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Metals have made their way into the portfolio of traders interested in keeping their trading balanced, because they are seen as inflation-proof. At ThinkMarkets, precious metals are quoted against the US Dollar.
This means that when you trade gold, for example, you speculate on whether the price of an ounce of gold will rise or fall in relation to the US Dollar. Let’s assume that gold is trading at $1,300.60. You think that the price is about to appreciate and buy 100 oz (or 1 lot) of XAU/USD.
The price moves higher to 1,305.80 and you decide to sell. Your profit is the difference between the closing and opening price (5.20) multiplied by the number of oz (100). Well done! You just made $520.
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Precious metals refer to metals with an economic value due to their scarcity and widespread use in industrial processes. The most popular metals are gold, silver and platinum. They are also referred to as noble metals and are less abundant in nature.
Metals that can oxidize when exposed to the atmosphere are called base metals, are found in larger quantities in nature and therefore are cheaper than precious metals. One of the most widely used base metals is copper.
Precious metals have traditionally attracted the interest of investors due to their intrinsic value. The most popular precious metal that has been used as a store of value during periods of financial instability as well as hedge against inflation is gold.
Investing in gold, silver and platinum can be done through the purchase of bars or coins. However, buying physical metals comes with the hassle of finding sellers and buyers as well as securing storage. That’s why trading the price of metals online is the most convenient way to participate in the commonly referred to as safe haven markets.
To make the most out of the volatility of precious metals, it is important to understand what affects the price of the four most popular metals.
Unlike other markets, the price of gold is less affected by the laws of supply and demand, because the amount of hoarded gold exceeds the newly mined supply. For that reason, fluctuations in the price of gold are mainly influenced by trading, or simply put, the desire to hoard gold. Gold tends to be highly sought after during times of financial crisis and political upheaval.
Silver is the second most popular precious metal, but its price tends to be more volatile than the price of gold due to its widespread use as an industrial metal for electrical appliances, batteries, medical products and much more. While there is still correlation between the price of the two metals, demand and supply have a bigger influence on the price of silver.
Platinum tends to trade higher than gold as it is much rarer. Demand for platinum tends to rise as auto sales increase, because the metal is used for the production of catalysts. It is important to know that platinum is mined mainly in Russia and South Africa, which allows for the possibility of a small number of market participants artificially inflating the price. Given the large number of factors that affect its price, platinum tends to be the most volatile among the precious metals.
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