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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 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.

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.

Rosland Capital Donates More than 12K to the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross announced on Thursday that Rosland Capital’s October fundraising program benefitting the Red Cross raised $12,502. Crediting precious metal enthusiasts and Red Cross supporters, Rosland Capital called the Red Cross an “ideal partner” and expects the funds to have a strong impact on the community.

In October, Rosland Capital donated $1 for every historic silver peace dollar numismatic coin that it sold, with an emphasis on the service and armed forces programs.

Julie Thomas, Executive Director of Red Cross’ Santa Monica Chapter said, “This gift will help the Red Cross provide critical services with a caring touch to men and women in all branches of the United States military, active duty personnel, reservists and members of the National Guard and their families. Thank you, Rosland Capital.”

William Devane’s Spot Promoting the Silver Maple Leaf for Charity

Rosland Capital released their latest television ad this week featuring spokesman William Devane. The spot highlights the Rosland Capital partnership with Fisher House Foundation and Valour Place. Each sale of a silver maple leaf coin will result in a $1 donation to Fisher House and Valour Place.

There’s still time to help Rosland Capital support the Red Cross

Rosland Capital and its customers have raised over $5,000 for the Red Cross and there is still time left! Help support a great cause by purchasing a silver peace dollar.

 

More information and updates on Rosland Capital’s promotion can be found on Facebook.

Silver-Backed IRA Accounts

Finding The Right Silver-Backed IRA Account

When it comes to investing your money, precious metals can help create a balanced and well-diversified portfolio.  Additionally, investing in precious metals can help shield retirement savings from a variety of threats, as described in the Rosland Capital TV spots, featuring William Devane. Before taking the first step, it is important for customers to the understand Silver IRA accounts and how they will apply to your situation.

IRA or Silver-Backed IRA?

Although silver IRA’s operate similar to conventional IRA’s, the main difference is the type of material used to secure your funds. Conventional accounts purchase a fixed amount of stocks and bonds to back their money—as those products appreciate, so too do the accounts.  Silver-backed IRA accounts, however, are self-directed IRA accounts that allow you to add silver or other precious metals, like gold, platinum and palladium.

Why People Choose Silver-Backed IRA Accounts:

Here are just a few reasons why people choose silver IRA’s:

  • Protection against inflation: Unlike savings bonds, which are backed by national currencies like the U.S. dollar, silver is an internationally traded product that is not beholden to the economic health of a single country.
  • Historical performance: In previous eras, the financial health of a nation was determined by its stockpiled assets like silver and gold.
  • Tangibility: Silver is an actual, physical commodity that cannot be altered by shifts in the political arena.

Rosland Capital has built an industry reputation for its commitment to customer service and for its expertise with Gold IRAs. Rosland Capital proudly maintains an A rating by the Better Business Bureau and AAA by the Business Consumer Alliance, and we provide our clients with a number of different metals approved for IRAs.

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