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to observe the development of platinum and palladium. The palladium continues in its decline expected by us. Towards the end of the month, it reached the border of 1,070 dollars per ounce momentarily; however, it was given mainly by two events having an impact on palladium in the long term.
In February, a fight for taking control over the biggest palladium producer in the world, Russian Norils Nickel, began to take momentum. After five years of ceasefire, a war between Russian oligarchs – Vladimir Putin and Oleg Děripask – has started again, and this dispute brought uncertainty
to the development of the market with palladium.
On 28 February 2018, the Federal Administrative Court of Germany decided that big cities are entitled
to prohibit the entrance of cars with diesel engines to centres. The decision of the Court of Germany means that we are witnesses of the end of an era in automotive industry – the end of cars with diesel engines. Experts agree that this segment of engines will perhaps survive in trucks but its mass use is approaching its end. It means the only thing for platinum miners – they are going to lose approximately
40% of the whole demand for this metal. We expect that platinum will keep on its decline.
on 5 February 2018. Dow Jones Index, which consists of shares of 30 top American companies,
had fallen by more than 10% from its maximum of 26 January 2018. Subsequently, it recovered in February, though its record value above 26,500 points is being far away. At this moment, it fluctuates around the value
of 24,500 points. Put more simply, the main reason of this fall is a fear of more expensive money. The yields
on US bonds have been rising, and at the same time, there are rumours that FED would not stop with increasing interests rates at 3.0%.
to forecasts, inflation had been growing faster while being increased by 0.5% on the month-on-month basis
in January. It again supports speculations that the American Central Bank is to start to put up the price of money faster than it has been expected so far. Broadly speaking, more expensive money means increasing interest rates. At this moment, the market takes the increase of rates by FED on 21 March 2018 as granted.
The question is if they keep on increasing by 0.25% or if they decide to increase the rates abruptly
by 0.05%. The FED meeting on 21 March where they will announce their decision on increasing rates will certainly be the most observed economic event in March.
in January by more than 111 milliard crowns. The households owed 1 billion and 541 milliards of crowns in total. What will become with these debts and the whole economy as a result of more expensive money? The answer
is simple; the most of them will not be able to pay their debts.
Chief Executive Officer of IBIS InGold®, a. s.