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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.

Mar 2013 - Conspiracies?

GOLD - the latest conspiracy theory - China ?

Gold has passed through various conspiracies holding it back such as the central banks (who famously once stated at a conference in Kalgoorlie that "we control the gold price"), and repeatedly announced that they were selling, together with encouraging hedging which was akin to pouring oil on troubled water or basically removing the volatility.

Nov 2012 - Sirius "Sandfire" ?

Sirius - Another "Sandfire" ?

It is often stated that Australia has been "well-picked-over" and everything major has already been discovered, but yet two very different orebodies have been discovered that are completely different to anything we have encountered before in Australia and other parts of the world, being Sandfire's DeGrussa mine in copper mineralisation and now Sirius' Nova discovery in nickel mineralisation, both in WA.

Dec 2012 - Hunting Grounds

Prime Hunting Ground

As one of the ~8000 delegates, we attended the China Mining Conference held in Tianjin again this year in early November 2012, and visited the booths of the top four Chinese gold companies that all claim to be China's highest gold producer, and were clustered around the Australian booth - which they classified as ideal (prime hunting ground) to acquire gold mines and prospects.

Oct 2012 - Transform Focus P2

The transformation of Focus - part 2

When we wrote "the transformation of Focus - part 1" that was contained in last month's (October 2012) issue of Paydirt, we had not anticipated Focus announcing on 20 September 2012, a $227.5m placement of 4.55bn shares @ $0.05 to Shandong Gold International (a 65% subsidiary of Shandong Gold Ltd, which owns 56.4% of Shandong Gold Mines that produces >700,000ozpa with a market cap of  ~$9bn).