Is Gold Mining on a Relentless Trend within a Pernicious Cycle?

We will eventually come though this smothering grasp of the bear when good projects struggle for support and we will move quickly into a bull-run when even the dogs attract hot money.  It is the natural cycle of things just as sure as season follows season.  …… and something strange is starting to happen which suggests to […]

Rare Earths are not so Rare and there is a mug born every minute

So it turns out that  Rare Earth elements (REE) are not rare!  REE are not rare in that they are common in the earth’s crust and disseminated in rocks ranging in concentrations from 150 to 220 parts per million which even exceeds copper (55ppm) and zinc (70ppm).  Unlike most commonly mined base and precious metals it is […]

Zinc mine supply – have we run out of time?

In 1974, some forty years ago now, Marc Rich and co-worker Pincus Green set up their own company in Switzerland as Marc Rich & Co. AG.  In his book King of Oil, Daniel Amman describes how Marc Rich’s attempt in the early 1990’s to corner the zinc market was the worst deal of his career.  This […]

What has the gold price got to do with the zinc price?

Zinc now accounts for only 30 percent of revenue from “Zinc” mines, that is zinc mines in the broadest sense, as polymetallic deposits become proportionally a more important source of zinc and contributor to zinc production.  In some of many of these precious metal dominant polymetallic mines zinc is often not much more than a by-product and will be produced […]