.The Most Profitable Business In The World
Notes From The Field By Simon Black
September 16, 2019 Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico
The Most Profitable Business In The World
More than 5,000 years ago on a hilltop located in modern-day Georgia (the country, not the state), a group of people from the prehistoric Kura-Araxes civilization gathered their primitive tools and began to dig.
It took years. But they eventually burrowed 20 meters deep into the earth and constructed a network of elaborate tunnels.
Thousands of years later, archaeologists and geologists figured out why: the Kura-Araxes were digging for gold.
And that site, known as Sakdrisi-Kachagiani, is the oldest gold mine in the world. It predates Ancient Egypt and even Mesopotamia.
And it shows that, even in prehistoric times, our early ancestors valued gold.
Nearly every great civilization from every corner of the planet since then has continued to mine for gold-- from Greece and Rome to China’s Zhou dynasty in the first millennium BC, to the Inca and Aztec.
Mining was so important in ancient times, in fact, that wars frequently broke out over control of the best-producing mines.
In many respects, a gold mine is the ultimate asset. Even to this day we still use the term ‘gold mine’ to refer to a fantastic investment.
And obviously gold mines themselves can be phenomenal investments.
We’ve been talking about gold a lot lately and discussing different ways to own it. I’ve encouraged you to avoid buying into a gold ETF, and instead to buy the most prominent physical coins (like Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins).
But one very interesting (and completely different) way to invest in gold is to buy shares of mining companies.
Mining companies generate profit based on the difference between their mining costs and mining revenue.
So as the price of gold increases, mining company profits tend to increase as well, pushing their stock prices higher.
Among miners, the largest are known as the ‘majors’ or ‘senior producers’, including companies like Goldcorp, Kinross Gold, Barrick Gold, Newcrest Mining, Gold Fields, etc.
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To your freedom & prosperity, Simon Black Founder, SovereignMan.com