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Silver Slips as Economy Roars Forward


Silver is down 5% on the year, but with the iShares Silver Trust nearing initial support, it may make a jump higher.

Silver prices have long been known for their volatility, as the precious metal rarely has a quiet day. As such, investors typically keep a close eye on the commodity. Though silver started off the year with a bang, it has since retreated, and it is now down about 5% on the year. Meanwhile, the US economy has been surging, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) breaking record highs last week.

With silver sitting at lows and the economy sitting at highs, now may be a good time to hop back into the white metal. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) is nearing initial support levels, which may also suggest that silver is due for a jump higher. But with stocks at all-time highs and investors increasing their risk appetite, it is difficult to say how silver will fare in the medium term.

A Short-Term Trade

For those looking to establish a short-term position, silver's battered prices may present a strong opportunity. But with a position in the metal will come a fair amount of volatility; holding this metal is not for the faint of heart. A trade of this nature certainly falls under the Warren Buffett methodology of "being greedy when others are fearful," as it seems that while markets cannot have a losing day it's just the opposite for silver. Below, we outline several ways to make a short-term play on the white metal for those looking to get in on a possible rebound of the commodity.
  • iShares Silver Trust: By far the most popular option out there, this physically backed ETF has nearly $10 billion in assets and trades more than 11.6 million shares on a daily basis. The fund is optionable, liquid and an investor favorite as far as silver trading is concerned.
  • 3x Long Silver ETN (NYSEARCA:USLV): For those looking to leverage their funds, this ETN will be a good option. USLV offers 300% exposure on silver futures and can be very effective during silver bull runs. Note that this process also works in reverse; if silver continues to tank, this fund will dole out a pretty hefty punishment.
  • Silver Wheaton Corp (NYSE:SLW): Silver Wheaton is a silver streamer/miner with a market cap topping $11 billion. Operating out of Vancouver, the firm has mines all around the world including some in Mexico, Greece and Sweden among others. The stock has been in a rut since the beginning of the year but looks to turn it around as silver poises for a comeback.
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Editor's note: This article by Jared Cummans was originally published on Commodity HQ.
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