Loonie Road Kill

Posted by Richard (Rick) Mills - Ahead of the Herd

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“Stock-market bulls argue that Fed rate hikes are bullish for stocks, because the Fed wouldn’t dare raise rates unless the underlying US economy is really improving.  

Meanwhile the stock-market bears believe Fed rate hikes are bearish for stocks because they mark the end of the easiest monetary policies on record which levitated the stock markets. It is rather amusing to see stock markets’ historical action during past Fed-rate-hike cycles support neither thesis!

If the SPX’s performance during all 11 Fed-rate-hike cycles is averaged together, it is almost a wash with a mere 2.8% gain.  

Gold’s average gain during these same 11 Fed-rate-hike cycles of the modern era was 26.9%, nearly an order of magnitude greater than the stock markets’!  Gold also rallied in 6 of these 11, but by a far-greater average of 61.0%.  So while stock markets’ performance in Fed-rate-hike cycles has been ambiguous and directionless, gold’s has proved just the opposite.  Stock-market bulls are betting on the wrong horse.” Stocks in Rate-Hike Cycles, Adam Hamilton

Loonie Road Kill 

Because Canada relies on exports of commodities the multi-year decline in the prices of metals, minerals, natural gas and oil wrecked havoc on the Canadian dollar under the Conservatives.  

A Federal Liberal win in Canada’s last election ensured the ‘loonie’ will be crushed further. The Liberals promised deficits less than $10 billion, within one month after being elected, they reneged on that promise. The  Libertarian Party now says Liberal deficits could now be as high as $25 billion.

The Bank of Canada’s trend-setting rate is currently 0.5 per cent. It could go to -0.5.

“What we’re saying today is that we now believe that we have roughly a hundred basis points’ worth of room to manoeuvre underneath our current interest setting.” Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada

Another of the policies that could be implemented is stimulating the economy through quantitative easing.


Does zero bound interest rates (and perhaps lower), quantitative easing (QE) and running massive deficits sound familiar? 

Regardless of it’s performance over the last few years gold’s performance is only negative in USD terms. 

Gold’s Bottom Line? In no other currency but the U.S.’s is gold in a bear market. As I write this gold is priced at US$1,065.85 an oz, in Cdn$’s gold is trading for $1,478.87 an oz, a difference of Cdn$413.02. That’s an enormous effect on your bottom line if you’re a soon to be miner or already mining gold in Canada – costs are priced Canadian, profits are priced American.


With disease, famine, drought, floods, climate change, heightened political tension, outright war, a normalization of U.S. interest rates and economic collapse all bubbling together to make a witch’s nasty brew, precious metals look attractive once again.


A Junior exploration company’s place in the food chain is to acquire and explore properties. Their job is to make the discoveries that the mid-tiers and majors takeover and turn into mines. 

The bottom line for precious metal investors is that junior exploration companies own the majority of the world’s future gold mines.

This author believes that there is exceptional, and as of yet, undiscovered value in junior companies with quality assets in safe stable countries.

Investors seeking leverage to precious metals should focus on these companies as they have historically provided the best exposure to a rising precious metals price environment.

Have you got gold and a precious metal junior, with an excellent asset in Canada on your radar screen? I do.

If you don’t, maybe you should.

Richard (Rick) Mills 

Richard lives with his family on a 160 acre ranch in northern British Columbia. He invests in the resource and biotechnology/pharmaceutical sectors and is the owner of Aheadoftheherd.com. His articles have been published on over 400 websites, including: 

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