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.)

Stunning footage of Australia copper, lead, zinc train derailment

Clean-up starts after devastating floods in Queensland derail 80-wagon train carrying metal concentrates from Glencore's Mount Isa mines.

Newmont fires back at "unqualified" Barrick team's "shocking" record

And Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg has the slides to prove it.

Copper price surges as stocks hit 12-year lows

Copper up 3% as bulls pile into New York copper futures – $9.5 billion worth of metal traded by lunchtime.

First AI mining company goes public

Goldspot extends machine learning beyond exploration – to M&A.

Mining stocks rally as copper price hits 7-month high

BHP, Anglo American touch one-year highs.

Lithium price: Weather takes more tonnes off the market

Orocobre's expected production bump in Argentina won't happen this year.

Gold price jumps to 10-month high

Gold should “break free” in 2019 amid a scarcity of safe havens says SocGen.

Canada lithium mining hopeful takes another big hit

A week after cost blowout sent the stock crashing Quebec lithium mine developer Nemaska is forced to terminate major supply agreement, pay penalties.

These 20 analysts forecast gold price above $1,400 in 2019

Two-thirds of 30 analysts polled by the LBMA see double digit gains for the gold price 2019, but the ride will be bumpy.

Copper price slides despite Chinese imports at record pace

US-China trade spat benefitting copper miners as tariffs on scrap imports boost concentrate shipments 17% to nearly 2m tonnes.

Cost parity by 'early 2020s' will be electric vehicle tipping point

Improving battery technologies will mean that even long-haul trucks could be economically electrified during the second half of the next decade.

Osisko Mining owns the world's best drill intersection of 2019

Windfall gold project in Quebec tops list and Global Atomic Corp's uranium project in Niger comes in second.

Gold price: ETF inflows reach $100m a day

US government shutdown means we don’t know how hedge funds are positioning themselves, but everyone else seems to be piling into gold.

Lithium price: Spodumene is getting crushed

Hard rock lithium concentrate swamping China drops spodumene prices 17% in January with more pain likely.

Copper price rally halted by Chinese factory surprise

Chinese manufacturing shrinks at fastest pace in almost three years.

Goldman says gold price will hit 6-year high in 2019

"Central bank buying alone gets it to $1,425" – Goldman Sachs head of commodity research Jeff Currie.

US govt study sees electric car sales stuck in slow lane

And that's all the way to 2050.

Iron ore prices are flying

Vale production cuts could have "outsized" impact in shorter term with spot prices predicted to return to $100-plus per tonne in summer.

FLASHBACK: Gold price fat finger – 56 tonnes gone in 60 seconds

A centuries-old Asian conglomerate lost $41 billion in market value in seconds Thursday – here's a look back at the gold market's famous 2017 muppet trade.

Gold Fields dismisses AngloGold merger report

Bloomberg speculated two South African firms could combine to create 6 million ounce per year producer as merger fever grips the gold mining industry.

Copper price falls after Chinese economic growth hits 28-year low

Copper back in bear market with price down more than 20% since June peak over fears of the impact of the US-China trade war.

Record $93B private capital flows into natural resources

But only sliver of funds raised destined for mining and metals

BHP, Rio, Vale stock bested Apple, Google, Facebook in 2018

It's been a tough year for mining, but the Big 3 were still a better investment than the FAANGs in 2018.

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

Lithium, potash producers lead miners amid stocks surge

But Newmont Mining prevents perfect performance for S&P 500.