Precious metals are recovering after the sell-off in late 2011, with silver and related exchange traded funds taking the lead.
Silver price gains outpaced other precious metals, increasing almost 20% in January for its largest monthly rally in nine months, reports Amanda Cooper for Reuters. [Silver ETFs Shine as 50-Day Average Recaptured]
In comparison, gold futures rose 11% in January, which are still the highest January gold price gains since 1980 and the largest one-month gain since August. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is up 11.4% year-to-date.
Interest rates in developed and emerging markets remain extremely low, leading to weaker currencies and pushing investors toward precious metals viewed as a better store of wealth.
Developed economies are also struggling to generate economic growth. During times of economic uncertainty, precious metals like silver can provide refuge from market volatility.