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Monday, May 24, 2010

Rare Earth Elements (REE's)
Understanding the value

Global rare earth element production (1 kt=106...Image via Wikipedia
Rare Earth elements are more in demand now than at any time in history, and for good reason. China produces almost 95% of ALL rare earth elements used in industry today, and they recently declared that they would no longer ship these valuable commodities out of their country, preferring to use them in their own industries. This places China in the drivers seat in this space, as they literally attempt to corner the market for REE's. However, a number of western countries and companies are now earnestly in the hunt for these highly valued elements.


Element Uses in Modern Technology
Cerium (Ce)catalytic converters for diesel engines
Praseodymium (Pr) an alloying agent for aircraft engines
Neodymium (Nd) a key component of high-efficiency magnets and hard disc drives
Lanthanum (La) a major ingredient for hybrid car batteries
Samarium (Sm)lasers and nuclear reactor safety
Promethium (Pm)portable X-rays and a nuclear battery
Gadolinium (Gd)shielding for nuclear reactors, compact discs
Dysprosium (Dy)improves the efficiency of hybrid vehicle motors
Terbium (Tb)a component in low-energy light bulbs
Erbium (Er)fiber optics
Europium (Eu) used in flat screen displays and lasers
Holmium (Ho)nuclear control rods, ultra-powerful magnets
Thulium (Tm) lasers, portable X-rays
Ytterbium (Yb)monitoring equipment for earthquakes
Lutetium (Lu)oil refining

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Anonymous said...

The first REE's Fund launched in Switzerland. www.ree-fund.com Depo Bank is BCV. (fund management is "Caceis Fastnet Suisse") Other stocks to watch in this segment are: Sarissa Resources
Lomiko Metals
North Bay Resources
Bactech Mining
Canadian Orebodies

Happy investing & retirement.

regards from Switzerland

Swiss Ree