Industrial minerals like copper and nickel are essential to global economic expansion. But everywhere you look, grades are getting lower, and costs are getting much, much higher. Is there a way out? Rick Mills says mining companies need to look to Greenland.
A lot of talk on the web right now says silver is significantly undervalued vs. gold. Many of these pundits and talking heads like to point to the historical relationship between gold and silver prices, sometimes known as the "ratio." Let's take a quick look at this.
It is difficult for retail investors to sift the wheat from the chaff in the junior miner sector but the president of RMB Resources reveals how his merchant bank, figures out what projects to invest in and those to pass over.
If resource availability will ever constrain First Solar's ambitions, falling tellurium supply will be the main culprit. Tellurium is largely a byproduct of copper mining and the world price of "Dr. Copper" has fallen this year.
As potash prices reach their highest levels, uranium prices have suffered. But the host of Ahead of the Herd online and editor of the Ahead of the Herd newsletter believes the prospects for both industries are bright.
Last year Zambian copper output reached 697,860 tonnes from 17 privately-owned mines. With copper production rising by 16% in the first half of 2010 the country is on course to this year hit 750,000 tonnes - a level last seen in 1973.