Frik Els

Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years covering a variety of industries for several publications including British Airways in-flight magazine, Business Insider,,, YCharts and Business in Vancouver. Frik presented at the Global Mining Summit in Las Vegas, Resources Investment Conference in Vancouver, Mines & Money London and has been interviewed on Korean state TV and CBC radio. (DISCLAIMER: Frik Els does not own shares or hold positions in any of the equities he writes about. Nothing written should be viewed as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities.)

Chinese electric vehicle makers are gorging on nickel

New report shows in January 2019, the Chinese market saw 253% more nickel deployed in passenger EV batteries compared to a year ago.

77-year chart shows upswing in gold mining stocks have hardly begun

Every bull market in gold equities going back to 1942 ended in a parabolic spike lasting nine months on average, resulting in prices doubling at a minimum.

Zinc price builds on 2019 rally as stocks reach just 2 days consumption

Inventories are down 55% this year and are on course to reach levels last seen in 1990.

Russia ban, Fiat Chrysler drive palladium price to new record high

The precious metal is up nearly 90% since August.

Alrosa's Mir mine won't reopen before 2030

Russian diamond giant says decision to restore underground mine will be made before 2024, but construction could take up to eight years.

Copper price: Chinese concentrate imports hit monthly record

Smelter expansions have increased demand and competition for copper concentrate in China with imports nearing 2m tonnes in February.

McEwen Mining halts payout over "much lower revenue" this quarter

The Toronto-based gold miner cites operational issues at Black Fox in Ontario, startup delays at Gold Bar in Nevada for shareholder distribution suspension.

Canadian juniors shifting focus to Africa, away from South America

Spending destined for South America drops by $600m, while share of funds raised for exploration projects in Africa doubles.

Platinum price: S. Africa output jump will push oversupply to 6-year high

Even though demand for the precious metal is growing for first time since 2015.

Never a bad day at the office for Anglo American execs

The diversified miner's CEO Mark Cutifani earned $72,000 per day last year.

Equity markets sour on junior mining sector – report

Global financing earmarked specifically for exploration more than halved last year and now represents less than a quarter of the 2012 peak.

Stunning footage of Australia copper, lead, zinc train derailment

Clean-up starts after devastating floods in Queensland derail 80-wagon train carrying metal concentrates from Glencore's Mount Isa mines.

Newmont fires back at "unqualified" Barrick team's "shocking" record

And Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg has the slides to prove it.

Copper price surges as stocks hit 12-year lows

Copper up 3% as bulls pile into New York copper futures – $9.5 billion worth of metal traded by lunchtime.

First AI mining company goes public

Goldspot extends machine learning beyond exploration – to M&A.

Mining stocks rally as copper price hits 7-month high

BHP, Anglo American touch one-year highs.

Lithium price: Weather takes more tonnes off the market

Orocobre's expected production bump in Argentina won't happen this year.

Gold price jumps to 10-month high

Gold should “break free” in 2019 amid a scarcity of safe havens says SocGen.

Canada lithium mining hopeful takes another big hit

A week after cost blowout sent the stock crashing Quebec lithium mine developer Nemaska is forced to terminate major supply agreement, pay penalties.

These 20 analysts forecast gold price above $1,400 in 2019

Two-thirds of 30 analysts polled by the LBMA see double digit gains for the gold price 2019, but the ride will be bumpy.

Copper price slides despite Chinese imports at record pace

US-China trade spat benefitting copper miners as tariffs on scrap imports boost concentrate shipments 17% to nearly 2m tonnes.

Cost parity by 'early 2020s' will be electric vehicle tipping point

Improving battery technologies will mean that even long-haul trucks could be economically electrified during the second half of the next decade.

Osisko Mining owns the world's best drill intersection of 2019

Windfall gold project in Quebec tops list and Global Atomic Corp's uranium project in Niger comes in second.

Gold price: ETF inflows reach $100m a day

US government shutdown means we don’t know how hedge funds are positioning themselves, but everyone else seems to be piling into gold.

Lithium price: Spodumene is getting crushed

Hard rock lithium concentrate swamping China drops spodumene prices 17% in January with more pain likely.