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.)

Russia fears light fire under nickel price

Price surges nearly 5% to three-year high over worries that top producer Norilsk could befall the same fate as aluminum giant Rusal.

This is the only chart lithium price bears need see

When it comes to new lithium mine supply how soon is now?

BHP beats Tesla, BMW among top holdings in new electric vehicle ETF

New investors are being pulled into the mining industry as demand and prices for battery materials like lithium and cobalt spike.

Chinese investors key as cobalt price hits month low

Cobalt27 CEO lines up Chinese automaker deals, ponders HK listing: “There is a lot of interest and it is natural because it is where all this will happen”.

Copper, iron ore prices gain on robust Chinese imports

China's copper imports bounce back in the first quarter and is now up more than 7% year-on-year and iron ore shipments remain on pace for another record.

Shares in lithium developer pop on $150m streaming deal

Nemaska Lithium agreement with private equity giant Orion Mine Finance comes a week after $100B Japanese technology fund bought a stake in Quebec-based firm.

Last hurrah for the zinc price

The price of zinc fell to a four month low on Thursday – there's much more pain to come says new report.

Pretium shares rocket 19%

Production ramp up at high-grade Brucejack mine in BC back on track.

Gold price surges on Middle East, Russia tensions

But rally didn't last long.

Private capital flowing into mining on track for record year

The second largest ever private equity fund focused on mining closed in the first quarter – 13 funds aim to raise a further $4.9 billion in 2018.

World's largest ever tech fund enters lithium race

Softbank $100 billion fund buys into Canadian lithium miner in first deal of its kind as race to secure electric vehicle battery raw materials heats up.

Gold miners sustaining costs up 22% since the gold price bottomed

Trend is likely to continue says new gold mining industry study.

Copper price bears are out as first surplus in six years predicted

Also adding to negative outlook – soaring global warehouse stocks, hedge funds bearish positions at 17-month high and subdued Chinese demand.

CHARTS: Mining rally running out of steam as copper price weighs

Cobalt, nickel still on the boil, but gloomier outlook reflected in copper price and fall in market value of top mining companies during first quarter.

Of all things molybdenum could crash cobalt, nickel price party

New lab discovery uses molybdenum to solve problems of lithium sulphur batteries, doing away with nickel and cobalt for cheaper, lighter, safer technology.

Copper price: 120% premium for Brazil junior another bullish sign

Oz Minerals offers top dollar for Avanco which boasts top private equity players and Glencore as major shareholders.

Congo set to overtake US as world no 4 copper producer

DRC's resolve to overhaul mining code shouldn't have surprised the industry – Kinshasa's become too important to global supply for companies to pull sticks.

Cobalt price: Automakers 'waking up too late' as China takes control

Glencore CEO flags China-Congo-cobalt nexus, responsible for 80% of global cobalt chemical production, a crucial ingredient of electric vehicle batteries.

Gold price calm to shatter as geopolitical crisis index hits 15-year high

Geopolitical turmoil not piercing bullion markets yet – gold in tightest weekly trading range in percentage terms since 2012; in dollar terms since 2007.

New study rips into cobalt, lithium price bulls

"Significant surpluses" from next year to decimate prices says second bearish report on electric vehicle battery materials.

These charts show just why copper price fundamentals are so strong

The world's 10 largest copper mines accounted for 25% global output in 2017 – on average these deposits were discovered 95 YEARS ago.

Copper price: Hedge funds slash bullish bets to 16-month low

The last time large-scale copper price futures speculators were this bearish, copper was trading 30% lower than today's price.

$2 billion Congo-Brazzaville iron ore project stalled

London-listed Zanaga Iron Ore Company shares plunge after switching to small-scale early production mine at flagship central Africa project.

Copper, iron ore prices drop as Chinese imports plunge

But the customs data look worse than it is.

Rush for cobalt, lithium as prices stay on the boil

Electric vehicle boom sees number of companies exploring for lithium and cobalt tripling to 188 as budgets balloon according to new report.