Investing in ASX lithium stocks can be an effective way to diversify your portfolio and grow your wealth while supporting sustainability.
Max Vickerson said that while a large number of lithium stocks have performed well over the past three years, conditions have changed recently.
“However, over the last year, earnings have slowed across the industry and there have been several periods of volatility as concerns about the balance of supply and demand have arisen from time to time.”
Investing in ASX lithium stocks can be an effective way to diversify your portfolio and grow your wealth while supporting sustainability
He said lithium commodity prices are the biggest factor affecting stock prices.
“Most companies sell a significant portion of their products under contracts, so average realized prices are not as volatile as in spot markets,” he said.
“However, spot prices have fallen due to seasonally weaker Chinese demand, which has been a headwind for stock prices lately.”
Positive signs for the value of ASX Lithium shares
The pressure on governments and businesses to create a low-carbon economy is real and increasing as the effects of climate change become more evident.
Globally, regulations and supply chains are likely to be reshaped by a move away from fossil fuels. McKinsey predicts that demand for lithium-ion batteries will grow at an average annual rate of about 30% over the next decade.
A rapid transition to electrification and new energy storage technologies will require secure and reliable access to lithium, which bodes well for lithium miners and especially those operating in a politically stable country like Australia.
Potential risks to ASX Lithium share prices
If global demand for lithium or electric vehicles falls, the commodity price can drop quickly. With most EV manufacturing centered in the Chinese market and most Australian lithium exported to China, changes in policy direction or demand for EVs in China will be disruptive.
Lithium’s value as a commodity could also be weakened by advances in extraction methods, or new discoveries of lithium deposits that increase supply, or new technologies that don’t require lithium.
Production costs and long periods between mining exploration and production could also weigh on some lithium companies’ prospects if demand isn’t there when their supplies reach the market.
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