Over the last couple of years, I have focused the majority of my research efforts on the industrial metals mining sector. This lead to me launching the Industrial Minefinder™ subscription service through Seeking Alpha and developing the Industrial Minefinder™ Junior Index (IMJI™). Building upon this, I recently decided to launch two types of portfolio management services dedicated exclusively to this sector. In this True Vine Letter, I briefly review the broader opportunity I see and introduce these new services.
Global demand for industrial metals, particularly in Asia, is robust and there are several emerging catalysts that stand to reinforce this trend in the years and decades to come. The primary drivers include:
structural supply deficits in all three of the primary base metals—copper, nickel, and zinc
rapid economic growth in India
China's One Belt, One Road initiative
a renewed focus on critical metals and infrastructure development in the U.S.A.
a transition to electric vehicles that has created a new demand driver for a host of industrial metals
growth in electrified transportation, renewable energy (solar & wind), and energy storage has metals, such as lithium and uranium, poised to take “energy” market share away from coal, oil, and natural gas.
The overall investment case for industrial metals is solid.
To take advantage of this trend, True Vine Investments is now offering the following two specialized portfolio services:
Industrial Miners Portfolio
The Industrial Miners Portfolio invests across the spectrum of industrial metals miners—juniors, intermediates, and majors—where I see the most potential for risk-adjusted outperformance.
Junior Industrial Miners Portfolio
The Junior Industrial Miners Portfolio invests exclusively in junior miners where I see the most potential for risk-adjusted outperformance.
In essential difference is that the Industrial Miners Portfolio will invest across all types of industrial metals miners whereas the Junior Industrial Miners Portfolios will invest only in juniors, such as those found in the IMJI™.
There are several distinct advantages to investing in either of the Industrial Miners Portfolios versus an exchange traded fund or a mutual fund, assuming there is a comparable one even available. These include:
Client cash is invested only when compelling values are available. If the miners, as a whole, are overvalued, the portfolio is free to hold substantial amounts of cash or other short term securities.
Unlike mutual funds, each client has their own portfolio that is not effected by investment flows from other investors. Portfolios never have to liquidate undervalued companies or purchase more shares of overvalued companies due to market volatility and swings in investor sentiment.
Individual portfolios allow for custom harvesting of capital gains and losses. The sale of securities can be structured to ensure that clients receive the maximum tax benefits for their unique situations.
Clients always have direct access to their portfolio manager.
Consider complementing your overall investment portfolio with an account dedicated exclusively to industrial metals miners.
For information on who is eligible for these portfolios and the fees associated with them, please visit the dedicated page on this site.
If you have further questions please comment below or contact me directly.
Joshua Hall, ChFC
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