Trillium Gold Mines Inc. exclusively explores and develops gold deposits in Canada’s Red Lake District – one of the most sought after mining jurisdictions in the world. Russell Starr, CEO, was recently brought on board to help transition the company in its new direction – that of extending its foothold into a truly district-scale portfolio. In fact, Trillium has compiled the largest strategic land holdings in Red Lake today. Trillium’s geological team represents about 200 years of technical expertise in the region, many having worked for Goldcorp prior to its acquisition by Newmont Mining. Starr is well known for his passion and commitment in speaking up for investors and ensuring a level playing field in today’s environment of high-frequency algorithmic trading. Starr also sits on the board of Canadian Nickel and enjoyed a successful career in institutional trading and corporate finance.
With experience in the resource sector and a diverse portfolio that includes DeFi and Crypto (high-growth, media and tech-forward) investments, Starr is creating value for Trillium Gold shareholders, while educating investors on structuring a sound diversified portfolio.
“If you look at how inflation was measured in the 1980s and apply the same metrics today, inflation rates would be wildly different from what we are seeing now. My view is that it’s all part of smoke and mirrors designed to manipulate the investor,” says Starr. “The economic stats you see today don’t measure true inflation; the manipulation is all in an effort to distort what is really going on in the economy and support specific government policies.”
Why would this be necessary? According to Starr, it helps to insulate specific government programs and gives the false illusion that investments into tech like social giants Twitter and Facebook are safe during a non-inflationary period – something he feels is not sustainable for a variety of reasons.
“People are spending thousands to invest in Facebook, Google, and Tesla. But out of all of those, only Tesla makes things that directly benefit North Americans. The rest is intangible and not designed to support local jobs. When you build a highway, or a condo, there are benefits because it affects the population in the way of enticing jobs and spending money. When you invest in Twitter or when you leverage something at no cost like the Robinhood app, you are the product and there is no secondary benefit.”
“It’s a self fulfilling enterprise,” he warns. “As long as a stock is going up or something appears free, people will chase it.”
Based on current trends, Starr is concerned that when the market correction comes, too many investors will be left with nothing because their investments are not backed by a tangible, beneficial commodity – such as gold, silver, nickel, copper, etc.
Starr explains, “What governments in North America are doing is buying up long bonds and in turn lowering the 10 year yield, thereby giving the appearance of little or no inflationary pressures. But when bonds yield little, people put their money into equity markets and buy ETFs, causing stocks like Twitter to go up in value. However, when inflation does set in, all those values go away and are eroded and the only investments that remain viable are the ‘hard’ commodities like gold. You want to be in investment funds anchored by gold, silver, copper and nickel – basically hard assets. Those are the things that do well during a hyper-inflationary market, but right now, people are just not ready for the upcoming correction.”
With the ability to sidestep investment mangers and make decisions based of trends and through apps, Starr recognizes the allure of investing in social sites and futuristic technologies, and he especially understands the allure the up-and-coming generation has to turn the entire stock market on its head, as evidenced by the recent news about GameStop. Yet, he doesn’t let idealistic investors off the hook.
“You can say, ‘I want to invest in a global future enabled by tech,’ or you can even go as far as actively trying to disrupt the market to spur change, but mark my words, the equity market isn’t going higher the way people think it is. The minute inflation rears its ugly head – and that is coming sooner than later – your money starts becoming worth less and less. Disruptive investors can make a strong argument as long as their markets are making money; but those buying gold, silver, platinum and nickel right now know what’s coming.”
“Limit your downside!” Starr urges. “The biggest risk is losing everything. The tech bubble is going to burst – again – and it will be very painful and costly.”
Starr says he “puts his money where his mouth is” not only by investing heavily in mineral commodities, but also by ensuring the communities that support those commodities remain viable and thriving. As a junior explorer-developer, Trillium Gold supports the First Nations communities, and the company strives to create sustainable jobs and solid futures for its employees.
Last year Trillium signed a binding joint venture agreement with Rupert Resources Ltd. to acquire an 80 per cent interest in the Gold Centre property, an acquisition that places Trillium in the heart of one of North America’s highest-grade gold camps (having produced more than 29.5 M ounces of gold at an average grade of 15.41 g/t Au for almost a century). Trillium is committing $10 million over five years on exploration; the company is confident in the prospects of gold’s future.
Trillium is “poised for growth” and is dedicated to “bringing new minds and modern interpretations to build a compelling story and deliver results.” This is accomplished in part by their own investor relations centre where those interested can take advantage of their “significant pipeline of organic growth and strategic portfolio of assets in a world class gold camp.” The investor relations centre can be reached via a contact form at www.trilliumgold.com, by phone at 1-604-688-9588, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. An investor presentation is also available on the Trillium website.