Marijuana effects: Debunking political rhetoric

On Saturday October 3, 2015 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated to a cheering partisan audience: "Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse and it's something that we do not want to encourage." He added, "There's just overwhelming and growing scientific and medical evidence about the bad long-term effects of marijuana," not providing…

The P Word: Food for thought…

Society is three meals away from revolution. It is a quotation of uncertain origin but more definite outcomes. Deprive a culture of food and civilisation quickly crumbles. The food we all eat is made by a highly efficient global agricultural industry. Crops have been carefully selected over the years to give most of us, in the richer parts of the…

Texas Rare Earth Chairman on the recent contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

October 11, 2015 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Anthony Marchese, Chairman of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) about the recent announcement for the strategic materials research contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Understanding the significance that “this is the first time the United States has ever given anybody a contract to…

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…

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…

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…

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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Denison and Fission Terminate Arrangement Agreement

October 13, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML)(NYSE MKT:DNN) ("Denison") and Fission Uranium Corp. (TSX:FCU)(OTCQX:FCUUF)(FRANKFURT:2FU) ("Fission") have terminated the previously announced arrangement agreement pursuant to which Denison and Fission were to combine their respective businesses by way of…

Gold Falls on Weak China Trade Data, Profit-Taking

October 13, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold fell back from seven-week highs Tuesday, after weak Chinese import demand soured sentiment across markets and as some investors took profits from its recent rally. Spot gold was trading down 0.93% at…

Glencore to sell copper mines in Australia, Chile

October 12, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Glencore plans to sell copper mines in Australia and Chile as the mining and trading company aims to reduce a debt burden accumulated in an asset buying spree that has shaken confidence in…

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…
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