Expect Financial Collapse & Flight To Gold

Today David Stockman warned King World News that there is a great “unwind” ahead that will “ricochet” violently through all global financial markets.  Stockman also predicted there will be a worldwide flight to gold during the coming panic which will eclipse the mania seen in gold in 1980.  KWN takes Stockman’s warning very seriously because he is the man former President Reagan called on in 1981, during that crisis, to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Below is what Stockman had to say in this powerful and exclusive interview.

Stockman:  “The markets are just irrationally thrashing around in response to a Fed that has lost control of policy.  They have been working their way to the edge of a cliff, I think, for years now with this massive money printing, bond buying, and zero interest rates.

They are saying through 2015 we are not going to tighten the short-term interest rate, which means it will be zero for (a total of) six years.  That is just crazy, almost lunatic….

“Therefore, the markets no longer function as honest capital markets or money markets.  They are simply a lot of boys and girls and algorithms running around trying to trade whatever they think the Fed is going to do next based on word clouds and these massive daily purchases.

So we have a totally broken financial system and we can expect this kind of turmoil in every one of the major securities markets to get worse as we move towards the final blowoff of this third bubble that we’re in in the 21st century … and it’s only a matter of time before this one blows as well.

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/22_David_Stockman_-_Expect_Financial_Collapse_%26_Flight_To_Gold.html

True Gold taps new sources to raise capital

Mark O’Dea has to be the envy of every of nearly every junior mining CEO in the country.

As the executive chairman of True Gold Mining Inc., Mr. O’Dea has signed off on deals to raise $33.5-million of fresh capital since the start of May. That equates to more than half of True’s $60-million market value.

It is an enormous amount of money for a junior gold miner to raise at this point in time. Juniors are suffering through some of the worst market conditions seen in decades, as risk capital has fled the sector and equity financing opportunities have dried up due to lack of demand. The recent drop in gold prices only made matters worse.

Mr. O’Dea, a well-known mining entrepreneur, said he recognized the equity markets were a non-starter for raising capital. That caused him to take a different approach and look for strategic investors. His success demonstrates that money is available for quality junior companies, but they have to work a little harder for it than they used to.

“We’ve really tried to target a different style of niche investor, and different pools of capital from the traditional resource sector funds which have been really beat up,” the 45-year-old said in an interview.

Many juniors like to talk about how they are courting various “strategic” investors (particularly in Asia) but almost none are able to raise substantial amounts of money that way.

True Gold, however, was able to tap two different sources. Back in May, the Vancouver-based miner raised $10-million through a private placement with Canadian giant Teck Resources Ltd. And on Thursday, the company announced it is receiving a $23.5-million investment from Liberty Metals & Mining Holding LLC, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance and a very long-term investor in the resource space.

True Gold was helped by the fact that Mr. O’Dea has a strong track record. He was the CEO of Fronteer Gold Inc., which made a discovery in Nevada and was sold to Newmont Mining Corp. for $2.3-billion in 2011. He also has a relationship with Teck that dates back to his days at Fronteer.

But on its own, that would probably not be enough to raise significant funds in this market.

Mr. O’Dea said the key was to match the project he wanted to build with the right kind of long-term investors. He said that Liberty was interested in True Gold’s Karma project in Burkina Faso because it has low capital intensity, with a construction cost of less than $150-million. That is a must in a market where capital is so scarce, and provides a useful lesson for juniors trying to tackle more ambitious projects.

“As the market began to turn, we recognized that projects with low capital costs, that can get into production relatively quickly, and can withstand downward pressure on the gold price are the projects you want to be in,” he said.

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/18/true-gold-taps-new-sources-to-raise-capital/

Eldorado Gold slashes capital spending by 35%, shelves projects as gold price falls

Eldorado Gold Corp says it will bump back the start dates for three of its European development projects — Skouries and Perama in Greece and Certej in Romania — by at least a year, into 2016 or 2017.<br />

TORONTOEldorado Gold Corp said on Tuesday that it will cut capital spending in 2013 by more than 35%, deferring a full expansion at its Kisladag project in Turkey, in light of the recent drop in the gold price.

The Vancouver-based company also said it will bump back the start dates for three of its European development projects — Skouries and Perama in Greece and Certej in Romania — by at least a year, into 2016 or 2017.

Eldorado now plans to spend US$430 million on capital projects in 2013, down from a previous estimate of US$670 million. The company also revised down its exploration spending to US$51 million from US$98.5 million.

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/16/eldorado-gold-slashes-capital-spending-by-35-shelves-projects-as-gold-price-falls/