Category Archives: Economics

Vale’s maxiships to hit China – bad news for FMG

Michael Sainsbury As the iron ore price continues to hover just above US$60 per tonne close to a six year low, there is more bad news looming for Australian iron ore producers. China is preparing to finally allow the largest iron ore  carriers ever built called maxiships  into their ports. Operated by Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s second largest producer

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Fortescue under scrutiny as Australian crisis deepens

Michael Sainsbury Debt laden Fortescue Metals Group, the world’s fourth largest iron ore miner by production volume, is coming under growing market scrutiny amid slowing economic growth in China, the biggest importer of the commodity. Iron ore prices fell by more than half last year, from $134 in January to a low of $65.70 in

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China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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BHP hopes productivity push can offset price slump

Michael Sainsbury As the global commodities cycle crashes with a reverberating thud, undercapitalised mining and energy companies are collapsing, mines are being closed to shore up cash flows and startup projects are being put on indefinite hold. After a decade in which prices and demand seemed destined to move ever upward, the slump is now

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BHP says price to stay below $100 for foreseeable future

Michael Sainsbury Australia’s BHP Billiton, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, expects the price of iron ore to stay below $100 per metric ton for the foreseeable future, following a fall of nearly 50% this year. Two top executives from BHP Billiton, Jimmy Wilson, president of iron ore at left, and Mike Henry, president

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