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Analysis: Commodity boom long lasting

If you thought the global commodities boom was running out of puff, think again. The latest analysis shows that this is not really a boom at all, it is the biggest economic revolution in the past 100 years.

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If all the resources were scarce which element would you want to own that would persuade someone to give you their last can of tuna? Gold might be useless in 50 years. Human kind has one objective, survival. Which means growth and reproduction. If humankind could travel the universe we would consume all the life giving elements until we could reproduce no more. Investment Grade Molybdenum Commodities are physical substances like grains, food and metals. An investment is the purchase of a financial product or other item of value with the expectation of favorable returns in the future. Well, I prefer metals for preservation of my wealth. The question is what metal would you pick to preserve your wealth? Now the next thing to keep in mind is not to be biased in any way. That is, to buy a certain metal because someone tells you to, or to buy a certain metal because it is on an upward price trend or buy a metal because you read an interesting article on it. #1 on my shopping list. I look at is a the ability of a metal to actually promote or enable life of plants and animals on this planet. This means that you can actually grow food with it or grow trees. You can actually use the metal by sprinkling the powderized form on your soil and let the microbes in the soil slowly break down the metal and make it available for the plants to consume. Hydroponic or Aeroponic growing of food uses about 17 life giving elements that are added to the water to give complete nutritional support for plants. Unfortunately, there are only 7 elements of the 17 needed for plants that are an actual “metal”. These are called transition metals. Transition metals are known for their ability to conduct electricity, their hardness, high density, malleability (a material that can be worked with or hammered into flat sheets), ductility (able to be produced into a thin wire). These 7 investment grade metals are Molybdenum, Cobalt, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Nickel. Nickel is documented as a essential nutrient in some plants. Nickel is not used in some high-end hydroponic formulas. #2 on my shopping list. I now have 7 transition metals that are used in growing food and are capable of being in my metal portfolio. But, I only want one metal. I will now consider the amount of this metal available on Earth. The next step would be the abundance of the metal or scarcity of it. Here is a list of these 7 metals and the amount in parts per million in the Earth’s crust. Molybdenum 1 ppm Molybdenum is most valuable here because of scarcity Cobalt 25 ppm Copper 60 ppm Zinc 70 ppm Nickel 84 ppm Manganese 950 ppm Iron 56300 ppm #3 on my shopping list is the melting point. I want a metal that can withstand high working temperatures. There is something called metal “creep” and that is the expansion or deformation of metals when they start reaching temperatures near the melting point. I like metals that don’t creep or change shape in high temperature conditions eg: Jet engines, Furnaces or anywhere where safety is priority. Molybdenum has the highest melting point of any life giving metals. Molybdenum has the sixth highest melting point of any element on Earth, which is incredible! Molybdenum 4753 Degrees Fahrenheit Melting Point Iron 2800 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. Cobalt 2723 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. Nickel 2651 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. Manganese 2275 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. Copper 1984 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. Zinc 787 Degrees Fahrenheit M.P. #4 on my shopping list. The metal is an investment so I Do Not want it to rust, oxidize or corrode. If this happens you can surely say goodbye to your investment. Molybdenum does not react with water or air at room temperature and will not corrode. Molybdenum will keep a beautiful lustre (silvery blue). Copper and iron are definitely OFF my shopping list in this category. Research this incredible metal for yourself, it has many uses. Carlo Biancardi (London, Ontario) April 2011

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