Byron KingByron King

A Harvard-trained geologist and former aide to the United States Chief of Naval Operations, Byron King is our resident gold and mining expert, and we are proud to have him on board as the managing editor of Whiskey & Gunpowder.

This “old rock hound” uses his expertise and connections in global resource industries to bring you the very best opportunities in mining, precious metals and energy. Byron also draws upon first-hand knowledge of the world of high-tech industries gains during his military career. Yet all that knowledge and experience is combined with a down-to-earth, common-sense approach that is easy to understand.

Byron’s ahead-of-the-curve insights have drawn attention over the years. He’s made frequent appearances in mainstream media such as The Washington Post, MSN Money, Marketwatch.com, Fox Business News, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Larry Kudlow, Glenn Beck and PBS’s NewsHour. He also wrote a feature article published in the Financial Times, and has appeared on both CNN and Marketplace radio broadcasts.

A long-time world traveler who’s gotten his boots muddy on five continents in search of the world’s best mining investment opportunities, Byron has also been quoted in various international publications such as the UK’s The Guardian and the Netherland’s De Volkskrant, and has been a guest on Canada’s CBC television broadcast. Byron still spends much of his time away from home, checking out remote mines, rigs and plants to bring you a first-hand account of almost every investment opportunity he recommends.

When you read Byron’s recommendations and analysis, you can be sure that he’s personally vetted each company with a critical eye — in fact, he’s usually visited them on location. He avoids overly technical language to give you the clearest picture of what makes each pick outstanding and why.


Profit from the Metal that Fights Chinese Smog

Pollution in China has reached apocalyptic levels. In fact, it has gotten so bad that the usually taciturn Chinese leadership is permitting public discussion about the issue. Why should you care? As Byron King points out, there's actually investment opportunity here, hidden just beneath the surface. Reader on...

Big Winners from the Russia-Crimea Fallout

Crimea is now part of Russian again, and the West is planning to pile on the sanctions to punish Putin's successful power play... But Russia is a global commodities powerhouse, supplying critical materials to many western supply chains. So the real question is, will Western sanctions against Russia work at all? Byron King explores...

How Sanctions on Russia Could Hurt the US Economy

Due to ongoing strikes in South Africa - which have knocked 40% off of expected global output of the platinum group metals (PGMs) - the price of PGMs is skyrocketing. Byron King explains why, short-term this could be a great play for savvy investors, but why long-term, this is a much more serious issue than people realize...

US Shale Gas: The Unsung Hero of a Dangerous Winter

Just when you thought you've heard all the feel-good stories about the U.S. energy boom, along comes a story that proves precisely how impressive it has been. Today, Byron King explains how, despite incredibly low natgas storage volumes, the U.S. was able to avoid a serious energy disaster this winter. Read on...

Bargain Bin Shopping in the Gold Market

Gold has been beaten down for quite a while. Ditto the mining space. But could that lead to a bargain in gold mining? Today, Byron King asks what a good, productive, working gold mine is worth, and whether the market valuing these kind of things “right.” Read on...

Natural Gas Company Kicks Its Coal Habit

Throughout its history, the U.S. has explored a variety of energy sources to maintain a certain level of output and productivity - not the least of which was coal. Today, Byron King examines one company with deep roots in the U.S. coal industry, and how its strategically shifted its roots to a more "in vogue" energy source. Read on...

The Commodities That Just Won’t Go Away

After a brief stint in the limelight, the rare earths story isn't quite as popular as it used to be. But that doesn't mean it's any less crucial to the global marketplace. Today, Byron King explains why rare earths are as vital as ever... no matter what you read in the Wall Street Journal. Read on...

Buyout Mania Hits the Gold Market

This week saw a rash of buyouts and acquisitions among some of the world's biggest companies. And apparently all this love has a "trickle down" effect. Byron King explains, with evidence in the gold mining sector. Read on...

Wanted: Cheap Energy At Any Cost

The global need for affordable energy has never been more apparent. That's especially true in Germany, which, though known for being environmentally conscious, still relies on one of the world's "dirtiest" energy sources to fuel its economy. Byron King explains with a look at the different policies in Germany and Canada. Read on...

The Fed’s War on Pennies

The Fed's zero interest rate policy has been terrible for investors' savings accounts. The question is, will the Fed's "war on savers" continue on into 2014? Byron King explains with a little comparison between the current Chairman of the Federal Reserve and one of the US' founding fathers. Read on...