Last year, 2010, was a very good year. I was able to increase my portfolio value by double digits (nearing triple digits) by concentrating on the smaller mining stocks. The spectacular performance in the fall of the precious metals and miners accounted for almost all of the gains.
Now, looking forward to 2011, I am searching for some possible big movers amongst the smaller emerging producing miners. Why, you may ask, am I looking for new producers? Well, it all hearkens back to the classic valuation of a mining company on the way to production. The following is a mining adaptation of the standard business school chart of the value of a new business startup:
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