Define your ideal investment horizon by mastering the mining lifecycle | Paola Rojas’ Blog – Issue #3


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All mines have a finite life, also called life of mine -LOM-.


This implies the industry is always racing to replace production with new reserves. And this is hard work that takes years (and sometimes even decades). Thus, the mining lifecycle is a complex, multi-year cycle that involves many steps and activities, ranging from high to low risk, focused on exploration to engineering and more. Ultimately, the cycle is aimed at producing for as long as possible.


‘Extending the mining life cycle translates to an investment that creates value for much longer than would otherwise be expected.’ —Albert Lu


Understanding the cycle will help you define an investment horizon that matches your investment goals, and gives you the best chances for success.


I believe all mining investors (or those wanting to enter the sector) need at least a basic understanding of the cycle, including:


  • The ideal outcomes
  • Which activities will be in focus
  • The typical duration & sequence of each phase
  • The main processing methods available to developers
  • The type of information you can expect the company to report


Ultimately, this knowledge will also help reduce the gap between expectations and reality, limiting frustration that causes so many investors to exit a position prematurely.


If you already are clear on this, you’ve got a huge advantage in the game. What a legend!


If you don’t, I’ll tell you a little secret… I recently covered these in the featured thread below. Dive right in and tell me if it helps!


That’s it for today. Happy Sunday!


PS: If you still have some coffee left, I’ve included a few extra pieces that you may also enjoy reading below.

Featured thread

Every week I publish a new thread with actionable tips, ideas, or concepts for investors. Here’s a good one:

Last week on my blog

You may have missed this piece – so here you go:

5 reasons to invest in mining & metals and future-proof your portfoliopaolarojas.blog

We live in a mineral-intensive world, yet many investors are on the fence about the sector. If that’s you, here are 5 reasons why you NEED exposure to mining and metals.

Last week’s most popular tweet

I tweet daily and love keeping track of what resonates the most as I feel it’s a great indication of investor sentiment. This tweet got the most engagement overall:

A gem from the archives

Here’s one from the vault. Still 100% relevant so here it is, in case you missed it or want to read it again:

Lithium oversupply is unlikely… and here are 5 reasons why. The battle between Benchmark Mineral Intelligence vs Goldman Sachspaolarojas.blog

Given recent developments, I feel fitting to bring back this piece by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence in response to Goldman Sachs. Minor edits for brevity.

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