Silver Slaughtered: Time To Buy?

Just a short time ago, silver had been surging relatively under the radar. Its strong gains were out-shined by gold, despite the white metal performing better than its more popular counterpart. But recent weeks have seen some weakness restored to the silver market, as October is notoriously weak for precious metals. Since peaking in early October, silver has dropped by nearly 7.4%, marking hefty losses for just a handful of trading sessions [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Five Minute Guide to Silver ETFs

Silver mining began about 5,000 years ago in Anatolia (modern day Turkey). The metal quickly became the impetus for exploration and the discovery of new worlds as it was a sought-after measurement of wealth, and valued as money, jewelry and for decorative objects. Eventually, the industrial age began to put silver to new uses due to its two important characteristics: of all the known elements – from hydrogen (H; atomic number 1) to Ununoctium (Uuo; atomic number 118), silver is the best electrical conductor and the most reflective. Because of its unique characteristics, silver now has numerous applications in art, industry, science, technology and investments [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Ultimate Guide To Silver Investing

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. After the Spanish conquests of the New World, the focus of the silver market shifted to Latin America and the massive deposits located in Mexico, Bolivia, and most importantly, Peru. Briefly, the U.S. was at one time the world’s largest silver producer thanks to the discovery of a massive silver deposit in Nevada (the Silver State), although this production eventually petered out and Latin American production once again reigned supreme.

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