Gold Mining Stocks
Australia is among the world's top gold producers, and the Canadian mining company RNC recently discovered a pair of massive gold orebodies at the Beta Hunt mine in Western Australia.
Amid persistently low gold prices, two of the world's best-known mining companies (Barrick Gold and Randgold Resources) are merging to form the largest gold-mining firm on the planet.
South Africa, once home to the world's top-producing gold mines, has seen a virtual collapse of the industry. New gold mining projects around the world are on the decline, as well.
In the time since the precious metal prices began to fall from their highs in 2011 and 2012, the gold mining sector has struggled to recover.
The gold mining industry could see a giant shift in the next few decades as discoveries of new major underground gold deposits dwindle.
One innovative company in Canada may finally be flipping the script when it comes to safely and profitably recovering precious metals from electronic waste.
There is a great deal to look forward to with the use of precious metals in several of the fastest-growing areas of the economy, including "green" tech.
Labor unrest and falling profits in South Africa's platinum mining industry are the direct result of weakening platinum prices over the last five years.