A yodel for the yellow metal

Mines and money are never far apart, whether as the name for the world’s top mining conference or because...

Miner's right

21 JANUARY 2015

Al: the quiet achiever

Consigned to the sin bin by most investors after Rio Tinto’s ill-timed 2008 acquisition of the Alcan...

Miner's right

12 JANUARY 2015

Chinese puzzle

The correct answer is that the rest of the world will never really know what drives Chinese investment...

Miner's right

15 DECEMBER 2014

A league of their own

Last week’s Mines and Money conference was an example of sporting-like shift in focus with bulk commodities...

Miner's right

06 DECEMBER 2014

The limits to growth

Widely ridiculed, the original Limits to Growth report from a think tank called The Club of Rome used...

Miner's right

30 NOVEMBER 2014

Striking out

The first strike was a decision to not seek a full London listing for the spin-off dubbed NewCo, an oversight...

Miner's right

24 NOVEMBER 2014

FMG's questions for tomorrow

Hit hard by the plunging price for its only product, Fortescue’s mercurial founder and chairman, Andrew...

Miner's right

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Cost curve a slippery dip for some

That might sound simplistic, especially for people such as accountants and lawyers who like to make things...

Miner's right

10 NOVEMBER 2014

Buying in bulk

A rising price for bauxite, the primary ore of aluminium oxide (alumina) which eventually becomes aluminium...

Miner's right

03 NOVEMBER 2014

Back to the future

Where the clock stops for mining is as uncertain as time travel in Back to the Future, a movie which...

Miner's right

30 OCTOBER 2014

Cutting to the chase

Lessons from the past point to some of the problems the world’s two biggest mining companies are likely...

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26 OCTOBER 2014

Iron horse may have bolted

A single number from a single industry is where the clues to what happened in the past and what might...


16 OCTOBER 2014

Africa rising

When launched 10 years ago ADU seemed laughable. Why, asked the doubters, would anyone travel to Australia,...


07 OCTOBER 2014

Feasting off crumbs

Sometimes the best exploration results come from prospecting someone else's data base, especially the...

Europe/Middle East

14 DECEMBER 2012

Small is dangerous

If he had not died 62 years ago, Joseph Schumpeter would doubtless be smiling at the plight of small...


07 DECEMBER 2012

The China factor

Sherlock Holmes will probably not be attending next week's Mines and Money conference in London, but...

Miner's right

30 NOVEMBER 2012