An Insider's Guide to the Mining Sector: An In-Depth Study by Michael Coulson

By Michael Coulson

The possibility of rapid riches offers the mining region an seen glamour. And whilst the mining quarter starts off to run it may be an amazing sight and the thrill generated will be each piece as seductive and heady as that which enveloped markets through the net increase. yet because of the counter-cyclical nature of many mining shares, they could additionally provide a helpful shelter whilst inventory markets flip down. during this publication, Michael Coulson provides a masterly evaluate of the field, explains either the rewards and the pitfalls of making an investment in mining stocks and argues convincingly that mining may still once more shape a center area for all traders. The booklet is for someone drawn to mining, and especially mining as an funding. when it comprises fabric so that it will be necessary to even skilled fans of the field, its major aim is people who are drawn to mining yet might be no longer really acquainted with the field, and wish to understand extra. the entire topics are lined which are funda

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USA No longer a growth mining nation The US can no longer be viewed as a dynamic mining nation, certainly as far as output growth is concerned. As one of the earliest countries to embrace the industrial revolution it developed its mineral resources quickly in order to provide its own raw materials to feed plants and factories. Today the country remains a major producer of coal, copper, gold and other metals. However, a combination of very tight environmental legislation and the fact that the most attractive sources of metals have already been exploited means that interesting investment opportunities in the US mining industry are less available than in Africa and Latin America.

More recently, Xstrata acquired MIM and BHP Billiton took over WMC without any great to-do. Perhaps the latter deal also benefited from the fact that the acquirer could be counted as a local company. This derived from the very diplomatically handled merger between Australia’s natural resources giant BHP and Billiton of the UK, which led to an unusual corporate structure that effectively meant the merged entity was one company with two incorporations – Australia and the UK. A similar situation arises in the case of Rio Tinto, which complicates the disputed BHP takeover bid for Rio.

The attraction of the US to investors generally is the robust approach to business of US companies; and the perception that business in the US operates in a much more friendly environment than it does in the heavily regulated European Union or structurally challenged Japan. Whilst there is something to this, certainly as regards sunrise industries such as technology, the picture is less clear as regards the exploitation of minerals. Many states have very strict rules regarding the environment, particularly where pollution may be a particular hazard often as a result of mining companies’ actions in the past.

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