It’s a whitish, ductile metal. It is No. 46 on the Periodic Table of Elements…and it is a “Buy.” I don’t just mean that it is a solid investment opportunity in which you can buy shares. I’m talking about an opportunity so big, you could literally pull a truck up to the front door — but make sure it’s an armored truck, as I’ll explain below — and drive home with the stuff.
The metal’s name is palladium, and it is used mainly in automobile and truck catalytic converters, particularly for low-temperature exhaust that emits from diesel engines. For high-temperature exhaust from gasoline-burners, you need platinum. But for diesel engines, palladium does the job.
As the chart below illustrates, annual auto-catalyst demand is currently soaking up a whopping 81% of the world’s annual mined supply of palladium — up from about 60% just a few years ago. This chart also illustrates that the palladium price trend tracks very closely with the auto-catalyst demand trend. Back in 2000, for example, when auto-catalyst demand was consuming more than 100% of the mined supply (above-ground stockpiles plugged the supply gap), the palladium priced soared to more than $1,000 an ounce!
Read More at dailyreckoning.com . By Byron King.