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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Gold & silver performance

Alot of people seem to hold gold and silver in total disdain. I was just reading an article on Yahoo (http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/richricher/42433) by Robert Kiyosaki. There are several aspects to these complaints...but I was actually surprised to see that alot of people hate Kiyosaki...you would think they were blaming him for the property collapse, or not warning them. Just shows how much people are living in a totally rationalised dream world. I can't imagine more press on any issue but overheated US property markets for the last 2 years.
Well Kiyosaki's latest posting is his recommendation to buy silver. Critics argued that gold & silver had under-performed against other metals, that precious metals were no longer relevant, that silver was no longer used in film...so his a total idiot. Well first of all, gold has doubled and silver done even better over the last few year despite the popularity of digital cameras.

But more important I think for performance junkies is that you dont buy physical metal - you buy stocks. But consider some of the other benefits of metals over other industries...and tell me that it shouldn't be in your portfolio.
1. How many companies allow you to effectively choose which 'factories' (mines) you invest in?
2. How many industries can you get supply cost curves for each producer?
3. How many industries have terminal markets so they can sell everything they produce?
4. How many industries offer producers the opportunity to lock in (hedge) future prices?
5. How many other commodities give you 100%+ price rises?
6. How many other producers give you a total breakdown of mine costs and revenues?
None, except other metals. Not all miners mind you, but those for whom its a selling point, and just as a matter of routine for any company that has to produce a mine feasibility study. It might not be in stock exchange disclosures, so look in the presentations to analysts on their websites.

Its true that precious metals have not performed as well as other metals, but consider why:
1. Mining costs have doubled in the last few years - not because of gold & silver mining but because the big iron ore, coal, base metal projects around the world hogged all the geological services and mine consumables, pushing prices up considerably. Well those metals will have softer prices in future because they are demand-based.
2. Strong currencies have undermined the performance of precious metals more than other metals because their prices have not risen so high. Commodity currencies like Australia, South Africa, Brazil, etc have mostly doubled, so thats had a huge impact.

But thats all history. Any softening in the global economy will undermine demand based commodity prices and the currencies along with them, but precious metals will out-perform. I expect gold and silver will fall too if financial institutions are forced to sell hard assets to cover loosing financial positions, but precious metals have yet to have the final play. They will at least double over coming years, and I think even better. And you will also benefit from weaker commodity currencies, and investing in the growth earnings of miners...just another reason to invest in stocks...not physical metal.

Whilst I like Kiyosaki's recommendation I think the timing is a little wrong. Why? Because I think that precious metals will be sold off along with everything else if their is a rapid collapse in asset markets, so its best to sit on cash until precious metals take some direction - that is they break a previous high or low.
The chart above shows silver holding the $11/oz support, but I think if thre is a sell off of assets then silver will be sold off, so better to wait for support in more certain markets because they fell faster than they climb. I can see silver falling as low as $8/oz. But it will eventually go as high as $50/oz.
Yeh I know ...people have been saying it for 50 years....well its happened already in the 1970s and its been on an uptrend since I researched (with WHI Securities) and recommended all metals in 2001. Since then it has been strong...but it will go for another rally.
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Global Mining Investing $69.95, 2 Volume e-Book Set.
Author, Andrew Sheldon

Global Mining Investing is a reference eBook to teach investors how to think and act as investors with a underlying theme of managing risk. The book touches on a huge amount of content which heavily relies on knowledge that can only be obtained through experience...The text was engaging, as I knew the valuable outcome was to be a better thinker and investor.

While some books (such as Coulson’s An Insider’s Guide to the Mining Sector) focus on one particular commodity this book (Global Mining Investing) attempts (and does well) to cover all types of mining and commodities.

Global Mining Investing - see store

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