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  • Palladium: The precious metal nobody is talking about but should be
  • At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... And attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over. It's 15 times more rare than platinum... and 30 times more rare than gold. Rea... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • The “2016 silver bull-run” is NOT over yet... And here are two reasons why
  • Since the start of 2016, Silver rose from $13.82 an ounce to a high of $20.63 - an incredible 49% return! Compare that to gold which is up around 25% and the JSE All Share which has returned just over 6% for the year. So it's no secret that silver is one of the best performing assets in 2016. But recently, silver took a knock and it's sitting around $18.85 today. The main factor that c... ››› more
  • [20 September 2016]
  • If you're a risk taker, silver may be worth a look
  • If you've been watching the price of silver, you may have noticed that it's been doing marginally better lately. The precious metal is renowned for its volatility, but there are signs that things could be changing for silver. Let's take a closer look… Could the future be looking brighter for silver?   Earlier this year, silver plunged to a five-year low. But by mid-October, ... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How you can trade precious metals using futures contracts
  • If you want to speculate on the price movements of precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver, one way to do it is to trade futures contracts. By using futures contracts on precious metals, you gain leverage on changes in their prices. So what exactly are precious metals futures contracts? And how can you trade them? Read on to find out… What are precious metals futures con... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • How to diversify your portfolio with precious metals whatever your budget
  • Adding physical precious metals to your portfolio can be a great diversifier. Precious metals tend to do better when the financial markets are in turmoil. So if a crisis strikes, the performance of gold and silver should help to offset the losses you make in other investments. So if you want to invest in precious metals, what are your options? Read on to discover four different ways… ... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • Your introductory guide to investing in precious metals
  • Gold and silver don't just have an aesthetic appeal, many investors use them as vehicles to protect their wealth. They are the classic safe haven investments. If the market plunges or financial chaos ensues, the value of gold and silver doesn't disappear. So why should you opt to hold these precious metals in your portfolio? And how can you invest in gold and silver? Read on to find out... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • Within ten years, asteroid mining could become a reality…
  • The prices of commodities have been under severe pressure over the past few years. Miners in South Africa and across the world are struggling to generate money as metal prices tumble. But there could be a saving grace. A development that could revolutionise the mining industry. This is asteroid mining. And this sci-fi sounding development could become a reality in less than a decade. So w... ››› more
  • [14 August 2015]
  • The uses for silver are growing, but is it worth investing in?
  • Silver probably isn't the first precious metal that springs to mind. Gold holds this top spot. Just like gold, silver is a monetary metal. This means many investors view it as a traditional store of value and silver holds the same safe haven status as gold. But unlike the yellow metal, around 50% of silver's demand is down to its use as a component in a number of industries. With gold, this ... ››› more
  • [08 June 2015]
  • Do silver and gold deserve a place in your portfolio?
  • Investing in precious metals can be precarious. Take gold, since peaking in 2011, it's struggled to get anywhere near that high again. And silver has continued on its roller coaster ride. So should you invest in gold or silver? Or are you best giving these precious metals a wide berth? Read on to find out… You should invest in gold as portfolio insurance So far this year, the ... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
  • Where's the price of platinum headed?
  • Just last month, the price of an ounce of platinum fell below $1,120. Levels not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008. A few weeks down the line and the price of the precious metal isn't doing much better. So what's going on with the price of platinum? And is it likely to rise in value this year? Read on to find out… The ins and outs of the price of platinum ... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • Why silver could be worth a buy
  • There are a number of reasons why buying silver makes sense. It has strong fundamentals supporting this. On the other hand, there are also reasons why the worst may not be over for silver. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and why it could be time to buy the precious metal… The fundamentals supports silver The uses for silver are growing. The precious metal has applicati... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • The gold price slumps to a 15-month low
  • Gold is struggling. If you've watched the price of gold this year, you'll have seen how the yellow metal has struggled to maintain any gains made. It kicks off the week wallowing at a 15-month low. And gold isn't the only precious metal struggling. So what's going on with the gold price? Let's take a closer look… The dollar took strength from positive US jobs data The gold pri... ››› more
  • [06 October 2014]
  • Three ways to invest in precious metals
  • Holding a portion of your portfolio in gold and other precious metals like silver is like having an insurance policy against bad things happening in the market. When shares and other asset classes drop in value, gold tends to rise in price. So if you want to have some exposure to precious metals in your portfolio, what's the best way to go about it? Let's take a closer look… How to i... ››› more
  • [23 September 2014]
  • Three reasons that make silver a top buy
  • Silver has underperformed for the past few years. To say the least, its performance is erratic. Silver has the potential to make traders big profits. But given its recent track record, it can also disappoint traders. So taking a look at the fundamentals, what are the reasons behind buying silver? Let's take a closer look… Reason to buy silver #1: China is running out of silver ... ››› more
  • [29 August 2014]
  • Precious metals uncovered: Five ways to invest in gold
  • Over the past month or so, the price of gold has been edging higher, albeit in a volatile way. If you want to invest in gold, what are your options? Read on to find out… Way #1: Invest in gold producers You need to do your homework here and gold producers are notoriously volatile, but you could uncover a gold producer or two to invest in. Gold mining isn’t an easy business and margin... ››› more
  • [23 July 2014]
  • The market is looking buoyant for precious metals
  • Gold, platinum and palladium continue to edge higher. A weaker dollar is helping to boost prices. Geopolitical tensions are helping push gold up. And supply concerns over platinum and palladium continue to drive prices higher. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The prices of precious metals continue to rise Precious metals look likely to complete a “sixth consecutive week... ››› more
  • [10 July 2014]
  • The JSE ended a rollercoaster day strongly higher
  • The JSE ended the yesterday higher after lacklustre morning trade. Pulling the local bourse higher was solid platinum and gold prices, and bumper performances by Naspers and Sasol. This helped the JSE shrug off negative sentiment. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Gold and platinum buoyed the market’s performance It was a day of “volatile trading” on the JSE yesterday, says I... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • Investing in gold has its advantages… but it also has its costs
  • Many investors advocate holding some of your portfolio in physical gold. It acts like a kind of insurance policy on your investments. Investing in gold can help to protect your portfolio against inflation. It can protect your portfolio against a financial crisis. And it can protect your portfolio against currency devaluation. But this insurance doesn't come without a cost. Let's take a closer look... ››› more
  • [23 May 2014]
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