Contrarian investor Rick Rule shares his winning strategies

Published by Resource World on July 5, 2017 Interview by Ellsworth Dickson As attendees of resource investor conferences know, Rick Rule, President and CEO of Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc., often speaks to standing room only crowds. His dynamic presentations usually go against the grain of the usual ways of looking at mining stocks. Resource World was fortunate to catch him for this interview as he is often on the road. RESOURCE WORLD: When you were attending the University of British Columbia, did you have a plan laid out for your career? RICK RULE: Yes – but I didn’t follow it. I wanted to become a taxation lawyer focused on natural resources. RW: Weren’t you studying mineral economics there? RR:         My interest was natural resource finance in mineral economics but I was in the faculty of commerce. My view was that UBC had a compound degree that gave you a Bachelor of Commerce and a law degree and so my initial idea was to become a lawyer specializing in international natural resource taxation. RW: What was your first job related to the resource sector? RR:         I had substantial success as a speculator. Owning a bar in the financial district of down-town Vancouver gave me unparalleled access to information. Building on that success, I became securities licensed. RW: I’ve heard you say to your audiences at presentations: “Be a contrarian or a victim.” Can you outline your contrarian philosophy and how investors can make it work for them? RR:         Absolutely! There’s no … Continue reading