Japanese hedge fund Soft Bank has entered the lithium market buying up to 9.9% of Canada's Nemaska Lithium and investing up to $78m through a private placement as part of the agreement. What is interesting is that in the agreement Softbank will be permitted to purchase up to 20% of the lithium from Nemaska. If you recall a few months ago Apple was bypassing markets and buying cobalt directly from mines. This looks like another similar strategy. To me this is a clear signal that smart money is purchasing resources, commodities and envisioning a future of stored energy in batteries. This is remarkable news for the industry and should stir people to consider what there money is invested in, and what they are exposed to.