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Precious Metals and Sustainable Energy

What Is the Connection Between Precious Metals and Sustainable Energy?

Many of us have heard about sustainable energy, from solar energy to hydrogen fuel to renewable resources. But did you know that alternative energy sources and precious metals are deeply intertwined? In fact, the demand for renewable energy sources plays a prominent role in the demand for precious metals.

So, what does gold have to do with solar power? How does silver drive the electric vehicle industry? What does platinum have to do with hydrogen fuel cells? In this article, I’ll explain the many ways that gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are playing an important role in green energy research.

Gold, Silver, and Sustainable Energy

Gold and silver have been used for millennia in nearly every culture in the world. Besides their most common uses — such as jewelry or medical devices — gold and silver also have enjoyed a variety of “magical” applications throughout history, particularly for ancient and medieval alchemy. 

Although spinning gold into something else might seem like the stuff of fairy tales, researchers have been able to use gold as a catalyst to turn solar energy into methane and methanol. Well-known for its high conductivity, silver, too, has emerged as a key ingredient in the development of solar technologies. When used in the form of a paste in solar cells, silver helps conduct electrons from sunlight and the resulting electrical energy that can be used immediately or stored in batteries. 

Additionally, silver plays a vital role in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, which is growing rapidly. According to McKinsey, 143 new EVs were launched in 2019 and automakers plan on launching 450 additional models by 2022. From the electric engine to the battery pack to the batter management system, silver is necessary for EVs to operate. Gold, too, is used for the circuit boards of EVs. 

A global authority on precious metals, the London Bullion Market Association predicts that the demand for silver in the auto industry will increase 246% by 2040 — from a little more than 1,300 metric tons in 2015 to more than 4,500 metric tons in 2040. Although the amount of silver and gold may be small from car to car, the aggregate total is notable and will only expand the importance and value of these precious metals. 

Platinum, Palladium, and Renewable Energy

Discovered in 1735, platinum is known for its brilliant shine and durability and is used in everything from dental tools to jewelry.

Platinum’s cousin palladium isn’t known as widely for its white luster as it is for its use in the automotive industry where it’s used to turn toxic pollutants into water vapor and less-harmful carbon dioxide. In recent years, the demand for palladium has grown thanks to research into its applications in alternative energy. In fact, although palladium isn’t used in electric car production, the demand for palladium in hybrid cars is on the rise.

Groundbreaking uses for both of these metals are emerging as scientists investigate how to shift from a fossil fuel-based economy to a hydrogen-based economy. Both metals are excellent candidates for use as catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells, because of their excellent conductivity. Platinum and palladium make it possible to turn hydrogen into an efficient, powerful, and sustainable fuel source. This potential makes platinum and palladium the standouts among the precious metals for green technologies.

Driven by Precious Metals, the Future Is Green

Although we can’t be sure what the future holds, all signs point toward more industries “going green” at a rapid clip. As interest in sustainability grows, innovative uses for precious metals will only drive demand. If you’re interested in learning more about precious metals, including gold and silver, visit RoslandCapital.com.

How to Research Gold Spot Prices

If you’re considering buying gold or other precious metals, it’s important to understand what “spot prices” are. Unfortunately, this term, along with other industry terms like “bid/ask spread,” “good delivery,” and “troy ounces” can confuse buyers. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it seems! 

Rosland Capital has published a new blog article that breaks down these concepts. Ready to get started? Read the “How to Research Gold Spot Prices” blog article to learn more.

Marin Aleksov and Jackie Stewart pose with a limited-edition gold coin donated to Stewart's Race Against Dementia charity.

Rosland Capital Supports Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia

Rosland Capital and CEO Marin Aleksov recently participated in a fundraising event for Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia charity.

The event, held in Monaco to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, featured a one-kilogram gold coin from Rosland, minted with Sir Jackie’s racing-era likeness and signature on the front and the classic Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side.

Only two of these coins will ever be minted. The first was auctioned in Monaco to benefit Race Against Dementia’s mission of finding better treatments, and an eventual cure, for dementia, which afflicts nearly 47 million people around the world today. The remaining coin, the last of its kind and a truly unique collectible, can be seen on Rosland’s website. It includes commemorative packaging, a certificate of authenticity signed by Sir Jackie Stewart, statements of fineness, weight, and proof, and a signature of the authorized Swiss assayer.

Marin Aleksov and Jackie Stewart pose with a limited-edition gold coin donated to Stewart's Race Against Dementia charity.

Rosland CEO Marin Aleksov and Sir Jackie Stewart pose with the 1-kilo coin in Monaco.

Rosland’s donated coin was won at auction by former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine, with all proceeds going to Race Against Dementia. All told, the Monaco event raised nearly $400,000 for the battle against dementia.

Appearing at the event alongside Sir Jackie, Marin Aleksov said:

“We’re passionate about supporting innovative charities and very excited to collaborate with Sir Jackie Stewart and Race Against Dementia to raise funds for a worthy cause. Sir Jackie Stewart is an icon of motorsport, with a lifetime of achievements; he has effectively used his profile away from the circuit to raise awareness for dementia research. There’s no better way to honour him than in gold, and no better place to auction this unique piece than in Monaco, the crown jewel of the Formula 1 World Championship. I would also like to thank Formula 1 for their support in this charity contribution; it’s fantastic when partners come together to support causes that are important to the Formula 1 community.”

Check out Race Against Dementia’s recap of the event, which includes a number of pictures of the auctioned coin, as well as photos of Marin Aleksov and Sir Jackie Stewart:

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Future of Gold Looks Bright

Late last month, gold and silver prices saw new highs. On February 23, anxiety of the new U.S. president and his administration’s new policies caused prices to hit a 3.5-month high.

The momentum continued over the next few days, pushing gold and silver slightly higher in anticipation of President Trump’s speech to the U.S. Congress about his plans for growing the country’s economy.

Managing director of American Precious Metals Advisors and senior economic advisor to Rosland Capital, Jeffrey Nichols, was interviewed about his insight on the recent jump in prices and outlook of precious metals. Here are a few quotes from him:

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In recent weeks, with gold trading in a narrow range and good technical support apparent to all, perceptions of momentum have also shifted and today traders just didn’t want to lose out — or bet against —  a rising market.

Additionally, there has also been a positive shift in inflation and inflation expectations offsetting the expected rise in interest rates. In other words, real ‘inflation-adjusted’ interest rates are falling, and this is — and will continue to be— a big plus for the yellow metal.

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Gold has a bullish posture considering the metal has been able to rise despite a bearish factor — expectations for higher U.S. interest rates this year.

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In my view, an accelerating U.S. consumer-price inflation rate will outpace any increase in nominal rates brought about by the Fed – a trend that will contribute to record high gold prices in the next few years.

Stay up-to-date on precious metal prices with Rosland Capital’s gold and silver price historical charts. You can also head over to Rosland Capital’s products page to view gold and silver coins.

Marin Aleksov Unveils 5kg Coin at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Rosland Capital CEO Marin Aleksov was present at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday, November 25 to showcase the latest addition of the Officially Licensed Formula 1 Coin Collection. Aleksov revealed a 5 kilogram gold coin, the most impressive addition to the collection, to reporters and Formula 1 fans in the Paddock Club. Licensed by Stunt & Co and minted by Swiss-based PAMP, the collection also included gold and silver 5oz coins and a .25oz gold coin celebrating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“We knew we had to deliver something special to the Paddock Club here in Abu Dhabi and our glorious 5kg Gold Coin certainly delivers on that front. It is literally one-of-a-kind and quite simply spectacular,” said Aleksov. “Furthermore, our new 5-ounce Gold and Silver Coins are a welcome addition to our portfolio while we are also delighted to add the special edition one-quarter ounce Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gold coin to our growing collection of bespoke F1 race weekend coins.”

The collection also includes all 21 Formula 1 circuit names on 2.5oz gold and silver coins and a gold 1kg coin. In addition to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the collection also celebrates many of the other very well-known races, including the British, Italian, United States and Brazil Grand Prix.  

You can find more information about the Rosland Capital coin collection here.

 

More photos from the event can be found on Rosland Capital’s Instagram.

MTB Features Rosland Capital Liberty Coin Series

Last month, the Lady Liberty series available from Rosland Capital was featured in a piece on MTB. Minted by Swiss-based PAMP, the gold coins are available in three different designs that display the iconic views of the Statue of Liberty. The obverse shows the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank­-Broadley.

Head over to the MTB website for more information on the Rosland Capital collection.

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Why Rosland Capital’s Latest Coin Collection is Unique

In June, Rosland Capital announced it would be the official dealer of the limited edition Formula 1 coin collection that would not only celebrate the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, but also the British, Italian and United States Grands Prix. Minted by Swiss-based PAMP, the coins are available in .25 and 2.5 oz formats. A special Kilo coin was also unveiled at the British Grand Prix in July.

However, these coins are much more special than just their looks. Read more about Rosland Capital’s F1 coins to hear what makes these coins no ordinary keepsake.

Rosland Capital to Distribute Official Formula 1® Coin Collection

Rosland Capital recently announced global distribution of an Official Formula 1® gold and silver coin collection, in celebration of the the FIA Formula One World Championship as well as the British, Italy, the United States and Brazil Grand Prix races. Available in the United States and in the United Kingdom, the front of each of these limited series coins includes a Formula 1® car, the name of the event and the Formula 1® logo. Gold coins celebrating the British Grand Prix™, which will be held July 8-10, 2016, became available on June 15.

The collection also features limited single gold and silver coins with all 21 Formula 1 circuit names printed on the front and includes a certificate number, statement of metal fineness, weight, proof of quality statement, and signature of the PAMP assayer.

The back of each coin in the collection features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with the legal tender value of the coin.

“We are honored to be working with our friends at Stunt & Co. on this endeavor,” said Marin Aleksov, Chief Executive Officer of LA-based Rosland Capital LLC. “The coins are not only a way to celebrate the races, but also a unique keepsake for coin collectors and Formula One fans alike. The history of the races are truly brought to life in the coin series.”

The collection is minted by Swiss-based PAMP and is in association with the global license-holders, Stunt & Co. Ltd. Go to https://www.roslandcapital.com/f1 for more information about the collection or check out more about the Formula 1® Collection from Rosland Capital on Coin Week and on Coin World.

Team Rosland Capital Returns as Top Fundraising Team at 6th Annual “Walk for Warriors” Memorial Day 5K

On Monday, May 30, Team Rosland Capital participated in the 6th Annual Walk for Warriors Memorial Day 5K. The event benefited New Directions for Veterans, which provides programs and services, veteran service agencies and shelter/housing opportunities to help veterans get back on their feet after returning home from war. Fox 11 news anchor Christine Devine hosted the event. In its third consecutive year, Rosland Capital was named the top fundraiser of the event, raising more than $10,000 for the organization.

Rosland Capital CEO Talks with Enterprise Radio

Marin Aleksov of Rosland Capital spoke with Enterprise Radio’s Eric Dye in an interview posted to the Entrepreneur Podcast Network. Marin discussed Rosland’s expansion into theUnited Kingdom, the challenges they faced, and how an entrepreneur can overcome the difficulties of moving overseas. Marin also discussed Rosland Capital’s involvement in helping military veterans and why he chooses to involve his business in that initiative. For more: Marin Aleksov on Enterprise Radio