Our analysts are experts in their field and have spent years dealing with commodities and watching the astronomical rise of rare earth metals. We have reviewed the uses and potential futures of all of the rare earth metals and collated a list of the metals we believe will see the greatest price increases over the next 12- 24 months.
Dysprosium (Dis-proh-zee-am) is a rare earth metal with a metallic, bright silver luster. It is soft enough to be cut with a knife, and can be machined without sparking if overheating is avoided. Dysprosium is never found in nature as a free element, though it is found in various minerals. Dysprosium and Holmium have the highest magnetic strengths of the elements.
Erbium (Err-bee-um) is a silvery-white solid metal when artificially isolated, natural erbium is always found in chemical combination with other elements on Earth. A trivalent element, pure erbium metal is malleable, soft yet stable in air, and does not oxidize as quickly as some other Rare Earth Metals.
Europium (Ew-roh-pee-am) is a moderately hard silvery metal which readily oxidizes in air and water. Europium is a ductile metal with hardness similar to that of lead. Europium is not found in nature as a free element. The element becomes a superconductor when it is cooled below 1.8 K.
Lanthanum (Lan-than-uum) is a malleable, ductile, and soft metal that oxidizes rapidly when exposed to air. It is produced from the minerals monazite and bastnäsite using a complex multistage extraction process.
Neodymium (Nee-o-dim-ee-um) is a soft silvery metal that tarnishes in air. Neodymium is one of the more reactive lanthanide rare earth metals and quickly oxidizes in air. Naturally occurring neodymium is a mixture of five stable isotopes.
Yttrium (It-ree-am) is a silvery-metallic transition metal chemically similar to the lanthanides and it has been classified as a "rare earth metal". Yttrium is a soft, silver-metallic, lustrous and highly crystalline transition metal. Yttrium is found in most rare earth minerals as well as some uranium ores, but is never found in nature as a free element.
All of the above metals are used extensively throughout the world, in a wide spread of industries and in the manufacture of an array of products with no known substitutes. This ensures that there is constantly a high demand for these metals. This coupled with a constricting supply leads us to believe there is only one direction for the price of these metals to go.
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RARE EARTH OXIDE PRICES 2007 – 2010 (US$/Kg)
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Select Global's investment strategy is to offer investors the opportunity to invest in rare earth metals while their price is low and to hold the investment until prices and have risen dramatically. With demand for rare earth metals increasing exponentially and supply lines being stretched, we foresee that significant increase in value will occur in the next few years. Select Global expect to then sell the rare earth metals to any of a number of large corporations who require these metals and realise a significant profit.
Investors are free to resell their investments whenever they wish; however this may incur further charges if investors have taken physical delivery of their investment.
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