Silver & other precious metals

Today, silver looks cheap compared to gold – but should you make the trade?

By historical standards, silver is incredibly cheap while gold is very expensive. So should you sell your gold and buy silver? Dominic Frisby weighs up the trade.

Platinum looks strikingly cheap – but will it ever recover?

Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold – but that’s no longer the case. John Stepek looks at the reasons behind the change and asks if it’s worth buying now.

Chart of the week: Palladium – the most precious metal of all?

The price of palladium has hit a new record of $1,495 per ounce. Last year it overtook the gold price, and it is also more highly valued than its sister metal, platinum.

Chart of the week: silver is a steal

Silver hasn’t been this cheap relative to gold in a quarter of a century – it now costs more than 85 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold.

Chart of the week: will palladium outshine gold?

The price of palladium has climbed of nearly 30% over the past six weeks and could cost more than gold for the first time in 16 years.

Silver and platinum are both very cheap – how long can that last?

Silver and platinum are much cheaper than they ought to be, says Dominic Frisby – certainly on a historical basis. But things are starting to look good. Should you buy in?

Jim Rogers: buy gold

Commodities guru Jim Rogers thinks the current oil price is a floor, not a ceiling – but his favourite picks are gold and silver.

This is usually a good month to buy gold – but it’s a tough call this year

Conventional wisdom has it that summer is the best time to buy gold and silver. Both metals are certainly looking cheap. But is now really the time to buy?

Platinum will regain its shine

Platinum futures have slumped to around $840 an ounce, a near-ten-year low. But the gloom looks overdone.

Platinum has been a terrible investment – but I’m sticking with it

At some $400 below the price of gold, platinum is the cheapest it’s been since 2004. Dominic Frisby explains why the platinum price has collapsed, and why he’s still invested.

The miner growing its own diamonds

De Beers is marketing a new kind of diamond that it insists is not special and not real. Alex Rankine explains why the move could shake up the industry.

Why it can pay to follow the local press when making investment decisions

Keeping an eye on the local news can pay off for investors. Here, a tale of drug gangs, intimidation and the risky business of mining leads Dominic Frisby to an adventurous silver trade.

Rhodium: the niche alternative to gold

Bored with gold? Uninspired by silver? Platinum too cheap for your tastes these days? Perhaps, says Chris Carter, you need to find a more intriguing metal – here’s one that fits the bill.

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

The platinum price has fallen so far, it’s hard to see how it can get much lower. Dominic Frisby looks at what it would take to spark a turnaround.

Why silver is now a bargain

Silver has been treading water for the past two years. But the outlook for the white metal is auspicious.

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