently said gold could fall back another 10% as a normal event in this market.
I asked him whether last week’s step down had altered his views on gold for 2014: [Read more...]
Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott US Holdings Ltd. said in early March that the market looked overheated and was due for a pullback.
Gold and silver had just delivered double-digit gains in a few months. Sure enough, from mid-March until early June, the precious metals gave up much of their gains.
Since early June, resource stocks have surged higher once again.2 So the question on my mind was: Where is gold headed for the remainder of the year? Will this rally pull back?
Rick recently gave me his answer: [Read more...]
Few business leaders are as candid about their strategies to create wealth as Rick Rule, the charismatic chairman of Sprott US Holdings, one of the world’s largest investors in natural resources.
I called up the 61-year-old Carlsbad, California, based executive recently to discuss speculation, Sprott’s due diligence process, Rick’s outlook for the junior resource sector, and the conference he’s hosting in Vancouver next month.
“Most of the junior mining sector’s injuries were self-inflicted,” Mr. Rule said.
A recent internal study by Sprott of 75 sub-$10 million market cap junior mining companies showed that 57-58% of the capital raised went to general and administrative expenses over a 5 year period. Meanwhile, major mining companies, such as Teck Resources, typically allocate 12-15% of project expenditures to G&A, according to Mr. Rule.
The delta between what the industry allows and what the capital markets allow is a full 40%, which goes a long way to explain the chronic underperformance of the junior mining industry.”
I wanted to pick Rick’s brain about Sprott’s due diligence process.
In this excellent interview with Finance & Liberty, Rick Rule lays out how the end of the London fix in August is likely to affect the silver market, whether we just witnessed another bottom in the PM sector, why platinum and palladium are currently outperforming gold & silver, and why the Fed’s counterfeiting is bullish for gold.
Rick Rule’s full interview is below:
Gold has made its way down again, to around 1,300 per ounce this month. Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd. says that a few years out, you will be happy you stuck with gold.
For context to today’s downturn, look back at the great bull market for gold in the 1970s’.
During that time, gold rose from $35 per ounce to around $200, and then came crashing down to around $100 per ounce. Weak hands, who lacked the courage or the financial strength to hold on, sold their gold. It was a disaster for them, but a great opportunity for investors who believed in the metal. They were able to enjoy an 850% gain over the following five years. The ‘anti-gold’ investors watched as gold soared.
The next time gold soars, anti-gold watchers may not simply watch…they “will be destroyed.”
Strikes at South African mines have caused a massive drop in platinum and palladium production. And the world’s palladium supply could decline by 41% overnight if the West imposes export sanctions on Russia. Speculators are betting that these events will reduce supply of the metals and drive up prices.
Rick Rule, Chairman and Founder of Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd., recently weighed in. He believes platinum and palladium could go lower in the near-term, as fears of a sudden crunch dissipate.
The real reason platinum and palladium should rise over the coming years has nothing to do with geopolitics or labor issues, Rule believes.
Thoughts turn to green on St. Patrick’s Day. Rick Rule of Sprott US Holdings believes the resources bull market is about 18 months from arriving and there could be multiple promising entry points in the market this summer. But in this interview with The Gold Report, he says that this rebound may not look like the one investors are expecting and shares tips on how to spot companies that may have pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. [Read more...]
Rick Rule from Sprott Global Resource Investments joins the SGTReport to talk about everything precious metals. This is a must-listen interview packed with lots of bullish info, but towards the end of the interview Rick really cuts to the chase: “The idea that silver can be manipulated down ignores the fact that it could easily be manipulated UP.”
Rick continues, “The consequence of two years of extraordinary physical demand in the face of the unwinding of the leveraged long carry trade in silver expressed in SLV and expressed in the futures markets, tell me that it will be easier to make money manipulating the price of silver UP than manipulating the price of silver down. And my suspicion is that the commercial interests in manipulation will ultimately do the easiest thing to do. If there was $2 Billion employed, not on margin by the way, cash – so the rules could not be changed like they were on the Hunts – $2 Billion in cash employed in the futures markets, which was held for delivery cleaning OUT the good delivery silver that’s available, the short interest would LITERALLY be uncoverable.” [Read more...]
In this interview with Finance & Liberty, Sprott’s Rick Rule discusses the coming recovery in the precious metals sector, as well as his view on whether a fiat currency and sovereign debt collapse is dead ahead.
Rick Rule’s full interview is below:
Rick Rule: “Every Billionaire I Know Took Bets Contrary To Conventional Wisdom At The Time That Were Highly Risky”
Eric Sprott is making a bet that we’ve reached the capitulation point in precious metals and that the precious metals will pivot sharply higher in the next 12 to 18 months. He rightly points out that by putting sort of $50 million into this bet…he might lose 50% of $50 million or $25 million…or if he is right about the timing of the move in precious metals and the quantum of the move of precious metals, he could easily turn that $50 million into $500 million. A bet where you have one chance of losing half your money and another chance of making 10 times your money to the extent that you can afford to make that bet—that’s how you build businesses like Sprott.
I’ve had the good fortune in my life to know 12, 15, 20 self-made billionaires and what segregates the billionaires, what segregates the people who get that last digit—is guts. You have to take risks…Every billionaire I know has been willing to take bets that were contrary to conventional wisdom at the time that were highly risky. You have to see a situation that you think has outsized possibility of reward and you have to really, really, really swing for the fence.” [Read more...]
Rick Rule: “Eric Sprott…is as aggressive as I have seen him since the year 2000…he is as is his style, the style that has made him a billionaire, very aggressively going into the marginal junior producers…companies that barely make money at $1400, but would be making $800 or $900 an ounce if the gold price went higher….
Eric believes that gold within 12 months will certainly be above $2000…[and] that this is the year where his portfolio will see ten to fifteen–10 to 20 baggers.” [Read more...]
“Rick Rule: Leveraged Gold Longs Are Heading To The Sidelines–In Fear Of An October Financial Panic”
Commenting on the elements that suggest a coming October black swan surprise, Rick Rule said, “If ever there was a set of circumstances that came together that would give an asynchronous event the ability to take the financial system off the rails again, it would be this month…the dysfunction of the US congress with regards to the spending authorizations and the upcoming problem with regards to the debt ceiling, and the fact that those occur…[during] a psychologically important month raises the specter in everybody’s mind…of a black swan event that takes down all markets and drives everybody to respect liquidity.”
In terms of how he’s preparing for such a panic event, Rick said, “For the balance of this month, I am in cash, cash, cash, and cash.”
Is an October financial panic dead ahead? Rick Rule’s full thoughts are below: [Read more...]
What happens when you bring together four of the top minds in the precious metals investing space to share insights from the front lines of gold, silver platinum and palladium investing?
These excerpts from a Sprott Resources Roundtable featuring Gloom, Boom and Doom Report Publisher Marc Faber, Sprott Asset Management Chief Investment Strategist John Embry, Sprott Global Resource Investments Founder Rick Rule and Sprott Asset Management Founder Eric Sprott prove that great minds think big. [Read more...]
I had the opportunity this week to reconnect with legendary resource financier and investor, Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott US Holdings.
It was a fascinating conversation as Rick spoke to the characteristics of market capitulations, of which set the stage, “for absolutely dramatic recoveries”. Rick added that it’s the duty of honest investors to “reorganize their portfolio’s at the bottom”, to ensure they are exposed to the best names in the business, ahead of the inevitable recovery.
“Those investors who are honest with themselves and reorganize their portfolios at the bottom, selling the worst of the companies, no matter how painful it might be, and redeploying the assets in strong but oversold companies—enjoy returns in the inevitable recovery that can be 250%, 350%, or 500%…If you think about the math, you give back 35% to 50% [on the downturn] and you make 250% to 500% on the upturn. Overall, that’s pretty good math.” [Read more...]