100 Ounces of Highly Successful Optimism

Queen Elizabeth II owns a 100-kilogram coin of pure gold bullion with a melt value of more than $4.1 million. The massive Canadian-minted coin even bears her portrait.

Although we're not going to emblazon his likeness on a giant slab of bullion, the time has come to note the achievements of the top-ranked optimist in Motley Fool CAPS. Readers who mistakenly stereotype gold and silver investors as gnarly mongrels awaiting the end of the world will no doubt be surprised to see those same investors exercising the inherent optimism required to engage solely in "outperform" stock picks.

As the name implies, CAPS member 100ozRound has climbed to the pinnacle of the CAPS community's "Yes Man" list with a barrage of highly successful stock picks emphasizing metal-mining and other natural resource stocks.

For buy-and-hold investors like me who do not short stocks in real life, I find this particular subdivision of long-only members of the Motley Fool community an appropriate one against which to gauge my own investing performance. After topping that list for a brief moment with my similarly metals-focused silver miner portfolio, I now chase a Fool whose CAPS score is more than twice my own.

With 84% of his 687 individual stock picks outperforming the S&P 500, his success is clearly no accident. It provides, furthermore, a striking snapshot of the strength of this multi-year secular bull market for precious metals and base metals vis-a-vis the lost decade for broader equities.

Topping the list of our top metal-bull's highest scoring stock picks is diversified metal and coal producer Ivanhoe Mines (NYSE: IVN  ) . Boasting significant copper, gold, molybdenum, and coal assets within easy reach of China's seemingly insatiable demand, Ivanhoe presents a compelling platform for exposure to the broader Asia-Pacific commodity demand outlook. Australian mega-miner Rio Tinto (NYSE: RTP  ) holds a 37.8% stake in the company, leaving me to question why I own none at all.

100ozRound caught several of the most dramatic turnaround stocks of the past couple of years. When the outlook appeared rather bleak for Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK  ) , he stepped in for a position that has appreciated nearly 600% since April 2009. Not long after I pointed out the deep value proposition in shares of Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW  ) , 100ozRound grabbed hold of one of the most impressive stock runs in recent memory. Also featured among his top-ten score-makers are low-cost miner Silvercorp Metals (NYSE: SVM  ) and 5-star favorite Taseko (AMEX: TGB  ) , which have been a triple and a double respectively.

If you come across 100ozRound among the CAPS blogs, be sure to congratulate him on an impressive stint as the #1 Yes Man in CAPS. If you have questions regarding investments in the metals space, then there is no better place than Motley Fool CAPS to find an array of like-minded investors who are ready and willing to help.

Fool contributor Christopher Barker can be found blogging actively and acting Foolishly within the CAPS community under the username TMFSinchiruna. He tweets. He owns shares of Taseko, Silvercorp Metals, and Silver Wheaton. True to its name, The Motley Fool is made up of a motley assortment of writers and analysts, each with a unique perspective; sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree, but we all believe in the power of learning from each other through our Foolish community. The Motley Fool has a 100-oz. disclosure policy of pure 0.9999 gold.


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