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Canadian Venture Stocks Trade at Lowest Volume in a Decade [Chart]

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Canadian Venture Stocks Trade at Lowest Volume in a Decade [Chart]

Canadian Venture Stocks Trade at Lowest Volume in a Decade [Chart]

The last time volume was this low, iphones didn’t exist

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During last year’s plunge in commodity prices, the global benchmark exchange for junior resources recorded its lowest average daily trading volume in over a decade. In fact, the last time volume was this low on Canada’s TSX Venture index was in 2005, before iPhones even existed.

Data for this year is not so hot, either.

With an average of 51 million shares exchanging hands daily in the first 14 trading days of 2016, the volume is 16.6% lower than 2015.

Trading volume from 2005 until today

For most people, this is unsurprising, since the Venture index is now in a historic 1,200 day bear market.

1,200 day bear market for TSX Venture
Courtesy: Palisade Global

About Face

With no near-term upturn in commodities in sight, the sector finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

The TMX Group, the parent company of the exchange, has even recently published a white paper on ways to potentially revitalize the exchange. Goals of the group include significantly reducing the cost burden on issuers without compromising investor confidence, expanding the base of investors financing companies and enhancing liquidity, and diversifying the stock list to increase the attractiveness of the marketplace.

Critics will argue, however, that the problem of zombie companies cannot be simply solved by any combination of the measures that the TMX Group is willing to take. Reinstatement of the “uptick rule”, reforms on accredited investor regulations, and even bans on short-selling have been proposed by those that argue a greater course of action is needed.

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Visualizing the New Era of Gold Mining

This infographic highlights the need for new gold mining projects and shows the next generation of America’s gold deposits.

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Visualizing the New Era of Gold Mining

Between 2011 and 2020, the number of major gold discoveries fell by 70% relative to 2001-2010. 

The lack of discoveries, alongside stagnating gold production, has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of gold supply. 

This infographic sponsored by Novagold highlights the need for new gold mining projects with a focus on the company’s Donlin Gold project in Alaska.

The Current State of Gold Production

Between 2010 and 2021, gold production increased steadily until 2018, before leveling and falling.

YearGold Production, tonnesYoY % Change
20102,560-
20112,6603.9%
20122,6901.1%
20132,8004.1%
20142,9906.8%
20153,1003.7%
20163,1100.3%
20173,2303.9%
20183,3002.2%
20193,3000.0%
20203,030-8.2%
20213,000-1.0%

Along with a small decrease in gold production from 2020 levels, there were no new major gold discoveries in 2021. Meanwhile, annual demand for the yellow metal increased by 10%, up from 3,651 tonnes to 4,020 tonnes

The fall in production and long-term lack of gold discoveries point towards a possible imbalance in gold supply and demand. This calls for the introduction of new gold development projects that can fill the supply-demand gap in the future. 

Sustaining Supply: Gold For the Future

Jurisdictions play an important role when looking for projects that could sustain gold production well into the future.

From political stability to trustworthy legal systems, the characteristics of a jurisdiction can make or break mining projects. Amid ongoing market uncertainty, political turmoil, and resource nationalism, projects in safe jurisdictions offer a better investment opportunity for investors and mining companies. 

As of 2021, seven of the top 10 mining jurisdictions for investment were located in North America, according to the Fraser Institute. Here’s a look at the top five gold-focused development projects in the region, based on measured and indicated (M&I) gold resources: 

ProjectM&I Gold Resource, million ounces*Grade (grams/tonne)Location
KSM88.4Moz0.51g/tBritish Columbia 🇨🇦
Donlin Gold**39.0Moz2.24g/tAlaska 🇺🇸
Livengood13.6Moz0.60g/tAlaska 🇺🇸
Côté Gold13.6Moz0.96g/tOntario 🇨🇦
Blackwater11.7Moz0.61g/tBritish Columbia 🇨🇦

*Inclusive of mineral reserves. **See cautionary statement regarding Donlin Gold’s mineral reserves and resources.

Located in Alaska, one of the world’s safest mining jurisdictions, Novagold’s Donlin Gold project has the highest average grade of gold among these major projects. For every tonne of ore, Donlin Gold offers 2.24 grams of gold, which is more than twice the global average grade of 1.03g/t. 

Additionally, Donlin Gold is the second-largest gold-focused development project in the Americas, with over 39 million ounces of gold in M&I resources inclusive of reserves. 

Novagold is focused on the Donlin Gold project in equal partnership with Barrick Gold. Click here to learn more now

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