Lots of things are happening in the world around us recently, as the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies to a degree that the rest of the world gets increasingly worried to see Israel crossing some lines regarding the use of proportional violence. Besides this, the Russian invasion isn’t done yet after Ukraine failed to break through Russian lines and conquer Crimea, the BRICS nations intending to move away from the US Dollar as a reserve currency, Argentina just elected a president that makes Trump look like a sophisticated bookkeeper, and lots of areas around the world are recovering from numerous wildfires, although now it is Brazil’s turn.
Just as the Federal Reserve decided to pause their record-breaking rate hiking streak, with gold hovering around US$2,000/oz on a weaker US Dollar and fear for escalating Middle East tensions, Goldshore Resources (TSXV:GSHR)(OTCQB:GSHRF)(FWB:8X00) finally found their strategic partner they were looking for all year.
As Dolly Varden Silver (DV.V)(DOLLF.US) has completed their 55,000m drill program at Kitsault Valley a month ago, the treasury could use some freshly incoming capital, and since the company has no shortage of strong backers, this time shareholder Hecla Mining (HL.US)
Aztec Minerals (AZT: TSX-V, OTCQB: AZZTF) did a good job raising C$1.55M , after announcing the non-brokered placement on August 8, 2023 for an amount up to C$1M, and upsizing it to C$1.2M on August 29, 2023 due to additional interest from investors.
In uncertain times, where the Fed gradually seems to be pushed closer and closer to a rate hike pause, potentially followed by rate cuts somewhere in 2024, the Russian conflict keeps aggrevating, and the Chinese government keeps coming with soft measures to restart their economy, Dolly Varden Silver (DV.V)(DOLLF.US)
With the Federal Reserve pausing their rate hikes for now, awaiting developments for the economy although being somewhat surprised by the strength of it, expecting one more hike before year end but no quick pivot to rate cuts in 2024, general sentiment remains neutral, although a recession looms behind the scenes.
Just as gold is making a comeback from recent lows, Aztec Minerals (AZT: TSX-V, OTCQB: AZZTF) is in the midst of raising fresh cash for their upcoming exploration programs at Cervantes (Mexico) and Tombstone (Arizona). After announcing the non-brokered placement on August 8, 2023 for an amount up to C$1M, management closed a first tranche on August 29, 2023, and indicated the placement would be increased to C$1.2M due to additional interest from investors.
As Westward Gold Inc. (WG.CSE) is looking to expand, in order to be able to attract more financing, they are also building on their team, and the most recent hire reflects this in spades according to management. Incoming VP Exploration Robert Edie will be stepping up to the plate at the end of September, while transitioning to this position effective immediately.
After closing the C$950k non-brokered private placement in May (14c FT and 11c NFT with half 22c 3y warrant), completing an airborne magnetic survey, and interpreting lots of data in order to identify multiple targets for summer prospecting, EGR Exploration (EGR.V)
Ice drilling at Regnault target, Frotet project, Quebec
After experiencing the last rate hike by the Federal Reserve in July, it seems more and more likely that the world economy is heading into a soft landing, with inflation continuing to go down.