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.)

Without China global mining would be smaller than in 2000

TABLE: China's copper demand grew 11-fold in 15 years – the rest of the world shrunk. Sans China, the nickel market would've barely broken a million tonnes.

Chinese tax breaks do nothing for palladium price

Down $110 in December.

Gold price drops again as ETF investors, hedge funds flee

CHARTS: Negative sentiment is swamping retail and institutional investors.

Venezuela misses payout to Spokane gold junior

Gold Reserve says initial $300m payment from Venezuela government under $770m copper-gold project seizure settlement "expected in the next few days."

Little upside for gold price in 2017

BMO Capital Markets downgrades its 2017 outlook for the gold price.

Copper price correction in full swing

Profit-takers push copper price down more than 3%.

Big drop in South Africa platinum output

The African nation produces some 70% of the globe's platinum.

Copper price jump: China concentrate imports hit record

Copper price up 37% from January's six-year low as Chinese concentrate and ore imports surge.

Coking coal price savaged – biggest drop in 17 months

Just as quarterly benchmark negotiations between miners and Japanese steel mills kick off, the coking coal price comes off the boil.

Copper price boost as Chinese imports rebound

November cargoes up 31% to 380,000 tonnes in November compared to previous month.

Huge jump in Chinese iron ore, coal imports

At 92 million tonnes November iron ore imports were the third highest on record, while China's coal imports doubled during the month from a year ago.

Iron ore price surges to 27-month high

"Iron ore is weird because the inventories are very high in China and it's got to be pure spec flows."

Nevsun off to the races after eye-popping Serbia assays

Drilling results from Vancouver-based company's super high-grade Timok copper-gold project lifts market value to within sight of US$1 billion.

Win for Barrick's giant South America gold project

Top gold producer's plans to revive giant Pascua Lama gold-silver-copper project on course after Chile rejects community attempts to block revisions.

World's top single mine iron ore firm needs 500–600 workers

Pilbara's Roy Hill is ramping up to 55m tonnes per year capacity.

Palladium price rally may be overdone

Ample above ground stocks, rising mine supply could dampen prospects for 2016 best performing precious metal.

Trump's impact on metals and mining in one chart

Interactive: Donald Trump's victory has created winners and (huge) losers for the mining industry.

Big mining's age of austerity far from over

But asset sales will slow says new report.

Can North Korea save the coking coal price rally?

Met coal's stunning run is reversing as consensus forecasts point to $125 drop by year-end, but new UN sanctions could cost China its number two supplier.

Giant Australian coal mine near Reef one step closer

Indian conglomerate's $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland clears "final major State and Federal Government approval".

Copper price: Warnings over US trade with China, Mexico

Moody's says base-metals will come under pressure in 2017 – and that includes the zinc price.

Hedge funds make $5 billion bet on rising copper price

Large scale speculators in copper futures lift bullish positioning to unprecedented 2 billion pounds.

Italy's resounding no lifts gold price

Gold price up 1% with with eurozone in turmoil and Italian prime minister stepping down.

CHARTS: Death of the coking coal contract

Coking coal prices retreated on Friday, but only slightly, holding above $300 a tonne after two months of insane gains.

Lundin shares bounce on payout, guidance

Following $1.1 billion Congo mine sale Toronto-based copper-zinc miner announces inaugural dividend and strong operational forecast.