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.)

Trump slump: gold price is tumbling

Gold price falls $100 an ounce from post-election highs hitting a five-month low on Friday.

Warnings as copper price surge continues

After underperforming badly in 2016, copper is now firmly in a bull market with a 26% rise in just three weeks, jumping to a 17-month high on Friday.

Trump sends iron ore price to 2-year high

Another surge on Thursday takes iron ore to two-year high, up 11% since the US election – Cliffs stock soars 21%.

Forget gold price. The real Trump rally is in copper

Industrial metals surge as US president elect vows massive infrastructure spending – budget could top $500 billion.

Uranium price: Industry settles down to depressing reality

Uranium price is down 45% this year as stockpiles reach 1.4 billion tonnes – enough to fuel the world's reactors for eight years.

Gold price surges on Trump victory

Up more than $60 as investors seek safe haven before paring much of the gains.

Copper price: Don’t expect any 2017 fireworks

Copper market remains well-supplied.

Platinum price back above $1,000 on South Africa wage deal

Comprehensive wage agreement brings stability to South Africa platinum industry, responsible for more than 70% of world output.

Trump gold price rally evaporates

Down more than 1.5% as market prices in Clinton victory.

Copper price jumps to 6-month high

Underperforming bellwether joins industrial metals party.

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.