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Mining financing by region, January 2013-March 2015
by Chris Galbraith

The past several years have unquestionably been particularly challenging for the mining industry. Nevertheless, in spite of hardships, the mining industry continues to attract new funding. Evaluating financings by the destinations of capital raised shows that the regional distribution is hardly static and that some clear trends can be identified in the geographical distribution of funds from January 2013 through early 2015. While the 2013-2014 periods have been relatively consistent in total funds raised for mining and exploration, 2015 has so far been off to a troubled start.
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Avalon Rare Metals (TSX and NYSE MKT: AVL) Offers Investors Exposure to Heavy Rare Earths, Tin and Lithium in their Unique Holdings in Canada
by Dr. Allen Alper


Avalon Rare Metals (TSX and NYSE MKT: AVL) is currently pursuing three advanced projects that consist of critical raw materials such as heavy rare earths, tin and lithium at several different locations in Canada. Their Nechalacho Project contains exceptional heavy rare earth enrichment. Their East Kemptville Project was North America’s only primary tin producer with a significant unmined resource awaiting renewed production. Separation Rapids is the largest undeveloped petalite deposit in the world, a unique high-purity lithium mineral used in glass-ceramics.
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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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Focus Graphite (TSX-V: FMS) Advances its Lac Knife Project in Quebec; Files its Environmental Impact Assessment, and; Moves to Close Discussions for Mine and Plant Financing


With development milestones met, Focus Graphite’s Lac Knife, Quebec graphite project is poised to move toward production in 2015. And with the submission of its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to the Quebec Government and mine and plant financing discussions well underway, Focus has advanced its position to supply low-cost, high value battery grade graphite into the market.
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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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Stria Lithium Accomplishes Goal of Isolating Lithium Chloride Using Environmentally Safe Process
by Allen Alper Jr.


Stria Lithium (TSX: SRA), has just announced that they have accomplished their goal of isolating lithium chloride using a new, proprietary process that is not only environmentally friendly, but provides the highest grades possible.
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Cronimet Mining Power Solutions Provides Innovative Solutions for Companies that Need Access to Affordable Power in Remote Areas
by Allen Alper.


Cronimet Mining Power Solutions is providing innovative photovoltaic cell/diesel power combinations to companies working in remote areas that need affordable power.
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Toronto’s Forbes & Manhattan Company Positioned for Success in Global Mining Markets
by Allen Alper.


Forbes & Manhattan, a private merchant bank located in Toronto, currently has holdings in multiple companies that have undervalued, yet excellent resources.
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American Manganese (TSX: AMY) Develops Artillery Peak Manganese Property in Arizona to Respond to Critical Shortages in Electrolytic Manganese Metals
by Dr Allen Alper


American Manganese (TSX: AMY), owner of the largest manganese property in the Southwestern United States, is currently pursuing the opportunity to provide electrolytic manganese dioxide and metal from their Artillery Peak property located in Arizona.
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Fortune Minerals (TSX: FT) Advances Arctos Anthracite Project in Canada with Rail Research and Environmental Permitting
by Dr. Allen Alper


Fortune Minerals (TSX: FT), is currently working on their flagship metallurgical coal project located in Canada. The Arctos project boasts anthracite coal and easy access to railway transportation.
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Happy Creek Minerals Ltd (TSXV:HPY) Exploring for Copper and Tungsten in British Columbia
by Allen Alper.


David Blann, with education in mining engineering and as a professional geological engineer of 25 years’ experience, set up Happy Creek Minerals Ltd (TSXV:HPY) in 2006 determined to follow the old adage that the “best place to find a mine is near a mine”. The company became a publically traded company in August 2006 and has never looked back.
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American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; FRANK: 2AM; PINKS: AMYZF.pk) Pursues Production of Manganese Dioxide Blends in Arizona and British Colombia
by Allen Alper.


American Manganese, with properties in Arizona and British Colombia, is working toward developing manganese dioxide blends that can be used in the battery and steel industries.
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Sulliden Gold Corp’s Scott Moore, VP of Corporate Development – Low Cost, Low Capital Gold Project in Peru
by Dr. Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos


Sulliden Gold Corp (TSX: SUE, OTCQX: SDDDF, BVL: SUE) is a company that appears to have all the right pieces in place. Sulliden is focused on the exploration and development of the Shahuindo Gold and Silver Project, located in northern Peru. Production from this property is expected in late 2013, early 2014. The Company also owns the East Sullivan property in the Val-d'Or gold district in Quebec.
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Yukon Model Proves Solid Government Resources Are Often Key to Successful Mines
by Dr. Allen Alper


The Yukon is home to some of the most important mineral deposits in the entire world. It is a land rich in resources overseen by a government that has developed a positive working relationship with industry and local and First Nations governments. The regulatory bodies in Yukon are the Minerals Resources Branch and the Oil and Gas Resources branch of the Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources. These two branches are working collaboratively to make mining investment more attractive in Yukon.
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CuOro Resources Wants to Be a First Copper Mover in Colombia
by Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos


Some investors want to invest in companies who are working in tried-and-true jurisdictions using tried-and-true business models. There are a lot of experts available to help these businesses, and often the costs are lower. And some investors want to invest in businesses that are doing new things in new areas. For these businesses, the rewards are higher as they pave the way for the future.
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Stan Bharti, Forbes & Manhattan Founder Shares Expertise on State of the Market, Positions Company for Growth


Stan Bharti Founder of Forbes & Manhattan (a private merchant bank headquartered in Toronto) and his exceptional team have had outstanding accomplishments and return on their investments in the last ten years. Stan Bharti provides his analysis on the state of the marketing sector as well as his philosophy for growth.
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Largo Resources (TSX: LGO) Produces Vanadium for Steel Manufacturers at the World’s Highest Grade Vanadium Project, Maracás Menchen Mine in Brazil
by Dr. Allen Alper


Largo Resources (TSX: LGO), flagship vanadium project in Brazil, is now producing vanadium that will benefit the steel and battery industries as they continue to expand the facility. It will become the highest grade, highest quality and lowest cost vanadium project in the world.
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CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions Offers Energy Solutions to Off-Grid Mines in Africa and Other Remote Areas


CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions Offers Energy Solutions to Off-Grid Mines in Africa and Other Remote Areas
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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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CM Furnaces Exhibited at the 2014 PM World Congress to Demonstrate Versatile High-Temperature Furnaces and Technology
by Dr. Allen Alper


CM Furnaces, a privately held company that focuses on the development of high-temperature furnaces serving the following industries: refractory metals, lighting, wire, glass, ceramics, fiber optics, powdered metallurgy, metal injection molding, ceramic injection molding, and nuclear fuels. CM Furnaces also manufactures high temperature furnaces for basic research and development, Universities and for the national laboratories. CM Furnaces recently exhibited their technology at the 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials.
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MPIF award winning Powder Metallurgy parts announced at PM2014

Winning parts in the Metal Powder Industry Federation (MPIF) 2014 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition were announced at the PM2014 World Congress, Orlando, USA, May 18-22.
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Largo Resources’(TSX: LGO) World’s Premier High-Grade Low-Cost Vanadium Project in Brazil will be in Production the Q1 2014
by Dr. Allen Alper


Largo Resources (TSX: LGO), with the benefit of a large high-grade low cost vanadium project in Brazil, is currently focusing their efforts on commissioning the project in Q1 2014.
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Nordgold (LSE: NORD) Makes Significant Progress in Increasing Gold Production and Efficiency During 2013
by Allen Alper.


Nordgold (LSE: NORD), with 9 gold mines in several emerging markets, has spent 2013 working on increasing their production and efficiency to combat challenging global gold markets.
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Australia Minerals and Mining Group Ltd.’ (ASX: AKA) Ric Dawson Tells of Innovative Technology that Could Generate Huge Cash Flow from High Purity Alumia
by Dr. Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos


In the resource mining industry, where the job is to get minerals out of the ground and process them, innovation tends to focus on how efficiently that job is done. The faster explorers can find a deposit and the faster that a producer can mine it, the better.
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Century Iron Mines Creates Capital Streams to Fund their Iron Ore Projects in Quebec
by Allen Alper.


With billions of tons of 43-101 iron ore located in their Quebec projects, Century Iron Mines has created an innovative corporate structure that will enable them to fund development and production efforts.
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Goldrush Resources Exploring in Gold-Rich Regions of Burkina Faso in West Africa
by Andrew Alper and Aaron Hoos


Recently, we spoke to Dr. Len Brownlie, CEO and President of Goldrush Resources, a company working exclusively in the West African country of Burkina Faso. We talked about the Company's brief history and what opportunities they are pursuing today.
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Sutter Gold Mining (TSX-V: SGM) is Building on History
by Andrew Alper and Aaron Hoss


In the world of junior resource investing, companies come and go over time. But one company, Sutter Gold Mining (TSX-V: SGM OTCQX:SGMNF), has pushed through the many challenges and is building a mine on a past-producing mine in a challenging mining district.
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Flinders Resources is a new IPO with a high grade graphite play and a fast path to cash flow
by Allen Alper. and Aaron Hoos


Many investors love the "ground floor opportunity" – getting into an investment while it is still a newly listed company. But there is a speculative quality about these investments that can make them seem riskier. But Flinders Resources (TSX-V: FDR) offers an interesting combination of being a newly listed company with an exciting resource.
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Moly Mines Limited: Mining and Shipping Iron Ore to China
by Dr. Allen Alper and Jeff Senior


With plenty of money available due to a positive cash flow and a new strategic alliance, Moly Mines is looking to diversify and expand the scale of its operations.
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Marston Webb’s GOLD & SILVER Notes and Quotes
by Marston Webb

A monthly review of published articles, reports, and research on gold and silver

As 2011 wound down to its final days, traders tended to dump currency alternatives in favor of the flexibility of actual cash, as Europe's debt crisis dragged on. Precious metals, one of the hottest trades in commodities for much of the year, continued to lose favor. Sil­ver touched a 13-month low and plati­num fell to a fresh two year nadir.
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Canadian Metals Successfully Produce Ferrosilcon From Langis at MINTEK Facilities
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 23, 2015) - Canadian Metals Inc. ( The "Corporation") (CSE:CME) is pleased to announce that the first lumps of ferrosilicon ( prototype testing ) were successfully produced at the MINTEK state-of-the art facilities in Randburg, South Africa. Ferrosilicon was produced from the Langis quartzite deposit, 100% own by Canadian Metals. The series of prototype tests was conducted between end of May 2015 and early June 2015.
Polyus Gold becomes first Russian member of ICMM
Polyus Gold International Ltd, Russia’s foremost gold producer and one of the 10 biggest gold miners in the world, was welcomed as a member of ICMM after completing the rigorous admission process.
South32 confirms its commitment to sustainable development performance
New globally diversified metals and mining company, South32, has been welcomed as a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
CHAMPION BUYS BACK 1.5% NET SMELTER ROYALTY ON FERMONT PROPERTY HOLDINGS AND FLAGSHIP CONSOLIDATED FIRE LAKE NORTH PROJECT
MONTREAL, QUEBEC. June 29, 2015. Champion Iron Limited (ASX:CIA, TSX:CIA) (“Champion” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update of developments on its flagship Consolidated Fire Lake North (“CFLN”) project located in the Fermont Iron Ore District of Québec.
EXPLOR CLOSES A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF $300,000
FSE & BE: E1H1) (“Explor” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has closed a first tranche of a non-brokered private placement of a maximum of 12,500,000 Flow-Through Shares at a price of $0.08 each, for total gross proceeds of up to CDN $1,000,000 (the “Private Placement”).
Latest government statistics confirm that lead batteries are the most recycled product in USA‏
For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager, Tolliday@ila-lead.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090
CENTERRA GOLD AND PREMIER GOLD ANNOUNCE DRILL RESULTS
TORONTO, CANADA – June 25, 2015 – Centerra Gold Inc. (“Centerra”) (TSX: CG) and Premier Gold Mines Limited (“Premier”) (TSX: PG) are pleased to announce results of a diamond drill program comprised of 62 drill holes for a total of 17,428 metres at the Partnership's Hardrock Project on the Trans-Canada Property located in the Geraldton-Beardmore Greenstone Belt in northwestern Ontario.
OEMs in the US receive highest satisfaction ratings
Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Centre (MIC) has found that mining companies in the US are extremely satisfied with their original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) compared to other countries.
BC & Alaska indigenous leaders attending Seabridge Gold shareholder meeting to protest risky mine plan
Toronto, June 24 - British Columbia and Alaska indigenous leaders today are calling upon Seabridge Gold’s leadership and investors to prevent more disasters like Mount Polley. Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA)(NYSE:SA) is a junior mining company proposing what would be North America’s largest open pit mine near British Columbia’s northwest border with Alaska. The mine is located under an active glacier, as well as upstream from major salmon fishing waters and the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular tourist destination.
Experts Corner
AOTH’s Richard Mills Sernova Corp Interview
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the Herd
Sernova Corp. TSX.V – SVA has developed the subcutaneous Cell Pouch™ specifically designed to overcome the issues with previous implanted devices for cell transplantation. Sernova’s extensive Phase I/II clinical safety and efficacy studies have shown this device to be both safe and effective, while being sparing of islets, supporting its design and function.
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Brine Lithium Harvesting Compared to Hard Rock Mining
by Peter Epstein, CFA, MBA Twitter: @peterepstein2
Before launching into a comparison of hard rock lithium mining vs. harvesting lithium brines, it's important to point out that hard rock mining can be preferable to alternative methods, but usually only where hard rock mining is already entrenched in places like the Greenbushes mine located in south Western Australia... Also, I use the word, “lithium” loosely to describe lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide and other forms of lithium. Please see applicable disclosures at the bottom of this article.
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Nevada Copper Corp Getting No Respect, Acquisition Target?
by Peter Epstein, CFA, MBA Twitter: @peterepstein2
Copper Supply Far From Secure, Production Costs Rising
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Warrants: Options On The Future
by Dudley Pierce Baker
Have you ever explored the numerous opportunities available using stock warrants? Probably Not!
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Why Commodity Prices Are Down and May Go Lower
by Mickey Fulp the Mercenary Geologist
A multitude of mavens, pundits, sages, wizards, writers, and assorted talking heads with various but vested interests in the hard commodities sector have weighed-in on the supposed demise of the secular bull market in “stuff” over the past few months
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Accelerating to What Exactly?
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the Herd
We humans have been changing the world around us for tens of thousands of years. It’s pretty much what we do, we shape and we change the existing environment through design and then indifference to the results of our actions.
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Thomas S. Drolet Explains Why He Is Bullish On Uranium
by Dr. Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos
Gold, silver, copper, iron ore… It’s easy to think of the hard metals when you think of the metals and mining industry. But one mineral that you should be paying attention to is uranium. Other metals may turn into products and infrastructure; uranium turns into energy.
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Rick Mills: Greenland Is the Final Frontier for Lower-Cost Mining
Richard Mills Industrial minerals like copper and nickel are essential to global economic expansion. But everywhere you look, grades are getting lower, and costs are getting much, much higher. Is there a way out? Rick Mills says mining companies need to look to Greenland.
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A VMS Venture
According to the Metals Economics Group report, ‘Strategies for Copper Reserves Replacement Study’ a combination of lower grades and higher costs (taxation, royalty and environmental approval) are pushing up the copper mining industry’s capital and operating costs.
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The Greatest Gold Rush
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the Herd
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

Here’s four facts I want you to have on your screen before we get going:
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Global Cobalt
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the Herd
Most of the world’s cobalt is mined in Africa and the majority of Africa’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC represented about 55 percent of global mine supply in 2012 and the country contains almost 50 percent of known worldwide cobalt reserves.
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Gold Price Forecast 2013, Buying Opportunity?, is Silver Cheaper?
by Nadeem Walayat
Gold and Silver bugs have had an abysmally poor 2012 against expectations for new all time highs, where a 1 year bear market from the August 2011 high into the May 2012 low failed to spark a sustained run to new all time highs. The rally from which petered out by early October at $1800, followed by another trend back to leave Gold at $1657 as per the last close, this despite reams and reams of material plastered all over the internet that hoped for an eventual return to a gold standard or "Sound Money" as being the ultimate outcome of our ongoing global debt and money printing crisis.
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Congo and Cobalt Critical
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the herd
The U.S. Department of Energy says materials used in four clean energy technologies: wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy efficient lighting are critical now. The American Physical Society's Panel on Public Affairs and the Materials Research Society coined the term "energy critical element" to describe elements that are essential to one or more of the new energy-related technologies.
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At the Hard Assets Conference in San Francisco, Al Korelin Tells Us where He Likes To Invest
by Allen Alper. and Aaron Hoos
Some investors choose to invest based on news; others choose to invest based on the type of asset that a company has; still others choose to invest based on the lifecycle of a mining company. So what should investors use to help them decide where to invest?
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Nickel Mining Like its 1864
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the herd
Nickel Sulphide Project Pipeline Empty. Nickel is present in over 3000 different alloys that are used in over 300,000 products for consumer, industrial, military, transport/aerospace, marine and architectural applications.
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