So I think that we will see production going down here. We know that exploration expenditures have fallen dramatically. We know that developments have fallen dramatically. We’ve seen lots of big developments postponed.
So the outlook on the supply side is, you know, we have not increased supply in the last 14 years. It’s been about the same every year, 2700 tons of gold for 14 years. And I suspect that as we go into even the latter part of this year, into ’15, ’16, ’17, there’s no way that production can go up if prices stay at these levels.
I mean, some of them may go out of business as well. We’ve had lots of mines shut down, but I wouldn’t particularly say that the large guys will go out of business. I think at $1300 gold, most people can hold on here. But holding on is one thing, increasing production is another one. And to the question, I think, the real impact will be on future production.
- Eric Sprott via Ask The Expert