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The reports and comments on this site are currently written by Keith Goode.

ERA’s reports mainly cover precious and base metals companies where anyone can see what the price of the product is, with the majority being gold companies, followed by nickel companies.

The reports are paid for by the company concerned and email distributed free. However, we only do them if we like the management (70%), project (20%) and country (10%) for which you need about 90% in each category.

Sites are visited in order to write a report, and typically a week is spent with a company and then it is written up in the following 2 to 3 weeks, with excel modeling where required slowing the report's timing. Report sizes are typically 6 to 12 pages.

Jul 2013 - Gold Prices

What Should the Gold Price Actually be ?

Following the ~$200/oz fall in the gold price from ~US$1570/oz in early April 2013 to ~$1380/oz one week later, there has been yet another US$200/oz fall in the gold price more recently over two weeks (based on London pm gold price fixes) from $1391/oz on 14 June to $1292/oz on 21 June and $1192/oz on 28 June. Leaving many wondering just what should the gold price actually be ?

Jun 2013 - Manipulation

Manipulation or Coincidence ?

Well, we all know what happened, the gold price collapsed by more than US$200/oz within a week in April 2013. Goldman Sachs (Goldmans) went from bullish/buy gold up to 9 April at ~$1570/oz through "short" gold on 10 April, only to "change horses" back again on 23 April at ~$1408/oz stating close the gold "short" positions, as the gold price could rise.

May 2013 - China Rail

Give the contract to the Chinese

The latest proposed Australian Government plan for high speed rail between Sydney and Melbourne via Canberra (and including up to Brisbane) was released for discussion on ~10 April 2013 at an expected cost of $114bn with the first leg (to Canberra ready by 2030) and completion by 2053. Involving 144km of tunnels of which 67km of tunnel would be through Sydney.

Apr 2013 - Commodity Prices

Commodity Prices have to be weak in 2013 !

....or at least that seemed to be the message that had been given to Chinese presenters ahead of last years' China Mining Conference in Tianjin in November 2012. Basically the Western presenters were relatively bullish, while the Chinese presenters were bearish about the prospects for most commodities during 2013.