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.)

6 reasons coking coal price will tank

Number 1: Producers have negotiated quarterly contracts $70 below the spot price.

Rio's Simandou sale 'could crush the price of iron ore'

"It would of obvious strategic benefit for China to control a major iron ore deposit and add new supply to discipline the market."

The world's hardest working gold mines

Ten gold mines that timed the gold price rally to perfection – Barrick owns four of them.

Gold price: If you're selling central bankers are buying

Latest data show Russia continuing to stock its gold vaults, although Venezuela's sales are denting overall official sector net purchases in 2016.

Fight for giant Congo copper mine heats up

DRC prime minister throws weight behind Chinese buyers of Freeport's controlling stake in Tenke Fungurume.

Coal price rally bypassing US miners

As seaborne coking (up 227% year-to-date) and thermal coal (up 128%) continue to rally, decline in US domestic prices, exports resume long-term down trend.

HSBC: Add $200 to gold price if Trump triumphs

Rattled investors seek safe haven.

Tight race sparks gold price jump to 4-week high

"Increased volatility and the potential for geopolitical tensions associated with a Trump victory are likely to fuel safe-haven buying."

Copper price extends rally on China surprise

Chinese gauge of manufacturing activity "unambiguously upbeat, consistent with broader evidence that economy is in the midst of a cyclical recovery"

Equity markets all but closed for mining IPOs

Miners have to look at debt, private investors and alternative financing like pre-pays for growth capital according to new report.

Glencore closes another zinc mine

Black Star deposit at Mount Isa in Australia depleted after 13 years of operation.

Chinese buy world's largest mining project

Rio Tinto announces deal to exit Guinea and giant Simandou iron ore project.

Gold price back on the defensive after US growth surprise

Metal is now down more than $50 an ounce in October.

Deal to snatch gold mining crown eluding Newmont

Barrick says sale talks are "robust" but with strongest pipeline in gold mining Denver-based Newmont may soon become globe's top producer anyway.

Physical gold market in largest surplus in a decade

New report shows higher gold price during third quarter sparked 20% surge in global scrap supply even as jewellery sales in Asia fall to multi-year lows.

Iron ore jumps to 6-month high, coking coal binge continues


Iron ore price explodes higher

Iron ore price tops $60 a tonne after 5% jump – Chinese futures trading halted after maximum daily movement reached.

Vale, BHP iron ore venture can't pay creditors

Brazil's suspended iron ore producer Samarco misses another payment on its $3.8 billion debt as it struggles to stay afloat following deadly dam burst.

Report: China could be on verge of gold buying boom

While jewellery sales are down, a plummeting currency is lighting a fire under gold portfolio investors.

This chart will give hope to gold price, India bullion bulls

Gold's retreat in October is spurring physical buying in Asia.

Gold price: Hedge funds abandoning market at record pace

Large scale speculators in gold options and futures dump over 12 million ounces in three weeks, the fastest rate since government records began.

Worst day for gold ETFs since April 2013

Investors pulled nearly 17 tonnes from GLD on Friday as gold price bulls lose confidence.

CHART: No stopping insane coal price rally

Steelmaking coal surges again and seaborne price for coal used in power generation reaches highest since May 2012.

Resurgent Iran to impact copper, zinc prices through 2020

Report: Lifting of sanctions will spark double digit copper output growth in Iran, home to world's second largest copper mine and largest zinc reserves.

Rand sinks platinum, palladium prices

Weakening currency supplies fatter margins for South African mines responsible for nearly three-quarters of global platinum production.