Silver is a precious metal used in coins, jewelry, electronics, utensils, solar panels, photography and more, and has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal. Silver has been used as currency for thousands of years. Like gold, silver is often used to understand market movements. As an investment, silver is available in coins and bullion. Silver is very malleable, is very reflective, and has an atomic number of 47. Silver trades with the currency code of XAG.
Value of Silver
Throughout history, many countries held a silver standard. By the 1700s, a move to the gold standard began that continued through the 20th century. Silver now trades globally 24 hours a day, with spot price set by COMEX, through the New York Mercantile Exchange.((http://www.jmbullion.com/charts/silver-prices/ Retrieved 13 January 2015.)) Once the spot price is set, brokers may add markups to the price before an investor can purchase.
Currently, silver is valued at approximately 1/60 the value of gold.
Globally, there are some 520,000 metric tons of silver held in reserves as of 2013.((http://www.statista.com/statistics/273649/silver-reserves-of-countries/ Retrieved 13 January 2015.)) The largest reserves of silver are:
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Senior Market Specialist
Russell Shor (MSTA, CFTe, MFTA) is a Senior Market Specialist at FXCM. He joined the firm in October 2017 and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa and holds the coveted Certified Financial Technician and Master of Financial Technical Analysis qualifications from the International Federation…