Platinum is one of the world’s rarest metals with new mine production totaling only about 5 million troy ounces a year. It is chemically inert metallic element that is more valuable than gold. All the platinum mined to date would fit in the average-size living room. Platinum is mined all over the world with supplies concentrated in South Africa. South Africa accounts for nearly 80% of world supply, followed by Russia, and North America. The word “platinum” is derived from the Spanish word platina meaning silver.
South Africa accounts for nearly 80% of world production. A sudden strike by a union could potentially lead to lower supply that could drive prices higher.
Correlation between the gold and platinum prices are historically very high. Gold is a major precious metal commodity and it’s often used as a benchmark for platinum as well.
Increase or decrease in demand of platinum by industries and jewelry markets could substantial value of short and long term prices.
There is barely any lack of turmoil in global affairs, and it’s almost certain that geopolitical events are going to dominate the markets in the near future as well. It all boils down to the fact that the event risk affects price of platinum positively and may act as a potential hedge.
Because platinum will never tarnish, lose its rich white luster, or even wear down after many years, it is prized by the jewelry industry. The international jewelry industry is the largest consumer sector for platinum, accounting for 51% of total platinum demand. In Europe and the U.S., the normal purity of platinum is 95%. Ten tons of ore must be mined and a five-month process is needed to produce one ounce of pure platinum.
The second major consumer sector for platinum is for auto catalysts, with 21% of total platinum demand. Catalysts in autos are used to convert most of vehicle emissions into less harmful carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor.
Platinum is also used in the production of hard disk drive coatings, fiber optic cables, infra-red detectors, fertilizers, explosives, petrol additives, platinum-tipped spark plugs, glassmaking equipment, biodegradable elements for household detergents, dental restorations, and in anti-cancer drugs.
Platinum futures and options and futures are predominantly traded at the CME Group. Platinum futures are also traded on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM). The CME platinum futures contract calls for the delivery of 50 troy ounces of platinum (0.9995 fineness) and the contract trades in terms of dollars and cents per troy ounce.
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