A few months ago I sent you a note explaining that major gold discoveries are shrinking.
Simply put, mining companies are no longer finding vast, new deposits of gold to replace their aging mines.
I quoted Pierre Lassonde, the billionaire founder of gold royalty giant Franco-Nevada and former head of Newmont Mining:
If you look back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, in every one of those decades, the industry found at least one 50+ million-ounce gold deposit, at least ten 30+ million-ounce deposits, and countless 5 to 10 million ounce deposits.
But if you look at the last 15 years, we found no 50-million-ounce deposit, no 30-million-ounce deposit and only very few 15 million ounce deposits.
Pierre Lassonde is one of the most well-respected and knowledgeable mining experts in the world. And he thinks we're reaching 'peak gold'.
But he's not alone.
Last month, Rudy Fronk, Chairman and CEO of Seabridge Gold noted:
"Peak gold is the new reality in the gold business with reserves now being mined much faster than they are being replaced."
Nick Holland, CEO of South Africa's largest gold producer Gold Fields: "We were all talking about how production was going to increase every year. I think those days are probably gone."