Dr. Duchesne launches Sustainability Index for Rare Earth Companies

A decision support system for peer-to-peer comparison of rare earths projects We developed a sustainability index (SREE) to permit peer-to-peer comparisons among rare earths projects. Traditionally the rare earths industry has been using heavy vs light rare earth ratios as predictors of success. In practice this approach is best suited for precious metal projects where success is a correlate of cost…

Latin American Miners – A Tale of Two Listings

It’s now nearly twenty years since, when living and operating as a stockbroker in Buenos Aires, I tried to convince the late, lamented Minera Andes to list itself on the Argentine stock exchange and diversify its investor base to include emerging market players rather than just mining investors. Since that time, the only development that has managed to tempt anglophone…

Lifton on the “most interesting panel ever seen” at the Global Technology Metals Market summit

October 6, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel about the upcoming Global Technology Metals Market summit on Wednesday, October 14th he will be presenting his thoughts on how the financial world views the resource world.  He then discusses the significance of the recent strategic materials research contract announced…

Russia prepares for large-scale rare earth metals production

The government of Russia’s Murmansk region, a region, located in the northwestern part of Russia, has started a search of an investor for the development of the local Afrikandovsky field of rare-earth metals, according to Alexei Tyukavin, first deputy-governor of the region. According to Murmansk regional government, successfull development of the field will allow to establish a full-scale production of…

Blue Jays, Lithium, Uranium and Pot

Back in April, the smart money picked the Washington Nationals to win the World Series, and with good reason, but as the season played out and Jonathon Papelbon reverted to old school choking, the Nats failed to make the post-season. No playoffs for you! The “experts” were wrong. There were also pre-season picks like St. Louis and the Dodgers, who…

Anthony Julien on the unique manganese and capital structure of Cancana

October 7, 2015 - Tracy Weslosky, Publisher of InvestorIntel interviews Anthony Julien, President and CEO of Cancana Resources Corp. (TSXV: CNY) a company focused on exploring and developing the BMC manganese project in Brazil, on their joint venture (JV) partner Ferrometals. Starting with their relationship with JV partner Ferrometals, a special purpose investment vehicle for the Sentient Group, Anthony describes…

Why Alternative Finance will Conquer the $3.3 trillion Market Opportunity?

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Alternative finance is a collaborative funding model that represents the newest phenomenon in funding. With more than 1250 online crowdfunding platforms, alternative financing is breaking new ground, defying conventional financing methods with respect to how businesses raise capital, and taking the world by storm. Though primarily popular for Peer-to-Peer lending and crowdfunding, critical investment banking functions such as risk management,…

Post Nuclear Germany – a Green Myth?

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Angela Merkel managed to transition from being a Centre Right politician loathed by the European Left to being a darling of the Green Movement. The deed that achieved this transformation in sentiment was the precipitate announcement that Germany would phase out all its nuclear power plant fleet by 2022. It…

Chesapeake Gold measures up to Novagold in peer-to-peer comparison

We reported previously that Chesapeake Gold Corp. (TSXV: CKG | OTCQX: CHPGF) offers an attractive opportunity to investors with its Metates project in Mexico. A comparable peer, Novagold Resources Inc. (TSX: NG | NYSE MKT: NG), offers a similar opportunity to investors with its 50% owned Donlin project in Alaska. But with market capitalizations of $64 MM for Chesapeake vs…

Is there Life After Glencore?

“Everyone loves a winner”… or is it that “Everyone loves an underdog”. Ivan Glasenberg has managed to be unloved either as a winner or as a loser. Frankly, the long-time chief of Glencore has won no friends over the years. Straddling two industries, commodities and mining where big egos are a common denominator, Glasenberg has managed to rub almost everyone…

Volkswagen – No Laughing Gas

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Volkswagen may yet be labelled the worst eco-bandit in memory and maybe for a long time to come. Our calculations show that Volkswagen’s gimmickry led to greenhouse gas emissions (combined emissions from putting 11 millions vehicles on the road over 6 years) at a level between 28% and 57% of Canada’s greenhouse gases emissions in 2013. Canada’s oilsands produce 8.5%…

Russia plans to double uranium production during next five years

Russian nuclear monopoly Rosatom plans to almost double the volume of uranium production during the next five years, despite the current low global prices for the metal. Implementation of these plans will take place by Rosatom through its Uranium One (U1) subsidiary, which is part of Rosatom, bringing together foreign uranium assets of the company. At the initial stage of…

Glencore’s problems leading to a commodity meltdown?

Glencore's problems have lead "many analysts to question whether this might be the commodity sector's Lehman Brothers moment". Those words were on Tuesday included in a news report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after the local share market lost more than A$40 billion in morning trade, with BHP Billiton falling to its lowest price since the worst days of the…

Aurora Cannabis’ Terry Booth on the impact of the Allard decision and the election on the Marihuana Industry

September 22, 2015 —  In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky, speaks with Terry Booth, President, CEO and Director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB | OTCQB: ACBFF) on the two new Board members and securing the former executive director of the CMCIA for the Aurora management team. They also discuss how Aurora is positioned as rising leaders in the…

Commodities cycle: Is the worst of the pain behind us?

By David Drake_The Soho Loft
Call it “All Quiet on the Commodities Front”. Which is not a bad thing; as this is being written before the Federal Reserve makes its decision on whether to lift interest rates, this feeling of calm is probably a good thing. A lack of volatility – one hopes – means that the Fed won’t scare the commodity horses (in either…

Natasha Sharpe on bridging the capital needs between banks and distressed lenders

August 27, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Natasha Sharpe CEO of Bridging Finance Inc. about present market challenges for companies seeking to secure capital needs through alternative or debt financing to avoid dilution. Natasha describes how it works at Bridging Finance, a company that is seeking to arrange financing for companies that are strong, growing, or…
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Gazprom sees Nord Stream 2 supplying Southeast Europe

October 9, 2015 (Source: Platts) -- Nord Stream 2 could be a source of supply to Southeast European countries as well as existing target markets, Gazprom's press service said late Thursday, citing CEO Alexei Miller. Expansion of Nord Stream,…

Roche to buy U.S. biotech group Adheron Therapeutics

October 9, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Swiss drugmaker Roche will acquire U.S. biotech group Adheron Therapeutics in a deal worth up to $580 million that boosts its pipeline of products to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Adheron said…

K+S CEO Incurs Investor Backlash for $3.3 Billion Share Rout

October 9, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- K+S AG Chief Executive Officer Norbert Steiner is facing the wrath of investors who have seen 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) wiped from the German potash company’s market value after refusing to engage…

Currency Slumps Raise Emerging-Market Bank Risks, Says S&P

October 9, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- The sharp depreciation of emerging-markets currencies over the past 12 months against the U.S. dollar is heightening the risks facing banks, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services says. In Europe, the Middle…

Canadian dollar, TSX shoot higher as oil rebounds

October 9, 2015 (Source: CBC) -- The Canadian dollar shot above 77 cents US on Friday on strengthening oil prices and a weaker greenback. The loonie was up half a cent to 77.37 cents US at mid-morning, its strongest…

U.S. Oil Prices Hover Around $50 a Barrel

October 9, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- U.S. oil prices oscillated around $50 a barrel Friday as traders waited on key U.S. drilling data. Prices have rallied sharply this week, driven by a weakening dollar, expectations of continued…

Gold rallies to levels not seen since August

October 9, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Gold prices rallied on Friday to levels not seen since August as expectations for a further delay in U.S. interest-rate hikes weakened the U.S. dollar, lifting the metal’s investment appeal. Gold for December…

How Might Apple Manufacture a Car?

October 9, 2015 (Source: MIT) -- Automobile production might seem a stretch for a company more accustomed to making handheld electronic gadgets and software. While Apple has yet to make any official announcement, or even to comment on the…

From toys to turbines: Lego branches out into wind energy

October 9, 2015 (Source: DW) -- Danish toy manufacturer Lego today inaugurated a wind farm off the coast of Germany. In an interview with DW, Lego's CEO talks about the company's efforts to run off 100 percent renewable energy…

China increases solar installation target for 2015

October 9, 2015 (Source: PV Magazine) The country's National Energy Administration is requiring new projects to be completed by the end of 2015 and connected to the grid by the end of June next year, a move that has…

Global Stocks Rise on Fed’s Cautious Stance

October 9, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Global stocks climbed Friday, after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September meeting further reduced investors’ expectations for an increase in U.S. interest rates this year. U.S. stocks rose at the opening bell, with…

Copper Prices up on Glencore Cuts to Zinc Supply

October 9, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Cuts to the supply of zinc by miner Glencore PLC led base metals higher on Friday, including copper, which has recently seen a number of positive announcements on supply curtailments. Switzerland-based Glencore said…

Gold Shakes Off Losses on Dovish Fed Tone

October 8, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold prices rushed higher, shaking off earlier losses Thursday, as a dovish tone in the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes bolstered investor speculation that officials would hold off on raising interest rates.…

FTSE outperforms as BoE keeps rates unchanged

October 8, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Britain's top share index climbed on Thursday, outperforming major European stock indexes, after the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged and policymakers appeared in no hurry to hike them. The blue-chip FTSE…

China may ease monetary policy as forex reserves slide

October 8, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- China’s foreign exchange reserves dwindled further last month, a trend that is likely to force the country’s central bank to step up monetary easing. Beijing traditionally has relied on an influx of capital for…

UNLV, Tesla Motors Form Research Partnership

October 8, 2015 (Source: UNLV) -- UNLV and Tesla Motors have formed a research partnership that will draw on the expertise of university faculty to pursue advanced topics in battery manufacturing. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and officials from UNLV…

Researchers create superconducting graphene

October 8, 2015 (Source: Ubyssey) -- UBC researchers were able to demonstrate superconductivity in graphene for the first time according a study published this summer. A letter, published 2012 in Nature, theorized the possibility of inducing superconductivity (conducting without…

Europe needs 100+ nuclear reactors by 2050 says trade group

October 7, 2015 (Source: Penn Energy) -- Europe will need to commission over 100 nuclear reactors by 2050 in order to achieve its energy objectives, nuclear trade association Foratom has said. In a position paper submitted to the European…

France, Japan seek deeper nuclear cooperation

October 7, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- The prime ministers of France and Japan attended high-level talks in Tokyo on enhancing nuclear cooperation between the two countries. The talks included cooperation in nuclear safety and research on decommissioning…

Kuroda’s Confidence in Japan Means BOJ Retains Power to Surprise

October 7, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s repeated expressions of confidence in Japan’s economic prospects Wednesday offered little case for added stimulus when the BOJ meets again in three weeks. That may be just what he…

Oil-Producing Solar Farm Nears Construction Start by Glasspoint

October 7, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- GlassPoint Solar Inc will begin work on one of the world’s largest solar park this month, with completion planned for late 2017. The 1-gigawatt solar-thermal project will turn water into steam for injection…
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