Top 20 Silver Investing Forums

Investing in silver is among the more popular strategies of commodity allocations. The precious metal provides a safe haven outlet, but also has a fair amount of use in the industrial world, making it a more practical investment for some. Though it is largely overshadowed by gold bugs and the yellow metal, silver is still one of the most heavily-traded commodities in the world. For those looking for trading ideas, investing strategies, or even the best places to buy silver, some of the best resources to utilize are forums. Using forums will require a bit of scouring (certainly not everything that is posted is relevant), but they can be excellent sources for traders and investors to share ideas with one another [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Silver].

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ETFs to Hedge Rising Prices at the Pump

If there is one economic item that unites Americans in frustration, it’s the rising price of gasoline. The fuel for our vehicles has become a necessity for many of us, so price hikes hit hard in the wallet, affecting purchases of other items. So why are gasoline prices on a long-term upward slope? Some Americans point the finger at greedy oil companies, but that is not the answer. Yes, refining margins do play a role in the price of gasoline, but there is one critical factor behind higher gasoline prices: the rising price of crude oil [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Plays For the End of Fiat Currency

For the majority of U.S. history, we have stood behind a currency backed by gold. That all changed on August 15th, 1971 when President Richard Nixon discontinued the gold standard in order to deal with a number of issues ailing the U.S. at the time. But since we have come off of the gold standard many would argue that our fiat currency is one of the primary reasons why our economy is currently suffering. Recent years have seen the Fed print money at will and pump back into the economy in an attempt to kickstart the recovery, an action that is simply not possible with the gold standard [see also Warning: Ignore Bill Gross’ Hard Money Prediction At Your Own Risk].

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Want Juicy Dividend Yields? Buy the Top Five Commodity Megacaps

As the years have progressed, commodity exposure has evolved from a binary factor, either you have it or you don’t, to a necessary component of every portfolio. But as markets have been continually beaten down as of late, for many investors, finding the right commodity allocation has been something of a difficult task. A number of investors have stopped looking for growth, and taken cover in value funds that pay out annual yields in a time when no returns are guaranteed [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Seven Must-Read Blogs for Silver Traders and Investors

Silver has been an important metal for thousands of years, often used as a medium of exchange or jewelry in ancient times. The mineral was traditionally mined alongside copper and lead deposits across the Near East and the Mediterranean around the height of the Roman Empire. Today, silver still finds its way into jewelry and coins but it has also found its way into a number of more ‘modern’ applications as well. As such, it should come as no surprise to see silver as an extremely popular financial instrument through out the commodity space.  For those looking to stay up to date on copper futures and the commodity’s overall environment, we outline seven blogs to help give you a leg up on this hard asset [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Silver].

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Natural Gas, UNG On a 70% Rally

Natural gas has been one of the most talked about commodities this year, as its prices tumbled at the start of 2012. Up until a few months ago, NG had been one of the worst performing commodities over the past few years, as the recession started the fossil fuel on a slippery slope that it would never fully recover from [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Natural Gas].

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Panic, Drought, Massive Gains For The Grains

It is no secret that grain prices have been soaring as a number of savvy commodity investors have been cashing in on the latest trend to take the world of hard assets. Many are also aware that a nation-wide drought has been the culprit of said price rises. But while the drought has been widely covered, few realize just how severe it has been. For starters, the trailing 12 months have been the hottest on record for the U.S. since records have been kept (dating back to 1895). Combine that with the lack of rain in the past few months and you have the worst drought seen in nearly 70 years, putting a major pinch on the prices of a number popular commodities [see also Five ETFs To Own During The Next Market Collapse].

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Which Silver ETF Is Right For You? SLV vs. SIVR vs. DBS

Although silver often times lays in the shadow of investors’ number one safe haven, gold, this shiny metal has by no means lost any of its luster. Silver has always been one of the most popular commodities given its rich history and various ornamental and industrial uses. The white metal’s appeal as an investable asset has grown for several reasons over the years. Silver is often times used as an alternative (and cheaper) safe haven investment, as well as a potential hedge against inflation. Additionally, the commodity is used in a variety of industrial goods and processes, making it an interesting play on manufacturing or industrial activity. And thanks to the ever-expanding universe of exchange-traded products, there are now several ways investors can gain exposure to the ultra popular precious metal. Below, we outline the three most popular silver ETFs and which one will fit your investment objectives [see also 25 Ways To … See the full story here

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The Most Profitable Months to Trade Gold

Gold trading has quickly become one of the most popular ways to make a play on the global economy and developing trends. Though the precious metal is often used as a part of a long-term strategy to battle inflation and store value, its prevalence as a trading instrument has surged in recent years. Many traders now use gold to make speculative bets on the economy as the metal has become quite volatile concerning news around the world [see also How to Play Schiff’s $5,000 Gold Prediction].

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Commodity Stock Plays in the 2012 Dogs of the S&P

Many investors are familiar with a group known as the “Dogs of the Dow”, or the 10 highest yielding stocks at the end of the prior year. Many investors use this strategy to help pick securities for the coming year, as they will not only offer strong dividend yields, but it may also be that their prices have been beaten down. Dividend yields and stock prices have an inverse relationship, meaning that a higher yield could reflect a poor performance from a stock in the prior year. Many feel that the dogs are oversold and the fact that they are still offering high dividend yields means the company is still strong [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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