‘Blank-Check’ Companies Are Hot on Wall Street. Investors Can’t Ignore Them.

By Nicholas Jasinski Jan. 17, 2020 5:14 pm ET   Note from Dudley Pierce Baker of CommonStockWarrants.com Our interest in blank check companies is simple – every blank check company (SPAC) has a stock warrant trading with a 5 year life and the clock does not begin until an acquisition/merger is completed. There are currently 67 blank check companies currently trading and in my databases. Many potentially great opportunities. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some big-name initial public offerings last year were panned for not having a profitable business. Yet more than a quarter of the offerings were of companies with no business at all—by design. These were special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, also known as “blank-check companies.” Their goal is to raise money from public and private investors and then identify an acquisition target and buy it, typically within two years. SPACs raised $13.6 billion in 59 IPOs last year. Should you be investing in one of these companies? The pitfalls can be numerous, and not all SPACs are created equal—but investors should not completely ignore this growing segment of the public markets. Richard Branson’s spaceship company Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE), fantasy-sports website DraftKings, Twinkie-maker Hostess Brands (TWNK), and restaurant chain TGI Fridays are among companies to merge with SPACs in recent years. There are currently 71 SPACs on the market seeking targets, according to data from SPACInsider, a website devoted to research analysis and data about the industry. SPACs can designate a target industry or geographic region, or go public as generalists with no specific … Continue reading

What Will It Take For Juniors To Move?

January 17, 2020 By Collin Kettell What will it take for juniors to move? On January 7 gold broke above $1,600 per ounce for the first time since 2013, on the back of retaliation by Iran against the United States. As often is the case, this move in gold prices occurred during afterhours trading. By morning, gold had retraced the key level. Gold stocks never so much as benefited from the excitement, instead suffering a harsh day in the red. For investors focused on the juniors, the day proved particularly painful. This price action sparked calls from frustrated investors curious to make sense of the erratic moves. One of those calls came from a good friend of mine who posed a question that has become the inspiration for this week’s article – How is it that at $1,600 gold, the juniors are priced at 1/10th of where they were last time when gold was at the exact same price in 2013? This is a fantastic question. The answer is critical for junior resource investors, as it has far reaching implications that are instructive on how to profit from the upcoming move. Remember that junior resource companies are fundamentally unlike major mining companies. Mining companies produce gold with an aim to generate profit by selling that gold at a higher price than the cost to extract it. As such, a comparison between the valuation of major mining companies today versus the last time gold registered these levels is a worthwhile exercise. Let’s take … Continue reading

SILVER – Should Investors Lower Expectations?

By Dudley Pierce Baker CommonStockWarrants JuniorMiningNews While investors have watched the price of gold performing very well and recently trading over $1600, silver has lagged and lagged badly. This begs the question, are we overrating or expecting too much from silver and our silver miners? Quite the contrary……… Two other analysts that I follow are saying to be patient and that silver will be catching up soon, really soon. Below I give my opinion on how to invest in silver, if these analysts are correct that higher prices are coming. Chris Vermeulen at TheTechnicalTraders.com sees the possibility of silver trading upwards of $90 – $95 per ounce within the next 24 months. A move of that potential is surely worth waiting for, is it not? In this recent article by Chris, SILVER TRADERS BIG TREND ANALYSIS – PART II “…Remember, the current disparity level is just over 200% between Gold and Silver.  If Gold continues to rally higher and Silver attempts to break higher, attempting to narrow the disparity level, then Silver will (at some point) enter a near parabolic upside price move above $36 to $40.  Our researchers believe this may happen before June or July 2020….” Clive Maund – January 13, 2020 writing on Silver-Phoenix500.com: Silver Market Update “…Silver’s recent rally looks diminutive and stunted compared to gold’s, but that’s normal at this early stage of a new bull market, when silver typically underperforms gold due to investors being risk inverse, with silver being perceived as more risky … Continue reading

The Real Gold Bull Market Is Yet to Launch

        Editors Note from Dudley Pierce Baker – CommonStockWarrants.com “Marin Katusa and his team do an excellent job of marketing and presenting the views and justification for the continuing bull market in the resource sector. I basically agree with all of their views. I would suggest and I believe that Marin would agree, that investors should consider stock warrants which might be trading on any of the companies being considered for investment.” The Real Gold Bull Market Is Yet to Launch The gold market has always moved in cycles—from dramatic boom to overnight bust, and eventually back again. So far in this “boom,” gold has barely risen 20% from its floor. That’s not even close to the minimum required to qualify for a true “bull market” over the past century. The smallest gold run-up in the past 90 years was 45% from 1930-1933—more than twice the current gain. The other rallies were far, far bigger: from 1972-1974, the rally yielded a 100% gain. From 1978-1980, another 100% gain. Then from 2007-2010, a 67% increase in the price of gold. The point is this: when gold is ready to rise, it takes off. Every single one of the years in the date ranges above saw an increase of more than 20%. What some investors might see as slipping backwards may just be the cycle getting ready for its next natural advance. So if you’re a subscriber to my Boom-Bust-Echo theory, then you know the gold rally has barely just begun. The biggest profits still … Continue reading

Hemp: The Natural Response to Plastic Pollution

Hemp: The Natural Response to Plastic Pollution by VISHAL VIVEK 4 days ago in INDUSTRY Hemp: A Victim of Human Folly The current rate of plastic production is about one billion tons in three years. That is what a 2016 article in ScienceDaily says, quoting a University of Leicester study. Plastic is inert and hard to degrade. So it becomes a toxic techno-waste that has severe polluting effects on the earth’s biodiversity A National Geographic report says that plastic kills millions of marine and land animals every year. Experts have found out that all species to have eaten microplastic – from small shrimps to big elephants. The effects vary from damaging the digestive and reproductive systems to death. But Mother Nature has provided a simple solution to this menace: the hemp plant. Hemp: A Victim of Human Folly Hemp, or industrial hemp, is one of the earliest plants that our ancestors cultivated and used. Archeologists have found evidence of the use of hemp fiber some 10,000 years ago. Experts estimate that hemp cultivation began about 8000 years ago. The many benefits of hemp have been available to human beings for centuries. But its cultivation and use were banned in most countries across the globe in the 20th century. The only crime of the plant is that it belongs to the same species, Cannabis Sativa, as marijuana. But there is a significant distinction between hemp and marijuana. That is in the concentration levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Marijuana … Continue reading

Supercharge Your 2020 Resource Portfolio

        Editors Note from Dudley Pierce Baker – CommonStockWarrants.com “Marin Katusa and his team do an excellent job of marketing and presenting the views and justification for the continuing bull market in the resource sector. I basically agree with all of their views. I would suggest and I believe that Marin would agree, that investors should consider stock warrants which might be trading on any of the companies being considered for investment.” Katusa’s Investment Insights January 3, 2020 Supercharge Your 2020 Resource Portfolio By Marin Katusa The resource sector had a big year in 2019, capped off with a stellar final quarter. I hope everyone’s portfolio capitalized on it. I know the Katusa’s Resource Opportunities portfolio did. Below is a chart which shows the performance for major commodities for 2019. You’ll see it was a tale of 2 worlds. Niche metals like vanadium and cobalt took it hard on the chin. Meanwhile oil, soft commodities, and precious metals rocketed higher. Gold finished up 19% for the year. It was the best annual return for the yellow metal since 2010. Gold producers are leveraged to gold prices. It means that when gold prices go up, producers commonly go up significantly more. The same can be said with the downside, falling gold prices mean crashing gold stocks. This year, however, it was a tale of the former. Gold put up a stellar year and gold producers rocketed higher. Below is a chart which shows the performance of junior gold producers, mid-tier … Continue reading

Precious Metals Companies And Stock Warrants

December 25, 2019 By Dudley Pierce Baker Founder – Editor Common Stock Warrants Junior Mining News Happy Holidays To All and perhaps an idea for you heading into 2020. There are many stock warrants trading on companies in the Precious Metals sector. Perhaps you remember the name Precious Metals Warrants which we founded in 2005? That was a great name at the time as resource companies and stock warrants on those companies did well, very well. That time is here again as I anticipate soon, that gold, silver and mining shares and of course the warrants trading on those shares to rise substantially creating many 500% and 1,000% gains, perhaps much more. In 2013 we changed our name to Common Stock Warrants as expanded our stock warrant database service to include all warrants trading in the United States and Canada and in all industries and sectors. Many of my subscribers are primarily interested in the resource sector and currently there are many warrants trading on companies in the gold, silver, oil & gas and uranium space. Some are begging to be bought at current prices. Subscribers to our Gold or Lifetime Subscriptions have much more information at their disposal, with access to my weekly audio and to my personal portfolio, “A Look Over My Shoulder”. I follow the views and technical analysis of Chris Vermeulen at The Technical Traders and suggest you also visit their website and consider a subscription. I look for 2020 to be a banner year for the … Continue reading

Having a US Passport Is No Longer an Advantage

Doug Casey on Why Having a US Passport Is No Longer an Advantage by Doug Casey                       International Man: In recent years, record numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship. What is going on here? Doug Casey: Well, it used to be that having a US passport was a tremendous advantage. But over the years, it’s turned into an albatross around the necks of the people who own one. America is the only major country in the world that taxes its citizens no matter where they live. Even if an American moves abroad—he never returns or even sets foot in the US again—he’s obligated to file taxes and, at best, can get a $100,000 or so exemption on earned income. That makes it extremely costly to be an American. But on top of that, the US government forces Americans to file many forms having to do with their foreign financial dealings. And they’re precluded from buying various assets or investing in various countries. There are other disadvantages too because of the aggressive foreign policy stance that the United States has taken, certainly since World War II: invading numerous countries. If a terrorist takes over an airplane or hotel, it’s unlikely that they’re going to want to execute all the Mexicans or all the Latvians; chances are they’ll want to single out people who carry US passports. Actually, there are no longer any advantages to being an American and lots of disadvantages. … Continue reading

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In the spirit of the day, I have decided to have a special discount on my services which will allow new customers the opportunity to see what I have offered for over 14 years. Upon signing up, enter the coupon code     gold     to receive a 50% DISCOUNT off of either my Silver or Gold Subscription. DOES NOT APPLY TO MY LIFETIME SERVICE WHICH IS ALREADY A BARGAIN AT $2,500. My stock warrants database is a one of a kind, sortable by expiry date of warrants, name of company, symbol and much more. Included are all stock warrants trading in the United States and Canada, including all industries and sectors. If not familiar with stock warrants download for free from my website, “The Stock Warrant Handbook, Your Personal Guide To Trading Stock Warrants”. THIS OFFER WILL EXPIRE AT 12 NOON ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD. Dudley Pierce Baker Founder – Editor CommonStockWarrants.com

Why Warrants Are The Worst Of Wagers

Why warrants are the worst of wagers     First a note from Dudley Pierce Baker, Founder-Editor of Common Stock Warrants. The title of Mickey’s article caught my attention and at first I was greatly upset. But Mickey, a geologist, is focusing on warrants issued in connection with private placements and I can agree with many of Mickey’s comments. With stock warrants, like options, or LEAPS, it is all about the underlying company. If a company does not execute on its plans or the markets do not cooperate, it is impossible for these financial instruments to increase in value. Here is Mickey’s closing comments on his article (below). “….I will still consider a financing that features warrants but it must be a compelling story with a group of strategic investors who are demonstrably committed to the company and an orderly market that responds positively to exploration success.  Otherwise, for any story I like, I can purchase free-trading shares on the open market.” Mickey Fulp Monday November 25, 2019 15:50 Kitco Commentaries | Opinions, Ideas and Markets Talk A warrant is a common financial instrument designed to entice speculators’ participation in a company’s private placement. It grants the participant a fixed price option to acquire another share in the company at a future date. Private placement units commonly consist of a share and a half or full warrant with a one- to a five-year expiration date.I opine that a warrant is a financial instrument that in the vast majority of cases has zero value. … Continue reading