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.)

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.

CHART: Trump slump for gold mining stocks

The world's largest gold producers have lost a collective $15 billion in market value since Donald Trump's election as US president.

Gold price hit by fresh weakness

Strong dollar, imminent rate hike in US sends gold price to 10-month low.

Study: Private capital investment in US coal is over

At over $43 billion, 2016 is set to be a record year for raising capital to invest in North America's energy sector, but not a single fund is targeting coal.

Iron ore, met coal prices plunge on Chinese steel meltdown

Wednesday sees more heavy losses with steel, coking coal futures on course for biggest one-day declines on record – iron ore drops 8%.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish about copper price

Managed money speculators in copper futures in New York go long 1.9 billion pounds of copper – 55% more than the previous record.

Rio CEO: We'll cut iron ore output to boost cash flow

Chief of world number two producer Jean Sebastien Jacques signals flexibility after moderating view of Chinese demand.

SEC said to be probing Rio Mozambique coal deal

World number two miner acquired Southern African coal assets for $3.7 billion in 2011 – sold it for $50 million three years later.

Trump infrastructure bump forecast for global economy

New report predicts US infrastructure spending promised by president-elect could propel global growth to highest since 2011 further boosting metals demand.

CHART: Mining capex decline set to continue

Global miners have been cutting spending on new projects and expansions since 2012.

Iron ore price set to top $80

Chinese futures speculation frenzy continues.

Gold price fights back – touches $1,200

But ETF investors continue to pull out – GLD has lost 65 tonnes since Trump victory.

CHART: Trump $500 billion will do very little for global mining

Even if the US president-elect's massive infrastructure build-out plan makes it through Congress intact.

Of 22 banks polled NO-ONE sees copper price rally continue

New survey of analysts calls into question post-Trump surge with consensus forecasts pointing to sharp decline by year-end and continuing weakness in 2017.

Iron ore price stabilizes after sharp drop

BHP, Fortescue have no plans to follow Rio Tinto in shutting down iron ore mines over end of year holiday period.

Fleurette responds to Global Witness Congo royalties report

Israeli financier Dan Gertler's firm disputes report outlining purchase from Congo state-owned miner of royalty streams from Glencore-owned copper mines.

Gold miners to add 10m ounces per year by 2020

But US gold mining industry will stagnate says BMI Research in new study.

Iron ore price plummets 9%

Beijing clampdown on speculation as Rio Tinto announces closure of Pilbara mine over Christmas.