I started buying physical silver in April 2013. I’m new to SeekingAlpha and am just now getting my feet wet with precious metals ETFs. I am convinced that the US’s runaway money printing will be the fall of the US dollar and hyperinflation is likely; therefore I've joined SeekingAlpha to arm myself with the necessary knowledge to prevent complete financial failure. At this point, as the dollar continues to depreciate, I have zero $ saved in any type of bank or credit union other than what is used for monthly bill payments. Sadly I'm vested in a 529 and employer retirement plan where I'm scared these funds will be lost. I'm 44 and sure wish somebody had set me straight about three decades ago; I would have been buying gold and silver much earlier. Right now I am teaching my 19 year old son the importance of buying, holding and redeeming only as a last resort. When the s--- hits the fan, he will be thanking me.