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Gold Bars

Gold Education Center

Gold is one of the oldest assets in existence. From its use as a currency in ancient times to its investment use and utility today, gold has always served as a store of value.

10 Reasons to Buy Gold

Brochure – Reasons to Own Gold
This brochure explores gold’s unique investment characteristics and explains why investors should strongly consider the yellow metal as part of a diversified investment portfolio.

How Much Gold Should I Own in My Portfolio?

How Much Gold Should I Own in My Portfolio?
One of the questions most frequently asked by investors is, “How much gold exposure should I have in my portfolio?” We help answer this important question.
Gold Provides Protection
Chart – Gold Has Been a Safe Haven During Economic and Political Instability
The current geopolitical and economic crisis began in early 2022 with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and has continued into 2023. As with past crises, gold provided a safe haven investment compared to more traditional asset classes.
The Best Way to Own Precious Metals?
Brochure What's the Best Way to Own Precious Metals?
Precious metals have been a store of wealth for millennia. Owning coins, bars or jewelry used to be the only option to invest in gold, silver, platinum or palladium, but today’s investors have a number of alternatives.
Gold Market Primer
World Gold Council: Gold Market Primer 2023
The World Gold Council provides an overview of the size of the gold market. 
Did you know? The physical financial gold market (made up of bars, coins, gold ETFs and central bank reserves) is worth nearly US$5T, almost 40% of the total $12T gold market. 
In Gold We Trust: Showdown
Report – In Gold We Trust Report 2023 - Showdown
"In our opinion, the term showdown is an apt description of the current situation, in which economic, political and social developments are on the brink of a fundamental change of course."
WGC  Report - Gold and Climate Change, Decarbonizing Investment Portfolios
WGC Report Gold and Climate Change, Decarbonizing Investment Portfolios
This report explores how gold might play a significant role as a climate risk mitigation asset as the global economy is transformed by climate change.
WGC Video – Gold: The Next Frontier (Season 1)
WGC Video Gold: The Next Frontier (Season 1)
Watch the World Gold Council's first immersive documentary series showcasing gold’s impact on humanity’s past, present and future. A five-episode series explores the metal’s history, cultural relevance and technological uses. 
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WGC Report – Gold: The Most Effective Commodity Investment
While gold is considered a commodity, its market dynamics and the diversity of its application make it very different from other commodities.
Gold: A Journey with Idris Alba (Season 2)
WGC Video Gold: A Journey with Idris Elba (Season 2)
Watch the World Gold Council's second immersive documentary series. Join Idris Elba on a global journey that traces the human story of gold — and discover why the element’s contributions remain crucial to our evolution.

John Hathaway, CFA

Managing Director, Sprott Inc.; Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management USA

John Hathaway“Gold is a hedge against systemic risks, including inflation, deflation, monetary regime change, or just the plain monetary malpractice that seems prevalent now, consequences still to be determined.”

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Silver Bars

Silver Education Center

Silver is an attractive store of value that stands to benefit from major technological shifts in the "Green Economy."

Silver Report
Silver Report: Silver Demand and Supply Trends to Watch
Silver, from a pricing standpoint, is historically undervalued relative to gold and offers an attractive investment opportunity. 
10 Reasons to Own Silver
Brochure – 10 Reasons to Own Silver
This brochure explores silver's unique investment characteristics and explains why investors should strongly consider the white metal as part of a diversified investment portfolio.
Silver Video: A History of Innovation
Video – Silver: A History of Innovation
Silver is second, only to oil, as the most used resource on earth. Silver is needed for many technologies in the green economy, which prioritizes climate change by reducing carbon emissions.
World Silver Survey 2022
Report – World Silver Survey 2022
The strength of silver’s fundamentals was fueled by strong gains across all
demand components.
Podcast E26 – Silver Can Do It!
Podcast E26 – Silver Can Do It!
Sprott Chief Investment Officer Maria Smirnova joins host Ed Coyne for a timely discussion on the many uses of silver in our modern economy.
Report – Nature's First Green is Silver
Report – Nature's First Green is Silver
Silver continues to benefit from expansionary monetary and fiscal policies worldwide and its key industrial role in the new technologies of the "green revolution". 
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Report – Silver’s Clean Energy Future
Silver should be integral to any "green revolution" discussions, given that it is critical to the success of EVs, solar energy and 5G cellular networks. We believe that silver demand will likely explode in the next 10 years.
Webcast – Silver Fundamentals Shine Bright
Webcast – Silver Fundamentals Shine Bright
Chief Investment Officer Maria Smirnova joins host Ed Coyne for a comprehensive analysis of all things silver. With its dual qualities of being a monetary metal and an industrial metal, silver occupies a unique position in the investing landscape. 
Silver's Growing Role in the Automotive Industry - Jan. 2021
Report – Silver's Growing Role in the Automotive Industry
Silver’s unique properties make it essential and hard to replace across a wide and growing array of automotive applications, many of those being critical in terms of safety and ever increasing environmental pressures. 
Silver's Important Role in Solar Power - June 2020
Report – Silver's Important Role in Solar Power
Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals. One of the most important industrial uses for silver, alongside electronics, is in photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are the building blocks of solar panels. 

Maria Smirnova, CFA

Managing Director, Sprott Inc.; Senior Portfolio Manager & Chief Investment Officer, Sprott Asset Management

Maria Smirnova“Silver is an interesting beast because it’s not quite like gold, which mostly serves as a monetary/investment vehicle. Silver has two primary functions... industrial uses comprise half of the silver demand and investment uses claim the other half, including coins and bars, jewelry and silverware. Both sides of this story are quite positive for silver.”

Platinum Bars

Platinum and Palladium Education Center

The supply-demand dynamics for platinum and palladium are intertwined, as these metals are often co-byproducts in the same mining location. Each often substitutes for the other in several industrial applications, including automotive catalytic converters.

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Video – Palladium: The King of Catalysts
As one of the key platinum group metals, palladium is a highly prized commodity. It commands more monetary value than gold and is 30 times as rare, with industrial demand outstripping supply for the last decade.
Sprott Video - Platinum: The Rarest of Precious Metals
Video – Platinum: The Rarest Precious Metal
Platinum is a metal that represents power and prestige. Platinum is a key element in catalytic converters for vehicles, as a catalyst in the chemical industry and even in the creation of life saving anti-cancer drugs.
Podcast #3 – The Value of Silver
Podcast S1 E4 Platinum and Palladium Explained
Ed Coyne and Shree Kargutkar provide an update on the PGM group metals: platinum and palladium. They cover supply-demand dynamics, geopolitical challenges for miners and platinum's role in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Palladium: An introduction for Platinum and Palladium Investors
Report – Palladium: An Introduction for Platinum and Palladium Investors
The dominant use of palladium today is in catalytic converters used to control emissions from gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines in passenger and light-duty commercial vehicles.
3.	Pandemic Provides Catalyst for Higher Platinum Prices
Report – Pandemic Provides Catalyst for Higher Platinum Prices
There is growing interest among investors for platinum's role as a store of value. We examine how the global pandemic has impacted platinum supply and demand, and offer our bullish outlook.
The Palladium Play - Part 1
Report – The Palladium Play Part 1
Palladium is a key component for ICE autocatalysts. While escalating U.S.-China trade wars have hurt many commodities, palladium's importance continues to support its performance. 
The Palladium Play - Part 2
Report – The Palladium Play Part 2
Palladium’s rise is best understood by analyzing its unique supply-demand dynamics. Russia and South Africa account for nearly 80% of the world's production, and a chronic supply deficit keeps pushing prices higher.
The Platinum Opportunity - Part 1
Report – The Platinum Opportunity Part 1
Also known as “white gold” or the “bright white metals,” platinum and palladium are members of the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) and typically co-occur in ore deposits (the group also includes ruthenium, rhodium, osmium and iridium). 
The Platinum Opportunity 2
Report – The Platinum Opportunity Part 2
Platinum is one of the rarest of metals but often flies under the radar. In Part 2, we look at platinum supply-demand dynamics and explain why we believe that platinum is a critical precious metal.
Platinum Introduction
Report – WPIC: Platinum 101 An Introduction for Investors
Platinum benefits from being both an industrial and precious metal, 30 times rarer than gold. Many of platinum’s varied applications provide solutions highly relevant to global challenges.

Shree Kargutkar, CFA

Managing Director, Sprott Inc.; Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management, LP

Shree Kargutkar"The supply of both platinum and palladium is rather steady, with both amounting to approximately 250-280 tonnes every year. While most platinum (~90%) is produced in the South African region (including Zimbabwe), a large supply of palladium comes from Russia (29%) and South Africa (27%) and is generally mined as a by-product of nickel mines in Russia and platinum mines in South Africa.”

Uranium

Uranium Education Center

Nuclear power is the largest source of clean energy in the U.S. and is created through "fission", which involves the splitting of uranium atoms.1


Educational Video - Nuclear Waste: Dispelling Myths and Fears
Nuclear waste is not something to be feared. The care with which it is handled and stored contributes to the fact that nuclear power is one of the safest forms of baseload energy generation known to humanity. In this video, we dispel the many fears and concerns about spent nuclear fuel. 

Per Jander

Video – Uranium Market Outlook 2024
Per Jander, WMC, Director, Nuclear Fuel and Investor Services, expresses optimism for the uranium market, emphasizing strong demand, ongoing long-term contracting discussions and potential supply disruptions as factors that my boost price increases in 2024.

Uranium Update

Podcast- The Great American Nuclear Renaissance

With the introduction of the Inflation Reduction Act, U.S. policy makers have reset the landscape for nuclear energy. Ed Coyne is joined by Benton Arnett from the Nuclear Energy Institute to walk us through the details.

Infographic – The Global Uranium Market in 3 Charts

Infographic – The Global Uranium Market in 3 Charts
The uranium market is experiencing increased demand, driven by its integral role in clean energy generation through its use in nuclear power.

Whitepaper

White Paper – Unearthing Opportunity: Uranium Miners and the Global Clean Energy Transition
A new wave of technological changes geared towards higher energy efficiency is underway. We believe that nuclear energy and uranium miners are poised to benefit from this shift.
Uranium: Born of the Stars
Video – Uranium: Born of the Stars
This educational video explores incredible facts about uranium’s inter-planetary origins and its critical role in the burgeoning green energy economy.
Smashing Atoms
Infographic – Smashing Atoms: The History of Uranium and Nuclear Power
The transition to clean energy requires sustainable and zero-carbon energy sources. Nuclear power offers a clean energy solution powered by uranium.

Uranium

Diagram – Ranked: Nuclear Power Production, by Country
Nearly 450 reactors around the world supply various nations with nuclear power, combining for about 10% of the world’s electricity, or about 4% of the global energy mix.
Uranium
Infographic – Uranium: A Key Element to Achieve a Net-Zero Carbon Future
As one of the cleanest and most powerful sources of energy, nuclear power could play a key role in helping countries achieve decarbonization goals in the fight against climate change.
Key Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel
Report – Key Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel
Chemical reactions of fossil-fuel plants release more radiation into the environment than the operation of nuclear energy plants — 10 times more.

Uranium & Nuclear Power Play a Critical Role in the U.S.

Report – Uranium & Nuclear Power Play a Critical Role in the U.S.
Nuclear power generates more than 50% of the carbon-free electricity in the U.S. while meeting 20% of the country's electricity demand.
Why Nuclear Power Plant Life Extensions & Uprates Matter
Report – Why Nuclear Power Plant Life Extensions & Uprates Matter
Research and development on small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) are underway globally and generating tremendous buzz. ​

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Video - How It's Made - Uranium Part 1

Watch and learn how uranium is mined and milled in northern Saskatchewan. (Excerpt from a 2016 episode of How It's Made - a Discovery Communications televised program.)

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Video - How It's Made - Uranium Part 2

Watch and learn how uranium is mined and milled in northern Saskatchewan. (Excerpt from a 2016 episode of How It's Made - a Discovery Communications televised program.)

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John Ciampaglia, CFA, FCSI

Senior Managing Director, Sprott Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, Sprott Asset Management

John Ciampaglia, CFA SprottNuclear radiation exposure is minimal compared to the many sources of radiation we could come across in our daily lives. ~80% of an average person’s annual radiation exposure comes from natural sources, such as sunlight, soil and water, while ~18% comes from man-made sources such as computers, cell phones and x-rays. Less than only 1% comes from the nuclear industry, including uranium exploration and mining.

1 Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. "Clean energy", per the U.S. Department of Energy, is defined as energy from these sources: including solar, wind, water, geothermal, bioenergy & nuclear. Please visit https://www.energy.gov/clean-energy for more details.

SETM

Energy Transition Education Center

Podcast - The Great American Nuclear Renaissance
Podcast - The Great American Nuclear Renaissance
With the introduction of the Inflation Reduction Act, US policy makers have reset the landscape for nuclear energy. Ed is joined by Benton Arnett from the Nuclear Energy Institute to walk us through the details.
Special Report: Electric Vehicles and the Growing Opportunity for Lithium Miners
Special Report - Electric Vehicles and the Growing Opportunity for Lithium Miners
Electric vehicle (EV) adoption has surged in recent years, creating unprecedented demand for lithium, a critical component of EV batteries.
Copper Video
Educational Video - Copper: The Essential Power Player in the Energy Transition
As the world seeks to reach net-zero targets and transition to cleaner, renewable forms of energy, copper is a requirement—but the amount of copper needed to successfully facilitate the energy transition is staggering. Learn about this critical mineral, its uses and how copper miners may be well positioned to benefit from increased investment in the low-carbon and renewable energy sector.
White Paper – A New Era: How Critical Minerals are Driving the Global Energy Transition
White Paper - A New Era: How Critical Minerals are Driving the Global Energy Transition
Critical minerals are essential for the global energy transition as we gradually phase out CO2-intensive energy sources with cleaner sources, including nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy and greater use of electric vehicles (EVs).
Lithium Video
Educational Video - Lithium: Driving the EV Revolution Forward
Electric vehicles, also known as EVs, are at the heart of the world’s efforts to reach aggressive net-zero carbon emissions goals. Lithium-ion batteries are essential to the growing EV revolution, making lithium a much sought-after mineral, with demand expected to increase in the years ahead. This means that both lithium and the companies that extract and produce it could provide attractive investment opportunities.
Podcast: Copper
Podcast - Hello Copper!
Host Ed Coyne is joined by Nick Pickens from Wood Mackenzie to discuss copper in 2023. From building wire to energy transition and the trilemma in the energy industry, copper is at the center of it all.
Educational Video - Nickel: A Battery Metal Powering the EV Revolution
Educational Video - Nickel: A Battery Metal Powering the EV Revolution
As the world moves towards cleaner forms of energy to achieve net zero emissions targets, the critical minerals and metals needed to reach those goals are stepping into the limelight. Nickel is one of these critical minerals. It is essential for the batteries used in electric vehicles, which are becoming more popular by the day as vehicle manufacturers and consumers embrace the EV revolution and countries add incentives or build in legislation supporting their adoption.
Fireside Chat
Video – Fireside Chat: Investing in the Critical Minerals Driving the Energy Transition
A global clean energy transition is underway. Significant investment in energy infrastructure will be required over the coming decades as we evolve how we generate, transmit and store energy. Critical minerals will be essential. We believe investing in the mining companies that produce critical minerals may offer attractive investment opportunities.
SETM Webcast Replay
Webcast – The Energy Transition Is Here. Is Your Portfolio Ready?
As the world sets aggressive goals to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and move to cleaner energy sources, critical minerals will be essential. Due to years of underinvestment, we believe demand is likely to outstrip supply for many energy transition materials, including uranium, lithium, copper, nickel and others. The investment opportunities may be powerful.
Critical Minerals
Educational Video - Critical Minerals for the Clean Energy Transition
Learn about the critical minerals driving the global energy transition. Investment opportunities presented by the clean energy transition will likely center around the critical minerals that are vital to powering the planet through low-carbon energy sources and revolutionizing the transportation sector through the electrification of the world’s vehicle fleet. Sprott Energy Transition ETFs are designed to give investors access.

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