Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks Talk Junior Miners with The Gold Report

Author: Frank Holmes
Date Posted: June 12, 2013 Read time: 4 min

In an interview with The Gold Report, Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks talk about the recent volatility in gold as well as how it is affecting the mining sector and U.S. Global’s gold funds.

Frank believes three trends will hurt the junior resource cycle for the next few years:
1) A lack of discoveries, 2) geologists having no relationship with money managers or capital markets, and 3) excessive government regulations. But there are mining companies that are adapting to these challenges by focusing on a return-on-capital model or increasing their dividends.

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Holdings in the Global Resources, Gold and Precious Metals and World Precious Minerals Funds as a percentage of net assets as of 3/31/13: Alamos Gold Inc (Global Resources Fund 0.96%, Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.90%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.95%), B2Gold Corp (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 3.15%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.23%), Franco-Nevada Corp. (Global Resources Fund 0.06%, Gold and Precious Metals Fund 3.17%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.33%), Lundin Mining Corp (Global Resources Fund 0.86%), Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF  (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.17%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.17%), Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF  (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.07%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.08%), Newmont Mining Corp. (Global Resources Fund 2.12%, Gold and Precious Metals Fund 1.76%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.19%), Pan American Silver Corp.  (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 2.85%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.36%), Romarco Minerals Inc. (World Precious Minerals Fund 0.29%), SEMAFO Inc (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 0.17%, World Precious Minerals Fund 0.15%), SPDR Gold Trust (Gold and Precious Metals Fund 3.20%, World Precious Minerals Fund 1.72%)