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Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:11 AM on Thursday, November 21st, 2019

If you are a small cap CEO, Director or Investor Relations Officer in North America, my 23 minute interview with James Black of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) is the most important podcast you will listen to in 2019. Not because I am the guest but because of what I have to say.

Why does what I say matter? AGORACOM surpassed 600 million page views this year, we’re averaging over 4.5M views per month on Twitter and we’ve served over 300 clients. As such, the powerful information in this podcast comes from a deep understanding of both social media, why small cap companies are failing at it and what the serious implications are of that failure.

Make no mistake about it, this isn’t some generic social media discussion. James and I go deep and I hit hard because that is what good friends do. I’m sounding the alarm because of the massive implications if I don’t.

The good news is that, if you are not an AGORACOM client, you can turn this ship around but you have to do it now and that can only be done by understanding why small caps are failing today.

I suggest that your entire management team listens to it and discusses it. Then let’s have a call to discuss what can be done.

The beauty of this audio format is you can listen to it at work or in your car / subway to and from work. I’ve done the hard work presenting this powerful information, all you have to do is press play.

Thank-you and I look forward to discussing this with you and potentially working together in 2020. Our cashless and fully compliant shares for services program should make the decision an easy one.

GGX Gold: Former Lead Financial Officer of The World Bank Explains Central Banks Return to Gold $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:40 PM on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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Central Banks Return to Gold
  • Central banks bought more gold in 2018 than at any time since the early 1970s
  • Bullion holdings rose by 651.5 tons last year, the most since 1971

In the 1990s, gold was an unloved asset among central banks. Reserve managers lent or sold their gold, particularly in Europe, and the gold price fell to a low of US$250/oz. Years of persistent selling triggered the Central Bank Gold Agreement of 1999, under which signatories agreed to limit collective sales to 400 tonnes per annum, put a cap on gold leasing and take a disciplined approach to gold futures and options. 

The Agreement delivered two clear benefits: it helped to stabilise the gold price and increased transparency around central bank gold sales. Today, however, sentiment towards gold has been transformed and gold has regained its status as a valuable and highly regarded reserve asset.

In 2018 alone, central banks bought 651 tonnes of gold, up 74% compared to 2017 and the highest level since 1971.

Key Changes

A glance back over the past 20 years highlights some of the key changes in central bank behaviour. 

First, central banks have rapidly and consistently added to their foreign exchange reserves since the Asian crisis of 1998. Reserves are a crucial element in a country’s armoury, providing protection against both domestic and external shocks and acting as a show of confidence to the outside world. Emerging market economies led the charge in this respect, sending worldwide foreign exchange reserves from around US$3 trillion (tn) in 2000 to approximately US$13tn in 2014. Purchases have plateaued over the past five years but still stand at some US$13tn today.

The dollar is the most widely held reserve asset but, according to International Monetary Fund statistics, gold comes third, accounting for 11% of global reserves. Having been net sellers until 2000, central banks have been net buyers ever since. In 2018 alone, central banks bought 651 tonnes of gold, up 74% compared to 2017 and the highest level since 1971. Over the past decade, central banks have purchased more than 4,300 tonnes of gold, taking their total holdings to around 34,000 tonnes today. The trend has continued in 2019, with net purchases reaching 90 tonnes before the end of the first quarter.
Notably too, central bank buying has been geographically diverse. Russia has been the most committed purchaser of gold – acquiring almost 275 tonnes in 2018, the largest amount ever purchased in a single year. China has been consistently adding to its reserves as well, but many other emerging market countries have been accumulating gold over the past year and more, including Hungary, Poland, Egypt, Kazakhstan and India.

The Drivers

What is the rationale behind this renewed interest in gold? First, heightened uncertainty about the global economic and geo-political outlook and second, gold’s intrinsic value as a reserve asset.

Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, the macro-economic outlook remains fragile and hard to read. In April, the IMF outlook highlighted weakening GDP growth, with risks skewed to the downside. As IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath explained, the global economy is at “a delicate moment”. Advanced economies are predicted to grow by just 1.8% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020, while growth in the Euro area is expected to be even lower, at 1.6% and 1.5% respectively. The emerging market growth trajectory is more solid (4.4% in 2019 and 4.8% in 2020) but risks remain tilted downwards.
Trade tensions are a major unknown. They have already had a negative impact on growth and if the US and China do not reach a genuine truce, the global outlook may worsen further. Fears of retaliation and escalation may hit business investment, supply chains may be disrupted, and productivity may slow across the world stage. The Euro area faces specific challenges too. Business confidence is low, especially in Germany due to the introduction of new fuel emission standards in the auto industry. Fiscal policy is affecting Italian sovereign and commercial bank spreads. And, of course, uncertainty about Brexit persists, particularly as the exit date has now been postponed to October 2019.

Furthermore, global geo-political risks have not abated and may have a negative impact on economic activity. Idiosyncratic risks are increasing too, such as the rise of populist governments in Latin America and across Europe.

What is the rationale behind this renewed interest in gold? First, heightened uncertainty about the global economic and geo-political outlook and second, gold’s intrinsic value as a reserve asset.

Gold Advantages

All these uncertainties accentuate negative market sentiment and drive central bank investors to reallocate their portfolios away from risky assets to safe haven assets.

This is where gold comes into its own, as it fulfils central banks’ three core objectives: safety, liquidity and return.

Gold is well known as a safe haven asset. It carries no credit risk, has little or no correlation with other assets and the price generally increases in times of stress. As such, it offers valuable protection in times of crisis. 

Gold is highly liquid too. It can easily be traded in global market centres, such as London and New York. It can be used in swap transactions to raise liquidity when needed and it can be actively managed by reserve managers.

Gold can also enhance the risk/return profile of a central bank portfolio. Its lack of correlation to other major reserve assets makes it an effective portfolio diversifier and, over the long term, it delivers higher returns than many other assets. 

Explore findings from the World Gold Council’s 2019 Central Bank Gold Reserves Survey


AGORACOM Appoints Allan Barry Laboucan As Chief Commentator; “Buying Dollars For Pennies”

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:06 PM on Friday, July 12th, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that the appointment of Allan Barry Laboucan as Chief Market Commentator. Allan is the publisher of Allan Barry Reports, a leading multi-media source analyzing commodities, resource stocks and stock markets since 2005.  ABR Media Company has offered corporate consulting services to a select group of private and public companies over the past couple decades.

He started his career in the mining sector in the early 1990s as a consultant to publicly traded resource companies. During his time as a consultant, he worked directly with a well-known group of talented geologists, which gave him the education and experience in geosciences necessary to become one of Canada’s leading “rocks and stocks” commentators.

As a result, Allan has been a frequent guest on various business television shows seeking his opinions on markets and specific stock picks. He is focused on using fundamental analysis to find quality companies and technical indicators to refine timing.


The combination of AGORACOM and Allan Barry represents the next generation of financial communities, in which investors are offered in-depth leading commentary via any digital platform of their choice, including the web, social media, video and mobile, as well as, the opportunity to share and interact via those same platforms at anytime and from anywhere.

Both small cap companies and investors can expect to see the rollout of great content in the coming weeks, including live weekly interviews between Allan, George and small-cap CEO’s that are broadcast on both YouTube and AGORACOM in real-time.  This will be a small-cap industry first!


While many online providers attempt to access the online small community, AGORACOM annual traffic averages over the last 4 years surpass all online Investor Relations sites combined, serving as unequivocal proof that our online model works:

  • 1.01 million investors per year
  • 6.8 million visits per year
  • 66.2 million pages per year

George Tsiolis, Founder of AGORACOM, stated “I am thrilled to have Allan as our Chief Market Commentator.  I’ve not only watched him grow over the past few years, I’ve also watched him beat me hands down in personal market challenges between us.  In addition to being a great market commentator, he’s also an early and leading adopter of digital media that makes it easier for investors and public companies to connect with him via their preferred platform.  This is critical in a world in which market participants want unlimited access to information.”

Allan Barry stated “The data is irrefutable. Google Analytics have told me for years that investors on AGORACOM  are the most engaged and intelligent small-cap investors in the world.  They read more pages and stay on my sites longer than any other source, including Google!  As Chief Market Commentator, I’m looking forward to directly engaging this great audience at this critical time in the junior markets for the purposes of identifying leading small-cap companies and encouraging investors to challenge their small-cap companies to either start acting as leaders or leave the market altogether.”


I thank-you for reading and trust you found this information to be helpful.  If you’re ready to step into real and sustainable online investor relations for 2013 and beyond, please contact me below.

Best Regards,

George Tsiolis, LL.B


AGORACOM Investor Relations


Micromem Technologies, Tartisan Resources, Renforth Resources Featured In Episode 3 Of The Next Biggest Winner TV Show

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:03 PM on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

TORONTO, March 22, 2013 –  The Next Biggest Winner, a leading and nationally televised investment show focusing on small-cap and mid-cap companies, is pleased to announce Episode 3 with the following guests:

Micromem Technologies                   (MRM:CNSX / MMTIF:OTCBB)

Tartisan Resources                               (TTC:CNSX)

Renforth Resources                             (RFR:CNSX)

Our guest expert this week is Robert Spiegel of Stikeman Keeley Spiegel Pasternack, a successful lawyer for 25 years who served us well thanks to his experience leading numerous financings, listings, M&A and restructuring transactions in the public markets.

He is also the President and CEO of two Canadian public companies, Tintina Mines and NSR Resources.


We are proud to announce that UC Resources (UC:TSXV) and Pacific Potash (PP:TSXV) will serve as anchor sponsors for all 30 episodes of Season 2.  Both companies will also be appearing on future episodes.

In addition, MarketWire is the official Media Partner of The Next Biggest Winner and distributor of this press release.


Season 2 promises to be even better than Season 1 with the addition of our new host, George Tsiolis. As the Founder of George brings his significant knowledge and experience of small-cap markets to the show, insuring robust interviews and information for the benefit of our viewing audience.

Tsiolis stated “The Next Biggest Winner fills a significant void in Canadian Business Media by strictly focusing on emerging companies capable of becoming .. The Next Biggest Winner.  Show creators Jamie Bailey and Metaphoria Productions smartly recognized there is no other nationally televised show of its kind and now provide small cap companies and investors everywhere with a great platform to connect.  The production quality in our state of the art studio is second to none. I’m proud to be a Co-Producer for Season 2 and beyond!”


The show airs nationally on television via iChannel in prime time as follows:

WHEN:                       Saturday           March 23rd   7:30 PM EST  (Also 8:30 AM & 3:30 AM)
Sunday                         March 24th 6:30PM EST  (Also 7:30 AM & 2:30 AM)

WHERE:                    iChannel           (See listing below or check iChannel for your local area)

Bell     Channel 514 Across Canada

Cogeco Channel 136 in Ontario and Quebec

MTS TV     Channel 282 in Manitoba

Rogers     Channel 197 in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

Shaw Cable     Channel 110 in BC / Channel 95 Everywhere Else

Shaw Direct     Channel 593 (Classic)  Channel 222 (Direct)

Source Cable     Channel 174 Ontario

Telus TV     Not Available Yet

Videotron     Channel 146 in Quebec

About The Next Biggest Winner

The Next Biggest Winner is a television interview series for Canadian investors dedicated to identifying companies poised for growth.  If your company believes it is The Next Biggest Winner and would like to appear on the show, please contact us below.

To watch a sneak peek of this episode, as well as, previous full episodes click here



Metaphoria Productions

Jamie Bailey

Creator and Producer

[email protected]



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BREAKING … AGORACOM Announces National TV Show + AGORACOM 100

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:10 PM on Friday, January 18th, 2013
AGORACOM Announces National TV Show + AGORACOM 100
AGORACOM Solution Aims To Separate The Next Biggest Winners From Remainder Of The Pack

AGORACOM is very pleased to announce the re-launch of The AGORACOM 100, our highly successful initiative first launched in 2008 in which we marketed an exclusive group of great small-cap companies under one umbrella for the purposes of providing small-cap investors with their best research starting point.

At the time, we incorporated the most innovative tools ever utilized in small-cap marketing, including prime time Television Ads On CNBC and Bloomberg that reached over 1,000,000 (million) viewers per month.  We’ll reach over 1,500,000 viewers per month in this next round. (See Ad #1 and Ad #2 on YouTube).

But we’re not stopping there.


In keeping with the innovation our industry has become accustomed to, we’re proud to announce that we will be Co-Producing Season #2 of The Next Biggest Winner, a nationally broadcast TV show during prime time evenings.

AGORACOM Founder, George Tsiolis, will also be hosting each of the 30 episodes this season, featuring 3 guests per show and a guest analyst.  Filmed at the Toronto Stock Exchange in a 3-camera studio, the show offers the highest production quality we’ve ever seen.  See Promo Footage From Season 1 Here.

In Season #1, the show attracted 60,000 viewers per episode nationwide via iChannel – a figure we plan on substantially increasing given the marketing power and audience size of AGORACOM.  In addition, for those investors that don’t have iChannel, the shows will be available online a week or so later.

Metaphoria Productions is the owner/producer of the show and our proud partner in Season #2


We all agree that investors are simply confused and inundated with too many small-cap options, which poses a major problem for elite small-cap companies trying to get their message across.  AGORACOM solved that problem via The AGORACOM 100 and we’re going to solve it again … and this time we’re not going away.

Participating companies will benefit from the biggest marketing program ever seen, including:


2012 was a tough year for small cap balance sheets.  We know that, so we Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is by offering Shares For Services programs to help bring your message to millions of small-cap investors while saving your valuable cash for your business.  No other marketing power has the financial wherewithal to take on this financial burden so you don’t have to.  Win-Win


For the first time ever, a show of this magnitude will feature individual investors as guest analysts.  That’s never been done before … we just don’t know what took everyone so long!


I thank-you for reading and trust you found this information to be helpful.  If you’re ready to step into real and sustainable online investor relations for 2013 and beyond, please contact me here.

Best Regards,

George Tsiolis, LL.B
Founder & President
AGORACOM Investor Relations

Dr. Bill Stone Discusses Completion of First Component of Environmental Baseline Study

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:58 PM on Friday, February 24th, 2012

                               PACIFIC NORTH WEST CAPITAL CORP.


One of North America’s newest and largest primary platinum group metals deposits, located in the well established mining community of Sudbury, Ontario

  • M&I resource of 733,000 oz Pd, 245,100 oz Pt, and 43,600 oz Au
  • $5 million, 15,500 m Multi Phase drill program at River Valley ongoing, completion Winter 2012 —Exploration upside 9 km strike horizon open at depth, possible parallel structures

About Pacific North West Capital

  • Pacific North West Capital is a mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of platinum group metals (PGM’s), precious and base metals
  • The corporate philosophy is to be a project generator, explorer and operator with the objective to option or joint venture our mineral projects with major mining companies.
  • Focus for 2012 is to advance the company’s flagship project, the River Valley deposit and maintain our aggressive search for new assets and viable exploration programs

Click on image below to listen to Interview

IR Hub / Corporate Profile / Discussion Forum

AGORACOM Ticker Sponsorship On BNN

Posted by AGORACOM at 11:16 AM on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

As many of you know, we are running this ad on BNN (Business News Network).  The ad has done wonders for attracting new investors to AGORACOM, as well as, raising our profile amongst our clients and potential clients.  The thrill of seeing myself on TV has long worn off (though not for my kids) but I’m still proud of the fact I can be working out in front of the TV and see this unexpectedly pop-up (lower right hand corner).

AGORACOM BNN Ticker Sponsorship

AGORACOM On – The End Of Gold’s Correction

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:29 PM on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

AGORACOM Chief Commentator, Peter Grandich, was interviewed by today.   Peter is our Chief Commentator for many reasons – but the top reason is his uncanny ability to pick both top and bottoms in both gold and the markets.

More than just lip service, The Wall Street Journal recently cited Grandich as one of only “..few analysts who accurately called the market’s bottom in early March..”

As such, when Peter speaks, you would be doing yourself a big favor by listening.  Here is today’s short interview via


Al Korelin – How AGORACOM Can Make You A Better Small-Cap Resources Investor

Posted by AGORACOM at 9:23 AM on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Korelin Banner

Good morning to you all.  While on my recent trip to Vancouver, I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Al Korelin, a stalwart in the small-cap resources industry and the person I consider to have the best radio/online show covering the world of small-cap resources.  If you haven’t discovered his site, make your way over there and take a look around.

More than just lip service, The radio show has entered syndication, available to 2.7 million radio listeners each week, and thousands more on the internet.  As such, it was a bit of a thrill for me when Al approached me at the Cambridge Conference to request an interview with me.

The interview lasted 8 1/2 minutes and Al was gracious enough to discuss the benefits of using AGORACOM, as well as, how investors should be using the web to become better investors.  More importantly, Al touched on a topic that has become very important to me – consolidating the best 10 – 12 minds in the space under one umbrella.

Thanks for a great interview Al.


Financial Post Reports On AGORACOM Online Gold & Commodities Conference

Posted by AGORACOM at 5:33 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2009

Some additional good news about wide-spread coverage of The AGORACOM Online Gold & Commodities Conference.  After reporting yesterday on the great feedback we were seeing via e-mail, posts on AGORACOM and Web 2.0 sources such as StockTwits, the conference received nice media coverage from Peter Koven of the Financial Post.  I’ve clipped a bit of the article because a picture is worth 1,000 words but click on the image to see the full story.

I think we’re on to something 🙂

Give Peter Koven credit – he covers this sector as well as, if not better than, anybody else in Canada.


FP Article