Despite the collapse in broad commodity prices, numerous specialty metal prices have held or even gone up in the last few years: companies with the potential to produce these metals couldn't attract capital, and the tightness today is now likely to become shortages tomorrow, says Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report.
Starved of cash, nearly 150 mining companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange went into bankruptcy during the fiscal year that ended June 30. In this interview with The Gold Report, Karn shares a handful of names with the wherewithal to survive the onslaught.
Beyond the typical underlying changes in money supply there are very important elements of demand that continue to push the price of physical silver higher and higher. This is despite the fact that silver has been money for much longer then gold.
According to the most recent research report, global diamond consumption is likely to record a compounded annual growth rate of 6%. The worldwide diamond consumption may surge by more than 60% by the end of this decade.
The sleekest, most efficient electronic product is nothing without the battery that powers it. Enter lithium, the raw material battery manufacturers depend on. In this interview, Luisa Moreno, names her top lithium picks with both the goods and the customers.
More than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt is supplied by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Demand for cobalt is expected to rise at about 7% year over year to over 100,000 tonnes by 2016 and industry experts say more stable sources of cobalt are needed.
Silver bullion investors often feel as if they have become a basket case. As an investment class, they are increasingly growing weary of the suppressive manipulation that characterizes today’s silver market.
The American and European gold investor should always remember that the East – primarily India and China – exerts a massive influence on the gold market. India’s gold market alone is almost four-times bigger than the US gold market.