Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2017 Round-Up

Did you miss VRIC this year? Check out the highlights here.

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If the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) is any indication of what’s in store for 2017, then it’s going to be a very busy and exciting year.

The Investing News Network (INN) was at VRIC once again to be your eyes and ears — this year there was a palpable sense of optimism on the floor and during the standing-room-only workshop sessions. Gold was certainly the star of the show, but thought leaders are also watching other commodities.

Keep reading to view our coverage of the event. From panel and presentation overviews to video interviews, we’ve laid out the highlights for those who weren’t able to make it.

VRIC 2017, Day 1: Notes from the Floor

INN attended presentations by Frank Holmes and Frank Giustra, as well as various panel discussions led by Peter Spina and Marin Katusa. The first day of the show ended with Doug Casey’s induction into the Resource Hall of Fame.

VRIC 2017, Day 2: Notes from the Floor

Day two of the conference was just as busy, and INN was at various panels, including discussions led by Jay Martin, Katusa and Louis James. The INN booth was also action packed as we interviewed thought leaders and CEOs about their favorite companies and the commodities they are watching this year.

Frank Giustra: “We’re in the Beginnings of a Very Important Gold Market”

INN was front and center when Giustra said, “I think that we’re in the beginnings of a new bull market in metals, but I am really mostly bullish about gold.” The article above details Giustra’s presentation.

2017 Will Be the Year of the Yellow Metals

Louis James discussed gold and uranium in his VRIC presentation. James said he believes the Trump presidency will be good for gold because “he is a source of high-level continuing chaos generation and instability in the markets.” Read more of his thoughts in the article above.

Silver in 2017: The Year of the Wild Card

INN gives an overview of a silver-focused panel featuring Brad Cooke, CEO of Endeavour Silver (TSX:EDR), and Robert Archer, president and CEO of Great Panther Silver (TSX:GPR). Cooke said he sees silver being the best-performing commodity in 2017.

Oil and Gas 2017: Experts Optimistic About Canada

Find out what panelists Keith Schaefer, Katusa and Darrell Bishop think of the oil and gas market’s prospects this year. Schaefer’s stock picks include: Resolute Energy (NYSE:REN), Cardinal Energy (TSX:CJ) and Select Sands (TSXV:SNS).

Stock Picks and Investing Tips from 4 Top Newsletter Writers

What advice do Brent Cook, Louis James, Frank Curzio and Benj Gallander have for investors? Katusa took to the stage at VRIC to grill them. This article includes their current favorite stocks.

David Morgan Talks Precious Metals and Energy

David Morgan, publisher of The Morgan Report, shares his thoughts on the Trump presidency and how investors can best allocate their portfolios.

Frank Holmes on What Will Move the Price of Gold

US Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW) CEO and Chief Investment Officer Frank Holmes discusses the Trump presidency, catalysts that will move the gold price and how to pick winning stocks.

Peter Spina on Gold: “This is a Great Time to be a Buyer”

Gold stocks “have really come down relative to the gold price over the last five years,” says Peter Spina, founder and president of GoldSeek, in this interview. That means it’s “a great time to be a buyer.” He also thinks that “if you really want leverage, the junior stocks is where you’re going to get that upside.”

Gold Shines in Periods of “Massive Deflation,” says Andy Schectman

Gold is poised to do “very, very well right now,” says Andy Schectman of Miles Franklin in the video above. He also explains how to travel with gold, and comments on what investors should keep in mind during times of economic uncertainty.

Louis James: Trump-related Instability is “Bullish for Safe-haven Assets”

Louis James, editor of the International Speculator, believes prospects are good for both gold and uranium this year. That said, he thinks uranium will probably “end the year with bigger gains than gold.”

Why You Should Still Invest in Silver

Should you still invest in silver if the market is manipulated? Ed Steer of GATA explains in this video, and also gives his thoughts on manipulation in other markets.

Mickey Fulp: “The Uranium Supply/Demand Problem Will End Soon”

Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp says he’s most optimistic about uranium and copper this year. In the video above he also shares his latest research on TSXV seasonality.

Thom Calandra: Uranium Demand Will “Always be There” Going Forward

Thom Calandra of The Calandra Report discusses uranium supply and demand, commenting that the turnaround in the space “looks real” this time. “It looks like the ‘bottom’ is in,” he adds.

3 Uranium Stock Picks from Thom Calandra

Which uranium stocks does Calandra like? He names three in this video. Calandra also explains why Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin is important to the uranium market.

Thom Calandra is Bullish on Zinc and Copper

Calandra is also bullish on zinc and copper this year, and said that Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) and Thunderstruck Resources (TSXV:AWE) are zinc companies that he owns and follows.

Brien Lundin: “It’s the Right Time to Invest in Zinc”

Brien Lundin, CEO of Jefferson Financial, also believes zinc will do well this year. He sees the metal reaching $1.50 or $1.60 per pound in 2017, and also says he now thinks that “President Trump is going to be better for gold than [he initially] thought.”

Keith Schaefer: “OPEC is Playing a Very Smart Game”

Investors interested in the oil market should “start to learn by investing slowly,” says Schaefer in this video. He also discusses OPEC’s promised production cuts and other factors that may move the oil price this year.

John Kaiser: “We’re Just at the Cusp of a Scandium Boom”

Never heard of scandium? John Kaiser of Kaiser Research thinks it needs to be on your radar. In this video he speaks about the market for the metal and also gives his thoughts on what a Trump presidency could mean for the resource space.

Trevali’s Steve Stakiw on What Zinc Investors Should Be Looking At

Trevali Mining (TSX:TV) Vice President of Investor Relations Steve Stakiw talks about the future of zinc and gives his advice for investors interested in the base metal.

David Sidoo: Lithium’s Year in Argentina

David Sidoo, president and CEO of of Advantage Lithium (TSXV:AAL), discusses his company’s new partnership with Orocobre (TSX:ORL), as well as the factors he thinks will impact the lithium market the most this year.

Dean Taylor: “We Expect a Recovery in Diamond Prices in 2017”

The diamond market struggled in 2016, but Dean Taylor, CEO of Diamcor (TSX:DMI), says in this video that he expects diamond prices to strengthen in the long term. He also explains his company’s strategic alliance with Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF).

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Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: Thunderstruck Resources, Trevali Mining and Advantage Lithium are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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