OPEC looks totally bewildered by the oil market

By Julian Lee It may be too soon to write OPEC’s obituary, but the oil producer club appears in urgent need of late-life care. It shows little understanding of where it is, how it got there or where it’s going. While it still manages to collect new members here and...
Posted On 26 Jun 2017

How just 14 people make 500 000 tonnes of steel a year in Austria

By Thomas Biesheuvel — The Austrian village of Donawitz has been an iron-smelting center since the 1400s, when ore was dug from mines carved out of the snow-capped peaks nearby.
Posted On 22 Jun 2017

Adapt (Properly) or perish: Emerging markets in the decade ahead

By Yakir Pimentel Viewing emerging markets as independent economies that follow national policies, rather than as a single unified bloc, is paramount to understanding their performance in the coming years. This distinction helps explain the varying performance and policy choices...
Posted On 21 Jun 2017

What’s holding up the blockchain?

By Philippa Ryan It’s not technology or regulation holding back the blockchain – software that stores and transfers value or data across the internet – we just haven’t figured out the next big use-case. Two reports released this week by the CSIRO’s Data61 not only...
Posted On 20 Jun 2017

Zinc prices are on a tear since 2016

This crucial metal is drawing Wall Street’s attention. Zinc prices are primed for a boom because supply is depleting at an alarming rate due to mine closures and production cuts in the midst of growing demand. Thus, giving smart investors a rare opportunity to get in this epic...
Posted On 19 Jun 2017

The global economy is rebounding, but there’s one big problem

By Chris Anstey & Enda Curran There’s a dark cloud building behind the world’s best period of synchronous growth among developed and emerging economies this decade — one that in time could rain down volatility in global markets.
Posted On 14 Jun 2017

Copper demand from electric vehicles to be nine times higher by 2027 — study

The growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) will significantly impact demand for copper over the next decade, according to new research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA). The study—Copper Intensity in the Electrification of Transport and the...
Posted On 13 Jun 2017

Best Commodity in 2017 Is One of the Smallest Metals

In the main commodity markets, nothing is doing better than palladium this year.
Posted On 12 Jun 2017

Race is on to mine metal powering electric vehicles

By David Stringer The race is on to supply more of the cobalt needed for batteries in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles — and that means fresh competition for the big players Glencore Plc and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Posted On 09 Jun 2017

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that’s unfolding in China

The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s...
Posted On 07 Jun 2017