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By: Joe Foster, Portfolio Manager
Gold Consolidates Amid Late Summer Doldrums
The late summer period of August into early September shaped up to be a period of consolidation for gold markets. This follows the strong 28.5% year-to-date gain in the gold price as of July 6, which represented a two-year high. In late August, all eyes turned to the Fed and a possible rate hike, and the gold sector cooled off. Gold prices declined $42.03 per ounce (-3.1%) for the month, while gold shares declined 15.9%.
Recent Bull Markets Indicate Similarity to 2001 - 2008 Cycle
We believe the current market is similar to the 2001 to 2008 period. Mining costs have subsided and there are relatively no significant inflationary pressures. Other mining sectors ― coal, tar sands, copper, iron ore ― are depressed. We believe higher gold prices will encourage increased mining activity, but the gold sector alone cannot generate cost pressures without increasing activity in other mining sectors. In fact, we would use copper as a barometer of inflationary pressures in the mining business.
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“Companies are still very much focused on efficiencies, operating improvements, and cost savings. But with higher gold prices, the conversation has switched back to how best to deploy new cash flow to enhance future growth and profitability.”
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."
"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."
"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."
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..."
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."
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