March 2020

HOTTER ON METALS: Mine finance requests step up amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has opened up financing opportunities for metals and mining-focused investment firms. It’s also created a problem.

HOTTER ON METALS: South Africa shows coronavirus scenario planning is tricky

Metals, mining and alloy producers have been scenario-planning in response to the novel coronavirus. The South African government appears to have just removed all but one option.

HOTTER ON METALS: LME floor a (temporary) pandemic victim

The London Metal Exchange has closed its open outcry trading floor and is using its electronic trading platform for price discovery as a precautionary measure amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic.

HOTTER ON METALS: The coronavirus’ double whammy supply-demand shock

While countries start to lock down their borders to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), mining companies are beginning to halt production, delay projects and withdraw staff.

HOTTER ON METALS: Panic as Saudi Arabia flexes its oil muscles

If global financial markets had been operating under a pervading sense of uncertainty due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), they now appear to be veering on panic.