Picking major technological shifts doesn’t always equal huge investment gains – just ask any investor who put money into the dotcom boom two decades ago. A more recent example is from 2016 and 2017 when the automotive industry’s move from the internal combustion-engine to electric vehicles (EV) seemed a lock, and the mining industry jumped on board.
The following years have largely proved that thesis. Major carmakers and governments are behind this shift and by the end of this decade EVs will dominate new car sales. But investors who initially dived in were left with large losses by 2019 and London companies struggled to get financing for mines. Lithium, cobalt and graphite prices also crashed as supply overwhelmed demand.
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