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by Debbie Carlson | March 15, 2011

TORONTO (Kitco News) -The strong economic outlook for miners has encouraged production across the world, and in North America a sort of renaissance of mining has begun.

Senior mining companies in Canada and the U.S. with existing deposits are doing more exploration on their lands, and mines that were shuttered after becoming unprofitable when metals priced plunged in the late 1980s and early 1990s are being considered again.

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Brent Cook - Exploration Insights Brent Cook, Exploration Insights


Brent Cook, a renowned Exploration Analyst and Geologist, is the author of Exploration Insights, a mining and exploration investment letter ( He has over thirty years of experience providing economic and geologic evaluations to major mining companies, resource funds and investors. He has worked in over 60 countries on virtually every mineral deposit type on projects ranging from grassroots projects through feasibility studies and bank audits. He was principal Mining and Exploration Analyst to Global Resource Investments through 2003 where he provided analysis to retail brokers and two in-house funds. His newsletter selectively covers junior mining and exploration investment opportunities.

Brent Cook Adrian Day, Adrian Day Asset Management


Adrian Day is a British-born writer and money manager, a graduate of the London School of Economics, who has made a name for himself searching out unusual opportunities around the world, with two books on the subject. His money management firm, Adrian Day Asset Management, he specializes in global diversification and gold equities for individual and institutional clients. He is a frequent speaker at international seminars, and is a frequently guest on CNBC and The Wall Street Journal Radio network, and has been interviewed by Money, Straits Times, and others.

John Doody - Gold Stock Analyst John Doody Gold Stock Analyst


John Doody has a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Boston University where he also did his PhD-Economics course work. A Professor of Economics at Bentley University, he left in 1994 to start Gold Stock Analyst, an investment newsletter focused on 70 producing or near-production Gold and Silver miners. Recognizing the market is inefficient, Gold Stock Analyst seeks undervalued stocks beginning with 3 initial screens: Market Cap per ounce of Proven & Probable Reserves, Market Cap per ounce of Production and Mine Operating Cash Flow Multiples. The methodology works as the total GSA Top 10 portfolio posted independently audited gains of +67% in 2010 and +1,454% over the past 10 years. Alpha Performance Verification Service of Richmond, VA certifies GSA’s results and reports that to its knowledge, GSA is the only investment newsletter subjecting itself to the same verification standards used by mutual and hedge funds.

Mickey Fulp The Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp The Mercenary Geologist


The Mercenary Geologist Michael S. “Mickey” Fulp is a Certified Professional Geologist with a B.Sc. Earth Sciences with honor from the University of Tulsa, and M.Sc. Geology from the University of New Mexico. Mickey has 30 years experience as an exploration geologist searching for economic deposits of base and precious metals, industrial minerals, coal, uranium, oil and gas, and water in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Mickey has worked for junior explorers, major mining companies, private companies, and investors as a consulting economic geologist for the past 22 years, specializing in geological mapping and property evaluation. In addition to Mickey’s professional credentials and experience, he is high-altitude proficient and is bilingual in English and Spanish. From 2003 to 2006, Mickey made four outcrop ore discoveries in Peru, Nevada, Chile, and British Columbia. Mickey is respected throughout the mining and exploration community for his ongoing work as an analyst for public and private companies, investment funds, newsletter and website writers, private investors, and brokers.

Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors


Frank Holmes is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc., which manages a diversified family of mutual funds and hedge funds specializing in natural resources, emerging markets and infrastructure. The company’s funds have earned many awards and honors during Mr. Holmes’ tenure, including more than two dozen Lipper Fund Awards and certificates. Mr. Holmes was 2006 mining fund manager of the year for Mining Journal, a leading publication for the global resources industry, and he is co-author of “The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing.” He is also an advisor to the International Crisis Group, which works to resolve global conflict, and the William J. Clinton Foundation on sustainable development in nations with resource-based economies. Mr. Holmes was previously a research analyst, portfolio manager and managing director of corporate finance in Canada. He is a former president and chairman of the Toronto Society of the Investment Dealers Association, and he served on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee. Mr. Holmes is a much-sought-after keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. He is also a regular commentator on the financial television networks, and has been profiled by Fortune, Barron’s, The Financial Times and other publications.

Lawrence Roulston Resource Opportunities Lawrence Roulston Resource Opportunities


Frequently interviewed and quoted by the media, Lawrence Roulston is an internationally acclaimed mining industry authority. His expertise is relied on during investment litigation, and his extensive background in geology helps him identify winning companies ahead of the pack. Lawrence's unique expertise stems from his hands-on approach to the mining resource industry. After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1975, he worked as an analyst for industry giant Cominco Ltd. Lawrence went on to manage a mid-sized Calgary oil company and later became CEO for a group mineral exploration companies. More than 20 years later, Lawrence works as an independent mining industry consultant and analyst, but his fundamentals have not changed. He personally tours hundreds of mining and exploration projects around the world each year, seeking out only the best companies to present to his subscribers Extensive experience and foresight have consistently resulted in a proven track record for Resource Opportunities. Travel the world of mineral exploration through the eyes of Lawrence Roulston, and expose yourself to the legendary 10 Bagger potential that Resource Opportunities frequently provides.

Rick Rule - Sprott Global Resource Investments Inc. Rick Rule,
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Rick Rule is founder and Chairman of Global Resource Investments and related companies, now a division of Sprott Inc. Mr. Rule and his team are well known for serving individual, corporate and institutional clients in a range of natural resource and basic industries investment activities. Mr Rule has identified, analysed and participated in investments in mining, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, alternative energy and water in numerous countries. The team at Global Resource Investments are particularly well known for originating private placements (debt and equity) in small capitalization natural resource equities in non US markets. The Global companies were recently acquired by Sprott Inc., and proudly join their Toronto based parent in assisting investors in natural resources worldwide.