Sector Expert: Richard Karn

Emerging Trends Report

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As managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report, Richard Karn has a broad, multidisciplinary background and a working knowledge of precious and specialty metals, as well as considerable research, analytical and writing experience. He has written for publications ranging from Barron's, Kitco and Fullermoney to Financial Sense Online.

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Three Australian Miners Richard Karn Believes Are Positioned for Success (6/1/15)
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Despite the collapse in broad commodity prices, numerous specialty metal prices have held or even gone up in the last few years: companies with the potential to produce these metals couldn't attract capital, and the tightness today is now likely to become shortages tomorrow, says Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report. When institutional capital eventually comes back to the sector, money will flow first to companies in or nearing production now. In this interview with The Gold Report, Karn highlights three such companies in Australia producing graphite, tungsten, rare earth elements, hafnium and other specialty metals.

Richard Karn's Advice for Avoiding the Walking Dead (9/24/14)
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Starved of cash, nearly 150 mining companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange went into bankruptcy during the fiscal year that ended June 30, and another 23 have gone under since then. Richard Karn, managing editor of the Emerging Trends Report, believes a fresh wave of failures is expected when the quarter ends September 30, and a major shakeout at some point appears likely. But the situation isn't grim for all the specialty metal companies down under. In this interview with The Gold Report, Karn shares a handful of names with the wherewithal to survive the onslaught.

Night of the Living Dead Miners: Rare Earth 'Zombies' Attack the ASX and TSX (4/22/14)

In 2010, rare earth and specialty metals market froth had speculators throwing money at a sector they didn't understand, and opportunistic resource company managers stepped up to take their money. Two years later, so-called zombies, the walking dead companies, lurk on the TSX and ASX exchanges, all talk and no product. As Richard Karn of Emerging Trends Report explains in his interview with The Mining Report, anemic cash flows will put many of these zombies to rest in the coming year, while the survivors—the companies that can drop a sample on an end-user's desk for evaluation—will finally see the light of day.

Recent Quotes

"ALK is uniquely positioned to become the first company to offer primary mine supply of hafnium."

The Gold Report with Richard Karn (6/1/15)
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"ALK increased gold reserves by 47% this year."

The Gold Report Interview with Richard Karn (9/24/14)
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"CNQ's use of a WHIMS unit could potentially boost recoveries by $8M worth of tungsten."

The Gold Report Interview with Richard Karn (9/24/14)
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"MND has an antimony-gold project in Costerfield, Victoria, that we like a great deal."

The Gold Report Interview with Richard Karn (9/24/14)
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"CNQ has fine-tuned operations over the last 22 months, growing average production to 1,500 MTU/month."

The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn (4/22/14)
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"ALK is one of the few companies in the space that has been able to deliver samples across its entire product line for end-users to evaluate."

The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn (4/22/14)
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"CNQ is a model of perseverance and innovative finance."

The Energy Report Interview with Richard Karn (11/19/13)
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"Valence Industries was spun off from SER and has adopted an inexpensive, 'proof is in the pudding' phased approach to redeveloping its project."

The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn (11/19/13)
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