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Originally posted 11/11/2019 @ 7:14 am EST
Platinum and Palladium are two precious metals that are in a family of metals called Platinum Group Metals.
Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) are six extremely rare metals that share many of the same chemical, physical and structural properties.
The following are the characteristics of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) provided courtesy of Johnson Matthey:
Investors who want to buy or sell Platinum and or Palladium should keep their eyes on the metals Supply and Demand.
The small orange circles and ovals, on the map below, offer you a glimpse into how rare Platinum Group Metals occur in the earth's crust.
Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) ore deposits are 30-times more rare than gold.
Mine Production or lack thereof is one of the first things that investors in Platinum and Palladium should keep on their minds.
The following charts are visual representations of the USGS Mining Production numbers found between the charts.
In the chart below, you can see that 2018 saw a reduction in platinum mine supply.
If demand increases, in the future, for platinum its market could easily see the same gains as palladium's market is seeing today (2019).
Since 2018, Palladium supply has been reported as being in decline, in relation to demand, which has helped palladium's price rise considerably, this deficit in supply can be seen in the chart below.
In addition to Palladium's limited supply last year, here's an article by Reuters that states that 2019 would be another year of deficit for Palladium supply.
Recycling also plays a large part in the supply of Platinum and Palladium, over the last several years recycling for both metals have been consistently reported to be more than 2 million ounces.
Below are a few charts showing you Platinum and Palladium's demand in both Metric Tons (koz) and in Percentages (%).
Industrial uses of palladium constitute 65% of demand.
The automotive sector dominates with over 40% of demand, with other industries taking their stake in the rest of platinum's industrial market.
Jewellery and Physical bullion are greater in platinum's markets than palladium
making up 35% of the precious metal's demand.
Source: World Platinum Investment Council
Industrial uses of palladium constitute 94% of demand.
Use is dominated by the automobile market with significant demand for electronic, dentistry, and chemical applications.
Only about 5% of Palladium demand is used for investments with a very small jewellery demand at 1%.
Source: Johnson Matthey - Market Reports
As you saw from the two demand charts above Platinum and Palladium's largest demand market comes from the Automotive Sector.
This market sector should be one of the first sectors researched to find out how these metals have moved in the past, are moving now, and may affect them in the future.
Q: What is it about the Automotive sector that moves Platinum and Palladium so much?
A: Catalytic Converters & Fuel Cells
Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium are catalysts that are commonly found in Catalytic Converters, which work by neutralizing 99% of a car's toxic exhaust gases to less harmful gases and water.
The gases that come out of an engine before they move through a catalytic converter are Hydrocarbons (HC), Oxides of Nitrogen (Nx), and Carbon Monoxide (CO).
After the gases move through the PGM honeycomb of a catalytic converter, the catalysts react with the toxic gases, converting them to Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Nitrogen (N2), and Water (H2O).
The Environmental Protection Agency has called the Catalytic Converter "One of the Great Environmental Inventions of All Time.”
Investors often look at the gasoline and diesel auto sector sales to get a grasp of how much demand is in the market for Platinum or Palladium.
The key to knowing which metal will receive more demand in this sector is knowing which metal is used in each type of combustion engine.
Overall catalytic converters are found in generators, motorcycles, buses, tractor trailer trucks, and trains. They are found in the exhaust systems of almost every thing with an internal combustion engine.
The key is to know what industry will use either gas or diesel engines that determine where demand may grow for Platinum Group Metals.
Currently, fuel cells are still in their infancy stage in regards to what type of fuel cell works best and can hold the most charge for the longest time.
Platinum Group Metals are currently used in many different types of fuel cells, as seen here, so as electric cars become more prevalent on the roads, this Auto Sector will become another area of attention for the metals.
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Platinum and Palladium bars are available in all shapes and sizes.
Bullion bars come in three categories, Minted, Extruded, and Cast a.k.a. Poured bullion.
Most Platinum and Palladium bullion bars are minted which has a lot to due with Platinum and Palladium's limited supply and high melt temperatures.
Minted bars have a more refined, smoother look than other bullion bars, plus many have a proof-like finish.
PAMP - Minted
1oz. Palladium Bar
You can find platinum, palladium, and rhodium bullion bars produced by PAMP, Credit Suisse, Valcambi, Johnson Matthey, and Engelhard, among other bullion refiners.
Below you'll find bullion dealers that offer several different types of platinum and palladium bullion.
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GMRgold is a precious metals investing firm specializing in Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium Bullion; Rare and Semi-Rare Foreign and U.S. Coins; IRA Solutions; Custom Coins.
(- Palladium Bullion page)
They are dedicated to ethical business practices in guiding their clients towards long-term financial security.
GMRgold's corporate headquarters is in The Woodlands, Texas.
(- Platinum Bullion page)
Founded in 1974, Golden Eagle Coins specializes in a wide variety of Precious Metals Bullion Products.
Their large inventory caters to both the Bullion Investor as well as the collector. They offer every date and size of American Gold & Silver Eagles and carry large quantities of Canadian Maple Leafs, Krugerrands & Silver Bars.
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GoldenEagle Coins offers all sizes of Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Bullion Coins, Rounds & Bars.
Their quotes come directly from the commodities exchange and are updated in real-time.
Stefan Gleason is president of the Money Metals Exchange, which is a national precious metals investment company and news service with over 500,000 readers and 75,000 customers.
founded the company in 2010 in direct response to the abusive methods
of national advertisers of collectible, and numismatic coins.
Money Metals Exchange believes the average investor should never purchase precious metals that are not priced at or near their actual melt value.
Now you can safeguard your assets from financial turmoil and the devaluing dollar – without paying costly middleman mark-ups or fending off high pressure, bait-and-switch sales tactics.
Savvy, self-reliant investors are embracing Money Metals Exchange as their trustworthy resource for gold and silver bullion.
SD Bullion is a Precious Metals Dealer located in Michigan and is part of the Silver Doctor's network.
In 2011, two doctors started the website SilverDoctors.com with one dream: To educate the masses on the value of hard assets and preparation.
The rapid success of this website gave way to the launch of SDBullion.com in March of 2012. SD Bullion now is one of the most trusted, lowest cost online retailers of bullion.
Since 2012, SD Bullion has shipped more than 300,000 orders and hit Inc. Magazines list of 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States twice.
They did all this while staying true to their original mission of offering the absolute lowest prices on gold bullion and silver bullion in the industry, guaranteed.
SilverGoldBull has tens of thousands of satisfied customers who have taken their financial future into their own hands by investing in gold and silver.
This bullion dealer is based in Canada and offers a wide variety of precious metals bullion for you to choose from, their commitment to you is to provide extraordinary service throughout your bullion buying experience.
SilverGoldBull provides you with competitive, up-to-minute pricing and we make sure your precious metals are delivered to your door discreetly and fully insured.
SilverGold Bull's in-house customer service representatives will work to assure your satisfaction in a timely, friendly, and professional manner. Never hesitate to get in touch - building relationships with our clients is our number one priority.
If you would like to learn more about what our customers are saying about our service, please view our customer reviews (below).
Sprott Money Ltd. is a leading precious metals dealer selling gold, silver and platinum coins, wafers or bars.
Established in February 2008, Sprott Money Ltd. is a leading precious metals wholesale, institutional and retail dealer.
Since their inception, they have strived to give superior customer service, providing their clients with only the highest quality bullion products, in addition to delivering them discreetly and on time.
Sprott Money Ltd. is a privately held company owned and operated by Canadian Billionaire Eric Sprott.
The Royal Mint has been Britain's official and chief mint for over 1,000 years, it became a single institution in 886AD, during the reign of Alfred the Great.
Today, the Royal Mint is the world's leading exporting mint.
The mint makes UK bullion coins, bullion bars, numismatic proof coins, circulated coins, medals, and commemorative coins for over 60 countries.
The Royal Mint has set out its vision as follows:
• "To be recognized as the world's best mint"
The Royal Mint refines and manufactures the United Kingdom's gold and silver bullion coins including the Gold Sovereign, and the Gold, Silver, and Platinum Britannia & Queen's Beasts Series of Bullion Coins.
BullionVault is the world's largest online bullion investment service taking care of $2 billion for more than 75,000 users.
The bullion you own is held in vaults.
Bars are stored in professional-market vaults in Zurich, London, Toronto, Singapore or New York. You choose where.
Because of their size, you benefit from the low storage costs they've negotiated, which always include insurance.
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