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.)

World Bank's a gold price bear

Gold price to drop 8% in 2017 according to bank's January Commodities Outlook, but industrial metals face much better prospects.

Gold price: Physical demand from India, China craters

Study shows global surplus of gold jumped to highest since 2005 at the end of last year while worldwide jewellery fabrication is back at 1988 levels.

The world's 10 largest copper mining projects

INTERACTIVE MAP: Together reserves at the global top 10 copper mining projects are worth more than $360 billion.

Freeport shares plunge on Grasberg troubles

World's largest listed copper miner said Indonesian export ban will force it to slash spending and operate its giant Grasberg operations at 40% capacity.

BHP iron ore output breaks records

But the world's number one miner cuts full-year copper production guidance.

Copper price jumps to highest since June 2015

Strike threat at BHP's Escondida in Chile, the world's largest copper mine, lifts price to 19-month high.

India's minuscule gold mining industry

Domestic gold production could double in 2017 – to 100,000 ounces.

You can trust official Chinese GDP growth numbers – for now

But at 6.8% in the fourth quarter China's economy "is now expanding faster than is sustainable" says new report.

Trump jitters send gold price to two-month high

Safe haven buying as uncertainty about economic and geopolitical impact of Trump administration mounts.

US demand growth to push copper market into deficit

State forecaster of Chile, responsible for 28% of global copper output, sees US demand bouncing back helping to create supply shortage this year and next.

Coking coal price still falling

Met coal prices are already down 23% in 2017 as US producers plan to add 9m tonnes to export market.

Palladium price surges to 22-month high

Years of underinvestment in top producer South Africa affecting supply.

Curb your copper price enthusiasm – report

"The run-up in base metal prices, particularly after the US Presidential election, may be getting ahead of fundamentals."

Vancouver junior inks $1 billion a year potash deal

Encanto closes deal to supply minimum 5m tonnes of potash per year to Indian farmers for the next 20 years.

Copper price is getting crushed

Losses come despite huge drop in the dollar and consensus forecasts point to further declines in 2017.

DRC drops opposition to Lundin copper deal

State-owned Gecamines clears final hurdle for Freeport and Lundin's blockbuster sale of one of Africa's largest copper mines.

Goldcorp shares lifted by 2017 guidance

World number four miner announces ambitious production, reserves and cost-cutting targets.

Three reasons for coming gold price correction

Capital Economics sees gold back at $1,050 an ounce by end of the year.

Iron ore price surges to highest since Sep 2014

Up 4% on Monday.

Gold price: Hedge funds bullish bets jump 57%

Change of sentiment among large-scale gold price futures speculators following eight straight weeks of increasing bearishness.

Gold price: Top ETF breaks record losing streak

Investors in the world's largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund – GLD – jump back in after 43 days of outflows.

Iron ore price: China imports top 1 billion tonnes for first time

Iron ore price holds above $80 a tonne, doubling in value in a year as Chinese cargo volumes jump.

Copper price jumps as China imports hit all-time high

Concentrate imports for the full year up 28% to 17 million tonnes.

This simple chart shows gold price remains firmly in bear grip

Gold bulls tried and failed on numerous occasions to break downtrend in place since 2011.

Gold price can't hold onto $1,200

January effect seen fading.