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How to manage price risk and volatility in the cobalt market

Join our experts looking at the anatomy of the cobalt market and how market participants can protect themselves against its risk.

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Webinar | Jan 27, 2021

Lithium: What’s the market talking about?

Article | Nov 2020

Our reporters highlight the discussions on the key issues facing the market, held during our lithium supply & markets conference

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Lithium

Lithium price spotlight - Never miss a moment 

Price alerts | Updated weekly

Keep up to date with all the important changes, risks, and opportunities driving the lithium market.

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Charlotte Radford

Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor, Europe

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New Energy Insights

The new energy economy awaits – driven by consumers, governments, and business across the globe and fuelled by battery raw materials.  The transition to the new economy will not be easy, straightforward, or obvious – challenging current and future market participants.  To know the market, you need to know the market.

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Fastmarkets Shorts: The status of the lithium market

Video | Sep 2020

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How EV and battery demand during Covid-19 has impacted the lithium market.   

Webinar: Investment strategies in the new energy economy

Webinar | Nov 4, 2020

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Green energy and EVs are expected to boom, but current prices  are at historical lows. How can investors make sense of the market?  

Telsa's battery day creates bullish market sentiment, say experts

Article | Sep 2020

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Lithium market participants and observers have generally reacted positively to US electric vehicle maker Tesla’s recent announcements.

Lithium Price Roadmap

Infographic | Sep 2019

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The 30-year journey of Fastmarkets lithium coverage, from 1989 to launching the first Lithium benchmark price partnership with the LME.

Cobalt

Fastmarkets Shorts: Trader-led August rally in the cobalt market 

Video | Sep 2020

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How EV and battery demand during Covid-19 has impacted the lithium market.   

Cobalt hydroxide payables range widens as liquidity improves 

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the cobalt hydroxide market from London and Shanghai for the week ending Friday, September 11. 

Cobalt sulfate producers buy metal again after market reaches ‘inflection point’ 

Article | Sep 2020

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Ample cobalt hydroxide availability and rising payables are allowing more refineries to top up their inventories once again. 

Cobalt risk management and futures

In this market report, our experts examine the factors driving cobalt market instability and how that risk can be managed.

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Copper

Webinar: What's next for copper after a turbulent start

Webinar | June 2020

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Get a view on what to expect from the copper market after the disruption caused by Covid-19 and economic slowdown in the first half of 2020. 

Chinese ore price sets fresh high, US briquette premium finds new bottom 

Article | Sep 2020

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Soaring Chinese nickel ore prices could be attributed to low supply leading to stockpiling ahead of the rainy season in the Philippines. 

Buying appetite supports higher 37% cif China manganese ore prices  

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the manganese ore market for Europe, Asia and the United States for the week ending Friday, September 11. 

Chinese 894 prices rise on tight supply, European sentiment softens  

Article | Sep 2020

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Snapshot of the graphite market for Asia and Europe for the week ending Thursday, September 3 

Watch on demandThe impact of Covid-19 on cathode materials 

Article | Jul 2020

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An hour-long panel discussion tackling market developments in cathodes from an upstream and downstream perspective, with a specific focus on cobalt & nickel. 

European EV optimism unlikely to shake China's cobalt, lithium prices 

Article | Jun 2020

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As Europe continues to drive forward with a focus on building an EV future, what could this mean for global demand and consumption of battery raw materials? 

Musk’s EV nickel plea drives LME price up 6%, but will anyone sign up? 

Article | Jul 2020

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As the demand for nickel continues to rise, could the EV revolution be further stunted by the transition to ethical nickel production? 

Webinar: How will electric vehicle markets behave post Covid-19? 

Webinar | Aug 2020

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Take a closer look at EV markets and how they will respond during the Covid-19 recovery as well as which trends look set to define the near future. 

Resourcing the new energy economy

Report | Jul 2020

The new energy economy - and the specific references to the battery materials that will resource that economy - sits pragmatically between exuberance and skepticism.  

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Minors, Ores and Alloys Editor, Asia

Susan Zou

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Watch on your own time to learn how green energy and EVs are expected to boom, but current prices are at historical lows. How can investors make sense of the market?

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Webinar: The Copper Opportunity in Smart Cities 

Webinar | Sep 2020

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Join Fastmarkets and the International Copper Association as we review new research on the growth of smart cities and their impact on copper demand. 

2020 Copper Demand Update: Copper’s fabricator industry during Covid-19 

Webinar | Oct 22, 2020

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Join members of the fabricator industry as they discuss how the market plans to adapt post 
Covid-19 and recover in the new normal. 

Webinar: Urban Mining: Research and Opportunities  

Webinar | Nov 19, 2020

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An exploration of the opportunities of urban mining, including how it can improve the circular economy.  

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The complex future of cobalt

Article | Oct 2020

The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like.

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Fastmarkets Shorts: Recent upturns in the cobalt hydroxide market

Video | Sep 2020

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What are the factors driving the recent upturn in the cobalt hydroxide price?

Meet the new energy team

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Market Analyst

Carrie Shi

Senior Price Reporter

Dalila Ouerghi

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China's lithium carbonate market still firm - for now

Article | Sep 2020

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As the Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate market remains strong, the market in the rest of the world is continuing to hold tight.  

Near-term headwinds will slow down lithium price recovery

Article | Sep 2020

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Lithium prices are in a bottoming-out phase but are expected to struggle for some time in the foreseeable future.

Toyota-Panasonic JV to build lithium-ion batteries

Article | Sep 2020

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A joint venture between Toyota and Panasonic will produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan from 2022 to coincide with expected EV growth.

How has Covid-19 
impacted the lithium markets?

Webinar | Jun 2020

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An hour-long session looking at how Covid-19 has impacted lithium markets in regards to supply, demand and prices. 

Fastmarkets, CME Group launch cash-settled cobalt contract

Article | Nov 2020

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Fastmarkets has partnered with CME Group to launch a cash-settled cobalt contract to be against Fastmarkets’ daily benchmark cobalt price.

China launches new energy vehicle industry plan for 2021-35

Article | Nov 2020

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The new plan is to run from 2021 to 2035 to promote and stimulate sustainable development of China’s new energy automotive industry.

Fastmarkets, CME Group launch cash-settled cobalt contract

Article | Nov 2020

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Fastmarkets has partnered with CME Group to launch a cash-settled cobalt contract to be against Fastmarkets’ daily benchmark cobalt price.

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Industrial Minerals Editor, Europe

Davide Ghilotti

Market Reporter

Michael Greenfield

Minor Metals Reporter

Cristina Belda

Covid-19's impact on cobalt supply and trade flows

Infographic | Dec 2020

Covid-19 has caused global distrupton - we outline the key information you need to understand the impact to the cobalt market

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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Lithium - a tale of two markets

Infographic | Oct 2020

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Long-term growth vs current reality, we look at the two juxtaposed stories in this market

New energy - the current reality

Article | 2020

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After the exuberance in 2015 and resultant over-supply and decline in price, BRM prices have been highly sensitive to supply chain disruptions.

Covid-19's impact on cobalt supply and trade flows

Infographic | Dec 2020

Covid-19 has caused global distrupton - we outline the key information you need to understand the impact to the cobalt market

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The cobalt market is sending out mixed signals for what the next few years will look like

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