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, Investment.com, Driving.ca, 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.)

Rocketing vanadium price primed for 'Elon Musk moment'

"To build a gigafactory of vanadium flow batteries, companies will need to own a mine or lease the fully recyclable vanadium" – Simon Moores.

Nevada Copper building first US copper mine in a decade

Pumpkin Hollow goes into production next year, but the underground mine is only the first phase of a planned Nevada copper operation four times the size.

Mining exploration spending in Australia jumps to 5-year high

Drilling at new projects up 57% as spending on gold exploration reaches 21-year high.

Lithium price plunge claims first victim

Namibia's Desert Lion Energy ceases all operations as Chinese lithium prices plummet to three-year lows – down by half since the start of 2018.

Copper price takes another beating

Chinese manufacturing gauge drops to 14-month low.

Nevada Copper shares jump on construction decision

Toronto-listed company's board okays construction of Pumpkin Hollow underground mine.

Canadian cobalt company says thieves stole 76 tonne hoard

Cobalt 27 stockpile worth $5 million stolen from Rotterdam warehouse.

Reduced cobalt electric car batteries delayed amid price fall

"Poorer life cycle, reduced safety and misrepresented relative cost savings are all major concerns for electric vehicle producers."

Copper price: Ford recall puts EV charging infrastructure in spotlight

Carmaker recalls more than 50,000 electric vehicle chargers in North America, where aluminum often substitutes for domestic copper wiring, over fires.

The gold price and the big short

Speculators in gold price futures are short 670 tonnes – the biggest bearish position in 25 years.

Lithium price: Chile giant’s scorched earth strategy

Playbook follows success in the iodine market

Mining and metals markets crater as copper price enters bear market

Investors found no solace in traditional safe haven gold with the precious metal setting a one-and-a-half year low.

Copper price: BHP averts strike at Escondida

After a near 5% drop on Wednesday, news that a strike had been averted at the world's largest copper mine put a cap on hopes of a recovery for the bellwether metal.

Copper price falls as China investment grows at slowest pace on record

Called off strike at world's largest copper mine adds to pressure on copper price now down nearly 20% in little over two months.

Barrick shares bounce on final permits for giant Alaska gold mine

Rough day for world's top gold mining company ends on high note.

CHARTS: Warning for bears as gold price drops through $1,200

Hedge funds' bearish bets hit new record amid historically low gold price volatility as new report warns of "complacency" and "trend projection".

Stellar rhodium price rally could be coming to an end

Price for scarce precious metal rhodium is up 270% in two years.

No love for KAZ mega copper project

Shares down by a third after London-listed miner pays $900m for Russian copper project that will take another $5.5 billion to build.

Copper price: BHP plans for Escondida strike

BHP said final wage offer rejected on Thursday was "best collective labor contract at a private mine in the country."

Gold price at 18-month low as US investors sour on bullion ETFs

Investment outflows in the US drive global gold demand to lowest since 2009 as strong economy provides "little incentive to buy gold".

Falling Chinese electric car production wrenches lithium price

The world’s automakers “don’t worry about lithium supply anymore” – Simon Moores.

Copper price bears shrug $280B China stimulus package

And Chuquicamata stoppage, looming Escondida strike.

Anglo American approves $5 billion copper project in Peru

30-year reserve life.

Copper price plunges to 1-year low

Metal market mayhem with $13 billion worth of copper futures offloaded by lunchtime.

Tesla to open Shanghai plant with capacity of 500,000 cars a year

Chinese electric vehicle ecosystem continues to expand.