Why Buy Silver? | Trading advice
Precious Metals – Trading in Gold & Silver
“Silver is a more emotional market than gold, meaning it often has extreme upside and downside moves [more] than other metals,” said Alan Knuckman, chief market strategist at Trading Advantage, a market education and trading training firm. Silver’s demand is driven by two main factors. Firstly, silver is attractive because of its rich history as a monetary instrument. Throughout time, silver coins were used for daily purchases of smaller value. Secondly, silver’s use in industry also drives its demand. Its industrial consumption and thus price are affected by particular industries that require silver in stages of production.
The desire to buy silver has risen exponentially in the past several years where, during recent volatile economic times, demand has outstripped the ability for the recognized world mints and refineries to keep up with huge volume orders. To a lot of traders silver is a precious metal that is a lot more accessible in terms of price than gold; moreover, silver certainly has the potential to pass gold on percentage price increase in the years to come.
Indeed, the silver market has been jostled around by demand indications from economic data around the world and pressured by moves in gold, which in itself has been shoved around by changing perceptions over the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus.
Silver is a ‘miracle metal’. It is second only to oil as the world’s most useful commodity. Aside from being money, silver has thousands of essential industrial uses. Silver is the most electrically conductive, thermally resistant, and reflective metal on the planet that has no known substitutes. For the past 30 years the world has used up more silver than has been mined, and today silver inventories are near all time record low levels.
The medical uses for silver are only just being understood. While we know it is an excellent anti-bacterial agent, the metal is undergoing extensive research for a variety of life-improving advances. China is holding their medical silver research in the realm of state secrets and Israel has very promising claims for medical silver.
The word for money in the Hebrew Bible is kesef / silver. the chinese symbol for money is a bag of silver (not gold). The coinage act of 1792 in the USA defines the dollar to be a certain number of grains of SILVER (not gold).
The aforementioned forms of silver should also be seriously considered in the precious metal mix in your portfolio.