My Full Sprott Conference Presentation

[Editor’s Note: I want to share this offer from our partners at Sprott because I know you’ll be interested in what they have to say. Read on for further details…]

Late July in Vancouver is unbeatable… The perfect time, perfect climate and one of the world’s great cities.


Welcome to Vancouver… But not this year.

That’s why, for many years, one of the best parts of my mid-summer was an annual trek to Vancouver for the Agora Financial investment symposium.

When Agora decided to stop running the conference a while back, Sprott took its slot. Based in Canada, Sprott is a wealth management company that focuses on precious metals.

So, not surprisingly, the conference was rebranded as the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium.

I’ve continued looking forward to my annual trek north of the border, both to speak and to hear from the top names in mining and real assets.

But alas, this year it was not to be, for obvious reasons.

Instead, Sprott put the conference online, as I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous Whiskey articles.

Obviously, it wasn’t the same as being there. On the other hand, the unique format offered several advantages over the usual in-person event.

Most importantly, the insights, analysis and forecasts from the roster of world-class experts was as high-caliber as ever.

That’s why today, I want to tell you more about the conference.

I’ll even link you to what I said to attendees…

It goes to show that while the coronavirus crisis has changed the world in oh so many ways, the fundamental forces that will drive gold and silver higher are very much the same.

Let’s dig in!

This is my first online conference.

In normal times, I’d fly to the conference’s host city, go to the hotel and check in — often a day or so early.

Then before everything starts in earnest, I walk through the exhibition hall, talk with old acquaintances and meet some new ones.

When the speaking parts kick off, I like to sit in on talks; more often than not, I take lots of notes.

When the conference is over, I pack up and fly home.

In other words, attending a conference is an all-encompassing experience. Several days on the road. Airports and taxis. Living out of a hotel room. Dining out. Hanging out with attendees. Working remotely.

It gets expensive, too… Airline tickets, hotel fees, meals, taxis…

But because this year’s Sprott’s conference is all online, I don’t have to leave home.

Not that I could travel to Canada, even if I wanted to. (And yes, I want to…) The border is still closed to “non-essential” movement.

That’s okay, though, because Sprott has posted all of the conference content on a conveniently indexed user-friendly web site.

So I can surf the table of contents and find speakers or companies I want to see and hear. I can watch and listen at my own pace. And if I have questions, the conference participants are easy to contact.

In other words, I’m “attending” the Sprott conference on my schedule. I come and go as I please.

I just sit at my desk and surf the site. It’s very convenient.

And it’s all stored online, so I can access everything until Dec. 31, 2020.

Even if you didn’t “attend” the conference on the exact dates, it’s all still there.

As I’ve noted previously, you can sign up here. You’ll have access to everything that happened… All the talks and presentations. Until the end of the year.

Meanwhile, you just saved the cost of a trip to Vancouver… Although, one of these days you should go to Vancouver anyhow.

This year, however, you can just learn a ton about the current and future state of the natural resource markets — no matter where you’re currently riding out the coronavirus.

Many companies present at the Sprott conference. Everything from small, junior-scale plays up to big, billion-dollar guys like Equinox Gold, Seabridge Gold and Pan American Silver.

It’s not a bunch of boring spreadsheets explained by middle-management grunts, either.

Most speakers make “big” points about world politics, economics or other issues that affect life in general. And many presentations are by company founders and CEOs themselves.

Take Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines. His talk about the coming global need for more and more “electric metals” is nothing short of spellbinding.

There are plenty of presentations from independent analysts, too. For example, Nomi Prins and Danielle DiMartino Booth are speakers. They discussed large, macroeconomic developments in the world of banks and central banking.

Jim Rickards discussed the global-scale battle between competing currencies. He even told a story about the time Russian intelligence operatives tried to recruit him.

Other talks come from great people — and superb writers — like old friend Dan Denning, who writes for the Bonner Letter. Dan’s talk that covers a lot of history, from Custer’s Last Stand to the rise of the next version of a global gold standard.

“Good money will drive out the bad,” he said, turning Gresham’s law on its head.

I gave a talk, too, entitled, “Everything Else Has Crashed, Why Not the Dollar?”

Sprott Media was nice enough to post it on YouTube. It’s 30 minutes long, and you can watch it here.

dollar crashed presentation

Your Whiskey editor at the Sprott Conference, now on YouTube.

You never know… This online conference method might become a “thing.”

It’s definitely doable with current technology. It’s convenient. It’s much less expensive than traveling across the continent.

Then again, there’s something special about heading off to Vancouver.

We’ll just have to see how the virus issue unfolds…

Meanwhile, for far less than the cost of even one airline ticket, you can still “attend” the Sprott Natural Resource Investment Symposium.

Again, you can sign up here.

On that note, I rest my case.

That’s all for now… Thank you for subscribing and reading.

Best wishes,

Byron King

Byron King
Managing Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder

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