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Q: Good morning 5i team,

Thanks for the amazing platform and service.

Would you invest in gold stocks in the current market and world environment?

My position in precious metals and materials is lacking. This is something I normally purchase cyclically and sell when necessary.

If so. What would your top rec's be?

Thanks a ton!

Read Answer Asked by Adam on September 20, 2021

Q: I submitted a previous question about my sister converting her portfolio from a robo manager to self-directed. The last question dealt with the equities side (75%) while this one deals with the fixed income side (25%).

My suggestions to her all come from what I've gleaned from your website, so I'm really asking for confirmation and criticism here.

She wants 10% in gold so I've recommended 5% of Sprott's PHYS.TO and 5% of AEM.TO. We realize these are not fixed income but plan to use them as a long term hold (insurance) and not speculatively. For other 15%, I have suggested VAB.TO and XSB.TO.

Some of her funds are in USD so she could buy US or Global bonds if that would add safety. It seems that would complicate things unnecessarily, a main objective being to keep it simple.

Read Answer Asked by Kevin on August 06, 2021

Q: Basil III comes into affect this year. From a piece in Seeking Alpha on Basil III I read:

To sum up, gold will become a risk-free Tier 1 asset and it will become more expensive to buy and sell unallocated gold. These factors are highly bullish for physical gold. So, investors in this precious metal will be generously rewarded, provided they buy physical gold. But let me explain this in a bit more detail.

Under Basel III, gold would become a Tier 1 asset or a zero-risk asset, for banks. As mentioned in the Basel III framework, national discretion, gold bullion held in own vaults or on an allocated basis to the extent backed by bullion liabilities can be treated as cash and therefore risk-weighted at 0%. In addition, cash items in the process of collection can be risk-weighted at 20%.

What affect will this have on Sprott's holdings of gold and on my ownership of shares in PHYS? If it is positive I should be buying more. Right?

Thank you...

Read Answer Asked by Ronald on June 15, 2021

Q: 3 questions regarding gold:
(1) I currently hold XGD for the long term, with a dividend of about 0.68%. Would I be better to hold 2-3 really good gold mining stocks, in a non-reg acct, like KL (div 1.99%; no debt) and AEM (div 1.97%). Or with this long-term investment, stay diversified with XGD? I care more about stability, value and some growth, not the dividend.
(2) Should I also hold some physical gold in an ETF like PHYS? If so, what percentage of gold holdings would you have in gold producers vs physical gold?
(3) A friend of mine holds some physical gold at home. Comments on this appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Grant on February 08, 2021

Q: My question is related to the storage quantity of gold and silver at Sprott. As I buy and sell PHYS and PSLV on the TSX I assume I am selling to OR buying from another trader in the market. Where does Sprott obtain the funds to add to its holdings or are the physical holdings constant after funds from the IPO were invested in the metals? Am I trading around those initial physical holdings?

If I donít hold the physical metal like having a gold wafer in a safe deposit box, do I really own it?

Read Answer Asked by Ronald on December 09, 2020

Q: Hello -
My goal is 10% precious metals weighting in my portfolio. I am currently 2% GDXJ and 6% CEF. If I want bullion to be 8%, is it necessary to split that up between CEF and PHYS? Or can the remaining 2% be put into the existing CEF?


Read Answer Asked by James on November 24, 2020

Q: Can you explain in simple English what Sprott has done in pursuing this "at-the-market" program with these firms [Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. ("CF&Co"), Virtu Americas LLC ("Virtu" and together with CF&Co, the "U.S. Agents"?

Is it something which I, as a holder of these Sprott shares, should consider selling my positions and moving to other precious metals funds or to miners?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Ronald on October 22, 2020

Q: I'm 2 years from retirement. I will have a company pension. Within my dividend growth stock portfolio, I've already reached my dividend income goal.

With all the money printing and worldwide government debt, I am looking to increase my gold exposure in attempt to diversify one step further, and (hopefully) provide some investment protection. It may not be the '70's all over again, but hard assets seem to becoming more attractive.

I would like to increase my gold exposure to 20%.
I know weighting is a personal choice, and I know you tend to moreless limit weighting in a given stock to about 5%.
Currently I am at about 5% with CEF, and only about 1% with GDXJ - to potentially provide a bit of torque. I would like increase those weightings to 17% and 3% respectively. Is this reasonable? I don't know if there is really any benefit in splitting the bullion exposure to CEF / PHYS, do you?

How do my NTR (5%), CMP (1%), DBC (1%) commodity investments fit into this picture? Should they be part of the 20% or would you consider those as a separate sector, and thereby figured separately from the overall weighting?


Read Answer Asked by James on August 18, 2020

Q: What is the best and cost effective strategy to hold gold or gold stocks in these uncertain times?

Read Answer Asked by dhiraj on May 26, 2020