BHP, Barrick Gold, Teck Resources and Antofagasta…

There are some global guidelines for autonomous systems in mining currently being developed. said, "The document, published this week by Canada-based Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), outlines a framework for miners to follow when considering adding autonomous equipment to their operations. It also provides a maturity model for companies to emulate as they expand the scope of their unmanned fleets."

This technology could have the effect of making mining safer and more efficient. We will keep you updated on the status of these guidelines.

Total physical demand for silver rose 4% last year…

Expert investors are currently optimistic about silver at its current prices. 

MarketWatch said, "Silver has been a lackluster performer this year, but as investors’ appetite for gold improves, silver might share in the yellow metal’s prosperity."

Global investment in silver rose last year and its market is close to balanced.

All of these factors are pointing to silver as a good investment in 2019. 

Especially in light of what is going on in the wor…

How does silver fit into your portfolio? What role should it play?

Seeking Alpha says it's a great addition to your investment portfolio and recommends keeping it at about 1%. This is because silver has spiked dramatically a few times in the past.

"You can see 'Silver Thursday' in March 1980, the result of Bunker Hunt attempting to corner the silver market. And you can see the freak-out in 2011. So you might come to the conclusion that an asset that goes bananas every once in a while could be a good asset to hold."

Researchers from Kent Business School published a…

How are solar panels related to silver? Silver is an important material in manufacturing the panels. said, "Given that it has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals, commercial solar panels incorporate about 20g of silver per unit. According to the experts at Kent, this means that the metal is responsible for around 6.1% of the total cost of building each panel."

Since the demand for solar panels is rising, the demand for silver is likely to rise as well. 

The most significant signs of change are the mega…

There have been a lot of merges causing a stir lately in the mining industry. However, argues that they should now focus on innovation. They said, "In this scenario, bigger isn’t always better. The aspiration for a new era of profitability must be met with sustained investment in innovation that delivers on both radical improvement and transformation."

Focusing on innovation and technology could create possibilities for these companies to scale sustainably. After mergers, sometimes businesses can grow more quickly than they can handle. We will see what happens!

A likely rebounding Chinese economy should help bo…

Why are mining stocks surging?

The Street reported, "A likely rebounding Chinese economy should help boost demand for metals and materials, which in turn should help further lift the mining stocks, such as those held in the iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers exchange-traded fund."

Metals like copper, steel, and ore are projected to be in higher demand. Coal is also expected to be used more due to the rebounding Chinese economy and subsequent trade with the US. 

Washington — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke…

The former Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is now working in the gold industry.

CBS News reported, "Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for Nevada-based U.S. Gold Corp., which focuses on mining exploration and development, would not constitute lobbying. But that company's CEO cited Zinke's 'excellent relationship' with the Bureau of Land Management and the Interior Department in explaining his hiring."

Zinke holds a degree in geology. 

Kitco News – It is a calm before the storm type of…

What does Brexit have to do with gold? Some investors are actually holding off until they see what happens.

Kitco said, "The gold market in the U.K. has people waiting out the Brexit uncertainty without making any sudden moves, Carrasco told Kitco News in an interview."

The best outcomes for gold would probably be hard Brexit or the potential outcome of no Brexit at all. Some experts say this could lead to gold at $1,500 an ounce.

Industry analysts and executives descending on San…

The latest news in copper is that the market is tight.

Mining Weekly reported, "Giant mines currently under construction will turn out an additional one-million tons of copper through 2023, but that gap won't be enough to fully close an expected gap between supply and demand in the next few years."

Copper was at a high point in 2017, creating an opportunity for mining projects to start construction. Click the link for more information on the current status of the copper industry!