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Metals / Commodities

Nigeria To Jump Start Mining Activity With 3 Year Tax Break

Sep 13, 2016 at 10:15 | Dave Forest

Governments are starting to take drastic action in helping the beaten-down mining sector. With Polish lawmakers announcing this week they may give tax breaks to state copper…

The World’s Inventory Of This Rare Metal Has Quietly Fallen To Zero

Sep 12, 2016 at 09:44 | Dave Forest

Here’s a story you haven’t heard anything about. But which might vault into the headlines of the mining investment world very, very soon. World molybdenum stocks are nearly…

South African Platinum Faces Imminent Crisis

Sep 08, 2016 at 10:04 | Dave Forest

Six weeks ago I wrote about a possible coming crisis for the platinum sector. With mineworkers unions in top producer South Africa tabling demands for substantial wage…

Why Is Rio Tinto Giving Diamonds Away For Free?

Sep 01, 2016 at 09:41 | Dave Forest

It’s not often that quality mining assets come up for sale. And it’s even rarer they’re given away for free. But news this week suggests that’s exactly what’s…

Why Cost Cutting Might End Up Endangering Copper Markets

Aug 04, 2016 at 09:53 | Dave Forest

Commodities downturns aren’t completely bad for producers. One upside — lulls in the market often bring operating and capital costs down, as competition for labor, supplies and services…

Miners Reel From Increased Government Intervention In Major Projects

Jul 29, 2016 at 08:57 | Dave Forest

I find myself writing a lot about governments lately. With moves in the global legal and regulatory space seemingly coming fast and furious recently for resource companies. And this week…

Commodity Prices Jump As Philippines’ Government Cracks Down On Miners

Jul 22, 2016 at 10:00 | Dave Forest

Attention global mining industry. Things are getting dire this week in the Philippines. Potential problems have been looming in this important copper, gold and nickel nation since the…

Platinum Prices Might Explode If Unions And Miners Can’t Agree

Jul 21, 2016 at 10:13 | Dave Forest

It’s crunch time for global platinum. With events kicking off this week that could radically change the outlook for supply — and prices — over the coming weeks…

Bad News For Miners: Cash Strapped Governments Up Royalties

Jul 20, 2016 at 09:43 | Dave Forest

Governments in resource-rich nations worldwide are still scrambling to adjust to lower commodities prices. With officials in a number of countries making significant moves this week to fix…

These Key Investors Just Withdrew $1B Out Of The Mining Sector

Jul 18, 2016 at 10:03 | Dave Forest

This past weekend, I discussed the problems facing big natural resource investment funds. Noting how deep-pocketed buyers have been unable to find quality assets to pick up, even at…

This Could Be A Major Red Flag For The World’s No.1 Copper Nation

Jul 15, 2016 at 10:48 | Dave Forest

Expansive study on global copper released this past week — from a top authority in the world’s largest producing nation, Chile. That came from the government-run Chilean Copper…

South Africa’s Platinum Production Halted By Unions

Jun 08, 2016 at 09:48 | Dave Forest

The story on major labour issues in South Africa’s platinum sector took a deadly turn this week, leading to the first mine shutdown of the year. That came at…

Is Kazakhstan About To Nationalize More Uranium Assets?

May 30, 2016 at 10:48 | Dave Forest

I wrote in March about world’s top uranium nation, Kazakhstan, making thinly-veiled threats against uranium miners. And this past week, we may have seen the first moves…

Upcoming Labor Negotiations Might Boost Copper, Platinum Prices

May 24, 2016 at 10:14 | Dave Forest

The world’s #1 producing nations for platinum and copper are facing a common problem this week. And latest developments suggest this issue could be a potentially explosive one. The challenge…

Russia Could Gain A Stranglehold On This Market

Oct 19, 2015 at 10:57 | Dave Forest

I discussed last year how Russia is making big moves in African mining. And late last week we got confirmation the pariah nation is moving fast to control a…

With a Collapse in Commodity Prices, What Happens Next?

Oct 06, 2015 at 16:20 | Michael McDonald

This has to be a scary time for virtually all commodities investors, whether one is talking about investing in commodities directly or in commodities companies. From…

Is This The Decade's Most Important Mining News?

Sep 25, 2015 at 11:22 | Dave Forest

It might not be immediately apparent -- but the global mining sector just changed forever.That's not because of a technical advance or a major discovery (yet). But rather…

Investing In Uranium? This News Will Shock You.

Aug 19, 2015 at 09:26 | Dave Forest

There's a sense among some investors that uranium is a contrarian buy today. With prices languishing near decade lows, and multiple projects globally having shut their doors over the last…

Looking For New Exploration Frontiers? Here Are 30.

Jul 23, 2015 at 11:10 | Dave Forest

Some of the biggest potential for profit is created when new geographies open for exploration. Especially when those spots come with proven potential. The world got…

Lessons From The Failed Rare Earth Investment Hype

Jul 03, 2015 at 15:59 | Michael McDonald

The story of the Rare Earth Elements (REE) boom is one of the most disappointing but valuable parables for investors today. Rare Earth Elements were supposed…

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