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Why Uranium ETFs Are Going Nuclear

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Uranium prices have jumped more than 30% this year to their highest level in 12 years, making it one of the top-performing commodities. They are still below levels seen before the Fukushima disaster, which led to a "lost decade" for nuclear markets.

The demand for uranium has been rising thanks to renewed interest in alternative sources of energy as governments around the world try to tackle climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Uranium, used mainly in nuclear power plants, is one of the cleanest ways to produce electricity. However, nuclear energy currently accounts for just about 10% of electricity generation globally, and about 20% in developed countries, including the US.

While new reactors have come online, many existing reactors are extending their operating licenses, and old reactors are restarting, supply has become a big challenge. 434 nuclear power plants operate worldwide currently, with 59 under construction and 111 more planned, per Sprott Asset Management.

Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet republics, control more than 55% of global uranium mined supply. Further, Russia accounts for nearly 45% of the global market for uranium conversion and enrichment, per Bloomberg.

The recent coup in Niger, which accounts for about 5% of the global uranium supply, has added to supply concerns.

So far, the US government hasn't banned imports of Russian nuclear fuel, but there are bills to reduce or ban these imports in the House of Representatives and Senate, per WSJ.

Tesla (TSLA - Free Report) CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) founder Bill Gates, and legendary investor Warren Buffett are among the big supporters of nuclear energy.

To learn about the Global X Uranium ETF (URA - Free Report) , Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM - Free Report) and VanEck Uranium+Nuclear Energy ETF (NLR - Free Report) , please watch the short video above.


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