Investing in Rare Earth Supply Security, Now or Never?

Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping put China on its modern trajectory by inverting the path chosen by his moist well known predecessor, Mao Zedong. Deng chose to advance the trek towards communism by adopting a form of capitalism, but, as he said, one “with Chinese characteristics.” From that time, the early 1980s until today (Summer 2015) capitalism advanced in China almost entirely without…

Anaconda: Obscure Object of Desire in Newfoundland

Unusually, a small collection of gold mines in far off Newfoundland is showing the potential to be a fought-over asset. We might compare Anaconda Mining to a Faberge Egg in that it’s a small object that people lust after adding to their collection. Like Faberge Eggs the assets in questions were long overlooked but put together in a collection (as…

Fortunately, no one will get a monopoly on lithium

Lithium, like rare earths, tungsten and several technology metals, has its geopolitical issues. China is not the primary one in this case (as it is with so many others where it dominates production) but it is trying to get involved, and it does control the world’s biggest mine, located in Australia, in partnership with Rockwood of Germany. No, the concern…

Russian scientists plans to present the world’s first artificial human kidney and thyroid gland by 2018

Vladimir Mironov and his bioprinter
3D Bioprinting Solutions, one of Russia’s leading biotechnological laboratories, has officially announced the design of the world's first organ construct of thyroid gland, which took place with use of FABION, Russia’s first bioprinter. According to Vladimir Mironov, head of the laboratory, the new construct is comprised of several types of tissue and has its own vascularization. He has also added…

Uranium Consolidation Continues

InvestorIntel has long been calling for a consolidation in the Athabasca Basin. We took a very public risk with our often-repeated prediction Fission Uranium Corp. would be taken out within 6 months, and that the smaller players would have to unite to survive. The Fission prediction was accurate, on schedule, and in its wake the consolidation of the juniors has…

The Silver Mergers – a Zero Sum Game

For centuries, indeed millennia, churches told their followers, particularly the poor and the meek, that they should not look for a reward for their sufferings in this life, but in a later life. Then in the middle of the 19th century the poor came to their senses and decided that Marx’s description of religion as the opium of the masses…

New Tech, Bubbles and Seair

A while back we looked at new technology that could change the lithium game. New processes, much more efficient and friendly to the environment, can be expected to springboard Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PE) from exploration to production in record time. That game-changing theme continues with Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) and its tiny bubbles. Seair calls its technology SWEET…

Lifton on rare earth recycling the right way

In 2007 I represented SQA, the world’s (now) second largest producer of lithium from brines, to the US OEM automotive industry. And the last meeting I attended between GM and SQA was what is called a “teachable moment” for the case of recycling lithium-ion batteries for automotive propulsion systems. I never for a moment believed in 2007 that General Motors…

Lifton on how its officially Rare Earth Recycling Time

July 22, 2015 – In a very thorough InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel discuss a wide range of relevant technology market updates. Jack starts with Molycorp and then gets into the deepening impact of the Chinese on our overall global markets. Reminding our audience…

There are good stories among the rare earth hopefuls

Thank goodness so many rare earth companies have stuck with their plans and decided to tough out during the hard times. We are going to need them, even if most investors at present refuse to acknowledge this. And there are some good stories out there. And thank goodness for InvestorIntel. One REE chief executive to whom I spoke earlier this…

Moly – Damned in Perpetuity?

Mark Anthony in Shakespeare’s words declaimed over the body of Julius Caesar: You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Well, may we use the same words to describe the fate of Moly. This once “hot”…

China’s Metal Markets Fear is Everybody’s Worry

The Lynas and ECB Bombshells hit the Markets
What drivers of supply and demand do the rare earths, lithium, graphite, antimony, tungsten, and indeed all of the global markets for technology metals and materials have in common? Among the most comprehensive answers to this question that are important for small investors as well as institutional investors, industrial procurement managers, and governments are: The undeniable fact that China, the…

Global emerging markets and the E*TRADE sell-off deadline?

InvestorIntelReport June 2015: Over the last several years, I have tried to provide you with weekly and monthly updates through InvestorIntelReport, which was previously built off of my series titled H2OCoolerConfessions – but it seems the only writer on the planet that really loves to write this column is me. So today you’re getting a complimentary freebie as our team-mate…

Cannabis industry update on Smith decision, Tweed deal and Tilray layoff

The Canadian cannabis industry is digesting three high profile news items from the past few weeks. Event 1: The Smith decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Meaning:  legalized medical marijuana consumables. Impact on the industry: highly positive. A new segment of the industry has been created. Event 2: Tweed and Bedrocan, two of the largest participants in this newborn…

Good news for technology metals: renewables are booming

Wind Turbines
In the first quarter of 2015, many clean-tech funds handily outperformed the S&P 500. That from international consulting firm McKinsey & Co. And one more piece of good news: McKinsey estimates that the cost of producing lithium-ion batteries, now about $400 per kilowatt hour, could go as low as $150 by 2020. If the report (Lower oil prices but more…
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First 3D-printed drug approved by FDA

August 4, 2015 (Source: CNN Money) -- For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a 3D-printed drug. The prescription pill, Spritam levetiracetam, will be used to treat certain types of seizures in epilepsy patients. The…

Clear Solar Panels Double as Highway Sound Barriers

August 4, 2015 (Source: Wired) -- Solar panels are typically dark, opaque, unsightly slabs blanketing the roofs of buildings. But they’ve got a brighter, more colorful future if the panels lining a Dutch highway is any indication. They could come in multiple hues—and even do…

Oil edges back up to $50 a barrel from six-month low

August 4, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil recovered to just above $50 a barrel on Tuesday after touching a six-month low in the previous session, although high global production and concern over the economic outlook in China weighed on the…

Outback swagger for Australian gold miners as M&A deals roll on

August 4, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Australian gold miners are still pursuing M&A deals, defying worries that last month's dramatic slide in bullion prices would extinguish momentum in the sector. The triggers are a sliding commodity-weighted currency and a crumbling…

Greece says expects bailout deal by Aug 18

August 4, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Greece expects to conclude a bailout deal with international lenders by Aug. 18, with the drafting of the accord starting on Wednesday, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Tuesday. "The first phase of negotiations…

Toyota Mirai sets record for Zero-Emission driving range

August 3, 2015 (Source: Al Bawaba) -- The new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has proved it can go the distance, achieving 67 miles (108 KM) per gallon in official US combined city/highway driving calculations, and an estimated driving…

Global Investors Shrug Off Slump in Greek Market

August 3, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Global markets focused on mixed economic data Monday, with investors shrugging off a slump in Greece’s equity market as it reopened after a five-week closure. In Asia, equities dropped after a gauge of Chinese…

Wind, Solar Cheer as Coal Vows Battle on Obama’s Energy Plan

August 3, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- The wind and solar industries cheered while coal companies vowed to kill President Barack Obama’s new limits on climate-change pollution as details of the historic regulations emerged. The rules, to be unveiled at the…

China Getting Serious About Solar Energy

August 3, 2015 (Source: Nasdaq) -- The world is slowly but steadily increasing its investments in solar energy sector as it becomes more affordable with each passing day. As the global manufacturing hub for solar photo voltaic panels (with nearly…

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

August 3, 2015 (Source: Northeastern University) -- Serendipity has as much a place in sci­ence as in love. That’s what North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar found during their four-​​year project to modify graphene, a stronger-​​than-​​steel infin­i­tes­i­mally thin lat­tice of…

Gold’s M&A Wave to Roll on as Bullion Falls to Five-Year Low

August 3, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold’s tumble to the lowest since 2010 promises to prolong a mergers and acquisitions boom that’s seen transactions at a three-year high as weaker prices slash asset valuations. Deals valued at $9.6 billion were…

China watchdog probes automated trading as stocks slip again

July 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China's securities watchdog is investigating the impact of automated trading on share markets, as authorities step up a crackdown on what they regard as heavy speculative selling that could destabilize the world's second-largest…

The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China

July 30, 2015 (Source: American Chemical Society) -- Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today’s electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world’s rare…

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