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Call for Suggestions: 4 Years of CAPS blogs



November 23, 2011 – Comments (18)

Hi Fools, I'm planning to draft a retrospective look at highlights from the past 4 years that I've been blogging here at TMF CAPS. The purpose of this post is to seek suggestions from you as to which posts stand out as some of the more memorable discussions we've enjoyed as a community.

If something comes to mind off the top of your head, that's great! Please share. Or, if your memory is as bad as mine, you might enjoy taking a little stroll through some of the posts that are listed in my blog archive to the right of this window. Please include links where possible to make it easier to compile your favorite posts. Perhaps consider nominating 2 or 3 different posts so we can generate a stronger picture of which ones stand out for multiple members of the community.

If you recall an archival post, but can't locate it ... no problem. Just describe what you remember of it, and I'll probably be able to track it down.

Thank you in advance for contributing to my forthcoming article in this way. This four-year adventure has certainly been a memorable one for me, and I'm curious to discover which moments stands out for members of the community.

Please enjoy your Turkey, and remember to be thankful for the many gifts of life that are so much more important than the topics we discuss here. :)


18 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM, kdakota630 (28.79) wrote:

I hope enough people see this as the "Newest Blog Posts" column seems to be stuck.

Frankly, I find pretty much ALL of your blog posts to be must-reads, but I think the one that helped me the most and I referenced most often was your Top Ten list for precious metal stocks for 2011.

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#2) On November 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM, leohaas (30.08) wrote:

None in particular.

I don't always agree with your opinions, but you are doing an excellent job of keeping us up-to-date on the sector. I would not buy a mining stock or invest in a metal without first reading up on what you have written in these past  four years.

Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this. You are currently this community's most valuable resource!

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#3) On November 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Frankydontfailme (28.83) wrote:

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#4) On November 23, 2011 at 2:26 PM, XMFSinchiruna (26.55) wrote:

Thanks for the feedback, folks! Just a reminder, I am looking specifically to blog posts, which are materially distinct from published articles like those linked above. That being said, I often post blogs to alert you all to my published pieces, so I will check whether there are corresponding blog posts and consider them for possible reference in the article. Thanks much!

Leohaas, Ditto ... I don't always agree with you, but I always value your perspective. Likewise, I consider you among the communities most valuable resources. Thanks for the kind words.

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#5) On November 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM, XMFSinchiruna (26.55) wrote:

In other news, I am considering putting together an informal e-mail list with which I can send out timely alerts or observations to my readers. If you have any interest in being included in this list, please send me an e-mail ( along with your TMF username so I know whom is whom. Thanks!

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#6) On November 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM, SN3165 (< 20) wrote:

The GPL post where you declared it the "next 10-bagger from its recent below of .60 or .70"

The Greatest Gold Stock in the World

 And that post that went something like "Bernake holds a match to the dollar"


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#7) On November 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM, jwebbzor (< 20) wrote:

Chris, I would like to see a couple blogs on your non-precious metals stock picks.

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#8) On November 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM, vriguy (62.07) wrote:

Thank you for sharing your expertise.  I would not invest in any precious metals miner without checking to see what your take on it is.  That is 80% of my due diligence!

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#9) On November 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM, walion (< 20) wrote:

I first discovered you about a month ago when trying to get more information on junior explorers/miners.  Because your work was so helpful to me I have have been going back through your posts.  Your articles are well written and provide a wealth of insights and items for consideration.  Your readers' posted comments also have been great.  Thank you for sharing your talents.  Here is the article that first caught my attention: Developing a Scorecard for Assessing MicroCap or Junior Explorers/Miners

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#10) On November 23, 2011 at 8:40 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.66) wrote:

Hi Sinch,

I would go with this one even though I was'nt a Fool at the time, so just read it today-

You were spot on!

As for the blogs that have helped me personally, there are too many to mention.(I was quite partial to anything written about Endeavour)

I'm just a regular reader who gains knowledge of the PM sector by reading and reccing your blogs and articles, and most importantly doing my own due dilligence with the knowledge gained.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

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#11) On November 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM, XMFSinchiruna (26.55) wrote:


Sorry to disappoint, but I did not write that one. Being in my early days of blogging, clearly I had not yet learned the importance of indicating clearly when reposting someone else's stuff.

I just googled a passage, and found that this Jim Willie was the source:

Glad you enjoyed the content, though.  :)

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#12) On November 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM, Sturmudgeon (< 20) wrote:

Thanks so much, Sinch. I have read all of your articles/blogs since discovering you several months ago. To a novice such as myself, they are all fascinating and very informative.

Thanks for all of your hard work and incisive analysis.


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#13) On November 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM, Sturmudgeon (< 20) wrote:

Sorry, I know you asked for 'suggestions'.  I find the blogs that have conversations with mining execs., etc. most informative (e.g. Alexandria, etc.)

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#14) On November 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM, skypilot2005 (< 20) wrote:


You could chronologically list articles you’ve had the most interest in (rec’d?)

Intermittently “sprinkled” with the closing prices of Gold and Silver.

I’ve listed some below not as recommendations but so you could “see” what I am talking about:


Gold:  $1,688.50

Silver  $31.24

Primero's Ludicrous Valuation

November 04, 2011

Whoop, There It Is!

February 18, 2011

March 2011

(Educational and a “Call to Action”.)


Gold:  $1,420.75

Silver: $ 34.37

May 2010


Gold: $1,236.50

Silver:  $19.64

Why Silver is More Precious Than Gold

February 10, 2009

Gold: $909.75

Silver: $12.96

Sinchiruna is now TMFSinchiruna. :)

May  2008

Gold: $881.25

Silver:  $16.60

Take a deep breath here... and carefully select the unmistakable bargains.

January 15, 2008


Gold: $913.00

Silver: $ 16.24



Sky Pilot

Official Web Link Assistant to Sinch

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#15) On November 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM, tylerbowes (< 20) wrote:

I remember one of my first interactions with the blog: Setting the Record straight on Silvercorp Metals. It was a very controversial time for the company with  frantic debate. Sinch provided some reassurance to investors, and shorlty thereafter SVM rebounded. 

In response to walion previous post about "Developing a Scorecard for Assessing MicroCap or Junior Explorers/Miners", has anyone developed their own scorecard for potential investments using these aformetnioned metrics? I read through Sinch's initial blog post and the metrics he was developing, but it seemed to be a rough draft. I then read through the 3 part series "7 secrets to profitable gold investing" which seems to be the follow-up to his rough draft on metrics. Both are very useful. I am in the process of assembling an excel sheet or "scorecard" with the criteria he set forth, so I can refer to it as I conduct my ongoing evaluation and research of miners. It will act as a resource to track, organize, and assess developments of companies I am interested in. If anyone has anything similar and wouldn't mind sharing, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Thanks again to Sinch for all he does! 

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#16) On November 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM, amln (< 20) wrote:

Chris, I've been reading your articles and blogs for a long time, but this is the first time I'm posting. (please not "lurking" - just reading and thinking and being shy.)  Thank you for putting so much time, energy, and care into your articles and blogs.  As individual pieces of writing and as a body of work, your writing has been enormously helpful to me in better understanding how to think about mining companies, metals, and coal in general, as well as the specific companies you discuss.

These are some of my favorite blog posts:

The Compelling MicroCaps Series:

Your many interviews and live chats with mining executives, such as the Live Chat with Alexandria Minerals' CEO - Dr. Eric Owens:

Developing a Scorecard for Assessing MicroCap or Junior Explorers/Miners:

Your posts about visiting Brigus Great Panther, and Endeavour mines, such as Why I Doubled Down on Brigus Gold:

Thank you again for sharing so much with all of us.


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#17) On November 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM, outoffocus (22.84) wrote:

You had so many great blogs but I wanted to call attention to the blogs that called attention to important macro events.  Here are a few: 

The Only Technical Analysis of Gold You Need Right Now
June 24, 2009 –

 The Mother of All Currency Crises
March 27, 2009

Incredible Discussion of Silver and Gold Manipulation March 25, 2009

Anyone curious what the total U.S. price tag for the crisis is thus far? You won't believe your eyes either.

October 09, 2008


Don't Get Trampled on Black Friday - The Best Bargains are in Commodity Stocks

November 23, 2008

There are so many more but I hope this helps.

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#18) On November 28, 2011 at 9:17 PM, FleaBagger (27.52) wrote:

I would like to ditto leohaas in comment #2, except the part about not always agreeing with you. Every post has been informative and extremely helpful, and of course, you (and David and Kdak and I and many others) were right about inflation.

The most memorable posts were you and GMX (I think it was GMX, anyway) going head to head on inflation vs. deflation. You obliterated his arguments with repeated one-two combos of facts and logic, and then finished him off with a hindsight uppercut.

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