Mercenary Musings


December 30, 2022
Boo to ’22 (New)
 (Offer to Free Email Subscribers)
August 20, 2022
Modern Day Malevolence, Malfeasance, and Malpractice by the Malthusian Mob
June 06, 2022
Book Review: The Money Revelation
March 21, 2022
Mercenary Alert: Bad News for Trilogy Metals Inc
March 14, 2022
Mercenary Alert: Allegiant Advances Eastside
February 28, 2022
O Canada: Message from an American Patriot
February 07, 2022
Mercenary Alert: More Good News for Trilogy Metals Inc
January 31, 2022
Comments on the Supply Chain Conundrum
December 31, 2021
2021: A Year That Mirrored the One That Came Before
December 22, 2021
Year-End Trading for Americans and Canadians
December 16, 2021
Mercenary Alert: Is It Time to Buy Trilogy Metals Inc?
April 19, 2021
Modern Day Malpractice from the Malthusian Mob
April 12, 2021
Can Do or Can’t Do? That is the Question
March 12, 2021
When Manic Leads to Panic
February 26, 2021
It Was One Year Ago Today …
February 04, 2021
Been There, Done That. Is the Gold Bull Over?
January 25, 2021
Silver Since the '70s Shows Classic Speculative Cycles
January 22, 2021
Market Performances of the Trump Era
January 15, 2021
Mercenary Alert: More Milestones for Trilogy Metals Inc
December 31, 2020
A Welcome to the New Decade? ... Yikes!
December 18, 2020
Book Review: Assassin
October 08, 2020
Book Review: Chaturanga: A Boy’s Adventure on the Silk Road
September 24, 2020
Mercenary Alert: A Timely Pick and Catalysts Are Coming
August 23, 2020
Mercenary Alert: Game-Changing Milestones Are Now In the Bag
June 24, 2020
Mercenary Alert: It's About Timing for This Nevada Gold Explorer
June 22, 2020
If and When the Timing is Right
June 08, 2020
Our Database in Five Hundred Words or Less
June 03, 2020
Junior Markets Are Frothy and the Summer Doldrums Are Looming
April 14, 2020
Mercenary Alert: Uranium: The Path to Enrichment
April 06, 2020
When the Cure Becomes Worse than the Disease
April 03, 2020
Mercenary Alert: Trilogy Metals Inc: The Time to Buy-in Again?
February 24, 2020
My Guide to Survive the PDAC: Version 3.0
February 17, 2020
Standing Up to Save Canadian Mining
January 06, 2020
The Fourth Branch of Government of the United States of America
December 28, 2019
As the 2010s End ... Let the New Decade Begin
October 21, 2019
Are These Silver CEOs Insane or Just Buggy-Brained?
October 14, 2019
Why Warrants Are the Worst of Wagers
September 24, 2019
Mercenary Alert: A Timely Update on a Copper Company
September 18, 2019
Mercenary Alert: A Buying Op Now as This Gap Might Fill
September 09, 2019
Why Gold Has Gone on a Gallop: A Baker's Dozen List
September 03, 2019
Mercenary Alert: No Longer a Stan So This Project Is Good to Go
August 23, 2019
Mercenary Alert: Catalysts Are Coming for This Copper Company
August 12, 2019
When The United States Snoozes, It Loses
August 07, 2019
Mercenary Alert: Copper Developer on Sale
July 22, 2019
Mercenary Alert: Is a Royalty Re-Rating Already in the Works?
July 08, 2019
Why "Green Investing" Is an Oxymoron
July 01, 2019
Critical Cesium Supply Is Sold to China
June 17, 2019
Mercenary Alert: This Junior Accelerates into Royalty Space
June 03, 2019
The Big Bad Bully on the Black Gold Block
May 27, 2019
An Alarming Addendum to America's Mineral Angst
May 20, 2019
Should Speculators "Sell in May and Go Away"?
April 22, 2019 China Is Seizing Our Supply of Cesium
April 15, 2019
America Is Under China's Thumb ... and Russia's, too
March 18, 2019
Copper Teeters on the Totter
February 26, 2019
Mercenary Alert: Ely Gold Royalties Delivers a Double
February 22, 2019
Mercenary Alert: Trilogy Metals Inc Continues to Reward
February 11, 2019
Book Review: Groundbreaking! America's New Quest for Mineral Independence
February 04, 2019
A Commentary on the Correlation of Copper and Crude
January 07, 2019
The 49-Year History of Gold-Palladium Ratios
December 28, 2018
My Wish for a Happy Next Year
December 24, 2018
Peak Oil, Peak Gold, Peak Whatever ... Phooey!
December 10, 2018
The Trouble with Geologists
December 03, 2018
Why Peak Gold Is Fake News
November 27, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Tax-Loss Selling Gives Us This Buying Opportunity
October 29, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Ely Gold Royalties Executes its Game Plan to Perfection
October 22, 2018
Mercenary Alert: The First World's Best Copper Bet
October 15, 2018
Why Conflicted Copper Shows Little Consensus
October 01, 2018
The 17-Year Record for Gold and the Toronto Venture Exchange
September 03, 2018
The History of Gold-Oil Ratios: 1970-2018
August 27, 2018
The History of Gold-Oil Ratios: 1946-1969
August 20, 2018
Why I Don't Want to Own Mining Companies
August 13, 2018
Why Every Preliminary Economic Assessment is Fake News
August 06, 2018
What the Hell Ever Happened to "Drill to Kill"?
July 30, 2018
Book Review: Robin Bromby: Fighting on Empty
June 18, 2018
Why Gold Ain't Goin' Anywhere Anytime Soon: Revisited
June 01, 2018
Don't Start Believin'
May 28, 2018
Consider the Curious Case of Dr. Copper
April 27, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Taiga Gold Corp to Begin Trading
April 9, 2018
Will April Showers Bring May Flowers? or Is it Sell in May & Go Away?
April 2, 2018
Why The Fraser Mining Survey is Fake News
March 26, 2018
America's Metals, Minerals, and Materials Misery
February 24, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Trilogy Metals Delivers Again
February 08, 2018
Mercenary Alert: An Update on Allegiant Gold Ltd
February 02, 2018
Mercenary Alert: This Royalty Company is Ready to Rock and Roll
January 29, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Allegiant Gold is Good to Go
January 29, 2018
Nevada is Simply the Best
January 15, 2018
The 48-Year Record of Platinum and Palladium Ratios
January 02, 2018
Mercenary Alert: Integra Resources Corp: I is for Idaho
December 29, 2017
My Holiday Wish to Subscribers of The Mercenary Geologist
December 22, 2017
Mercenary Alert: An Update on Trilogy Metals Inc
December 15, 2017
Book Review: Victoria Bruce: Sellout
December 08, 2017
Mercenary Alert: Yet Another Gold Newco
December 01, 2017
Mercenary Alert: Another Gold Newco
November 27, 2017
What Trumps Dollars and Gold?
November 13, 2017
43rd Annual New Orleans Investment Conference
November 06, 2017
Mercenary Alert: A Gold Newco
October 09, 2017
Book Review: Ian Plimer: The Climate Change Delusion & the Great Electricity Ripoff
September 18, 2017
My Second Summer Tour of the Yukon
September 04, 2017
Book Review: Doug Casey and John Hunt: Drug Lord
July 31, 2017
Book Review: Jules Miles: The Mineral Maniacs and the Magic Hardhat
July 29, 2017
The Unwinnable and Never-Ending Wars of the United States of America
May 25, 2017
Mercenary Alert: This Company is a Compelling Call on Copper
May 22, 2017
Mercenary Alert: Is Zinc Still a Four-Letter Word?
March 17, 2017
Mercenary Alert: A Mexican Explorer & Developer
March 06, 2017
TSXV: From a PDAC Hangover to Sell in May and Go Away
February 27, 2017
The Mercenary Geologist's Guide to PDAC 2017
February 18, 2017
Book Review: Doug Casey & John Hunt: Speculator
February 06, 2017
The 46-Year Record of Platinum-Gold Ratios
December 30, 2016
Season's Greetings from The Mercenary Geologist
December 19, 2016
The 14-Year Record of the Baltic Dry Index
November 28, 2016
The Fallacy of Belief Revisited
November 21, 2016
The Never-Ending Wars of the United States of America
November 07, 2016
Tax-Loss Seasonality of the Toronto Venture Exchange
October 31, 2016
The Fallacy of Believing in Perfection
October 21, 2016
Mercenary Alert: Mawson Resources Ltd: The Time Has Come
October 10, 2016
Mercenary Alert: Update on Brazil Resources Inc
September 23, 2016
Mercenary Alert: The Mawson Resources Redo
September 19, 2016
A Tour of the Yukon
July 04, 2016 Another Dandy Day in the Desert
June 26, 2016
Book Review: Bob Moriarty: The Art of Peace
June 19, 2016
Book Review: Bob Moriarty: Nobody Knows Anything
June 13, 2016
The 14-Year Record for the Toronto Venture Exchange
June 06, 2016
A Dandy Day in the Desert
May 30, 2016
The Present is the Key to the Past
May 16, 2016
The Life Cycle of Money
May 09, 2016 The 45-Year Record of Gold-Silver Ratios
May 02, 2016
The 45-Year Record of Bullion Prices
April 25, 2016
Gold, Silver, and the US Dollar: 1792-1971
April 11, 2016
The 13-Year Record for Copper
March 28, 2016
The 20-Year Record for Oil
February 08, 2016
A Crude Correlation with Canada's Currency
January 25, 2016
The Changing World of Uranium Mining
January 18, 2016
The Path to Enrichment
January 04, 2016
The 20-Year Record for Gold
December 31, 2015
Happy New Year from The Mercenary Geologist
November 23, 2015
The Holiday Season: A Nugget of Gold or a Lump of Coal?
November 09, 2015
Mercenary Alert: An Update on Uranium Resources Inc
October 26, 2015
A Musing on the Seasonality of Gold
October 19, 2015
Why Gold Ain't Goin' Anywhere Anytime Soon
September 21, 2015
Why I Remain a Uranium Bull
July 28, 2015
Mercenary Alert: A New but Old Uranium Company Added to My List
June 05, 2015
Mercenary Alert: A Game-Changer for Energy Fuels Inc
June 01, 2015
The Real Value of Gold in the Ground (with Cipher Research)
May 13, 2015
Mercenary Alert: The Nevada Sun Also Rises
April 26, 2015
Mercenary Alert: An Athabasca Basin Prospect Generator
April 21, 2015
Mercenary Alert: A Brief Introduction to Two Junior Explorers
April 06, 2015
Why Gold Stocks Still Suck
March 13, 2015
Mercenary Alert: An Update on Uranium Energy Corp
February 16, 2015
A Musing on the Movement of Metals
February 02, 2015
The Real Cost of Mining Gold (with Cipher Research)
January 26, 2015
Dollars and Gold: Deja Vu All Over Again
January 13, 2015
Mercenary Alert: Get a Good Gold Junior with a Hot Spin-Out
January 05, 2015
Why Seven is a Lucky Number
December 26, 2014
Happy Holidays from The Mercenary Geologist
December 22, 2014
Why I Dig the Dog Days of December
December 15, 2014
The Catalysts that Caused the Crashes
December 01, 2014
Dollars and Gold Revisited
November 24, 2014
Predictive Musings on the Precarious Prices of Precious Metals based on Previous Months
November 14, 2014
Why Commodity Prices Are Down and May Go Lower
September 15, 2014
Mercenary Alert: All About Avrupa, Antofagasta, and Alvalade
August 28, 2014
Mercenary Alert: Curis Resources: Pending EPA Permit is Final Piece of the Puzzle
May 26, 2014
Mercenary Alert: A Field Tour of the Operations of Energy Fuels Inc
May 22, 2014
Mercenary Alert: Update on Brazil Resources Inc
April 07, 2014
My Bet That the Bud Biz is a Bitty Bubble and Not the Next Big Thing
March 31, 2014
It’s Getting Better
February 28, 2014
Mercenary Alert: Another Uranium Company on Sale
January 30, 2014
Mercenary Alert: Avrupa Minerals Ltd: A Unique Approach to Exploration in Europe
January 13, 2014
Geological Catastrophes Waiting to Happen or TEOTWAWKI
December 31, 2013
A New Year’s Toast from The Mercenary Geologist
December 27, 2013
Mercenary Alert: Uranium Mining Company on Sale
December 16, 2013
The Supply and Demand Fundamentals of Uranium
September 09, 2013
A Field Tour of Alaskan Base Metals Deposits
August 19, 2013
Mercenary Alert: Strathmore Minerals Inc: A Success Story Is Scripted
July 04, 2013
The Top Ten Reasons I Know Big Brother is Watching Me. But What About You?
May 06, 2013
Mercenary Alert: A Royalty Company for Your Consideration
April 22, 2013
A Musing on the Market Correction in Gold
April 15, 2013
If You Keep Your Money with the Banksters, They are LOL.
March 29, 2013
Mercenary Alert: Update on Avrupa Minerals Ltd
February 28, 2013
Mercenary Alert: My Favorite Tungsten Explorer
February 25, 2013
The Mercenary Geologist’s Guide to the PDAC: A Primer for the Lay Investor
February 18, 2013
A New Price Paradigm for Platinum and Palladium
January 21, 2013
Mercenary Alert: Curis Resources Ltd: Patience and Perseverance Pays Off
January 15, 2013
Mercenary Alert: Update on Brazil Resources Inc
December 27, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Strathmore Minerals Corp Unique & Undervalued Uranium Assets
December 24, 2012
Season’s Greetings from The Mercenary Geologist
November 26, 2012
Three Sharp Pencils in the Graphite Game
November 15, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Mawson Resources Rockin’ Results from Rompas and Rajapalot
November 08, 2012
Mercenary Alert: A Quest for the Profitable Trade
October 29, 2012
A Musing on Gold and Fiat Currencies
August 13, 2012
Musings on the Greek "Crisis", the World’s Reserve Currency, and Gold
August 06, 2012
What Makes a Critical Metal "Critical" or a Strategic Element "Strategic"?
July 20, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Prospect Generators Update
July 16, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Boldly Building in a Brazilian Gold Belt
July 09, 2012
Graphite: The Newest "Next Big Thing"
July 02, 2012
Musings on the Short-Term Fundamentals of the Copper Market
May 28, 2012
Musings on the Long-Term Fundamentals of the Copper Market
April 30, 2012
Why Gold Stocks Suck
April 15, 2012
Mercenary Alert: The Stars are Lining up for Estrella Gold
March 19, 2012
Has The Earth Ever Run Out of a Natural Resource?
February 26, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Flinders Resources Ltd Gets the Grip on Graphite
February 24, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Strathmore Minerals Corp: Moving Toward Mine Development
February 20, 2012
Embrace Volatility: A Primer for the Lay Investor
February 13, 2012
Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest: Trading Gold for Oil
February 09, 2012 Mercenary Alert: Brazil Resources Inc: A Golden Opportunity
January 30, 2012
Copper Continues to Confound the Commodities Crowd
January 06, 2012
Mercenary Alert: Game-Changers for Mawson Resources Ltd
January 02, 2012
Introduction to
December 23, 2011
Happy Holidays from The Mercenary Geologist
December 08, 2011
Mercenary Alert: A Copper Company Closing in on Cathode Production
November 18, 2011
Mercenary Alert: Knockin’ on Rocks at Norra Karr
September 12, 2011
Mercenary Alert: Comments on the Companies I Cover: Q3 2011
August 29, 2011
REE Review: Every Good Geologist Knows That Grade Is King
July 11, 2011
What’s Up (Or Down) with the Natural Gas Market?
July 05, 2011
Mercenary Alert: There Is One Undervalued Yukon Stock
July 04, 2011
A Field Tour of Avrupa Minerals’ Projects in Portugal
June 28, 2011
Mercenary Alert: A Peruvian Prospector Par Excellence
June 27, 2011
The Future of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel
June 15, 2011
Mercenary Alert: The New Kid on the Block in Brazil
June 06, 2011
REEs Up Close and Personal: A Visit to the Silmet Plant, Estonia
April 22, 2011
Mercenary Alert: The Quest is Next
March 21, 2011
From Boom to Bust and Back Again
March 20, 2011
Mercenary Alert: Why I Remain a Uranium Bull
March 07, 2011
Avrupa Minerals Ltd: A New Way to Play and Not to Pay in Europe
February 28, 2011
REE Review: The Next Generation: Medallion Resources Ltd
February 14, 2011
Amarillo Gold Corp: The Scoop from the Field
February 07, 2011
REE Review: The Anatomy and Dissection of a REE Junior: An Analyst’s View
January 07, 2011
Mercenary Alert: The Prospect Generators on My Prospect List
January 03, 2011
Musings on the Record Price of Copper
December 27, 2010
The Mercenary Geologist’s Gold Review: Q4 2010
December 26, 2010
A Holiday Greeting from The Mercenary Geologist
December 20, 2010
The Mercenary Geologist’s Prospect Generator Review: Q4 2010
December 13, 2010
The Mercenary Geologist’s Uranium Review: Q4 2010
December 06, 2010
The Mercenary Geologist’s REE Review: Q4 2010
December 01, 2010
A Birthday Tribute to Big Al
November 22, 2010
REE Review: Quest Rare Minerals: Big, Getting Bigger, Could It Be the Biggest?
November 16, 2010
Mercenary Alert: Mawson Resources Ltd
October 10, 2010
REE Review: The Goldilocks Mining Principle: What the Engineers Are Missing
October 04, 2010
REE Review: What Does the Press Release Really Mean? An Analyst’s View
September 28, 2010
REE Review: Molycorp and the Minions
September 27, 2010
REE Review: Avalon Rare Metals Inc: Moving Toward a Development Decision
September 20, 2010
Otis Gold Corp: Kickin’ It at Kilgore
September 17, 2010
REE Review: What Might Molycorp and the Minions Do On Monday?
September 15, 2010
REE Review: Cream Curdles After Three Weeks in the Fridge
September 14, 2010
REE Review: Just Skim the Cream Off the Top, Please
August 22, 2010
REE Review: What Do the Drill Results Mean? An Analyst’s View Part II
August 21, 2010
REE Review: What Do the Drill Results Mean? An Analyst’s View
August 20, 2010
REE Review: Four REE Companies: The Cream Also Rises
August 20, 2010
Mercenary Alert: Almaden Minerals Ltd
August 09, 2010
Uranium: The New Green Metal
July 26, 2010
Current Comments on the Companies I Cover: Q3 2010
July 21, 2010
REE Review: The Cream of the Crop
July 19, 2010
Almaden Minerals Ltd: The Oldest and Simply The Best
July 12, 2010
The Prospect Generator Model: A Primer for the Lay Investor
July 05, 2010
Goldgroup Mining Inc: Going for Gold in Mexico
May 31, 2010
Tasman Metals Ltd: The Euro Down-Under REE Connection 
May 10, 2010
The Power of Two: A Primer for the Lay Investor
April 07, 2010
Strathmore Minerals Corp: Monetizing Its Metals
April 05, 2010
Pediment Gold Corp Uncovered: The Field Tour Review
March 29, 2010
The Quest for Rare Earth Elements
March 22, 2010
Eurasian Minerals Inc: Shaken and Not Stirred
March 08, 2010
Otis Gold Corp: OOO-La-La
March 01, 2010
Amarillo Gold: Finding Lots and Lots of the Yellow Metal
February 01, 2010
The Hawaiian, The Congress, The Tea Party, and The Tri-Athlete
January 18, 2010
A Contrarian's Comment on Commodities: The Curious Case of Copper
January 11, 2010
A Fistful of Dollars: Is This the Price of Our Freedom?
December 31, 2009
The Fallacy of Belief or Yes Virginia, There Is No Santa Claus
December 25, 2009
Holiday Greetings
December 11, 2009
Oremex Resources Inc.: A Pure Silver Play Indeed
November 09, 2009
Strathmore Minerals Corp: Still Super in Uranium Space
November 03, 2009
Avalon Rare Metals Inc: A Real Rare Earth Story
November 02, 2009
Chicago Resource Expo Revisited
October 26, 2009
America’s Eight Unwinnable Wars
October 12, 2009
Lydian International Ltd: Now On the Radar Screen
September 21, 2009
The Trouble with Geologists: A Primer for the Lay Investor
September 14, 2009
The Importance of Mentors
September 07, 2009
You're Not a Field Geologist Until You've...
July 13, 2009
Hoarding Revisited:  365 Days Later
July 06, 2009
Pediment Gold Corp:  Playing for a Perfect Day at the Plate
June 29, 2009
Greed, Fear, and Sheeple
June 15, 2009
Eurasian Minerals:  The Early Bird Once Again Gets the Worm
May 18, 2009
Exploration in Emerging Environments
April 13, 2009
Animas Resources Ltd:  Why I Like This Story
March 23, 2009
Dollars and Gold
March 09, 2009
Strathmore Minerals Corp:  The True Super Uranium Junior
February 23, 2009
Juniors, Metals, and Projects: The Good, The Bad, and The Butt-Ugly
February 16, 2009
Lydian International Ltd: Flying Under the Radar
January 26, 2009
Nine-Eleven: Another American Day that Will Live in Infamy
January 14, 2009
Fission Energy: Splitting from the Herd
December 31, 2008
An Old Day's Ending. A New Day's Beginning...
December 26, 2008
Takeover or Takeunder? That is the Question.
December 15, 2008
Share Structure, People, and Projects: A Primer for the Lay Investor
November 24, 2008
Hangin' My Hat on the HAT
November 03, 2008
Animas Resources: The Gold Gods Could be Good to Gertrudis
October 20, 2008
Mining the Stock Market
September 22, 2008
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
September 15, 2008
Risky Business or Leavin' Las Vegas
September 08, 2008
The Trade Shows or What Happens In Vegas...
September 01, 2008
Avalon Ventures Ltd: Technical Report
August 25, 2008
Reserves and Resources:  A Primer for the Lay Investor
August 18, 2008
Busted Deals, Broken Markets, and the Biggest Guns
August 11, 2008
100 Years of Amorality
July 28, 2008
Another Bout of the Asian Flu?
July 21, 2008
Socialistic Capitalism
July 14, 2008
June 30, 2008
Mercenary Musings on the Markets
June 09, 2008
Goin' Down
May 26, 2008
To Hell (Canyon) and Back
May 19, 2008
My Investing Philosophy
May 05, 2008
Chicago Resource Expo
April 28, 2008
The Fourth Dimension
April 21, 2008






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