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Precious metals prices strong again

24 Feb 2012 by Jim Fickett.

After a period of vacillation, precious metals are looking strong again. Here is a five-year chart of the gold price from Kitco:

All the precious metals are priced at roughly double their long-term, inflation-adjusted, averages, probably driven by a combination of negative real interest rates in many countries and fears about the integrity of paper money. Silver is 135% above its long-term average; gold 154%; palladium 105%; and platinum 85%. In all four cases, the fraction of time they have been more expensive than currently, over the last 40 years, is small: