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Why is gold so precious?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Media, Mineral Economics

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Last week's Strictly Boardroom article with Allan Trench on MiningNewsPremium.net was on a topic we've covered before, and will likely cover again (potentially via a book) - why is gold so precious? Specifically why is it used as a store of value and monetary exchange? It turns out there are some good physical and economic reasons. From a physical perspective…
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The potential for transformational market growth amongst the critical metals

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications, Recommended

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This week, a pair of peer-reviewed articles to which I contributed were published in the Applied Earth Science journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). The articles are part of a continuing thematic issue on mineral economics and critical minerals. The first, published online in January and discussed…
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Mining sector strategies for the future – preparing for the next boom

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Mining, Strategy

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Last year, I helped Allan Trench put together a presentation on mining strategy, which he presented at the Wrays Resource Investment Group Seminar in West Perth, Australia. The presentation was entitled "Mining sector strategies for the future - Preparing for the next boom" and was a general review of the state of strategy in the mining sector and a couple…
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Which markets are the future stars of the ‘critical metals’ industry?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications

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Last year I presented a keynote at the Argus Media-Metal Pages China Metals Week in Guangzhou, entitled "Which markets are the future stars of the 'critical metals' industry?" The presentation looks at which of the critical metals, those defined as small important metal markets with supply constraints, have the potential to outgrow their current constraints and become large, industrial metals…
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Myanmar: The Black Swan of Global Tin

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications, Recommended

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Today I uploaded a presentation entitled "Myanmar: The Black Swan of Global Tin", which I co-authored with Nick Gardiner of Oxford University, and which was presented by Nick at the ITRI International Tin Forum, Shanghai, China, in May this year. Allan Trench of Curtin University and the University of Western Australia and Cui Lin of ITRI also assisted with the research. The presentation…
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