Episode 22 - Pay Attention to Corporate Governance MicroCap Investors with Adam J. Epstein, Founder, Third Creek Advisors, LLC

June 29, 2016

For this episode of the PlanetMicroCap Podcast, I spoke with Adam J. Epstein, Founder of Third CreekAdvisors, LLC. Mr. Epstein is a former institutional investor, well-known speaker on corporate governance, and the author of the best-selling resource created specifically for small-cap corporate directors, titled, “The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies.”

As defined by Investopedia, Corporate Governance, “is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. Corporate Governance essentially involves balancing the interests of the many stakeholders in a company – these include shareholders, management, customers, suppliers, financiers, government and the community. Since corporate governance also provides the framework for attaining a company’s objectives it encompasses practically every sphere of management from action plans and internal controls to performance measurement and corporate disclosure.” You can probably imagine the implications of having good or bad corporate governance in a MicroCap company.

The goal for this episode is to learn about and define corporate governance, understand why this is important when doing your due diligence and what we can do as investors to better know what we’re getting on the corporate governance front in MicroCap companies.

The Planet MicroCap Podcast is brought to you by SNN Incorporated, publishers of StockNewsNow.com, The Official MicroCap News Source, and the MicroCap Review Magazine, the leading magazine in the MicroCap market - check out the latest issue here: MicroCap Review Winter/Spring 2016

In this episode, Adam and I discuss the following topics: 

Mr. Epstein's background

- Issues Third Creek Advisors helps pre-IPO and MicroCap companies with

- What Corporate Governance means and why is it important tokeep in mind when looking at MicroCap companies

- As a MicroCap investor, what are some qualities that we should look for in a MicroCap board of directors as a whole and individually

- Typical reasons to change a board member

- What do you do when the board becomes completely uncooperative?

- Going back to one of your previous answers, you referenced shareholder activists. Is that a realistic concern for most micro-caps?

- Where most microcap boardrooms underperform 

- Common governance shortcomings

- What can we do as investors to better know what we’re getting on the corporate governance front with micro-caps

- Do you have any stories, without using the names of the companies, that taught him the importance putting together a solid board

- Advice for new MicroCap investors when doing their due diligence on theboard of directors of these companies

For more information about Adam J. Epstein and Third Creek Advisors, LLC, please visit: www.ThirdCreekAdvisors.com

You can follow the Planet MicroCap Podcast on Twitter @BobbyKKraft, and you can also listen to this interview on StockNewsNow.com

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Episode 21 - The Cyclical Nature of Investing in Resources with Rick Rule, Sprott U.S. Holdings, Inc.

June 14, 2016

For this episode of the PlanetMicroCap Podcast, I spoke with Rick Rule, President and CEO of Sprott U.S. Holdings, Inc. Rick Rule has dedicated his entire life to natural resource securities investing, and is one of the more sought after speakers and leading thinkers in natural resources and mining. I’ve seen him speak at many conferences to packed rooms, and let me tell you, when he speaks, people listen. I have wanted to speak with him since starting this podcast, so I feel quite privileged that he was able to carve out some time to do this. I felt that he was the natural resource, pardon the pun, to discuss the cyclical nature of resources. Roughly being able to predict where we are in any given cycle, while difficult, can provide an edge when looking at investing in microcap resource companies. In this interview, Rick provides an overview to understand when these peaks and valleys can and do happen, and their characteristics.

The goal for this episode is to learn about the cyclical nature of the resource market, in his opinion, where we are currently at in the cycle, and his advice for aspiring MicroCap Investors looking at the resource sector.  

You might also be interested in joining Rick and his team as they will be hosting the Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel inVancouver, BC, July 26th to the 29th. You can register to attend at NaturalResourceSymposium.com or go to SprottGlobal.com under,“Upcoming Events”. Also, at the end of the interview, Rick makes a very special offer that you may want to take advantage of.

The Planet MicroCap Podcast is brought to you by SNN Incorporated, publishers of StockNewsNow.com, The Official MicroCap News Source, and the MicroCap Review Magazine, the leading magazine in the MicroCap market - check out the latest issue here: MicroCap Review Winter/Spring 2016

In this episode, Rick and I discuss the following topics:

- Rick's background and how he got into Natural Resources

- How many cycles he has been through in your lifetime thus far

- In this currentmarket, what he is looking for. 

- When he believes is the righttime to start looking at MicroCaps in the resource sector

- Consolidationof exploration MicroCap companies 

- The strong dollarand increasing interest rates are pressuring precious metals prices, when willthis trend reverse?

- Why shouldinvestors buy MicroCap producers when major named producers seem undervalued?

- Gold had a recentrun up and then corrected, several analysts predicted that would happen. Is thecorrection near over? Is this correction really a buy signal?

- In the last article for the MicroCap Review, he stated, “Value-oriented clients willprobably be able to buy the best names in the middle of 2016.” We’re just aboutthere – are we on target?

- His advice for aspiring MicroCap investors looking at theresource sector

For more information about Rick Rule and Sprott U.S. Holdings, Inc., please visit: www.SprottGlobal.com

You can follow the Planet MicroCap Podcast on Twitter @BobbyKKraft, and you can also listen to this interview on StockNewsNow.com

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