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Another whiff of inflation and hint of rising interest rates stirred financial markets this week, along with a warning of greater risks ahead from two big name investors (and a long-dead economist).

Larry Fink and Jeremy Grantham sang from the same gloomy hymn sheet, which is a favorite of grumpy old men who have seen countless market cycles -- and so too would Adam Smith, if he had not died 231 years ago. Fink is the key man in the threesome because he runs BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager. He warned that stimulus spending would create an inflation spike which would be a “pretty big shock” for most people, especially novice investors who have little concept of the value-corroding nature of inflation.

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Greenvale Mining is gearing up to drill its “mighty” Georgina iron oxide-copper-gold project in the Northern Territory (reports MiningNews).

It comes days after BHP formally entered the search for copper in the NT via a A$22 million farm-in and joint venture with Encounter Resources over the Elliott project, northwest of Tennant Creek. Greenvale's Georgina project is east of Tennant Creek. The project comprises seven granted tenements and two under application, covering 4475sq.km.

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The Pilbara Minerals founder plans to do it all again. And Liontown’s new MD is embarking on a roadshow of his own to explain the key points of difference around his company’s big WA lithium project.

It is almost six years since Neil Biddle hit the Eastern States on a roadshow for a then-obscure little thing called Pilbara Minerals. Pilbara (PLS) was trading at 5c a share at the time for a market cap of $32 million and it has to be said that Biddle got a lot of confused looks from investors at the June 2015 investor lunches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Pegmatites? Spodumene? Lithium? Electric vehicle revolution? What was he on about? Pass the bottle.

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Copper up. Gold up. It’s an unusual double-barreled event because rising copper is a pointer to strong future economic activity, while gold is a safe haven for uncertain times, so when both rise at the same time it makes for tricky forecasting.

Copper up. Gold up. It’s an unusual double-barreled event because rising copper is a pointer to strong future economic activity, while gold is a safe haven for uncertain times, so when both rise at the same time it makes for tricky forecasting. Layer on top of those two key commodities moving in tandem with rising interest rates and a whiff of inflation, and it is doubtful that there has ever been a more complex brew of conflicting signals.

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Takeover time moved a step closer this week as the “almost everything boom” stretched out to new heights with Fitch Ratings warning that the mining sector is likely to shift from a buyer’s to a seller’s market over the next 12-to-18 months.

Takeover time moved a step closer this week as the “almost everything boom” stretched out to new heights with Fitch Ratings warning that the mining sector is likely to shift from a buyer’s to a seller’s market over the next 12-to-18 months. The alert from Fitch, a leading credit rating agency, recognises the challenge of trying to buy high-priced individual assets and the need for bidders to make a full takeover for the parent company.

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Plus, our whisper last week on Rumble proved well-founded but don’t forget Zenith, Beament begins his goodbyes at Northern Star, Sovereign prepares for maiden rutile resource and Biswas has a crack at cryptos

The turnaround in the lithium market has been remarkable stuff, with the key battery material swept up in the global “green” investment boom in the decarbonisation of transport and energy. The resultant surge in lithium prices in the opening months of 2021 has seen last year’s beaten-up lithium stocks recapture their darling status. Pilbara (PLS) tells the tale. In the depth of despair over COVID-19 a year ago, Pilbara could be bought for 18c. It has since climbed to $1.11.

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Chalice Mining’s Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element project outside Perth continues to get bigger (reports MiningNews).

Chalice Mining’s Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element project outside Perth continues to get bigger (reports MiningNews). The company received 165 high-grade intersections from the seven-rig drill-out of the Gonneville Intrusion, which is now about 1.8km long by 900m wide. The drilling expanded the G4-G11 zones to the north-east and the G1-G2 zones down-dip. G4 is now 1250m long with up to 600m of dip extent, while G11 is 1200m long with up to 300m of dip extent. Both are open to the north and down-dip.

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The “almost everything boom” roared on this week, led by palladium, which hit an all-time high of $US2899 an ounce, iron ore, which cracked a 10-year price ceiling at $US186 a tonne, and gold, which took a peek at $US1800/oz

The “almost everything boom” roared on this week, led by palladium, which hit an all-time high of $US2899 an ounce, iron ore, which cracked a 10-year price ceiling at $US186 a tonne, and gold, which took a peek at $US1800/oz -- and might be there by the time you read this. Soft commodities and financial markets are also booming. Wheat is trading at a seven-year high. Timber in the U.S. is at an all-time high, as are share prices on the New York Stock Exchange.

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