Frik Els

Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years covering a variety of industries for several business and consumer 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, the Salt Lake City Mine Lifecycle Management conference and the Resources Investment Conference in Vancouver 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.)

Gold, silver prices are getting clobbered

Gold suffers its worst trading day of 2017 while silver is down 4.2%.

Human activity creates 208 new mineral species

Study shows mining has sparked "unparalleled inorganic compound diversification" like rabbittite at Lucky Strike, Utah and a handful found on smelter walls

Copper price jumps on Grasberg grind, Escondida escalation

Freeport sees "fundamental shift" at iconic mine as Indonesian spat gets heated and dispute at giant Escondida copper mine in floods-hit Chile turns ugly.

China closing 150 gold mines

Top gold producing country wants to modernize and consolidate its mining industry.

Copper price: Escondida deal beginning to look distant

BHP Billiton and union at world's largest copper mine can't even agree whether talks are happening or not.

Citigroup: Gold price set to top $1,300 this year

VIDEO: Gold's enjoying "positive momentum" says David Wilson, head of metals research at Citigroup.

Hedge funds up bullish gold price bets most since Trump win

Gold builds on 15-week highs as large-scale derivatives speculators bump exposure to a rising gold price by a fifth, the most bullish move since November 1.

10 mines still making good money if the gold price falls 50%

The top 10 ranking of the lowest all-in cost gold mines in the world – former US president Herbert Hoover was once in charge of no. 8 on the list.

Gold, silver prices at 15-week highs as Trump trade unwinds

Precious metals erase nearly all post-election losses – silver price enjoys longest weekly winning streak in more than a decade.

Mining exploration spending drops to 11-year low

Miners and explorers are only spending a third of what they did four years ago – and proportion of greenfield exploration are at record lows.

Glencore sees zinc, nickel, copper price rally continuing

Wall of copper supply never materialized, nickel market recorded first deficit since 2010 and zinc, lead will only get tighter in 2017.

World's deepest mine gets $1 billion injection

Work on AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine in South Africa started in 1981 – a brownfield expansion project will extend the mine's life beyond 2050.

Toyota's new technology a blow for platinum, palladium price

World's top carmaker says first vehicles using new catalyst technology that reduces PGM loads by 20% will leave assembly line later this year.

CHART: Hedge funds diverge on gold, silver price

Large scale precious metals futures speculators push bullish bets on silver to 20-week high while exposure to gold continues to be cut.

Global steel production is surging in 2017

Up 7% year on year across all regions, supporting rally in iron ore and rebound in coking coal prices.

Iron ore price sets fresh 30-month high

Despite new survey showing consensus for a steep correction this year.

Copper price turns higher again – Grasberg gashed

Top listed copper producer Freeport says negotiations with Indonesia going nowhere – will slash production at iconic mine by 60%.

North Korea lights fire under coking coal price

The totalitarian state is the number three supplier to China of the steelmaking raw material.

Uranium price rally comes to screeching halt

Down more than 6% Friday as realities of Japanese reactor restarts make an impact.

CHARTS: The gigantic paper market to price gold

The gold market dwarves turnover on the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 combined, German and UK government bonds and even some of the top currency pairs.

Zinc, lead rally bad news for silver price

Silver is mainly a byproduct of zinc, lead (and copper) mining and capacity coming back on stream could see return of silver's chronic oversupply issues.

World's largest gold project bulked up again

Shares in Seabridge Gold jumps after Toronto company adds 3m ounces gold and 2.1bn pounds copper resources at its KSM project in northern British Columbia.

These 10 companies spend most looking for gold, copper

Majors and juniors swap roles in $7 billion a year mining exploration sector

Coking coal resumes sharp decline

Down 4.7% on Tuesday to five-month low as ultra-cheap Mongolian coal gets trucked into market.

Iron ore price hits 2.5-year high

Chinese import volumes rise to second highest on record in January.