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, Investment.com, Driving.ca, 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.)

Southern Copper to splash $2.5 billion on Peru project

Winning bidder for Michiquillay project says production will start in 2025 to become one of the largest mines in the world's number two producing country.

Gold price drops most since December 2016

Financial market volatility spreads to gold.

Southern Copper wins auction for massive Peru copper project

Rio Tinto, Teck Resources, Hudbay were among copper miners interested in $2 billion Michiquillay project in Peru.

Undersea mining's bizarre origins – a CIA cold war plot

BBC report details 1974 CIA operation to salvage Soviet submarine carrying nuclear missiles under guise of a Howard Hughes-financed seabed manganese mine.

Mining M&A jumps to 4-year high – expect more in 2018

New report says "deals in lithium, copper and cobalt are expected to feature high on the agenda of management teams across the industry."

Rio Tinto’s Mongolian copper worries mount

Ulaanbaatar orders Rio Tinto to build domestic power plant for $5.3 billion expansion of Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine.

Copper, iron ore price jump sparks rally in mining stocks

Top listed copper producer Freeport jumped 7.4% and with Vale – up 6% – was among the NYSE's top 10 most actively traded stocks.

US inflation surprise lights fire under gold price

Gold price surges in best trading day since Brexit mid-2016 as world's largest hedge fund pours money into gold-backed ETFs.

BMW mining deals imminent as cobalt price powers on – report

"The aim is to secure the supply all the way down to the level of the mine, for 10 years."

Gold price: Value of ETF bullion tops $100 billion for first time in 5 years

New report shows money continues to pour into gold-backed exchange traded funds with North American investors responsible for 75% of January inflows.

Copper steadies, iron ore price climbs on blockbuster Chinese imports

Chinese traders chase copper concentrate and iron ore cargoes lifting January import volumes 25% and 19% over already record-breaking 2017.

Copper price plunges to 8-week low

"Keep an eye on what we call China’s old economy – the property market, the infrastructure segment. That’s where we expect a slowdown sometime this year.”

For Barrick Gold the Pascua-Lama hits keep coming

$429 million impairment on the stalled project after Chile environment agency ordered final closure.

Gold price: 9 straight years of record annual mine production

New report shows world's mines produced all-time peak of 105 million troy ounces of gold in 2017 despite 9% drop in output in top producer China.

Monday massacre: Gold price rises as stocks crater

Gold, copper prices gain as US blue chip index suffers worst points drop in history.

Private capital favours investing in copper over gold for first time

New report shows private equity investment in mining jumped to $2.3 billion last year, with the bulk going into copper and battery metals.

Gold price set for wild ride in 2018 say 34 bullion analysts

Bankers, brokers, refiners and researchers in the London Bullion Market Association's 2018 survey sees gold as high as $1,510 and as low as $1,120 an ounce.

Goldman all but says the mining supercycle is back

“The environment for investing in commodities is the best since 2004-2008” – Goldman Sachs

Congo just gave the cobalt price another big boost

DRC stuns miners with immediate lifting of 10-year exemption for licensees, 50% tax on 'super-profits' and code permitting 5-fold increase in cobalt royalty.

Congo shocker fells Ivanhoe Mines stock

Vancouver-based company headed by billionaire mining financier Robert Friedland loses 11% of its value after DRC stuns with new mining code.

Bidders for $500m Canada streaming deal as cobalt price surges–report

Reuters reports Vale has hired bankers to put together world's first ever cobalt streaming deal worth up to $500 million at its Voisey's Bay mine in Canada.

Shares in Vancouver vanadium junior tank after securities probe

Regulator in British Columbia wants clarification on Vanadiumcorp's economic assessment of its flagship Lac Doré project in Quebec.

CHART: Hedge funds have never been this bullish about the oil price

Large scale speculators in West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil futures have built up bullish positions equivalent to a staggering 1 billion barrels.

Anglo's Brazil iron ore expansion a go

Anglo American's Minas Rio iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state has nameplate capacity of 26.5m tonnes per year.

Davos team propels gold price to 18-month high, Trump shoots it down

Conflicting comments about the US dollar.