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.)

CHARTS: Hedge funds turn commodity bears at record pace

Large-scale futures speculators sour on commodity sector in a big way – bullish bets on gold price cut by nearly 50%, most since 2015.

Zinc price rally is back on

Zinc ends week up 6.7% – RBC says more price gains ahead.

Gold price builds on Fed gains

Real US rates remain in negative territory boost gold's allure as inflation hedge.

Gold price rebounds after dovish Fed

Dollar, US bond yields slump and inflation picks up.

China bulls kick iron ore price back above $90

Rapid growth for Chinese industrial output and fixed investment push steel to highest since 2014 – iron ore price spikes 4.2%

Chinese data, strikes bring copper price back to boil

China releases scorching industry output growth, fixed investment numbers for January-February. Third attempt to restart talks at giant Chile mine fails.

INTERACTIVE: Top 10 gold mining companies

The 10 largest gold mining companies produce 30% of the world's gold and enjoy some of the sector's fattest margins.

The 20 best mining schools in the world

The rankings are based on data for academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and research impact.

Gold price dips below $1,200

But US payrolls number on Friday could turn out to be bullish if Fed falls behind the curve.

Dieselgate hasn't hurt platinum price

Strong ETF inflows, rising autocatalyst demand despite Volkswagen emission scandal combined with falling mine supply to boost platinum price says new study.

Nickel price is plummeting

Down nearly $800 since Monday as Indonesia ore exports return to market, Philippines rethink mine closures.

Surging China iron ore imports can't stem price decline

Chinese customs data released today show double digit gains for iron ore imports from record breaking 2016, but iron ore price is down 7% in three days.

First orders under $455m potash deal for Vancouver junior

Encanto says will sign deal with existing producer to fulfil contract with state-owned Indian trader for 2m tonnes of potash per year.

Copper price falls to 8-week low

Strike at Freeport's giant Peru mine takes offline world's three biggest mines, but worries about demand drops copper after huge jump in warehouse stocks.

Iron ore price drops to 1-month low, coking coal rebounds

Iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports reach record high, but Beijing steel and coal capacity cuts should lend support to high-grade imports, met coal prices.

Gold price at 1-month low brings more pain for mining stocks

As 2017 gold price rally begins to look shaky, top listed gold producers are being punished disproportionately.

Stillwater Mining takeover needs more study

US Foreign Investment Committee scrutinizing South African gold miner's $2.2 billion offer for the only US platinum, palladium producer.

Gold price correction sinks mining stocks

Heavy losses across the board – Barrick down 4.6% in massive volumes and second tier Canadian miners hardest hit.

Gold, silver prices are getting clobbered

Gold suffers its worst trading day of 2017 while silver is down 4.2%.

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

Copper price jumps on Grasberg grind, Escondida escalation

Freeport sees "fundamental shift" at iconic mine as Indonesian spat gets heated and dispute at giant Escondida copper mine in floods-hit Chile turns ugly.

China closing 150 gold mines

Top gold producing country wants to modernize and consolidate its mining industry.

Copper price: Escondida deal beginning to look distant

BHP Billiton and union at world's largest copper mine can't even agree whether talks are happening or not.

Citigroup: Gold price set to top $1,300 this year

VIDEO: Gold's enjoying "positive momentum" says David Wilson, head of metals research at Citigroup.

Hedge funds up bullish gold price bets most since Trump win

Gold builds on 15-week highs as large-scale derivatives speculators bump exposure to a rising gold price by a fifth, the most bullish move since November 1.