You can get exposure to many major metals – gold, silver, platinum, copper – via exchange traded funds (ETFs). But for some investors, that’s not enough: they want to grab minor metals exposure, too.

Metals with names like lanthanum and terbium are suddenly becoming as interesting to some investors as the household-name metals. Unfortunately, Gary Gordon for The Street reports, there’s no ETF to access the 15 rare earth elements, numbered 57 through 71 on the periodic table of elements. [Ready for An Onslaught Of Metals ETFs?]

There may be one soon – Van Eck has the Market Vectors Minor Metals ETF in registration. While you wait, though, there are other ways to get a rare-earth metals fix. Gordon points out that China accounts for a massive 97% of production of these metals. [Metals ETFs May Face CFTC Scrutiny.]

  • Guggenheim China Small Cap (NYSEArca: HAO): Gordon’s thesis is that the middle-class Chinese consumer accounts for 60% of the world’s rare earth metal consumption; that is, the Chinese consumer is responsible for buying the most electric and hybrid cars, which can’t be made without at least one rare-earth metal.
  • Global X China Consumer ETF (NYSEArca: CHIQ): This ETF capitalizes on Chinese consumption of rare earth metals as well the increasingly consumer-driven Chinese economy.

Tim Boreham for The Australian also says that while rare-earth metals may not be known by name to most, it might be time to start getting familiar with them. They’re used in many next-generation industries, such as clean tech and lithium batteries. You can get exposure to lithium producers via the Global X Lithium (NYSEArca: LIT), which is up 7.9% in the last month.

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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