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About Lara Smith

Lara has been an analyst for over ten years, starting her career as an equity analyst at Foord Asset Management and more recently as the lead analyst at Steinmetz Group, where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential mining acquisitions in Africa and the Baltic regions. In addition to the Steinmetz principal resource portfolio of diamonds and ferrous metals, they also held a smaller portfolio of base and minor metals including nickel, cobalt, copper and lithium. In 2009, she independently authored three in-depth studies that formed the inception of Core Consultants: the first two provided outlooks for the lithium market and the third was on the global coking coal industry. The Founder and Managing Director of Core Consultants in June 2009, Lara and her team are committed to supplying high quality commodity market research, analysis and valuations to global institutions. Core Consultants has been engaged in over sixty numerous market balance, prefeasibility and feasibility studies for an array of commodities. Their most recent work includes sourcing an ethical cobalt producer in the DRC on behalf of a global mobile telecoms manufacturer, advisory work on the cobalt supply chain, a scoping study for a Spanish potash deposit and a feasibility study for a sulphuric acid plant in Botswana. Lara is also the primary author of three Core Consultants’ reports including the “Core Consultants’ Ferrochrome Quarterly Report,” the “Core Consultants Monthly Rare Earth Report “and the “Core Consultants’ Monthly Manganese Report”. An internationally recognized expert in the field of mining analysis and a well-known speaker, Lara has a BSc in Chemistry, Statistics and Economics and a BComm Hons in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.

63 InvestorIntel Articles By Lara Smith

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The 18650 revolution – lighting a market the world over


January 20, 2017
| January 20, 2017

For those who are not familiar with the 18650 cell, it is a size classification of lithium ion batteries. The dimensions […]


The oil world is “looking up” to the northern hemisphere


January 17, 2017
| January 17, 2017

Surging demand for technology metals and enough battery-hype to resurrect Alessandro Volta has inadvertently distracted us somewhat from the recent […]


Tesla competitors currently sourcing lithium for their power plants in Canada


January 16, 2017
| January 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

Lithium supply is paramount to the future of clean energy. As long as demand for vehicle propulsion systems and portable […]


EV demand and Trump create the perfect stage for a Miss Cobalt


January 16, 2017
| January 16, 2017 | 5 Comments

eCobalt Solutions Inc. (TSX: ECS | OTCQB: ECSIF) (“eCobalt”) is a Canadian mineral exploration and mine development company primarily owning […]


Nevada’s Lithium Hub a new California Gold Rush?


January 13, 2017
| January 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

“Tesla’s Gigafactory is expected to generate billions of dollars of economic activity for the Reno area, while needing a constant […]


Alset Energy’s “encouraging lithium results” in Gigafactory country


January 09, 2017
| January 09, 2017 | 1 Comment

Three years ago, Elon Musk announced he was building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility and the consequences were, […]