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 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.

Shares in lithium developer pop on $150m streaming deal

Nemaska Lithium agreement with private equity giant Orion Mine Finance comes a week after $100B Japanese technology fund bought a stake in Quebec-based firm.

Last hurrah for the zinc price

The price of zinc fell to a four month low on Thursday – there's much more pain to come says new report.

Pretium shares rocket 19%

Production ramp up at high-grade Brucejack mine in BC back on track.

Gold price surges on Middle East, Russia tensions

But rally didn't last long.

Private capital flowing into mining on track for record year

The second largest ever private equity fund focused on mining closed in the first quarter – 13 funds aim to raise a further $4.9 billion in 2018.

World's largest ever tech fund enters lithium race

Softbank $100 billion fund buys into Canadian lithium miner in first deal of its kind as race to secure electric vehicle battery raw materials heats up.

Gold miners sustaining costs up 22% since the gold price bottomed

Trend is likely to continue says new gold mining industry study.

Copper price bears are out as first surplus in six years predicted

Also adding to negative outlook – soaring global warehouse stocks, hedge funds bearish positions at 17-month high and subdued Chinese demand.

CHARTS: Mining rally running out of steam as copper price weighs

Cobalt, nickel still on the boil, but gloomier outlook reflected in copper price and fall in market value of top mining companies during first quarter.