Gold Always Wins

InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky has generously invited me to write about a new e-book I have launched through Amazon. It is called Gold Always Wins: How the Yellow Metal Defies its Critics. The theme of this small book is that gold has had many enemies, especially over the past 80 or 90 years (and particularly since 2002). I try and…

Lifton on the collapse of rare earth prices in China and Neo Materials’ survival

September 3, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel about the collapse of rare earth prices in China and the impact on the rare earth markets. He also explains what really happened with Molycorp and why Neo Material Technologies still has a pulse. He then explains how at the…

Technology metal tin is on the rise

Commodities have had been having a terrible time. U.S. farmers are seeing the lowest wheat prices in many years. Scotiabank in Toronto this week tells us potash prices are falling again (down to $315/tonne in July), and global potash shipments are expected to fall from 63 million tonnes in 2014 to under 58 million tonnes in 2015. Indeed, China is…

Russia plans to accelerate lithium production

inside Novosibirsk Plant of Chemical Concentrates
Amid the existing Western sanctions and the ban on the imports of high technologies to Russia, the Russian government plans to accelerate geological exploration of rare earth metals during the next several years According to Alexander Karpuzov, head of department of department of strategic planning of Rosgeologiya, Russia’s leading geological holding, which unites local state geological enterprises, in recent years…

Unravelling Tesla

I must confess I have been like a rock in the stream of the unending torrent of Tesla boosterism over recent years. I just sit and the flow of this material just washes over me and leaves me totally unmoved. What was a car company seems to have morphed into a battery manufacturer now. The appearance of a new marque…

REE trump card: being greener than China?

Search the Greenpeace site for “rare earths” and there are nil items*. Just as well for the rare earth industry. However, this oversight by the militant environmentalists has provided the non-China REE players a possible trump card before the environmentalists link Chinese REE product and pollution to the world's most popular tech gadgets: Western REE companies can say they are…

Lifton on why Molycorp failed.

What makes a successful mining venture? The answer is the bringing into production of a mine the products of which sell for a profit. It’s as simple as that. Yet when you look at the web site entry “about us” on almost any junior mining venture you are told only that this corporate officer or that director has top school…

Rare Earth Price Collapse Signals China’s Upcoming Economic Crisis

China has over the past few decades relied upon a gray “concrete economy”, such as real estate and infrastructure investment, and upon its manufacturing sector, to drive its extraordinary economic growth. But now, those usual economic stimuli have faltered in the country, with many local governments mired in debt. We tie that slowdown to the failure of Beijing’s rare earth…

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…

Molycorp’s blow to the rare earth sector

And then there was one. Now Lynas Corp remains the only rare earth mine operating that is owned by a Western listed company. This after the news that Molycorp is placing its Mountain Pass rare earth mine on care and maintenance. In other words, it is mothballing America’s only rare earth mine. Who knows when it will ever re-open. This…

Slowdown of Chinese economy may pose threat to Russia

The slowdown of the Chinese economy may pose a serious threat to Russia and may result the cancellation of some long-term investment projects in the country, which are implemented with the participation of Chinese investors. Since the beginning of 2014 and the introduction of Western sanctions against Russia, the Russian government has started to consider China as the biggest trade…

Control of food means power for a few

Everyone talks about the prices of agricultural products, otherwise known as soft commodities, rather than the long-term supply and demand trends. Like their counterparts in the mineral sector, most soft commodity prices are just awful in terms of market support at the present time. There are one or two exceptions (whole milk powder prices jumped 19.1% last week, potash exploration…

Hemp drink sales at Seattle Hempfest marks an emerging trend

Abattis Bioceuticals’ (OTCQX: ATTBF | CSE: ATT) is making good on its promises to deploy innovative market applications in the cannabis industry. Abattis reported the sale of 10,000 500 ml bottles of hemp-infused drinking water as a result of its ongoing natural health product research and development efforts. The water was sold to Nana’s Secret Soda of Washington State by…

The Global Technology Metals Markets: A Conference Primer

InvestorIntel is starting a regular series of summits in Toronto beginning on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 designed to allow individuals as well as institutions to identify and highlight the metrics for investing in the production of natural resources. Speakers, company presentations, and panels will focus on the results of the application of those metrics in order to allow you, the listener, to…

Uranium, Marijuana and The Walking Dead

One of the recurring commentaries from market participants is that there are too many small public companies chasing the same investment dollars, whether from financings or in the secondary markets. Some of those companies are on financial life support, wasting limited resources better used by other members of the community. InvestorIntel's Global Analyst Christopher Ecclestone cites a Tony Simon study in a…

Restarting a Reactor in Japan

In 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant leaked as a result of a 9.0 earthquake, displacing roughly 160,000 people. Japan shuttered all of its reactors pending inspections and new safety requirements. Japan recovered from the atomic bombs of WWII to become a global economic powerhouse. Showing a similar resilient mindset, Japan will begin producing nuclear energy for the first time…

Levon Resources’ Ron Tremblay on the investment leap from mining to biotech

August 10, 2015 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Ron Tremblay, the CEO, President and Director for Levon Resources (TSX: LVN), about Levon’s investment in the new SciVac Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: VAC | OTCQX: SVACF). Levon, which has a poly-metallic flagship silver, gold, lead and zinc Cordero project in Mexico, discusses how the investment in Pershing…

Resource benefit sharing to address poverty in First Nations – just not enough.

We need effective mechanisms for sharing the benefits of natural resources to redress the extreme poverty of Canada’s aboriginals. This is a graffiti I photographed off a doorframe in the Pikangikum First Nation in Northwestern Ontario in 2001. Peering through the window of my hotel room, I saw dopy-eyed ten-year-old kids sniffing gasoline out of grocery bags. It was one…
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Hinkley Point nuclear plant delayed, says EDF

September 4, 2015 (Source: BBC) -- EDF has admitted that the construction of Britain's first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed. The French energy company said Hinkley Point C in Somerset will not start generating power…

Gold Futures Advance After U.S. Payrolls Trail Estimates

September 4, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold futures advanced after the U.S. economy added fewer jobs in August than forecast, weakening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise U.S. interest rates. Employers added 173,000 workers last month, less…

Putin Pitches for Foreign Investment in Russia’s Far East

September 4, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin made a pitch Friday for greater investment in his country’s resource-rich Far East region, despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy that has shaken global markets. Speaking…

Why China is a serious problem for the euro zone

September 4, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- One of Germany's top independent economic advisers has warned that the Chinese government is losing control of its economy following weeks of severe volatility in financial markets. The gyrations in financial markets are…

3D-printed parts could be hot new technology for keeping power plants cool

September 4, 2015 (Source: University of Wisconsin) -- Cooling systems in power plants require heat exchangers to carry low-grade energy away from the inner-workings of the electrical generation machinery—and improvements to heat exchanger technology aim to increase energy efficiency. Natalie Rudolph…

BlackBerry to buy rival Good Technology for $425 mln

September 4, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Canada's BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it will buy rival mobile software provider Good Technology Corp for $425 million, to boost its ability to help corporate clients manage smartphones running on different operating…

Abattis Announces Appointment of Raymond Cox, Andrea Bates & Barry Comis

September 4, 2015 (Source: Abattis Bioceuticals Corp.) -- Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (the "Company" or "Abattis") (OTCQX: ATTBF) (CSE: ATT), is a Company that develops and commercializes natural health (nutraceutical) products. Abattis conducts research and development to create plant-based (botanical) intellectual property,…

Solar chimneys meet fuel cells for power generation

September 4, 2015 (Source: Science Network WA) -- SOLAR chimneys can be teamed with fuel cells to provide more electricity more economically and all year round, according to mathematical analysis. Solar chimneys work best on hot, sunny days, relying on differences…

Tantalus Rare Earths AG Financing Update

September 4, 2015 (Source: Tantalus Rare Earths AG) -- As communicated in corporate news on July 8, 2015, Tantalus has currently a challenging funding situation caused by the non-payment of one investor, who subscribed for new shares at the capital increase earlier this year.…

Theralase Demonstrates Stability of Lead Drug

September 4, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Theralase Technologies Inc. ("Theralase" or the "Company") (TSXV: TLT) (PINKSHEETS: TLTFF), a leading biotechnology manufacturer focused on commercializing medical technologies to eliminate pain and destroy cancer, announced today that it has demonstrated initial stability…

Critical Elements Corp.: IIROC Trading Halt

September 3, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: CRITICAL ELEMENTS CORP TSX-Venture Symbol: CRE Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET): 11:08 AM IIROC can make a decision…

Euro-Area Bonds Advance as ECB Increases QE Asset-Buying Limit

September 3, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Euro-area government bonds advanced after Mario Draghi said the European Central Bank raised the cap on the proportion of securities it’s able to purchase under its stimulus program. German 10-year bunds climbed for…

Theralase Expands Photo Dynamic Compound Pipeline

September 3, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Theralase Technologies Inc. ("Theralase" or the "Company") (TSXV: TLT) (OTC: TLTFF), a leading biotechnology manufacturer focused on commercializing medical technologies to eliminate pain and destroy cancer, announced today that it has expanded its Photo Dynamic…

Technology metal tin is on the rise

Commodities have had been having a terrible time. U.S. farmers are seeing the lowest wheat prices in many years. Scotiabank in Toronto this week tells us potash prices are falling again (down to $315/tonne in July), and global potash…

China tightens trading rules on forex, stock markets

September 2, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China has announced tougher rules on trading stock index futures and foreign exchange derivatives as it seeks to steady jittery markets whose weakness has raised concern over the health of the world's second-largest…

Gold demand from China and India picks up

September 2, 2015 (Source: Financial Times) -- London’s gold market is showing tentative signs of increased demand for bullion from consumers in emerging markets, after the price of the precious metal fell to its lowest level in five years…

The rise of solar energy in SA

September 2, 2015 (Source: Independent Online) -- Near a massive iron ore mine in the Northern Cape, almost 320 000 photovoltaic panels mounted to track the sun cover the rust-coloured earth. Spanish developer Acciona SA built the 94-megawatt Sishen solar…

China loans Venezuela $5B to boost oil output

September 2, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- Venezuela and China have signed a deal for a $5 billion loan designed to increase the OPEC country's oil production, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said. Maduro, speaking from China in a show broadcast on…
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