Rare Earth Minerals Threat By China, How Serious is It? Plus Manufactured Home Industry Stocks

CNNmone5.29.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsIt’s a hot topic on financial websites. Rare earth elements (REE) or rare earth metals are not actually that rare, they are found in the U.S. and elsewhere. But sources say that some 80 percent of them are imported from China, because it was cheaper to do so. That’s an issue that the Pentagon has warned about in recent years as a risky concern. Frankly, such issues should not be a concern for our manufactured home industry, which ought to ride high in good times or bad ones. That said times are not normal. So, the rare earth metals issue, part of what roiled the broader markets today, will be our featured report this evening. It’s revealing, and you’ll not likely find these insights elsewhere today.

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China, as the report below reflects, recently used the threat of withholding rare earth metals from Japan. So the threat floated by Chinese media should be taken seriously.

Right-of-center Fox Business tees up this report in part, but we’ll finish it with some points they did not make.

While, MHProNews does not claim any expertise in rare earth metals, we can do research to see what experts on the topic have said. A 2017 article from Perdue University said the following:

  • New efficient and inexpensive technologies being developed at Purdue University could allow the extraction of rare earth elements, critical components of many electronics and green products, from waste coal ash.
  • This innovation could enable the U.S. to enter into the $4 billion rare earthelement production market while recycling coal ash in an environmentally friendly way. The value of the products that require rare earth metals is valued at more than $4 trillion per year. Rare earth elements (REE) largely consist of Lanthanides (Lns), a series of 15 metallic elements.
  • REEs have many important applications in things such as permanent magnets in power generation and electric cars, batteries, petroleum refining catalysts, phosphors in color televisions, and many electronics including cellphones. The demand for REEs is predicted to grow dramatically over the next several decades,” said Linda Wang, inventor of the technologyand Purdue’s Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering.
  • REEs used in the U.S. are primarily imported from China, which controls over 90 percent of the supply, with wide implications on the U.S. economy and national security.”
  • For example, after China reduced the export quotas in 2010, the costs of rare earth magnets for one wind turbine increased from $80,000 to $500,000. After China relaxed the export restrictions 18 months later, the prices returned to lower levels than in 2010,” she said. “It’s highly desirable to develop the capacity to produce REEs in the U.S. and to become independent of foreign suppliers.”

There are several takeaways from this.

  • The U.S. has allowed itself to become too dependent on many items imported from China or other nations, not just rare earth metals.
  • The cheapest price may have hidden higher costs. For example, as the U.S. has fueled the Chinese economy, that in turn has feed China’s military, technology, and spying sectors.
  • The U.S. taxpayer has to pay more to defend against those threats, so a cheaper price at a store or online ends up paid in other ways.

American leaders in both major parties have for decades allowed our jobs to go overseas, in exchange for cheaper prices on some goods. But that fueled higher welfare and other costs.

There is a wisdom to the balanced concept of “America First.” While we won’t predict how this trade war will conclude, what appears possible is that the nation will learn a long overdue lesson in the necessity for being a producing country. Producers have several advantages.

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NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).


Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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