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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa


Investment Fun in Indian Wells

Report from a Popular Conference in the Desert


Saturday, February 2, 2013

As the cold wet weather comes in, my mind starts to dream of the warm dry desert air just a few hours away. Most go for golf, tennis, or just to hang around the pool. But how about combining this great escape weather with gaining knowledge about the precious metals field, a sector that’s rapidly blipping on the international investment radar screen?

The California Resource Investment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa coming at the end of February would be a great place to start.

The Conference

Cambridge House is the premier conference company in the resource industry. They are headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and hold many of their events in Canada. But the desert is very popular with investors in this field, so Cambridge House picked Indian Wells for the February 23-24 event. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. Registration is free and you can sign up at CambridgeHouse.com.

The speakers list is incredible for a free event. Those that watch CNBC or Bloomberg will be familiar with Frank Holmes, Peter Schiff, and John Mauldin, who are speaking at this year’s event. Holmes runs U.S. Funds out of San Antonio and has focused on emerging markets and the resource sector for several decades now. He is generally considered one of the smartest men in the business. Schiff is well known to business channel watchers for his Fed Bashing and warnings of inflation to come. Mauldin has over a million subscribers to his “Thoughts from the Front Line” weekly email.

Also speaking is Rick Rule of Sprott, Inc. Rule is one of the most successful investors in the resource industry and always a colorful speaker. Grant Williams, another speaker, is rapidly becoming well known with his “Things that make you go hmm” weekly commentary. Veteran newsletter writers Brent Cook of Exploration Insights and John Kaiser of the Kaiser Bottom Fish Report will also present.

The layout of the conference allows for an exhibit hall next to the main speaker hall. The most popular speakers will present in the main speaker hall. Newsletter writers sometimes meet with subscribers and those interested in subscribing in breakout sessions held in smaller spaces. The exhibiting companies are mostly exploration focused entities. Brent Cook and John Kaiser are sure to have an opinion on all of them. The California Resource Investment Conference is not overly crowded so your access to all speakers is very good.

If you want to do some stock ownership research before you invest make sure you check out the Targeted.Ca website. Their service allows you to check who owns these stocks and when they bought. You can also cross reference on their site to see what other stocks these funds or individuals own.

The Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is ideally located next to the Indian Wells Golf Resort. From this central location you are just a short drive to Palm Desert or La Quinta. The hotel itself sits on a bluff overlooking the 36 holes at the Indian Wells Golf Resort on its south side. To the north and very close-by are the panoramic Santa Rosa Mountains which can be seen throughout the property.

The rooms are very spacious starting at 550 sq. ft. with suites and villas also available. Respire by Hyatt Hypo-Allergenic rooms assure a comfortable rest even for allergy sufferers. One is never too far from a large pool area for those who just want to bask in the sun. Conference attendees should receive a good rate on rooms. Cambridge House is also putting on a golf tournament the day before the conference open to all attendees.

The Conference Center is not more than a hundred yards from any room and overlooks one of the finishing holes on the adjacent golf course. There will be a buffet style lunch available daily in the garden just outside the conference. Lantana is also a good choice for breakfast or lunch in the hotel lobby. The Indian Wells Golf Resort next door has the IW Club restaurant for dining or just cocktails. The upper level setting offers a 360-degree view of the golf and mountain setting.

Getting there

With the high season weekend date a little thought on traffic flow is in order. My suggestion would be to leave the Santa Barbara area around 9 a.m. Friday morning. The 210 Freeway now goes all the way to Redlands making the journey a bit easier. If you can stay over Sunday as Monday morning will allow for a less congested return.

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