2016: Turnaround for Tech Metal Prices? Part 2 / Rare Earth Elements

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Part 2 of the series deals with Rare Earth Elements. Without them, our modern life styles would not be possible. But their production carries a high environmental price, and vulnerabilities. How will REE markets develop in 2016? Read the full story here.

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:

 

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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.

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.

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.

Where to find “Tech Metals Insider” on the updated Kitco Website

If you are a regular on Kitco’s website you are already familiar with their new layout which was available as a Beta for several weeks. The Beta has now become the Alpha and I am happy to report that it is much easier now to find my articles once they fall below the virtual fold on their homepage.

Just click the “News Tab” on the homepage, and “Tech Metals Insider” will appear in the “Lifestyle” section (circled):

New Kitco Website

Don’t believe me? Head over to Kitco and check it out yourself 😉

Many thanks to everyone following my stories.

Gold – Catalyst for Solar Fuel

DSC_3862 CroppedMacel Schreier is one of this year´s winners of the IPMI´s prestigious Student Awards. We had a long conversation at the conference and I attended his presentation on the work he is doing at his university. It was remarkable enough to warrant a follow-up on solar fuels, the result of which was just published on Kitco News. Click here to read the entire interview.

CERION: Technology Metals go Nanotech

Although nanotechnology is still in its infancy, according to on one technology research and development company, the trend towards smaller devices like Apple’s iWatch and the need for microprocessors means that this sector will continue to be an important demand source for technology metals like gold and silver.

Click here to read this week’s full article published on Kitco News.

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