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Manhattan Gold & Silver is an industry leader in precious metal pricing and refining with more than 30 years of experience. During our time in the business, we’ve found the topic of precious metals to be a vast and interesting one. Here on our precious metals blog, we write in-depth posts about the science of precious metal refining, historical and modern uses for precious metals, market news, and much more. Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay current, and discuss the latest posts on our Facebook page.

Cash For Clunkers Likely to Raise the Cost of Platinum Group Metals

September 18, 2009 01:35
As discussed in a previous post on platinum prices, the primary industrial use of Platinum Group Metals (PGM’s include platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, and iridium.) is in the auto industry.   The US governments foray into the auto industry and subsequent car-buying incentive, known as “Cash For Clunkers”, has effectively unleashed a lot of pent up demand.  
This surge in auto sales and subsequent ramp up in production at Ford, coupled with the Fed’s recent announcement that the recession may be over, should return auto sales and production slowly to more normal levels.  This production increase will consume more of the PGM’s in the catalytic convertors used to scrub hostile auto exhaust into more benign emissions.
Unfortunately, the government’s decision to destroy the drive-trains of these vehicles has the adverse effect of increasing mining or other means to meet the increased demands.  While we can expect that the platinum will eventually get recycled, it’s a long journey from auto salvage yards to when the recycled precious metals make it back into new products.  We encourage you to take advantage of this strong opportunity to recycle PGM’s.  Please contact Manhattan Gold & Silverwith any PGM industrial lots.  

Gold Surges Past Platinum – Now What?

August 19, 2009 10:36
In December of 2008, gold prices outpaced platinum for the first time since the 1990’s.  The primary use of platinum is as a catalyst for the auto industry, so prices were depressed by a lack of demand for new vehicles.  At that time gold’s journey to new highs was driven by investors concerned with the increased debt load and deficits of the US and other Western economies.  In tough economic times, investors historically move to gold as a hedge against inflation or unrest.  
Since the price of gold overtook platinum eight months ago, gold has fallen to what is still a historic level.   And as more companies market gold in these trying economic times, we expect these trends to continue; however, gold prices can and will continue to fluctuate.  
Individuals holding gold bought at a fraction of today’s price continue to cash in and make impressive returns on their initial investment.  Our friends in the pawn, jewelry, coin collecting and even industrial and dental fields are acquiring and accumulating gold and other metals at a record pace.  As they accumulate more material, they turn to Manhattan Gold & Silver to process it.
Manhattan Gold & Silver serves only businesses with a need for a trusted recycler to melt, assay and refine their cache all with prompt payments at the highest rates.  We are proud of our twenty-five years of exemplary service and the trust of our customers. 

Recycled Gold Production Equals Mined Gold - 4 Reasons Why You Should Care

July 13, 2009 01:19

Record awareness and interest has propelled a first in the precious metal refining business:  In the first quarter of 2009, recycled gold equaled mined production.  

While those not connected to the industry may not see the significance, this milestone has a positive impact on everyone and it is important for several reasons:

  1. Mining of any kind is, by definition, destructive. There is no easy way to extract precious resources without disturbing and negatively impacting the environment. According to the Environmental Literary Council, some mines require a ton of material for a 10 gram yield of gold.
  2. In many places today, gold mining may employ controversial chemicals such as cyanide.
  3. Mining is a very dangerous occupation that claims the health and lives of many people every year.
  4. Gold recycling has helped keep prices in check and helped meet the demand of those moving to the market as a hedge to inflation.

While it’s yet to be seen if this trend will continue, responsible gold and precious metal recycling is an important service.  For nearly 25 years, Manhattan Gold & Silver is proud to be the trusted source of precious metal recycling services for jewelers, pawnbrokers, dentists and industrial users.

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