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Are new batteries the latest way to lose money?

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Are new batteries the latest way to lose money?

It’s easy to be excited by new technology, like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, autonomous electric vehicles, and ride sharing.  And for investors, new tech brings so many exciting opportunities to speculate – and lose.  Which brings me to the recent wave of speculation in commodities for making the latest batteries, like cobalt and lithium.


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. Carlos Cobelas

    it doesn’t say much good about mankind and our economic / financial systems if investing in future worldchanging technologies is bad investing.
    so we stick to wood and stones ?

    • Just be aware that picking winners among constantly advancing technology is extremely challenging. It’s probably easier to short the technology being superseded.

  2. I don’t understand the chemistry but I was reading that urea might be a battery option. if so battery power would be very cheap.

    This could bring about changes such as no need for a grid, allow greater decentralisation.

  3. Much of the above applies equally to solar panels. Tremendous excitement, graphs all trending towards the day when solar rules the roost but profits are hard to realise. Google “solar panel bankruptcy” and the results speak for themselves. The ease with which the bright future of solar panels, batteries and electric cars can be apparently seen means all and sundry are piling in thinking they are all on a sure thing. What could go wrong?

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