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Why Are Silver Prices Far Below Other Precious Metals?

By Mathew Bough

When it comes to investing in precious metals, why does it seem that the price of silver is so much lower than that of other precious metals? Well, no one real definitive answer exists to answer that, but experts assert that there are many forces at play. All throughout history, this particular bullion has remained steady and stable, however this started to change some around the 19th century. The average value began to fluctuate much more frequently.

First off, some suggest that governmental market manipulation (i.e. artificial suppression) of this material as led to its increased fluctuations over the last few decades. Similar claims regarding other precious metals in the same sector exist as well. The price points are radically different however, with gold and platinum both pricing out to about 50 times the cost of silver, at $1600 per troy ounce, and palladium being about 25 times more expensive than silver, around $800 per troy ounce. Silver ore sells for approximately $30 per troy ounce for the exact same weight.

Again, there is no one true or right answer as to why this trend is what it is. Some suspect that large governments and organizations buy and sell at high volumes to manipulate the market and keep the value low. Others make the point that silver is much more common and accessible, as it is found in far greater quantities and in many more regions around the world than the other three precious metal minerals listed above.

While it may not be possible to find a specific answer where this precious metal cost is concerned the affordability that it offers makes it a good pick for many investors. Many who are concerned about currency devaluation, hyperinflation, or financial system collapse have chosen this bullion in order to gain protection from these types of events. Since it is so low it can be perfect even if you do not have a lot of capital to start with.

Silver however, may not always be the right choice for you, depending on your needs and objectives, but is a solid choice in many cases because it is flexible, accessible, and will work well within many strategies and goals. It can help increase your diversification and hedge against any future monetary crises. It retains its value well and can be well worth your time.

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Bough, Mathew "Why Are Silver Prices Far Below Other Precious Metals?." Why Are Silver Prices Far Below Other Precious Metals?. 10 Apr. 2013. 1 Aug 2014 <>.

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