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Clusterstock  1 hr ago  Comment 
Platinum is the best way to invest in gold right now.  In a note on Thursday, John LaForge, head of real asset strategy at Wells Fargo, answered a series of client questions on gold, which have been the "lion's share" of all...
Automotive World  Aug 24  Comment 
 BusWest, a Thomas Built Buses dealership located in Woodland, Calif. is now Thomas Built Buses’ newest Platinum Support certified dealer. The team at BusWest underwent rigorous training and dealership improvements in order to increase...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 22  Comment 
Forbes  Aug 21  Comment 
The hugely successful mobile game Granblue Fantasy is getting an action role-playing game upgrade. With both Cygames and Platinum Games involved on the title, it’s already looking really quite impressive.
Cellular News  Aug 15  Comment 
BlackBerry has announced the first wave of Platinum achievements for partners as a result of the renewed Enterprise Partner Program for solutions providers. Click here for more.
The Hindu Business Line  Aug 14  Comment 
State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) has opened its ‘Platinum’ branch at Jubilee Hills here to cater exclusively to the NRI and HNI clients. The branch with rich ambience is fully mechanised with Wi-Fi faci...
WA Business News  Aug 10  Comment 
Palladium and platinum have risen sharply as bets on lower prices were reversed in thin conditions after the metal broke above key chart levels.
Financial Times  Aug 10  Comment 
Demand from car producers means sector fundamentals are supportive
The Economic Times  Aug 4  Comment 
Platinum Guild India (PGI) on Thursday announced that platinum jewellery which starts at Rs 15,000 per piece will be available for Rakhi.




 
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Platinum is an exceedingly rare, silvery-white precious metal used in jewelry making, electronics components and various industrial applications. About half of all global platinum consumption is for the manufacture of automobile catalytic converters. [1]

Platinum is exceedingly rare (about 30 times rarer than gold) and found in only a few deposits worldwide. The largest known primary reserves are in South Africa's Bushweld complex, followed by deposits near Norilsk, Russia and the Sudbury Basin, Canada.

The chart at left shows continuos front-month futures prices for Platinum traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Prices, Tickers, and Delivery Dates

Platinum futures contracts are traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange under ticker symbol PL and are delivered every year in January, April, July, October, November, and December. (For more information on commodity tickers, check out the commodity ticker construction page.)

What Impacts the Price of Platinum?

Because so much of the platinum's demand stems from car manufacturers, downturns in the auto industry can significantly affect the metal's price. During the market meltdown in 2008, for example, platinum prices fell 65% from their peak, driven downward in part by faltering car sales worldwide.

In addition, in 2008 platinum experienced a surplus that is expected to continue well into 2009, and perhaps even 2010. This oversupply has also negatively impacted platinum prices.

However, in early 2009, platinum started to regain its strength. As investors returned to the metal, seeking a safe haven, holdings of ETF Securities's Physical Platinum ETF (LSE: PHPT.L) rose 87% over the first quarter of the year.[2]

In April 2009, ETF Securities announced it would launch a bullion-backed platinum ETF in the U.S.[3] (a similar ETF already exists for European investors), which led some to speculate that hoarding bullion for the ETF could cause shortages and drive up prices.[4] Similar concerns were raised about the launch of ETFS's first platinum ETF back in 2007, but the fund's impact on the market was hard to discern at the time, due to roving blackouts in South Africa that had disrupted supply.[5]

References

  1. Bloomberg - Platinum, Palladium Fall as Slumping Auto Sales Erode Demand.
  2. Reuters - ETF Securities' platinum holdings jump in Q1.
  3. Index Universe - ETFS Files for Palladium and Platinum ETFs.
  4. WSJ - Platinum's Outlook Isn't Gold-Plated.
  5. HAI - Platinum Supplies Hoarded By ETF.
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