Strategic Commodities

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tin Supply & Demand

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Green technologies are expected to create a surge in global tin demand, but Western companies may encounter supply challenges amid the outsize market weight of Asian producers.

Supply Pinch Sustains Record Iron Prices

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Moves by Beijing to cool iron prices can only go so far against a backdrop of lingering supply shortfalls.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Helium Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine helium, a rare instance of a key high-tech input that remains dominated on the supply side by the United States.

Mining Firms Brace for Peru Election Result

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Voters in Peru face an existential decision this weekend, one that many never asked for in the first place.

China-Australia Iron Trade Booms, But for How Long?

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The iron trade has afforded Australia much-needed leverage in its ongoing trade spat with China. But a recent push by Beijing to diversify its supply suggests that this leverage won’t last forever.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Demand

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New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. First in a new series, this article examines factors impacting lithium demand over the next decade.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Uranium Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine uranium, a key input in nuclear power generation that was included on the US Interior Department’s list of critical minerals.

Greenland Election to Resonate in Global Rare Earth Supply

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A snap general election in Greenland could reverberate in Arctic geopolitics and rare earth mineral supply chains the world over.

DRC Dreams of Cobalt Monopoly

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The Democratic Republic of Congo produces most of the world’s cobalt, but has little power over global prices. Kinshasa is working to change that.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

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