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Why I’m Not a Nickel Bull

by Lobo Tiggre
Friday, September 30, 12:00pm, UTC, 2022

Is now the time to buy into nickel plays before it shoots back up again?

Before you answer…

Did you know that only “Class 1” nickel is traded on the London Metals Exchange (LME)? Vast quantities of nickel pig iron and other forms of nickel are not traded on the LME but do impact the global nickel market.

Yes, the war in Ukraine threatens supply. And yes, nickel has become a key “battery metal.” But are we really about to run out of nickel? Was the incredible spike in nickel prices last March a sign of things to come? Or a one-off short squeeze that doesn’t define the market?

My team and I have dug into the nickel story to answer these questions.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there—and perhaps not a little disinformation—so the answers may surprise you.

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I’ve long been resistant to getting as excited about nickel as I am about copper as a critical mineral in the new energy paradigm.

Key point: I have no big bets on nickel stocks, nor do I have any short positions.

I’m neither for nor against nickel. I am an independent speculator, sharing original market research with those interested.

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Thank you for your interest.

Caveat emptor,



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