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Aug 21, 2016

GRAPHENE For Investment Purposes

 

You might've seen graphene in the news lately because of the incredible advances it's bringing about in the medical field, the energy sector, defense, and so on.


And here's why: It's 200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper, and more conductive than copper.


Researchers at the UK's University of Manchester note it's "almost one million times thinner than a human hair."


"It is not only the thinnest material in the world," says the New York Times, "but also the strongest: a sheet of it stretched over a coffee cup could support the weight of a truck bearing down on a pencil point." 


Bloomberg adds: "Lighter than a feather, stronger than steel, a superior electrical conductor to copper: According to its champions, graphene could unlock a new era of super energy-efficient gadgets, cheap quick-charge batteries, wafer-thin flexible touchscreen computing, and a sturdier light-weight automobile chassis."


Bottom line: Graphene has the potential to completely revolutionize entire industries, creating bendable phones and touch screens... tiny self-powered oil and gas sensors... even synthetic blood that can be used in any person on the planet.


Incredible, isn't it?

And because of its possible future applications in technology, it has been generating significant buzz among scientists worldwide since its discovery.


Strategic metal experts are already calling graphene the "... most important substance created since synthetic plastic a century ago!"


It's no wonder the two Russian scientists who discovered it were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics — as well as knighthoods.


"Graphene doesn't just have one application," says Andre Geim, the Russian scientist who made the find along with Konstantin Novoselov.

"It is not even one material. It is a huge range of materials. A good comparison would be to how plastics are used."


I'd say plastics is a conservativecomparison. Graphene has far more high-tech uses than plastic — and is poised to be much more lucrative...

Scientists are hailing it as a miracle cure for industries ranging from fiber optic data transmission to nuclear energy to lithium-ion batteries.

 

 Since graphene has a high strength-to-weight ratio, it's the perfect material for use in automobiles, rockets, boats, turbine blades, airplanes, and more.

Take a look at what hundreds of researchers, companies, and governments are already doing with the strongest, thinnest, most conductive material ever discovered:

  • Engineers at Northwestern University have a made a graphene electrode that allows lithium-ion batteries to store 10 times as much power and charge 10 times faster.
  • MIT Engineering Professor Jeffrey Grossman believes solar cells made from graphene could produce 10,000 times more energy from a given amount of carbon than fossil fuels.
  • University of Manchester researchers have created a device that "could help detect the presence of drugs or toxins in the body or dramatically improve airport security."

 

According to the Daily Mail: "A graphene credit card could store as much information as today's computers," and that "will lead to gadgets that make the iPhone and Kindle seem like toys from the age of steam trains."

 

 The BBC says: "It could spell the end for silicon and change the future of computers and other devices forever."

Amazingly, the Israeli Army is even using the material to make invisible missiles.

Fact is graphene makes:

  • Solar — 50x-100x more efficient
  • Semiconductors — 50x-100x faster
  • Aircraft — 70% lighter

 

The applications for this "wonder material" appear endless.


This Super Material "Will Change the World." —Huffington Post


I'm extremely bullish on graphene's future prospects, and so is one of the men who discovered it, Nobel recipient Konstantin Novoselov:

 

"I don't think it has been over-hyped... It has attracted a lot of attention because it is so simple — it is the thinnest possible matter — and yet it has so many unique properties. There are hundreds of properties which are unique or superior to other materials. Because it is only one atom thick it is quite transparent — not many materials that can conduct electricity are transparent."


And speaking of transparent, scientists at the University of Texas, Dallas have made a graphene invisibility cloak by heating up a sheet of the material with electrical stimulation.

Again, this isn't science fiction. This is happening right now. Novoselov says, "It's a big claim, but it's not bold. That's exactly why there are so many researchers working on it."


So many, indeed: Over 200 companies are pursuing graphene opportunities, and it's been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed research papers.


Just recently, Bloomberg reported: "University-led research projects to investigate graphene won $1.35 billion in European Union funding."That's a true testament of faith in this "wonder material."


"Analysts say the first graphene-intensive products should come to market within 18 months," says Businessweek, "with IBM, Samsung, and Nokia among those racing to be first."


And now the global race is on — with a huge increase in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene...


The BBC reports: "A surge in research into the novel material graphene reveals an intensifying global contest to lead a potential industrial revolution."
 
Graphite's "Rare Earth" Moment

There are two ways to make graphen. 

One is done in a lab, similiar to how solar cells are made, with a process called chemical vapor deposition. Most of today's graphene is made this way. It's ultra-pure and the process can be easily controlled. 


But it's expensive and often cost-prohibitive. 

The lower cost way to make graphene is by using natually occurring graphite. This market is developing now and will be much larger than the synthetic graphene market because it can be used in high-volume consumer electronics.


Yet only a few companies around the world have access to mineral graphite, which is the resource required to make graphene...


And up to this point, China has had a tight grip on the worldwide graphite supply, controlling over 70% of it.


Like it did with rare earths, China is has limited graphite exports with quotas — imposing a 20% export tariff and a 17% value added tax (VAT), causing graphite prices to rise. What's more, due to environmental concerns, China has ordered restrictions on any further graphite mines in two of its largest graphite-producing regions.

All this has set the stage for non-Chinese based production to come online...


Leaving the door open for graphite mining operations in other parts of the globe as most of the world's major economies perceive the mineral as being necessary for technological and industrial progression.


"China has a stranglehold on natural graphite supply," says Simon Moores of Industrial Minerals. "This, together with a generation of under-investment in mines around the world, is creating a very tight supply situation."


Already, Future Markets, Inc. reports a 4,000% increase in demand for graphene-based materials...

Which could send graphite prices higher as demand for this mineral starts outpacing supply as is forecast.


That's why graphite has been named a "supply critical mineral" and a "strategic mineral" by the United States and the European Union.

This created sort of a "graphite bubble" from 2010-2013, when prices for large flake graphite tripled, from just under $1,000 per metric ton to over $2,700. 


All of a sudden there were graphite companies coming out of the wood work, just like there were new rare earth companies during the rare earth boom. 


But what most failed to realize is that graphite is a relatively tiny market in terms of both amount of graphite used and its cost. The world uses about 1.1 million metric tonnes of graphite annually at a value of around $1.1 billion. The synthetic market is worth about $13 billion annually.


In size terms, that's much smaller than zinc or nickel or aluminum. And it dollar terms, the annual market for cobalt at $3.5 billion is three times larger than for natural graphite. The zinc market, at $26B is 26X larger than the graphite market.


As the world realized it didn't need ten new graphite mines to come online, but more likely one or two, prices started come back to earth. 

Graphite prices have now gone full circle inside of seven years. 

 

A lot of "would be" graphite miners have gone by the wayside as well. And now that the graphene and graphite markets have passed "mania stage," there are a few ways to invest in it.


Background

We've all seen what the commodity supercycle has done to copper, gold, and many other resources.

Copper traded between $0.50 and $1.00 per pound for decades. And then, because of the commodity supercycle, it went over $4.00. Same with gold. It used to sell for between $250 and $500 per ounce. It went over $1,800 in 2011. That isn't inflation. That's the commodity supercycle. Many things have caused this change, the big one being China, with India soon to follow.


And in the mining industry, the deposits we've lived off for years have been the big, low-cost, easy-to-find mines. Just like with oil.

But those mines are all getting deeper and older, so costs are increasing. Engineering and environmental standards have gone up and there's been capital and cost inflation.


So gold can't go back to $400 per ounce. And copper can't go back to $1.00 per pound. Graphite has been one of the last minerals to respond to this commodity supercycle. And the reason for that is there was excess production capacity from China.

There is still plenty production in China, which accounts for 75% of the world's graphite production. But it's that very monopoly that has governments and investors looking for quality non-Chinese graphite supply.

 

Graphene & Graphite Investment Checklist

The first thing you should look for in a graphite investment is that it isn't being promoted. That is, make sure the article or report where you're getting your information is being paid for by a graphite company. Outsider Club never takes money or other payments to write about a company. 


Second, you'll want to verify not only that the company you're looking at has a graphite deposit and mining plan that is economic at today's prices... but that it has someone to sell the graphite to. 


Graphite isn't sold on an exchange like copper or gold, so a company must secure "offtake agreements," in which they secure a buyer for their mined graphite.


From there, many basic mining due diligence questions apply:

  • What are the capital costs of the graphite project?
  • What is the expected production rate?
  • What are the operating costs?
  • What is the strategy to make and sell High Purity graphite?

One company where we suggest you start your search is Flinders Resources (TSX-V: FDR)(OTC: FLNXF). 

To your wealth, 

-Outsider Club Research Team

 

 

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Aug 21, 2016

Pinterest Marketing

We live in a visual culture. And if you’re a business owner or blogger, you might be wondering how to cater your online marketing strategy to this trend. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to bolster your content with favorable images — and it’s called Pinterest marketing.


Add Pinterest marketing to your advertising strategy

If you are currently advertising on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you might be wondering, why Pinterest? While Pinterest is similar to these social networking sites, it differs in that it focuses on images to drive traffic to your website or blog. Pinterest is unique because viewers are directed to your webpage where the image is housed. All they have to do is click on your image — or “Pin” as it’s called — and the original link will be displayed.

 

Pretty neat, right? Now that you’ve got the ability to direct viewers to your website, you need to be sure to cater to their mindsets. For example, when checking Facebook, users often want to know what’s going on in their social circles. On the other hand, viewers who scroll through Pinterest are more likely to have a “shopping” mentality. This is because Pinterest is organized more like an online catalog rather than a traditional social media site. For companies looking to sell a product or service, this means Pinterest marketing provides a great return on investment (ROI).


The different ways to use Pins

Once you’ve decided to take the leap and start advertising on Pinterest, you’ll find there are several different methods to make your Pins more successful. For many brands, organic Pins don’t always drive views to their blog or website like they had hoped. If you find yourself in this situation, the next step is to explore other options that might help you up your Pinterest game.


Promoted Pins

If you’re looking to increase the chances of a user liking, repinning or visiting your website, using Promoted Pins might be the answer. Businesses can pay to have their Promoted Pins displayed at the top of search results and category feeds, which allows them to reach their target audience. Overall, this method is likely to increase the success of your Pins.

So how can you start using Promoted Pins? To sign up, you must be a U.S.-based business and will most likely have to join a waitlist. Once you’re approved, you can start promoting your Pins by simply accessing the feature in your settings. Check out these five tips for using Promoted Pins:

 

 5 Tips To A Successful Promoted Pin

 

You will have to pay to use Promoted Pins as part of your Pinterest marketing, but only when someone repins or clicks through to your site. You’ll also get to monitor your daily budget by choosing the amount of money to pay each day, depending on how much you can afford.


Buyable Pins

Did you know there’s a way for users to buy products right from Pinterest? Buyable Pins allow users to purchase products they find on Pinterest without ever leaving the site. This is beneficial for customers because it simplifies the buying process, but it’s also great for companies. They can reach shoppers and make sales all with the click of a button.


With Buyable Pins, you still have the ability to control the shopping experience. Pinterest won’t take a percentage of your sales, and you’ll be able to handle shipping and customer service. When users see a Pin with a blue price, they’ll know it’s buyable!


Rich Pins

Rich Pins allow you to include extra information on Pins themselves, thus making them more useful. There are six different kinds of Rich Pins: app, movie, recipe, article, product and place. Each of these serves a different purpose for Pinterest marketing that can benefit your brand or business. For example, App Pins include an install button within the Pin, so users can easily download your app directly from Pinterest. Overall, Rich Pins can allow you to enhance your images in a way that helps you connect with your audience and promote your brand!


In conclusion

With so many different ways to promote your business or brand on Pinterest, what are you waiting for? By using these methods, you can connect with new customers and keep your current clientele satisfied. And now that you know the benefits of pinning, you can even style your own images for maximum results. Good luck and start pinning!

 

Lauren Abraham is the editorial intern at Bloguettes for the summer of 2016. She has a passion for writing, editing and anything where she can be creative. In her free time, she can be found reading blogs, spending time with family or getting ice cream with her friends in downtown Phoenix. Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn or Instagram @lauren_abraham.



Aug 05, 2016

Cell Phone Shopping Guide

When shopping for a cell phone, making the right choice can be an uphill task. This is because there are so many different models and designs to choose from with new ones coming out every quarter.

Aug 05, 2016

Magazine for Kindle

One feature of the previous Kindle which I didn’t specifically care for is the inability to view magazines and catalogs in the same style found in the print version. Part of the appeal of printed newspapers is definitely the craftsmanship of the magazine design layout. The Kindle Fire addresses this matter featuring its “Page View” option, which offers many magazines in full-color layouts just as the printed editions. Actually, the Amazon kindle fire offers even more than what printed version contains by integrating video, audio, as well as other interactive media.

Aug 05, 2016

Consider Shopping Online vs. In Store for Fine Jewelry

Shopping for fine jewelry is a big deal – it’s quite an investment, and it’s also very personal. While many people go straight to their local mall to shop for these gems, there is a superior alternative: heading online.

Here are several reasons why you may want to consider shopping via Web for all things sparkly.

Aug 05, 2016

Shopping Online with Style and Comfort

Shopping online has become commonplace today. This has mostly to do with the ease and convenience that online shopping offers. You can compare prices, get safety information, research the product and have it delivered right to your door step at the click of a mouse.

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