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MINE FINDER GREN THOMAS'S MEMOIR: Coal dust, characters and diamonds

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

The German pilot who survived a remote plane crash and stayed alive during an Arctic winter by eating a dead passenger. A Yukon pioneer who joined the gold rush with her dad...Read More »

Visionary Gold (VIZ-V): Family footsteps lead to high-grade gold hunt

Visionary now drilling at Wolf project, a neglected historical gold camp in Wyoming

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Junior exploration projects are notorious for their pitfalls. Lack of minerals is the obvious fatal flaw; others run the gamut from geology and geography to social licence and permitting, with other risks in between.

Venomous snakes...Read More »

North Arrow Minerals (NAR-V): A fancy contrarian idea

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Trade and the resulting prosperity set the stage for the tulip bulb mania of the 1630s. Businessmen who became wealthy buying shares in the Dutch East India Company would decorate their estates with lavish flower gardens of tulips, which had been introduced from Turkey. The rarest and...Read More »

Copper stock: A higher-grade prospect beside a giant in B.C. porphyry camp

  • Assays pending on deep holes drilled by GSP Resource Corp. (GSPR-V)
  • Building pounds at the Alwin copper mine project adjacent to Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine

by James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

GSP Resource Corp. is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsor companies.

Dwight Eisenhower was in the Oval Office and America was still on...Read More »

Ridgeline Minerals: From bear-market bootstrapping to high-potential Nevada play

  • High-grade silver discovery takes shape at Selena
  • Ridgeline (RDG-V) has $3.5M in treasury to drill Nevada projects
  • Nevada Gold Mines is hitting boomers near Ridgeline ground

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Nevada’s silver-laden history branded it “The Silver State” but the present is paved with gold. The more valuable precious metal is Nevada’s top export,...Read More »

Kodiak Copper site visit: "It's a good start"

by James Kwantes
Editor and publisher,
Resource Opportunities

Site visit: Kodiak Copper MPD project (October 17, 2020)

Sent to Resource Opportunities Premium Subscribers pre-market on Oct. 20

Dear subscriber,

My final site visit of the year — on Saturday, Oct. 17 — took me to Kodiak Copper’s MPD project and core facility outside Merritt, in the...Read More »

Genesis Metals builds high-grade ounces at Chevrier

by James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Genesis Metals is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsor companies.

Genesis Metals is building ounces and grade at its Chevrier project in Quebec’s Abitibi Greenstone Belt, as Phase 1 drill results outline growing zones of higher-grade material within the existing Main Zone deposit. The drill results are...Read More »

Strategic Metals poised to drill wholly owned high-grade gold project

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Well-run project generators are brick houses in a speculative corner of the market, where the winds of commodity prices and dilution are often house wreckers. Their share prices are typically backstopped by healthy treasuries, royalties and equity stakes, as well as extensive claims holdings. They are...Read More »

Fremont Gold gears up to drill for discovery at Griffon in Nevada

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Nevada is known as “The Silver State,” a nod to the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode. That rich silver endowment led to Nevada’s statehood, and profits from silver mining helped the North come out on top in the American Civil War.

But the discovery of the...Read More »

Genesis Metals drills for high-grade gold in Quebec

Drilling later this year will test new targets identified by last year’s property-wide soil sampling.

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

For veteran speculators, the latest hits to junior mining share prices feels like deja vu all over again. Sentiment is gloomy and market capitalizations are depressed. But gold in U.S....Read More »

Site visit: Hunting for riches at Group Ten's Stillwater West PGE-copper-nickel project

Site visit report: Stillwater West, Montana
Group Ten Metals (PGE-V)

December 3, 2019
By James Kwantes
Editor and publisher, Resource Opportunities

Initially published in Resource Opportunities. Subscribe now: coupon code PGE saves you US$100 on regular prices of US$299 for 1 year, $449 for 2 years.

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Cashed-up explorer prepares to drill large gold-copper porphyry target

By James Kwantes
Editor and publisher, Resource Opportunities

Speculating in junior mining equities is a dangerous — and sometimes extremely lucrative — game. Some of the key qualities that lay the groundwork for shareholder value creation in an exploration play are:

  • Serially successful management
  • Read More »

Genesis hunts for high-grade gold at Chevrier

Recent discoveries, M&A in the Chibougamau mining district

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Genesis Metals is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsor companies.

The history of major metals discoveries is rife with stories of deposits that were only uncovered when geologists looked beyond existing mineralization systems, or considered new...Read More »

Gold discoveries, garimpeiros and a gringo bar

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Fremont Gold is a Resource Opportunities sponsor company.

“Hello, you’ve reached Rock Bottom.”

It was the greeting for those calling Mongo’s Rock Bottom Cafe, the popular expat bar opened by exploration geologist Dennis “Mongo” Moore and a partner in La Paz, Bolivia....Read More »

Genesis builds ounces, recruits top talent

New resource estimate shows 423,000 Au oz Indicated at 1.22 g/t Au and 303,000 Au oz Inferred (1.27 g/t) at Chevrier

Genesis Metals joins Discovery Group; John Robins, Jim Paterson come on as strategic advisors

By James Kwantes
Editor, Resource Opportunities

Genesis Metals is a...Read More »

Avino: Silver mining in Mexico, gold exploration in B.C.

Long before Hollywood directors made it a favoured setting for westerns … before Pancho Villa rose from the poverty of a hacienda there to become an important Revolutionary general … the Mexican state of Durango was a major center for global silver production.

Understanding silver’s role in Mexico – formerly part...Read More »

Interview: Gren Thomas, the man with the golden hand

by James Kwantes
Editor, Resource Opportunities

October 26, 2018
It’s 1:15 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon in Vancouver and I arrive a little early for a downtown meeting with Westhaven Ventures (WHN-V) chairman Gren Thomas. A short elevator ride at Granville and West Hastings takes me to Westhaven’s modest offices...Read More »

Investor Ian Cassel on strategies & the gold miner that got away

“Investing is hard.”

It was a theme microcap investor Ian Cassel returned to again and again during his October 18 talk at the Small-cap Discoveries conference in Vancouver, run by Vancouver-based newsletter writer Paul Andreola.

Successful investing is counterintuitive to human nature,...Read More »

Risk and opportunity: Q&A with Strategic Metals CEO Doug Eaton

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Strategic Metals is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsor companies.

Strategic Metals CEO Doug Eaton has faced a few grizzly bears in his decades of stomping around the Yukon as an Archer Cathro geologist. And he’s been an exec in the junior exploration business long enough to...Read More »

Diamonds Q&A: North Arrow Minerals CEO Ken Armstrong

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

North Arrow Minerals is 1 of 3 Resource Opportunities sponsor companies.

Vancouver-based North Arrow Minerals is one of the more active diamond exploration companies globally, with a portfolio of projects focused on Canada. Its most advanced-stage project is the large Naujaat deposit in Nunavut, which...Read More »

Klondike Gold narrows down search in Yukon goldfields

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

It’s early afternoon on an overcast Yukon day and CEO Peter Tallman is in show and tell mode at Lone Star, one of Klondike Gold’s properties in the heart of the historic Klondike goldfields. The geologist is dressed in old jeans, a flannel shirt, muddy...Read More »

Hunting for rough in a storied diamond field

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

North Arrow Minerals is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsors and Lucara Diamond and North Arrow are portfolio companies.

Canada punches above its weight in the world of diamonds – way above. Consider: the country is home to about 36 million people, or less than half...Read More »

Strategic Metals: Building long-term value in a cash-burning sector

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Every junior resource speculator, whether consciously or not, balances risk and reward. The potential for lucrative gains lures investors into this small and notoriously volatile corner of the investment world – the promise of 10-baggers and more. But risk is the admission price...Read More »

Site visit: Sabina unlocks a high-grade gold vault at Back River

Site visit: Sabina Gold & Silver (SBB-T)
Oct. 4, 2017
By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

Canada’s North is a mysterious and forbidding land. There are stories of European explorers disappearing without a trace and place names such as Deadman’s Island. Native legends from the original occupants – not to mention strangely...Read More »

5 Reasons IDM Mining is Worth a Look at This Valuation

by James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

IDM Mining is a Resource Opportunities sponsor company.

In the summer of 2016 I visited IDM Mining’s Red Mountain high-grade gold project in northwestern British Columbia for the first time, and most of the underground workings were still flooded with water. The conditions were a testament to...Read More »

A Canadian diamond play with discovery, development potential

by James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities

North Arrow Minerals is one of three Resource Opportunities sponsors.

The November 1991 discovery of diamonds in the Northwest Territories by Chuck Fipke and Stu Blusson put Canada on the global diamond map. It also triggered one of the largest staking rushes in the world, as...Read More »

A new Yukon gold play

Initiating coverage on Trifecta Gold (TG-V)
Share price: .29
Shares outstanding: 23.15 million
Market cap: $6.7 million

The Yukon is now one of the hottest jurisdictions globally for gold exploration. Goldcorp kicked things off in the spring of 2016 with its $520-million purchase...Read More »

Lucara site visit: Big stones and a gem of a mine

A version of this site visit report was sent to paid Resource Opportunities subscribers on May 11.

May 25, 2017
By James Kwantes
Editor, Resource Opportunities

Their unique combination of portability and value make diamonds a favoured target of thieves, both on the big screen and in real life.

In The...Read More »

An UnderValued Mining Play in a Storied Gold District

Strategic Metals (SMD-V) is spinning out Trifecta Gold, with 4 projects in Yukon’s hot White Gold district

First-mover philosophy helps Strategic beat the majors into Yukon’s best area plays

By James Kwantes

Fortunes are made, and sometimes lost, in the great mining rushes that drive people, prospectors and dollars on the heels of...Read More »

A Catalyst-Rich Gold Play for Under a Dollar

Drilling at Montagne d’Or in French Guiana

On March 20, Columbus Gold (CGT-T) released a bankable Feasibility Study on its Montagne d’Or gold deposit in French Guiana. The study was funded by major Nordgold, which earned into a total 55.01% interest in the project by completing it on an accelerated...Read More »

Special Report: Bargain-hunting in the Yukon

This special report on Yukon mining plays was sent to Resource Opportunities subscribers on January 5. Share prices have been updated but market capitalizations reflect the timing of the dispatch. The last Resource Opportunities special offer was very well-received, so I’m offering a January special for those who missed out....Read More »

A tax-loss-selling opportunity and undervalued gold

by James Kwantes
Editor, Resource Opportunities

Gold in Nevada.

It’s been a company maker for several of the world’s most successful mining companies, notably Barrick Gold (ABX-T) and Franco-Nevada (FNV-T). Barrick’s purchase of Goldstrike and subsequent discoveries turned the property into a 50-million-ounce monster and Barrick into the world’s No. 1 gold...Read More »

Building a miner in the Golden Triangle

Originally published Sept. 16 for Resource Opportunities subscribers. Join us as we uncover the best investment ideas in the junior mining universe! Only $299 for 1 year and $449 for 2 years.

IDM Mining (IDM-V) site visit
By James Kwantes

Editor, Resource Opportunities

Getting to IDM Mining’s Red Mountain gold project...Read More »

Executing on gold development, exploration in the Americas

Columbus Gold advances Montagne d’Or towards bankable feasibility study

Fall resource estimate planned at Eastside gold project in Nevada

By James Kwantes
Resource Opportunities
As befits its location about 500 kilometres north of the equator, French Guiana is hot and humid, with average temperatures of 25-30 Celsius year-round. The namesake Cayenne pepper,...Read More »

Columbus Gold drills 97.5 metres of .68 g/t gold at Eastside, Nevada

Columbus Gold Corp. is a Resource Opportunities sponsor company, helping support the subscriber-funded newsletter.

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Kitchen-table deal launched a Nevada gold royalty play

Gold standard: Barrick’s Goldstrike mine was a company maker for both Barrick and Franco-Nevada.

By James Kwantes

“Royalty” — the primary definition refers to kings, queens and others of royal blood. And that usage hints at the strength of the mining...Read More »

August 8, 2015

Initiating coverage on Platinum Group Metals. Commentary on NexGen Energy, North Arrow Minerals, Skeena Resources, Independence Gold, AuRico Metals

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Introducing our new editor

James Kwantes

Message from Tommy Humphreys:

This morning, Resource Opportunities, a subscriber-supported investment newsletter founded by geologist Lawrence Roulston in 1998, appointed its next editor, Mr. James Kwantes, currently mining reporter with Vancouver Sun and editor of the World of Mining blog.

I know this because I recruited him for the position, having...Read More »

James Kwantes's Vancouver Sun Interviews

James Kwantes has built an impressive library of interviews with mining executives.

West Vancouver diamond pioneer Gren Thomas still in the hunt for gems
March 17, 2015

Passion, persistence pave Peter Bradshaw’s path to top
February 24, 2015

Fronk eyes majors to develop northwestern bonanza
January 27, 2015

Home soil...Read More »

Minefinder Dave Broughton on Kaizen's Discovery Trail

Billionaire mine developer Robert Friedland has said that real wealth in the mining sector is created by finding something.

Friedland would know this, having driven 5+ world-class mining discoveries in his career. He knows that to...Read More »

Lukas Lundin interview in the Financial Post


I interviewed mining and oil tycoon Lukas Lundin for the Financial Post’s PDAC edition which is in print today.

Mr. Lundin talks about how he’s positioned his family natural resources empire for the next 1-4 years.

Read: PDAC 2015: Lukas Lundin sets lofty goals as he...Read More »

What smart investors do in Toronto the day before PDAC

Dear Subscribers,

For those of you attending this year’s PDAC in Toronto, the world’s largest mining convention, this is your invitation to our CEO Summit on Saturday Feb. 28th at the Hilton Hotel – that’s the...Read More »

Bullion vs. Silver in the Ground: Assessing the Risks and Rewards

Many companies in the resource sector try to sell themselves to investors as proxies for the underlying commodity. Every company in the industry that has any sort of resource works out the market value of the company divided by the ounces or pounds. The implication is that if you can...Read More »

Mining Industry Outlook

After a really dismal year for the resource industry, there are finally signs that the market is at the bottom.

Before looking at where the markets are headed from here, let’s have a quick look at a couple of indicators of the junior resource market to show just how bad the...Read More »

Continued Turmoil

News that the US Federal Reserve may begin cutting back on Quantitative Easing panicked investors around the world. The mere suggestion that the easy money might be cut back if the economy continues to improve exemplifies how dependent investors have become on what is effectively a government handout.

The sharp drop...Read More »

This Time Is Different

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We all know that the market for junior resource companies is in a terrible state. We also know that this industry is cyclical, and no matter how bad it gets, it eventually turns around.

I have experienced a few cycles in the resource industry. In some ways, this is the worst...Read More »

The Trends and What They Really Mean

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Mining industry news of late has been dominated by massive write-downs: $6.5 billion for Barrick; Kinross added $3.2 billion to the $2.5 billion written off last year on its West Africa operations; in total, the mining industry wrote off $50 billion last year.

The write-offs follow a shopping spree over the...Read More »

The Art of Metal Price Forecasting

Investors in the resource industry are inundated with metal price forecasts, and indeed often go out of their way to seek opinions on where metal prices are headed. Investors, the media and pretty much everybody else with even a passing interest in resource investing obsesses over metal price forecasts. Yet,...Read More »

Year End Review

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The last year was a brutal time to be an investor in the junior mining sector – the worst that I’ve seen in more than 30 years in the industry. After that painful experience, now is a good time to be investing in this sector: BUT, invery selective companies.

We are...Read More »

It’s Time to Look at Companies, Not Markets

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Resource markets remain extremely volatile in the face of global economic uncertainty. After a terrible beating in the first half of the year, resource company shares began to recover in August and September. A reversal of that uptrend in October leaves many companies still priced at irrationally low levels.

On a...Read More »

Life Goes On

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Nearly half of American voters are disappointed by the election results. A slim majority of voters are reveling in the success of their candidate. Like it or not, Barack Obama is the president for the next four years. With the House of Representatives still under Republican control, Americans can look...Read More »

Looking Beyond the Moment

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Europe again dominates the financial news, with concerns that Spain may be the next country to need a bailout. Spanish bond yields have surpassed the 7% threshold, which is seen as a tipping point, making it impractical for the country to raise new debt and/or roll over maturing bonds.

Fear continues...Read More »