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By Melissa Pistilli—Exclusive to Resource Investing News

The Resource Investing News Investor Survey results are in and once again the results reveal that investors are cautiously optimistic about the investment potential of resource stocks in today's financial climate. Our surveys, although unscientific, help us to better understand our audience’s interests as well as to identify and monitor developing and ongoing trends in resource investment.

Throughout the month of October, The Resource Investing News Network will be featuring several commodity-specific articles discussing the results of the survey.

Our most recent investor survey is the fourth we’ve conducted since December of 2009. For the past two years, we’ve been using our surveys to gauge investor interest and activity in the resource market and various specific commodities. Over the course of the developing worldwide recession that decimated the global stock markets, we’ve seen a marked loss of confidence in the resource markets within our survey responses coupled with an underlining sentiment that opportunities are still to be had, particularly in the precious metals and energy-related commodities.

Looking back at our past surveys, the percentage of respondents who reported investing in resource stocks in the past year remained fairly stable from the December 2009 survey to the November 2010 survey, however the percentage of respondents who indicated that they would most likely invest in the upcoming 6 months fell nearly 17 percent. Yet, rather than a 17 percent increase in the decidedly “no” category, we saw that number added to the percentage of respondents who replied that they were “on the fence,” implying a cautious optimism in the resource markets in late 2010. At that time, economists were arguing over whether or not the global markets were headed into recovery with some warning of a double-dip recession ahead, making the notable caution on the part of investors perfectly understandable.

By early 2011, we all had started to breathe easier and the worst seemed nearly over. Our investor audience began wading eagerly back into the markets with 89 percent responding in our October 2011 survey that, “yes” they had bought stock in resource companies in the past year, up from 70 percent in November of 2010.

However, with the financial crisis in Europe deepening and the United States failing to solve its own economic problems, namely unemployment, that sense of caution we noted in the November 2010 survey is still there one year later. In our most recent survey, when we asked our investor audience if they planned to invest in resource stocks in the next 6 months, 63 percent responded “yes,” similar to the percentage of respondents that still held confidence in the resource sector in November 2010 (62.4 percent). Interestingly, it seems less our willing to venture back into the market just yet with 27 percent of respondents in the most recent survey reporting they remain “on the fence,” compared to the nearly 33 percent expressing cautious optimism in late 2010.

Many of the responses to the question, “What do you feel is the biggest risk for resource investors?” reveal what’s behind the sentiments of apprehension. Most respondents voiced concern about the debt crisis in Europe, possible economic slowdown in China, rising interest rates in the West, higher inflation in the BRICs, the probability of a global double-dip recession and the lack of credible and competent Western political leadership. These concerns are no doubt behind the loss of investor confidence in the resource markets we’re witnessing now.

Fear and uncertainty over the health of the global economy has exponentially increased the level of investor demand for precious metals over the last three years. Gold and silver’s appeal as safe haven assets have increased remarkably among our readership as well. In December of 2009, a year following the 2008 Crash, our investor survey revealed that 30.8 percent and 21.5 percent of respondents were invested in gold stocks and silver stocks, respectively. By November of 2010, those numbers had exploded to 67.6 percent for gold stocks and 55.5 percent for silver stocks.

The trend in increasing investor demand for precious metals stocks continued throughout 2011, most notably with regards to silver stocks which our survey revealed to be on par with gold investment, both at 74 percent. Not surprisingly, when asked which commodity groups they believe offer the greatest investment potential, 65 percent of respondents chose “Precious Metals.” You can read more about this trend October 17th on Silver Investing News.

 While 40 percent of our survey respondents were also believers in the investment potential of energy stocks, only 28 percent reported investing in uranium stocks in the past year, down significantly from 50.2 percent in November of 2010. Lithium stock investment is also down nearly 10 percent to 22 percent in our most recent survey. You can read more about these investment trends in uranium and lithium stocks on Uranium Investing News and Lithium Investing News later this month. However, our investor audience is still strongly confident in the investment potential of oil and gas stocks with 47 percent investing in the past year, up 5 percent from November of 2010 and over 35 percent from our May 2010 survey.

We’ve seen some remarkable growth in base metals investment interest, specifically those required for infrastructure development including copper and iron. The number of respondents reporting they have invested in copper stocks in the last year (42 percent) has risen by 11 percent from the November 2010 survey and an incredible 28 percent since our first survey in December 2009. Even more impressive, 16 percent of our survey respondents reported investment in iron stocks, a category that barely registered above 1 percent on previous surveys. You can read more about these trends in base metal stocks in upcoming Copper Investing News and Iron Investing News articles.

Our final question to our audience centered on a highly contentious topic in the precious metals community that evokes strong opinions among many investors and analysts. When asked, “Do you believe the silver market is rigged?” an overwhelming 66 percent answered in the affirmative. You can read more about this topic later this month on Silver Investing News.

Copper Investing News Launches Stock Index

These newly launched stock indices will give our readers more tools to use in understanding the market’s developments. The Copper Stock Index will feature a compilation of news-making small cap copper companies, and will allow users to track how specific companies are performing in comparison to the Index.

Dig Media’s Resource Investing News Network, is pleased to announce the most recent development of products intended to provide salient analytical data for our readers. Over the last few months we successfully launched a number of exciting new indices for our Resource Investing News readers:

These investing resources have been well received and continue to demonstrate our editorial commitment to add top quality value and further expand content and tools for our audience. This week we are pleased to launch the Lithium Stock Index.

As with other indices on our network, the primary objective for the Lithium Stock Index is to provide a dynamic and informative online resource for investors about the financial impact on the stock market related to the latest news and trends. The Index constituents will include a proprietary composite of small cap lithium miners and exploration companies that are generating news and investment interest. This will permit readers to monitor their current portfolio holdings or watch lists to compare their performance with our benchmark.

The Lithium Stock Index is a market capitalization weighted index of companies that are producing, exploring or developing lithium resources as their primary business focus. The companies featured are often reported on by Lithium Investing News, and offered as publicly traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture exchange, and Australian Stock Exchange. Our intention is to focus on companies with a market capitalization of less than $2 billion, thus exposing broadly based market trends without skewing the data towards companies with a larger operational scale. This will additionally offer readers the ability to compare selected market leaders against the market and each other.

We will be rebalancing the Index constituents monthly based on how often they are covered on Lithium Investing News to ensure current trends and relevant lithium companies are included. We work closely with leading companies within this universe to feature key projects and personnel in educational profiles that are linked to the company names listed in the Index.

We will continue to refine the Index into a clear and concise system that allows investors to educate themselves on the small cap lithium market. The Index will collect data and show market trends giving users a more comprehensive view of what is happening in the market.

Please feel free to share your comments about any of our benchmark Indices with us, including the Uranium, Silver, and Gold version, as over the coming months we will be launching more commodity indices on other Resource Investing News Network sites. Please send your feedback to

See the Lithium Stock Index »

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