Silver-related exchange exchange traded funds could outshine other precious metals as favorable fundamentals provide support.
Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.2%, ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) gained 8.6% and PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) increased 8.4%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) only added 0.6% so far this year.
COMEX silver futures are now hovering around $17.0 per ounce, trading around a one-month high.
Unlike gold, silver has greater industrial applications. For instance, consumers may find silver in electronics, optics and biotechnologies, writes Dominic Frisby for MoneyWeek.
In the more mainstream demand side, silver jewelry demand is still rising due to increased consumption among emerging markets, notably in China where we are seeing a rising middle class with increased discretionary money.
On the supply side, silver miners are finding less deposits and producers are expanding into new projects, which suggests that silver could be in shorter supply ahead.
Additionally, there is the money valuation angle. As central banks keep dumping money into the world economy, paper money becomes less valuable and hard assets, like silver, become a better store of wealth.