Australia is among the world's top gold producers, and the Canadian mining company RNC recently discovered a pair of massive gold orebodies at the Beta Hunt mine in Western Australia.
The spread between the prices of palladium and gold has been narrowing, and economic forecasts suggest that circumstances could actually push the palladium price higher than the gold price in the near future.
In the time since the precious metal prices began to fall from their highs in 2011 and 2012, the gold mining sector has struggled to recover.
The production of solar power has been increasing dramatically. Because silver is a key component of solar panels, this trend should lift silver demand.
Booming global lithium demand from the explosion in electric cars is drawing new companies and new technologies into the lithium mining sector.
Often overlooked is the platinum-palladium ratio. These two precious metals provide a set of clues about the markets, investing, and the global economy.
The Rand Refinery (South Africa) is expanding its bullion coin program to include one-ounce Silver Krugerrands and Proof Platinum Krugerrands.
The American Platinum Eagle, the official U.S. platinum bullion coin, is now being offered by the U.S. Mint for the first time since 2014.
Platinum prices have been up and down over the last 5 to 7 years, but the precious metal is now getting a boost from newly issued platinum bars and coins.