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Speculator’s Monthly Wrap Up – Jan 2017

Speculator’s Monthly Wrap Up – Jan 2017

Author: The Speculator


What a roller coaster of a month. It started out good and up until the 25th, the USD gold price and the miners we up 6% and 15% respectively. In the last week we had a pullback that brought gold to the 38% retracement level of $1183, closing at $1190.

At the end of every month I’ll provide a summary of the position changes. Depending on the week end dates it may be 1-2 days earlier. Lets take a look at how we went – and please post your results if you don’t mind. We are all on this ride together after all.


Lets take a look at the charts:

USD Gold 4HR – Looking good so far

USD Gold with AUD Overlay – What a run on the Aussie Dollar – expecting it to pull back next month

AUD Gold – Pretty much did nothing all month with an $11 loss

While the XGD Index was up 9%, how did the individual stocks fare. Here is a list of the companies I am following. Note I do not own all of them.

Blackham Resources (BLK) +47%
Dacian Gold (DCN) +16%
Doray Minerals (DRM) +6%
Emmerson Resources (ERM) -12%
Evolution Mining (EVN) +2%
Gold Road (GOR) -2%
Millenium Minerals (MOY) +22%
Northern Star Resources (NST) +4%
Primary Gold (PGO) +10%
Ramelius Resources (RMS) +16%
Resolute Mining (RSG) +10%
Saracen (SAR) +8%
Silver Lake Resources (SLR) +2%
St Barbara (SBM) +14%
Troy Resources (TRY) -7%
West Gold (WGX) +18%

After reading the latest post from the Merchant it seems some people are losing money trading these stocks. My strategy is different to the merchant. I am buying and holding for the eventual spike in gold (1-3 years). I suck at trading so I stay away from it. Perhaps that is something you should think about if you are constantly losing money, and if your trading through an Australian broker those commissions add up! One thing I do agree with is to not listen to the forum posters, do your own research.

So what happened this month, if you ignore all the noise – nothing much. It was mostly dominated by the new US president Donald Trump and his new policies. Here is a break down of events that I think are worth mentioning:

  • Bitcoin started the year on a high as the best performing currency 2 years in a row. Peaking at $1157 on Jan 5th it soon came crashing down falling to $765 just 1 week later – down 34% in a week. For the last few weeks it has slowly been trending higher. Expect more volatility as China implements capital controls.
  • The latest report from the Institute for International Finance released shows that as of Q3 2016 world debt had increased to 217 Trillion. Global debt levels sit roughly 325% of the world’s gross domestic product and growing exponentially.
  • The DOW Jones crossed 20,000 on Jan 25th with the S&P crossing 2300 1 day later. Both closed the month at record highs. These parabolic moves are well into the blow off stage.
  • World market index closed in on record highs boosted by the US stock markets.
  • Trump sworn in as president of the USA on Jan 20th. Gave a good speech but nothing to really move any of the markets.
  • Trumps immigration policy has been enforced banning anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to enter the country. Protests are going on and just reported was a partial block of Trump immigration order by a federal judge. This one should be interesting.
  • No major terror attacks, ISIS seems to be in hibernation mode.

The stage is being set for a wild 2017 in my opinion. While nothing earth shattering happened this month. Stay tuned for an exciting time ahead.

On a final note the US Debt us currently at $19,967,500,000,000+

| The Speculator


  1. Anonymous

    The US Debt is unreal! Starting to look like bad debt

  2. the Merchant

    Speculator. I really like this article and the idea behind the monthly wrap up. I also do respect the buy on weakness and hold long term approach. It depends on one’s personality etc. My gains so far are 25% for the year. I look forward to Feb’s wrap up and the % I’ll be posting. The intention is for another 10% if I can. I will also be entering miners on weakness if they actually show some. 👍🏻

    • The Speculator

      Nice gain on the 25%!

      • the Merchant

        Make that 29.5% sitting in cash now.


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