The supply of silver has remained buoyant due to central banks dumping their holdings and investors cashing out of silver-backed exchange traded funds. But with the streams from both of these sources diminishing, less silver is coming available. The demand for silver is another story. The uses of silver are boundless. It's such a versatile metal. So where does all this leave silver? Let's take a c... ››› more
China is a massive consumer of gold. Last year saw record levels of consumer demand. Its emerging middle class are buying gold jewellery and coins. And the Chinese government is stocking up on the yellow metal. Experts believe this is an attempt by the Chinese government to move its foreign reserves away from the dollar and into gold. The relationship between China and gold serves as a reminder of... ››› more
It's no secret that the price of gold has struggled over the past few years. Despite staging a half decent rally at the start of the year, gold is now wallowing around $1,280. It's well publicised that China mopped up a lot of gold last year. But this year, the pattern is looking at bit different. Why is this? Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
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It's been a tough year for gold. The yellow metal kicked off the year with a rally of 15%. This took it within touching distance of $1,400 an ounce. But since then it's been sliding lower and lower. It's currently trading at around $1,288 an ounce. So what's going on with the gold price? And are there any signs of what could be ahead? Let's take a closer look…
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When you invest in gold and other precious metals, you're investing in commodities. And investing in these metals is very similar to investing in other commodities like sugar, cocoa, coffee and wheat. But it's very different to investing in stocks, property or art. So what makes investing in commodities different from investing in financial investments? Let's take a closer look…
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Commodities trade on specialist commodity markets. The largest commodity market in the work is the Chicago Mercantile Board of Exchange. Here you'll find commodities ranging from gold to orange juice and oil to coffee trading. So how do commodity markets work? And what determines commodity prices? Let's take a closer look…
Commodity markets all come down to supply and demand
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If you want to invest in physical gold, you have a number of options open to you. Here are two great ways you can easily invest in the yellow metal. So what are these options to buy gold? Let's take a closer look…
Buying gold option #1: Kruger rands
One of the easiest ways to buy gold is to buy Kruger rands. You can do this through a variety of dealers in South Africa. It’s very simple to ... ››› more
If you've decided that you want to buy gold coins, the next decision you need to make is what type of gold coin to go for? Do you go for Kruger rands? Or do you opt for a more collectible type of gold coin? There are pros and cons to each. Let's take a closer look at what each type of coin offers you…
Investing in Kruger rands
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In most countries, there's a very high reliance on petrol and diesel. Oil is powering cars, vans, trucks, ships and trains. As this continues, there's another energy source that could become widespread in its use. And that natural gas. It's cheaper, cleaner and quieter than crude oil products. So what does it mean if there's a shift to natural gas? And is there a potential for you to profit from t... ››› more
If you've bought gold jewellery or a Kruger rand or two, have you thought about where the gold came from? There are essentially two main suppliers of gold in the world. And with gold becoming a much sought after commodity, there are also companies out there now that will buy your gold from you in practically any form. These companies then sell this gold on. Let's take a closer look at the world's ... ››› more
Platinum-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs) are sucking up vast quantities of platinum group metals (PGMs). One of the main drivers behind this was the launch of Absa's NewPlat last year. It's been very successful. Add to that the addition of two palladium-backed ETFs and palladium holdings are also rising. The demand for PGM-backed ETFs is adding to the unprecedented demand for these metals. Dem... ››› more
Investing in gold is a great way to provide your investments with a safety net. If the financial markets go awry, gold will help stabilise your portfolio. So what's the best way to invest in gold bullion? You can buy Kruger Rands and stash them away. Or you could put money into a gold-backed exchange traded fund (ETF). But what if there was a better way to invest in gold bullion. Read on to find o... ››› more
The most common use of platinum group metals (PGMs) is in catalytic converters. Manufacturers fit them in vehicles to help reduce harmful emissions from petrol and diesel engines. Since the introduction of catalytic converters, platinum is the primary metal used. But now more catalytic converters are using palladium. Whichever PGM you pick, both are seeing a supply squeeze. Let's take a closer loo... ››› more
Tomorrow marks four months since the start of the platinum sector strike. The world's three largest platinum producers have had their production crippled. Even though new talks are underway, there's no certainty when full production will resume. And this is having other knock-on effects that are sure to affect platinum, not to mention other linked metals like palladium. Palladium is under severe s... ››› more
Platinum has had a rough year so far. The strike hitting the world's three largest platinum producers is nearly four months old. And through this the supply of platinum continue to be under severe pressure. There's a supply crunch on the horizon. But these aren't the only reasons why platinum is set to take off. Let's take a closer look at two reasons why this is only the beginning of a bull marke... ››› more
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