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Commodities / Gold & Silver Stocks Aug 05, 2010 - 03:23 AM GMT

By: Bob_Kirtley

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleQuestion: What is it that we are trying to achieve?
Answer: Exposure to the silver bull market.




Which vehicle will give the best returns and enable us to maximize our profits?

1.Physical metal
2.Funds
3.Silver producers
4.Options and/or futures trades.

The physical metal in your very own hands negates any third party risk and from time to time does perform better than the stocks.

The funds, some of which may or may not have the physical metal, track silver prices and are liquid for trading purposes.

The silver producers suffer from the numerous inherent risks of mining but do offer leverage to silver prices, but not on any consistent basis.

The options and/or futures trades can provide wonderful returns but they are risky and can also wipe you out completely.

So we will kick off with a look at the chart above which plots silver and a selection of stocks over a six year period. The first observation that sticks out like dogs danglers is that Silver Wheaton (SLW) has outperformed both silver and the silver producers by a long way. The other point to note is that the leverage of the producers to silver, which was evident when the bull market began in 2001 has now diminished considerably. This lack of leverage calls into question the use of silver stocks as an investment vehicle.

If we now fast forward and take a look at the chart below covering the past year where we can see that SLW has still outperformed silver itself and a selection of the silver producers once again. Also note that the producers have been unable to keep up with silver prices suggesting that investors don’t want to expose themselves to the risks that come with mining.

So far, the obvious move would appear to be that we avoid the stocks and redeploy our cash into the the metal itself and SLW as it has performed incredibly well.

Many of our peers are calling for the precious metals stocks to rally and perform like gladiators and we agree that they should head to higher ground. However, we want the best bang for our buck not merely an improvement on our account statement. The ignition for these stocks is a dramatic move in silver prices. So we can profit from holding the metal itself and hopefully from holding the stocks. In choosing stocks we are now leaning to being overweight on SLW and reducing our exposure to the producers. Going forward SLW has the price of silver pegged at around $3.90/oz with the overall cost running at around $8.00/oz, as it is a silver streaming company and not a silver miner. So any improvement in silver prices will have an immediate impact on their bottom line.

On the other hand the miners do not have such a luxury and are subject to rising costs such as the price of oil, labour, taxes (note the recent proposed 40% tax by the Australia) political change, transport costs, management issues, etc. The list goes on and on with any one of these reasons having the potential to hit their bottom line.

In conclusion we are now doubting the wisdom of investing in silver producers and are seriously considering avoiding them completely.

Disagree! Good please tell us why.

Stay on your toes and have a good one.

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Silver-prices.net have been rather fortunate to close both the $15.00 and the$16.00 options trade on Silver Wheaton Corporation, with both returning a little over 100% profit.

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