04 May Three Things You Didn’t Know About Silver Investing
Worries over a slowing Chinese economy are once again highlighting the importance of investing in precious metals like silver. And many investors see bargains as the price of silver is so low.
But with demand for physical supply outpacing supply, silver is not easy to get – meaning the pricing may be surprising to some investors.
Concerns over China have prompted many to consider putting their money in gold and other precious metals as a safe haven. However, markets have been pushing back against the bad economic news this month, and silver fell to $14.64 an ounce on Sept. 1.
The dip marks another low for silver prices, which have dropped dramatically from a high of $49.21 per ounce on April 29, 2011. Some say that silver (like gold) is an old-school commodity – bright past, gloomy future.
So: No one is buying silver. Meaning there should be plenty of it to go around. And it should be a bargain.
Here’s what we see:
Demand for physical silver is high
The summer’s steady drop in prices has sent many bullion investors bargain hunting. The low prices, combined with China’s uncertain outlook, means many are looking to put money into precious metals.
Inventory is scarce – Buying physical silver is hard
There’s not enough silver to meet demand.
Our experience is that buying physical silver isn’t easy. Clients need to be placed on waiting lists as refiners try to catch up with demand.
The U.S. Mint had to suspend sales of silver coins for three weeks this summer after it sold out. The U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint have both had to ration sales of silver bullion.
Both the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint
continue to run into serious issues keeping up with retail silver coin demand.
Consumers end up paying more
High demand for physical silver combined with a scarcity of the metal means higher prices for consumers. Combined, these factors should have led to higher prices.
Lower precious metals prices on Wall Street aren’t necessarily
bringing lower prices on Main Street.
As many claim, the prices are set based on trades in “paper” contracts and not based on actual demand for physical. Some even claim that in the future, prices of physical precious metals will only be set based on demand for physical.
In the world of physical precious metal investing, the laws of supply and demand are twisted into unexpected paradigms, so having a long-term strategy is paramount.
- When prices drop, physical demand often goes up. However, the demand for physical silver usually doesn’t affect prices. That’s because physical trades make up only a small amount of future exchanges, which are highly leveraged.
- Buyers can get more bullion per dollar when prices fall. The amount of physical silver available then falls even faster.
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