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6/11/14: The Gold Report interviews Joe Foster on the prospects for gold in the second half of 2014. According to Foster, the outlook for gold may be positive in light of the potential loosening of import and tax restrictions in India and stabilization in ETFs. “I think the market is in the process of finding a bottom. Gold will probably struggle through the summer, but I think $1,200/oz. should prove to be a solid floor under the gold price,” says Foster. View article »
4/21/14: Kitco News consults Joe Foster on his outlook for gold. “I see gold in the process of forming a base this year,” he says and details demand from China and production cutbacks as his primary evidence. “So there are fundamental reasons for believing that we are forming a floor here.”View article »
4/14/14: Slowing economic growth in China is working with constrained credit markets to dampen demand for gold in China. Joe Foster maintains that could change “if property values there drop sharply or if the financial system shows more signs of stress.” He adds that, “Chinese citizens have a limited range of investment options…and they have a cultural affinity toward gold.”View article »
6/03/13: Barron’s profiles Van Eck Global’s gold expert, Joe Foster, in a thoughtful piece that highlights Foster’s unique experience as a geologist in the mining industry before he joined Van Eck. Foster shares some of the insights he uses to manage the Van Eck International Investors Gold fund (INIVX). “To distinguish between the mother lode and fool’s gold, Foster studies drill reports to make his own estimates for the volume and quantity likely to come out of a mine.“ View article »
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By: Joe Foster, Portfolio Manager
Gold bullion falls as dollar strengthens, ends July at $1,282.55 per ounce.
Gold reached a monthly high of $1,345 per ounce on July 10 when it
was reported that the parent company of one of Portugal’s largest
banks missed some debt payments. So far it seems there has been
no impact on the broader European banking system, however, the default
renewed concerns about financial risks, causing the U.S. dollar
to rally. Despite the tragic downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine,
there has been no significant escalation of the war there. Likewise,
apart from the shelling of Gaza and fighting in Libya, there have
been no escalations in Middle Eastern conflicts. Meanwhile,
through Congressional testimony, Federal Open Market Committee
(FOMC) meetings and FOMC minutes, the Federal Reserve (the
“Fed”) showed no discernable change in policy or outlook. The
combination of U.S. dollar strength and a lack of new developments
in other recent gold drivers contributed to gold’s decline, ending
the month down $44.77 (3.37%) at $1,282.55 per ounce.
Gold continues to trade in the $1,200 to $1,400 per ounce
range and we continue to maintain our view that the price is forming
an important base. Chinese demand, marginal mining
costs, heightened geopolitical risk, and an absence of persistent
bullion exchange-traded product (ETP) selling are helping to support
the price at current levels. Technically, gold broke its bear market
price trend back in February 2014. Silver only recently broke out of its
technical downtrend, which can be traced back to its peak in 2011.
We view this technical strength in silver as another element helping to
form a base in the sector.
Mining companies are finding many ways to cope with the weak
gold prices. Capital discipline is one area where there have been
significant improvements. One aspect of this is a resurgence in
heap leaching. We recently spent time in the deserts of Nevada
and southern California to examine companies that are
mining or developing heap leach projects. Thanks to Nevada, the
U.S. is the fourth largest producer of gold in the world, making the
U.S. a net exporter of roughly $3 billion of gold in 2013. The I-80
(Humboldt River) corridor between Winnemucca and Elko is among the
richest gold producing regions in the world. Nevada is now a mature gold mining area and production has
declined somewhat, however, there remains an active exploration and
development scene that creates potential opportunities for investors.
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Joe Foster and Ima Casanova
Gold Investment Team
Joe Foster and Ima Casanova
Gold Investment Team
As far back as 1500 BC, Egyptians and other ancient peoples used gold for currency, and its importance has not waned since. In today’s world, we may not carry gold coins in our pockets, but gold remains one of the most highly valued commodities for cultures across the globe.Sound CurrencyGold’s historic role as a sound currency alternative is recognized universally — from farmers in India whose high-carat jewelry is a form of savings, to investors in the West who accumulate coins and bars, to central bankers around the globe who hold gold in their foreign exchange reserves.Powerful Investment ToolToday, gold is recognized as a potentially powerful tool in an investment portfolio. Gold may:
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1Van Eck Associates Corporation (the “Adviser”) has agreed to waive fees and/or pay Fund expenses to the extent necessary to prevent the operating expenses of the Fund (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, interest expense, trading expenses, dividends and interest payments on securities sold short, taxes and extraordinary expenses) from exceeding 1.45% for Class A, 2.20% for Class C, 1.00% for Class I, and 1.10% for Class Y of the Fund’s average daily net assets per year until May 1, 2015. During such time, the expense limitation is expected to continue until the Board of Trustees acts to discontinue all or a portion of such expense limitation.
Van Eck Associates Corporation (the “Adviser”) has agreed to waive fees and/or pay Fund expenses to the extent necessary to prevent
the operating expenses of the Fund (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, interest expense, trading expenses, dividends and
interest payments on securities sold short, taxes and extraordinary expenses) from exceeding 1.45% for Class A, 2.20% for Class C,
1.00% for Class I, and 1.10% for Class Y of the Fund’s average daily net assets per year until May 1, 2015. During such time, the
expense limitation is expected to continue until the Board of Trustees acts to discontinue all or a portion of such expense limitation.
2The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index (GDM) is a modified market capitalization-weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies involved primarily in mining for gold. The S&P® 500 Index, calculated with dividends reinvested, consists of 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) indicates the general international value of the U.S. dollar. The DXY does this by averaging the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and six major world currencies. All indices are unmanaged and include the reinvestment of all dividends, but do not reflect the payment of transaction costs, advisory fees or expenses that are associated with an investment in the Fund. An index’s performance is not illustrative of the Fund’s performance. Indices are not securities in which investments can be made.
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