posted on Nov, 3 2006 @ 06:09 PM
Checking for conspiratorial factors to explain the spikes in the price of platinum reveals that rampant paranoia is alive and well.
The spike in platinum prices is easily explained. Like all commodities, the price of platinum goes up with demand. Many people think of platinum as
a metal whose value is intrinsically linked to its' use in jewelry. Of course, platinum is an extremely desirable metal, like gold, in the jewelry
industry. However, again like gold, platinum is, for all intents and purposes, a vital commodity.
Incidentally, when I say that platinum is a vital commodity, I mean just that. Platinum is, indeed, vital. One of the PGM's (Platinum Group
of Metals); platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium. These metals are essential in the production of about 25% of all the
products that we use today, from turbine engines to catalytic converters for automobiles.
From time to time, as platinum stockpiles go up and down in tandem with fluctuations in demand, price spikes, especially in the commodity futures
market are not all that unusual.
Incidentally, platinum demand is at an all time high and positioned to be in even greater demand. It would seem that platinum is a "metal of
interest" in the development of advanced battery systems and in the development of technologies in the burgeoning nan-otechnology research field.
Thankfully, new sources of platinum are being discovered, primarily in South Africa (the worlds largest producer of platinum with over 70% of the
worlds known resources. Recently new, and very promising finds have been made in South Africa, Sergio Leone and some other sub-saharan African
nations. Russia and Canada are, however numbers 2 and 3 in known stock-piles.
So, there is no conspiracy associated with this price spike in platinum......but if there were, I'd be asking about the recent $100 price drop for
Rhodium. What's up with Rhodium? Doesn't anyone want or even need this lesser known metal? Or is someone deliberately "messing" with demand so
as to be able to corner the Rhodium market?