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Walls and bridges

December 2016: Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential elections sent financial and commodity markets into overdrive, but not in the way many doom-mongering analysts had predicted. Rather than the global meltdown in financial…


Looking south

December 2016: Chile’s mineral potential is recognized around the world. But its mining industry is heavily concentrated in the arid north, while the south’s potential is largely unrealized. However, with much of the north already…



Trump’s bump

November 2016:  Copper prices have soared to their highest level since the middle of 2015 as markets reacted to the surprise election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States. Prices closed on…


Red Eagle pours first gold

November 2016: Red Eagle Mining Corporation (TSX: R; OTCQ: RDEMF) has poured the first gold at its Santa Rosa project in Antioquia, Colombia. R now plans to reach commercial production of 1,000tpd during 1Q17. The…


Spending slowed

November 2016: Amid efforts to reduce a rising fiscal deficit, Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdes has presented the most austere national budget in more than a decade. Government spending will rise by just 2.7% next year (compared…


Opportunities in the crisis

November 2016: As the fall in metals prices forces many mining companies into financial straits, many are having to sell assets and operations in order to generate cash flow just to stay in business. This…


Bachelet replaces head of SERNAGEOMIN

Octubre 2016: Mario Pereira Arredondo was named interim national director of mining and geology service SERNAGEOMIN after President Michelle Bachelet announced that Rodrigo Alvarez Seguel was stepping down after more than two years in the post….