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.


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...

The Miracle Metal Set To Rebound in 2014

The evolution of carbon in the form of graphite, graphene, nanotubes and more has been remarkable. These new “miracle materials” have new uses each year. Here, Byron King details a few of them, and offers a unique way to profit from them. Read on...

North America: The New Standard In Energy Production

Just a few short years ago, the US was lamenting its declining energy production and trying desperately to keep gas prices low. My how things have changed. Byron King explains why, thanks to the shale boom and fracking technology, the US is witnessing an energy boom that could last a good long while. Read on...

5 Big-Picture Investing Opportunities for 2014

2013 has been one heck of a year for stocks. But with a just a few weeks left in the year, can that momentum continue? Byron King thinks so, and sees 5 opportunities to be thankful for as 2013 comes to a close... and that could carry on into next year. Read on...

A 50-Year Lesson on Hard Money

The purchasing power of the U.S. dollar has been steadily declining for the last 100 years. (Thanks a lot, Federal Reserve.) But it kicked into high gear about 50 years ago. Byron King explains, and takes a look back at the last "hard money" president the U.S. ever had. Read on...

When Gold Demand Awakes a Sleeping Dragon

The Chinese love gold. Plain and simple. They buy it hand over fist and imports have gone through the roof since the turn of the century. So what happens when supply fall short of demand? Heh... That's an easy one. The gold price will shoot straight up. Byron King has more...

3 Plays on America’s New Energy Age

Looking back over 150 years in the U.S. since the dawn of the Oil Age at Titusville in 1859, no generation has ever seen as much volume of "new" oil and gas come out of the ground as we've witnessed in the past couple of years. Today, Byron King shows you three ways to play it.

When The World’s Largest Gold Vault Gets Cleaned Out

Warning: There is currently a massive gold shortage across conventional markets. The big firms don't want you to know about it because they're afraid of a run on the COMEX market. But if you're savvy enough, you could be there when this ongoing story breaks wide open... and profit in the process. Byron King has more...

2 Miner Developments in the Big Gold Sector

Byron King recently received a panicked phone call from an acquaintance in Toronto. The topic? Breaking news in one of the world's leading gold miners, and what it might mean for the industry as a whole. The result of that conversation, and Byron's assessment of the gold mining sector as a whole, may surprise you...