Frequently Asked Questions
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However, sometimes, you just want a quick answer, and don’t need to talk to anyone right away. For that reason, we have included a list of common questions below, along with answers, to potentially save you some time.
For the Panama Vault the procedure is similar.
The free enterprise system—prominent throughout the world—with its inherent competitive nature and its drive towards modernity, efficiency and innovation, will ensure the need and demand for these metals in the future, as it has in the past. Across the developing world, these metals are extremely critical to the continued growth and development of nations such as China, Russia, Brazil and India, whose massive industrial, infrastructure and developmental expansion requires vast amounts of metallic raw materials to sustain their current growth levels. Industry authorities worldwide, such as the United Nation’s Energy Program (UNEP), the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Economic Commission, among others, report that the present global shortage of industrial metals, the long lead times and environmental difficulties of developing additional sources, combined with the unreliable and costly recyclability of these metals and the monopolistic predominance of the global supply chain by China, combine in a “perfect storm” of micro-economic conditions that will result in significant price increases for these metals over the next 20-30 years, or longer.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, hundreds of millions of souls are emerging from poverty in developing countries and they want all of the amenities that other people have taken for granted for the past few years, and they will have them, and rare and strategic metals will be in these products.
1. First, Rare, Critical and Strategic metals are VALUABLE. They are relatively finite each year and are under increasing demand from manufacturing whose products are trying to meet the needs of almost a billion new consumers emerging from poverty at this time around the world. This has caused exponential increases in the value of these metals that are now in over 90% of all products. Today, owning these valuable metals instead of currency is a great hedge against inflation.
2. The second is DEFENSIVE By owning baskets of these rare strategic metals, you can insulate your liquid assets from inflation and Economic volatility. Hard assets that have instrinsic value or are in short supply, coupled with increasing demand, offer people protection that they can not get from paper currency or paper promises.
3. The third is SAFETY. With some of your cash in rare and strategic metals you will be able to sleep at night. You will have some cash out of currency and into hard assets with real value.. Additionally, you will own hard assets that are very safely stored offshore in a secure vault in Switzerland or Panama, in the event something catastrophic happens in your home environment. All of your assets are insured. (assets out of dodge in case you want to leave)
4. The fourth is OFFENSIVE. This is a defensive posture by nature, and if by holding these metals you defeat inflation, you have won the battle. There is the added bonus that these metals will exceed this expectation and give you a nice capital gain. This story is just beginning and the Chinese, who control the export of 97% of the refined end product, are looking at this resource today in the same way that OPEC looked at their oil in the 1970´s. Combined with a limited and diminishing supply, these “scarce“ strategic metals are expected to continue to gain in value over the next 3-7 years. The average increase in market value of our baskets over the last 4 years was is about 12%.
• Basket A “Key Industries” contains six industrial metals: Indium (2 kg), Gallium (2 kg), Hafnium (3 kg), Tantalum (8 kg), Tellurium (7 kg), and Bismuth (47.4 kg).
• Basket C “Construction and Engineering” contains six industrial metals: Tantalum (4 kg) and 20 kg each of Molybdenum, Chromium, Cobalt, Zirconium and Tungsten.
• Basket D “ Defense & Aviation “ contains 5 strategic metals: Rhenium (1Kg), Tantalum (5Kg), Indium (5Kg), Gallium (5Kg), Tungsten (20Kg)
• Basket E “Emerging Technologies“ contains 5 strategic metals: Dysprosium (5Kg), Germanium (7Kg), Niobium (10 Kg), Rhenium (6Kg), Silver (15KG)