I would like to get an idea of how successful people have been investing in mining stocks, in particular:
1) how much people have generally profit/loss from investing in them say over a 3 year period? Has anyone over the last 3 years made a loss?
2) how many junior exploration mining companies as a ratio are successfully producing now? ie. new startups over the last 3 years / startups that have continued to production?
3) since I'd like to focus mainly on mining and alternative energy stocks, are these generally easier to calculate the risk and price movement than say a tech stock, since a 'normal' lifecycle of a mining stock can be 'predicted'?