Ag & Industrial Minerals

Saskatchewan Budget: Government Actions Return Province to Balance

The Conference Board of Canada Economist Daniel Lam offers insights on Saskatchewan’s 2019 Budget: Quote “Following two years of recession in 2015 and 2016, that drove the province deep into the red, Saskatchewan drastically increased taxes and announced a stringent spending plan with the goal ...

Weekly links March 22: improving girl’s education, should project management training be done more, a better binscatter, and more...

Dave starts his blogging in his new home: Over at the CGD blog, Dave Evans and Fei Yuan discuss their new work reviewing 250+ interventions to try and figure out how best to help girls succeed in school. The key finding is that to improve learning for girls, general interventions that improve ped ...

TFMR Podcast - Wednesday, March 20

With TF 26 Comments | 16 Likes Following in the footsteps of the ECB, the Fed capitulated today and thereby removed any doubt that 2019 is shaping up to be just like 2010. The two main takeaways from today are: The Fed is no longer anticipating a single rate hike for 2019 The Fed will comp ...

Tracking Lumber, Steel, Concrete, Gypsum, Glass, and Other Construction Material Costs

On behalf of individuals, the task of monitoring changes in the cost of purchasing everyday products and bigger ticket items is assigned to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). For business managers, however, the cost measurements that have the most relevance are the Producer Price Index (PPI) figures. ...

5G & The Future Of Connectivity: 20 Industries The Tech Could Transform

Move over, 4G — the next generation of wireless technology is here. 5G is set to enhance connectivity across networks. This is especially important as the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices rises, along with the amount of data they generate. Get the entire 31-page What is 5g? repor ...

IMO 2020 may not solve crude oil quality riddle: Fuel for Thought

The global chasm in crude oil quality supply shows no signs of narrowing, prompting refiners to lighten their slate and leading to a market awash with gasoline , naphtha and LPG. New restrictions next year on the amount of sulfur in global marine fuels may mean refiners buy even more US shale oil , ...

159 Of The Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures Of All Time

We’ve had failure on the brain recently. Why? Partly because it’s a good counterbalance to the typical survivorship bias-laden stories we read, and also because understanding failure is critical to the algorithms underlying our product. Some of the fail-related research we’ve issued includes: ...

Toxic air catastrophe triggers scrap metal revolution in China

Minerals producers have made fortunes over the last decade to slake China’s thirst for raw industrial metals. But in the future their profits could be hit by the Middle Kingdom recycling ever-greater quantities of its own ferrous scrap to meet industrial demand and, more importantly, cut dangero ...

Insight from Washington: US refiners worry about White House wild card as IMO 2020 nears

A strict sulfur limit for marine fuels starting in 2020 and its potential to boost US gasoline and diesel prices may have caught the White House off guard last year, but it’s not taking refiners or members of the shipping industry by surprise. US refiners say they have been preparing for the Inte ...

Energy and commodities highlights: All eyes on India, US trade talks, Nord Stream 2

India and Pakistan’s tense relationship returned to the headlines recently, and while the latest incident had little impact on commodity markets, it brought into focus India’s role as a fast-growing market for raw materials. Saudi Arabia quickly set diplomatic wheels in motion to defuse the si ...