The top mining bloggers, newsletter writers and speakers: our list of who to follow for investment advice

Mining is fueled by investors and the lure of the next lucky strike.

Here are some of the investment writers we like to follow, subscriber-based newsletter writers, as well as bloggers, speakers and news publications.

The list is a personal selection. Any such list is subjective depending upon the investment advice offered and the personal appeal of the writer.

Tell us who you like to follow by leaving a comment below or writing to us at [email protected].

And remember the advice of the grizzled prospector, Howard, in the movie classic the Treasure of the Sierra Madre on how the mining industry actually works:

 A thousand men, say, go searchin' for gold. After six months, one of them's lucky: one out of a thousand. His find represents not only his own labor, but that of nine hundred and ninety-nine others to boot. That's six thousand months, five hundred years, scramblin' over a mountain, goin' hungry and thirsty.

An ounce of gold, mister, is worth what it is because of the human labor that went into the findin' and the gettin' of it.

TOP SOURCES OF INVESTMENT ADVICE ON MINING

Mercenary Geologist Michael S. “Mickey” Fulp

Synopsis: Mickey Fulp writes in a clear and personal style. He enjoys explaining mining concepts.  He is a secular bull, believing in a long-term upward trend for commodities. Regarding investment advice, Fulp warns his readers about the actual investment strategy they should follow:

As I have reiterated time and time again, junior resource “investing” is actually gambling. Use your discretionary funds, your “fun money”, money that you can afford to lose without risking the house, the wife, and the kids. My trading style is designed to skew the gambling odds in my favor and turn that fun money into more money.

Websitehttp://www.goldgeologist.com/

From the about page:

The Mercenary Geologist Michael S. “Mickey” Fulp is a Certified Professional Geologist with a B.Sc. Earth Sciences with honor from the University of Tulsa, and M.Sc. Geology from the University of New Mexico. Mickey has over 30 years experience as an exploration geologist searching for economic deposits of base and precious metals, industrial minerals, coal, uranium, oil and gas, and water in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Lawrence Roulston Resource Opportunities

Synopsis: Lawrence Roulston writes a subscription-only newsletter. He writes directly and carefully, mixing macro trends with good case studies of the companies he is covering.

Website: http://www.resourceopportunities.com

From the about page:

Lawrence Roulston, editor, is a geologist, with engineering and business training, and more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the resource industry. Lawrence is ideally suited to publish Resource Opportunities. After completing his studies at the University of British Columbia in 1975, Mr. Roulston worked as an analyst for Cominco Ltd. and for a mid-sized Calgary oil group for several years. From 1994 to 1997, he was CEO and director of a mineral exploration company. Since then, he has been a resource industry consultant and independent mining analyst. Mr. Roulston's years of hands-on experience and extensive personal contacts in the industry provide unique insights that have generated an impressive track record for Resource Opportunities.

Rick Rule

Synopsis: Rick Rule is the most exciting speaker at the mining shows. He has a bubbly enthusiasm along with a encyclopedic knowledge of mining companies. Rick Rule is not an investment writer, but a broker which prevents him from making stock picks. Nevertheless, his views about the mining industry and where things are headed are closely following. The next time you hear him speak at a mining convention, watch the audience gather and lean in to hear him talk.

Website: http://www.sprottglobal.com/

From the about page: 

Rick is known as one of  the most “street-smart” people in the natural resource sector and gold world with nearly 40 years of experience. Global is involved in securities brokerage investment management, corporate finance focussed on natural resources and basic industries. Rick / Global Resource Investments LP (GRIL) are also successfully involved in agriculture, alternative energy, conventional energy, forestry, infrastructure, mining and water resources investing on a world wide basis. GRIL manages over a billion and through recent acquisition is now part of the $10 billion Sprott Asset Management.

Northern Miner

Synopsis: A great sit down read with well-edited, feature-style articles about mining and miners.

Website: http://www.northernminer.com/

From the about page:

The Northern Miner is the world's leading mining publication. Receive insightful weekly news and detailed articles about the worldwide exploration activities of global mining companies. You'll receive first-rate mining investment information about new precious metals and base metals discoveries. Unlike other mining journals and newsletters, The Northern Miner's reports are written by geologists who know how to assess the technical details of a project and who have visited exploration sites firsthand.

NOTEABLE MENTIONS

Keith Schaefer's Oil & Gas Bulletin

Synopsis: Keith has burst on the scene with a newsletter focused on the oil and gas industry, notably hydraulic fracturing. He has been broadening the site with some mining coverage.

Website: http://oilandgas-investments.com/

From the about page:

Hello, this is Keith Schaefer, editor and publisher of the Oil & Gas Investments Bulletin. I started my subscription service in mid-2009 because I could see there was no place where retail investors could go to easily find which oil and gas companies were creating huge shareholder wealth by using exciting new technologies, such as horizontal drilling, fracing and 3D seismic.

Jay Taylor

Synopsis: Jay Taylor is a mining industry veteran who appears on the TV and various blogs.

Website: http://www.miningstocks.com/

From the about page:

Mr. Taylor is editor of J Taylor's Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter. A native of Ohio, he has resided in New York since 1973 when he began working there for Barclays Bank International. His interest in the role gold has played in U.S. monetary history led him to research gold and into analyzing and investing in junior gold shares.

Kaiser Bottom Fish by John Kaiser

Synopsis: John Kaiser runs a subscription-based tool, a database of mining companies that tracks and recommends mining companies.

Website: http://www.kaiserbottomfish.com/

From the about page:

We believe that markets are frequently inefficient in their assessment of the fundamental speculative potential of high risk ventures, particularly those involved in resource or energy exploration. Inefficiencies arise through market mis-understanding of a play's potential, as well as simple lack of awareness for undervalued plays and excessive awareness for overvalued plays. The stocks we focus on rarely have intrinsic value in the form of cash flow generating capacity.

Doug Casey – Casey Research

Synopsis: Doug Casey and his team of researchers offer subscription-based newsletters, as well as  investor summits.

Website: http://www.caseyresearch.com/

From the about page:

 For over a quarter of a century, legendary investor and best-selling author Doug Casey and his team at Casey Research have been helping self-directed investors to earn superior returns through innovative investment research designed to take advantage of market dislocations.

David Coffin & Eric Coffin's Hard Rock Advisories

Synopsis: Subscription-based newsletter writers out of Vancouver.

Website:  http://www.hraadvisory.com/

From the about page:

Who are these guys and how do they keep finding winner after winner before other analysts do?

The "secret" to their success is simple. It’s hard work. A LOT of it. The other key to the success of HRA publications is the background of the editors, David Coffin and Eric Coffin. They are brothers, born in a mining town and raised in the industry. They have both spent decades in the resource business. This gives them a background of real practical experience that no other editors can match. That’s why they can spot winners before anyone else. They have “been there and done that” on both the geology and the market fronts. They’ve run exploration programs, helped form and structure companies and they know what works and what doesn’t. They know everyone in the sector and can quickly check the facts and the management on new opportunities. HRA readers profit from their special insight into metals and exploration gained from over 50 years of combined experience in the resource sector. It’s an unbeatable combination that delivers unbeatable returns for HRA readers. Not politics, not rumors, not regurgitated broker research – just hard work, real insight and real gains.

Frank Holmes' Frank Talk

Synopsis: The omni-present Frank Holmes can be seen on television, mining shows and everywhere else. Like Rick Rule, Frank is a compelling speaker. He runs U.S. Global Investors, an investment management firm.

Website: http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/

From the about page:

U.S. Global Investors, Inc. is an investment management firm specializing in gold, natural resources, emerging markets and global infrastructure opportunities around the world. The company, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, manages a family of no-load mutual funds across a range of asset classes. In addition, the company manages funds for international clients.

Richard Mills' Ahead of the Herd

Synopsis: A mining blogger based in Prince George, British Columbia.

Website: http://www.aheadoftheherd.com/

From the about page:

Ahead of the Herd provides original content in the form of articles and interviews, we screen dozens of contributors articles every day for publication and we search the web for news regarding the various resource sectors.

Fundamental Research Corp.

Synopsis: A Vancouver-based research firm.

Website: http://www.researchfrc.com/

From the about page:

Since 2003, Fundamental Research Corp has been providing the highest institutional quality equity research coverage on small and micro cap companies through our extensive distribution network. In 2009, we also started issuing reports on exempt market securities including bond ratings, fund distribution stability ratings and valuations.

Jon Nadler from Kitco Metals

Synopsis: Kitco's resident economist.

Website: http://www.kitco.com/ind/Nadler/dec272011.html

From the about page:

Jon Nadler’s 33-year career has focused exclusively on the precious metals market and its physical investment products. After acquiring a management degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Nadler established and managed several successful retail investment precious metals operations at Deak-Perera, Republic National Bank of New York, HSBC, and Bank of America NT&SA.

Image from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Trailer