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.)

Copper price plunges to 8-week low

"Keep an eye on what we call China’s old economy – the property market, the infrastructure segment. That’s where we expect a slowdown sometime this year.”

For Barrick Gold the Pascua-Lama hits keep coming

$429 million impairment on the stalled project after Chile environment agency ordered final closure.

Gold price: 9 straight years of record annual mine production

New report shows world's mines produced all-time peak of 105 million troy ounces of gold in 2017 despite 9% drop in output in top producer China.

Monday massacre: Gold price rises as stocks crater

Gold, copper prices gain as US blue chip index suffers worst points drop in history.

Private capital favours investing in copper over gold for first time

New report shows private equity investment in mining jumped to $2.3 billion last year, with the bulk going into copper and battery metals.

Gold price set for wild ride in 2018 say 34 bullion analysts

Bankers, brokers, refiners and researchers in the London Bullion Market Association's 2018 survey sees gold as high as $1,510 and as low as $1,120 an ounce.

Goldman all but says the mining supercycle is back

“The environment for investing in commodities is the best since 2004-2008” – Goldman Sachs

Congo just gave the cobalt price another big boost

DRC stuns miners with immediate lifting of 10-year exemption for licensees, 50% tax on 'super-profits' and code permitting 5-fold increase in cobalt royalty.

Congo shocker fells Ivanhoe Mines stock

Vancouver-based company headed by billionaire mining financier Robert Friedland loses 11% of its value after DRC stuns with new mining code.

Bidders for $500m Canada streaming deal as cobalt price surges–report

Reuters reports Vale has hired bankers to put together world's first ever cobalt streaming deal worth up to $500 million at its Voisey's Bay mine in Canada.

Shares in Vancouver vanadium junior tank after securities probe

Regulator in British Columbia wants clarification on Vanadiumcorp's economic assessment of its flagship Lac Doré project in Quebec.

CHART: Hedge funds have never been this bullish about the oil price

Large scale speculators in West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil futures have built up bullish positions equivalent to a staggering 1 billion barrels.

Anglo's Brazil iron ore expansion a go

Anglo American's Minas Rio iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state has nameplate capacity of 26.5m tonnes per year.

Davos team propels gold price to 18-month high, Trump shoots it down

Conflicting comments about the US dollar.

Zinc price will vault $4,000 within months – report

Global zinc stocks falling to "critically low levels" by second half of 2018, propelling prices above $4,000 a tonne predicts Wood Mackenzie in new research.

Vancouver junior surges 60% after Africa cobalt deal

Newly renamed M2 Cobalt snags seven licences in Uganda covering 1,500 square kilometres as investors bet cobalt price rally will continue.

Gold price: ETF holdings jump to near 5-year high

Hedge funds have also been building exposure to gold, doubling bullish bets on futures markets to 20m ounces in just three weeks.

Pretium shares tank after Brucejack ramp up disappoints

Vancouver producer announces lower gold production, recoveries at its only mine six months into ramp-up – stock is down 26%.

Barrick just makes 2017 production guidance

Only the Nevada operations of the Toronto-based gold mining giant increased output in 2017.

Zinc price hits fresh decade high

“From the macro point of view, this is not an environment where you’d want to be shorting metals.”

Skeena shares take off on BC Golden Triangle drilling

Past-producing Snip mine delivers again for Vancouver junior six months after acquiring property from Barrick Gold.

CHARTS: Big mining's surge in value shames tech giants

The mining cycle turned two years ago – gains for the sector's largest companies have far outpaced stocks like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook since.

Cobalt price bulls' worst fears may just have been confirmed

Breakthrough discovery backed by the US government replaces cobalt with iron in lithium-ion batteries – enabling much cheaper, longer lasting batteries.

Copper price jumps after China cuts scrap imports by 94%

Beijing's clampdown on heavy industry continues to have positive impacts for miners outside the country.

Goldman has more good news for copper, zinc price

Chinese supply-side reforms, environmental cuts translate into higher prices and less Chinese production, "both of which benefit ex-China producers."