Silver is becoming increasingly popular as an investment.
It has monetary uses, industrial uses and even characteristics that make it valuable in the ever growing health care industry. It even has a lower price point that makes it accessible to investors of all wealth levels! Choices of investment vehicle for this precious metal range from silver certificates, silver accounts and silver bullion. Other investment options include ETF’s, silver mining stocks, and silver futures contracts. It is important to remember that this discussion focuses on one silver investment vehicle, the purchase of physical silver.
Introduction to the Physical Silver Market
The physical silver market provides investors a variety of products. The choice of silver bullion product is largely a matter of the investor’s goals and resources. Particular silver investment products serve primarily as a store of value while others serve both as a store of value and could be used as money to be spent should barter become necessary as many people fear. Varying “premiums” (which include dealer premiums and commissions, all shipping costs and insurance) and IRA regulations are also important to consider when deciding between the different products. Currently, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows physical silver be included in a self-directed IRA if certain rules are followed.