from Gold Silver Worlds:
If 2013 was considered a bad year for gold, it was a disaster for gold mining equities that were slashed by almost 50% by mid-year. The April and June sell-offs brought gold down to USD 1,300 – a level that it had not witnessed since September 2010. Many found this sell-off was more of a frenzy and nervous reaction to a series of bad news: the US Treasury announcing it is considering tapering its economic stimulus program, Cyprus revealing it will sell off ‘excess’ gold reserves to finance its bailout by the European Central Bank, not to mention weaker Chinese economic growth figures. The outlook on gold was bad, and dragged gold mining equities along with it. But there is more to the gold mining story – and if investors agree that the past six months were in fact a frenzy, and start looking closer, they will then find a number of benefits and investment opportunities that were overlooked in the past.
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