Investing in Silver
Throughout history, silver bullion has served mankind as a primary monetary metal. In fact, in Latin America, the Spanish word for silver – plata – also means ''money.'' Silver is durable, divisible and convenient with high utility value.
Unlike its fellow monetary metal – gold – silver is most commonly used today as an industrial commodity. It is an unparalleled electrical and thermal conductor . . . has sensitivity to and high reflectance of light . . . and has an ability to endure extreme temperature ranges. In addition, silver is also used in numerous health care products because of its unique antibacterial characteristics. As such, silver, as defined by The Silver Institute, is the "indispensable metal."
According to industry analysts at the CPM Group, in their "2014 Silver Market Outlook" report produced exclusively for Monex, investors purchase silver because, along with gold, silver traditionally has helped protect individuals' wealth from the ups and downs of stocks, bonds and currencies, helped to stabilize wealth over the long term, and given them exposure to periodic (and sometimes dramatic) periods of rising silver prices.
Investors do well with silver in many ways, says the CPM Group, but two practices stand out: One is holding some portion of their wealth in silver as a long-term investment. The other way that investors tend to do well in silver is to be more opportunistic with some portion of their silver holdings, buying or selling based on shorter-term price movement. More sophisticated silver investors combine the long-term capital preservation practice of buying and holding silver with the shorter-term practice of trading a portion of their silver holdings in a shorter-term, more opportunistic fashion.
It is estimated that most all the gold mined throughout history still exists in some form or other. Silver, however, is different. According to The Silver Institute, more than 95% of the silver mined throughout history is gone forever, consumed by industrial use, and unrecoverable at any price. New supplies of silver for both industrial and investment use come from primary silver mines, as a byproduct of lead, zinc and other mining activities, and from silver recycling operations.
Monex offers pure .999 fine silver bullion in two convenient forms: The 1,000-ounce silver bar which is the standard industry unit and generally used by investors for trading and storage. Each bar is stamped with the manufacturer's hallmark and the exact bar weight which can range from 10% over to 10% under 1,000 ounces. Also available from Monex is the more convenient 100-ounce pure silver bar which will weigh exactly 100 troy ounces and are produced by an extrusion process, machine fabrication or a free-pour method. These bars are manufactured by a number of trusted refiners, and each bar is stamped with the refiner's hallmark, exact weight and fineness, and serial number.More Information
Silver coins represent a popular and convenient way to own silver. At Monex, investors can choose from pure one-ounce silver bullion coins produced by the US Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Austrian Mint. These silver bullion coins are available in units of 100 coins. Also available from Monex are $1,000 face value bags of 90% silver U.S. silver dimes or quarters minted prior to 1965, and $1,000 face value bags of 40% silver U.S. Kennedy half-dollars minted between 1965 and 1970. There are features, advantages and benefits of each of these silver coin investment alternatives and a Monex Account Representative will be happy to help you determine which form will fit your personal needs.More Information