The Best Way to Invest in Rare Earths and Strategic Metals


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By now, you’re very well aware of the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

What you may not know is that it’s heating up faster than any one expected.

The chief energy economist of French Oil Major Total S.A. believes electric cars could make up 15% to 30% of global new vehicle sales by 2030, as noted by Bloomberg, as we noted last month. OPEC just quintupled its forecast for sales of EVs to 266 million from 46 million. The International Energy Agency doubled its 2030 forecast from 23 million to 58 million.

Exxon Mobil boosted its 2040 estimate from 65 million to 100 million.

California’s chief air-pollution regulator just said the state is considering a ban on all cars that are fueled by internal-combustion engines. According to The Sacramento Bee:

“While the ban would be at least a decade away, Mary Nichols, the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, said putting California motorists in an all-electric fleet would help the state meet its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tailpipes generate more than one-third of all greenhouse gases, according to state data, and so far only a small fraction of California’s motorists drive electric vehicles.”


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Even automakers are moving aggressively to develop electric cars as governments in China, India, and Europe all move to ban gas and diesel engines. “Paris officials this month announced a plan to ban gasoline-powered cars from city streets by 2030. The move came after the city’s mayor said diesels would be banned by 2024, when Paris hosts the Summer Olympics,” according to The Detroit News.

General Motors just announced plans to go 100% electric.

Many of the batteries in these cars need several elements, including cobalt, manganese, lithium, and other rare earth metals like dysprosium, neodymium, and terbium.

According to Newgate Research, as noted by ETF Trends, “based on current demand projections of electric cars, the increased demand could require 35,000 metric tones per year of neodymium and praseodymium, or NdPr, form current global supply of 25,000 per year by 2025.”

However, most times you’ll drive yourself nuts attempting to find pure plays when it comes to rare earth metals. So, one of the best ways to gain exposure and safely diversify is with an ETF, such as the Van Eck Vectors Rare Earth / Strategic Metals ETF (REMX), which tracks the overall performance of companies that are involved with producing, refining, and recycling rare earths and strategic metals.

It has 100% of its net assets in related stocks, such as Tronox (TROX), Galaxy Resources, China Molybdenum, Lynas Corporation, Eramet, and Osaka Titanium Company Ltd with a stock price of $27, as of October 25, 2017.

As the electric vehicle boom just gets underway, rare earth will be attractive.

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