State Of The Venture / A Selective Bull Market

Feb. 10, 2014 11:30 AM ET
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If you got burned in the past at junior mining investments by overly positive newsletter writers, sell side analysts or other (paid) sources which more often than not avoid to mention (hidden) risks or critical flaws, The Critical Investor goes a few steps further, and might provide a fresh, more in-depth, unbiased and critical vision on things, hence the name.

For examples of those risks or flaws just think of management overpromising and underdelivering, inactivity, shortfalls in cash, windowdressing, bad trackrecords, negative trends on AISC/cash flows/production grades, depleting reserves without renewal, tricky accounting, bad financing terms, permitting issues, commodity issues like possible equilibrium shifts, too much supply coming online, location issues (climate, local opposition, politics), infrastructure, currency effects, influence of investment groups behind the scenes, project economics not up to standards, companies being overvalued based on important but avoided metrics, etcetcetc.

Being an insider of the sector, talking frequently to industry participants (company management, analysts, fund managers, investment bankers, etc), provides for up to standard insights and useful feedback. By analyzing lots of technical reports, analyst reports, economic studies, interviews, articles and other sources, The Critical Investor has developed extensive knowledge about deposits and projects, which often proves to be useful for identifying threats or opportunities.

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JK on some of his favorite big issues:

Kaiser Calls the Bottom for Juniors

Friday January 24, 2014, 10:49am PST

By Andrew Topf - Exclusive to Resource Investing News

At the recent Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2014, John Kaiser tells INN Senior Editor Andrew Topf that the junior mining sector has bottomed and that "a selective bull market is underway." The publisher of says investors are starting to accumulate the better mining stocks, but he warned there are still 600 "zombie" companies that are not likely to survive.

Kaiser also says he's hopeful that a proposed change to the accredited investor exemption, allowing more investors to participate in private placements, will ignite more interest in the junior resource space. "If they approve this, this will be a very big deal," Kaiser said.

Listen to the entire interview right here:

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