VRIC 2018, Day 1: Notes from the Floor

- January 21st, 2018

Did you miss the first day of this year’s Vancouver Resource Investment Conference? Here are some highlights from the INN team.

The first day of the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) 2018 just wrapped up, and for the Investing News Network it was a busy one.
There was no shortage of industry experts and company CEOs to talk to, and of course there were plenty of presentations and panels to take in as well.
Here’s an overview of some of the day’s highlights — while cryptocurrencies and cannabis stole the show at times, commodities like gold and uranium also drew interest. Be sure to follow @INN_Resource for on-the-go updates.
The first panel of the day featured Rick Rule of Sprott US Holdings; Frank Holmes of US Global Investors (NASDAQ:GROW); and Marin Katusa of Katusa Research. All three well-known commentators shared their favorite stock picks of the year with the audience.

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Another standing-room-only morning presentation came from Holmes, who talked about his journey with cryptocurrencies. Holmes, who is also chairman of HIVE Blockchain Technologies (TSXV:HIVE), discussed how he started to look into the space, and blockchain technology in particular.


VRIC was busy throughout the day, with over 8,000 attendees, including investors, exhibitors, businesses and thought leaders.


The Investing News Network was busy conducting video interviews at booth 101. Sunday’s interviewees included: Doug Casey of Casey Research; Gold Newsletter editor Brien Lundin; Gianni Kovacevic of Copperbank Resources (CSE:CBK); Jeffrey Christian of CPM Group; and James Black of the CSE. Interviews will be posted over the next week or so, so stay tuned!


Some keynote presentations in the morning came from Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp; Frank Curzio of Curzio Research; Peter Spina of Goldseek.com; David Morgan of the Morgan Report; and Adrian Day of Adrian Day Asset Management, among others.



Later in the day, uranium took center stage at a panel moderated by Mike Alkin of the Stock Catalyst Report.


In the afternoon, Katusa moderated a Q&A that featured Casey and Rule.


Peter Schiff of EuroPacific Capital also gave an afternoon presentation about the US economy, presenting to a full house.


The final presentation of the day was billed as as the “ultimate gold panel,” and was moderated by Daniela Cambone of Kitco; it featured Rule, along with Peter Hug, global trading director at Kitco, and well-known author James Rickards. They discussed everything investors needs to know about gold this year, from whether we’ve reached peak gold to how prices will perform in 2018.


The day wrapped up with the induction of Joe Martin, chairman of Cambridge House International, into the Resource Hall of Fame, the fourth recipient of the honor. The first three were Ross Beaty of Pan American Silver (TSX:PAA,NASDAQ:PAAS) and Alterra Power (TSX:AXY); David Elliott, vice president and director of Haywood Securities; and Casey.
Don’t forget to follow us at @INN_Resource for real-time news updates!
Securities Disclosure: I, Priscila Barrera, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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