Chinese export policy for rare earths in 2015, still ‘uncertain’

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China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced its Tariff Implementation Plan for 2015 on December 17th, the new tariff plan will be implemented by the General Administration of Customs on January 1, 2015, according to a statement posted on the MOF website, which noted that the State Council, China's Cabinet, approved the plan after deliberation by the Customs Tariff Commission of…

Rare Earths Success Factors – Revisited

I have recently been queried concerning my views of the success factors (or ticks) for specific projects. I am declining to comment as I see that as providing investment advice and that has never been my intention. After many years in the technology development arena, and in particular, the rare earths space, I felt it was a responsibility to address…

Chris Berry’s ‘forecasts’ for the global economy and metals market in 2015

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  -  Yogi Berra In the time that I have been writing on the metals markets and global economy, one mainstay has always been reading the tsunami of year end research reports laying out predictions for the year ahead. Almost universally, these well-written and tirelessly researched musings all share one consistent trait:…

Arcan Resources’ Latest Proposal; Still No Respect for the Debenture Holders?

Last August Arcan Resources Ltd. tried to end-run its debenture holders. Arcan, a producer of light, sweet oil from the Swan Hills area of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, proposed that $160M of debentures would be retired for only 82.5 cents on the dollar, plus warrants in a new SpinCo. That discount would have been painful for the debenture holders,…

Official Roll-out of the Blueprint for the Development of a Malaysian Rare Earth Industry

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The Straits Settlements, The Place that Britain’s Royal Navy Developed to Secure its Supply of Tin for Admiralty Bronze is now Entering the Age of Technology Metals as a Heavy Rare Earth Metals and End-Use Products Supplier. Modern Malaysia is now entering the 21st century as a rapidly developing self-sufficient high tech economy. Earlier this week the Malaysian Academy of…

Tesla and competitors to place pressure on global graphite demand for Li-ion manufacturing facilities in 2015

This last month and a half has been rather lacklustre for the graphite sector as a whole but the demand and prospects for this material should improve noticeably in 2015. When considering the market for graphite it is important to note the main reason for its demand. Graphite contains carbon, which is the element that gives a diamond its strength. It…

Rivkin: The Santa Claus Rally

S&P 500 testing all-time highs again, ASX 200 retraces its December drop, Aussie dollar struggling to break below 81c, ASX futures 17 points higher This time last week I had written off the likelihood of a Santa Claus Rally; however, all of a sudden markets began shaking off the blues from the middle of last week and the US S&P…

Going Sideways and the Miraculins on Bay St.

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways." -- Gene Hackman InvestorIntelReport: Many years ago, when I used to have to negotiate with teenagers – a memory, I have aptly forgotten; I recall one frustration that was remedied through repetition and reward. As anyone who has teens can attest to….decision making is not their forte. So…

Miraculins brings CSI to diabetic testing

Miraculins Inc. tasting sweetness of regulatory approvals, seeks market inroads for pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes screening device Miraculins Inc. (TSXV: MOM) is tasting the sweetness of its Class 2 approval by Health Canada’s Medical Devices Bureau (and equivalent certifications in EU and Mexico) as it seeks market inroads with its flagship project, the Scout DSTM, a diabetes screening device that detects…

Eurobonds and potash will boost Ethiopia and Africa’s food security

Ethiopia issued a dollar based bond to fund its development goals focused on increasing agricultural production, power generation and transportation infrastructure including the 6,000 megawatt Millennium Dam hydroelectricity project on a Nile river tributary. Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan will be handling the sale of the ten year bond (yielding 6.75%). Ethiopia has been Africa’s fastest growing economy for the…
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IIROC Trade Resumption – Miraculins Inc.

December 24, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Trading resumes in: Company: Miraculins Inc. TSX-V Symbol: MOM Resumption Time (ET): 08:00 IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in…

IIROC Trade Halt – Miraculins Inc.

December 23, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: Miraculins Inc. TSX-V Symbol: MOM Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET) 15:31 IIROC can make a decision to impose a…

Could Russia back its currency with gold?

December 23, 2014 (Source: CNBC) -- Russia's government could still be pushed into using its gold reserves to bolster the falling ruble, currency experts have forecast. Rumors last week that Russia was on the verge of selling its gold reserves were…

Seair Reports Year End Results

December 22, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Seair Inc. (“Seair” or the “Corporation”) (TSX.V:SDS) is pleased to announce that it has filed its annual financial statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended August 31, 2014. Interested parties may…

Critical Elements Announces Second Closing of $165,000

December 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Critical Elements Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CRE)(OTCQX:CRECF) (FRANKFURT:F12) is pleased to announce that it has closed the second tranche of a non-brokered private placement, for an amount of $165,000. The Company has issued 660,000 units of common…

NioCorp Grants Stock Options

December 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) wishes to announce the granting of incentive stock options to its directors, officers, consultants and employees, under its Stock Option Plan, for the purchase of up…

Saudis See Oil Recovery as U.A.E. Urges Non-OPEC Cuts

December 22, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates reiterated pledges to keep pumping the same amount of crude, blaming non-OPEC producers for the glut of oil that’s driven prices to the lowest in five…

Tinka Provides Update On Drill Programs At Ayawilca-Colquipucro, Peru

December 18, 2014 (Source: Tinka Resources) -- Tinka Resources Limited ("Tinka" or the "Company") (TSXV: TK) (OTCPK: TKRFF) is pleased to provide an update of its exploration programs at its 100%-owned Ayawilca and Colquipucro projects in central Peru.Dr. Graham Carman,…

Great Lakes Graphite Continues Lochaber Winter Drill Program

December 18, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company"), is pleased to provide the following update on the 2014 Lochaber Winter Drill Program. Mr. Kyle Loney, President of Wolf Mountain Drilling, the contractor…

Orbite Receives Two New Patents

December 18, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted and issued two new patents to Orbite. The two patents are Canadian patent 2,829,049,…

Cuba’s Half Century of Isolation to End

December 17, 2014 (Source: Businessweek) -- Cuba and the U.S. will begin to normalize relations in a surprising move by the Obama administration that will loosen a trade and travel embargo that is among the last remnants of Cold…

Australia must give nuclear energy a chance

December 18, 2014 (Source: The Australian) -- Barack Obama’s former energy adviser, Steven Chu, recently referred to Australia’s stance on nuclear power as terribly strange. It’s not surprising. If any country in the world should embrace nuclear power, it…

Mazorro Provides Update on GrowPros MMP Activities

December 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mazorro Resources Inc. (the "Company") (CSE:MZO)(FRANKFURT:JAM) announces that, further to its press release November 6, 2014 announcing the signature of a definitive agreement with GrowPros MMP Inc. ("GrowPros") and in anticipation of a successful closing…
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