Author Archives: Stuart Burns

Early this year, the silver market was going through a tough time.

Its reaction to the growing pandemic was in stark contrast to that of gold. The disconnect between the two metals rose to historic proportions, as gold rose on the back of deeply negative real interest rates and expectations, justified or otherwise, of rising inflation as a result of massive fiscal stimulus.

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The European Union (E.U.) always knew it would be a herculean undertaking for Europe to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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A recent Reuters article doesn’t say so in as many words but certainly suggests conditions are fertile for warehouse operators to incentivize metal deliveries again and, in the process, queues could form at exit.

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MetalMiner had the opportunity today to interview respected geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, acquired earlier this year by RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange) and quiz Rodger Baker, Stratfor’s senior VP of strategic analysis, on forthcoming sanctions against China.

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Anyone connected or exposed to the dynamics of the oil price must be wondering if the recovery in the oil price is sustainable and, indeed, whether it has further to go.

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Space is suddenly back in vogue following SpaceX’s successful launch of two astronauts to the International Space station at the end of May and followed up with a successful launch of a GPS satellite at the end of June.

The commercial space business is riding high, it would seem.

But it is a high-risk game.

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While small beer compared to the U.S.’s trade war with China, the growing dispute between Washington and Brussels over subsidies by aircraft makers is likely to develop into an escalating series of tit-for-tat measures this year.

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At the behest of the American Primary Aluminum Association (APAA), U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been encouraged to push the Trump administration to rule this week against Canada’s duty-free status for primary aluminum into the U.S. market.

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While most steelmakers are struggling for survival, Liberty Steel Group UK (LSUK) is pushing on with ambitious plans to double production and expand into new areas.

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As much as China would have the rest of the world believe it has the coronavirus beat, both the authorities and the economy are acutely sensitive to the possibility of a resurgence.

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