The Investing News Network has created a series of free reports for investors, reviewing 2015 highlights and looking forward to 2016. With over 50 articles covering more than 40 investing topics, including insight and forecasts from hundreds of sources, these free reports offer incredible value to investors.
All new for 2016, these free reports are mobile and tablet friendly. That means you can take them to go or read these free reports at your leisure. Feel free to share with your friends and family — anyone you feel should be looking at the investing opportunities that 2016 presents.

Gold Trends 2015 and Gold Outlook 2016: Key Highlights for Investors

  • Gold Trends 2015: CEOs Recap the Year
  • 5 Top Gold News Stories of 2015
  • 5 TSX Best Gold Stocks 2015
  • Gold Forecast 2016: CEOs Cautiously Optimistic
  • Gold Outlook 2016: Analysts Calling for Sub-$1,000 Gold


Precious Metals Outlook: CEOs, Analysts on Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium

  • Gold Trends 2015: CEOs Recap the Year
  • Gold Forecast 2016: CEOs Cautiously Optimistic
  • Gold Outlook 2016: Analysts Calling for Sub-$1,000 Gold
  • Silver Predictions 2016: Watch China and the Gold Price
  • Top Silver Investment News of 2015
  • Platinum Price Forecast 2016: Market to Balance
  • Palladium Price Forecast 2016
  • Diamond Outlook 2016: Summer to Bring Higher Prices?


Base Metals in 2016: Opinions from Experts and CEO’s

  • Copper Price Forecast 2016: Producers Under Pressure
  • Copper Outlook 2016: Companies Weigh In
  • Zinc Forecast 2016: Will Strong Fundamentals Boost Price?
  • Iron Price Forecast for 2016 and Onward
  • Lead Outlook 2016: Watch China for Cues
  • Nickel Price Forecast 2016


Critical Metals Outlook: The Potential for 2016

  • Jon Hykawy of Stormcrow Capital Talks Rare Earth Prices 2015
  • Rare Earth Market Outlook 2016
  • Graphite Outlook 2016: Megafactory Deals on the Horizon?
  • Cobalt Outlook 2016: Near-term Deficit Still Expected
  • Tungsten Outlook: Does 2016 Have Potential?
  • Tantalum Price Trends 2015
  • Magnesium Mining Outlook 2016
  • Manganese Outlook 2016: Weak Steel Demand a Threat
  • Scandium Market Trends for 2015


Energy Investing Outlook: Moving Away from Carbon?

  • Uranium Outlook 2016: Supply Deficit in the Cards
  • Analysts Look Back at the Lithium Market in 2015
  • Junior Lithium Miners: 2015 in Review
  • Junior Mining Companies on the Lithium Outlook for 2016
  • Lithium Outlook 2016: What are Analysts Saying?
  • Oil Price Outlook 2016: Turnaround Targeted in late 2016
  • Natural Gas Outlook 2016: Prices to Stay Down on Oversupply


Lithium in 2016: Stocks, Prices, Analysts and CEOs

  • Junior Lithium Miners: 2015 in Review
  • Analysts Look Back at the Lithium Market in 2015
  • 10 Top Lithium News Stories of 2015
  • Junior Mining Companies on the Lithium Outlook for 2016
  • Lithium Outlook 2016: What are Analysts Saying?


Industrial Metals in 2016: Oversupply in Several Markets, but Not All

  • Coal in 2015: Another Tough Year
  • Coal Outlook 2016: Near-term Rebound Highly Unlikely
  • 5 Top Vanadium Articles of 2015
  • Aluminum Outlook 2016: Weakness to Prevail on Oversupplied Steel Industry
  • Tin Market Outlook 2016: Deficit to Linger into 2016
  • Molybdenum Outlook 2016: Oversupply Issues to Persist


Agriculture Investing Opportunities: Forecast for 2016

  • Investing in Cannabis 2016: Legalization and FDA Approvals to Revolutionize the Market
  • Potash Outlook 2016: SOP Expected to Shine
  • Phosphate Outlook: Steady Demand on the Horizon


Technology Investing in 2016: Trends and Outlooks for Successful Technology Investing

  • 2016 to Bring Big Changes for Cleantech Investors?
  • 3 Social Media Future Trends for 2016
  • Year in Review: The Bitcoin Market in 2015
  • Top Blockchain Investing Trends for 2016
  • Data Mining Trends for 2016
  • Investing in 3D Printer Companies in 2016
  • 3 Top App Investing Trends for 2016
  • Nanotechnology Future Outlook 2016
  • Graphene Market in 2016
  • Top Cybersecurity Trends for 2016
  • Cloud Computing Outlook 2016


Life Science Investing in 2016: Ethics, Apps and Revolution

  • Top Trends for Genomics Stocks in 2016
  • 2016 Outlook for Pharmaceutical Investors
  • Top Longevity Research Trends: Life Extension in 2016
  • Top Medical Device Trends for 2016
  • Top Trends for Biotech Companies in 2016


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Cannabis Market Update: Q3 2020 in Review

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During the first few months of investment time in 2021, cannabis faced some volatility alongside optimism about federal changes in the most important market for the drug.

The cannabis business found its stride during Q1 thanks to policy change signals and consolidation.

To find out more, the Investing News Network (INN) asked experts about progress in the market during the first major period of the new year, and which developments investors should watch out for.


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Cannabis market update: New York and US potential boost operations

New York state’s legalization of recreational cannabis was a huge Q1 announcement that added pressure to the federal government when it comes to cannabis policy, said George Mancheril, co-founder and CEO of Bespoke Financial, a debt financing business with a particular focus on servicing cannabis businesses.

“It’s going to add to the chorus of voices in the federal scene to basically move sooner rather than later,” he explained to INN.

Following the US election in 2020, the momentum for cannabis businesses went on the upswing, as did company valuations, with the idea of expansion at the heart of it all, according to Mancheril.

Before starting Bespoke Financial, Mancheril learned from traditional investment banks, where he worked on lending, fixed income and debt markets with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Guggenheim Partners.

Nawan Butt, portfolio manager with Purpose Investments, agrees with Mancheril. The financial expert told INN the ongoing legalization process seen in the US market is leading to expansion.

“It’s becoming more of a national move, then small pockets of proliferation. That’s very exciting about cannabis right now,” said Butt, who co-manages the Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ).

This proliferation effect is causing a change in valuations and enthusiasm for US-based operations. Mancheril told INN that by the end of Q1, multi-state operators (MSOs) had raised approximately US$3.3 billion.

The cannabis lender said he sees the industry as having grown from the woes of 2019; it is now seeing a return to form by way of the excitement for an ongoing opening process in the US.

The expert explained that there is likely to be a windfall of capital in the wake of major federal changes for cannabis policy, although the timeline for these changes is becoming increasingly hard to predict.

Leading up to that capital influx, Mancheril said he wants to see operators really drill down on the value of desired assets and whether they make sense.


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“What I’d hope is that we continue to see bullish sentiment, but with some measure of responsibility, and let’s not just get over ahead of ourselves,” Mancheril told INN. “The idea is let’s minimize the volatility and continue growing responsibly.”

As far as struggles go, Butt explained that the cannabis industry has cemented itself as a growth-type sector, and as such there are macro environment pressures affecting the way these assets operate.

“We’ve seen this preference for cash flows at growth in the current or in the near future, rather than in the far future, and that’s what we’re seeing as far as valuations go in the broad market,” Butt said.

Cannabis market update: Volatility continues to rule as industry foundations build

Despite the industry’s current potential and the growing pains it has gone through as a whole in both the US and Canada, volatility remains a key factor in the cannabis investment scene.

Butt explained that the current shareholder base, which is dominated by hedge funds and retail investors, still lacks enough institutional support to avoid the day-to-day volatility cannabis has come to be known for.

These two investor groups, Butt said, can be easily spooked and excited by the news of the day when it comes to their investments.

“A lot of these institutions’ strategies are not about short-term profits, but they’re about long-term sustainability of the businesses themselves,” Butt said.

“That’s why you see a lot of volatility in the space, and that’s essentially what we’ve seen over the past, I’d say, three to two months as well,” he added.

That means investors shouldn’t expect an end to volatility anytime soon.

“It’s not about whether we continue to expect volatility, because we do,” Butt said. “We really think that the volatility will be taken out when the shareholder base becomes more institutional, but it’s really about understanding why there is volatility in the first place.”

Cannabis market update: Canadians talk up US business potential, but questions remain

A surge of mergers and acquisitions has taken over the Canadian cannabis sector recently as more producers see potential in America.

One of the biggest announcements in this regard came when Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) secured a C$221 million investment deal from British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI,LSE:BATS).

Using the funds, the two will work in tandem to develop new branded products designed to work on the international stage, including in the US. Organigram CEO Greg Engel previously told INN that the US represents a critical opportunity for Canadian companies, but the entry point isn’t as clean as it could be at the moment.


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While the long-term potential may be exciting for investors, Butt told INN he’s still unsure how the approach will work for Canadian companies.

The Purpose Investments expert said there will be plenty of space for the biggest Canadian names to pursue US market entries, beyond the initial hemp-derived CBD moves some operators have mde, since the US represents the biggest market in the world.

“But there’s just way too many unknowns right now to say exactly what that participation is going to look like, or when that participation will happen,” he said.

“What we do know is that currently the US MSOs are in a wonderful sort of position to expand on their market leadership that they have. And it will be tough for Canadians to come in and compete with them,” Butt said.

Canadian players still retain the upper hand at times in terms of valuation, which is confusing for both Butt and Dan Ahrens, chief operating officer and portfolio manager at AdvisorShares.

“The performance in quarterly earnings of US companies has been rather spectacular. They’ve knocked it out of the park in most instances,” Ahrens told INN.

Butt praised the recent performance reports from MSOs across the board, pointing to year-over-year growth lines and projections for continued positive performance.

In his view, share prices still don’t reflect company value. “Those are really being discounted at this point,” Butt told INN.

“We’ve seen the Canadian licensed producers be really hot stock performance-wise, outpacing the US (MSOs), and I’ll say it’s rather nonsensical to me,” said Ahrens, who oversees the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (ARCA:YOLO) and the recently launched AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (ARCA:MSOS).

Cannabis market update: Investor takeaway

The cannabis investment proposition finds itself at an interesting moment in time, as the entire sector eagerly awaits confirmation in the US at the federal level.

While for the Canadians waiting on the sidelines, this development may feel like a major necessity to address current financial struggles, for US-based operators, the heat around the corner could represent an increase to their already thriving operations.

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All interested parties can join the conference call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 1-647-427-7450, conference ID: 4880609. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. The conference call will be archived for replay until May 20, 2021 . To access the archived conference call, please dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the encore code 4880609.

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Appointment of Dr. Kelmendi, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and co-founder of the Yale Psychedelic Science Group, brings another experienced medical professional to Lobe’s advisory team.

 Lobe Sciences Ltd. (CSE: LOBE) (OTC Pink: GTSIF) (“Lobe” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Kelmendi, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, to its Scientific Advisory Board.

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Ayurcann has commenced trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (” CSE “) on April 8, 2021 and subsequently announced a private placement of up to $500,000 (” Financing “), as per the Company’s press release dated April 12, 2021. The proceeds of the Financing are intended to be used to further pursue Phase 2 of the expansion of the production capacity of the Company’s Pickering facility.

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