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Investors have always gravitated toward precious metals in times of economic uncertainty, as they serve as a hedge against the dollar.

If you’re confused about which of the big three to invest in, here are a few things you should consider before investing in palladium or gold and silver.

Palladium

Recent years have witnessed the growth of palladium prices. From being the least known of all the precious metals, it has gone on to become one of the most expensive.

Its price has risen due to massive demand and supply that falls short significantly.

Palladium is a byproduct of platinum mining, therefore, reserves are naturally limited as a secondary mined metal, which becomes a problem due to palladium’s massive industrial demand.

If you’re investing in palladium, you are, by default, investing in the automobile industry. And since automotive demand is always on the rise, palladium isn’t likely to lose its appeal.

Palladium is used in catalytic converters in China and the US. And since it’s the only option,your investment is sound.

Additionally, palladium will always act as a hedge against inflation, just like other precious metals.

Gold and Silver

Gold is undoubtedly the most well-known precious metal. Since early days, it has been considered precious, and has remained in demand through centuries and across cultures.

Gold’s durability is what makes it unique. Considering the fact that it’s not extremely important in industrial applications, its high demand is fascinating.

But it’s also easily explained by its use in jewelry and even as currency. So much so that it’s almost always considered a safe store of value—a fallback option in times of economic upheaval.

Silver, on the other hand, like palladium, has a range of industrial uses. This is why, unlike gold, silver prices are a lot more volatile and reactive to market mechanisms. And its demand, and therefore the price, is affected by its industrial usage.

But gold and silver are often traded in the same ways—both are considered a store of value and protection against inflation, but the markets function very differently.

What Should You Invest In

As an investor, you should never place all your eggs in one basket; nor should all your eggs be from the same bird.

This means you shouldn’t just diversify your portfolio to include more than just precious metals, i.e., bonds, stocks, and so on, but you should also invest in different types of precious metals as the market for each operates differently.

Precious metals trading can be overwhelming; it requires hawk-like supervision on the financial market. If you’re not sure about how to invest in gold or other precious metals, let us step in.

Call us at Orion Metal Exchange, for the latest financial market updates, or assistance in acquiring or liquidating precious metals.