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As managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report, Richard Karn has a broad, multi-disciplinary background and a working knowledge of precious and specialty metals, as well as considerable research, analytical and writing experience. The first nine Emerging Trends Reports have been re-evaluated and updated published in e-book form, as Credit & Credibility. He has written for publications ranging from Barron's, Kitco and Fullermoney to Financial Sense Online.
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.
Richard Karn: Three Australian Miners Positioned for Success (11/19/13) Sometimes the worst of times brings out the best in people. Such is the case in Australia's mining sector, according to Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report. While some companies are floundering or failing altogether, Karn has noticed a few shining exceptions. These are companies with innovative management teams that have approached project funding in this challenging environment as though it were a high-stakes chess game—and their maneuvers are astonishing. In this interview with The Mining Report, Karn takes a look at three mining companies that are defying the odds and may emerge victorious.
Richard Karn: New Mining Technology Could Increase Profits (5/7/13) The need for low-cost production may prove to be the mother of invention, argues Emerging Trends Report Editor Richard Karn. Although miners are far more technologically conservative than oil producers, today's tough financing environment may prompt technological advancements in a sector that has historically approached processing "with brute force rather than finesse," says Karn. In this interview with The Metals Report, Karn explores the possibilities for technological advancement in the mining space and tells us how we could (theoretically) reach a state of "resource equilibrium."
"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." (4/22/14) Alkane Resources Ltd. - The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn More >
"Valence Industries was spun off from SER and has adopted an inexpensive, 'proof is in the pudding' phased approach to redeveloping its project." (11/19/13) Strategic Energy Resources Ltd. - The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn More >
"Cash flow from Tomingley will provide ALK with additional flexibility as it puts together the financing package for its Dubbo Zirconia project." (11/19/13) Alkane Resources Ltd. - The Mining Report Interview with Richard Karn More >
"I visited SER's Uley project, and there were simply bowling ball-sized clumps of graphite everywhere." (4/3/12) Strategic Energy Resources Ltd. - The Critical Metals Report Interview with Richard Karn More >
"Anyone looking at CYD's El Barqueño could see how the geological model was fitting together and the clear potential for a multimillion-ounce deposit." (9/15/14) Cayden Resources Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brien Lundin More >