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How Will the Diesel Ban Affect Platinum Prices?

More than 14 countries and over 20 cities around the world are planning to ban the sale of passenger vehicles (primarily cars and buses) powered by fossil fuels such as petrol, liquefied petroleum gas and diesel to varying degrees by 2040. Reasons to ban further sale of fossil fuel vehicles include reducing health risks from


Are Electric Vehicles Really Better For The Environment?

The release of the Tesla Singapore sales portal has sparked a topic of conversation around Electric Vehicles (EV). Singapore has announced the phasing out of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles in favour of EV’s in an effort to tackle climate change and build a more eco-friendly city. While EV’s do not produce direct carbon emissions,


Will Palladium prices hold up with the world’s biggest Palladium producer back in business?

Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, resumed some of its critical operations earlier this month after undergoing repair works to improve the safety of its facilities. The 86-year-old Nornickel boasts a whopping 41% share of world’s palladium mining production at 2,868,000 troy ounces. This figure is the highest since 2009. Now, with the mid- to long-term increment in palladium production


Would the new tri-metal catalytic converter innovation raise Platinum prices?

Here’s BASF’s new innovation for catalytic converter industry: BASF, a 156-year-old German Giant in chemicals, consumer and industrial solutions, announced in March 2020 their invention of tri-metal catalytic converter. It is reported that the approach would likely substitute between 20% and 50% of the high-valued palladium currently used with lower-valued platinum. This invention is applicable for light-duty


Platinum is cheap – but will it ever get expensive again?

Today, we consider the investment case for the precious metal, platinum. I’ve identified platinum as “cheap” on these pages before and that is an adjective that still applies. In fact, now it is “even cheaper”. So should we be buying, selling, holding – what to do now? Why does anyone need platinum? Let’s start with


Palladium Prices Hit a 2-year High, But Watch For Ceiling

Palladium prices rose to a two-year high in April, making it the biggest gainer among precious metals. Last month we outlined some of the factors contributing to the palladium price rise: a growing auto sector; a strong South African currency; a falling dollar; and bullish sentiment across industrial metals. However, as prices continue to climb, it’s


Why this precious metal could rise in price – sharply and soon

Mean reversion is one of the most powerful mathematical forces in the universe. (The “mean” is just another word for the “average”.) In mean reversion, extreme or random events may take you one way – but then they usually revert back to normal, or the average, over time. Mean reversion refers to the universal tendency


Platinum Prices in 2017 Could Soar 31.6% in 8 Months

Platinum prices in 2017 have been outperforming the broader market, making the precious metal a worthy investment. The price of platinum has gained 9% this year from $905.70 on Dec. 30, 2016, to $987.60. These returns top the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s gain of 4.1% over the same period. What’s more, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth predicts