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Labrador Gold $LAB.ca – Higher Gold Prices Aren’t Enough, New Discoveries Are Needed – Mining CEO $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:43 PM on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

Investors are starting to pay more attention to junior miners but the sector isn’t out of the woods when it comes to attracting much needed capital, according to one mining executive.

Gold’s $200 rally this year has breathed new life in the precious metals market, but the junior sector has seen only a small portion of renewed investor interest. The TSX Venture Index ($JX), which is heavily weighted with junior explorers is up less than 3% this year, a disappointing performance compared to gold’s 18% rally so far this year.

Following a busy and positive Beaver Creek Precious Metals Summit, Ioannis Tsitos, president of Goldsource Mines (TSX.V: GXS) said that the junior exploration sector needs more than just higher gold prices to attract investors; it needs new discoveries: greenfield discoveries

“In the last decade we have seen a significant decline in budgets for greenfield exploration and that has led to less discoveries and that has led to less stories in the marketplace,” he said.

Greenfield exploration refers to projects in unchartered territory where information on the region’s mineralization is unknown. Because of that lack of initial mineral information greenfield projects are seen as a higher risk compared to brownfield projects, where exploration is done around an existing mime.

Tsitos added that not only are few deposits being discovered but grades are also dropping, which leads to a general lack of excitement in the industry.

“Investor sentiment is improving for the sector but junior explorers still need to do a lot more work and show that they are finding new deposits,” he said.

Tsitos’ comments come as the company develops its Salbora project, in Guyana, South America, which isn’t exactly a greenfield project as there has been some preliminary airborne surveys of the area.  The project is also 1.5 kilometers from the company’s Eagle Mountain Gold Project. However, the company has been doing a lot of work to define the project’s mineralization.

Earlier this spring the company was able to raise nearly $7.5 million in an oversubscribed private placement deal. Tsitos added that the company has spent about $2 million on an aggressive exploration, targeting 4,000 to 5,000 meters drilled by the end of the third quarter.

“The private placement was oversubscribed in one day,” he said. “It just shows how starved investors are for a new discovery.”

Tsitos added that his company didn’t set out to be a greenfield explorer but have embraced this role as the company ran into production issues when it started producing gold at Eagle Mountain. He added that the company needed to expand its resource to make the original mine more efficient.

“For us exploring in a greenfield was a necessity. We were driven by internal forces and our organic growth objectives,” he said. “But being on this side we see the need for new discoveries in the industry.”

Source: https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-09-17/Higher-gold-prices-aren-t-enough-new-discoveries-are-needed-mining-CEO.html

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca Retains Indigenous Engagement and Community Relations Advisor $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 3:14 PM on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
  • Retained Ms. Patricia Stirbys, J.D., LL.M, to help develop a comprehensive indigenous engagement and community relations program
  • Ms. Stirbys is a member of Cowessess First Nation and specializes in engaging Indigenous groups

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Labrador Gold Corp. (TSX-V: LAB) (“Labrador Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has retained Ms. Patricia Stirbys, J.D., LL.M, a member of Cowessess First Nation, to help it develop a comprehensive indigenous engagement and community relations program.

Ms. Stirbys has over 20 years of experience in law, negotiations and policy, specializing in engagement with Indigenous groups. She has an excellent understanding of Indigenous peoples, issues and challenges along with an understanding of the mining sector. Ms. Stirbys has engaged with Indigenous communities in most provinces, including First Nations in B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador. She has successfully negotiated agreements with Indigenous groups across Northern Ontario, particularly First Nation communities within the Ring of Fire.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Stirbys join the Labrador Gold team,” said Roger Moss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Labrador Gold. “Her significant experience in indigenous relations will be a valuable asset as we move forward with engagement and consultation with the community of Matimekush-Lac John.”

The Company is committed to maintaining respectful relations with the community and to understanding their concerns as we find a way to work in the region to the benefit of all stakeholders.

The Company also announces the grant of 100,000 options to purchase common shares of the Company to Ms. Stirbys. The options vest 50% on grant and 50% after six months and are exercisable for a price of $0.25 for a period of five years.

Roger Moss, PhD., P.Geo., is the qualified person responsible for all technical information in this release.

About Labrador Gold:

Labrador Gold is a Canadian based mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of prospective gold projects in the Americas. In 2017 Labrador Gold signed a Letter of Intent under which the Company has the option to acquire 100% of the 896 square kilometre (km2) Ashuanipi property in northwest Labrador and the Hopedale (458 km2) property in eastern Labrador.

The Hopedale property covers much of the Hunt River and Florence Lake greenstone belts that stretch over 80 km. The belts are typical of greenstone belts around the world, but have been underexplored by comparison. Initial work by Labrador Gold during 2017 shows gold anomalies in soils and lake sediments over a 3-kilometre section of the northern portion of the Florence Lake greenstone belt in the vicinity of the known Thurber Dog gold showing where grab samples assayed up to 7.8g/t gold. In addition, anomalous gold in soil and lake sediment samples occur over approximately 40 kilometres along the southern section of the greenstone belt (see news release dated January 25th 2018 for more details). Labrador Gold now controls approximately 57km strike length of the Florence Lake Greenstone Belt.

The Ashuanipi gold project is located just 35 km from the historical iron ore mining community of Schefferville, which is linked by rail to the port of Sept-Iles, Quebec in the south. The claim blocks cover large lake sediment gold anomalies that, with the exception of local prospecting, have not seen a systematic modern day exploration program. Results of the 2017 reconnaissance exploration program following up the lake sediment anomalies show gold anomalies in soils and lake sediments over a 15 kilometre long by 2 to 6 kilometre wide north-south trend and over a 14 kilometre long by 2 to 4 kilometre wide east-west trend. The anomalies appear to be broadly associated with magnetic highs and do not show any correlation with specific rock types on a regional scale (see news release dated January 18th 2018). This suggests a possible structural control on the localization of the gold anomalies. Historical work 30 km north on the Quebec side led to gold intersections of up to 2.23 grams per tonne (g/t) Au over 19.55 metres (not true width) (Source: IOS Services Geoscientifiques, 2012, Exploration and geological reconnaissance work in the Goodwood River Area, Sheffor Project, Summer Field Season 2011). Gold in both areas appears to be associated with similar rock types.

The Company has 57,039,022 common shares issued and outstanding and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol LAB.

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca: ‘Gold Is The Way To Go’ as Interest Rates Fall, says Mark Mobius – $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

  • Mark Mobius, the founding partner of Mobius Capital Partners, recommends that investors hold 10% of their portfolios in physical gold, and invest the rest in dividend yielding equities.
  • In the first half of this year, central banks bought 374 metric tons of gold, according to the World Gold Council. That was the largest net increase for the first half of the year since at least 2000.
  • China’s central has been adding to its gold reserves for eight straight months since December, scooping up another 10 metric tons of the yellow metal in July, according to data from the People’s Bank of China.
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Veteran investor Mark Mobius is bullish on gold as central banks around the world cut interest rates.

“Physical gold is the way to go, in my view, because of the incredible increase in money supply,” said Mobius, the founding partner of Mobius Capital Partners.“All the central banks are trying to get interest rates down, they are pumping money into the system. Then, you have all of the cryptocurrencies coming in, so nobody really knows how much currency is out there,” he told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Friday.Amid expectations of slowing global growth, central banks around the world have been lowering interest rates, as they seek to boost money supply in the economy, stoke demand and provide an impetus to growth.

Mobius recommends that investors hold 10% of their portfolios in physical gold, with the rest invested in dividend yielding equities. That’s especially if the dollar gets weaker.

In his view, “the U.S. government, the Trump White House, does not want a strong dollar.”

“They are certainly going to try to weaken the dollar against other currencies and of course, it’s a race to the bottom. Because, as soon as they do that, other currencies will also weaken,” said Mobius.

“People are going to finally realize that you got to have gold, because all the currencies will be losing value,” he added.

Gold can retain its value much better than other forms of currency, and is traditionally a safe haven during market volatility.

A weaker dollar tends to boost the price of gold as global trade in the yellow metal is denominated in U.S. dollars.

“At the end of the day, gold is a means of exchange. It’s a stable currency in some way,” said Mobius.

Central banks are buying gold

Data from the World Gold Council this year point to risingcentral bank demand for the yellow metal amid global macroeconomic uncertainty.

In the first half of this year, central banks bought 374 metric tons of gold, reported the World Gold Council. That was the largest net increase for the first half of the year since at least 2000.

“Deep down inside, the central bankers do believe in gold, but they don’t want to say it because … they won’t be able to create new currency,” said Mobius.

The 2019 Central Bank Gold Reserve survey, conducted by the World Gold Council and released in July, also found there was central bank demand for gold in the short to medium term.

Of those polled, 11% of emerging market and developing economy central banks said they intended to increase their gold reserves over the next 12 months.

That was similar to data from 2018 when 12% of such central banks bought gold, giving rise to 652 metric tons of central bank gold demand — the highest level on record under the current international monetary system, noted the World Gold Council.

“The planned purchases are being driven by higher economic risks in reserve currencies. In the medium term, central banks see changes in the international monetary system, with a greater role for the Chinese renminbi and gold,” said the World Gold Council in their report. The renminbi is another name for the Chinese yuan.

About 40% of emerging market and developing economy central banks cited “anticipated changes in the international monetary system being relevant to their decision to hold gold,” the World Gold Council said.

China also investing in gold

Spot gold was trading around $1,509.51 an ounce on Monday morning in Asia after hitting a six-year high of $1,554.56 in late August amid heightened U.S.China trade tensions.

China’s central bank has been adding to its gold reserve for eight straight months since December, scooping up another 10 metric tons of the yellow metal in July, according to data from the People’s Bank of China.

“China is the biggest producer of gold to begin with. And then of course, they’ve been buying gold, so nobody really knows how much they have in the vaults,” said Mobius. “I’m sure it’s been increasing at a pretty good pace.”

Beijing has partially lifted restrictions on imports of gold, industry sources told Reuters in late August.

Source:https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/09/mark-mobius-on-investing-in-gold-as-central-banks-and-fed-cut-rates.html

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca: Gold Market Update – Investors Should Take Measures to Protect Themselves? $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 9th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

  • Fundamental and technical factors came together last week to suggest that a significant correction to the recent strong runup has now started.
  • Indicators pointing to a correction include its overbought status, overly bullish sentiment readings and COTs showing extreme readings.

Although a major Precious Metals sector bullmarket has certainly started, various fundamental and technical factors came together last week to suggest that a significant correction to the recent strong runup has now started.

The main fundamental development was the announcement that there will be a Trade War summit between China and the US early next month, with hopes being expressed that this may lead to compromise or some kind of truce. Whilst the chances of improvement may be slim, the market has got what it wants for now which is hope, and this hope should continue at least until this meeting, which provides the excuse for the markets to go “risk on” until then, which is why the stockmarket broke higher last week, delaying but not eliminating our crash scenario.

A return to “risk on” is clearly not good for the Precious Metals which, until last week, had been benefitting from a flight to safety as had the dollar, creating the unusual situation where the dollar and gold were rising at the same time. Now, in a risk on environment they are suddenly out of favor again.

In addition to this fundamental argument we have a range of technical indicators pointing to a correction in the Precious Metals sector that we will now look at. They include its overbought status, overly bullish sentiment readings and COTs showing extreme readings.

Starting with gold’s 6-month chart, we can see that it doesn’t look too bad – yet, but if we look more closely we can see that it is on the point of breaking down from the rather steep uptrend in force from late May, with it having dropped back on quite high volume the past 2 trading days, and it is noteworthy that Thursday’s drop was the biggest 1-day drop for a long time, making it more likely that it signals a reversal. In addition, the MACD indicator shows that momentum is starting to flag.


So, how far could gold react back? It happens more often than not that after a price breaks clear out of a giant base pattern, as gold did from its giant complex Head-and-Shoulders bottom or Saucer base shown on our 10-year chart, that it then returns to test support at the upper boundary of the base pattern before turning higher again. That could happen again and it would throw a lot of investors in the sector who are now of the view that we are “off to the races”. So, if it does react back that far don’t be dismayed – on the contrary it would throw up one last great buying opportunity.


We have had a rather unusual situation in the recent past where the dollar and the Precious Metals have been strengthening together. This is because, in a risk off environment both have been considered safe havens. In a risk on environment this logic works in the other direction so that the dollar and the Precious Metals may both react back together. On the 3-year chart for the dollar index we can see that it is at a good point to turn lower, despite its still bullishly aligned moving averages, as its persistent gentle uptrend has brought it up to the significant resistance level shown.


While PM stocks continued to push higher in recent weeks, the decline was losing momentum, as revealed by the downtrending MACD indicator on the 6-month GDX chart below, which led to its starting to break down on high volume on Thursday and Friday. Although it hasn’t yet broken down from the uptrend and below its 50-day moving average, this looks set to happen soon.


So how about COTs and sentiment? – we will now proceed to look at them. We had been wary of calling a top too soon based on the increasingly lopsided COTs, having called a top too soon during the runup early in 2016, but now, given the other factors that we have considered, in particular the negative developments last week, the latest gold COT, which shows high Large Spec long positions and heavy Commercial short positions, certainly makes a reaction back by gold now or soon a lot more likely…

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The COT is backed up by the latest Hedgers chart, which goes back to 2010, which shows that positions match the extreme reached in the Summer of 2016, which as we know was followed by a brutal correction for the rest of the year. While a correction certainly looks likely it shouldn’t be so deep, because there is a big difference this time round, which is that gold has broken out into a major new bullmarket – it was still in a basing phase in 2016.

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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com


Lastly, the Gold Miners Bullish % Index is still at 87%, and while we waiting to see if it would hit 100% as it did in 2016, it doesn’t have to of course before a reversal occurs, and 87% certainly shows that enough people are bullish to warrant a trip to the fleecing shed.

Investors in the Precious Metals sector should therefore take measures to protect themselves, which include stepping aside for a while, or if staying long, hedging with inverse ETFs such as DUST, or options (options are much more cost effective), GLD being very suitable are they are highly liquid with narrow spreads, and then we watch for the expected correction to unfold, aware that when it has run its course, we will be presented with a MAJOR BUYING OPPORTUNITY.

Source:http://news.goldseek.com/CliveMaund/1568038149.php

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca: The US dollar vs. Gold – Has Something Changed? $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:33 PM on Friday, September 6th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

Gold is priced internationally in US dollars. So generally, when the USD rises, gold drops, and vice versa. But over the last year, gold and the USD seem to be rising together. That’s a strong indication of safe-haven demand driving money around the world into both gold and the USD. You can see both the overall inverse relationship and the recent exception clearly in a long-term USD vs. gold chart.

That much is obvious. What’s less obvious is just how rare this is. There seem to be a few times when gold and the USD spiked together since the early 1970s, when the price of gold was freed when Nixon closed the gold window. But if you look carefully, the most notable spikes are not at the same exact time. The inverse relationship holds.

Hold on—haven’t we all seen times when safe-haven demand clearly drives both the USD and gold higher? Yes, but most of those tend to be very short lived. We’re talking daily price movements. Sometimes weekly. The fact that such short-term moves aren’t even visible on the chart shows that they don’t really matter that much.

And even more striking is that gold is rising much faster than the USD. The gold line is accelerating upward while the USD line is decelerating. If those curves continue, the USD will be falling hard and gold will be hitting new nominal highs within two years.

That’s a big “IF,” of course. I’m not making that call. All the more so since the USD may follow gold’s lead upward—whether it deserves to or not—if the global economy tanks and central bankers around the world panic in that timeframe.

Regardless, it’s important to think about what these curves are telling us.

  1. Increasing numbers of people around the world are worried, and they’re shifting their money into safe-haven assets.
  2. The fact that the USD is not rising as fast as gold could be dismissed as an artifact of gold being the smaller asset class, but the opposite inflection of the curves suggests that more people are starting to worry about the soundness of the USD.

That’s bullish for gold.

But what if the trends change?

Almost 50 years of data say that gold and the dollar rising together won’t last long. This anomaly could be corrected by either the USD rebounding and gold falling, or the opposite. But which is more likely?

Well, is the volatility and fear driving people into safe-haven assets likely to end soon?

I don’t think so.

Has the US central bank pivoted to a weaker dollar stance?

No question.

With rate hikes fading in the rearview mirror in the US, we may well see a period of substantial USD weakening, as we did in the years after the crash of 2008.

That’s very bullish for gold.

So why has the USD been strengthening despite the Fed throwing it under the bus in favor of prolonging the US’s economic party? Because things have been getting even worse in much of the rest of the world. The USD isn’t stronger. It’s just that other major currencies are weakening faster.

That’s extremely bullish for gold—whichever currency is winning the race to the bottom at the time.

All of this begs the big question: “When will people around the world lose faith in the US dollar and see it as just another piece of paper of no special value?”

Well, folks should have realized this long ago. Unfortunately, the petrodollar system has propped up the USD ever since Nixon killed what was left of the gold standard in the US. That system is starting to fray, with China and Russia pulling on the threads to unravel it as fast as they can, but it still stands.

While the petrodollar system endures, I think that even great weakness in the US economy and policies obviously destructive of the USD’s value will hurt, but not dethrone, the dollar.

Remember that in the global economy, a major downturn in the US economy would have serious consequences for just about every other economy in the world. If other countries are hurting and trashing their own currencies at the same time, the USD could still look like the least leaky among a fleet of sinking ships.

But someday—and it may not be very far off—the USD will lose its last special characteristic.

That’s when I think people worldwide will see that the emperor has no clothes…

… and gold and silver will reemerge as money.

When?

Go ask someone with a working crystal ball.

I’m just happy to own gold now and to see it doing its job as a safe haven.

The tides of history are shifting. I’m confident I’m on the right side.

Source: https://www.kitco.com/commentaries/2019-09-05/The-US-dollar-vs-Gold-has-something-changed.html

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca – Gold Prices to Pick off U.S. Dollar High Next $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:44 PM on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

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  • Gold hit new all-time highs in multiple currencies
  • U.S. gold price has yet to follow, but has hit six-year highs
  • After five years of price consolidation, there is an “unprecedented” foundation for higher gold and silver prices

After hitting new record highs in euros and British pounds, U.S. dollar-based record highs are next, according to Bloomberg Intelligence (BI).

Gold prices had a stellar August, with the metal hitting new all-time highs in multiple currencies as well as reaching fresh six-year highs in U.S. dollars.

“Dollar-denominated gold is likely to follow all-time highs in euro terms reached Aug. 26 … Despite the trade-weighted broad dollar rallying about 10% since the start of 2018, dollar-valued gold has increased 15%. Trade tension and diminishing macroeconomic conditions have been drivers, but increasing stock-market volatility is a primary gold-price support,” BI senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone wrote in a September update.

Precious metals are on a very solid footing and are likely just beginning their upward ascension, McGlone wrote this week.

“We expect precious metals to remain the stalwart sector, as moribund silver and platinum gain buoyancy with the rising gold- and bond-price tide. A catalyst to reverse the entrenched trends, namely a definitive U.S.-China trade accord, is unlikely,” he said.

After five years of price consolidation, there is an “unprecedented” foundation for higher gold and silver prices, McGlone pointed out.

“Markets are in the early days of acknowledging the potential upside in primary store-of-value, quasi-currency, diversifier assets gold and silver, in our view. Plunging and increasingly negative bond yields, central-bank easing, trade and currency wars, elevated debt-to-GDP levels and a contentious U.S. presidential relationship with the Federal Reserve are price tailwinds,” he explained.

The biggest threat to the precious metals’ new bull market is a drop in stock-market volatility, which is looking unlikely at this point, BI’s report noted.

“The dollar price of gold is on far more stable ground than it was about a decade ago. Some combination of sustained greenback strength and rapid stock-market appreciation should be necessary to suppress the metal’s price … Bottoming with the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hike in 2015, the gold price appears to be situated for brighter days,” McGlone said.

Source: https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-09-04/Gold-prices-to-pick-off-U-S-dollar-high-next-Bloomberg-Intelligence.html

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca Announces Delineation of a Gold Enriched Zone at Its Ashuanipi Project $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
  • Discovery of gold enriched zone near high grade (8,973ppb) soil sample at Ashuanipi, Labrador
  • Defined by gold in soil and rock samples that cover an area of 450 metres by 450 metres
  • Results of ground VLF-Magnetic survey over the area are pending
  • Drill testing of zone expected in fall

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Labrador Gold Corp. (TSX-V: LAB) (“Labrador Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has delineated a new gold enriched zone near the site of a high grade soil sample at its Ashuanipi project in western Labrador.

The initial program at Ashuanipi this year continued our systematic approach of detailed geological mapping, rock and soil sampling and ground magnetics/VLF-EM (very low frequency electromagnetics) to follow up on specific areas to generate targets for drilling in the fall. In particular, infill soil sampling allowed us to define an anomalous gold zone near the site of a soil sample taken in 2018 that assayed 8,973ppb gold.

The anomalous zone measures approximately 450 metres by 450 metres and is defined by soil samples ranging from below detection up to 1,190ppb gold, in addition to the previous high-grade sample, and rock samples from below detection up to 2,353 ppb Au (2.35g/t). The 2.35g/t rock sample lies approximately 450m northwest of the high-grade soil sample within a 200m by 100m gold in soil anomaly with values ranging from 40ppb to 778ppb gold. The area was also covered by a ground magnetic and VLF-EM (Very low frequency electromagnetic) survey, the data from which is currently being processed.

A second area also shows potential, with rock samples grading from below detection to 0.68g/t gold and 10 samples showing values greater than 0.1g/t gold over an area of 200m by 120m within a larger anomalous area of gold in soil. The gold mineralization is associated with garnet-bearing gossanous gneiss. Further work in the area, including detailed soil sampling and a VLF-magnetic survey will enable better definition of the anomalous zone. Maps of the two zones can be found at www.labradorgold.com/portfolio/ashuanipi/.

“Our systematic approach to exploration of district scale anomalies at Ashuanipi has allowed us to quickly identify favourable areas for gold mineralization along these trends,” said Roger Moss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Labrador Gold. “We look forward to the results of the magnetic – VLF-EM survey that will allow us to further refine our drill targets for the fall.”

The 2019 exploration program at Ashuanipi is designed to follow up on successful results of 2017 and 2018 work that outlined district scale gold anomalies. To date the company has collected 13,184 soil samples, 752 lake sediment samples and 138 rock samples over the 896 square kilometre property.

“Our 2019 program confirms and reinforces the thought that the large regional (20 by 25 km) gold in lake sediment anomaly (greater than the 99th percentile) covering the Ashuanipi north claim block is real.  The anomaly, derived from GSC data (Open File 8348), is the largest and most robust in the entire northern Quebec and Labrador,” said Shawn Ryan, Technical Advisor to Labrador Gold. “We are the first exploration company to give this anomaly a good look and start to explain this new mineralized system. As we continue our systematic exploration approach over the property, we should uncover more gold mineralization over the 15-kilometre gold in soil anomaly outlined during the 2018 exploration program.”

All samples were shipped to the Bureau Veritas preparation laboratory in Timmins, Ontario, where rocks were crushed and split and a 500g sub sample pulverized to 200 mesh. Pulps were sent to the Vancouver laboratory for assay. Samples of 30g were analyzed for gold by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish and another 15g sample for 36 elements by ultratrace ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry) following an aqua regia digestion. Soil samples are dried and sieved to -80 mesh followed by aqua regia digestion and ICP-MS/ES assay. In addition to the QA-QC conducted by the laboratory, the Company routinely submits blanks, field duplicates and certified reference standards with batches of samples to monitor the quality of the analyses.

Roger Moss, PhD., P.Geo., is the qualified person responsible for all technical information in this release.

About Labrador Gold:

Labrador Gold is a Canadian based mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of prospective gold projects in the Americas. In 2017 Labrador Gold signed a Letter of Intent under which the Company has the option to acquire 100% of the 896 square kilometre (km2) Ashuanipi property in northwest Labrador and the Hopedale (458 km2) property in eastern Labrador.

The Hopedale property covers much of the Hunt River and Florence Lake greenstone belts that stretch over 80 km. The belts are typical of greenstone belts around the world but have been underexplored by comparison. Initial work by Labrador Gold during 2017 show gold anomalies in soils and lake sediments over a 3 kilometre section of the northern portion of the Florence Lake greenstone belt in the vicinity of the known Thurber Dog gold showing where grab samples assayed up to 7.8g/t gold. In addition, anomalous gold in soil and lake sediment samples occur over approximately 40 kilometres along the southern section of the greenstone belt (see news release dated January 25th 2018 for more details). Labrador Gold now controls approximately 57km strike length of the Florence Lake Greenstone Belt.

The Ashuanipi gold project is located just 35 km from the historical iron ore mining community of Schefferville, which is linked by rail to the port of Sept Iles, Quebec in the south. The claim blocks cover large lake sediment gold anomalies that, with the exception of local prospecting, have not seen a systematic modern day exploration program. Results of the 2017 reconnaissance exploration program following up the lake sediment anomalies show gold anomalies in soils and lake sediments over a 15 kilometre long by 2 to 6 kilometre wide north-south trend and over a 14 kilometre long by 2 to 4 kilometre wide east-west trend. The anomalies appear to be broadly associated with magnetic highs and do not show any correlation with specific rock types on a regional scale (see news release dated January 18th 2018). This suggests a possible structural control on the localization of the gold anomalies. Historical work 30 km north on the Quebec side led to gold intersections of up to 2.23 grams per tonne (g/t) Au over 19.55 metres (not true width) (Source: IOS Services Geoscientifiques, 2012, Exploration and geological reconnaissance work in the Goodwood River Area, Sheffor Project, Summer Field Season 2011). Gold in both areas appears to be associated with similar rock types.

The Company has 56,264,022 common shares issued and outstanding and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol LAB.

For more information please contact:             

Roger Moss, President and CEO      Tel: 416-704-8291

Or visit our website at: www.labradorgold.com

@LabGoldCorp

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca – #Gold Responds to the Trade and Currency War $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:59 AM on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

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  • At all-time highs in six of the world’s top currencies
  • Gold is up 25% in sterling; 22% in the yuan; 21.5% in euros; 19.7% in Australian dollars; 18% in rupee; 13% in Canadian dollars and 12% in Japanese yen

The charts posted immediately below tell one of the quiet, but perhaps most important stories unfolding in the world of high international finance. Gold has appreciated sharply in the currencies of all of the world’s top economies.  In five of the top eight economies – the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia, and India – it is priced at all-time highs. In short, as currencies race for the bottom, gold is racing to the top. Investors everywhere are moving to insulate their portfolios against the combined threats of recession, plummeting yields, currency depreciation, and stock market instability. An over-arching nemesis not likely to relinquish its place any time soon has unleashed those four horsemen – the burgeoning trade and currency war. 

Gold is up 25% in sterling; 22% in the yuan; 21.5% in euros; 19.7% in Australian dollars; 18% in rupee; 13% in Canadian dollars and 12% in Japanese yen.  It is up sharply against a long list of emerging country currencies as well. By way of perspective, gold is up 16% in U.S. dollars thus far in 2019. “A host of global factors mean gold’s price is set to maintain its strength at least for the next six to 12 months,” said Howie Lee, an economist at Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, in a recent CNBC interview. “The world right now is in a precarious state and gold is due to benefit from this situation,” With the world – from Asia to Europe, the United States and a long list of emerging countries – now acutely attuned to gold ownership, it might not be long until we begin to see strains on the limited physical supplies. 

Source: https://www.usagold.com/cpmforum/anv-august/

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca Rio Tinto Laments ‘Lost Decade in Exploration” $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:54 PM on Friday, August 9th, 2019

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  • Recognizes a lack of early-stage development projects in the sector.
  • Blames consolidation in the mining sector for a steep decline in greenfield discoveries
  • “The industry as a whole needed to step up in the wake of a lost decade in exploration “

Rio Tinto has blamed consolidation in the mining sector for a steep decline in greenfield discoveries as it flags a steady build up of its much-hyped Winu copper-gold find in Western Australia.

The mining giant’s head of growth and innovation, Stephen McIntosh, said headwinds pushing against discovery success were stronger than ever as he bemoaned a lack of early-stage development projects in the sector.

Mr McIntosh said the industry as a whole needed to step up in the wake of a lost decade in exploration. He said something had gone wrong as exploration spending failed to translate into discoveries.

His warning, in a speech to the Diggers & Dealers mining conference in Kalgoorlie on Monday, comes with Rio drilling its largest number of greenfield targets in almost two decades.

The drilling includes the company’s Winu copper-gold discovery in WA’s Paterson Range.

Mr McIntosh said Winu was a “rare and exhilarating” case where the first drill hole was the discovery hole.

He gave fresh insight into how highly Rio rates Winu, saying none of the company’s existing tier 1 assets started life that way and some projects needed ongoing development and exploration to grow into that status.

“It is important with Winu that we look for a case that is bankable, relatively low capital and low risk,” he said.

“As such, we are primarily focused on defining a potential open pit starter case.”

‘Every hole is telling us something new’

Rio released the latest set of drill hole results for Winu last week, which continue to indicate wide intersections of vein-style copper mineralisation associated with gold and silver beneath relatively shallow cover.

Winu is named after the local Aboriginal word for thirsty and Rio is just that for a big copper discovery now that is in greater demand with the rise in renewable energy and electric vehicles.

“We have an extensive drilling program this year with 12 drill rigs on site and a 190-person camp,” Mr McIntosh said.

“Every hole is telling us something new and slowly we are pulling together the story of the Winu deposit.”

Rio increased its footprint in the Paterson Range from 1000 square kilometres to 12,000 square kilometres after drilling just three holes at Winu in 2017 in a sign of how excited it was about the potential prize.

The company defines tier 1 assets as low-cost, expandable resources that are profitable at all points in the price cycle and deliver a sustainable competitive advantage.

Every bit of data that points to Winu approaching that status will be welcome good news for Mr McIntosh and his growth and innovation division that is in the spotlight over its role in managing the troubled multibillion-dollar Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia.

Rio boss Jean-Sebastien Jacques said last week he had no plans to take Oyu Tolgoi off Mr McIntosh’s hands and put it under the control of the copper division despite cost and schedule blowouts.

Rio spent $281 million on greenfield exploration in 2018 with a focus on copper and diamonds.

Decline in discoveries

Mr McIntosh said the reasons for a steady decline in discoveries across the industry were complex but included consolidation.

“The industry consolidation through the 80s, 90s and into the early-mid 2000s saw the focus on early stage exploration start to fall away,” he said.

“The new mid-tiers and super majors were driven to generate synergies from M&A or harvest opportunities in the orbit of their operations.

“The downside is that slowly we saw fewer and fewer large regional exploration programs, an overall lowering of domain expertise and a reduction in professional development.

“So just when life gets tough and we need to move beneath cover in the well-explored parts of the world, we find very few companies with the requisite finances and domain expertise to take this on.”

Mr McIntosh said that post the Global Financial Crisis there had been a steady and precipitous decline in discoveries even though exploration funding peaked in 2012.

“Many of the discoveries of the early-mid 2000s came from work done in the prior decade. Based on this, we should now be seeing a solid pipeline of early stage projects starting to emerge. We are not,” he said.

“So clearly something has gone wrong. The reasons are likely to be many and complex, ranging from industry capability, land access challenges through to gaps in our targeting capabilities.”

SOURCE: https://www.afr.com/companies/mining/rio-tinto-laments-lost-decade-in-exploration-20190803-p52dm9

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca Russia and China ‘Furiously’ Buying Up Gold As “a Global Currency Crisis – Albeit Unstated – is Underway” $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:50 AM on Thursday, August 8th, 2019

SPONSOR: Labrador Gold – Two successful gold explorers lead the way in the Labrador gold rush targeting the under-explored gold potential of the province. Exploration has already outlined district scale gold on two projects, including over a 40km strike length of the Florence Lake greenstone belt, one of two greenstone belts covered by the Hopedale Project. Click Here for More Info

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  • China has been quietly stockpiling gold for years now
  • No one knows just exactly how much gold China has amassed
  • Lots of other countries are rapidly buying up gold, too, including – Serbia, Greece, Ecuador, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
  • The Russian central bank has almost doubled its gold holdings within the last 5 years to 1,094.8 tonnes in June of this year

A larger global currency shift is underway… And it may be happening much more quickly than anyone has realized.

Things are definitely in motion. Call it a game of musical chairs, or an exercise in rearranging chairs on the Titanic, or just that a tilting balance of power. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking this is all routine.

As Michael Snyder just reported:

The absolutely stunning decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple from the euro has triggered billions of dollars worth of losses all over the globe. 

[…]

And these are just the losses that we know about so far.  It will be many months before the full scope of the financial devastation caused by the Swiss National Bank is fully revealed.  But of course the same thing could be said about the crash in the price of oil that we have witnessed in recent weeks.  These two “black swan events” have set financial dominoes in motion all over the globe.  At this point we can only guess how bad the financial devastation will ultimately be.

The key to understanding how the hammer will fall may lie in: gold.

In the material world that governs politics and economics, there has always been one golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules.

Put China at the top of the next generation of rule makers, then.

China has been quietly stockpiling gold for years now. In fact, it is stockpiling so much gold that many have speculated that it may be building a gold-backed yuan currency that would make the Dollar pale in comparison on the global market.

Bottom line: no one knows just exactly how much gold China has amassed:

Buying surreptitiously allows Beijing to buy bullion at bargain prices; if the world knew how much gold China was really amassing, a run on gold the likes of which the globe has never seen would likely ensue. “We believe China is controlling the gold price because it is buying in such a way so as not to push prices up.” That’s the opinion of respected precious-metals analyst Julian Phillips of The Gold Forecaster, along with a host of other informed sources. (source)

It is widely believed that China has accumulated larger – possibly much larger – reserves since. (source)

Lots of other countries are rapidly buying up gold, too, including – Serbia, Greece, Ecuador, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

But reportedly no one is buying gold at a faster pace than Russia.

Back in August it was reported that:

Russia’s increase is the most dramatic, according to the recent report from the IMF. The Russian central bank has almost doubled its gold holdings within the last 5 years to 1,094.8 tonnes in June of this year. China’s Central Bank followed with an increase of 75% from its holdings in 2009.

Bloomberg reported in November:

The country has tripled its gold reserves since 2005 and is holding the most since at least 1993, IMF data show.

There is little doubt that gold plays a major factor in Russia’s posturing during a global showdown that involves proxy war and military tensions in the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the globe.

Moscow’s purchase of bullion and the assault on the bank can be seen as tactics of a single strategy designed to break the monopoly of the dollar. Gold is Russia’s hedge against that hegemony; it can’t be hacked.

More than that, Putin has been positioning his motherland to team up with China to solidify the emerging BRICS system which aims to thwart decades of Anglo financial dominance with a un-dollar currency system that will also include a development bank.

Russia’s response has been to buy gold and turn east, cementing deals with China and, it would seem, firing the opening salvos in a cyber currency war with the U.S. (source)

Warnings have sounded about a tipping of the global balance:

Russia is also increasing its gold reserves. China and Russia have been exchanging their U.S. dollar reserves and buying physical gold. Last year we speculated that this dynamic would create a shortage in gold leading to much higher prices. Russia and China now rank in the top ten countries by gold reserves.

With Russia now in what appears to be a currency war with the U.S., they may find a willing partner in China to create an alternative international financial system that does not rely upon or use the dollar. Irrespective of either country’s intentions, their physical gold buying sprees continue unabated. (source)

To that end, Russia has been amassing as much gold as possible, in a bid to outmaneuver its enemies in a silent economic war to hold onto its independence and further project its status.

Nearly every bit of gas and oil that Russia sells to neighbors in Europe and Asia is converted from dollars into gold reserves – and even with the collapsing oil price, that amount could still be staggering.

Many have pointed to the gold and oil trade off as Putin’s grand chess strategy:

Thus, the Western world, built on the hegemony of the petrodollar, is in a catastrophic situation. In which it cannot survive without oil and gas supplies from Russia. And Russia is now ready to sell its oil and gas to the West only in exchange for physical gold! The twist of Putin’s game is that the mechanism for the sale of Russian energy to the West only for gold now works regardless of whether the West agrees to pay for Russian oil and gas with its artificially cheap gold, or not.

Source: http://heartlandpreciousmetals.com/russia-and-china-furiously-buying-up-gold-as-a-global-currency-crisis-albeit-unstated-is-underway/