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06/02/15: In an interview with Hannes Huster from GoldSeek.com, Joe Foster opines on the current state of gold, how world events may influence its price, and what affect this may have on gold mining companies. “I think it [gold] will continue to struggle through the summer,” says Foster. “The Fed rate decision expected in the second half could be a turning point . . . . I expect gold to establish a more positive trend in 2016 and beyond.”
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02/23/15: ThinkAdvisor explores gold's performance and consults Joe Foster for his perspective on gold's future. "Gold is driven by financial stress and the longer-term driver that will make the most difference is financial stress in the U.S. economy," says Foster. "Things are still pretty okay in the U.S., but I feel that could change, if not this year, then next."
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11/20/14: Barron's speaks with Joe Foster about gold and gold stocks. "Evaluating gold stocks," says Joe, "is less about valuation metrics and more about the company’s ability to grow and develop mining properties."
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06/11/14: 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 »
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By: Joe Foster, Portfolio Manager
Central Bank Policy Concerns Support Gold in March
Gold reached a new high for the year of $1,285 per ounce on March 11 when the European Central Bank announced its upcoming plans, which include reducing rates on overnight bank deposits by 10 basis points to -0.4%, expanding quantitative easing to include corporate bonds in addition to sovereign bonds, and adding a new series of bank loans. Gold's gain reflects investors' worries over the financial risk and currency debasement that may come with negative rates, more printing of money, and easy credit
Consumer Price Inflation Is Worth Watching
The era of disinflation that was punctuated by the deflation of the great recession may be coming to a close. Central banks do not appear worried by the asset price inflation that easy money policies have brought to stocks, bonds, and real estate. In addition to the usual asset bubbles that inevitably burst, we might be adding an inflationary cycle in goods and services. There is a distantly familiar name for that in a low-growth world: stagflation.
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Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Gold and Precious Metals
"Investors have a heightened sense of financial risk, and in this type of environment, they will look to gold as a safe haven. The U.S. dollar may be the first safe haven of choice, but when it looks shaky, investors turn to gold."
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"You look around the world and you’re likely to find someplace where gold is probably being used as a safe haven"
"Mines are redesigned yearly if they need to be, and with the collapse of gold in 2013, we saw widespread revisions. Today, the industry is geared at a $1,100 gold price in terms of mining plans, with all-in sustaining costs for the mines at approximately $920 an ounce."
"I think eventually a rate increase will create financial risks and unintended consequences that will drive gold higher. Whether that happens in the near term or the long term is anyone's guess."
"If those deflationary concerns ever creep into the U.S. economy, I think you would see the dollar weaken and gold strengthen."
"Gold companies must create value in order to be successful, and there are several ways that a gold company does this. The most effective way is through discovery."
"[Companies] such as Barrick, Newmont, and AngloGold went through a period of conglomeration when large companies were merged together to create what we call "super-majors” and it's very hard to sustain the super major model."
Joe Foster and Ima Casanova
Gold Investment Team
"We invest across the spectrum, but in Burkina, it is mostly mid-tier and junior companies that are active. Most of Burkina’s gold deposits are moderate to smaller-sized, so we find smaller companies there. Because of the favorable operating environment, there are quite a few interesting opportunities."
Jan van Eck
"The Fed’s decision was a bit of surprise to us, because we had been looking at the U.S. labor market statistics. Unemployment has been falling, and we thought that this was good enough data for the Fed, which is very data driven..."
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1Expenses are calculated for the 12-month period ending 05/01/15: Class A: Gross 1.47% and Net 1.45%; Class C: Gross 2.34 and Net 2.20%; Class I: Gross 1.07% and Net 1.00%; and Class Y: Gross 1.31% and Net 1.13%. Expenses are capped contractually through 05/01/16 at 1.45% for Class A; 2.20% for Class C; 1.00% for Class I; and 1.10% for Class Y. Caps exclude certain expenses, such as interest.
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 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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