Could a gold supply crunch be coming in 2015?


There has been much talk this year among gold bugs, analysts, and company officials about challenges facing the gold mining industry. Goldcorp CEO Chuck Jeannes told the Wall Street Journal miners have reached “peak gold”, geologist and mining analyst Thomas Schuster told The Gold Report “we are not replacing reserves as fast as we’re mining them”, and Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland told Bloomberg “The industry by and large is under water.”

Could this mean we may see a gold supply crunch in 2015? Mining CEOs seem to think so, according to a recent article from Kitco News. Supply constraints often lead to higher demand and prices, which is why the issue has received so much attention among physical gold investors. Read below for an overview, and feel free to call American Bullion or request a Free Gold Guide if the information piques your interest in gold.

“Mining CEOs Agree, We Could See A 2015 Gold Supply Crunch”

Kitco News spoke with a panel of gold mining company CEOs about what may be to come for the industry in the upcoming year. As is apparent below, their projections hint at “a very real possibility of a gold supply crunch in the coming years”:

  • Sean Boyd, President and CEO of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., said “I think there’s no question [a supply crunch] is going to happen because the lead time on some of these projects is a lot longer than it used to be.” He spoke of how difficult and it is to discover new gold deposits and start new mining projects, due to less money being allocated to exploration.
  • Rob McEwen, Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc., said he expects the gold price to skyrocket in 2015 due largely to constrained supply. “The supply of gold has been curtailed both through cutbacks and development projects – so there’s going to be a gap in production that could be three to five years long before it’s properly addressed,” he told Kitco News.
  • Gary Goldberg, President and CEO of Newmont Mining Corp., said mining companies have been focusing more on quality over quantity. He told Kitco News that Newmont has been working to “deliver safe, responsible and profitable gold production in every cycle,” rather than concentrating so heavily on how many ounces of gold it can produce.

The consensus here seems to be that mining gold is becoming increasingly costly and challenging, which may lead to a drop in production. And why should physical gold investors care? A constrained supply helps support gold prices and demand. While the state of the gold mining industry is certainly not the only factor that goes into gold’s performance, it is a significant one to consider as we enter the new year.

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