Beijing JiYa: Optimistic for Gallium

DSC_0666While prices for several technology metals keep edging down, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for some of them. This week’s “Tech Metals Insider” report sheds light on the Gallium market and its perspectives. Click here to read the full report.

New historic charts for strategic metals on Kitco News

Happy to report that the enhanced page on strategic metals is now active on the Kitco website. Increasing the focus on the private investment sector, standard packaging sizes made room for historic price charts for each of the metals prices are reported on. The charts can be downloaded or printed easily directly from the page. This is what the new windows look like:

Kitco Update 2016-01-18

Pricing information and charts are now accessible directly from the Kitco home page, too. If you look at the “Favorites” bar you will see the new menu item:

 

Kitco Update 2016-01-18 2

If you have any feedback on how the information is presented, or questions regarding any of the metals, metals you would like to see listed etc please let me know.

What are Technology Metals?

TRADIUM - CerItriumNeodymTerms like precious metals, rare earth elements, rare metals, minor metals, specialty metals etc. are used throughout reports leaving many people confused about what they actually mean. The term “Technology Metals” is, admittedly, loosely defined as well. Time for some definitions:

 

Precious Metals (8 metals):

  • Ag – Silver
  • Au – Gold
  • Pt – Platinum
  • Pd – Palladium
  • Rh – Rhodium
  • Ru – Ruthenium
  • Ir – Iridium
  • Os – Osmium

Rare Earths Elements (17 metals):

  • Ce – Cerium
  • Dy – Dysprosium
  • Er – Erbium
  • Eu – Europium
  • Gd – Gadolinium
  • Ho – Holmium
  • La – Lanthanum
  • Lu – Lutetium
  • Nd – Neodymium
  • Pr – Praseodymium
  • Pm – Promethium
  • Sm – Samarium
  • Sc – Scandium
  • Tb – Terbium
  • Tm – Thulium
  • Yb – Ytterbium
  • Y – Yttrium

I recommend this very detailed blog by Mike Albrecht (unrelated) on the difference between rare earth elements, and rare metals.

Strategic Metals (undefined)

This is the group of metals that, other than the first two, isn’t clearly defined. Strategic metals in the context of Metal Megatrends are metals driving technology on a larger scale. So this group is somewhat flexible in its composition as my interviews and reports will follow market trends:

  • Co – Cobalt
  • Ga – Gallium
  • Ge – Germanium
  • Hf – Hafnium
  • In – Indium
  • Li – Lithium
  • Re – Rhenium
  • Se – Selenium
  • Te – Tellurium
  • Tl – Thallium

Metals are all around fascinating, and I will continue to report on others if and when they make an appearance to present a new solution, or even new mysteries as this one.

2016: Turnaround for Tech Metal Prices? Part 1

IMG_42502015 was not a good year for technology metals (precious metals, rare earth elements and strategic metals). From a perspective of industrial use, what is the likely development in demand and price in 2016? Part one of my condensed analysis was just published exclusively on Kitco News. Click here to read. Parts 2 and 3 will deal with the other groups of metals.

Looking back: Seth Godin’s “Tribes Casebook”

Tribes Casebook Cover

December is the time, perhaps, where people (myself included) are most likely to find some relaxation, time to reflect on the past, enjoy the present and create visions of their future. Updating my own profile I came across the “Triiibes Casebook” that – to this day – Seth Godin is still making available for free online.

Seth Godin, if you don’t know him, is an American best seller author obsessed with all things marketing and people. For several years, I had the good fortune of being a member of “Triiibes”, an online community he had created when publishing his book with the same title (well, with just one “i” in “Tribes”). The book deeply changed my views on marketing and societies and to this day, after the “Triiibe” has long evolved from the confinements of the online network, it influences my work and life. Not to mention the many amazing people I met along the way.

At any rate, the “Triiibes Casebook” is a wonderful collection of the many facets in which tribes work in our lives. I was one of the many people who helped with its creation, and I contributed a chapter on martials arts which starts on page 13.

Here is the link: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/files/CurrentTribesCasebook.pdf

Have fun reading!

 

New: Strategic Metals Price Tool on Kitco

Exciting news: pricing information for a number of strategic metals including some rare earth elements is now available on the Kitco Website at http://www.kitco.com/strategic-metals/ .

Obtaining good information on these metals has been difficult in the past because – other than gold or silver – they are traded only between market participants and not at official exchanges. Prices quoted therefore often rely on the last transactions known as a benchmark. What is more, these metals found predominantly technical application the past. My “Tech Metals Insider” column on Kitco News has been featuring the many facets and uses of them for the past two years. Today, due to low prices and the high growth potential of many of the metals, more and more investors are taking an interest in them. The new pricing chart will help them in learning about the markets for each of them.

That said, the feature just launched today and while it is great, it is probably not perfect. Which is why I invite your comments and ideas to make it better over time. Do you like the information provided? What else should we be showing (charts showing pricing history are already in the making)? Are there other metals that should be on there? Please e-mail me your feedback, we will improve the page over time.

Last not least, here is how to get to the page:

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Canadian Mining Company set to Shift the Lithium Market

Rose MineCritical Elements Corp. of Canada is adding a North American supply source of lithium and other strategic metals. Click here to read the full interview with Jean-François Meilleur produced for Kitco News.