Precious metals are on sale. And one of them - palladium - looks like it's poised to shine this festive season. Palladium is a rare precious metal, which forms part of the platinum group metals. South Africa is one of the top producers of palladium in the world. Read on to uncover why palladium is set to outperform its precious metal peers…
Here are three reasons why palladium is outperforming... ››› more
I'll never forget the feeling I had as a first year student, buying my first share and receiving my first dividend in my bank account...
It felt liberating, enlightening.
I knew this is what truly rich people feel like... Seeing their bank accounts go up without them doing an ounce of work!
But since then a lot has changed. For one, normal dividends are now taxed by government at 15%.
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Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma launched the start of the construction of a new diamond mine owned by De Beers. The mine in Limpopo is forecast to create thousands of jobs. Once complete the new mine will be the biggest in South Africa. Let's take a closer look at the new diamond mine...
President Jacob Zuma welcomed the “R20 billion investment in the diamond industry” yesterday at the launc... ››› more
Like gold, silver can be a great store of value during tempestuous times. The problem is, silver can be incredibly volatile. That's why it may not be a good idea to invest in leveraged positions such as spread trades for silver. It's just way too dangerous. Instead you can hold physical silver, buy it and tuck it away. Read on to find out a unique way to buy silver...
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The supply of palladium is dwindling. The fundamentals for demand in palladium are strong. There is hefty growth in the electronics industry for smart phones, flat screen TVs and tablets, for instance. These all need palladium. And catalytic converters in cars need palladium too. But that's not just where the demand for palladium is growing. Read on to find out why exchange traded funds (ETFs) are... ››› more
Palladium is 15 times rarer than platinum and 30 times rarer than gold. This precious metal is in growing demand. It's a must in the electronics industry. All cell phones, flat screen TVs and tablets, for instance, contain palladium. And it's needed in vehicle catalytic converters. But the supply of palladium is dwindling. Read on to find out more about the supply squeeze that is on for palladium.... ››› more
Earlier today, it emerged that a chairperson for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was killed near Lonmin's mine in Marikana. This was the site of multiple killings last year following protests by striking workers. Let's take a closer look at what's going on...
A “senior member” of the NUM was “shot dead overnight” in Marikana, near Lonmin mines, reports MoneyWeb.
The incident l... ››› more
Demand for gold as a store of value has surged amid speculation that inflation will inevitably pick up as the US Federal Reserve (Fed), the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank continue buying more debt. This new level of worldwide money printing has raised inflation expectations and follows a pattern established from December 2008 to June 2011. Then gold soared 70% following the $2.3 trill... ››› more
The current silver price is $22 per ounce. This is a truly astonishing number for a few reasons. To begin, let's take a quick look at the history books. In 1980 an ounce of silver reached a high of $49.95. So despite all the money printing and financial chaos in the world in the past 33 years, silver has gone backwards. This is truly shocking. But when put into context it becomes even more ridicul... ››› more
Shares of major global mining companies like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale peaked in early 2011. These miners produce important commodities like coal, iron ore, copper etc... However, the US economy struggled, the European economy fell into recession and the growth in China slowed. Read on to discover one big sign the bear market in mining is finally over...
Those economies are the engine tha... ››› more
An unusual thing happened over the past decade... One of the most common metals didn't go up in price. Most metal prices soared over the last decade. The price of gold rose 375%, from around $400 per ounce to peak around $1,900 per ounce. The price of silver, copper, lead, zinc, platinum, palladium and nickel all soared over that period too. However, there is one metal that sat out the bull market... ››› more
Many investors like to have some exposure to gold in their portfolio as a kind of financial insurance. But do gold shares offer you the same security as physical gold? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of investing in gold shares...
Investors demand gold due to its unique blend of near indestructibility, beauty and rarity, the team of experts at MoneyWeek explain...
So a healthy p... ››› more
Oil prices fell sharply today as the US government remains in partial shutdown. As the debt ceiling deadline gets close, only two days to go, markets are worried. Also playing a part in an ebbing oil price are talks with Iran over its nuclear programme. Let's take a closer look at what's going on...
After talks with Senate leaders in the US put talks on hold “to end the budget impasse,” West... ››› more
On the 24th of September, China made an announcement that saw the share price of an obscure miner, Avalon Rare Metals (TSX: AVL), listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange shoot up 11% overnight.
And not only this one company's price spiked—the many shares in its sector did… Now investors are rushing in to try and make a profit from the change in the outlook of a previously unprofitable industr... ››› more
The strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is now into its second week at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). There is no sign of it coming to an end. The union says it might consider involving its members at other platinum producers. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Today, the AMCU announced that Amplats could face a prolonged strike, repo... ››› more
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