FEM on how Investors may secure, own, and store physical strategic metals

First-European-MineralsMarch 20, 2014 — Alastair Neil, Director for First European Minerals (FEM) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, about a unique and private British company strategically headquartered in London that provides investors with a way to invest, own and store physical strategic metals. The metals are stored in a vault in Germany, which once served as bunker during WW2. Alastair starts: “We have access to [the bunker] from World War Two, featuring walls that are three meters thick and a door that is a four and a half ton bank vault door. So it is a very secure facility, which allows us to give investors the secure feeling that the material is under good storage conditions.”

FEM utilizes consultation advice and support from the Dusseldorf based Institute of Rare Earths and Metals. The facility, which is based in Frankfurt, is close to “excellent transportation infrastructure such that if material has to be moved quickly it can get to a plane at the airport in 15 minutes.” FEM offers its investors or clients recommendations on what the best strategic metals to purchase are. Alastair continues — “the focus is that we will selectively identify the ones we feel have the best long-term viability for investment purposes.”

Alastair is a well known expert in the rare earths sector, who was previously in a similar project with Dacha Strategic Metals (‘Dacha’), an investment company that focused on investing in publicly traded or private companies involved directly or indirectly in strategic minerals such as rare earth elements. FEM has advanced this model in that they “will buy and hold the actual physical material so we can show [clients] up via closed-circuit TV.” The Dacha background is useful here, in that Alistair chose and sourced the various rare earths. Alistair states that he will identify “selected rare earths and strategic materials…” and “not all of them will be metals and some of them will be a mixture of various compounds.”

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Suggesting some of the materials he plans on acquiring for investors, Alastair says that “from a rare earth perspective I think there are four that make a lot of sense and they’re all related to the magnet space — praseodymium, neodymium, terbium and dysprosium. On the strategic side of things, I think that gallium has potential, beryllium, tin and we’re looking what is going on in different technologies around the world to bring a supply-demand pinch.”

Alistair advises those who wish to invest and buy the actual strategic materials and rare earths and actually see them physically should contact FEM through their website www.fem.uk.com and follow the outlined procedures to place an order.


Disclaimer: First European Minerals is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.


  1. I was about beeing deleted by Tracy on my comment on Stans Energy trying to escape the “kyrgistan swamp”. So I ceased to react on whatever. But this interview beats it all: free advertising for mr. Alastair!

    • Aat, nice to see you back.

      Note that our spam filters must be high and sometimes even I will post a comment and it will not appear.

      Alastair is a senior member of the critical materials sector and sits on the Board for Mason Graphite and IBC Advanced Alloys and its nice to hear that our interview style is getting so slick that you think we are an infomercial.

      Alastair is a great senior player in our industry and is respected. I guess you picked up on what a fan I am of his! Just getting ready for my PEAK, TRITON and MEDALLION interview tonight…stay tuned.

  2. This is fascinating. It never occurred to me that one could buy and hold rare earths. I always learn so much from these interview and your articles. Thanks.

    • its a great piece of work he is doing as not all 17 will equal a combined value as opposed to what many analysts think when
      the evaluáte for instance Moly Corp.

      Who knows maybe in future we may have a rare exchange trading in individual earths colors ?

      great move

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