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Tips for Investing in Silver
Silver is not often considered by investors as much as gold is. However, silver has been used for much longer as a store of value. It was used in ancient civilizations such as Persia, Rome and China to make coins. It still can be a good investment. Here are a few things you need to know about silver.
A Wide Range of Industrial Applications
Silver is used in Industrial applications much more than gold. It is used for electronics such as solar panels and batteries. It is also widely used in many healthcare applications for making operation equipment. Silver is also used five times more than gold in making jewelry.
While the industrial applications increase the demand for gold, it can make it more volatile. When the economy slows down, it can affect the value of the metal due to reduced demands in the industrial market. This is compounded by the fact that this metal has a lower overall demand compared to gold.
Determining Valuation
The general consensus is that silver has the potential outperform more than gold, but it has more risks. You need to determine the value of silver before you buy it. However, for silver determining the value of the metal is, however, not very complicated.
One of the most common methods of valuing silver is by comparing it to the price of gold. All you need to do is to find the ratio of the price of gold to silver. If the ratio is on the higher side it means that the silver is undervalued and when the ratio is low it means it is overvalued.
Investing in Bullion Coins
Bullion Coins are a very easy to trade thanks to their liquidity. They are of good quality and some mints guarantee the purity of silver. The main disadvantage is that they are expensive and not the best option if you are looking to amass sizeable amount of silver.