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Peter McKenzie-Brown - Language Instinct
Reclaiming the land
To a large degree because of its agricultural roots, Alberta’s concern about the soil goes far back. The province’s first efforts to conserve its soil date back to the 1932 “Noxious Weed Act.” In 1935 came “The Control of Drifting Soil Act” in response to Depression-era drought, which damaged agriculture throughout North America’s Great Interior Basin. That act mandated that the occupier of the land was responsible for preventing soil drifting. It was adequate for the time, when the province
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Gold Report
How is Doug Casey Preparing for a Crisis Worse than 2008? He and His Fellow Millionaires
The Mining Report: This year's Casey Research Summit is titled "Thriving in a Crisis Economy." What is the most pressing crisis for investors today? Doug Casey: We are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we're going into its trailing edge. It's going to be much more severe, different and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. Investors should be preparing for some really stormy weather by the end of this year, certainly in 2015. TMR: The 200
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Gold Report
Raj Ray: Miners' Cost Cutting Set to Deliver in Late 2014
The Gold Report: The gold price can't seem to climb back above $1,300/ounce ($1,300/oz) despite several geopolitical hotspots making headlines. What's underpinning the price weakness? Raj Ray: The issue is that despite the geopolitical backdrop, the fundamentals still appear weak. The big drivers—demand from India and China and gold exchange-traded funds—have been more or less flat year-over-year. China is still digesting the gold it purchased last year. And, although price premiums have declin
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Gold Report
Chris Thompson: Gold and Silver Miners that Can Make Money Now
The Gold Report: In your previous Gold Report interview of Dec. 31, 2013, you predicted 2014 prices of $1,400 per ounce ($1,400/oz) for gold and $25/oz for silver. Do you think that gold and silver can still meet those prices this year? Chris Thompson: Those figures referred to the high side of the anticipated trading range for both metals. Today, our prediction for the high side in 2014 is $1,350/oz for gold and $22/oz for silver. In other words, we see silver potentially trading up to $22/oz
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Energy Report
  How is Doug Casey Preparing for a Crisis Worse than 2008? He and His Fellow Millionaires Are Getting
The Mining Report: This year's Casey Research Summit is titled "Thriving in a Crisis Economy." What is the most pressing crisis for investors today? Doug Casey: We are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we're going into its trailing edge. It's going to be much more severe, different and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. Investors should be preparing for some really stormy weather by the end of this year, certainly in 2015. TMR: The 200
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Sernova Update TSX.V - SVA
While we wait for efficacy news from Dr Shapiro the company has been moving forward. The three technologies - cell pouch, stem cells & local immune protection - when combined will be a very potent platform, I think a 'disruptive' technology. Work continues on several fronts: 1.)  Sernova is actively pursuing large pharma and medical device companies who have an interest in the regenerative medicine space in diabetes and haemophilia. 2.) Sernova has applied for and are continuing to app
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Gold Report
Miners Must Control Costs to Improve Share Prices: Byron King
The Gold Report: Byron, gold is above $1,300/ounce ($1,300/oz)?although not by much?and silver topped $20/oz. What was holding their prices down, and what are the fundamentals that will move the prices going forward? Byron King: The short answer is that, for all its faults, the dollar has strengthened, which holds down gold and silver prices. The longer answer is that gold and silver are manipulated metals. That is, the world's central banks have an aversion to things they can't control, and on
Monday, July 28, 2014
The Gold Report
Sprott's Charles Oliver: Gold at $1,500 by Christmas?
The Gold Report: Gold continues to languish under $1,300 per ounce ($1,300/oz), even as full economic recoveries in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) have yet to occur, despite trillions in new debt and stimulus. Meanwhile, we have two wars in the Middle East that could escalate, as well as reports that Russian troops are in Ukraine. With all that in mind, do you think that gold's fundamentals are less important than they once were, or is the price of gold being held back by other factors? C
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Biotechs with Upside Possibilities Target Ebola and Liver Disease: MLV & Co.'s Vernon Bernardino
The Life Sciences Report: Vernon, up to 30 thousand (30K) people currently have a vital and pressing need for experimental therapeutic and immunization agents to protect them from the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. That 30K is a conservative estimate, according to University of Oxford epidemiologist Oliver Brady, who wrote an op-ed piece for the World View column of Nature last month. He said even that conservative approximation far exceeds the current supplies of exp
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Energy Report
Where to Look for Yield During a Time of Low Gas Prices: Elliott Gue
The Energy Report: Elliott, you recently wrote in Capitalist Times that "unless last winter marked the onset of a new ice age, the underlying supply-and-demand trends that prevailed before the polar vortex are always going to win out." Based on the charts that accompany that article, what are those trends? Elliott Gue: Last winter was really cold and, as a result, natural gas demand was very high. Natural gas stores in the U.S. were drawn down much more rapidly than normal. At the same time, th
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Gold Report
Brien Lundin Says Don't Miss This Buying Opportunity
The Gold Report: On July 30, you sent out a Gold Newsletter alert that forecast a pullback in the midsummer bull market. The next day the Dow dropped 317 points, while the NASDAQ fell about 93 points. Since then the Dow has climbed back above 17,000, the NASDAQ above 4,600. Should investors dismiss that drop or do you believe it was akin to a tremor preceding an earthquake? Brien Lundin: That particular call made me look like a genius at the time, but right after that drop the stock market took
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Gold Report
Filipe Martins: African Miners that Can Generate Cash Flow and Dividends
The Mining Report: Some of the experts we have interviewed for the The Mining Report and The Gold Report is that a $1,250–1,350/ounce ($1,250–1,350/oz) gold price can be expected in the short term. Do you agree? Filipe Martins: At GMP, we forecast a $1,350/oz gold price from roughly 2015, but we think there is a real risk that the gold price could fall before it rises, given the threat of higher borrowing costs. Most recently, we haven't seen the increases in physical demand from China and Indi
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Gold Report
Jocelyn August: Upcoming Catalysts for Precious and Base Metals, Uranium and Oil and Gas
The Mining Report: The top catalysts Sagient Research follows tend to move resource stock prices 6 10%. What are the top three catalysts in precious metals equities? Jocelyn August: The top three catalysts for absolute movements?either up or down?in precious metals are the ones that help investors determine the potential success of a project, so we're looking at preliminary economic assessments (PEA), government approvals or permits?that's when a company actually receives the decision?and resour
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Energy Report
Malcolm Gissen and Marshall Berol: Welcome to the Golden Era of Oil & Gas
The Energy Report: In your May 31 annual report, you wrote: "The most important change we have made to improve performance has been to increase the [Encompass] Fund's exposure to the energy sector, while reducing exposure to metals." Why have you done this? Malcolm Gissen: We believe that we are now living in a golden era of oil and gas. We believe that demand for oil and gas will continue to grow faster than supply. This provides a unique opportunity to invest in companies that do not have a g
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Gold Report
Jeff Killeen: Cash and Catalysts Rule the Day
The Gold Report: Two years ago CIBC World Markets recommended taking a short position on a selection of gold stocks. What's CIBC's view on gold stocks today? Jeff Killeen: We had put out a basket of names recommending some short positions, but at that time gold was trading at about $1,600/ounce ($1,600/oz) and there was little support for the price at that level. That dynamic doesn't seem to be at play in today's environment. We are maintaining our current recommendation: Investors should be at
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Gold Report
Jeff Desjardins and James Fraser Look at Junior Miners in a Way that May Surprise You
The Mining Report: A recent article on, "The Great Divide: Inequality in Gold Juniors Means Opportunity," said: "It's clear we've reached a new level of separation between the wheat and the chaff." What does that mean for investors? Jeff Desjardins: As the bear market has progressed, many companies have struggled to raise the necessary funds to advance their projects. Even for those that have been more fortunate, it has often come in the form of dilutive financings. On the oth
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Gold Report
Eric Coffin: Can Investors Still Find Tenbaggers?
Eric Coffin: I'm more positive than neutral these days, but I do agree somewhat with Stockman. As unemployment falls toward 6%, we would expect an increase in wage gains. But we're just not seeing that. And five years into the latest expansion, we're not seeing the economic growth spurts that tend to occur coming out of a really bad recession. I don't see how the U.S. economy keeps reproducing the 4% Q2/14 growth if we don't see higher wage gains and higher paying jobs created. TGR: You've use
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Gold Report
Jason Hamlin Says Gold Is Unstoppable, with Stocks Leading the Way
The Gold Report: You told The Gold Report in December 2012, "I think the official inflation adjusted [gold] high of $2,400 per ounce ($2,400/oz) will be taken out within the next 12 months." Why didn't this happen? Jason Hamlin: One reason is that inflation hasn't risen significantly until lately. That is due to the recent record low velocity of money. Trillions of dollars in new money were created to stimulate the economy and get us out of the financial crisis of 2008?2009, but the banks have
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Cloud Revenue Cycle Management
U.S. hospitals write off between 3% and 17% of their revenue due to denied claims from payers - insurance carriers, other third-party payers, or health plan sponsors (employers or unions) for the patient. Further, administrative and process-related inefficiencies are reducing health care cash flow, revenue is being lost that should have been collected - it’s a lot of revenue.   This “lost revenue” puts additional burden on hospitals that already are stretched due to rising healthcare costs an
Friday, August 08, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Medtech Shifts from High Gear ...
The Life Sciences Report: Canaccord Genuity is an investment banking firm focused on growth companies. Can you comment generally on the outlook for medical devices? William Plovanic: I would say the medical device sector has, over the last couple of years, provided very solid returns for investors�especially in 2013. As we've moved into 2014, it's been more challenging for some of the high-growth companies. Valuations moved up significantly in 2013, and companies fundamentally did very well als
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Gold Report
Doug Loud and Jeff Mosseri: Three Reasons Why Gold and Gold Stocks Will Rise
The Gold Report: Over two days, July 14 and 15, the price of gold fell over $40 per ounce ($40/oz), more than 3% of its value. To what do you attribute this drop? Jeffrey Mosseri: I don't think it was a very extraordinary event. Gold has been trading around $1,300/oz. We see sharp upward and downward movements triggered by, for instance, something Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said or a negative report by Goldman Sachs. It looks as if gold will stay in the $1,300/oz range for a little whil
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Roadmap Capital's Hugh Cleland and Stephen Ireland: Due Diligence Rules in Biotech Investment
TLSR: Hugh, you are in the small- and micro-cap space, and you invest in both public and private equity. Generally speaking, what advice can you give the retail investor who wants to access the high-growth potential of small life sciences companies? What are the top three things these investors should focus on? HC: The first rule for the small investor is don't risk capital you can't afford to lose. We're in a very good biotech market right now, and I expect that will continue for quite some ti
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Stunning Potential for Upside in Canadian Biotech: Brian Bloom
The Life Sciences Report: Does your firm perform any buyside activities, or are you strictly a sellside organization performing investment banking, advisory and research functions? Brian Bloom: We offer a fully integrated platform of services that work together to capitalize, advise and grow extraordinary healthcare companies, and we operate almost exclusively in the Canadian space. We have many different services, including capital raising, merger and acquisition, advisory, equity research, sc
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Gold Report
Canaccord's Luke Smith: Five Aussie Companies with Cash Flows, Low Costs and MOUs
The Mining Report: Australian mining shares had a great July. Was that a one-off or indicative of a trend? Luke Smith: July tends to be good because the fiscal year-end for most personal investors in Australia is June 30, so there is tax-loss selling up to that date. That said, this July was better than average. The gains slowed down at the end of the month, but we've seen a liftoff again from the middle of August. Hopefully, this trend will continue, and we'll see the revival of Australia's sm
Saturday, August 30, 2014 -
Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be
One of the world's legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina's shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America's largest unconventional prize --and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas. George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world's largest shale oil and gas resources, and is about to get ev
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Energy Report
Oil Field Services Surprise: Brandon Dobell on the Upstart that Could Compete with the Big Three
The Energy Report: Brandon, oil prices are declining globally. Should investors be concerned about that? Brandon Dobell: There are a couple of angles to focus on here. Oil prices were strong in May, June and July, and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, as well as Russia, put stress on expectations for supply. On the heels of that, in recent weeks relatively weak economic data points have come out�out of Europe, in particular. For investors in the U.S., let's call oil prices a mixed bag.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Jim Collins: Five Names to Love from the LD Micro Conference
Special Situations: You spend a lot of time traveling the world looking for investment opportunities. A recent event you attended was the LD Micro Conference in Los Angeles. What made that worth the trip? Jim Collins: Chris Lahiji and his team put on the premier small- and micro-cap conference. The Invitational is a slam-bam, in-your-face, 100-companies-in-11 hours micro-cap love-in. Obviously, I couldn't attend every presentation, but the overarching goal at a conference is to find one name. I
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Gold Report
Paul Renken: Bottom-Fishing for the Best Junior Resource Equities
The Gold Report: VSA Capital recently published a research report that reads, "One of the key parts of exploration funding and the acceptance of risk versus monetary reward was the considerable correlation between share price appreciation and the reduction of geological risk." However, this no longer seems to be the case. What's broken? Paul Renken: What has transpired for the last couple of years, particularly in the junior and very small-cap exploration space, is that the money to find deposi
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Wedbush Securities' Liana Moussatos on the Art and Science of Picking Biotechs with Upside
The Life Sciences Report: Since mid-April, the biotech indices have regained some of their strength, but the rising tide didn't seem to lift all boats. Do you believe the biotech stock market has changed its character since late February/early March, when we had that rather steep correction? Liana Moussatos: Part of the correction was due to world events, and not so much about the biotech industry. However, biotech has some high-beta names, and when negative world events occur, people run to mo
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Gold Report
David Sadowski: Are You Ready for Upward Pressure on Uranium Prices?
The Mining Report: In past interviews with Streetwise Reports, you predicted that the price of uranium will rise this year. But that has not panned out. Why not? David Sadowski: Simply put, there is a short-term supply problem in the uranium industry. We believe, however, in the long term, supply will not be able to keep up with demand growth. The point at which we previously expected demand to outstrip supply has been pushed out by a couple of years. That development has impacted the price in
Sunday, August 10, 2014