It is the wedding band on your ring finger. It is with you every time you’re travelling by car, three grams at least. This is the story of platinum, a metal that follows us and underlies our lives in subtle, yet profound ways.
Volatile week spurred by renewed U.S.-China trade tensions and escalating U.S. – Iran frictions. President Trump’s start-of-the-week tweet threatening more and increased tariffs on Chinese goods increased global growth concerns pushing U.S. stock markets and U.S. Treasury yields lower and the U.S. dollar higher.
Recent changes to the Chinese government’s New Energy Vehicle program have shifted the focus away from the subsidies awarded to battery electric vehicles towards FCEV roll-out and, importantly, the development of the country’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Playing dirty? Recent OPEC production cuts are as large as total U.S. growth over the past 2 years…
espite the previous week’s strong GDP report and Friday’s strong payroll report, concerns of stubbornly low price and wage inflation combined with concerns of sluggish consumer spending and business investment led the FOMC to keep the Fed Funds target rate unchanged while indicating there is no strong reason to adjust rates either way.
Mental accounting is a truly defining feature of the human condition. We naturally sub-divide and categorize all sorts of events and resources, and not just with money either; it is a coping mechanism for our brains.
Thirty times rarer than gold, platinum occurs at very low concentrations in the Earth’s crust. There are only four countries in the world that have platinum mining operations of any significance and of these South Africa has the largest platinum resources by far.
A holiday-shortened trading week and mixed U.S. and weak German economic reports left U.S. stock markets unchanged and commodity markets lower despite continued U.S-China trade agreement optimism and stronger-than-expected Chinese GDP growth and industrial production numbers released on Tuesday.