Strong investment is running into silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) especially since the physically backed funds are so readily available.

The world’s largest silver-backed ETF iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) said its holdings are soaring as investor appetite for the metal rebounds, reports Commodity Online. [Silver ETFs: Catch ‘Em On the Rebound.]

According to Right Side News, silver’s price reached a new three-decade high of more than $34 per ounce, despite a pullback in other commodities this week.

Silver has two things going for it these days:

  • Silver is attractive right now as a hedge to inflation and the overall uncertainty of the global economic picture. The recent uprising in Middle East countries has sparked some safe-haven interest in the metal. [Why Cotton and Silver ETFs Are Leading the Way.]
  • Silver is also an industrial metal with a wide range of applications. Countries that are continuing to build up infrastructure and urban areas are making big use of the metal.

There are several ways you can play this:

  • ETFS Physical Silver (NYSEArca: SIVR): SIVR is a physically-backed option to play silver; each share represents ownership in physical silver, which is stored in secure vaults.
  • PowerShares DB Silver (NYSEArca: DBS): PowerShares’ silver ETF is composed of futures contracts for the metal, so it doesn’t necessarily keep in line with the spot price.
  • Global X Silver Miners (NYSEArca: SIL): Just as gold miners see their profit margins increase when gold prices are high, silver miners enjoy similar benefits. This fund is also a good play for investors who aren’t interested in physically-backed or futures-based options.
  • ProShares Ultra Silver (NYSEArca: AGQ): If you think silver prices will continue to rise and want to maximize your returns, this fund is an option. But be careful: know the risks of inverse and leveraged ETFs before you dive in.

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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