Platinum is grouped together with gold and silver, as well as its cousin palladium, under the umbrella of “precious metals.” However true, this somewhat obscures the fact that platinum is an increasingly useful industrial metal. As it transitions from being primarily used as an exotic precious metal investment into a key component in the automobile […]
What were the leading gold mines, in terms of annual output, during 2016? This question was recently answered by The Motley Fool, and what’s fascinating about the list is understanding which big gold miners or state governments operate each of these projects.
Supply and demand are the essence of any market, and the precious metals are not excepted from this fact. This principle is particularly true of silver, however. More so than even gold, which has tremendous existing stockpiles that are frequently remelted (and endlessly loaned out), the price of silver is sensitive to disruptions in the mining industry.
Things are booming once again in the Yukon. From 1897-1900, the Yukon Territory was the site of one of the most famous gold rushes in history. One hundred and twenty years later, rich strikes by junior gold mining companies in the Yukon have revealed that some of the largest gold deposits in the world. This […]
Most of our history books in the U.S. explain the colonization of North America primarily through the prism of religious freedom. There are good, compelling reasons why: The motivation to establish a society with protections of religious tolerance no doubt informs the country’s long-standing doctrines of pluralism and separation of Church & State. While it’s also true […]
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), global silver production totaled 26,800 metric tons in 2016. Fully 80% of the world’s silver was produced by only nine countries: Mexico, Peru, China, Chile, Australia, Poland, Russia, Bolivia, and the United States.
From the time that gold prices dropped following the U.S. elections to their recent lows under $1,200/oz, gold mining companies saw a promising year end on a sour note in 2016. Many of the industry’s biggest players have staged major turnarounds to start this year, however.
Canadian junior gold miner Klondex has transformed itself into a leader in narrow vein gold mining over the last five years. The company’s specialty is now buying failed mines from creditors, then returning them to profitability using that narrow vein expertise. This focus has seen the company rise from the bottom of the junior mining […]
For the most part, the world’s most valuable gold deposits have all been tapped already. They are currently being exploited, or development on a new project has already begun. Yet one of the planet’s traditional sources for gold mining, Egypt, has largely deterred large-scale gold mining due to burdensome government policies. Now, however, the Egyptian […]
Have sprawling precious metals conglomerates become too unwieldy and inefficient to provide stakeholders with the best value possible? Former McEwan Mining president Ian Ball thinks so. He advocates a “back to the future” approach to precious metals mining that boils down to a single phrase: “One company, one mine”.
Just like other commodities and natural resources, the amount of gold that can be mined out of the ground each year is finite. Advancement in technology over the long stretch of human history has allowed us to dramatically increase how much of the precious metal we extract. However, there are signs that society may finally […]
Metallon Corp. is the largest gold miner in Zimbabwe. It operates the Redwing mine in the city of Mutare, which finally came back online last November after sitting idle for the previous eight years. The firm recently approved a noble initiative as Redwing boosts its output: allocating mining claims to small, artisanal miners in the […]
One of South Africa’s leading precious metal miners, Sibanye Gold (SBGL), is setting its sights on the U.S. with its latest corporate acquisition.
As 2016 nears the end of the year, it’s a good opportunity to review some of the recent headlines in the precious metals mining sector.
The West African nation Ghana is known as one of the top gold-producing countries in the world. From the most recent data, it ranks as #10 on the planet, and is second in the continent of Africa behind only South Africa. On an annual basis, the national gold output of Ghana is consistently above 90 […]
Mining operations not only create dangerous waste products, the emissions from their on-site power plants pump large amounts of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the air. One company in Canada is developing a promising new technology that will combat both types of pollution at the same time, and save money while doing it.
Safe havens have again gotten a great deal of attention on the financial markets as we approach the bitter end of the 2016 presidential race.
McEwen Mining (MUX) is one of the more prominent firms in the junior miners sphere. The company has operations mining for precious metals and (to a lesser extent) other base metals in Mexico, the U.S., and Argentina. It boasts a market capitalization of about $1 billion, making it more of a “small cap” company. Stocks […]
As a gold mining company, the last thing you want to happen is for someone to seize your gold and threaten nonpayment. Forget having the authorities garnish your wages—imagine having them garnish your gold!
Randgold Resources Ltd. (GOLD) is among Africa’s largest gold mining companies, operating primarily in the western and central regions of the continent. Its common stock is also widely traded, averaging more than 1 million shares changing hands per day.