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Mining's 5-D dilemma

D means different things to different people. In sport, the letter D denotes defeat. In an exam, a D-score marks near failure. What then for mining which faces a year of living with series of D-issues – dividends, debt, disposals, development and deals.

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Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg is one of several chiefs considering how to deal with rising margins and cash flows

In a perfect world those five D words can co-exist. Dividends can be paid while debt is retired. Assets can be disposed of while developments undertaken, and deals can be done anytime to add value.

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