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Why Platinum Is Doomed?

by , 27 August 2019
Why Platinum Is Doomed?
Today we'll go over why the era of electric cars could kill platinum as we know it, why I expect huge downside and what we can do to profit.

“It's a long-term risk to platinum; electric battery vehicles
don't need any platinum at all”

This is what Investec analyst, Marc Elliot told Bloomberg and that he anticipated a decade-long transition to electric cars, with hybrid cars.
In fact, right now the overall electric-car sales market stands at 2% in 2019. However, the sales are predicted to make up around 57% by 2040 - reaching 56 million!

This might sound great for the environment and our pockets, but this is causing major worries for platinum miners.

Currently, the auto-industry, is the largest consumer of platinum which accounts for 40% of the total demand for the metal.

Just to give you an idea, platinum is mainly used by car makers in catalytic converters, auto-catalysts found in gasoline and diesel cars.

And with electric vehicles on the rise, this will have a catastrophic long-term impact on demand and the platinum price.

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Take a look at this frightening electric-vehicle-sales graph:
According to VisualCapitalist.com, in 2018 1/3rd of all passenger vehicles were electric and that percentage is only expected to rise in the near future.
To put this acceleration rate into perspective, it took five years to sell 1 million electric cars. And in 2018, it only took six months.
And so, the rise of electric vehicles will not only be negative for the platinum price but also it will be especially bad news for South Africa as 95% of the world’s platinum reserves are found in South Africa. And at least 75% of the mined platinum is exported  - that’s around around R96 billion.
But the proof is in the pudding and right now we can see that the platinum price is under HUGE pressure as prices are near a decade low, as well as at a critical price level which is about to break.
To explain this let’s look at the chart…
Is this chart showing doom for Platinum?
Looking at the weekly chart of Platinum, you can see for the last five years the price has been on a continuous downtrend (Red line).
And for the last three years, the price has kept bouncing on a strong support (floor level) at $780 (Horizontal yellow line).
Technical analysts call this pattern a continuation descending triangle (shaded yellow).
This triangle consists of a downward side (downtrend) as well as a horizontal side (support) level. 
Now that platinum is 3/4s to the apex, soon we can expect a break to the downside where we could see a 53% drop in price. 
To calculate this target we take the difference between the most recent high price and low price and we add it to the low price. 
Here's the calculation:
Target = (Low price - High price) + Low price
          = ($780 - $1,200) + $780
          = $360
This means we can expect a 53% drop from the current levels in the next few months.
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