Friday, March 09, 2007

All that glitters is not gold

Gold. One of our worlds most precious metals. We wear it in jewelry, some of our coins are made of gold, and many people, including my husband have it in their mouth used for dentistry purposes as capped teeth. But do you have it in your safety deposit box as an investment? The wise investor will have some gold bullion included in their investment portfolio.

Unfortunately, I'm not in the financial situation at the moment to have any gold in my own portfolio, other than my jewelry and those two gold capped teeth of my husbands, but it is something I would like to consider investing in somewhere down the road.

Another thing I have always wanted to do is pan for gold, just like they used to back in the days of the Klondike. I think it would make for a pretty cool vacation. A nature trip, so to speak. Camping in the great outdoors somewhere out west near a river, with a blackened pan searching for a gold rush. Maybe I could discover a new gold vein to mine! Hey, I might as well dream big! These things do happen after all. See what I mean by reading what General Metals Corporation has to say about their latest gold mine purchase in the following press release...

Gold Expected to Dominate the Investment Horizon, Experts Advise Early Stock Purchases (Reno, NV – March 5, 2007) Traditionally, gold has had an inverse relationship with the stock market. When stocks go up, the price of gold usually falls; when stocks flounder, the price of gold usually skyrockets. Some experts believe it could mean a lot for investors in 2007, because gold is once again catching the eye of the investor. For General Metals Corporation, the news couldn't come at a better time. “With our plans to begin drilling at Independence Mine, we’re more than thrilled to hear gold is making a comeback,” states company CEO Stephen Parent. “We’re even more excited with our location; it’s a proven producer.” General Metals acquired the Independence Mine in northern Nevada and became a public company last year, trading under the symbol GNLM. Predominantly a silver mine from 1938 to 1987, the Independence Mine is estimated to contain over two million ounces of gold, as well as over two million ounces of additional un-mined silver. As the Independence Mine is essentially an island within Newmont Mining’s Phoenix Mine, the area is already a proven producer. According to Parent, they plan to remove the precious metals in two phases. “Phase one includes our ‘shallow’ targets,” says Parent. “The shallow targets contain less gold, but they’re easily and quickly accessible, which will encourage early cash flow. Phase two is where the majority of our gold will come from. It’s deep mining, but we expect it to produce 1.4 to 2 million ounces of gold.” They expect to produce 20,000 ounces of gold in the first year, 60,000 ounces in the second year and 70,000 ounces in the third year -- approximately $101 million from early estimates. The company also anticipates an additional $1.36 billion to be gained from phase two production. In an effort to increase their mining production, General Metals has recently acquired the Nyinahin Mining Concession in Ghana. Located in one of the most active exploratory areas in the world, this concession shares borders with several major mining companies, including Newmont Mining, Napoli Gold and Dunkwa Continental Goldfields. “Financial experts are predicting gold to play a key role in investor’s profiles during 2007,” adds Parent. “But due to the timely nature, potential investors will need to act quickly in order to maximize their gains.”


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