I guess that there's no need now to worry about the future supply of the rare-earth metals. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Goldman Sachs says the rare earth supply shortage situation will end in 2013.
The independent mining consultant shares some thoughts on the significance of manganese for steel manufacturing, its growing importance in nascent battery technology and how investors might play growing demand for the metal.
On the last day of the Mining Indaba event, I had the opportunity to accompany the management team and directors, analysts and others on a visit out to see the Steenkampskraal rare-earth project first-hand.
A rebounding fertilizer industry and an eye-popping $39 billion bid for Potash Corp. by the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, suggest that Canada's tiny handful of potash producers and aspiring miners are ripe plums for the picking.
The gold ETF has done a fantastic thing for the gold market. It's made gold more accessible, not only to institutional investors, but also to the individual investor. As a result, more people are embracing gold.