Gold is money that maintains its purchasing power, and for this reason it should be viewed as insurance against financial calamity and a hedge in case of economic collapse. When money supplies are inflated, fiat currencies are devalued and the price of gold goes up.
It appears that graphite is next in line for a commodity boom. The market is driven by increasing demand from traditional applications, new technology uses, and China’s 75% control of supply, its depleting reserves, and efforts to consolidate operations.
A recent headline blasted the breaking news: “India to Pay Gold Instead of Dollars for Iranian Oil: Markets Stunned.” I too was stunned. That is one of the dumbest ideas to cross my desk in a long while.
Throughout human-kind’s history on Earth, we have never exhausted the supply of any mineral or energy commodity, with one notable exception. But before I make my case, let’s cover some historic background.
Now that we are in a bear market for juniors, most stocks, whether good or bad or ugly, will suffer in a like manner. Some writers and pundits have recently called the bottom or surmised that the bottom is near and now is the time to buy. I disagree.
Oil, gold, and copper have shed roughly 10% of their unit values this month. Most experts have adopted a very bearish outlook to the point of jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon. Not I, sayeth The Mercenary Geologist.
The data and charts reflect China’s 36% of world consumption and its dominance of global copper markets. It is apparent to me that as goes China, so goes Dr. Copper. I take the contrarian view that a hard landing is not going to happen anytime soon.
A graphite company is no different than any other junior resource company. In addition to evaluating its flagship project, we must always assess a company’s share structure, the people, and its peer market valuation.
Recently a plethora of alternative names have been proposed and promoted for what were once known as the specialty or minor metals. These mostly obscure elements span the gamut from the lightest to the heaviest on the periodic table.