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,,, 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.)

Private capital rotating into mining and metals

Private capital funds raised $2.1 billion for mining and metals investment in 2016 – this year 13 funds are targeting $10 billion says new study.

Gold price makes stab at $1,200

Gold futures up again as US dollar retreats over Trump stimulus uncertainty.

World Bank on a Trump economy and commodities

World Bank's 2017 outlook says US impact on commodity markets diminished, but it's still number 1 for oil and number 2 in copper, aluminum and lead.

Iron ore, copper prices jump on upbeat economic forecasts

Iron ore back above $80 a tonne while copper price spikes 4%.

Coking coal price crashes through $200

Coking coal takes 6% tumble on Tuesday for a $120 a tonne decline over just six weeks.

Hedge funds aren't buying into gold price rally

Gold price jumps 1% to five-week high even as large scale derivatives speculators continue to slash bullish positions – down 88% or 25moz in seven months.

Vancouver junior surges after Goldcorp injection

Auryn Resources will use the C$41 million for 55,000m of exploration drilling across six gold-copper-silver projects in Canada and Peru this year.

US jobs data hobbles gold price but bulls unwavered

VIDEO: Survey shows gold traders most bullish in a year.

CHART: Coking coal price correction turns into rout

$200 a tonne is in sight.

INTERACTIVE: Mining emerges from slump

With only a couple of exceptions, metal and mineral prices rallied in 2016 – see at a glance how far the industry has come.

Gold price rally gains momentum

Gold price jumps by most since September hitting one month high.

Gold price: ETF investors start 2017 with massive offload

Since Trump's victory investors in top physically-backed gold exchange traded fund GLD have dumped 136 tonnes, liquidating another 8 tonnes on Tuesday.

CHARTS: Gold price 'increasingly ripe for a bounce'

Hedge funds covering short positions prompt spike in gold price to three-week high on first full trading day of 2017.

China to become net importer of some rare earths

New study says after lengthy and painful adjustment, rare earth industry will return to growth led by global government initiatives around green energy.

SLIDESHOW: Mining on the mend – 2016 year in review

The global mining industry rebounded from multi-year lows in 2016 –'s most popular posts of the year tell the story.

CHART: Gold mining stocks breakout 2016

Shares in the world's top gold miners outperformed the gold price by a huge margin – number one Barrick Gold surged by 116% in 2016.

Gold price breaks 3-year losing streak

But measured against US stocks, gold is now the cheapest since October 2007.

Coking coal price ends 2016 with sharp drop

Down more than 5% as market for steelmaking raw material corrects after dizzying year.

Gold mining stocks in huge rally

With brighter outlook for gold price, investors pile back into sector – Barrick surges to seven-week high in heavy volume.

Gold price jumps most since Trump election

Up nearly 2% as hedge funds scramble for metal after doubling bearish bets on gold since November 8.

CHART: Trump devastates top gold mining stocks

Despite a mini-rally on Friday, the world's top 12 gold producers have lost a combined $19 billion in value since November 8.

Iron ore price hits three-week low

But forward curve currently pricing 2017 at around $70 per tonne – around 25% higher than 2016’s year to date average.

Global executives renewed optimism about Chinese economy

A new survey shows those heading some of the world's largest corporations are increasingly sanguine about China hitting growth targets.

CHART: China's economy growing fastest since 2013

Turnaround in GDP expansion in world's top commodity consumer over the past few months "almost as sharp as in 2009" says new study.

Gold price: The great year-end ETF liquidation sale

Heavy selling of gold ETFs is creating its own momentum – many investors are under water after buying 160 tonnes in GLD this year at prices above today's