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  1. If you can time your sale just before the next recession hits, or electric vehicle consumption / alternative technology overtakes the combustion engine vehicles, that would be a good time I'm trying to research what Rhodium is doing in touchscreens... Apparently its being used in the glass coatings for iphones and touchscreens. I had no idea, so I'm really interested to learn how its used...
  2. There was the "great recession". People stop buying cars, car manufacturers stop buying Rhodium. Obviously, car manufacturers were happier in a time of less stringent regulations and cheaper expenses. Peak Rhodium prices would undoubtedly have been a primary concern for our shadowy "Dieselgate Conspirators" Diselgate in brief : "Somebody" wrote a computer program to lie / fool engine emission tests. Who needed Rhodium when you've got a computer that saying "everything is fine"? The story leaks, we learn everything wasn't fine - and car manufacturers have been unable to dodge using Rhodium ever since. Cue bull market. Chemistry hasn't. Platinum cannot do the job Rhodium does in a catalytic convertor. You can't swap Platinum for Rhodium.
  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7855007/Police-record-1-700-jump-number-catalytic-converters-stolen.html
  4. Rhodium is essential in catalytic convertors - it neutralises the toxic carbon, sulphur and nitrogen compounds produced by an engines. Stops us all dissolving in acid rain. Platinum and Palladium are also used in catalytic convertors - they can't process nasty sulphur or nitrogen compounds, but because they are much more common, they provide a cheaper method dealing with the unwanted carbon byproducts.
  5. growing indian and chinese automobile market - growing legislation requiring increased rhodium loads in catalytic convertors. There is no substitute for rhodium in catalytic convertors. Platinum and Palladium can be swapped around, quantities tinkered with. Platinum and Palladium can process toxic carbon based compounds, neither metal is capable of dealing with toxic nitrogen or sulphur based emissions aka the causative agents for acid rain. Writings clear and on the wall for further price rises imo… but I still can't find a buyer in the uk/europe sales section on this forum…
  6. sci-fi future crystal ball prediction : I think we will be able to look back and see a lot of similarities between the story of Lithium and the story of Aluminium. Aluminium : <nearly?> twice as abundant in the earth's crust as Iron, yet early civilizations jumped straight to the Iron age and aluminium didn't get a look in till the mid 20th century. Reason being it required an understanding of electricity / electrolysis to purify it and start using it. According to wikipedia, In 1900, a metric ton of aluminium would set you back $14,000. Within 50 years price had dropped to around $2500 which is pretty much where prices still are today. Lithium : another super abundant metal. Clearly doesn't hang about if exposed to water, so unsurprisingly most of the world's supply exists evenly dissolved in the oceans. Where-ever you are in the world your seawater will have the same concentration of lithium dissolved in it. The challenge is how to get at it. There's a lot of dissolved sodium <sea salt> in the water with it which makes purification difficult and more expensive. But its a good challenge to crack, and Lithium is too good at doing its job in battery chemistry to be ignored or easily substituted. But when someone does cracks the supply challenge, from an investment perspective, Lithium prices will be game-overed and the world won't be running out of the stuff in a hurry.
  7. A more light-hearted look at the same graph... Oldie but a goodie Thanks @Bumble a good read
  8. 8phwt

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    Hello! Been lurking / reading posts here for a while. Thought you have a friendly community and why not join in. Best wishes to one and all.