Leosghost - 4:51 pm on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
The long term market for platinum is going to be less large than was anticipated..( or at least will "plateau" for a while soon ) with the move to electrical powered or hybrid vehicles .less platinum will be needed for catalytics ( as in catalytic converters in car exhaust systems ) than was thought as there will be less need for car exhaust systems anyway..and as "scrubbing systems" improve less platinum will be "lost"..
The jewelery market for platinum is always lower than for gold..and will stay that way..gold "shows" what it is ( which is the point of jewelery ) ..platinum jewelry is "meh" to look at..
Silver is ( unless as Lucy says some new application comes along ..unlikely to be the case ) IMO just another vehicle to sucker first time investors into..
It has very little worth compared to it's weight and bulk..Emeralds however..( although they have little industrial application compared to Diamonds and Rubies ) are very much in demand..just don't buy them at the "non production end" of the chain..the mark ups at each stage are very high..the nearer you get to where they come from..the better your purchase price will be for you..
Personally ..in Spain ..I'd wait 6 months to a year, for the second wave of the property crash there ( it will come )..and buy small to medium sized properties, to then rent ..this will give an income ..but it will not be portable assets..