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Q: I own KRR in my portfolio. It is the only precious metals stock I own. My question is regarding the rising fuel costs associated with the mining process. Even if gold and silver go up a lot, wouldn't margins on producers be squeezed simply due to the rising cost of fuel?

If that is the case, would it make more sense to buy something like PHYS instead?

Thank you for all that you do

Read Answer Asked by Ed on June 03, 2022

Q: I fully agree with your long term buy and hold of strong companies philosophy which is why I am so happy subscribing to this website.

Recently, I've been wondering how cyclical stocks like those above fit into that philosophy. I don't want to become a trader, but I am wondering if I should sell these at a relative high and invest in companies that are more likely to grow steadily over the long term. These ebb and flow companies seem more suited to a trader.

Given that investment strategy, would you sell companies like this at the good point in their price history?

Thanks as always.


Read Answer Asked by Kevin on April 06, 2022

Q: My question is on gold /silver / precious metals. Starting to look like gold / metals should be a full position in portfolios. (plese comment)

Can you comment on Etfs verses individual stocks +

Please give me some names I am thinking that some physical gold etf like PHYS should be held please comment also a good etf that covers all the metals c/w mix % suggestions. Thanks for your help with this.

Read Answer Asked by Terence on March 18, 2022

Q: Hi group would like your opinion on Gold / silver in general good time to buy or little late to the party?

Also what's the best way to invest in precious metals (what names or etf would you recommend or is it too late to get in

What% of my portfolio should be in energy going fwd

I would like to add to AMAZ, GOOG, CSU, TOI, NEUVI,ATZ, GSY, NTR COST, L - which 3 would you pick and why/ also would you buy now or continue to hold cash for lower entry points

Realize more than one question here so deduct as necessary thanks for your help

Read Answer Asked by Terence on March 09, 2022

Q: GLD is one of the ticker/companies that holds physical gold in the USA, are there any companies or units that do this in Canada? If there are one or more in Canada would you recommend say a 5% weight at this time? Would you hold physical gold at this time or prefer gold miners or streamers?

Read Answer Asked by Keith on February 28, 2022

Q: in my non taxable accounts I have:
U.S. Side
NUE 8%
QCOM 23%
ROK 18%
CRM 8%
VCR 27%
Canadian Side:
CSU.db 33%
BIP.un 22%
BEP.un 8%
KL 28%
My question is, for this account what or how would you change the securities held to be better positioned going forward? Thank you for your assistance.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on February 08, 2022

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