Heraeus Precious Metals Precious Metals Forecast 2024: Gold will continue its record chase

Hanau (Germany), 12th December 2023

  • Silver will follow gold and rise
  • Palladium will remain under pressure
  • Platinum should soon be more expensive than palladium
  • Fundamental outlook for iridium is robust
Heraeus Precious Metals Precious Metals Forecast 2024: Gold will continue its record chase
Heraeus Precious Metals Precious Metals Forecast 2024: Gold will continue its record chase

According to the world's largest recycler and trader of precious metals, Heraeus Precious Metals, the price of gold will continue to rise in the coming year and reach new records. "The growing confidence that the US Federal Reserve has ended its cycle of interest rate hikes and could start cutting rates as early as spring will drive the gold price," said Henrik Marx, Head of Precious Metals Trading, at the presentation of the annual Heraeus Precious Metals Forecast.

Interest rate cuts make investments in interest-free assets such as gold more attractive and typically weaken the value of the dollar. A lower US currency generally supports the gold price. As the precious metal is predominantly traded in dollars, a weak greenback makes the precious metal cheaper on the global market, which ensures stronger demand and therefore higher prices. "Despite high yields on the US bond market and a strong US dollar, gold has done very well - this points to a clear upward trend." Ongoing purchases by central banks and ETF investors will also support the gold price. The strong demand for jewellery in India should also help. In addition, investors could turn to gold as a safe haven in view of the current crises. Heraeus expects a range of 1,880 to 2,250 dollars per troy ounce.

Silver will follow gold and rise

Heraeus also expects the price of silver to rise next year, but not as well as gold. Lower interest rates and a subsequently weaker US dollar should support the silver price. However, interest rate cuts usually indicate an ailing economy. Nevertheless, we expect demand for photovoltaics to remain high, particularly from China, but this alone will not be enough to offset the falling demand from the rest of the industry due to economic weakness. In addition, investors will react to the expected turnaround in interest rates by buying silver, as they did gold. Heraeus anticipates a price range of between 22 and 29 dollars per troy ounce.

Despite a platinum market in deficit, the downward pressure from the weakening global economy is likely to keep the price in a similar trading range to this year. Weak demand from the jewellery industry does not promise to provide much support for the price either. The platinum price could only be supported by a shortage of supply, for example by closing unprofitable mines. At the current level, the metal, which is mainly used in diesel exhaust catalytic converters, is cheap compared to gold. A recovery in the price of gold could also help platinum to achieve a slight upward trend. According to Heraeus, the range for platinum is between 800 and 1,100 dollars per troy ounce. Heraeus expects prices to rise beyond 2024, partly due to increasing demand from the hydrogen industry.

Palladium will remain under pressure

The palladium price, which has been under severe pressure recently, is likely to fall further. Demand for palladium in the automotive industry - the largest customer at more than 80 per cent - is expected to fall. As a result, growth in car production is likely to slow in 2024. At the same time, electric cars will gain further market share. In addition, palladium is increasingly being replaced by platinum and used in petrol autocatalytic converters. All of these factors combined will lead to falling demand for palladium in the automotive industry. The falling demand will continue to put pressure on the palladium price next year. Heraeus puts the range at 700 to 1,200 dollars per troy ounce.

Rhodium price normalises - ruthenium price weakens

The rhodium price, which is also heavily dependent on demand from the automotive industry, is likely to move in a range between 3,500 and 6,500 dollars per troy ounce. The range reflects a more "normal" rhodium market now that the price has reached the level it had before the price peaks from 2020 to 2022. Weaker year-on-year net demand is likely to put pressure on the rhodium price, although the risk of a reduction in supply due to possible closures of unprofitable mines in South Africa could offer some upside potential in the medium to long term. The country produces more than 80 per cent of the global rhodium supply each year.

The surplus on the ruthenium market is expected to shrink next year, while the weakening economy is weighing on the price. According to estimates, supply will decline due to the first small-scale shaft closures in South Africa. Although demand in the electronics and chemical sectors is likely to increase compared to the previous year, consumption will be below pre-pandemic levels. The Heraeus experts see a price range of between 350 and 600 dollars per troy ounce.

Fundamental outlook for iridium is robust

The fundamental outlook for iridium remains robust. There is a risk that supply will be lower than expected. However, should the economic outlook deteriorate as expected, this could dampen the price. Minor declines in demand for spark plugs and electrical appliances will be offset by an increase in demand for electrochemical applications. The demand for iridium in the production of green hydrogen is growing. However, a new ruthenium-based catalyst developed by Heraeus for PEM electrolysis should help to reduce the pressure on the scarce iridium market in the coming years. Heraeus expects the price of iridium to be between 4,000 and 6,500 dollars per troy ounce in 2024.

The Heraeus Precious Metals Forecast at a glance:
Precious metal price ranges per ounce

Precious Metal Range per ounce
Gold 1,880 to 2,250 Dollar
Silver 22 to 29 Dollar
Platinum 800 to 1,100 Dollar
Palladium 700 to 1,200 Dollar
Rhodium 3,500 to 6,500 Dollar
Ruthenium 350 to 600 Dollar
Iridium 4,000 to 6,500 Dollar


The Heraeus Precious Metals Forecast 2024 is based on information from sources that Heraeus and SFA Oxford Ltd consider to be trustworthy, but which they have not independently verified. The contents of the Heraeus Precious Metals Forecast 2024 have therefore been prepared with the utmost care. However, no guarantee is given for its correctness, completeness and topicality.

In addition, the precious metal forecasts presented, including all forward-looking statements, are based on the expectations and certain assumptions of Heraeus and SFA Oxford Ltd at the time this document was prepared. Actual results may differ materially due to risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond the control of Heraeus and SFA Oxford Ltd.

About Heraeus Precious Metals

Heraeus Precious Metals is globally leading in the precious metals industry. The company is part of the Heraeus Group and covers the value chain from trading to precious metals products to refining and recycling. It has extensive expertise in all platinum group metals as well as gold and silver.

With about 3,000 employees at 15 sites worldwide, Heraeus Precious Metals offers a broad portfolio of products that are essential for many industries such as the automotive, chemicals, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, hydrogen and jewelry industry.

By 2025 Heraeus Precious Metals will be the first company in the industry that operates carbon neutral.

About Heraeus

The Heraeus Group is a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company, headquartered in Hanau, Germany. The company’s roots go back to a family pharmacy started in 1660. Today, Heraeus bundles diverse activities in the Business Platforms Metals and Recycling, Healthcare, Semiconductor and Electronics as well as Industrials. Customers benefit from innovative technologies and solutions based on broad materials expertise and technological leadership.

In the 2022 financial year, the group generated revenues of €29.1 billion (US$30.6 billion*) with approximately 17,200 employees in 40 countries. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned companies in Germany and holds a leading position in its global markets.

(* calculated with 2022 average exchange rate, 1€ = 1.0530 US$)