Bloomberg Opinion

Surprise! robots and trucks have distinct cycles

All manufacturers have peaks and troughs — just at different times.

This iron ore rally is living on borrowed time

Those inclined to make a bullish bet on disaster may be in for a dose of karma. This rally is more likely to collapse than extend.

Brazil's mine disaster shows its shaky foundation

The disaster was also a cautionary tale about how government overreach and flawed corporate governance can contaminate policy.

Global aluminium production growth brakes sharply in 2018

China's aluminium production, to quote Wood Mackenzie, "is not going to fall off a cliff in 2019".

Palladium prices still aren’t high enough: David Fickling

Platinum’s lesser-known cousin keeps going from strength to strength

The rising cost of socially responsible investing: Mark Gilbert

As the saying goes, if you think knowledge is expensive, try ignorance.

Miners are budgeting for a recovery in copper

Don’t listen to what miners say. Look at what they do.

President Trump’s coal comeback keeps falling short

In the grand scheme of things, even the 2,500 coal-mining jobs added since Trump took office in January 2017 really don’t amount to much.

Ivan Glasenberg places a dirty $36B bet: Chris Bryant

Glencore’s coal business should be a license to print money for several more years.

GM unplugs the Volt, but EVs aren’t dead: Liam Denning

Farewell Chevy Volt, we hardly knew ye.

How Nigeria can escape the natural-resource curse

Education and health are the way forward for Nigeria.

Drones are revolutionizing the energy sector: Bullard and Curry

"Drones offer a cheaper and more effective way of monitoring infrastructure than traditional methods of sending workers to dangerous, remote terrain."

Soviet collapse echoes in China’s Belt and Road

Like the Soviet Union in the 1970s, China is coming to the end of a long labor-force boom and hoping that an orgy of investment will keep the old magic going while stabilizing its fraying frontiers.

Death, diamonds and Russia’s Africa Project: Leonid Bershidsky

The killing of three reporters in the Central African Republic pulls a private, pro-Kremlin military company out of the shadows.

Arch Coal is the incredible shrinking miner

Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated assertions of its bright future, coal mining is a dying industry and the secret to a long life in this twilight era is accepting mortality.

Why Russia and Turkey are such gold bugs

Russia has cut its holdings of U.S. foreign debt by more than half. Instead, it’s been increasing its gold shares in its international reserves.

Glencore's great game is avoiding US sanctions: Chris Bryant

Glencore says its subsidiaries will pay Gertler what he’s owed, only the funds will be transferred in euros and U.S. citizens won’t be involved.

Coal's 20-year reign masks a brewing revolution

BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy, released Wednesday, contains a chart that could leave environmentalists feeling somewhat flat.

Freeport’s Grasberg jujitsu move will pay off

There’s a well-thumbed playbook for how deals involving gold mines in the remote jungles of Indonesia are meant to turn out.

This iron mountain looks more like a molehill: David Fickling

Ore imports aren’t just going up because China’s producing more steel: They’re rising because it’s producing less iron ore as well.

It's time to regulate the lithium cartel

There is an emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium.

A billionaire makes a classic investing error: Barry Ritholtz

The billionaire in question, who is buying gold directly and investing in gold miners, is No. 338 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Grasberg hardball scores an own goal for Indonesia: Gadfly

The most drawn-out deal in the global mining industry looks set for another round.

Coal mogul's novel plan to save coal is to buy it: Gadfly

Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., has a novel idea to save U.S. coal: buy the stuff himself.

This Rio sale may be more than Australia can swallow: Gadfly

Rio Tinto has hired UBS AG to explore a possible initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange after planned trade sales came up short.