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U.S. Aluminum Market Roiled by Closure of Major Smelter

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Aluminum prices experience a slight…

Precious Metal Investors Face Continued Turbulence

Precious Metal Investors Face Continued Turbulence

Precious metal prices experienced downward…

Gold and Silver Volatility at Decade Lows

Gold and Silver Volatility at Decade Lows

Despite signs of inflation pressures…

Metals

China’s Rare Earths Monopoly - Peril or Opportunity?

Sep 27, 2011 at 01:55 | John Daly

The prosperity of China’s “authoritarian capitalism” is increasingly rewriting the ground-rules worldwide on the capitalist principles that have dominated the West’s economy for nearly two centuries. Nowhere is this shadow…

China, Japan Minuet Around the Issue of Rare Earths

Sep 26, 2011 at 04:33 | John Daly

It’s official – China’s de facto monopoly on current rare earths production is a threat to the global economy. As least, that was the gist of hearings on 21 September…

Have Gold Prices Finally Peaked?

Sep 21, 2011 at 14:39 | Stuart Burns

Gold slipped below $1,800 per ounce last week as equities rallied in a burst of risk on investor enthusiasm. Does this spell the end of the bull run? The gold…

European Union to Stockpile Rare Earth Elements

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:06 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the light of the Chinese hegemony for its own energy projects, it is feared that restrictions in the global supply of rare earth elements (REEs)will ensue. Until last year,…

China Using Rare Earths as a Weapon

Sep 05, 2011 at 18:52 | Joao Peixe

China is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of the worlds rare-earth production, and some analysts allege that China is using its de facto monopoly to lure a high…

China - Record High Rare Earths Prices Promoting Illegal Mining

Aug 26, 2011 at 07:34 | John Daly

Six months ago, China's exports of rare earth elements (RREs) breached the dizzying price of $100,000 per-ton barrier, a nearly 900 percent increase in prices from a year before, representing…

Don’t Count on Gold in a Downturn

Aug 25, 2011 at 08:18 | Gail Tverberg

The way the price of gold keeps rising, a person might think that no matter what the downturn, gold would prove to be a good investment. I think that if…

China and Rare Earths - Monopoly for Now

Aug 10, 2011 at 11:28 | John Daly

First, the bad news - China's constrained rare earth supplies will be an "irreversible trend" and prices will remain at high levels, according to Zhang Zhong, general manager of Inner…

Mongolia Energy Riches Attract Neighbors and Outside Interests

Aug 09, 2011 at 08:11 | John Daly

Pity poor Mongolia, bereft of fiscal resources, caught between the ambitions of its superpower neighbors, Russia and China. Ulaan Bator’s situation is akin to interwar Poland, dexterously attempting to reconcile…

China's Rare Earth Industry Coming under Greater Environmental Scrutiny

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:25 | EcoSeed

China is planning to launch environmental checks for the rare earth industry this year to ensure environmental protection – a move that has been met with criticism from the local…

Can we Expect a Sharp Correction in the Gold Price Before Year end?

Jul 29, 2011 at 07:18 | Stuart Burns

A review of the gold price written by Robin Bew, chief economist at HSBC Bank, proposes that the gold price is in danger of entering bubble territory and predicts a…

Mining and Better Business Practices in Mexico

Jul 22, 2011 at 07:37 | Andrew Smolski

At the moment México has multiple mining operations and many are operated by transnational corporations, in a country known for its aversion to any form of foreign presence within its…

The Coming Crisis in Phosphate Supplies

Jul 20, 2011 at 07:22 | David Gabel

Phosphate is a mineral that is used in fertilizer to boost agricultural productivity. It is greatly responsible for the "green" revolution and the increased output of farms around the world.…

Where Will Silver Prices go from Here?

Jul 19, 2011 at 07:54 | Stuart Burns

The rise and fall of the silver price this year had much more to do with speculative exuberance than any fundamental change in supply or demand. With a foot in…

Afghanistan: Mining Boom Nurtures Transparency Concerns

Jul 14, 2011 at 07:57 | Editorial Dept

Go looking for Wahidullah Shahrani and chances are you’ll find him at an investor conference promoting Afghanistan as an ideal opportunity for global mining companies. By most accounts the minister…

China’s Great Grain Robbery

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Chinese are nothing if not opportunistic. You may recall that a shocking increase in this year’s corn crop predicted by the US Department of Agriculture triggered a series of…

Pacific Ocean Seabed Rich in Rare Earth Minerals

Jul 08, 2011 at 07:59 | Brian Westenhaus

Spooked by the Chinese embargo of rare earth elements the rare earth mining industry is busily looking and investing in rare earth mineral extraction.  Several prospects look practical.  Meanwhile Japan’s…

Negative Real Interest Rates Continue to Provide Gold With a Perfect Environment

Jul 08, 2011 at 07:53 | Ronald Stoeferle

Inflation has never been the primary driver of the gold sector on its own. Given that gold, as is well known, does not pay interest, the real interest rates equal…

UK Plans to Secure Strategic Metals Vital to Energy Security

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:50 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Not only are supplies of oil and natural gas under imminent threat of failing to meet demand for them, but so is a whole range of precious metals, along with…

Excessive Structural Debt Suggests Further Appreciation of Gold

Jul 06, 2011 at 07:45 | Ronald Stoeferle

“Jesting is the third-best disguise. The second-best: sentimentality. But weirdly, the best and safest disguise is still the blatant, naked truth. Nobody will believe that.“ The debt of the USA…

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