My first experience with uranium came at a project in remote northeastern Canada.
It was the kind of place where the entire camp was surrounded by barbed wire. That was to keep the bears from slicing open our tents like Ziploc bags at night and devouring us all.
In the daytime, I accompanied a couple geologists hither and yon in the surrounding countryside as they tried to show me why their uranium project was THE BEST EVAH.
The area was pretty bleak. A vast wilderness of rock outcroppings and rolling hills, with enough trees for bears to hide in (presumably).
I came across a blueberry bush. It was near lunch. I was hungry. So, I got a bright idea.
I grabbed the blueberries off the bush. And I was about to eat them when the geologist — who was as crusty as any of the lichen-covered rocks around us — slapped my hand, sending the blueberries flying.
“Don’t eat that, you fool!” he growled.
“Why not? They’re blueberries.”
He activated his scintillometer — a device that replaced the Geiger counters you see in 1950s monster movies a long time ago — and waved it over the bush. The needles moved hard and fast. Radioactive as hell.
Uranium Got Crushed
That was at the start of the last great uranium rush. It lasted for years. And it made my Weiss subscribers a whole heck of a lot of money.
Then a couple things happened. Oversupply was the biggest problem, as one new mine after another came online.
Then, in 2011, the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, sent three reactors into meltdown. That put a glow-in-the-dark nail in uranium’s coffin.
For a while. A very long while.
The real crush came in the last two years, when the price was cut in half. The spot price of uranium hit a 13-year low of $18.60 in 2016. It bounced … a little … but kept scraping bottom.
Then, in 2017, three things happened.
- First, Kazakhstan cut. This is important because Kazakhstan is the largest, richest producer of uranium. The state-owned producer Kazatomprom announced in January that it would cut output by 10%. That’s 2,000 metric tons. This amounted to 3% of all the uranium produced in the world every year.
- Then, Cameco, the biggest producing company in the West, said it would suspend production at its McArthur River mine in Saskatchewan for 10 months. That’s approximately 10.5 million pounds of uranium, or 4,762 metric tons. And the suspension could go longer.
- Finally, Kazakhstan slashed its output forecast again! This time, by 20% for the next three years. That amounts to 11,000 metric tons.
And that’s why last month, I recommended that subscribers to my new Wealth Supercycle newsletter start investing in this sector.
The specifics of what I recommended is between me and them. But something else interesting happened. The price of uranium has finally started to go higher.
In fact, as this chart from Bloomberg shows, the price of uranium went up 17% in 2017. That’s the first time that needle has moved in years.
That’s only the third time uranium prices have gone higher in the past decade. It’s also the biggest gain in the past seven years.
And you know what else? Prices are still 67% below the 2011 peak.
So, I’d say our odds are better than average that we are buying near the bottom of uranium’s current cycle.
Supercycles and Mega Trends
Sure, there will be bears sniffing around. Just like in any market … or mining camp. But in a supercycle, the bears get chased out of camp pretty quickly.
Your timing doesn’t have to be great when you’re buying a supercycle or mega trend. You just have to get on board and brace for a wild, potentially very profitable ride.
That’s what we’re doing. Heck, uranium is also part of the story.
Just last month, in Wealth Supercycle, I gave subscribers picks in other energy metals, gold, robotics, electronic currencies and cannabis. And there are plenty more to come.
If you care to join us at Wealth Supercycle, click here.
The big trends are out there, my friends. Waiting for investors to reach out, grab ‘em and hold on.
Best wishes to you in 2018. May you find the fortunes that are waiting for you. And may all your bears be rugs.
All the best,
Editor, Wealth Supercycle