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Interview with Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO of Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS): Advanced-Stage Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project Located in Pilbara Region in Western Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS) is an emerging Australian strategic metals producer, focused on its wholly owned advanced-stage Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, an historically famous mining jurisdiction with first-class infrastructure. We learned from Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO of Pilbara Minerals, that the high-grade Pilgangoora deposit contains the world's second largest lithium spodumene resource of approximately 130 million tonnes and has upside exploration potential. The high grades of lithium, the credit of tantalite byproduct, the economies of scale and the close proximity to port will make Pilgangoora one of the lowest cost hard spodumene operations. The company is backed by institutional investors. Earlier this year they raised $100 million to continue the development of the project, and recently they signed an offtake agreement with General Lithium Corporation from China, inclusive of plans for a joint venture chemical plant to convert their spodumene into lithium raw materials to take advantage of the downstream markets. Mr. Brinsden is proud of his team, pleased with the skills of the Pilbara Board and very excited about the quality of the project and the speed with which it can be developed. The construction at Pilgangoora is expected to start late this year with plant commissioning by the end of 2017.
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Interview with Mick McMullen, President, CEO of Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE:SWC): Only U.S. Producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Including Palladium and Platinum
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE:SWC) is the only U.S. producer of platinum group metals (PGMs) including palladium and platinum. The company owns a large long-life world class asset in central Montana recognized as the J-M Reef, which is the only known significant source of PGMs in the U.S. and the highest-grade PGM deposit known in the world. In addition to that, Stillwater is the world leader in recovering PGMs from catalytic converters out of cars. According to Mick McMullen, President, CEO of Stillwater Mining, the company reduced all-in sustaining costs down to just under 600 dollars an ounce and now has one of the best balance sheets in the midcap mining space globally, which allows them to invest for the future even during the down turn.
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Interview with Paul Kuhn, CEO of Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: AVU): An Excellent Junior Canadian Prospect Generator Focused on Politically Stable Regions of Europe
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Avrupa Minerals, Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: AVU) is an excellent junior Canadian Prospect Generator, focused on building a diversified portfolio of mineral exploration projects in politically stable regions of Europe such as Portugal, Kosovo and Germany. The properties are located in areas with existing mines and have strong geological potential for discovery. We learned from Paul Kuhn, CEO of Avrupa Minerals, that there are a number of projects that are in the pipeline that offer great return prospects including Oelsnitz in Germany, Alvalade in Portugal and Slivovo in Kosovo. According to Mr. Kuhn, the latest drill results from Slivovo, coupled with a far better understanding of the geology and mineralization parameters, increase the possibility of finding gold in more areas of the project.
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Interview with Mark Smith, President and CEO of NioCorp (TSX.V - NB, OTCQX: NIOBF, FSE: BR3) Advancing the Elk Creek Niobium-Scandium-Titanium Project in Southeast Nebraska, USA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX.V - NB, OTCQX: NIOBF, FSE: BR3) is advancing the Elk Creek niobium-scandium-titanium project in the Southeast Nebraska, USA. With the prospective production of 240 million kilograms of ferroniobium. This is the third richest niobium resource known in the world today. According to the Company’s October 2015 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA), the mine and processing facility is expected to produce 7,490 metric tonnes (mt) of ferroniobium per year for 32 years, along with 97 mt a year of scandium trioxide and about 24,000 mt of titanium dioxide annually as a byproduct of the niobium production. Mark Smith is the President and CEO of NioCorp and the single largest shareholder in the company. He has had a very successful career in running companies that mine, refine, manufacture and market strategic and critical elements and products. The Elk Creek project has extremely strong state and local support in Nebraska. The company is closing in on completion of the project’s Feasibility Study, and the next step is full project financing and building the underground mine and surface processing facility. According to Mr. Smith, demand for niobium is robust (4-6% CAGR); they have already contracted out 75% of their niobium production; and are in discussions with several other parties concerning the remaining 25%.
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Discussion with the Management of Scheelite Metals LLC. Looking for Financing to Create a World Class Tungsten Mine in the United States
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA



We interviewed the management team of Scheelite Metals LLC., who is positioned to create a world class tungsten mine in the United States. They have a huge orebody with over 44 miles of tungsten outcroppings. Scheelite Metals, with minimal investment, has progressed the mine to the point where a relatively small investment of 12.5 million dollars will bring the mine to a 500 ton per day production capacity. This is a golden opportunity for investors to get in on the ground floor, where in 1-2 years, this mine can be virtually untouchable from any external market. Scheelite Metals is positioned to be a highly profitable operation with minimal operational cost and it will be a serious market player here in the United States.
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Interview with Normand Champigny, President and CEO Sphinx Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SFX): Exploration and Development Company Focused on Acquiring Projects in Québec with a Team of Quebec Gold Minefinders
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Sphinx Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SFX) is an exploration and development company focused on generating and acquiring projects in Québec. We learned from Normand Champigny, President and CEO of Sphinx, that there are three criteria they are looking for in a potential project: First, good infrastructure with road access; second, good social acceptability; and third, areas with precious metal potential in high grade metamorphic terrains. According to Mr. Champigny the key factor that sets Sphinx apart is the team, which includes three mine finders with tremendous experience in the industry and deep knowledge of doing work in Quebec. The company's project generator business model is set up to minimize dilution. Having a number of promising projects maximizes the chances of discovery.
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Dr. Alper Interviews Richard Williams, President and CEO of Strongbow Exploration Inc (TSXV:SBW) Acquiring 100% Interest in the Historic South Crofty Tin Mine in Cornwall, England
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Strongbow Exploration (TSXV:SBW) is a Canadian based company that recently reached an agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the historic South Crofty Tin Mine in Cornwall, England. This is a past producing mine dating back to the 18th century with excellent infrastructure in place, a new mining permit good for 55 years, and a land package secured sufficient for construction of a new process facility. The local Cornwall community supports the mine revival, and the UK government is mining friendly. According to Richard Williams, president and CEO of Strongbow, the company plans to complete the South Crofty acquisition in 2016, and moving into 2017 the plan is to work towards an AIM listing in the U.K.
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Group Ten Metals (TSX: PGE) Reorganizes and Focuses on PGM Projects in Yukon, Announces Reduction in Debt
by By Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-alper-84432231


Group Ten Metals (TSX: PGE), with a focus on their PGM-Ni-Cu projects and high-grade gold, has just announced a significant reduction in their debt load as part of a larger corporate transition. Under the leadership of Michael Rowley, Founder, President and CEO, Group Ten Metals has assembled an extensive and strategic land position in an emerging world-class district for platinum group metals, including nickel and copper, in the southwest Yukon, while also maintaining their high-grade gold asset in northwest Ontario.
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Peak Resources (ASX: PEK) Advances Ngualla Rare Earth Deposit toward Production with High Grades and Low Capex in Tanzania
by Dr. Allen Alper


Peak Resources (ASX: PEK), focused on their Ngualla rare earth deposit located in Tanzania, which is a high quality, low cost and low Capex project. Ngualla is very high in Neodymium and Praseodymium, which are the magnet metal rare earths. It is the world’s highest grade undeveloped project for these two metals, which are the most valuable of the rare earths. The bulk of the composition of high powered magnets is made from these two metals. The project has a very competent team that is being led by Darren Townsend.
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Masan Resources (HSX: MSN) Offers Four Products at Nui Phao – World’s Largest Tungsten Producing Mine Located in Vietnam
by Allen Alper Jr.


Masan Resources (HSX: MSN) is now in production at the Nui Phao tungsten mine located in Vietnam where they are offering four distinct products (tungsten, fluorspar, bismuth and copper) to the market. It is the world’s largest producing tungsten mine and one of the lowest cost tungsten mines. Masan Resources is seeking to transform the global tungsten market.
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Almonty Industries Inc. (TSX: ALL) Is Acquiring Woulfe Mining Corp. to Create Largest Tungsten Producer in Multiple Jurisdictions
by Dr. Allen Alper


Almonty Industries Inc. (TSX: ALL), has recently announced that it intends to acquire Woulfe Mining Corp. along with Woulfe’s flagship Sangdong tungsten mine in South Korea, which will position Almonty to be the largest multi-jurisdictional tungsten producer. Lewis Black and his team have done an excellent job transforming Almonty into a low cost and rapidly growing large tungsten company. Almonty’s vision and plans are being very well executed.
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Balmoral Resources (TSX: BAR) Currently Drills Aggressively, Exploring Nickel-Copper-PGE Project in Québec, Located near Their Current Gold Project
by Dr. Allen Alper


Balmoral Resources (TSX: BAR), under the leadership of Darin Wagner, has done exemplary work in the Abitibi greenstone belt. Besides making substantial gold discoveries, Balmoral has discovered, and is currently delineating an important new large nickel-copper-PGE discovery located 40 kilometers away from their current gold project. The PDAC and AEMQ have recognized the Balmoral team for outstanding discoveries.
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Group Ten Metals (TSX-V: PGE), Pursues Platinum, Palladium and Nickel near Wellgreen Deposit in Mining-Friendly Yukon Jurisdiction
by Allen Alper Jr.


Group Ten Metals (TSX: PGE), recently changed their name to better reflect their pursuit of platinum, palladium and nickel in the Yukon area of mining-friendly Canada.
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Plymouth Minerals Limited (ASX: PLH) Explores Tungsten and Tin Project at Morille Deposit in Mining-Friendly Spain
by Dr. Allen Alper


Plymouth Minerals Limited, with a focus on the Morille tungsten and tin project in Spain, is currently moving forward with systematic exploration.
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Blackheath Resources (TSX: BHR) Focused on Restoring Tungsten Mining in Portugal to Fully Supply Europe
by Dr. Allen Alper

Blackheath Resources (TSX: BHR), with a tight focus on restoring the production of tungsten mines in Portugal, is currently focused on their two primary mine sites.
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Interview with Stephen Stares, President of Benton Resources (TSXV: BEX): Advancing their Flagship high-Grade Cape Ray Gold Project in Newfoundland toward Production
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) is a well-funded Canadian-based junior project generator heading towards production with a diversified property portfolio in Gold-Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements. Currently Benton is advancing their flagship high-grade Cape Ray Gold project in Southwestern Newfoundland toward production, together with their 50/50 partner, Nordmin Engineering Ltd. We learned from Stephen Stares, President of Benton Resources and the winner of the Bill Dennis Prospector of the year award at PDAC 2007, that they are currently evaluating some new discoveries in the Thunder Bay area and partnering with industry leaders like Rio Tinto. Plans for 2017 include a full feasibility study for the Cape Ray deposits. At this stage the project is being advanced 100%, at no cost to the company, with the JV partner financing the project.
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Dr. Alper Interviews Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, President and CEO of Critical Elements Corporation, Developing a Large Lithium, Tantalum Project with a Take or Pay, Off-Take Agreement
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, President and CEO of Critical Elements Corporation, is developing a large Lithium, Tantalum project based in James Bay in Quebec. We learned from Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, President and CEO of Critical Elements that they have a 100% take or pay, off-take with a large chemical company, HELM AG. Critical Elements announced strategic partner HELM AG is to provide up to $4.5m funding for feasibility study. With a low market cap, a qualified and experienced staff and a strong business partner, Critical Elements is positioned to become a critical player in the Lithium and Tantalum market. On June 2, 2016, Critical Elements Corporation announced it closed a private placement for gross proceeds totaling $6,197,500. The private placement was led by Canaccord Genuity Corp.
This offering was arranged with an elite group of institutions, including lead investor JP Morgan Asset Management UK, which indicates the high regard in which Critical Elements Corporation is held with sophisticated institutional investors.
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Interview with Stan Bharti, Chairman and Acting CEO of Aberdeen International (TSX: AAB): a Successful Global Resource Investment Company and Merchant Bank
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aberdeen International (TSX: AAB) is a global resource investment company and merchant bank focused on small-cap companies in the mining and metals sector. We learned from Stan Bharti, Chairman and acting CEO of Aberdeen International, who has a very successful track record, that today the company has two major investments: one is close to a US $15 million investment in a private South-African platinum-palladium company called African Thunder, and the other is an investment in one of the largest advanced lithium resources in the world called Lithium X, located in Argentina. African Thunder is a producing mine with close to a million ounces of platinum and palladium and a huge exploration upside that was put on standby because of low prices, but there is a plan to reactivate it in the beginning of 2017. Aberdeen owns approximately 50% of African Thunder with the other 50% owned by a company in Switzerland. Lithium X is a well-developed resource that is completing its feasibility study. According to Mr. Bharti, these are both world-class assets that, over the next two or three years, in a good market, will unlock substantial value for Aberdeen. In addition, Aberdeen had several other assets, including coal and gold that have been sold to build a small resource fund that helps fund investments like the lithium project. Aberdeen manages this fund, which has already grown from about $8 million to $10 million in assets in less than a year.
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Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. (OTCBB: LBSR): Gold Anomaly, Phase 1 for High Grade Metals & Other Prospects
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Liberty Star Uranium & Metals (OTCBB: LBSR) is an exploration and mining development company located in Tucson, Arizona under the leadership of James A. Briscoe. The company's flagship project is Hay Mountain multi-target, multi-metal project located in Cochise County, southeast Arizona. It is a variable depth exploration project for porphyry copper, gold, moly and multiple potential by-product metals including lead, zinc, manganese, silver, uranium, thorium, and rare earth elements. Using the most advanced technology and equipment the company identified the potential for discovery of a high grade and very large limestone replacement and porphyry hosted copper, gold, and moly ore body and plans to engage in exploratory diamond core drilling as soon as possible.
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Interview with Michael Tamlin, COO of Neometals Ltd (ASX: NMT, OTC: RDRUY): Advanced Australian Mt. Marion Lithium Project and Patented "ELi Process" will Produce Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide at Low Cost
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Neometals Ltd. (ASX: NMT, OTC: RDRUY) is an Australian mining and development company focused on developing concurrently its advanced stage Mt. Marion lithium project and its patented "ELi Process" that will produce battery grade lithium hydroxide at low cost. With two strategic partners, - Australia’s largest contract minerals processor as their operating partner, and China’s leading, most profitable, lithium producer as their off-take partner for Mt. Marion project, - Neometals is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for Lithium products. We learned from Michael Tamlin, COO of Neometals that Mt. Marion is at a very advanced stage, where they have started mining, have commissioned the crushing operation and are establishing some stockpiles. According to Michael Tamlin, the next stage for Neometals is to build the pilot plant to produce lithium hydroxide. The company's goal is to build a sustainable and profitable business.
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Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. (LBSR: OTCBB) (LBSR: OTCPK) Moves Forward with Hay Mountain Copper Gold Project Plan after Approval by Arizona Officials
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. (LBSR: OTCBB) (LBSR: OTCPK) is an Arizona-based mineral exploration company focused on Arizona, Nevada and Utah, with claims on areas that have been found to be rich in copper, gold, silver molybdenum and uranium. Currently, the company is positioned to move forward with the Hay Mountain multi-target project located in mining-friendly Arizona. Liberty Star has lowered exploration and development costs by using its research facilities to identify quick producing properties to meet market demand for rapid delivery of resources.
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Gold Fields (JSE: GFI) Focuses on South Deep Gold Project in South Africa as the country’s first underground mechanized mine
by Dr. Allen Alper


Gold Fields (JSE: GFI), a very large producer of gold with sites around the world, is currently focused on bringing the South Deep project located in South Africa to a higher level of production with lower costs. Their profits are increasing with their focus on productivity and as gold prices strengthen .
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Vital Metals (ASX: VML) Takes 100% Control of Watershed Tungsten Project in Australia with Permitting Completed
by Dr. Allen Alper


With JOGMEC forfeiting 30% interest, Vital Metals has recently gained 100% control of their Watershed tungsten project, located in mining friendly Australia, and Vital Metals is commencing discussions with new project development partners. Their optimization of the flotation process is projected to reduce Capex and Opex. They are currently working on advancing the project to production. Many analysts are forecasting that the demand for tungsten will increase and that there will be a supply deficit.
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Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) Revolutionizes Lithium Recovery with New Process, Currently Working in Europe and Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper


Under the excellent leadership of Managing Director Adrian Griffin, Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) found a way to recover lithium more easily. They are using a process they developed with a past project, and are now working in Europe and Australia to recover lithium more efficiently from mica.
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King Island Scheelite (ASX: KIS) Makes Progress with Australia-Based Dolphin Tungsten Project, Dewaters Old Mine
by Dr. Allen Alper


King Island Scheelite (ASX: KIS), focused on the vast Dolphin tungsten project located in Australia, has now dewatered an old mine and is in discussions with offtake partners. Johann Jacobs and his experienced team is doing an excellent job preparing the mine to be a profitable, important tungsten producer.
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Avrupa Minerals (TSX: NOX), Leverages Prospect Generator Model and Finds Important Deposits – Slivovo in Kosovo and Several More in Portugal
by Dr. Allen Alper


Avrupa Minerals (TSX: AVU) is currently using a prospect generator model that has identified discoveries in Kosovo and Portugal. Paul Kuhn and his excellent team have been making very important gold, silver, copper, zinc and tungsten discoveries that have attracted support from Joint Venture mining companies.
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Vital Metals LTD (ASX: VML) Advances Watershed Scheelite Project in Queensland
by Dr. Allen Alper


Vital Metals LTD (ASX: VML) is currently focused on bringing their Watershed tungsten project to fruition with the help of business investors.
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Hazelwood Resources Ltd (ASX: HSZ) Advances Tungsten Resource Projects in Australia and Achieves Ferrotungsten Production in Vietnam with Sales to Asian Markets
by Dr. Allen Alper


Hazelwood Resources (ASX: HSZ), with projects in Australia and Vietnam, is currently pursuing site development and enjoying production at their Vietnam facility.
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King Island Scheelite (ASX: KIS) Prepares to Reopen Dolphin Tungsten Project in Australia with Experienced Team
by Dr. Allen Alper


King Island Scheelite (ASX: KIS) is currently in preparations to reopen the historic Dolphin tungsten project located in Australia.
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Dr. Alper Interviews Thom Calandra, THE CALANDRA REPORT, at PDAC 2016
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC
This is Dr. Allen Alper, of Metals News, who's interviewing Thom Calandra of subscriber service The Calandra Report and his free and affiliated thomcalandra.com. Thom has been following the minerals industries for about 30 years as a writer, researcher and investor. He also started several publishing ventures, including the world’s largest financial news service via Internet: MarketWatch and CBS MarketWatch. Give us some of your insights and thoughts, Thom.
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by Peter Epstein, CFA, MBA EpsteinResearch.com @peterepstein2
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Mickey Fulp Expects “The Summer Doldrums” To Start Soon
There are well-known seasonal events that junior resource investors mark on their calendars: At the end of the year, tax-loss selling has become an expected norm with a rebound in the new year. So have stock price spikes immediately after resource conferences. And then there’s the summer doldrums.
We met up with Mickey Fulp, the Mercenary Geologist, at the Metals and Minerals Conference in New York City on May 12 and 13. We asked him what investors should expect in the year to come and some of the companies on his watch list. Here’s what he shared with us
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Rick Rule Explains How to Survive In This Market
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Many junior resource investors look at the most popular stocks, wait for them to rise, and then buy them. Then, when those stocks plummet – as they often do in the volatile world of junior resources – they sell them and take a heavy loss.
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What Makes a Critical Metal “Critical” or a Strategic Element “Strategic”?
by Mickey Fulp, Mercenary Geologist
I was a keynote speaker at the recent Murdock Capital Partners Critical Metals / Strategic Elements Symposium in New York City.
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by Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos
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Jon Nadler Talks about Silver's Cloudy Lining
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Jon Nadler, Senior Metals Analyst, Kitco Bullion Dealers, is bearish on silver prices. In his talk at the San Francisco Hard Assets Investment Conference, he provided lots of data to back up his position. Mr. Nadler applied the basic laws of supply and demand mentioning that a decrease in demand for silver and a current surplus points to a decrease in price. He’s not totally against silver though; he just says if you do invest in silver, “Do it in addition to a core position in gold.”
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Gareth Hatch: Navigating the Rare Earth Metals Landscape
by Brian Sylvester of The Critical Metals Report (11/22/11)
Gareth Hatch, co-founder of Technology Metals Research LLC, gives us the lay of the land in the rare earth sector. Many variables are shaping this developing market, and from calculating global demand to anticipating individual project costs, data makes the difference in determining viable investments. Gareth Hatch gets down to the nitty gritty in this Critical Metals exclusive, and comes up with some promising projects in the works.
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Critical Raw Materials
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A critical or strategic material is a commodity whose lack of availability during a national emergency would seriously affect the economic, industrial, and defensive capability of a country.
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Globetrotting Mickey Fulp Brings Back Exciting News
by Dr. Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos
There are plenty of arm-chair metals experts who make decisions based on information they dredge up from various sources. But the best experts put on their work boots and willingly get their hands dirty by visiting mines.
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Mickey Fulp Talks about the Critical Problem of “Critical” Metals
by Allen Alper. and Aaron Hoos
Markets go up and down. They are fundamentally propelled by supply and demand but markets are also propelled by investor exuberance over the latest fad. For a while it was gold. We've also seen uranium as the "everyone's-talking-about-it" metal, and copper, and rare earth elements. Right now, the term "critical” is a popular term for a particular group of metals among speculators.
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Jim Letourneau is excited about something you've never heard of
by Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos
Some investors invest in a stock because they heard about it from someone they know. Other investors buy into a stock because they read about it somewhere and then did their own research. Jim Letourneau, of Big Picture Speculator, says that people will profit the most by something they haven't heard of.
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