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.)

Nickel price is soaring

Up 75% in a year battery producers stock up on high grade exchange-held metal in anticipation of electric vehicle boom.

Shares in lithium giant fall on disappointing auction

Chilean lithium producer SQM shares punished after $1 billion of shares auctioned below ruling price.

FLUID OUNCES: Gold vs beer price since 1950

99 bottles of beer on the wall...

Biggest electric vehicle battery IPO valuation cut in half

Time to curb your enthusiasm about the electric vehicle boom and surging demand, prices for lithium, cobalt, nickel, rare earth and graphite?

Hedge funds have never been this bearish on platinum price

Large scale speculators in platinum futures go shortest ever as Europe industrial policy chief says "diesel cars are finished".

Early stage projects are located in mining-friendly jurisdictions

Worldwide there are over 30,000 exploration projects.

Pebble developer craters after copper giant pulls out

Northern Dynasty stock drops 32% after pact with First Quantum to build giant Alaska copper-gold mine collapses.

Lithium price: Massive supply response gets underway

SQM, world no 3 lithium miner, plans to nearly quadruple capacity in fewer than three years – to the equivalent of 84% of global output last year.

Report: Mining needs $100–$150 billion to meet EV demand

McKinsey asks if the availability and rising prices of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel will constrain greater electric vehicle penetration.

Nickel prices expected to settle after Russia sanctions fade

Nickel prices to ease off after reaching a three-year high in April.

It’s not about scoring the big win, it’s about not backing losers

MINING.com discusses the state of private equity investment in mining with Michael Scherb founder of Appian Capital.

Shares of Colorado mining junior rocket on US critical minerals list

Niocorp's $1 billion Nebraska scandium-niobium-titanium project would reduce US dependence on Russia and China for superalloys used in defence industry.

Cobalt price: Congo ebola outbreak compounds acute supply fears

WHO: Risk of international spread of deadly disease from Congo, responsible for 66% of global supply of critical battery raw material, is "very high".

China's Chilean entry raises doubts about lithium price outlook

SQM shares plunge after Tanqi Lithium acquisition seems to indicate cooling fervour for lithium assets.

Lead price comes roaring back

"Lead from a raw materials side is probably the tightest commodity market out there."

Gold price crashes through $1,300 – worst fall in 17 months

Bullion brought down by US bond yields at seven year high and a bounce back for the dollar.

Chinese scrap ban won't do much for copper price

Net supply impact for China only around 100kt in 2018 says new report.

First ever Resources for Future Generations conference expected to attract upwards of 2,000 attendees

The conference will bring sustainability and ethical issues around energy, mining, and water into the spotlight.

Tesla delivers bad news for cobalt price, boost for rare earths

Electric vehicle manufacturer has reduced cobalt usage in its batteries by 59%.

Increased production at Chinese domestic coal mines lead to decline in thermal coal prices

Since a price ceiling was imposed at China’s main coal import harbour Qinhuangdao in mid-February, seaborne prices for coal have started to decline.

Russia fears light fire under nickel price

Price surges nearly 5% to three-year high over worries that top producer Norilsk could befall the same fate as aluminum giant Rusal.

This is the only chart lithium price bears need see

When it comes to new lithium mine supply how soon is now?

BHP beats Tesla, BMW among top holdings in new electric vehicle ETF

New investors are being pulled into the mining industry as demand and prices for battery materials like lithium and cobalt spike.

Chinese investors key as cobalt price hits month low

Cobalt27 CEO lines up Chinese automaker deals, ponders HK listing: “There is a lot of interest and it is natural because it is where all this will happen”.

Copper, iron ore prices gain on robust Chinese imports

China's copper imports bounce back in the first quarter and is now up more than 7% year-on-year and iron ore shipments remain on pace for another record.