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,,, 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.)

Iron ore price tops $100 a tonne for the first time in 5 years

Increasing supply worries after Vale warns of another dam burst.

Tesla is turning rivals into roadkill – even in China

Based on March electric car registrations in over 80 countries Tesla deployed more battery power than its four largest rivals combined.

BHP says Jansen potash mine 'remains attractive option'

Top global miner tells investors it can mine potash for only $100 a tonne at $7 billion Saskatchewan fertilizer project.

Copper, nickel, zinc prices sink on China car sales, trade war

Near 17% decline in Chinese car sales in April – the 11th monthly drop in a row – compounds impact of Washington-Beijing trade salvoes.

US-China trade war isn’t buckling copper price – yet

But tin, nickel miners and aluminum manufacturers should worry more.

Lithium price: Battery capacity of electric cars doubles from last year

Lithium prices remain under pressure despite new report showing record 9.8GWh of battery capacity was deployed globally in March.

CIBC is first quarter’s top mining dealmaker

The Canadian bank advises on deals worth $18.7B as fewer, bigger deals lift mining M&A 6.3% in Q1.

Lithium use in electric cars sold around the world surges 76%

Shifting battery chemistries sees lithium deployment outpace global electric car sales volume growth – report.

These charts are a big reality check for gold mining stock bulls

Top gold miners have destroyed $129 billion in value since 2011 peak.

Copper price jumps to 9-month high on red-hot China data

Measure of industrial output surges to five-year high in March.

Global gold production to hit fresh record in 2019

New report "debunks commentary calling for peak gold."

Chinese refineries can't get enough copper concentrate

At the current rate China is forecast to import a record 22.4 million tonnes of copper ore and concentrate this year.

Cobalt, uranium and silver prices expected to rally in 2019

But the iron ore price surge won't last says new survey of commodity analysts.

$6 billion private capital ready to invest in mining

Fundraising by unlisted funds for investment in natural resource reached a record $93 billion last year.

Chinese electric vehicle makers are gorging on nickel

New report shows in January 2019, the Chinese market saw 253% more nickel deployed in passenger EV batteries compared to a year ago.

77-year chart shows upswing in gold mining stocks have hardly begun

Every bull market in gold equities going back to 1942 ended in a parabolic spike lasting nine months on average, resulting in prices doubling at a minimum.

Zinc price builds on 2019 rally as stocks reach just 2 days consumption

Inventories are down 55% this year and are on course to reach levels last seen in 1990.

Russia ban, Fiat Chrysler drive palladium price to new record high

The precious metal is up nearly 90% since August.

Alrosa's Mir mine won't reopen before 2030

Russian diamond giant says decision to restore underground mine will be made before 2024, but construction could take up to eight years.

Copper price: Chinese concentrate imports hit monthly record

Smelter expansions have increased demand and competition for copper concentrate in China with imports nearing 2m tonnes in February.

McEwen Mining halts payout over "much lower revenue" this quarter

The Toronto-based gold miner cites operational issues at Black Fox in Ontario, startup delays at Gold Bar in Nevada for shareholder distribution suspension.

Canadian juniors shifting focus to Africa, away from South America

Spending destined for South America drops by $600m, while share of funds raised for exploration projects in Africa doubles.

Platinum price: S. Africa output jump will push oversupply to 6-year high

Even though demand for the precious metal is growing for first time since 2015.

Never a bad day at the office for Anglo American execs

The diversified miner's CEO Mark Cutifani earned $72,000 per day last year.

Equity markets sour on junior mining sector – report

Global financing earmarked specifically for exploration more than halved last year and now represents less than a quarter of the 2012 peak.