How the Ukraine Crisis is Affecting Precious and Rare Metals Prospects

Ukraine CrisisPrecious metals have always been strong during times of economic uncertainty.  And economic uncertainty reigns strong during crisis’s like we are seeing in the Ukraine.

As we have talked about in previous articles, rare strategic metals have many of the same safe haven properties as precious metals.  But the also have the added advantage of being necessary for technological and military applications.

The violent uprising in the Ukraine is already having an effect on precious metal prices.  According to ActionForex.com, in an article titled Precious Metals Shine as Ukraine Crisis Deepens:

Precious metals have found their feet following yesterday’s sharp sell-off. The deteriorating situation in Ukraine continues to lend buoyancy to safe-haven assets, although the stronger dollar is limiting the upside for some buck-denominated assets, including gold.

Gold and Silver are both seeing increased prices with silver shooting to $21.00 and Gold climbing above $1330.

We see precious metals price growth as a strong indicator for powerful growth in rare strategic metals, adding one more reason you should strongly consider adding rare metals to your portfolio.

You can learn more about how the crisis in the Ukraine is strengthening Precious Metals by clicking here.

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An Introduction to Tantalum’s Use in Capacitors

Tantalum being mined 2Take a moment and think about everything you do on a daily basis… And the tools you use to do it.

Think about it…

You talk on the phone, work on your computer, drive your car…

Maybe you run to your fridge, or turn on the air conditioning, or watch TV…

What tools do you do on your job?

How many of those tools and tasks use electronics?  And how many of those electronics contain a circuit board?

I’ll give you a hit to the second question…  Its all of them.

And almost everyone of those contains a capacitor.  And most of those capacitors use Tantulum as a critical component.

According to Tantalum Capacitors 101, an article appearing in Tantalum Investing News:

A capacitor functions much like a battery in that it stores and charges electrical energy. It is composed of two conductive plates separated by a non-conductive substance called a dielectric. One plate is positively charged (the anode) and the other is negatively charged (the cathode). The dielectric is necessary to keep the opposing charges separate.

Tantalum is the most common dielectric in use today.

You can learn more about how capacitors function, and why Tantalum is so important (and shows such great future demand) by reading their entire article here.

 

Swissmetal Inc. offer clients three baskets containing Tantalum: The Key IndustriesConstruction & Engineering and Defense & Aviation, which makes it now accessible for private investors to purchase and profit from the increase in demand  over the years to come. Click here to contact Swissmetal for a free consultation on procurement & storage of this rare industrial metal.

The History of Precious and Rare Metals as an Asset Protection Strategy

metals1In the course of American history since the Great Depression, there have been ups and downs in the stock market and the in the economy—with the most recent tribulation being the housing and financial crises in 2008. This sent major banks and financial institutions reeling, and necessitating the need for a taxpayer funded industry bailout. It is not surprising that the average investor today is wary, with their finger precariously positioned over the eject button. How can you protect the portfolio of assets you have worked your whole life to accumulate? How can you hedge against future earthquakes and aftershocks in today’s volatile global economy and adopt an asset protection strategy that will protect you and your family for the years ahead?

Turning To Precious Metals

Many investors have, for a long time, turned to gold and silver, and to a lesser extent platinum, to protect their interests against the inflation of paper currency. At one time in the US, and elsewhere, paper currency was backed by a reserve of gold bullion, and could be redeemed for gold or silver on demand. But after the market crash and the resulting depressions of the 1930’s FDR, fearing a run on banks recalled all gold bullion and certificates into the treasury in 1933. Here, the government could have the reserve necessary to start printing paper money that would fund the pubic works projects that would get America back on its feet.  Private Citizens were no longer allowed to own gold bullion beyond a hundred dollars— while the government horded this precious metal in Ft. Knox and other government vaults across the US, as a basis for the printing of paper money that was to follow.

Governments have known for a long time that one way to stave off the effects of a recession is to increase the money supply. In 1934, one year after gold was recalled; congress raised the conversion rate from $20/ounce to $35/ounce, increasing the bottom line of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet by 70%, enabling them to put even more paper money into circulation. Inflation continued until 1970 where Richard Nixon took us off the gold standard completely and announced the US government would no longer covert dollars to gold bullion—knowing there was not enough gold in the world to back up all the paper money that had been printed up to that time. Then in 1974 Ford signed a bill that permitted Americans to own gold bullion once again. Ever since then precious metals, most notably gold and silver, have been in demand as a solid piece of any investment portfolio.

Just recently a huge spike in demand for silver, fueled by the electronics industry, has renewed interest in precious metals as not only a hedge against inflation and asset protection strategy, but as a sound investment in and of themselves. As an asset protection strategy, the acquisition of precious and industrial metals is unrivaled in today’s tumultuous global economy.

Investments in precious metals are liquid assets and a valuable asset protection strategy with intrinsic and inherent value in and of themselves, and have the following features:

  • Real intrinsic value
  • Inflation proof
  • Investment insurance
  • Easily bought and sold and stored (liquid)
  • Responds to global markets
  • Adds diversity to any portfolio

There are many choices to consider in the lineup, beyond gold and silver that have real intrinsic value in today’s high tech, industrial, manufacturing, electronics and defense industries. In addition to gold and silver, chromium, gallium, tungsten, indium are just a few of the precious industrial metals that have real applications and value in today’s marketplace.

To learn more about the use of rare metals as an asset protection strategy, download our free report here.

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Global Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Semiconductors Market worth $1.75 Billion by 2022

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A research study on GaN semiconductors market and industry gives a detailed overview of the global GaN semiconductor market in the present scenario.

Gallium Nitride is an upcoming alternate material to pure silicon in the field of semiconductors and electronics. During the extensive research carried out in search of an alternate semiconductor material in the previous century, several advanced features of gallium nitride proved useful for semiconductors such as high-brightness emissions and intensity when used in opto-semiconductors, high power efficiency, superior high frequency handling capacity, and flexibility to be used alongside various substrates such as Si, sapphire, SiC were discovered. Extensive research studies took place in the past decade to utilize gallium nitride for semiconductors devices and electronic systems in two major segments – power-semiconductors and opto-semiconductors.

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