Hedge fund manager Eric Sprott is a star in his profession. In the last ten years, he received a performance of almost 25 percent annually. THE SHAREHOLDERS spoke in New York with David Franklin sprat right hand on the strategy of the fund.
The hedge fund manager Eric Sprott, Toronto manages an estimated nine billion dollars. 20 percent of the money entrusted to him, has lined the 66-year-old with physical gold and silver. The rest is in mining stocks. Especially dear to the heart are the guru young treasure hunters, especially silver companies. Money
SHAREHOLDERS in the interview said David Franklin, market strategist at Sprott Asset Management and Sprott right hand, the fundamentals of strategy, which brought his company to investors in the last ten years, an annual return of almost 25 percent.
THE SHAREHOLDERS: Mr. Franklin, anticipating a personal question: How did you create your own fortune?
David Franklin: My money is mostly found in our hedge funds. Even in our other products, is my ability to mine silver and gold shares as part of the trusts and physical precious metals. My best ideas are reflected in our funds – why should not there be investing my money? An estimated 60 percent of my assets are in silver and 40 percent in gold. In addition, I heard a small part of our agricultural activities. Apart from my house, my money is only in the resources sector. And I do not consider my house as an asset – my family to live somewhere.
Gold is near record highs and silver one recently climbed to a 31-year high, before it forcefully corrected. How long can this trend to continue in your opinion?
I advise you to look at the reasons why precious metals have risen so strongly. The euro zone seems to fall apart. There are record deficits in the U.S.. Around the globe we see liquidity injections into the market. How long now, the ongoing trend for gold and silver? It’s simple: until these issues are resolved. How far are we from the world of balanced budgets? Many, many years are there certainly needed. The positive development of precious metal remains therefore persist for years.
What are your price targets for gold and silver in a year?
We do not report goals. We only say that we have before us an inflationary environment. In this respect should at least keep the precious metals can be adjusted for inflation or write at an all time high. That means gold for a price of $ 2,300 for silver and $ 120 per ounce. Up to this level can climb the precious metals before the cycle ends. Of course, the price trend is not in a straight line instead of up. There will always be corrections. Those are my goals. Then you have to see what happens. Have we solved the record debt? Do we get to grips with the banking problems? Are the budget deficits resolved? Unless all these fires are not processed, the precious metal prices continue to climb.
But some experts are already saying all these problems are reflected in the price of gold, and warn of a bubble. In TV commercials is drummed for gold coins, gold can be bought from vending machines – these are signs of a bubble.
We write a monthly commentary. In January, we analyzed that previously held no substantial flow of money into gold. Although the price of gold is at record levels, the dollar-gold in the river is not even near a high. Exactly this relationship but you can always tell when bubbles like the house or stock boom. In short: The flow of money in gold not support the bubble theory. Foundations and hedge funds have invested less than ten percent of their portfolio in precious metals – there is no bubble.
The demand for silver coins in the U.S. but at a record high.
The turnover of the U. S. Mint Mint is, in fact, on a high, the demand was high. But ask some yourself: How big is the gold portion of your portfolio? Probably like many very, very small.
The stock market is not far away from its all-time high, which he had achieved before the crisis. Dow Jones, S & P 500 and Dow are in good shape. We have just received the worst economic crisis in more than 80 years survived. What is the reason for the good mood?
In an environment of high inflation, rising many stocks. But in relative terms, U.S. investors have not won anything. Consider the rise of dollar shares even before the backdrop of a weak currency. The money printing machines running at full speed, not the real returns are good. Even on a nominal basis, the stock market has virtually not improved in ten years.
The strategy in your hedge fund can be summarized as follows: lots of gold, lots of silver, many early-stage explorer. To the producers make a mature arc. Why?
We focus on exploration company located in an early or middle stages. We see in this area the greatest value for us because the market is not the company can evaluate. There is an ignorance about the way mining companies are technically and economically. If the companies are large enough, then they are mostly fairly valued. But the early phase, that is our expertise. Here we discover the best values.
You get one already, in advance of any official resource estimates, so-called 43-101-report.
We simply do not need this, we have the technical expertise in house. We can look at and say boreholes based on the results, whether with a large probability of a mine is created or not. We look around the world, Africa, Australia, Canada, USA, South America. Most shares are publicly traded in North America, a smaller proportion in Australia and London. Our mines are located, but around the world.
In the past ten years, Eric Sprott nearly 25 percent annual return for its investors retracted. On what is his success?
There are few investors who be shifted in 2000 from Internet stocks to gold. Eric Sprott was one of them. This led to the performance. We are short on the stock market, the banks in short, short, in real estate. We resist on gold, silver, oil, gas and resources. Our advantage is that we can find the right value stocks in the sector.
What happens next with the dollar?
The dollar has been stuck for almost ten years in a permanent crisis. And he will continue to depreciate in the long term. It may be that using a recovery in the short term, but long term I see no improvement. Of course this helps the gold and the silver price.
As you discover all the mining stocks, which are located in your portfolio?
Toronto is the center of the world for the financing of mines. Our office is situated right in the center of everything. We take very many company representatives. Sprott has become a leader in the financing of early-stage exploration companies. So we see the company at the beginning of their existence. Therefore, our returns are fantastic. We employ geologists and mining engineers – we can therefore assess all good. 240 private placements, we have propped in the previous year. This means a deal per day. But we see every day ten times the number of companies and look at everything to the last detail. It is hard work.