5 Silver ETFs at a Glance

Sprott Asset Management offers its Physical Silver Trust (PSLV). Global X offers the Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL), an ETF that holds a diversified basket of silver mining stocks. Holdings.

In recent years, inflation expectations have proven to be a significant influence on the price of silver.

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Sprott Physical Silver Trust charts including real time and historical prices, technical indicators and drawing tools.

For instance, some ETFs focus solely on physical silver, while others focus on silver futures. Still others focus on the silver-mining industry itself. In order to determine which silver ETF will best suit their needs, investors should examine the options available to them. Put simply, the iShares Silver Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of or a commodity pool under the Commodity Exchange Act.

Investors who are not put off by those conditions may find the iShares Silver Trust appealing. It uses the LBMA silver price as its benchmark and holds silver bullion — 9, Silver held by the Sprott Physical Silver Trust is stored at a secure third-party location in Canada, and is subject to periodic inspections.

Investors who own a certain value equivalent in dollars can redeem their units for physical silver each month, and it can be delivered nearly anywhere in the world via armored carrier.

The Sprott Physical Silver Trust only invests in London Good Delivery physical silver bullion , less 3 percent of net assets devoted to expenses and anticipated redemptions. The silver ETF is denominated in Canadian dollars, and for that reason can in most cases hedge any US dollar gains and losses back into Canadian dollars. Its management fee is 0. The Global X Silver Miners ETF gives investors access to many silver-mining companies and benefits from the fact that those companies can enjoy quick gains when the price of the metal is rising.

Given that it provides exposure to a basket of global silver miners, it also allows investors to avoid the risks associated with individual companies and lets them add geographical diversity to their portfolios. I, Amanda Kay, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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The demand for silver for photography purposes continues, but at a diminished level. Demand for jewelry continues to increase at a slow rate with growing discretionary income. Demand for jewelry has been notably stronger in emerging countries, such as China and India. In recent years, inflation expectations have proven to be a significant influence on the price of silver. Disinflationary pressures in led to the weakest performance for the metal since The metal declined by almost 36 per cent as investors focused on the tapering of the Fed's bond purchase program.

At the last FOMC meeting, the committee expressed their commitment to maintain accommodative policies while inflation remains below the long-term target of 2 per cent.

The price of silver has stabilized accordingly. A rebound in inflation expectations over the short-term would provide a catalyst for the metal to move higher through January and February. On the charts, silver exchange-traded funds, trust units, and related silver equity ETFs have an improving technical profile.

A wide variety of investment opportunities are available in the sector. Don and Jon Vialoux are the authors of free daily reports on equity markets, sectors, commodities and Exchange Traded Funds. All of the views expressed herein are their personal views, although they may be reflected in positions or transactions in the various funds managed by Horizons Investment.

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