Sprott Precious Metals Watch

Gold and Silver: Precious Metals On the Move

Replay our webcast, focused on gold and silver, and featuring John Hathaway and Maria Smirnova. Gold is enjoying strong support from central bank buyers like China, looking for an alternative to the U.S. dollar. Silver is benefitting from increased demand for photovoltaic solar panels, which climbed to new highs in 2023.

Unbelievable Levels of Big Money Interest in Commodities Right Now

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, brings his unique perspective on growing institutional investor interest in gold, silver, uranium, copper and other commodities. Ciampaglia thinks we're on the precipice of a commodities supercycle, and big money is starting to flock to the sector in search of outsized gains.

Sprott Q1 Precious Metals Report: Gold Is on the Rise and Reaches All-Time High

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold reached an all-time closing high and is up 8.09% YTD (as of 3/31/2024) after rising 13.10% in 2023. We believe several fundamental factors are in place for gold to move higher, in particular, strong central bank buying. We also see three drivers for a higher silver price: 1) silver tracks rising gold due to central bank buying, 2) reflation trade and 3) increased solar panel demand.

Video - John Hathaway: Gold Stocks "Ridiculously Cheap," What Will Make Them Move?

Sprott's John Hathaway shares his thoughts on the disconnect between the gold price and gold stocks, explaining why it's happening, whether he's seen it before and what could make gold stocks finally start moving.

Podcast: Let's Talk About Gold and Purchasing Power

Ed Coyne is joined by Ronni Stoeferle to discuss gold’s quiet ascent to new all-time highs and how it can contribute to maintaining purchasing power in today’s economy.

Sprott Gold Report: Gold Mining Stocks, A Clear and Compelling Investment Case

We firmly believe that the investment case for gold mining equities is clear and compelling, grounded in both value analysis and situational factors. A primary challenge is having the patience to wait for investors to discover the attraction. In our view, investing in gold equities is an asymmetric proposition of minimal downside offset by outsized upside potential. 

Video - Sergio Lujan talks Sprott’s expertise and the gold markets with RIA Channel

At the 2023 Schwab Impact conference, Sergio Lujan joined Keith Black of RIA Channel to discuss Sprott’s specialization in precious metals, the current state of the gold market, along with our outlook.

The Hottest Property in Gold Mining Is Copper

Investors are waking up to competition for copper supply as the world electrifies and pivots away from fossil fuels

Podcast - Super Terrific Happy Hour Ep. 21: John Hathaway

Stephanie Pomboy and Grant Williams, hosts of the popular podcast Super Terrific Happy Hour, interview a true legend of the precious metals industry, John HathawayJohn explains where he feels the world’s central banks currently stand on gold, analyzes the relationship between both real interest rates and the U.S. fiscal situation as they pertain to precious metals prices and discusses their potential impact on the price as we move into 2024.

Sprott Special: Gold’s Bold Move to New Closing High

On Friday, December 1, 2023, spot gold bullion registered an all-time high closing price of $2,072.22, surpassing the prior closing high of $2,063.54 reached on August 6, 2023. Risk assets have been helped by lower long-term bond yields, a weakening U.S. dollar and record gold buying of by central banks.

Getting Into Metal

The global push toward decarbonization is reshaping energy markets. Besides lifting the prices of commodities that will benefit from this boom, it’s also sparked the launch of new ETFs tracking them.

Podcast - What Happens when all the Corporate Debt Rolls Over?

MacroMavens founder Stephanie Pomboy joins host Ed Coyne to talk about The Fed, macroeconomics and what happen when all the commercial paper rolls over.

Central Banks Support Gold; Solar PV Demand Buoys Silver

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Despite a pullback on gold investments, demand from sovereigns and central banks remains unwavering. Over the past decade, China has been committed to bolstering its gold reserves to enhance its economic and geopolitical standing. Silver is likely to be in high demand as the energy transition expands, given it is critical to solar PV panel technology, EV batteries and 5G cellular service. 

Sprott Gold Report: Gold and the Debt Bubble

John Hathaway, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager: "Despite recent weakness in gold and precious metals stocks, we believe gold may be poised for stronger performance in the coming months. The Federal Reserve's "higher for longer" stance on interest rates is unsustainable and could lead to a general credit deflation and a recession. Trouble is brewing in the banking system and the labor market, which could further support a rise in gold prices."

Video - Sprott Update on Gold, Uranium and Battery Metals

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, sits down with James Connor of Bloor Street Capital to discuss the current state of the gold market, the resilience of uranium compared to other commodities, the growth of the battery metals sector and Sprott’s focus on providing investors with access to energy transition investments. 

Central Banks Flex Gold Market Muscle

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: In the first half of 2023, the gold bullion price rose by 5.23% despite competition from a euphoric equity market. Even with contrasting approaches, central banks and investment funds became the main players shaping the gold market in the first half of the year. Central bank buying drove demand, and gold is reverting to its historical role as a significant reserve asset as central banks seek to diversify amid geopolitical uncertainties.

Sprott Gold Report: Gold vs. Gold Stocks, An Unresolved Incongruity

Gold mining stocks are inextricably connected to the price behavior of gold bullion. Yet their recent response to the gold bull market has been disappointing. If gold should rise above the psychological $2,000 threshold, this will likely provide a strong catalyst for stocks, which are severely undervalued on a relative and absolute basis and provide attractive investment opportunities. 

Podcast - Showdown - In Gold We Trust 2023

The In Gold We Trust 2023 Report is out and it’s our great pleasure to welcome back its publisher, Ronnie Stöferle. This year’s report is titled Showdown, a term, as Ronnie explains, well suited to this moment in time. 

Geopolitical Risks Enhance Gold’s Role as a Reserve Asset

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold attempted to breakout above $2,050 in early May before drifting lower as the U.S. debt-ceiling drama deepened and the U.S. dollar strengthened. At the same time, global central banks have been accumulating gold at a record pace. This highlights gold's role as a neutral reserve asset that has the potential to mitigate increasing counterparty risks amid escalating geopolitical tensions.

Gold revaluation & the hidden motive behind central banks’ gold buying

It can’t just be a coincidence that global central banks are buying this much gold, at a time when they’re making significant losses.

In Gold We Trust Report 2023 - Showdown

"In our opinion, the term showdown is an apt description of the current situation, in which economic, political and social developments are on the brink of a fundamental change of course. The current situation is also unique because we are not dealing with a singular showdown. Multiple escalations are occurring simultaneously and have the potential to further inflame each other."

Webcast Replay - Gold: A Safe Haven without Parallel?

Replay our webcast featuring John Hathaway and Doug Groh, discussing the current outlook for gold and gold mining equities. Gold has proven to be an effective safe haven asset during this challenging period, which began with the early 2022 Russia-Ukraine invasion and was followed by rising interest rates, stubborn inflation and the 2023 banking crisis. We believe near-term support for gold will remain at ~$2,000 and that markets are likely to test new highs.

Gold Rides Higher on Recession Fears

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Globally, we are entering a more challenging period featuring subpar economic growth, increasing risks to systematic financial stability, stubbornly high inflation and rising geopolitical risks. Against this backdrop, we believe gold should perform well, even if the U.S. debt ceiling disaster is averted.

Silver approaching historic deficit as demand surges to record high

Global demand for silver rose by 18 per cent last year to a record high of 1.24 billion ounces, creating a huge supply deficit, the Silver Institute said on Wednesday, predicting more shortages in the years to come.

Total Global Silver Demand Posts Record High of 1.24 Billion Ounces in 2022

All major silver demand categories achieved record highs in 2022, pushing total silver demand to a new high of 1.242 billion ounces (Boz) last year. Silver industrial demand rose by 5 percent, physical investment increased by 22 percent, and jewelry and silverware rose by 29 and 80 percent, respectively, leading to the total global silver demand milestone. Since 2020, the global total has increased by 38 percent as world economies recover from the pandemic.

Special Report: A Bullion "Moat" for Your Portfolio

Shree Kargutkar, Sprott Portfolio Manager: In Q1 2023, precious metals bullion and equities showed strong YTD momentum, with gold closing above the psychologically important $2,000 per ounce mark and silver reaching $25. Gold/silver mining equities also posted notable gains. We believe that investments in precious metals bullion, especially, have the potential to provide a safe haven "moat" to investment portfolios.

Gold Bulls Run Faster as Fed Tackles Banking Crisis

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: In March, gold posted its highest monthly close since July 2020 and rounded out a solid Q1 2023 gain of 7.96%. Gold is now up 21.38% from last autumn's low (9/26/22) following the most aggressive central bank purchases in decades and gold investment flows catalyzed by the U.S. banking crisis. We are very optimistic given that many significant long-term bullish macro factors for gold have become stronger, while some shorter-term cyclical gold bearish factors have faded.

Special Report: Is My Money Safe?

John Hathaway, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager: "Let it be said here that the financial media at best pays only lip service to the thought: there is likely no safer asset than physical gold. The yellow metal has no counterparty risk (unlike all other financial instruments including bank deposits and government bonds), is highly liquid and has an unbroken record of retaining value in absolute terms and relative to financial assets."

'We saw a fundamental supply-demand imbalance' - John Ciampaglia on Sprott Physical Uranium Trust

The Sprott Physical Uranium Trust has exceeded the company's "wildest expectations," said John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management.

Video - Masterclass: ESG

Edward C. Coyne, Senior Managing Partner, Global Sales, joins Asset TV and a panel of experts to discuss the constantly evolving discourse surrounding ESG, challenges faced in standardizing ESG ratings and ESG-based investing. The panel digs into how ESG can be integrated into investments and what the “energy transition” means in terms of commodity demand.

What gold’s brief rise above $2,000 an ounce means as fears of banking crisis rattle investor nerves

Gold futures topped $2,000 an ounce on Monday to mark their highest intraday price in more than a year, as fears of a crisis in the banking sector led to a rise in demand for gold as a safe-haven investment.

Charted: 30 Years of Central Bank Gold Demand

Globally, central banks bought a record 1,136 tonnes of gold in 2022.  How has central bank gold demand changed over the last three decades?

First Gold Dip Since Central Bank Buying Spree

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold fell in February, closing the month at $1,827 in a correction characterized by a stall in buying, but not selling. Since gold's autumn 2022 low of $1,622, global central banks have been buying gold at record rates; more than three times their long-term averages.

INN Video - Maria Smirnova: Gold Outlook Strong in 2023, Silver Swing Factor to Watch

Maria Smirnova, Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer at Sprott, said that the Federal Reserve will not likely be able to engineer a soft landing — and that should be positive for gold. Smirnova also spoke about silver, saying that its fundamentals are strong. She reminded investors that demand for the white metal is split fairly evenly between industrial and investment end uses, and she sees investment demand from the west as particularly important in 2023.

Podcast: Kabuki Dance of the Black Swans

Ed Coyne talks with Sprott’s John Hathaway about gold, the Fed’s next moves, the U.S. dollar, the debt ceiling and a flock of black swans. John Hathaway: "To me, that's where I think the rubber could hit the road in terms of a Fed pivot and then basically throwing in the towel on the anti-inflation war path that the Fed has been on. Basically, I think we're off to the races with gold."

Sprott Monthly Report: Strong China Demand Boosts Gold Rally

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: January was another positive month for gold bullion. We saw strong gold buying from China, with estimated tonnes purchased at the highest level since 2017. Price action and trading desk anecdotes indicate significant buying from China's "official sector", including the People’s Bank of China. This was in stark contrast to China's accelerated selling of U.S. Treasuries.

Sprott Monthly Report: 2023 Top 10 Watch List

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: This year’s top 10 list offers Sprott’s thoughts on what will likely drive markets in the coming year and decade, from a macro perspective and the vantage of our asset classes: Precious Metals and Energy Transition Materials. We believe the global clean energy transition will grow more urgent as energy markets continue re-ordering and energy security becomes synonymous with national security. The signposts point to a commodity-intensive, inflationary and capital-intensive decade where energy transition materials and precious metals will become far more valued than in the prior market regime.

Sprott Gold Report: Connecting a Few Dots

John Hathaway, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager: "Gold was an effective hedge in 2022, returning -0.28% for the bear market year. The yellow metal outperformed the S&P 500 Index, which declined 18.11%. Gold mining equities also outpaced the S&P 500. Looking ahead, we believe investors willing to seize the opportunity presented by inexpensive, unloved gold mining equities, will have the potential to reap substantial benefits from breaking the ranks of groupthink."

Gold surges to 6-month high, and analysts expect records in 2023

Gold prices have been on a general incline since the beginning of November as market turbulence, rising recession expectations and more gold purchases from central banks underpinned demand.

Gold Mining: Community Relations are the Foundation for ESG

In tackling environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns, the "S" stakes are high for mining companies. Standards for corporate behavior have become more stringent over time and local communities where mines exist expect significant benefits from mining operators. Gold miners must earn their “social license” to operate, maintaining positive partnerships with host-country governments and with local communities.

Sprott Monthly Report: Gold Higher After Peak Fed Hawkishness

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold and gold mining equities posted strong results in November, up 8.26% and 16.79%, respectively. Silver gained 15.81%. Risk assets were catalyzed higher by the Fed's signal that it would slow the pace of rate hikes, a better-than-expected October inflation report and speculation that China may phase out its zero-COVID policy.

Sprott Webcast: Looking Ahead to Metals and Miners

2022 has been a difficult year for many asset classes. Markets were historically volatile, with higher-than-expected inflation, quickly rising interest rates, the Russia-Ukraine war and the threat of a global economic recession. While metals and mining investments shared in 2022’s volatility, we look ahead to brighter opportunities in 2023.

Silver heads for biggest deficit in decades, Silver Institute says

Global demand for silver is expected to rise 16% this year to 1.21 billion ounces, creating the biggest deficit in decades, according to the Silver Institute on Thursday night.

Silver holdings in London vaults drop to record lows

Holdings of physical silver held in vaults across London dropped to a record low in October, according to the data provided by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

Sprott Monthly Report: Fed Pivot FOMO and Financial Instability

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: The tough year continued in October for many asset classes, including gold and other precious metals. Gold demand, however, was strong in Q3 2022 as long-term investors took advantage of lower prices to build positions. With financial system stress cracks showing up, central banks are now trying to balance aggressively fighting the highest inflation levels in 40 years while maintaining financial stability in over-leveraged governments and markets. 

Who Are The Mystery Buyers Responsible For Central Bank Gold Boom?

Central banks bought a record amount of gold last quarter as they diversified foreign-currency reserves, with a large chunk of the purchases coming from as-yet unknown buyers.

Sprott Gold Report: Dollar, Safe Haven or Leaky Lifeboat?

John Hathaway, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager: "The parabolic rise in the dollar contains the seeds of its own demise. The kiss of death, as for all overcrowded trades, is that it has become front page news. Dollar strength is a mirage, the reverse image of the flaw inherent in all paper currencies. The fatal flaw is that they are the ever increasing issuance of fiscal decay. The façade of dollar strength foretells a comeuppance for all currencies in the form of a steep devaluation in terms of gold."

Things Are Breaking

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold held above $1,700 since Q2 2020, but in mid-September, a significant risk-off wave occurred, breaking nearly every risk asset lower. The primary causes are higher than expected inflation data forcing yields (especially real yields) and the USD higher, two important gold drivers.

Summer Doldrums for Gold & Silver

Doug Groh, Senior Portfolio Manager: It’s been a summer of doldrums for many asset classes. In our universe, however, uranium and other energy transition metals were a welcome exception to the market carnage — the spot uranium oxide composite was up 8.73% in August and 25.45% YTD. Precious metals, by contrast, lost ground as a liquidity crunch took hold in response to market declines and volatility. Gold lost 3.11% and silver fell 11.62% in August, while gold mining equities magnified gold bullion's loss by declining 10.00%.

China Is Ramping Up Swiss Gold Imports, Signaling Better Demand

China’s gold imports from the major refining hub of Switzerland jumped to the highest in more than five years, signaling demand improved as the Asian nation relaxed strict Covid measures.

Signs of Capitulation Everywhere

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: July was another difficult month for most asset categories and was characterized by selling capitulation into exhaustion. Much more aggressive Fed rate hike expectations relative to other global central banks were a significant cause of U.S. dollar (USD) strength and rising real yields, which adversely affected gold. Although gold bullion lost ground, it remains relatively better off than many other assets for the year at -3.46% YTD through July 31, 2022.

Inflation, No Quick Fix

John Hathaway, Senior Portfolio Manager: If the Fed is to abandon the practice of inflating financial assets, which would represent a secular shift in direction, substantial deflation lies ahead from which the purchasing power of gold will surely rise in real terms. If there is a return to business as usual, i.e., papering over policy mistakes, we believe that the gold price has the potential to rise to all-time highs in nominal terms.

Gold Holds in Worst First Half in Decades

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold continued to perform as a safe haven store of value in what has been one of the most challenging six-month periods for markets in decades. Gold has managed to stay above the $1,800 support level despite the broader market carnage. By contrast, equities (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) recorded their worst first-half start to a year since 1970 and bonds (U.S. Treasury Index) registered their worst first six months since 1973 (based on available data).

Video - John Hathaway & Ted Oakley: Gold Outlook, Inflation & Bullion vs. Miners

Ted Oakley of Oxbow Advisors interviews Sprott's John Hathaway on the gold bullion and gold equities markets. Oakley and Hathaway discuss why investors should consider adding gold to their investment portfolios and explore how gold affects portfolio diversification.

Gold’s Haven Appeal Burnished by Drumbeat of Growth Warnings

Gold may be heading for another rally, with warnings over a global economic slowdown paving the way for a fresh push toward $2,000 an ounce.

Gold, Steady in its Purpose

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: May saw selling across most asset classes and scant appetite for safe haven assets such as gold. However, gold bullion has outperformed many other asset classes YTD and continues to do its job. Gold held its value with low correlation to the S&P 500 and lower volatility than other assets.

Silver Demand and Supply Trends to Watch

Maria Smirnova, Senior Portfolio Manager: Silver, from a pricing standpoint, is historically undervalued relative to gold and offers an attractive investment opportunity. Silver market fundamentals are strong, given that declining supply trends cannot keep up with rising, longer-term demand. Post-COVID, silver demand is rebounding, led by industrial, jewelry and physical coin and bar investment. We are excited about silver's importance to green technology and de-carbonization trends like EVs. 

Video - NYSE with CEO John Ciampaglia on URNM

Douglas Yones, NYSE Head of Exchange Traded Products, interviews John Ciampaglia, Chief Executive Officer, Sprott Asset Management, on the recent launch of Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM).

April Pressures Risk Assets

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: Gold lost 2.09% in April, a month marked by across-the-board outflows in many asset classes as volatility surged. By contrast, gold held in ETFs has increased sharply this year as the safe-haven flight continues. April was tough on many investment sectors, with the S&P 500 Index down 8.80%, the Nasdaq Composite Index declining 13.37% and U.S. Treasury bonds falling 3.10%. The U.S. dollar was one of the few beneficiaries as it neared multi-year highs.

VIDEO — Maria Smirnova: Our Thesis Hasn't Changed — We Believe in Gold and Silver

Gold has pulled back from the highs seen earlier this year, but according to Maria Smirnova, senior portfolio manager at Sprott Asset Management, the yellow metal is on a positive path.

Putin’s Gambit

The price of gold has been treading water for 10 years while the investment fundamentals have improved dramatically. That is why, in our opinion, significant upside lies ahead for gold and related equities. Putin’s war introduces yet an additional reason to stoke investment demand for the yellow metal. It is not only war in the kinetic sense, but the reserve currency and cyber aspects that have far-reaching implications for gold.

Gold Investment Demand Returns

Paul Wong, CFA, Sprott Market Strategist: Gold posted its all-time highest quarterly close on March 31, 2022, ending a volatile month that helped gold climb above $2,070 on March 8. By contrast, the U.S. Treasury Index suffered its worst quarter since 1973 and the S&P 500 Index posted its first negative quarter since Q1 2020. While gold may have climbed back to its highs on safe-haven flows, other positive gold supports are definitely in play.

Video - Gold Bullion Breaks Out on Safe-Haven Flight

Sprott Market Strategist Paul Wong joins Asset TV's Jenna Dagenhart to discuss Sprott's outlook for gold.

Paul Wong: "The Russian-Ukraine conflict is probably one of the biggest macro drivers in the marketplace. Many commodity users, transportation providers and financial facilities are heading toward self-sanction. There is almost a semi-defacto oil embargo going on right now....Before Russia-Ukraine, the gold market had started shaking off the hawkish Fed rhetoric. Russia-Ukraine has just amplified gold's value as a safe haven asset."

Educational Video - Gold: A True Store of Value

Throughout history, gold has played a prominent role in the advancement of human civilization. Seen as a representation of the sun, of the gods and of true value, gold is a form of real money without counterparty risks. Symbol Au, atomic number 79, gold has been used to adorn the tombs of the great pharaohs and to help power spacecrafts that extend the horizons of humanity’s domain. Learn more about gold’s importance in Sprott’s latest video – Gold: A True Store of Value.

Gold Bullion Breaks Out on Safe-Haven Flight

Paul Wong, CFA, Sprott Market Strategist: The precious metals complex rebounded strongly in February as other assets faltered. Gold bullion is up 4.36% YTD through February 28, 2022, and silver bullion has increased 4.90%. Gold mining equities rallied and have gained 10.17% YTD. Investors sought safe-haven assets given the heightened concerns over the economic/market risks from rising interest rates and the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Podcast - Super Terrific Happy Hour Ep. 14: John Hathaway

Stephanie Pomboy and Grant Williams, hosts of the popular podcast Super Terrific Happy Hour, interview a true legend of the precious metals industry, John Hathaway of Sprott Asset Management. The three discuss the Fed, inflation, the financial markets and the outlook for gold bullion and gold stocks.

Video - Gold and Silver Price Drivers, Generational Opportunity in Stocks

Shree Kargutkar, Sprott Portfolio Manager: I believe that we are on the cusp of a generational opportunity today. I would encourage every viewer to dust off their old notebooks and do a little research on precious metals mining companies, especially those that are well managed, with attractive balance sheets. 

U.S. Mint sells 5 million ounces of silver in January, best start since 2017

The silver market has started 2022 on a reasonably volatile note as prices swung in a $3 range in January; however, despite the volatility, the precious metal is seeing strong physical demand, according to January sales data from the U.S. Mint.

Gold has remained steady as stocks and bitcoin have plunged. Here’s where it could go

Gold prices have remained resilient in recent weeks in the face of broad market volatility, decoupling somewhat from its typical price drivers — bond yields and the dollar.

Fed Applies Hawkish Shock Treatment

Paul Wong, CFA, Sprott Market Strategist: Gold reached a high of $1,848 in January, but slid following the Fed's exceptionally hawkish statements at the January FOMC meeting. Market risks are rising and we believe that gold, as it did in 2018, is likely to stage a breakout given its safe haven characteristics.

Season 2 Episode #1 - The Value of Gold Equities

Podcast: Welcome to Season 2, Episode #1 of Sprott Gold Talk Radio. Join Ed Coyne and Senior Portfolio Manager Doug Groh for a deep dive on gold mining stocks. Coyne and Groh explore the tremendous opportunity gold equities offer and uncover their potential to bring value to a diversified investment portfolio.

Gold to shine as investor apathy to risk falls in 2022

Overconfidence and apathy towards risk dominated investor sentiment in 2021, but, according to one precious metal fund manager, that could all change in the new year as the Federal Reserve looks to tighten its monetary policy, reducing the liquidity sloshing through financial markets.

2022 Top 10 Watch List

Paul Wong, CFA, Sprott Market Strategist: For 2021, the gold price averaged $1,799 compared to $1,770 for 2020, up $29, despite losing 3.64% for the twelve months. Gold traded in a narrow range for most of last year as markets were ping-ponged by inflation and rate hike expectations. Based on historic patterns, gold's lengthy consolidation indicates that prices have the potential to rally sharply and quickly in the coming year. We explain why in our List of Top 10 things to watch for gold investors.

Waiting for the Pivot

John Hathaway, Senior Portfolio Manager: With Fed policy taking a more hawkish turn, the fire hose of liquidity that has fueled market mania is being turned off. At this moment, it appears that confidence in the Fed and attraction to gold are binary. Our view is that a position in gold offers a very favorable asymmetric risk-reward proposition on the possibility that confidence will not survive 2022.

Why Nuclear Power Plant Life Extensions & Uprates Matter

Per Jander, WMC Energy, Technical Advisor to Sprott Physical Uranium Trust: Research and development on small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) is underway globally and generating tremendous buzz. But SMRs are not likely to contribute meaningful amounts of carbon-free power for another decade. By contrast, nuclear power plant life extensions and uprates hold the power to boost carbon-free electricity production in the interim and provide a bridge to a future date when new SMR technologies will be commercially available.

Byron Wien: Gold Price Will Hit Record This Year

The year-ahead prognostications of longtime financial pundit Byron Wien are always an event. His latest list of 10 forecasts, for 2022, is topped by a bullish outlook for gold—coming amid a flat stock market.

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