The Critical Metals Report: Jeb, you successfully forecasted the mining mini-boom from 2009 to early 2011. Now we find ourselves in a protracted down period in the junior mining space, which is even affecting the seniors and producing companies. What market forces are at work here?
Jeb Handwerger: There was a lot of speculative interest in rare earth elements (REEs) in 2011. The REE story was just hitting the mainstream. Then we got hit with the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the expiration of QE2 in spring 2011, the Euro problems and fear of global contagion of the debt crisis. … [visit site to read more]