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5-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: Global X Lithium ETF

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Global X Lithium ETF (NYSE: LIT  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Global X Lithium and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

Global X Lithium facts


July 2010

Total Assets

$104.3 million

Investment Approach

Seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the Solactive Global Lithium Index, which tracks companies active in the exploration and/or mining of lithium or the production of lithium batteries.

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


Year-to-Date / 1-Year Return

(33.4%) / (22.8%)

Top 10 Holdings With High CAPS Rating (4 or 5 stars) and Portfolio Weight

Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE: SQM  ) (23%)

FMC (NYSE: FMC  ) (18.4%)

Rockwood Holdings (NYSE: ROC  ) (9.8%)

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, all of the 106 members who have rated Global X Lithium believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cablet and ILLUMI.

Less than a year ago, cablet succinctly summed up the bull case: "Lithium may possibly become the new oil for the 21st century as more devices (and soon autos) rely on longer lasting batteries. This ETF is a great way to get in now to Lithium while keeping lower risk than owning one or two of the underlying stocks."

Global X Lithium even sports an annual turnover ratio of just 6%. That's lower than other specialty commodity ETFs like Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSE: MOO  ) (20%) and iShares S&P North American Natural Resources (NYSE: IGE  ) (11%).

CAPS member ILLUMI elaborates on the bull case:

Used for energy storage for smart grid (read: small-scale renewable/green energy), electric cars, phones/portable devices, medical, etc. Everything will be expected to last many hrs. without main power in the next few decades, and Li-Ion batteries are the way to store that energy, barring a major breakthrough in a different technology.

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  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2011, at 9:44 PM, newty74 wrote:

    Is lithium truly rare?I don't think it is.

    Also there are many forms of lithium not all are suitable for battery use.

    Also the automobile case isn't proven. Tesla motors et al are still sort in the trial phase. The technology isn't proven for wide spread adoption. The other issue is the infrastructure necessary to support these pure electric cars if mass adoption were to occur. Without infrastructure...adoption wouldn't happen and consumption won't spike.

    I hear a tesla roadster uses 7000 laptop capacity batteries to power it...if Mass adoption occurs lithium prices would definitely spike

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