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.)

This study puts gold price at $1,850 with Trump win

ABN Amro charts gold movements for US presidents going back to Ford in 1974 – bonus: Pres Clinton's will also lift price, just not as much as Pres Trump

Snap Lake diamond mine is for sale

De Beers underground mine in Canada's arctic, shuttered since December, cost $1.7 billion to build and operate and never turned a profit.

BHP's really in no hurry for Jansen potash

Progress at BHP project in Saskatchewan only 14% closer to completion after a year's work.

Metals and mining rally has staying power

Industrial metals are now all trading above their 100-day moving averages and most are no longer in backwardation.

Newmont shares bounce back after results

World's number two gold producer's second quarter results ticks all the boxes as it throws off $486 million in free cash in its second quarter.

BHP's copper output to bounce back

World's top miner expects to produce 1.7 million tonnes in 2017 as output at giant Escondida mine jumps 9%.

Ugly week for iron ore price

Down 6.3% over five trading days.

Shares of Vancouver zinc producer blows up

Trevali stock is up 44% in two weeks as Canadian mine enters commercial production and record output at flagship Peru operation is topped by high-grade find.

Did $78 billion South African gold exports really go missing?

According to a UN report, since 2000 two-thirds of South Africa's gold exports – mostly to India – did not appear on its trade partners' books.

Australia slashes iron ore price forecast 20%

Dept of Industry says loss-making mines are staying open for longer than expected aggravating oversupply.

Gold price takes US jobs in stride to 2-year high

Gold falls after much stronger than expected payroll number in the US, but quickly recovers to trade back within shouting distance of two-year high.

Alrosa gets own security force

Diamond giant will save Russian state millions each year when it takes over security duties at remote mines.

2016 already best year ever for world's largest gold ETF

CHART: $18 billion year to date rise in assets under management highest since physically-backed fund's inception in 2004.

AngloGold investing $400 million in Guinea

World's number three producer owns the 300,000 ounce per year Siguiri mine in the west African country.

Cautiously optimistic about nickel price

Nickel's jumped back above $9,000 and the outlook is for steady price increases through 2019 despite possible lifting of Indonesian export ban – report.

Morgan Stanley: Iron ore will drop to $35 by fall

Iron ore advanced to a 5-week high of $53.40 on Tuesday, but analysts see steep decline in the final quarter of 2016.

Brexit double whammy great for these gold miners

Moody's says AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields will start spewing cash as gold price rise and currency falls combine – for Anglogold it's an extra $20m a month.

Dominion shares tank as fire shuts Ekati plant

Dominion Diamond still assessing damage from small fire that halted processing operations at its Canadian diamond mine last week.

Hedge funds held record bullish gold price bets before Brexit

Large scale speculators in gold futures pushed long positions to 800 tonnes last week, surpassing the previous record of August 2011 when gold hit $1,900.

Copper stocks deep into red as gold miners surge

Gold's nearly $100 jump early on and copper's 4.5% meltdown split mining investors' Brexit fortunes.

Molybdenum price is on a tear

Up 43% this year as Chinese imports double.

China's nuclear war on coal

Beijing's already cut coal miners working hours by 16% and plans to eliminate 500 million tonnes of coal capacity within just 3–5 years.

The world's 50 most valuable mining companies

Combined these mining and metal giants are worth $700 billion with operations in every corner of the world.

Samarco said to be in restructure talks

30 million tonnes per year iron ore mine owned by BHP and Vale idle since November.

Gold price: Hedge funds bullish bets highest since 2011

Last week large scale gold futures speculators pushed bullish bets to just under 750 tonnes, the highest since gold peaked at $1,900 an ounce August 2011.