The Tell: ‘Impending gold production cliff’ may deliver a jolt to prices

Gold discoveries peaked in 2007 and production will soon follow, strengthening the value of the yellow metal and possibly fueling a boom in mergers and acquisitions in the gold-mining sector, according to Sprott Asset Management.

Discoveries of gold has collapses since then, “despite exploration budgets increasing by 250% from 2009 to 2012,” Sprott’s gold team said in a recent note.

They offered this image as an illustration of the “impending gold production cliff”:

Companies have only recently begun considering increases in exploration budgets on the back of the increased gold prices, but there’s a “lead time to transition a discovery to production,” it said.

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