Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Is the Stocks Bull Market Over? Dow Trend Forecast into End January 2015 - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Gold and Silver Stocks Apocalypse Now, Bear Market Review - Rambus_Chartology
3.NHS Baldrick Plan to Spread Ebola Across UK - Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool, London Hospitals - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Ebola Terror Threat Suicide Bio-Weapons Threatens Multiple 9/11's, Global Plague - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Second-Richest Man Says Mortgages Now a "No Brainer" - Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
6.Gold And Silver Still No End In Sight - Michael_Noonan
7.NHS Baldrick Plan to Spread Ebola Across UK - Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool, London Hospitals - Nadeem_Walayat
8.The Gold Bug is Set to Bite Back - EWI
9.How Alibaba Could Capitalize on the EBay-PayPal Split - Frank_Holmes
10.The Consequences of the Economic Peace - John_Mauldin
Last 5 days
Gold And Silver Price - Respect The Trend But Prepare For A Reversal - 25th Oct 14
Ebola Has Nothing To Do With The Stock Market - 25th Oct 14
The Gallery of Crowd Behavior: Goodbye Stock Market All Time Highs - 25th Oct 14
Japanese Style Deflation Coming? Where? Fed Falling Behind the Curve? Which Way? - 25th Oct 14
Gold Price Rebounds but Gold Miners Struggle - 25th Oct 14
Stock Market Buy the Dip or Sell the Rally - 25th Oct 14
Get Ready for “Stupid Cheap” Stock Prices - 25th Oct 14
The Trend Every Nation on Earth Is Pouring Money Into - 25th Oct 14 - Keith Fitz-Gerald
Bitcoin Price Decline Stopped, Possibly Temporarily - 25th Oct 14
Bullish Silver Stealth Buying - 24th Oct 14
Blood in the Streets to Create the Gold Stocks Investor Opportunity of the Decade - 24th Oct 14
Swiss ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Gold Initiative Campaigns Compete at Launches in Bern - 24th Oct 14
War And The Law Of Unintended Consequences - 24th Oct 14
Tesco Meltdown Debt Default Risk Could Trigger a Financial Crisis in Early 2015 - 24th Oct 14
Saudi Move to Cut Oil Prices Is Now Russia's Biggest Economic Threat - 24th Oct 14
US Stock Market Top Is Now In Sight - 24th Oct 14
New Profit Points in the Shifting Balance of Power, Welcome to Saudi America - 24th Oct 14
QE Failure & Folly Of Paper Mache, Treasury Bond Integrated Lifeline Patches - 24th Oct 14
U.S. Economy Faltering Momentum, Debt and Asset Bubbles - 23rd Oct 14
Annuities - Afraid Your Money Will Vanish before You Do? - 23rd Oct 14
What Debt Deleveraging? - 23rd Oct 14
How to Profit from Massive Spin-Offs with Just One Play - 23rd Oct 14
Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon - 23rd Oct 14
Euro, USD, Gold and Stocks According to Chartology - 23rd Oct 14
Why You Should Always Be Invested in the Stock Market (Even Now) - 23rd Oct 14
Five U.S. Housing Market Warning Signs Point to Real Estate Market Downturn - 23rd Oct 14
The Better Short: Gold or Silver? - 23rd Oct 14
Focus on Graphite Companies with Green Energy and Technology Strategies - 22nd Oct 14
Crude Oil Price Hitting Bottom - 22nd Oct 14
Evidence of Another Even More Sweeping U.S. Housing Market Bust Already Starting to Appear - 22nd Oct 14
Gold Or Crushing Paper Debt Stocks Crash? - 22nd Oct 14
India Gold Demand Surges 450% and Bank of Russia Demand At 15 Year High - 22nd Oct 14
Bitcoin Stock Exchange Could Be "More Valuable than Alibaba" - 22nd Oct 14
Currency War - How to Profit from a Stronger U.S. Dollar - 22nd Oct 14
Banks Hold Treasuries and Make Loans- 22nd Oct 14
Gold and Silver Timing is Everything - 22nd Oct 14
Don't Get Ruined by These 10 Popular Investment Myths (Part VII) - 22nd Oct 14
Follow the Baby Boom to Biotech Stock Profits - 22nd Oct 14
Copper, Nickel and Zinc Won't Be Cheap for Long - 22nd Oct 14
How Will We Know That the Gold & Silver Price Bottom Is In? - 21st Oct 14
Is Gold as Dead as Florida Hurricanes? - 21st Oct 14
First Swiss Gold Poll Shows Pro-Gold Side In Lead At 45% - 21st Oct 14
The Similarities Between Germany and China - 21st Oct 14
The REAL Reason Why the Stock Market Turned Down - 21st Oct 14
Petrobras is a 'Scheme, Not a Stock' - 21st Oct 14
Stocks Bear Market Indicator Is Off the Mark - 20th Oct 14
Stock Market Ideal Turning Point is at Hand - 20th Oct 14
Investors Quit Complaining, The Environment is Perfect Right Now - 20th Oct 14
Ebola Armageddon Could Trigger a Rebirth in Gold and Silver Prices - 20th Oct 14
Gold vs Euro Risk Due To Possible Return of Italian Lira - Drachmas, Escudos, Pesetas and Punts? - 20th Oct 14
Stocks Rebounded Following Recent Sell-Off, But Will It Last? - 20th Oct 14
U.S. Responsible for West Africa Ebola Outbreak Says Liberian Scientist - 20th Oct 14
Stock Market Intermediate B Wave has Started - 20th Oct 14
Gold Stocks Analysis – FNV, CG, NCM, SBM - 19th Oct 14
Stock Market Primary IV Wave Counter Trend Rally - 19th Oct 14
Gold And Silver - Financial World: House Of Cards Built On Sand - 18th Oct 14
Anatomy of a Stock Market Sell-Off - 18th Oct 14
Why OPEC Has Declared an Oil War on Russia - 18th Oct 14
Gold and Silver Extreme Shorting Peaks - 18th Oct 14
Bitcoin Price Fall to $350? - 18th Oct 14
Tesco Supermarket Crisis Worse To Come as Customers Vanish! - 18th Oct 14

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Stocks Epic Bear Market

Special Report: How to Buy Silver

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012 May 15, 2012 - 08:08 AM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: In late December, silver dipped to a 12-month low near $26 an ounce, and traders who responded to the barrage of "buy" recommendations were quickly rewarded as the metal soared to a high of $37.18 just two months later.

Today, silver has pulled back below $29 an ounce, giving investors another chance to establish a position before the metal makes its next move higher.


After all, the fundamental case for silver prices remains as strong as ever.

The U.S. dollar continues to weaken, inflation remains a concern, silver demand from industry and emerging markets remains strong even as supply shrinks - plus we're facing growing uncertainty over the outcome of the 2012 elections.

It's a perfect recipe for higher silver prices - most likely even higher than last year's peak at $50 per ounce.

But what's the best way to play the next upmove by the "poor man's precious metal"?

For the purist seeking to hold metals as a long-term store of value and a hedge against inflation and global turmoil, the first choice is always the physical silver itself.

How to Buy Silver
For the smaller investor, this typically means one-ounce silver bars or half-ounce or one-ounce silver bullion coins - examples of the latter being the American Silver Eagle, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, the Chinese Silver Panda and the Australian Silver Koala.

These are produced by private mints and governments around the globe. The prices typically track the spot price of silver, plus a premium of 8% to 10% for bullion bars and up to 16% for coins, which covers the cost of minting and fabrication. The actual mark-up varies from coin to coin depending on the purity of the silver used, with Canada's Silver Maple Leaf being highest at 99.99% pure.

Larger investors can reduce the premiums to as little as 4% or 5% by purchasing the five-ounce, 10-ounce or one-kilogram coins offered by some mints, or buying 10-ounce or 100-ounce silver bars.

Be aware, however, that the premiums for all sizes will be considerably higher if you buy in small quantities or want to pay by credit card rather than with a bank draft or funds transfer.

For example, late last week, one leading U.S. dealer quoted 10 one-ounce Morgan silver bars at $31.16 each if purchased with a credit card, but priced 100 bars bought with a wire transfer at just $30.08 each. The premium on the two purchases over the spot price at the time was thus 7.98% versus just 4.23%.

Choosing a Silver Dealer
However you choose to buy physical silver, gold or other precious metals, the most important rule is to deal only with reputable dealers who have proven experience in the business and clearly stated policies and warranties - especially if you're purchasing by phone or online.

Several long-standing firms in the United States with solid reputations include:

•American Precious Metals Exchange (apmex.com) - This Oklahoma City-based firm offers both bullion and collectible metals products, as well as storage facilities. Quotes are updated every 15 minutes during trading hours. Purchase online or call 1-800-375-9006.
•Asset Strategies International (ASI) (assetstrategies.com) - This Rockville, MD firm has a large inventory of silver bullion products, and also offers regular metals markets commentary and analysis on its website. Sales representatives are available at 1-800-831-0007.
•Gainesville Coins (gainesvillecoins.com) - Based in Lutz, FL, they provide an extensive selection of silver coins and bars that can be reviewed online or purchased via phone at 1-813-482-9300.
•Kitco (kitco.com) - One of the world's largest metals dealers with offices in New York, Montreal, Hong Kong and elsewhere, Kitco provides a wide range of products and services, including real-time quotes and news updates. Purchases can be made online or by calling 1-877-775-4826.
•SilverTowne (silvertowne.com) - Founded in 1949, this Indiana-based firm specializes in all types of investment silver, from collectible coins to silver bars in varied weights. Phone: 1-877-477-2646.
•The Tulving Co. (tulving.com) - Based in Newport Beach, CA, Tulving provides 24-hour sales and service, tracking trading and price quotes in markets around the globe. U.S. and Canadian investors can call 1-800-995-1708.

Physical silver provides a long-term store of value, but it does carry some added risks - one of them being the potential for confiscation.

That possibility, similar to what happened with gold in 1933, is quite real. As such, if you're seriously considering silver as a hedge against future U.S. problems, you might consider choosing Canada or elsewhere offshore as a storage site for your metal.

Also, while it's easy to both buy and sell bars and coins with any of the above dealers, they're still a bit cumbersome for trading purposes, what with price mark-ups, storage, shipping and insurance costs.

How to Trade Silver
The ultimate trading vehicle is the silver futures contract - the most popular are listed on the COMEX Division of the Chicago's CME Group.

However, that's a high-dollar/high-risk instrument. A silver contract represents 5,000 ounces of silver, meaning a single contract is worth $144,300 or more at current prices. It also means a move like the $2.221 drop we saw on April 4 could cost you $11,105 in a single day - and that wasn't even the biggest one-day decline this year. Plus, you have to put up a margin deposit of $18,900 just to buy (or sell) one in the first place.

There are smaller U.S.-traded silver futures, but at 2,500 and 1,000 ounces, they still carry a high risk, amplified by lower liquidity, and require proportionately high purchase margins. Costs and risks, though limited, are also quite high for options on silver futures.

As such, a better vehicle for smaller investors wishing to play silver's next rally - or merely to hold as a longer-term proxy for the metal itself - is one of the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or notes (ETNs) with shares backed by actual bullion.

The largest and most popular of these funds is the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV), recent price $28.08. Its share price closely tracks the price of a single ounce of silver, usually trading at just a slight discount. As of the end of March, SLV held roughly 312 million ounces of actual silver, and it has a market cap of around $9.1 billion. It's also highly liquid with a daily trading volume approaching 2 million shares.

SLV's only real problem at the moment is that it uses JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) as its London custodian. Its share price plunged more than 50 cents at the opening last Friday on the news of JPM's $2.3 billion "hedging" loss. However, it recovered the entire loss later in the day and closed at its normal level relative to silver's price.

As such, you might want to consider one of the other silver ETFs, such as the ETFS Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SIVR), recent price $28.67 - or, if you're really bullish, the ProShares Ultra Silver ETF (NYSEArca: AGQ), recent price $43.08, which seeks to provide returns double those of silver itself.

Whichever method you choose, silver's recent pullback has provided a whole new opportunity to grab some profits from the next move higher, so don't miss your chance.

[Editor's Note: If you or anyone you know is thinking about silver, please read this. We've just released a report that exposes a massive scheme behind the price of silver.

What we found after six months of research will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

It stems from a massive effort that appears to involve traders... investment banks... and, as some suggest, even the federal government itself. Right now, these factors are converging to push silver to a historic high.

Please go here to access this free report.

And, if you know of anyone who has a strong interest in silver, please forward this to them. They'll want to know the details.]

Source :http://moneymorning.com/2012/05/15/special-report-how-to-buy-silver-3/

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2011 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investent advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2014 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Free Report - Financial Markets 2014