Move Over Metals: The Party Just Got Bigger
Having been InvestorIntel’s mining experts for almost three years now, we’ve seen dirt turned into assets, penny stocks become billion-dollar companies, explorers graduate to producers, and a couple of writers get chewed up by comments sections.
But more importantly, we’ve tracked the trends in how investors choose to build wealth year-by-year, and while metals & mining companies have long-dominated the scene, this year’s 7th Annual InvestorIntel summit demands a shared stage.
In a time of constant political, social and technological upheaval, new markets are birthed more frequently than ever before; the Buds, Batteries and Blockchain event quite rightly highlights the three major interest segments that overwhelm the retail investment landscape today.
The 2017 summit attracted some of the fastest movers in the mining industry, with polymetallic-explorer Neometals Ltd. (ASX: NMT) going on a near +100% bull run in the months following the event, and Lynas’ (ASX: LYC) rare-earths mine earning the company a place in the billion-dollar-market-cap club later that year.
Now, the heat is building in the battery metals sector, and taking the stand along with Neometals in May are rising stars eCobalt Solutions Inc. (TSX: ECS | OTCQX: ECSIF) and Arafura Resources Limited (ASX: ARU). Both companies having performed exceptionally well on the merits of their respective cobalt and rare-earth offerings and are strong favourites among a number of analysts.
In the Canadian markets, we have extreme achiever Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML | OTCQB: WMLLF), up over 843% since the beginning of 2016 as a result of its focus on the development of world-class lithium salars in Chile. Also, having tracked the manganese market for years, we are particularly interested in what Maxtech Ventures Inc.
(CSE: MVT) has to say on its manganese exploration work in Zambia.
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Another 2018 superstar and long-term favourite of ours, Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO), will join the roster after posting ~65% gains so far this year. Investors are flocking to gain exposure to the company’s flexible nanoengineering technology after consistent positive announcements have inspired further confidence.
But showing as much promise as the resources industry in 2018 are two significant and disruptive changes to how societies function. The possession of cannabis is becoming increasingly acceptable, and blockchain technology has tempted more new investors into stock markets than any other event in recent history.
All in all, if you’re planning to attend an investment event this year, it may as well be one that features leading industry insiders from multiple high-growth segments. Battery metals have been touted as an inflationary space for over a decade, but the spread of marijuana decriminalization is just about the fastest-moving industry we’ve ever seen.
In Canada, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations have created substantial opportunities. Big-name cannabis speakers at this year’s show will include J.P. Mariwell, the soon-to-be seller and grower of medicinal cannabis that was recently snapped up by Mesa Exploration Corp., as well as CO2GRO Inc. (TSXV: GROW) and Global Cannabis Applications Corp. (CSE: APP | OTCQB: FUAPF).
We also have Vancouver’s own BLOK Technologies Corp. (CSE: BLK), which invests in and develops blockchain companies, helping them to produce blockchain-enabled applications for businesses and consumers. The bitcoin ship may have sunk, but the technology on which it is based remains highly disruptive.
We’ve seen and learned a lot since joining InvestorIntel, but one fact that outshines all others right now is that Tracy really knows how to organise an event, and more specifically, how to throw a party.