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Byron King

A Harvard-trained geologist and former aide to the United States Chief of Naval Operations, Byron King is our resident gold and mining expert, and we are proud to have him on board as the editor of Rickards’ Gold Speculator and a contributor to Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence.

This “old rock hound” uses his expertise and connections in global resource industries to bring you the very best opportunities in mining, precious metals and energy. Byron also draws upon first-hand knowledge of the world of high-tech industries gains during his military career. Yet all that knowledge and experience is combined with a down-to-earth, common-sense approach that is easy to understand.

Byron’s ahead-of-the-curve insights have drawn attention over the years. He’s made frequent appearances in mainstream media such as The Washington Post, MSN Money, Marketwatch.com, Fox Business News, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Larry Kudlow, Glenn Beck and PBS’s NewsHour. He also wrote a feature article published in the Financial Times, and has appeared on both CNN and Marketplace radio broadcasts.

A long-time world traveler who’s gotten his boots muddy on five continents in search of the world’s best mining investment opportunities, Byron has also been quoted in various international publications such as the UK’s The Guardian and the Netherland’s De Volkskrant, and has been a guest on Canada’s CBC television broadcast. Byron still spends much of his time away from home, checking out remote mines, rigs and plants to bring you a first-hand account of almost every investment opportunity he recommends.

When you read Byron’s recommendations and analysis, you can be sure that he’s personally vetted each company with a critical eye — in fact, he’s usually visited them on location. He avoids overly technical language to give you the clearest picture of what makes each pick outstanding and why.

Rare Earth Elements and Brass Knuckles

With the U.S.-China trade war escalating, a new threat is emerging from President Xi of China. An embargo of rare earth element (REE) exports to the U.S. could be the next move as tensions increase. As Byron discusses today, this would have a devastating effect on the manufacturing sector and the U.S. economy as a whole. This also brings his recent REE recommendations into the spotlight as solid investable ideas for investors.

Multinational Mining Giant Taps Riverside for Mexican Exploration

With recent news of a strategic deal with mining giant BHP, Riverside Resources is set up for success in the coming months. With a long-term presence in Mexico, Riverside will benefit from BHP’s strong balance sheet and funds in the bank. As Byron discusses today, this signals a revival in Mexican exploration and brings a needed boost for this position in our portfolio, whose shares have been in the doldrums of a beaten-down market.

Gold Speculator Portfolio Update

Trade battles with China, military tensions across the globe, U.S. political dysfunction and deficits are all tail winds for gold prices rising. The current low entry points are good for investors as we monitor gold prices and watch geopolitical and economic forces play out. For now, Byron reviews our open Explorer positions in the portfolio.

New M.I.D.A.S. Buy: Byron Visits The Heart Of Chile’s Copper Belt For a New Producer Play

Byron turns his focus to Chile and its vast copper resources. This new development and production story looks at a current mining district with large upside. There’s big growth potential via step-out exploration as well. It offers strong potential for resource growth, with serious geologic indicators for upside and is the subject of this month’s recommendation.

The Heat Engines Behind Big Gold

The Earth has been well “prospected” over the centuries. But with new scientific understandings, modern exploration can still find high mineable grades that past prospectors have missed. Byron explains the thermal process of heat flow and movement of deep-Earth minerals and metals and gives analysis on several mining plays that have big upside in caldera settings.