Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd

Richard Mills invests in the junior resource/biotech sector and is owner and host of www.aheadoftheherd.com

The Golden Loon

It’s a fact in the mining world that most discoveries are made by a) junior mining companies and b) old time individual prospectors.

A potash milestone

As demand for food rises, so does the requirement for crop nutrients.

Ahead of the Herd With Kootenay Gold

Today I’m speaking with Jim McDonald and Ken Berry of Kootenay Gold Inc.

The new Steel Silk Road

The Silk Routes, collectively known as the "Silk Road", refer to a 7000 mile network of interlinking trade routes that were used for three millennia.

Ahead of the Herd with Northern Vertex

Today I’m speaking with Ken Berry and Dr. Bob Thompson of Northern Vertex.

Ahead of the Herd with Uranerz Energy

Today I’m speaking with Dennis Higgs, Executive Chairman of Uranerz Energy Corp. TSX and NYSE Amex – URZ. Dennis has been involved in the financial and venture capital markets for over twenty-five years.

United States versus China round two

The Chinese government, in an effort to maximize exports and minimize US imports, prints their Yuan to buy dollars.

A strong dollar means opportunity

The Fed has been dumping billions of dollars into the US markets each and every trading day since late 2010.

The politics of personal destruction

The misplaced belief that the road to economic prosperity is paved by near-term fiscal tightening, as espoused by our own Prime Minister Stephen Harper and British Prime Minister David Cameron last week, shows we have learned nothing from Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression.

A strong dollar means opportunity

The Fed has been dumping billions of dollars into the US markets each and every trading day since late 2010.

Why invest in commodities?

The demand we are now placing on our planets resources appears to have begun to outpace the rate at which they can be supplied.

Obama's infrastructure and jobs plan

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (ODEC) the combined economies of Germany, France and Italy will grow by under one percent this year. OECD forecast the US economy will grow at a 0.4 per cent annualized rate in the fourth quarter, while in Europe, the three largest economies (Germany, France and Italy) will contract by 0.4 percent over the same period.

The mining sector's two biggest risks: country risk and resource nationalism

Today many governments are looking at ways to get more money from miners as companies report record profits. The higher the returns and the higher the profits, the greedier governments become. As commodity prices rise governments try to boost their share of the proceeds from their countries energy and mining sectors.

Majors are rediscovering British Columbia

Vancouver BC is undoubtedly one of the greatest mining centers in the world and British Columbia should be a mining powerhouse.

The kindness of strangers and a broken promise

The public debt is the money borrowed by the US federal government. The government borrows the money through the issue of securities by the Treasury and other federal government agencies.

The crime against silver

In 1873, the Fourth Coinage Act was enacted by the US Congress. Western silver miners labeled this measure the "Crime of '73" because it stopped the printing of US silver dollars. The US had, unofficially, abandoned its bimetallic standard in favor of a monometallic one – gold.

Criticality is in the eye of the beholder

The Earth's climate has been continuously changing throughout its history. From ice covering large amounts of the globe to interglacial periods where there was ice only at the poles - our climate and biosphere have been in flux for millennia.

Critical minerals and materials

In this article I am going to take a look at three reports covering what the US and Europe consider critical or strategic minerals and materials.

Germany unplugged

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has recently warned us the world will face higher energy costs, higher carbon emissions and greater uncertainty over security of energy supply if it turns its back on nuclear power.

Brine mining the Puna for potash and lithium

The Puna plateau sits at an elevation of 4,000m, stretches for 1800 km along the Central Andes and attains a width of 350–400 km. The Puna covers a portion of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia and hosts an estimated 70 - 80% of global lithium brine reserves.

The charges against big nickel

In 1946, in New York City, the Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice filed a complaint against Inco and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, International Nickel Co. Inc. Canada's Inco, at the time, owned 90% of the world's nickel ore and supplied 90% of U.S. nickel needs.

Africa’s riding the Red Dragon

The global mining industry is facing stiff new competition in getting deals done. The new competitors for the world’s resources have a mandate to secure long term resource deals for domestic use and have the financing capabilities any major mining company, or for that matter any government, would be envious of.

Strategic investor for International Lithium

Infrastructure can make or break a project. Fortunately ILC’s Mariana Project is well situated with road access, a railroad nearby and deep sea port access readily available. The town of Tolar Grande is within 120 kilometres, providing needed labour and inventory for the operating camp.

Banks circle Donner Metals

Donner Metals Ltd. (DON-TSX-V) is currently constructing a joint venture zinc mine with Xstrata Zinc Canada (XTA-L) on the Bracemac-McLeod deposit in Québec, while exploring a number of different financing scenarios.

Sama and Old Nick

In 1751, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt of Sweden attempted to extract copper from the mineral Kupfernickel - today called niccolite. To his surprise instead of copper, he got a silvery white metal he started calling nickel. The name nickel comes from the German language and means Old Nick – which is a name Germans use for the devil – so nickel is “Old Nicks copper” or the “Devil’s copper