Molybdenum the new Gold ! 9 reasons why investing in this commodity makes sense:
#1 An investment will and should be in a precious metal needed for life to occur, plants and animals need Molybdenum to live. There is nothing more fundamental or basic than an element. We need elements to build or grow anything. We need Molybdenum (an element) to grow any plant or life form. There are 3 types of elements: poisonous, inert and life giving. Which elements would you want to be around? Which elements would you keep away? Gold does not support life. Silver does not support life. As for Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium you can probably guess what I will say next. Molybdenum is the finest metal to be a part of (literally). Molybdenum has many uses.
#2 Molybdenum has the lowest abundance of the life giving elements in the Earth's crust (other than industry useless Selenium) at 1 ppm (0.0001%).
#3 Molybdenum has the 6th highest melting point of all the elements, and by far the highest melting point (4753 degrees fahrenheit) of all the metals needed for life.
#4 If I were leaving Earth forever, I would build the ship out of Molybdenum. I would only bring life giving elements with me, that is the same mentality I have here on Earth, that is to invest in physical Molybdenum. I could grow hydroponic/aeroponic plants which need Molybdenum and other life giving elements to survive. I would not bring Gold with me.
#5 China has high rates of esophageal cancer and/or strokes because of low Molybdenum amounts in their soil. To fertilize farmland you need half a Pound of Molybdenum per acre (International Molybdenum Association)some websites suggest up to 6 pounds per acre, on a 1-3 year basis. There are about 1 billion acres of farmland in the U.S.A. and billions of acres of deficient farmland worldwide, which clearly means there is not enough Molybdenum for everyone. Molybdenum and bacteria work hand in hand to fix nitrogen in soil, this process can be stunted if there is not enough Molybdenum available. Leguminous edible plants can actually pull large amounts of nitrogen from the atmosphere and fix or store it in their roots, this can be used to fertilize plants and farmers do not have to worry about fertilizer loss or run-off from heavy rainfall.
#6 Nuclear power is not leaving, nor are oil and gas pipelines. Nuclear power plants need high Molybdenum content stainless steel cooling pipes (6.5% or higher Molybdenum) because it prevents corrosion. Salty ocean water is very corrosive to the water cooling pipes. All nuclear power plants are near large bodies of water and need lots of water for cooling the reactors. Pipelines use high amounts of Molybdenum and will be using higher percentages of Molybdenum content in the future to combat corrosion and reduce friction of crude oil delivery in the pipelines. Corroded infrastructure and new infrastructure will need Molybdenum for the Steel used. Molybdenum also greatly enhances Steel strength.
LUCKY #7 CHINA IS CALLING MOLYBDENUM A NATIONAL RESOURCE AND IS LIMITING THE MINING OF MOLYBDENUM BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS MORE VALUABLE LEFT IN THEIR MINES AND IN THE GROUND, THEY WILL BUY EVERYONE ELSES AT LOW CHEAP PRICES NOW. THEY WILL IMPORT THIS METAL. CHINA REALIZES THAT IRREPLACEABLE MOLYBDENUM IS IMPORTANT FOR THEIR COUNTRY GOING FORWARD.
#8 The world total yearly amount of Molybdenum mined and CONSUMED is 500 million pounds. What does that amount look like? Well it's 150 meters x 150 meters x 1 meter high. That is not much at all! ONE small project could easily consume this all. All the data on the internet mentions tonnes and millions of pounds and when you look at the total amount mined in volume (cubic meters), it is very tiny.
#9 ONE investor could buy the whole planets yearly Molybdenum production for $8 billion (Jan 2011). Molybdenum only costs $1 per ounce. In comparison, to buy all the Gold that is available and that has ever been mined, it would cost you $7.4 trillion (Jan 2011) to buy the 375 million pounds of useless bling!
Carlo Biancardi (London, Ontario)