Frik Els

Frik is editor and writer for Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years appearing in a number of business and consumer publications including British Airways in-flight magazine, Business Insider,,, YCharts and Business in Vancouver. Frik was a speaker at the 2014 Global Mining Summit in Las Vegas, the Mine Lifecycle Management conference in Salt Lake City and the 2015 Canada Investment Conference in Vancouver. (DISCLAIMER: Frik Els does not own shares or hold positions in any of the equities he writes about. Nothing written should be construed as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Seek the advice of a broker/dealer first.)

Chile's cheerless outlook for copper price

Top global producer sees surplus this year and next as mines pump out more metal and predicts decline in copper price from today's levels through 2017.

This chart shows actual China GDP growth highest since 2014

Few trust official Chinese growth numbers, but new research shows activity across a wide section of the economy accelerated sharply in the first quarter.

Big boost for world's top diamond miner

Moody's upgrades Alrosa credit, praising Russian firm's low-cost reserve base, technical mining expertise, solid liquidity and conservative financial policy.

Roxgold's Burkina mine just got a whole lot richer

Shares in Toronto junior up sharply after adding 220,000oz to ultra high-grade Yaramoko project in West Africa expected to pour first gold in June.

Silver price jumps to near one-year high

The closely-followed gold-silver ratio points to $20-plus and fundamentals of dwindling mine supply and growing industrial demand underpin rosy outlook.

Iron ore price plummets amid Chinese speculative mania

China clamps down, but Beijing's record on market intervention is not good and speculative bubbles tend to blow up spectacularly inside the country.

Iron ore price: Only question now is how rapid the fall

Beijing clampdown on Chinese commodity markets where six out of ten of the world's most active derivates are now traded doesn't bode well for iron ore price.

Forget the Saudis, Texas will win the oil price war

Senate told price needed to start pumping from 6,500 drilled but uncompleted wells in US "much lower than global competitors believe or would like it to be"

Hedge funds aren't wavering on gold price rally

After raising bullish bets again last week, hedge funds have now gone long gold by a whopping 682 tonnes, but some see huge liquidation ahead.

CAT chairman pours cold water on mining rally

"It is not clear at this time that the current prices are either sustainable or sufficient".

X2 said to miss out on Anglo's Brazilian mines

Mick Davis's private equity firm not on shortlist featuring Vale, Mosaic and Eurochem for $1.5 billion phosphate and niobium operations in South America.

Miners spending again: $50 billion capex in five months

Confidence returns to mining sector as announced capital outlays surge to $108 billion – greenfield project spending up three-fold in first quarter.

CAT sales latest sign of mining improvement

World's number one heavy equipment manufacturer arrests sales decline in March.

Uranium market is getting crushed

Uranium price falls to lowest since May 2005 as bearishness overwhelms the sector.

As prices surge, Vale joins iron ore production guidance cuts

Vale says 2016 output will come in at the lower end of expectations, potentially pushing the Brazilian giant to number two in global iron ore rankings.

Iron ore price leaps to 10-month high

Iron ore up 12% for the week to $64 a tonne – coking coal rallies to one-year high.

Rare earth price bulls are back

Shares in world's top miner of high-tech raw materials surge on speculation Beijing is stepping in to support rare earth prices.

Iron ore price: Rollercoaster continues with fresh rally

More than 4% rally on Monday stops price just short of $60 on speculation BHP and Rio output will disappoint.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish on silver

Managed money futures speculators' bullish positioning reaches 9,575 tonnes silver, highest level since at least 2006, when data were first collected.

Last time hedge funds were this bullish gold price was $1,900

Large-scale futures speculators like hedge funds haven't placed this many bullish bets on gold since August 2011.

Gold price hammered after jobless claims fall to 43-year low

Down nearly 2% as rate hikes are put back on the table.

Iron ore price reverses as Rio Tinto predicted

Iron ore price drops as outgoing CEO of world's number two producer tells shareholders rally will fizzle out soon.

Did BHP just call the bottom of the mining cycle?

CEO Andrew Mackenzie said over the weekend "the commodities fall has stopped". Not only that – after recent rallies six are back in bull markets.

Iron ore price at $59.90 as surge extends another day

China imports volumes at record setting pace.

Copper price jumps on record Chinese imports

First quarter concentrate imports are up 34% and refined metal almost 40% compared to 2015.