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#Gold Has Best Year Since 2010 With Near 14% Gain In 2017 #Mining $AMK.ca $EXS.ca $MQR.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca $GZD.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
  • Gold posted second straight annual gain in USD in 2017
  • Gold in 2017: up 13.6% USD, up 2.7% GBP, down 1.4% EUR
  • 2017 is gold’s best year since 29.5% gain in 2010
  • Strong performance despite rate hikes and stock bubble
  • India’s gold imports surged 67% in 2017, Turkish, Chinese demand strong
  • Gold finished 2017 with longest rally since June 2016
  • 2018: Currency War and The Year of the Phoenix?

Gold waved a very positive goodbye to 2017 and was delighted to shout ‘Happy New Year!’ to all investors. In doing so, gold bullion prices advanced for an eighth session yesterday, extending its longest stretch of gains since mid-2011.

This was the perfect start to a new year which followed an annual surge of nearly 14%. 2017 is the second year of gains for gold. In 2016 it posted 14% gains, its best gains since the 29.5% gain in 2010.

Gold bullion’s stellar advance is even more impressive when one considers the extremely mixed year that was 2017. It ranged from Federal Reserve rate hikes to rapidly advancing stock markets. The year’s events were like a tug-of-war on the drivers of the gold price.

Gold: bad or good?

2017 on paper perhaps should not have seen a 14% gain in the gold price.

There was an acceleration in global economic growth as countries began to keep pace with one another. Much to Trump’s delight official figures showed the U.S. economy performed well. Not only did the the unemployment rate touch a record low, but inflation also remained subdued.

Meanwhile the Fed hiked interest rates three times, something many believed would be the kryptonite to gold’s superhuman strength.

Investments that are often seen to as alternatives to gold performed exceedingly well. The U.S. stock market continued its record-breaking rally, while bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies experienced what can only be described as a bubblicious and parabolic rise in the last few weeks of 2017.

And, right at the last minute the Republicans managed to pass a very dodgy looking tax bill, prompting Trump to peacock around even more.

Following Trump’s election there had been high hopes for the price of gold. After all, here was a man who had been elected without political experience and on the back of creating social and economic divisions. However, following Trump’s inauguration there was a post-election sell-off at the start of the year. Many were clearly feeling positive about Trump’s impact on both the domestic and international stage.

As various unexpected scenarios played out, from failure to get much done in the White House to sober-rattling with North Korea, the precious metal began to climb. Towards the end of summer, in early-September the gold price hit a year-high of $1346/oz. It then quickly sold off.

Whilst the yellow metal finished the year with a respectable run of gains, the final figures did not match those of say, the S&P 500 which climbed by over 19% in the same year.

Does this mean that relatively speaking the gold price is something we shouldn’t be delighted with? Not at all. The year of 2017 was one of arguably bearish events for the price of gold yet it still made near 14% gains, better than money in a savings account.

This second year of climbing by gold should serve as a timely reminder that the precious metal is not something that will be poked and prodded thanks to short-term, unsustainable economic and political events. Gold investment is for the long-term and there is little benefit thinking that one event will affect the reasons to hold gold.

All of the ‘positives’ of 2017 such as low inflation, Fed hikes and tax bills being passed arguably came about because of farcical economic readings and political manoeuvring. None of the statistics or decisions made as a result are sustainable, particularly against a background of increasing geopolitical risk. The gold price reflected this, particularly in its reactions to what should have been bearish Fed-rate hikes.

It is safe to say that in 2018 gold will be sent significantly higher thanks to ongoing US dollar weakness, higher debt and deficits,  stronger growth combined with potential wage inflation, coming together in a perfect storm with geopolitical risks.

One of the key reasons for gold’s 14% climb in USD terms is thanks to the weakness in the US Dollar itself. There was a strong correlation between the gold price and the greenback in 2017. It’s also worth mentioning that the level of yield of the inflation-protected 10-year Treasuries at the end of the year was similar to the level at the beginning of the year (about 0.5 percent). People do not want the global reserve currency anymore.

2018: The year of the Phoenix?

Nearly 30 years ago The Economist predicted that 2018 would be the year of a new currency uprising. You have to give the magazine some kudos for this prediction. Given what we saw in 2017 with both the rise in bitcoin, cryptocurrencies generally and, of course, efforts by Russia and China to build financial allegiances away from the US dollar, a new world currency in 2018 is more likely than not.

That’s right, whilst the financial media can talk as much as they like about how great 2017 turned out to be, there were plenty of events behind the mainstream wall that were clearly preparing for a financial world where decisions of the last decade come back to bite us.

Moves by Russia and China to step away from US dollar hegemony continued and rapidly progressed in 2017. This forthcoming year does not suggest any sign of let up. Much of the moves away from the US dollar involve the use of gold as the intermediary currency. Exchanges and trade agreements are in full swing.

We also cannot mention 2017 without bitcoin. This was the year that the lead cryptocurrency truly arrived and established itself in the minds of the establishment.

As we have explained several times, bitcoin is not a substitute for gold. It has attracted a lot of hot money in the last year, but long-term this is not to the detriment of gold.

The upward trajectory of bitcoin places it firmly in bubble territory. This is good for gold, as Walter Otstott, a senior broker at Dallas Commodity Co. explained to Bloomberg. ‘If 2017’s hottest asset comes crashing back to Earth, speculative money may be drawn back into gold…He sees gold peaking at $1,600 an ounce next year, compared with the price on Friday of about $1,297.’

Our own experts also see great things for gold this year, particularly thanks to geopolitical threats by those truly looking to end US-power : North Korea.

GoldCore’s Mark O’Byrne told Bloomberg:

‘Gold could end the year at $1,500 if geopolitics heats up in North Korea or the Middle East.’ This is despite gold’s lack of reaction at the various threats from both Trump and Kim Jong-Un. However, gold loves uncertainty and this is certainty a situation which is dripping in volatile uncertainty.

2018: Will it hold its own against the last two years?

2017 showed us that there is still a show to be played out by governments and central banks. There is still a farce to be seen when it comes to reassuring us about the state of the global economy.

Gold’s price rise and the dollar’s weakness shows that there are question marks over this recovery. Gold may be indicating  the reality that very little has changed since the financial crisis. Any ‘fixes’ have been done with a bit of sellotape and little else. We build over the cracks rather than repair them.

Gold investors were rewarded this year for their patience. This is particularly the case given there is seemingly little difference to where we find ourselves today compared to the last two years. Arguably the world is much more uncertain.

2018 is a year not to take chances and to own physical, allocated an segregated gold. The risks in the system are bigger than ever and investors would be wise to take all measures to protect their wealth.

News and Commentary

Gold hits 3-1/2-month highs before dipping on dollar recovery (Reuters.com)

Asian Stocks Extend Advance After U.S. Tech Surge (Bloomberg.com)

Global Manufacturers Strain to Keep Up With Faster Economy (Bloomberg.com)

Gold hits three-month peak after late December rally (Reuters.com)

Silver will fare better than gold in 2018: Goldman Sachs (Rediff.com)

By itself gold could solve Sudan’s economic problems, mining minister says (DabangaSudan.org)

The criminal underwold is dropping bitcoin for another cryptocurrency (Bloomberg.com)

India gold imports surge 67 percent in 2017 on restocking, retail demand – GFMS (Reuters.com)

Turkey’s gold-backed bonds: Government in quest for hidden treasures (Nikkei.com)

Nomi Prins: The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Worse Than the Last One (ZeroHedge.com)

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

03 Jan: USD 1,314.60, GBP 968.20 & EUR 1,092.96 per ounce
02 Jan: USD 1,312.80, GBP 968.85 & EUR 1,087.52 per ounce
29 Dec: USD 1,296.50, GBP 960.84 & EUR 1,082.45 per ounce
28 Dec: USD 1,291.60, GBP 960.43 & EUR 1,082.75 per ounce
27 Dec: USD 1,285.40, GBP 958.78 & EUR 1,081.54 per ounce
22 Dec: USD 1,268.05, GBP 947.74 & EUR 1,069.85 per ounce
21 Dec: USD 1,265.85, GBP 945.97 & EUR 1,065.09 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

03 Jan: USD 17.12, GBP 12.63 & EUR 14.25 per ounce
02 Jan: USD 17.06, GBP 12.59 & EUR 14.15 per ounce
29 Dec: USD 16.87, GBP 12.48 & EUR 14.07 per ounce
28 Dec: USD 16.74, GBP 12.46 & EUR 14.02 per ounce
27 Dec: USD 16.50, GBP 12.30 & EUR 13.87 per ounce
22 Dec: USD 16.18, GBP 12.08 & EUR 13.65 per ounce
21 Dec: USD 16.15, GBP 12.08 & EUR 13.61 per ounce

Source: http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1514986020.php

#Gold rises, tries to regain grip on $1,300 level, bodes well for $AMK.ca $EXS.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca $GZD.ca $MQR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:37 AM on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Silver futures up 12 cents, or 0.7%

 

Gold on the rise.

  • Gold futures rose Thursday, pushing the yellow metal toward $1,300 as investors read minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September policy meetings as slightly dovish
  • Offering a lift to the commodity
  • December gold GCZ7, +0.43% was $8.80, or 0.7%, higher at $1,297,
  • Flirting with its highest settlement since Sept. 26 at $1,301.70, according to FactSet data.

An account of the most recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, released after gold futures settled on Wednesday, showed signs that policy makers questioned the need for an interest-rate hike in December—though one appears likely—as levels of inflation continued to track below the central bank’s 2% annual target.

Although the market’s reaction was relatively subdued, the minutes suggest that Chairwoman Janet Yellen and other policy makers will increase interest rates once more in December, but that efforts to normalize policy will otherwise run at a gradual pace.

A measured rate of interest-rate increases can be supportive for gold, which doesn’t offer a yield. Wall Street is pricing in an 83% chance of a rate increase in December, compared with a nearly 88% probability the day before, according to CME Group data.

Meanwhile, a popular dollar gauge, the ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.19% was trading flat at 93.029. Gold prices are on track to climb for four of the past five sessions, as the dollar has weakened 0.8% over the week. A softer buck can make commodities priced in the currency more appealing to buyers using weaker monetary units.

Elsewhere, silver for December delivery SIZ7, +0.30% added 12 cents, or 0.7%, to trade at $17.255 an ounce, and is on track to rise five of the past six sessions. The silver-focused ETF, the iShares Silver Trust SLV, -0.18% was little changed.

Mark O’Byrne, research director at GoldCore Ltd, said recent gains can also be attributed to expected seasonally stronger demand for gold by India heading into the Diwali holiday, or Deepavali, as well as geopolitical tensions tied to North Korea, the Middle East and U.S. President Donald Trump. Tensions between Iraq and Kurds in the region have escalated after a Kurdish independence referendum, while Trump’s belligerent rhetoric with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has had investors on edge.

“Against this global macro backdrop, I do think that we possible we will push $1,400 [an ounce], and then close above $1,300 by year-end,” he said.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-rises-tries-to-regain-grip-on-1300-level-2017-10-12

Grizzly $GZD.ca – 9M Oz of Gold Produced or As Resources Nearby #Gold #Kinross

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:48 PM on Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

Are you an investor in Kinross $K.ca? Check Grizzly Discoveries $GZD.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:27 PM on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

  • More than 9 million oz Au produced or as resources in a radius of less than 70KM to Greenwood project
  • Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross through option agreement
  • Only 55.5M Shares outstanding

Greenwood Gold District

Grizzly owns 100% interest in over 220,000 acres (along with an 80% interest in an additional 8,500 acres) in the historically productive Republic-Greenwood gold district along the BC/USA borderThe Republic/Greenwood district has collectively produced more than 7 million ounces of gold with an additional 2+ million ounces of resources* in the area. There has also been over 650 million pounds of copper production adjacent to and in the area of the Greenwood property.

Portions of Grizzly $GZD.ca project being explored by #Kinross #Gold #Mining

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:15 AM on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

  • More than 9 million oz Au produced or as resources in a radius of less than 70KM to Greenwood project
  • Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross through option agreement
  • Only 55.5M Shares outstanding

Greenwood Gold District

Grizzly owns 100% interest in over 220,000 acres (along with an 80% interest in an additional 8,500 acres) in the historically productive Republic-Greenwood gold district along the BC/USA borderThe Republic/Greenwood district has collectively produced more than 7 million ounces of gold with an additional 2+ million ounces of resources* in the area. There has also been over 650 million pounds of copper production adjacent to and in the area of the Greenwood property.

Grizzly $GZD.ca – 9M Oz of #Gold Produced or As Resources Nearby

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:50 PM on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

  • More than 9 million oz Au produced or as resources in a radius of less than 70KM to Greenwood project
  • Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross through option agreement
  • Only 55.5M Shares outstanding

Greenwood Gold District

Grizzly owns 100% interest in over 220,000 acres (along with an 80% interest in an additional 8,500 acres) in the historically productive Republic-Greenwood gold district along the BC/USA borderThe Republic/Greenwood district has collectively produced more than 7 million ounces of gold with an additional 2+ million ounces of resources* in the area. There has also been over 650 million pounds of copper production adjacent to and in the area of the Greenwood property.

U.S. Dollar Index Crashes by Most in 6 Years $AMK.ca $EXS.ca $GGX.ca $GZD.ca $MQR.ca $OPW.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 6:19 PM on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
  • So far year-to-date in 2017, the U.S. Dollar Index has crashed by more than 10% from 103.30 down to 92.89.
  • Last time that the U.S. Dollar Index declined by 10% or more in a period of 151 trading days was back on April 29, 2011. Gold at the time was trading for $1,540.25 per oz and over the following four months it soared by $354.75 per oz or 23% to a new record high of $1,895 per oz.

Historically, from 1971 through today, when the U.S. Dollar Index declines by 10% or more during a period of 151 trading days, gold over the following 12 months has gained by a median of 18.7%. To the contrary, when the U.S. Dollar Index gains by 10% or more during a period of 151 trading days, gold over the following 12 months has declined by a median of -0.24%. Click here to see for yourself!

Source: http://inflation.us/us-dollar-index-crashes-by-most-in-6-years/

FEATURE: Portions of Grizzly’s $GZD.ca Greenwood Project Being Explored by Kinross

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:51 AM on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

  • More than 9 million oz Au produced or as resources in a radius of less than 70KM to Greenwood project
  • Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross through option agreement

Planned 2017 Work Program Highlights:

  • 1,250 metres diamond drilling at Mt Attwood-Overlander and Midway areas
  • Generative work of mapping and sampling of high priority targets
  • Planned expenditure totals US $352,000

Greenwood Gold District 

Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross is 100% owned by Grizzly Discoveries Inc. and includes 131 claims that form a contiguous package totaling approximately 27,346 hectares, representing approximately one third of Grizzly’s land holdings at Greenwood.

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FEATURE: Grizzly (GZD-TSX-V) – More than 9M oz of gold produced or as resources nearby $GZD.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:13 PM on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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WHY GRIZZLY DISCOVERIES?

  • World class gold and base metal deposits in British Columbia; and diamonds in Alberta.
  • More than 9 million oz Au produced or as resources in a radius of less than 70KM to Greenwood project
  • Holds, or has an interest in, metallic and industrial mineral permits for potash totalling more than 364,000 acres along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border
  • Four precious-base metal properties in British Columbia totalling over 235,000 acres. Grizzly also currently holds more than 231,000 acres in diamond properties, which host diamondiferous kimberlites in the Buffalo Head Hills and Birch Mountains of Alberta
  • Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross through option agreement

EXPLORATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drillholes with up to 31.1% K2O results from assays on recent Grizzly drill program
  • Historic Unity Potash Mine 45 km east of existing GZD lands
  • Agrium Vanscory Potash Mine 200 km east of GZD lands
  • Significant Potash in drill core or indicated by gamma logs at depths ranging from 1,060m to 1,675m
  • Temperatures at those depths range from about 50oC to 75oC. Optimal temperature for solution mining is approximately 75oC.

POTASH DEMAND AND GROWTH

  • According to industry estimates, Canada has Potash resources of 7.3 billion tonnes – roughly 52% of the world’s supply.
  • Currently 11 mines in Saskatchewan produce the majority of Canada’s 35% contribution to the world’s annual production.
  • The arable land per person in the world is declining, and weather patterns are becoming more volatile and extreme, fuelling demand for Potash which increases the yield per acre approximately 40%.

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Greenwood Gold District

Portions of Grizzly’s Greenwood Project being explored by Kinross is 100% owned by Grizzly Discoveries Inc. and includes 131 claims that form a contiguous package totaling approximately 27,346 hectares, representing approximately one third of Grizzly’s land holdings at Greenwood. Under the terms of a September 2015 agreement, KG Exploration (Canada) Inc. can earn a 75% interest on the optioned land pursuant to an Option Agreement with Grizzly on portions of its land holdings in southeastern British Columbia by incurring US$3 million in exploration expenditures over a 5 year period. By the second anniversary of the agreement, 750 metres of diamond drilling must be completed along with US$750,000 in expenditures by September 23, 2017.

ALBERTA DIAMONDS

  • Following 12 drill holes, 3 new diamond bearing kimberlites were discovered in 2008 at the Buffalo Head Hills property.
  • Grizzly has more than 200,000 acres surrounding Diamondex & Shore Gold in the Buffalo Head Hills.
  • Two kimberlite pipes look very promising and need bulk sampling which is being planned for future dates due to Grizzly’s current potash focus.
  • Land rights are valid for 2 to 5 years based on existing development work done on properties by Grizzly.

Buffalo Head Hills Diamond Property, Alberta
A Renewed Interest in diamonds

Renewed interest in diamond exploration during 2015 and 2016 has prompted re-evaluation of Grizzly’s Buffalo Head Hills Diamond Project in north-central Alberta, which is located approximately 330 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and is easily accessed during summer and winter by a large network of roads and cutlines. Based upon an internal review of all data, the Company has staked additional permits of highly prospective lands for diamond-bearing kimberlites in the Buffalo Head Hills area. Grizzly’s total land position includes 11 permits that encompass approximately 220,000 acres.

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INTERVIEW: Grizzly Discusses Greenwood Project Currently Under Option to Kinross $GZD.ca $K.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:52 PM on Monday, March 13th, 2017