A growing problem for SLW was that their business model was starting to look too easy, making good deals harder to find and competition in their field. This recent weakness in precious metal prices and ABX's recent political snag will give them some awesome opportunities as mining operators need CASH up front partners to finance projects. The banks will be more cautious. Lets face it, if you don't think gold and silver are going higher over the next 3-5 years, you have no business owning SLW. If you do, SLW is one of the best ways to protect against declining fiat currency values and participate in rising metal prices .