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.
Copper miner Glencore PLC is facing new obstacles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The company must navigate changes to the existing mining code.
The U.S. Mint is resuming its mutilated coin redemption program after suspending the program for more than two years due to cases of fraud.
Palladium prices have been on a tear, nearing parity with platinum. In fact, palladium futures are the best-performing commodity in 2017, up 35% YTD.
There is a great deal to look forward to with the use of precious metals in several of the fastest-growing areas of the economy, including "green" tech.
Labor unrest and falling profits in South Africa's platinum mining industry are the direct result of weakening platinum prices over the last five years.
New refining technologies for platinum are appearing at the same time as new bullion investment products using platinum are hitting the market.