Frik Els

Frik is editor and writer for MINING.com. 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, Investment.com, Driving.ca, 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.)

Gold price correction brings renewed selling of mining stocks

August has been brutal for top gold miners with fresh selling hitting the sector on Tuesday as gold dips to June lows – Barrick's now down 20% for the month.

Mongolia wants Rio to speed up Oyu Tolgoi expansion

Once the underground expansion is completed Ouy Tolgoi would become one of the three largest copper mines in the world.

BHP whistleblower paid $3.7 million

The first time the SEC has paid an Australian whistleblower in a corruption case.

World's largest gold mine could come under threat

Brutal regime earns $3.5bn/year from Muruntau and septuagenarian Uzbek dictator's hospitalization raises fears of power vacuum, influx of radical Islam.

Higher gold price will add 10m annual ounces by 2020

The world is far from reaching peak gold – miners are making the most of a rising gold price to bring giant projects on stream before the end of the decade.

Samarco restart still a year away

World's largest iron ore pellet operation has been shut since November.

Mining has nothing to fear from Fed rate hikes

Study shows commodities have been the best performing asset class during Fed rating hike cycles since 1983 with average returns for industrial metals 44%

Marathon shares spike on Newfoundland gold recoveries

Positive metallurgy tests at Toronto junior's Valentine project in eastern Canada brings stock's gains this year to 400%.

More Peñasquito problems for Goldcorp

Report claims contamination of groundwater at Vancouver gold miner's flagship mine in Mexico may be more serious than previously thought.

Gold price drop triggers mining stocks bloodbath

Broad-based selloff of gold mining stocks intensifies in afternoon trade – Barrick drops 9.6% and loses status as most valuable gold miner.

Venezuela ordered to pay Vancouver miner $1.6 billion

Shares in Rusoro Mining soars 122% after international arbitration tribunal awards damages over late president Chavez's seizure of its gold mines in 2011.

Too much copper drops price to six-week low

Few disruptions could dump additional 230,000 tonnes onto already oversupplied market this year.

Vale closer to $9 billion Chinese streaming deal – report

Impact on iron ore price uncertain as China's sovereign wealth fund leads investor group to secure portion of Brazilian giant's output for the next 30 years.

Copper price is going nowhere

New report says base metal prices have bottomed, but there's hardly any upside – and that includes the zinc price.

CHART: China must import more ore

China's domestic iron ore, copper, nickel, zinc, lead and bauxite mining output is slowing dramatically.

Four China charts to turn you into a mining bull

And one that's ultra-bearish.

Chinese ban may breathe new life into zinc price rally

Beijing cuts off power to 26 mines in key Chinese zinc, lead production region.

Major tailings dam burst reported in China

Villagers evacuated before tailings dam burst at aluminum refinery in Henan province destroyed nearby town.

Hedge funds up bullish platinum, palladium bets near record

Large scale futures speculators and PGM investors in physically-backed exchange traded funds are taking wildly different views of the outlook for the metals.

Anglo's top shareholder could reduce it to diamond-only miner

South Africa's state pension fund is pushing Anglo to spin off all its assets in the country, including the miner's coveted platinum mines.

RBC adds $200 to its gold price forecast

Bank's even more bullish about gold mining stocks saying: "The next gold bull market is under way, and any weakness is viewed as a buying opportunity”

Draft bill says list in Harare if you want to mine in Zimbabwe

None of the foreign-owned platinum miners operating in the world's number three producer of the precious metal is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

$60 iron ore price see Australia, Brazil lose market share

Report shows higher ore prices have encouraged the likes of Iran, Russia and Mongolia to increase shipments to China at faster pace than dominant players.

Historic Cornwall tin mine could re-open in 2018

Vancouver junior will start environmental work in September at South Crofty mine in south-west England where mining dates back to the Bronze age.

This chart shows how tough mining conditions still are

Glencore's will continue to curtail production in zinc, copper and other metals – it's clear why.