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rhodium

Play it safe – with gold:

Gold is the definitive stable investment. It has been revered and used as a valuable commodity for over 4,500 years. There is no substitute for gold on the jewellery market. It is frequently used in modern technology. And its long history as a reliable hedge against inflation speaks for itself. All this makes gold the safest stake you can hold.

Nearly 170,000 tonnes of gold have been mined in the past 5,000 years by people all over the world, only a few percent of which have been lost in the course of these many years.

This would appear to be an awful lot of gold, but it is actually a surprisingly small quantity. Its entirety would fit under Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate with room to spare. A gold cube of that size would not only be remarkable for its weight; it would also cost a fortune. The world’s gold assets are collectively worth 6.6 trillion euros. But if every human on the planet were to be given an equal share, we would each get just 25 grams worth about 950 euros.

What’s more, most of this gold is unavailable: About two-thirds of it is bound in the form of jewellery and about 30,000 tons are stored in central banks’ vaults. These banks have reversed their policy of late. After the dollar’s ties to gold were severed, many sold some of their gold stores over the last 40 years. Now the trend is going in the other direction. Central banks have been net gold buyers since 2010, and this trend seems to be picking up even more momentum.

Other groups have also rediscovered the virtues of gold as an investment. These are times when governments of western industrial nations seem to have no qualms about running debts up to record highs. Central banks are practicing inflationary policies, printing new money seemingly at will. Currencies and financial markets look to be plunging into crises with increasing frequency. All this is driving demand for gold on the part of private and institutional investors. The first investors started turning to gold in 2001, and the rush was on when the financial crisis hit in 2008. Today investors see physical gold as an insurance policy for their portfolio.

Only about 2,650 tonnes of gold are mined each year, so supply cannot keep pace with growing demand. This has caused prices to climb steeply in recent years. In September 2011, the price rose to a record high of $ 1,920 per ounce before levelling off slightly.

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Stay on the cutting edge – with silver:

There are two sides to silver. On the one hand, its price is the most volatile among precious metals; savvy traders can turn profits with it day after day. On the other, it is much like its big brother gold – a reliable hedge against inflationary times. Silver’s many uses as a versatile industrial metal for key devices such as mobile phones and computers ensure silver is of enduring value.

The value of this gray metal has also gone up significantly in recent years. It benefits from a dual purpose that gold does not serve: On the one hand, it is seen as an investment metal, while on the other, a significant portion of the silver newly mined every year, about 21,000 tonnes, is required for industrial purposes. The solar power boom of recent years is also driving demand. This industry used up to 2,000 tons of silver in 2011.

The price of silver rose accordingly over the last years. In 2011, it came close to its all-time high of 1980.

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Keep on top of it – with platinum:

Platinum is the industrial metal par excellence. This makes it the perfect for people with a good feel for economic trends. No other precious metal lets you invest with such pinpoint precision. And there is no need for concern about platinum’s long-term value: It is fundamental to the automotive sector and therefore part of one of the strongest industries of all.

The prices of the two most important platinum-type metals also climbed steeply in recent years. Unlike the price of gold, though, they fluctuated wildly. The reason for this is that industrial demand and the state of the economy have a far greater impact on these metals’ value than on gold and silver prices.

Between 200 and 250 tonnes of each of these metals are mined every year. About 60 percent of the world’s platinum is sourced from South Africa. Russia is second in the supplier rankings. The order is reversed for palladium. Notably, this silvery-gray metal is merely a by-product of other metal mining operations. It is brought to the surface with nickel in Russia and with platinum in South Africa.

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Think well ahead – with palladium:

Palladium, as a rarely traded precious metal, is an interesting prospect for investors with a long-term outlook because speculators have practically no influence on its price. What is more, palladium is an important metal for future technologies such as nanotechnology, which makes it a bit of a sleeper for long-term investors to enjoy.

The prices of the two most important platinum-type metals also climbed steeply in recent years. Unlike the price of gold, though, they fluctuated wildly. The reason for this is that industrial demand and the state of the economy have a far greater impact on these metals’ value than on gold and silver prices.

Between 200 and 250 tonnes of each of these metals are mined every year. About 60 percent of the world’s platinum is sourced from South Africa. Russia is second in the supplier rankings. The order is reversed for palladium. Notably, this silvery-gray metal is merely a by-product of other metal mining operations. It is brought to the surface with nickel in Russia and with platinum in South Africa.

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Achieve much soon – with rhodium:

Rhodium will probably always be a favourite among speculators. No other precious metal offers so many opportunities with such regularity to turn profits on price fluctuations. Nevertheless, rhodium is vital to the chemical and automotive industries, which protects this precious metal’s value as a long-term asset despite the speculative trading.

Investors have largely ignored these platinum metals. This is mainly attributable to the lack of investment products, but in part also to strong and sometimes unpredictable price fluctuations. And unlike the four main precious metals, they are not traded heavily enough on the international financial markets to ensure sufficient liquidity.

The three metals are by-products of platinum mining. South Africa accounts for nearly all of the world’s supply. These are rare metals indeed. Only about 25 tons of rhodium and ruthenium and just 4 tons of iridium are brought to the international market every year. In view of their many different industrial uses, these quantities are no more than the proverbial drop in the bucket.

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