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.)

Trump trade war blows up big week for mining majors

A week choc-a-bloc with billion dollar copper, iron ore and cobalt deals ends with huge drop in prices and sell-off in stocks of mining's biggest names.

Iron ore price: BHP adds high-grade, lump ore for just $42 a tonne

BHP building $3.4B mine amid surging lump premiums, high-grade fines prices up 30% in a year, is latest indicator iron ore is once again a mining cash cow.

Iron ore price: Chinese imports rebound

But port stocks hit new record.

Copper price: Chinese concentrate imports hit 18-year high

As scrap ban bites Chinese traders up May cargoes 37% year on year.

Russia's Polyus big step closer to building world's largest new gold mine

Moscow company's update on Sukhoi Log project envisages annual production of 1.6 million ounces for 35 years at less than $500 per ounce.

Copper price rallies to highest since January 2014

Labour negotiations in the copper mining industry still left to resolve - including Escondida - represent about 2.6 million tonnes out of global copper supply.

Gold price: Investors are pouring $1 billion per month into ETFs

Net inflows into gold-backed exchange traded funds rose again in May, lifting value of private bullion to $103 billion, highest since 2013.

Solgold shares jump on Ecuador drilling

Up 8% at the open after intersects add more bulk to already massive Cascabel copper-gold project in north of South American country.

Copper price soars to 3-month high

Up nearly 4% after union at world's only 1 million tonne copper mine demands owner BHP makes biggest bonus payout ever to Chilean mineworkers.

Cobalt thrifting in EV batteries won’t dent price any time soon

Even best-case, mass early roll-out of new cobalt-light batteries won’t solve cobalt supply issues says new report.

Cobalt price: Congo production surges

Top supplier of battery raw material ups output 34% year on year.

Nickel price is soaring

Up 75% in a year battery producers stock up on high grade exchange-held metal in anticipation of electric vehicle boom.

Shares in lithium giant fall on disappointing auction

Chilean lithium producer SQM shares punished after $1 billion of shares auctioned below ruling price.

FLUID OUNCES: Gold vs beer price since 1950

99 bottles of beer on the wall...

Biggest electric vehicle battery IPO valuation cut in half

Time to curb your enthusiasm about the electric vehicle boom and surging demand, prices for lithium, cobalt, nickel, rare earth and graphite?

Hedge funds have never been this bearish on platinum price

Large scale speculators in platinum futures go shortest ever as Europe industrial policy chief says "diesel cars are finished".

Pebble developer craters after copper giant pulls out

Northern Dynasty stock drops 32% after pact with First Quantum to build giant Alaska copper-gold mine collapses.

Lithium price: Massive supply response gets underway

SQM, world no 3 lithium miner, plans to nearly quadruple capacity in fewer than three years – to the equivalent of 84% of global output last year.

Report: Mining needs $100–$150 billion to meet EV demand

McKinsey asks if the availability and rising prices of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel will constrain greater electric vehicle penetration.

It’s not about scoring the big win, it’s about not backing losers

MINING.com discusses the state of private equity investment in mining with Michael Scherb founder of Appian Capital.

Shares of Colorado mining junior rocket on US critical minerals list

Niocorp's $1 billion Nebraska scandium-niobium-titanium project would reduce US dependence on Russia and China for superalloys used in defence industry.

Cobalt price: Congo ebola outbreak compounds acute supply fears

WHO: Risk of international spread of deadly disease from Congo, responsible for 66% of global supply of critical battery raw material, is "very high".

China's Chilean entry raises doubts about lithium price outlook

SQM shares plunge after Tanqi Lithium acquisition seems to indicate cooling fervour for lithium assets.

Lead price comes roaring back

"Lead from a raw materials side is probably the tightest commodity market out there."

Gold price crashes through $1,300 – worst fall in 17 months

Bullion brought down by US bond yields at seven year high and a bounce back for the dollar.