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The pleasure and pain of sexy metals

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

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In Allan Trench's Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNewsPremium.net today, I have helped him co-author an article entitled "The pleasure and pain of sexy metals". The article looks at the challenges in developing some of the so-called 'sexy metals' such as bismuth, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, phosphate, potash, radium, rare earths, sulphuric acid, tantalum, tungsten, uranium and vanadium (admittedly some of these are…
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A tour of 2016-2020 mineral commodity markets

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

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A few months ago my PhD supervisor, Allan Trench, presented a paper co-authored with myself and a colleague at CRU Group, Paul Robinson, to the AusIMM New Zealand Branch Annual Conference. Allan's presentation focused on CRU commodity price forecasts, however, the paper we submitted alongside also looked at some of the problems of commodity price forecasting and ways it can be…
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Perspectives on Mineral Commodity Price Cycles and their relevance to Underground Mining

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mining, Publications, Recommended, Technical Paper Reviews

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Adelaide, Australia Yesterday Allan Trench presented a paper we co-authoured on "Perspectives on Mineral Commodity Price Cycles and their Relevance to Underground Mining" to the 12th AusIMM Underground Operators Conference, in Adelaide, Australia. The paper is available in the proceedings (digital and paper) through the AusIMM. The abstract is below: Mineral commodity prices are subject to volatility over both the…
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