Another billionaire says we’re running out of gold
A few months ago I sent you a note explaining that major gold discoveries are shrinking.
Simply put, mining companies are no longer finding vast, new deposits of gold to replace their aging mines.
I quoted Pierre Lassonde, the billionaire founder of gold royalty giant Franco-Nevada and former head of Newmont Mining:
Pierre Lassonde is one of the most well-respected and knowledgeable mining experts in the world. And he thinks we’re reaching ‘peak gold’.
But he’s not alone.
Last month, Rudy Fronk, Chairman and CEO of Seabridge Gold noted:
“Peak gold is the new reality in the gold business with reserves now being mined much faster than they are being replaced.”
Nick Holland, CEO of South Africa’s largest gold producer Gold Fields: “We were all talking about how production was going to increase every year. I think those days are probably gone.”
Kevin Dushnisky, President of mining giant Barrick Gold: “Falling grades and production levels, a lack of new discoveries, and extended project development timelines are bullish for the medium and long-term gold price outlook.”
But the biggest warning comes from resource legend Ian Telfer, chairman of Goldcorp. In an interview with Financial Post, Telfer said:
It’s hard to pinpoint a top or a bottom. But there is an interesting opportunity here since gold has fallen in price over the last several weeks thanks to an inexplicable surge in the US dollar.
The long-term fundamentals seem pretty obvious– the people responsible for supplying the world with gold are saying the world is running out of gold and that supply is declining at an alarming rate.
With a commodity like oil, technology tends to solve the problem of declining supply through more efficient production methods.
When ‘peak oil’ started becoming a problem 10 years ago, the industry developed new fracking and horizontal drilling technologies. And other industries like solar and wind began developing better substitutes for oil.
But there’s not really a substitute for gold. And the biggest players in the space are saying we’re running out.
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