There is no doubt that the lithium market is changing, driven primarily by demand from the battery boom. The question is, how do you keep up with the changes, risks and the opportunities?
For more than 30 years, we have been bringing transparency to the lithium industry via independent and reflective prices. We were the first price reporting agency (PRA) to achieve Type 1 IOSCO assurance in the lithium space. In September 2019, we upgraded our accreditation level from Type 1 to Type 2.
Our price specifications have been developed to mirror specific compounds and end-uses, including a suite of specialist battery-grade lithium prices, to help all industry participants better manage their exposure as this market evolves.
Fastmarkets has been selected by the London Metal Exchange (LME) as its partner to develop the lithium price benchmark. This global strategic partnership will develop a definitive roadmap aimed at providing a pricing mechanism for lithium that can be utilized throughout the supply chain and will support the development of risk-management tools for the industry.
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Coronavirus impact on the lithium market
Expectations for a rebound in new energy vehicle (NEV) sales after the Lunar New Year holiday have been put on hold due to the impact the Wuhan coronavirus is expected to have on the Chinese economy. Battery raw materials market participants had hoped for an economic recovery...Read more
Lithium juniors still see appetite among investors despite depressed prices, cost overruns
The low price of lithium and cost overruns on junior projects have made investors cautious about the sector, creating doubt about whether lithium juniors will be able to access capital and ensure a supply of lithium in the years ahead.Read more
Shift in UK's EV policy to boost battery material demand
The British government has brought forward a ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars in a move which will boost demand for battery materials, including lithium.Read more
Investors turn bullish on lithium companies ahead of China's 2020 NEV policy
Equity investors have turned more bullish on lithium miners and processors in 2020 so far, helped by a shift in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) policy.Read more
Falling lithium price is a double-whammy for China
China is the world’s leading lithium processor and the largest market for electric vehicles (EVs). While this combination is valuable when conditions are good, the reverse is true when the market sours.Read more
Fastmarkets partners with the London Metal Exchange to develop lithium price benchmark
This global strategic partnership will develop a definitive roadmap aimed at providing a pricing mechanism for lithium that can be utilized throughout the supply chain.Find out more
Forecasting lithium prices to 2025
Recently lithium prices have been in decline and more of the same is forecast for 2019. However, in this report, our research team examines how exponential demand growth will outstrip supply by 2025.Download the whitepaper
Why IOSCO accreditation is significant for lithium
Fastmarkets was the first PRA to achieve Type 1 IOSCO assurance for lithium prices. What does this mean and why is it important? Our team discuss accreditation and the importance of auditable prices.Read it in full
Large lithium presence at LME Week speaks volumes about market
London Metal Exchange Week is traditionally focused on the base metals but at the 2019 event there was a definite focus on battery raw materials - and especially lithium.Read more
What’s driving the battery raw materials markets?
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Fastmarkets expands IOSCO coverage
In September 2019, we upgraded our accreditation level from Type 1 to Type 2 following an independent external assurance review by PwC.Read more
What is driving EV manufacturers’ need for a lithium benchmark?
Head of Battery Raw Materials Research, Will Adams, explores what’s driving auto manufacturers to support lithium benchmark pricing.Find out more
Fastmarkets partnership with the LME
Questions about what our partnership with the LME means for the lithium market? We answer your key questions in detail.Read it in full
Our price assessment process
Being clear about our price assessment and index process is important.
Our methodology is aligned with core IOSCO principles and we have successfully completed an additional independent assurance review (from PricewaterhouseCoopers) for our financial benchmarks.
The review process is an arduous one, examining relevant aspects of internal processes to ensure their quality and integrity. The Principles seek to hold PRAs accountable to providing reliable, impartial, representative and transparent benchmarks for the market to use in physical trading, risk management, analysis and planning purposes.
“Completing this assurance engagement, which examined our responses to the Principles over a 12-month period, is a major milestone and is recognition of the integrity of our processes and controls.” Raju Daswani CEO, Fastmarkets.
You can be confident that our pricing process is impartial and market reflective.
We also publish trade logs which lay out business, bids and offers that have been used to inform our price assessments.
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