GOLD PRICE DRIVERS
As observed in 2008/09, and more recently in March this year, all precious metals stocks collapsed with everything else. This is logical, given their current appreciation is highly correlated with the overall market gains.
We remain secular gold bulls, demonstrating that all other currencies are fiat, and all depreciate in time.
GLOBAL VEHICLE SALES PGM DEMAND
Global car sales have been largely saved by domestic demand from within China which was almost on par with the PCP; contrasting with our earlier predictions in April 2020 that global sales would be down 50%; which we revised upwards in August to 24%.
NEW J. HUTTON
In evaluating the investment thesis behind Bitcoin, and the recent belief by its proponents
that it has now reached safe-haven status; we contrast it to gold and conclude that Bitcoin
as an investment is not fit for purpose.
Our concerns include its sustainability, the general
conceptual misunderstanding of what a currency is, the fact that its valuation is reliant on the collective Zeitgeist of our age, transaction speeds, and increased latency.
Approximately half of advanced technologies are reliant on REEs in some form or another, from F35 jet fighters, catalytic converters, batteries, fibre optic cable, sensors, actuators to electric motors relying on permanent magnets. The presence (or absence) of light rare-earths (LREEs) is a critical determinant for any investment
LITHIUM DEMAND & SUPPLY
The future of lithium and its growth is fundamentally tied to the growth of EVs and hybrids which is expected to double over the next decade despite several years of stagnant production.
CURRENCIES VS GOLD
There is an underlying conviction that cryptocurrency is a genuine asset class and a credible alternative asset to gold, endorsed by corporate sponsorship from the likes of PayPal, MicroStrategy, Blackrock and (formerly) Tesla.