What’s this website about?

You can look at this website as my (Antonio Atanasov’s) diary, where I document my learning journey into commodity and natural resource investing, and I sometimes have guests over, who write and/or talk to me – not to you.

Generally, on this website, I (and the guests) will be publishing natural-resource related content.

This includes posting daily news that we found significant, original blog posts, real CEO interviews, original podcasts, a weekly “what’s cheap” podcast show (website exclusive), and sometimes (possibly) some other stuff. Yes, I know “other stuff” sounds vague, but that’s just really it – my diary. Don’t be shocked if I start talking about money saving tips for men who cut their own hair.

About the “founder” of “Resource Talks

Resource Talks was founded in 2021, by Antonio Atanasov. A Bulgarian-born, living in Belgium, 20-something, empty-headed wannabe investor.

When I was 18, all that I wanted to do is get better at investing, and start my own business. They say accounting is the language of business and investing. So, I went to study accountancy in college. After finishing the curriculum for an accountant at the local college in Belgium, I wanted to learn how to use this newly learned language in practice, and thus went to study financial analysis. 

Quickly after starting, I was disappointed because I realized they weren’t going to actually teach us how to invest.

That’s why I took matters into my own hands and leveraged the internet by looking for free courses, books, videos, blog posts, and whatever else I could get my hands on.

During my self-study, I met someone who told me that “the best way to learn is to teach”. I tried teaching my family & friends, but they always told me I was doing great, even when I wasn’t. I love them for the support, but it wasn’t getting me any results as I was never confronted with my mistakes.

One place where people are brutally honest when it comes down to calling others’ mistakes, is the internet. Realising that made me start a YouTube channel. I called it “BABY Investments” where I got to document my learning journey, and receive tonnes of negative feedback, criticism, and pushback – all of which I greatly desired, and still do.

“BABY”, by the way, was an acronym for “Become A Better You”, which is what I had set out to do. 

When I started “BABY Investments”, I started a demo portfolio (not real money), to test my knowledge and see if it was turning into skill. I went for an 80-20 split. 80% dividend stocks, 20% growth stocks.

Not long after I started, while figuring out what to put in my demo growth portfolio, I found the natural resource sector and started meeting all kinds of interesting people in the space. Because of my growing audience, I got to speak directly to some of the biggest names in the sector, and share my conversations with them on that YouTube channel.

Furthering my research into the sector brought me to people like Lyn Alden, Rick Rule, Bob Moriarty, Quinton Hennigh, Keith Neumeyer, Lynette Zang, Jeff Clark, James Turk, David Morgan, Lobo Tigrre, and many other sharp minds who I got to interview and learn from.

At the end of 2021, after focusing solely on natural resources for almost two years, I decided to change the name of the channel to “Resource Talks”, because that’s really all I do on here. I talk to people smarter than me (virtually everybody) about natural resource investing.

I still have and run my demo dividend portfolio, as I aspire to build one just like it with real money, once I’ve built up my capital through my growth investments.

Personally, my (real) net worth is focused on giving me the most upside potential, with the least downside possible. I’m pretty much trying to do what everybody else is trying to do, and make as much money as possible with as little risk as possible.

To be honest, though, because I gave up my apartment, sold my car, cook 90% of my meals from discounted products, cut my own hair, exercise outside, and buy second-hand clothes, my overhead is practically zero. So, the real downside is almost never large enough to be called “risk”, in the way most people experience it. This means I can afford to take on more “risk”, and put my money in the stocks that give financial advisors heart attacks by simply thinking about them. Still, my money is now (poorly) diversified between the four main asset classes, with a heavy bias on my physical business and natural resource portfolio.

As of January 2022, this includes owning (a tiny bit of) physical assets (like gold, silver, and collectibles), equity in a business (I own a fast-food restaurant in a 50/50 split with my wife), equities (100% of my stock market portfolio is in the natural resource sector), and cash (I try to maintain a cash balance, in different currencies (mainly USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, BGN) ready to add on dips, and buy collectibles at low prices).

If you have any suggestions and/or questions about my portfolio, life, businesses, or whatever else, I’d be more than happy to hear and address them. I invite any and all criticism, skepticism, and pushback. Contact Resource Talks here: https://resourcetalks.com/contact/

Thank you. I wouldn’t be able to do this without people like you, who read, listen, watch, and engage with my learning journey.

How does “Resource Talks” make money?

Natural resource companies pay Resource Talks a monthly, quarterly, or an annual fee, to create company profiles for them, and keep them on the page “companies” on this website, and report on what the company does, albeit good or bad.

Resource Talks will always disclose any financial relationship we might have with any company, on the respective post.

Does that mean Resource Talks is a platform for “puff pieces”?

No. Read the above again. We are paid to create a company profile, keep it on the “companies” page, and report on what the company does, albeit good or bad. We don’t do any stock buying nor selling recommendations, nor give advice in any form, so we will never say whether a company is a good buy or not. We will simply summarise all of the information we could process, including the good, the bad and the ugly.

The companies profiles are created by our own standards and include what we decide, not what the company decides. The companies pay upfront, before seeing their profile, and they have no say in what ends up in that profile, nor in our reporting of their news.

The same goes for the interviews. Albeit a paying customer or not, no company gets to dictate the tempo nor content of the interview. Companies have no access to the questions before the interview, and they have no say in what ends up in the final edit (which almost always is 100% of the conversation, unless the host realises he’s not wearing any pants, halfway through the interview, and needs to get up in his tidy-whities). We, as small retail investors, aspire to ask the questions that investors want to see answered, and not the ones companies like answering. If you’ve even watched just a few interviews, you know what we’re talking about.

The only obligation Resource Talks has is to the truth and to itself. If money corrupts you, has you lying, and hurting other humans, what kind of a human does that make you? If you can’t be a decent, helping, net-positive human being, is it really worth being alive as one?

The natural resource space has enough promoters, pump & dumpers, and every other type of scammers. Their shelf-life is extremely limited. Resource Talks seeks to provide honest, objective, fact-based reporting, with a long-term focus.

This does that mean we don’t or won’t have biased opinions. Although we will try our best and work hard to report objectively, we are human beings (contrary to the popular belief of gingers not having souls), which means we will always be biased and have our own opinions. That means you should take everything you read on here with a grain of salt and always do more research before making an investment decision. Alternatively, consider talking to a professional & licensed investment advisor, which none of us are.

To add to our efforts to report objectively, the people covering the paying customers of this website won’t own any shares in those companies. So, if Antonio Atanasov is covering Kuya Silver (who is a paying customer of Resource Talks), for example, he will not own any KUYA shares at least until two weeks after he is no longer covering it. The same goes for any other future reporters you might encounter on this website.

If you ever find us failing in our mission, even the slightest, we obligate you to tell us. Give us all the criticism, skepticism, and pushback that you can come up with, and let’s create a better investment space for all of us, and possibly our kids.

Contact Resource Talks here: https://resourcetalks.com/contact/

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