DR Congo’s Cobalt Tax Increase Won’t Change iPhone Or Car Battery Prices

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has just increased the taxes it applies to exports of cobalt, germanium and coltan. As these are used...

As Ever, Reuters Fails Economics – Rare Earth Metals Edition

One of the problems we face in economic understanding is that the people who supposedly inform us - the media that is - doesn't...

Catalytic Converter Theft – No, They’re Not Worth £300 Each

The Telegraph tells us that there's a spate of thefts of catalytic converters. This may well be true, people jacking up cars to angle...

It’s Impossible To Map Or Know A Modern Supply Chain – Impossible

A nice little earner among the likely lads is to attempt to inspect supply chains. To make sure that somewhere down the line there's...

The Latest Allegations About Arron Banks And Russian Gold Are Pathetic

It's becoming rather amusing to read the allegations about Arron Banks and involvement in Russian gold, diamonds and so on. All of which are...

Lord Preserve Us From Idiot Journalists – There Is No National Copper Shortage For...

It's one of those cynical - some of us prefer to say realist - rules that one should never believe what is said in...

DR Congo Should, Righteously, Tax Cobalt And Copper Until Pips Squeak, Eyes Water

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest nations on the planet, is trying to gain more of the value from the...

Trump’s Sanctions And The LME’s Problem With Rusal

An interesting example of quite how complex a modern economy is - and therefore the impossibility of planning it. Too many parts connect with...

Japan’s Amazing New Find Of Rare Earths Is Just Like Japan’s Find Of Rare...

We've a report or two out of Japan that a vast new treasure trove of rare earths has been found offshore. This will mean...
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