By Jared Cummans
Amid all of the talk about QE3 and how gold will react, one commodity has slid under the radar. Silver, the other precious metal, seems to have taken a backseat to any movements exhibited by gold, as the commodity has begun what may be another go at $2,000/oz. All the while silver has been performing strongly with very little coverage or attention as compared to that of gold. Of course, some investors like Jim Rogers have been saying for a while that silver is a better buy than gold, but the yellow metal’s luster seems to have ousted any shine from silver.
True, gold has been performing very well over the past few weeks, but silver has been outperforming everyone’s favorite commodity. Since the end of July, silver prices have risen by approximately 22%. Perhaps the reason why this went so largely unnoticed is because the majority of the move has been gradual and steady, as opposed to a number of days with high movement. Over that same time period, gold has jumped by about 9.5% with about 100 times the attention from analysts and investors around the world.
Silver has always been a more volatile metal than gold, which may be one of the reasons why it has outperformed, as a high beta in times of prosperity can lead to some impressive gains. Below, we outline several ways to take advantage of a silver rally or for those who may be looking for lucrative short opportunities.
- iShares Silver Trust (SLV): Easily one of the most popular silver securities in the world, this ETF is represented by physical silver. The fund is home to over $10.5 billion in assets, and trades nearly 12 million times each day. With physical allocation, SLV can be used as a part of a long-term strategy, but its active options market and high trading volume makes it a prime candidate for trading as well.
- ProShares Ultra Silver (AGQ): For those who really want to put their money where their mouth is, this fund offers a 200% leverage on silver and trades about 1.4 million times each day. It is designed as an instrument for active investors but can be extremely useful to those who feel that silver has nowhere to go but up.
- Silver Wheaton (SLW): A mining/streaming company, Silver Wheaton is based in Vancouver and does business all around the world. The stock has a market cap of $12.7 billion and pays out a nice dividend yield of 1.1%. Though it will not be a pure play, this equity ticker will provide exposure to silver prices in an indirect manner.
Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.
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