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​​US politicians are buying up this precious metal 

​​US politicians are buying up this precious metal 

Quiver Quantitative, an alternative trading data platform, has been diligently monitoring the investment activities of Congress members and other US representatives. 

While the majority focus on US stocks, yielding significant profits amid the market rally, a unique revelation emerged on January 9. Breaking away from the norm, Quiver uncovered that one US senator is venturing into an unconventional territory—palladium, a very rare precious metal

US Senator bets on palladium

Labeling it as a “suspicious trade,” Quiver Quantitative said US Senator John Boozman has been buying up palladium. 

Valued highly for its rarity and high melting point, among other things, palladium is the most expensive precious metal, more so than gold, silver, and platinum.

The X account claimed this was the first time it had seen a politician invest in palladium. Given that palladium has vast applications in the automotive and electronics sectors, Boozman’s move may raise some eyebrows, particularly when knowing that he is sitting on the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation. 

Palladium price analysis

Boozman’s bet on palladium comes on the back of a significant retreat in the metal’s price. Notably, palladium futures have lost more than 20% in the past year, plunging from around $1,800 to $987 as of January 9.

Palladium futures price 1-year chart. Source: Google

The rarest precious metal is clearly in a bear market. One reason behind this drop in prices is manufacturers changing how they get their materials to be less dependent on Russia, contributing to the overall decrease in value.

In the first nine months of 2023, the volume of palladium Japan imported from Russia plummeted by 40% compared to the same period in 2021. 

More recent price dips have been caused by concerns that the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) might diminish long-term demand. This downturn partially reversed the gains from December, which were spurred by Britain’s widening sanctions on other Russian metal trades.

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