Silver & other precious metals

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.

It’s time to buy silver (and sell gold)

Over the years, silver has been something of a disappointment to investors. But Dominic Frisby is bullish. Here, he explains why you should sell your gold, and buy silver instead.

The one asset I feel tempted to bet on right now

Using leverage – borrowed money – to bet on equities looks like a bad idea right now. But there is one asset that might be worth a carefully considered punt.

This may be one of the only cheap assets left out there

Wherever value investors look, assets are expensive, says Dominic Frisby. There is, however, one last hold-out where you might still be able to pick up a bargain.

Chart of the week: silver has some catching up to do

It takes 76 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold. Yet the average over the past century has been 40.

This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.

Chart of the week: palladium outshines platinum

Dwindling enthusiasm for diesel engines has led to a fall in demand for platinum, used in catalytic converters, and a rise in demand for palladium, used petrol engines.

Are we near a turning point in silver’s relentless decline?

The silver price has been in steady decline for some time. But for Dominic Frisby, the investment case remains compelling. Here, he explains why there’s still hope for silver investors.

What wages in ancient Athens can tell us about the silver price today

Compared with the last few thousand years, silver is hugely undervalued, says Dominic Frisby. But it does make sense to own a little.

Silver lining to Trumpflation

Silver has risen in price by more than 12% this year, and there should be further to go.

The best precious metal to buy right now

Over the next five years, this precious metal is set to outshine all others – even gold. Dominic Frisby explains why you should buy platinum.

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