Investing in scarce Earths

Investing in scarce Earths

Not as volatile as gold and silver and much healthier than bonds, stocks and shares, REE are a great investment for the discerning investor seeking something more stable however highly valuable and in need.

scarce Earths come under the umbrella of Strategic basic Minerals.

Strategic basic Minerals (SCM)

Strategic basic Materials are those minerals that are highly sought after in industry, electronics and the auto field and without which many devices could not function including planes, cars, TVs, mobile phone in fact nearly anything manufactures has one strategic basic component or another.

Included in SCMs are the scarce Earth Elements (REE) also. There rarity of these is in the dispensing of them on the planet and the cost of extraction but also the fact that China has a near monopoly on them and their criticalness to the electronics, military and other areas of industry make them an excellent target for private investors if they could only get their hands on them.

SCMs include such minerals as antimony, fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, magnesium and tungsten in addition as the scarce Earth Elements.

scarce Earth Elements

scarce earths are really scarce at all. Most of them (with the exception of the radioactive promethium) are quite abundant in the earths crust but they are spread out so thinly that it is very difficult to mine them economically.

The main scarce earths are:

Lanthanum Oxide

Cerium Oxide

Neodymium Oxide

Praseodymium Oxide

Samarium Oxide

Dysprosium Oxide

Europium Oxide

Terbium Oxide

These are used in various industrial and technological areas such as:

Cobalt Lithium-ion batteries, synthetic fuels

Gallium Thin inner photovoltaics, IC, WLED

Indium Displays, thin inner photovoltaics

Tantalum Micro capacitors, medical technology

Antimony ATO, micro capacitors

Germanium Fibre optic cable, IR optical technologies

Platinum (PGM) Fuel cells, catalysts

Palladium (PGM) Catalysts, seawater desalination

Niobium Micro capacitors, ferroalloys

Neodymium long-lasting magnets, laser technology

The scarce Earth Elements (REE) A number of basic applications

In addition China is holding on to what she has got for her own use.

REEs have been on a rising trend for several years and with the continued expansion of the industrial and technological arenas looks set to continue being in great need for many years to come.

Only recent has it become possible for the individual investor, in addition as institutions already, to acquire a selection of ‘baskets’ of scarce earth and strategic basic elements.

These can be purchased and are stored in a obtain ultra obtain vault, operated by Zurcher Freilager AG who have been in operation since 1923. Its majority stock holder is AXA & Winterhur; one of the most distinguished financial institutions in Europe.

The vault is located within the Entrepot, a tax and duty free zone where your metal assets can be stored without any time limit and the metals can be resold and converted into cash at any time, although a minimum 5 year commitment is highly recommended.

For further information is obtainable at: SwissMetalAssets.

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