Miners adjust to life after peak commodity prices

The bull market in commodities still has some years to run, but mining companies are preparing for leaner times.
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Has the commodity cycle peaked?
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<div style="text-align: left;"> Has the commodity cycle peaked? </div>

While it has taken many months to reach a consensus, most analysts now accept that global base metal prices reached their peak in April last year and probably won’t return to those dizzying heights in the current cycle. Now the question is how long will prices remain elevated above the marginal cost of production, given the large lift in mine supply due in resources like iron ore and copper Many had hoped the so-called “commodities super cycle” would run for two decades, but that prospect now looks decidedly doubtful.

“The exceptional price acceleration that was underpinned by resources demand growing at a faster rate than GDP growth in some countries,...

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