Best of MetalMiner: Part One

Last December, I introduced Spend matters readers to Metal Miner, a blog that offers sourcing and trading intelligence for the global metals markets -- and, most recently, a free self-scoring tool called Metal Saver for those folks in manufacturing looking for creative ideas to help reduce their metals spend.

Although MetalMiner is new to the blogosphere, the site has already offered a wealth of information to its readers. If you take the time to explore the site, you'll find more than a few golden nuggets. But to save you time, I thought that I should offer up a list of some of MetalMiner's best posts. Or at least those that I would humbly suggest deserve a few minutes of your attention (as much as the better posts on this blog do). In full disclosure, my wife, Lisa Reisman, is one of the two founders behind Metal Miner. But at least this insures some level of quality, considering that I could not sleep next to someone who penned the RSS equivalent of plonk.

Enough! Here's the first five (stay tuned for five more next week):

1. Our Metals Predictions for 2008. Stuart Burns and Lisa Reisman, co-editors of the blog, take advantage of their years of experience in the metals industry to analyze and understand metals trends and possible future developments. Over time, MetalMiner has also taken individualized looks at steel, copper, aluminum, iron-ore, and cobalt.

2. Power Shortages Affect Gold, Platinum and Aluminum. A breaking-news piece, MetalMiner was quick to report the supplier disruption that could be "alive and well" in 2008.

3. The China Price: Up, Up and Away ... Both Part One and Part Two of this piece are worth a read. The articles focus on interests in China that do -- and will continue to -- matter.

4. No Luxury Ride for Rolls-Royce. MetalMiner looks at some of the many reasons Rolls-Royce cited for recent lay-offs. In particular, the effect of raw material prices is analyzed.

5. Hot Metals: The New Crime. With an uncertain economy and lay-offs (see article above), metals theft is becoming infamous as a "hot" crime. Lisa Reisman discusses the theft of metals in this interesting piece.

Stay tuned for more of Metal Miner's "best" posts!

- Jason Busch

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