Silver & other precious metals

Ready to motor: it’s platinum’s turn to shine

Palladium and rhodium have outstripped platinum in the past few years. But thanks to the advent of fuel-cell cars, that could soon change, says Dominic Frisby.

The silver price should be soaring – so why isn't it?

Silver boasts promising fundamentals and vast scope for price rises. Nevertheless, it has failed to fulfil its potential. There is no metal more frustrating for investors, says Dominic Frisby.

Artificial diamonds: a girl’s new best friend

Big names such as De Beers are grappling with a cyclical downturn – and a long-term challenge from artificial diamonds. It could change the market beyond recognition. Simon Wilson reports.

Chart of the week: palladium hits another high

Palladium hit another record high this week, with the spot price reaching $1,700 an ounce.

The precious metals rollercoaster is heading into a big dip

It has been an exciting summer for precious metals enthusiasts, with gold, silver and platinum all making big gains. But now it’s all unwinding. Dominic Frisby looks at what might be coming next.

What will it take for platinum to make a comeback?

Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold. But for the last few years, that’s not been the case. Dominic Frisby explains why that is, and looks at what could drive the platinum price back up.

Chart of the week: silver is due to outshine gold

The gold/silver ratio tracks the relative progress of the two monetary metals by dividing the silver price into the gold price, revealing how many ounces of silver it takes to buy an ounce of gold. The ratio is now suggesting that silver has some catching up to do.

Silver is set to follow gold

With gold rallying 10% so far this year, some investors are starting to pay attention to silver.

Chart of the week: palladium will lose its lustre

Palladium has gained 70% in a year. It now trades at about $1,530 per ounce. But any escalation in the US-China trade could spell an end to the rally.

Platinum, palladium or rhodium – which is the metal of the future?

Platinum, palladium and rhodium are all vying to be the metal of the future – evolving vehicle technology will determine the ultimate victor. Dominic Frisby looks at the best ways to invest.

Palladium’s rise has been epic – will platinum ever catch up?

Palladium, used in catalytic converters for petrol cars, has shot up in price. Platinum, used in diesels, has collapsed. The question now, says Dominic Frisby, is should you sell palladium and buy platinum?

Chart of the week: rhodium on the rise

Rhodium has gained more than 30% this year, and now costs at least twice as much as gold or palladium.

Synthetic diamonds reshape the industry

The big diamond miners have become rattled by the growth of synthetic diamonds, at the same time as the price for natural stones is in decline.

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.

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