In 2002, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) instituted some major revisions to its mining code. Imran Patel has close ties to the mineral exploration sector in the DRC and currently serves as an Advisor to Kilo Goldmines Ltd., a well-followed Canadian based and listed exploration firm with operations in the Congo.
The following is a missive that we received from Jim Sinclair this morning, who is the host of a web site called Jim Sinclair's MineSet. He sums up the situation much better than we can so its well worth the time spent on reading what he has to say. The above link will take to his site and his updates via email are free, so you have nothing to lose by signing up for them.
Here we go:
My Dear Extended Family,
Manipulation such as the sale of $1.3 billion dollars worth of paper gold at an illiquid time period today is not to protect the dollar or bull the general equity market.
Mishka Vom Dorp, an Investment Executive at Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd., believes the ‘prospect generator’ model can produce returns for investors – with less risk than most junior exploration stocks. Prospect generators maintain a portfolio of projects on their books and then create joint venture partnerships with other firms. It’s their partner firms who conduct the drilling and shoulder, in many cases, most of the financial burden of exploration.
Kitco News sits with media mogul Steve Forbes to get his thoughts on gold, the U.S. government and the Fed. Forbes says there are three important reforms to be made in the U.S. with regards to a 'gold standard, flat tax and patient-controlled health care.' He adds that the Fed does not understand the crucial need for a stable dollar. "They will go into another crisis…they operate by whim, not by rules."
"The problem is not just with the fixes. The problem is the overall situation that exists on the COMEX trading system that the CME Group runs. They run it for the benefit of the large traders."
Bank of England
While the Bank of England's chief economist, Andrew Haldane, admitted that reviving investors’ appetite for risk was one of the forgotten goals of central banks, he notes there are concerns that risk is not being "removed" but changing shape and migrating to more liquid markets but that should not be a problem as "monetary policy can on occasions have a role to play in ensuring against these financial stability risks..."
Total physical silver demand rose by 13 per cent in 2013 to an all-time high, according to the World Silver Survey 2014 report.
The report, released by the Silver Institute, showed this was primarily driven by a 76 per cent increase in retail investment in bars and coins coupled with a sturdy recovery in jewellery and silverware fabrication.
David H. Smith
A precious metal which has over 80% of its annual production coming from just two countries? Considerably rarer than its cousin, platinum – known by the Spanish Conquistadors as “little silver” - yet sells for a bit more than half as much? Like silver, a “two-doors” metal with both vital industrial applications and increasing investor interest? And like these metals, it can be bought and sold by investors in the form of bullion coins and ingots? That metal is palladium.
Its better known relative, platinum, also suffers from a supply-demand imbalance, which over the next few years should take its price much higher. However, palladium, which now trades at $600 per ounce less, yet can be substituted for most of the roles platinum fills, is in the eyes of this writer an investment option with even more lucrative potential.
Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf (dgse.com)
Most of the world’s Palladium
There are a numerous contributing factors to be taken into consideration before making an investment in silver such as: supply and demand, industrial usage including solar panels, decorative jewellery, and short and long trading opportunities, price manipulation, various metrics such as silvers relationship to gold, the DOW Industrial Index, etc. The list of uses is huge and growing, so today we will look at just one of them which we think is important; the medical uses of silver.
Some of the medical uses for silver
For generations silver has been used for medical purposes by various nations across the world. Its medical uses have been recorded since the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations.