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And the surge in food prices is one of the big catalysts…

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  • Investing in Silver Now is a Steal Silver ingot

    Lately there has been quite a divergence in the behavior of those investing in silver compared to those holding gold.

    One group is running scared, while the other is calmly stocking up.

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  • Investing in Silver: Price Dip is a Good Time to Buy Silver Spot Prices per Ounce

    Good news for those investing in silver: The price slump is ending, making now a good time to buy.

    Silver prices have slid since the start of 2013, and the white metal's down nearly 9% so far this year. Silver, which had hit a record high of $49.79 an ounce in April 2011, was trading for $29.36 Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Why Buying Silver Coins is One of the Hottest Trends of 2013 Silver Spot Prices per Ounce

    So far in 2013, buying silver coins has been one of investors' favorite ways to profit from a climb in the white metal's price.

    The demand for physical silver from small investors in the form of coins is really remarkable. A record 7.5 million ounces of silver coins were sold in January.

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  • GFMS: Silver Prices to Climb 38% in 2013 The world's most respected precious metals consultancy, Thompson Reuters GFMS, came out last month with its 2013 forecast for silver prices.

    After being bearish on silver prices over the past few years, GFMS has come around and predicted a good year for silver investors in 2013, with gains as high as 38%.

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  • How to Buy Silver: The Best is Yet to Come in 2013 While gold, with its sky-high prices, gets most of the media attention, investors should be just as interested in how to buy silver.

    Silver turned in a solid performance in the second half of 2012, rising from a June 28 low of $26.13 an ounce to its recent reading above $33.00. And, to steal a line from poet Robert Browning (or, if you prefer, Frank Sinatra), "the best is yet to come."

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  • It's Not Just Investor Demand Pushing Silver Prices Higher You've heard that silver prices are expected to increase amid growing demand for the precious metal, as investors worried about central bank and government spending policies seek alternatives to stocks.

    Money Morning Global Resources Specialist Peter Krauth said in his 2013 silver price forecast that the white metal, which closed at nearly $33 an ounce Wednesday, could hit $54 an ounce next year.

    In fact, Krauth said he likes to think of silver as "gold on steroids."

    But investors have largely overlooked another key factor that will contribute to higher silver prices over the next couple of years.

    That's global industrial demand for silver, which will start to take off in 2013.

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  • Why to Keep Betting on Higher Silver Prices As November comes to an end, silver prices continue to hold their luster even in this down week.

    On Tuesday, spot silver increased to $34.26 an ounce, its greatest level since the middle of October, before it dropped to $33.76.

    Silver traders have hit the sidelines as economic news such as fiscal cliff discussions, the Greek bailout and an appreciating U.S. dollar have been a drag on the white metal.

    James Steel, HSBC metal analyst said to Reuters of the current prices, "We believe gold and silver prices will tend towards consolidation, as investors await further developments on the U.S. fiscal cliff negotiations."

    But don't worry silver bulls, there's still enough good news to keep you happy.

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  • Why to Expect Higher Silver Prices Before 2013 As the week comes to an end, Comex December silver prices are trading at $32.45, a slight decline from yesterday. For the week, prices are off about 1%.

    Recent economic data and concerning news from abroad have hit precious metals this week, leading to their declines.

    Gold has been stealing headlines as fear surrounding the fiscal cliff drives investors to seek safer assets. Should Congress and the president not reach an agreement by early next year, this will provide an opportunity for gold to shine.

    But the white metal, with its volatility and recent high prices, can hold its own and also has the potential to increase in the short-term due to a few reasons.

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  • "It's Like Gold On Steroids" Sure, gold remains the favorite of most precious metal investors, but THIS is the metal you really want to double down on right now. Three catalysts will propel the price much, much higher over the coming months and years.
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  • Invest in Silver Before Prices Climb Higher Silver prices are up this week on hopes of a third round of quantitative easing, or QE3, reaching their highest level in four months.

    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday hinted at further central bank action and silver prices jumped more than 3%. They've continued climbing this week to over $32 an ounce.

    Speaking at the annual Jackson Hole, WY economic symposium, Bernanke expressed concern about the U.S. labor market stagnation and said yes, he is open to more quantitative easing to assist the economic recovery.

    Details weren't included but it didn't matter: Bernanke said the magic words.

    Silver has jumped on the bull train thanks to inflation concerns and talks of quantitative easing by central banks. Buyers increased in volume after the Aug. 22 release of Federal Reserve minutes, extending a rally that had been kicked off by signs of European solidarity.

    It's not just U.S. news that's keeping the run going. German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are starting to sing a different tune for the European Central Bank's (ECB) stimulus activities. This may help reduce borrowing costs for debt-ridden Eurozone nations.

    All these signs are reasons to load up on metals before prices take off higher.

    "From now on, this is a dip-buying market," David Govett, head of precious metals at the brokerage Marex Spectron, told The Financial Times. "Yes, there will be setbacks along the way, but fundamentally the market is now in bull mode."

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  • The Dumb Money Hates Silver, it’s Time to Go Long Speculators hate silver...

    For the past year, the positive silver headlines have been few and far between.

    Ever since the poor man's gold peaked near $50 in April of last year, it's become a despised metal.

    Admittedly, it's been languishing near $27 since early May not far from where it was for the first time - in this bull market - back in late 2010.

    But as I'll show you, right now a number of technical, seasonal, and sentiment indicators are pointing upwards for this volatile metal.

    This could well be the critical turning point silver investors have been waiting for. One of these indicators is the resilient price of gold.

    Let me explain.

    The Silver/Gold Ratio

    Silver has always pretty much been gold's lapdog and on a relatively short leash at that.

    As a rule, silver prices usually follow the direction of gold. But as long time silver investors recognize, the moves are amplified both on the downside and the upside. Silver prices are simply more volatile than gold prices.

    As for gold, since it peaked about a year ago, it seems to be drifting aimlessly in zombie land. For the better part of the year it's been consolidating about 16% below its previous peak of $1,900.

    Today, at $1,600, gold is back to levels its first saw a whole year ago. What investors need to pay attention to is the gold to silver ratio.

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  • Summer Slump in Silver Prices Closer to an End Silver prices have suffered this year as the white metal has lost its luster as a safe haven investment, but the pullback has slowed and may be bottoming out.

    Cash has gained some allure over metals, but according to FX Empire, as bullion prices near support levels buying interest has been on the rise.

    In July, silver prices broke out from a three-month price slump and closed up 1.1% to $0.302.This came after fourth months of consecutive losses: 0.5% (June), 10.5% (May), 4.5% (April) and 6.2% (March).

    Silver prices ended last week on a positive note, up $0.54 to $27.69. Futures and options players made bullish bets at the end of last week on the commodity based on speculation for additional stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

    This week, silver prices have continued their rise. The metal's up 0.3% to $27.84 an ounce.

    Can this uptrend continue? Here's what to expect from silver prices in the near term.

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  • How To Buy Silver: A Guide To Today's Top Silver Investments As precious metals go, silver may not have quite the same mystique as gold.

    But let's be honest: The "white metal" has its backers, too.

    In fact, when Money Morning published its "How to Buy Gold" special report just a few weeks ago, one of the biggest questions that we received in response was: "When can you do the same for silver?"

    That's just what we've done here. In this special report, we show you how to buy silver.

    Silver: The "Other" Precious Metal

    Although gold possesses the greatest allure of precious metals, silver has a longstanding tradition in many cultures - a tradition that in some cases reaches back thousands of years. Nearly 2,500 years ago, for instance, China was the first to use silver as money.

    Here in the United States, silver alloys were still present in some of our everyday coins as recently as 40 years ago. Today, however, silver is no longer viewed that much as a monetary metal. But that's because about 40% of silver is used for industrial applications.

    The physical silver market is small, with annual demand of slightly less than 900 million ounces.

    Since the financial crisis of 2008, silver prices have increased by 300%.
    And that's only the beginning. Silver is on the verge of a massive "short squeeze". The last time something like this happened, investors pocketed upwards of 195% in just a few months - but more on that later (Or you can get a sneak peek of our new silver special presentation right now. You can find it here.)

    An important metric to understand and watch is the silver-to-gold ratio. It tells you how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one of gold. Historically, that ratio is 16 to 1. On this basis alone, silver should be much higher right now.

    But perhaps a more realistic level, at least in the short term, is the ratio of silver-to-gold since the start of this bull market back in 2000. That ratio has been about 50-55 ounces of silver for one of gold. Even this more conservative estimate of silver prices vs. gold provides an excellent opportunity for investors to cash in as gold prices continue to rise.

    How to Buy Silver

    Like gold, silver investments can be made in a variety of forms. Let's take a look at some of the most popular.

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  • Special Report: How to Buy Silver Silver prices soared as high as $50 an ounce last year before experiencing a brief correction that took it back below $30.

    However, despite this blip, mounting inflationary pressures, a weakening dollar, and emerging market demand will see silver retest its record highs in 2012. In fact, this time around it could even climb as high as $150 an ounce.

    The white metal has already gotten off to a strong start this year, with silver for March delivery surging 5.9% on Tuesday to settle at $29.57 an ounce - the biggest one-day gain in months.

    And it's just getting started. So if you don't want to miss the next big bull-run, you might consider the following instructions on how to buy silver.

    How to Buy Silver

    Like gold, silver investments can be made in a variety of forms. Let's take a look at some of the most popular forms.

    Physical Silver: Physical silver can be purchased in a variety of sizes and weights, which determines its price. Most typical are 1.0 ounce silver coins, like the Austrian Silver Philharmonic, the American Silver Eagle, and the Canadian Silver Maple.

    Their prices vary slightly due to differences in silver purity, with the Silver Maple being the highest at 99.99% pure. You'll pay about a 16% premium over the silver price for coins due to the cost of fabricating them.

    Another popular option is the 100-ounce silver bar, which commands a 5% premium over the spot price of silver.

    These coins and bars are essentially bought for their silver content and not as collectibles. If you're looking to build a silver stash - either large or small - bullion dealers may be the easiest way for investors to do so. But do your homework first, and check them out before you buy. Also, avoid paying more than the premiums I noted above for either coins or bars.

    Some investors wonder if they should buy smaller denominations, like 1/20th, 1/10th, , or ounce (gold) coins. The thinking goes like this: If ever these coins need to be used to transact and make payments, one would want to have smaller "amounts" to carry around. That's a valid rationale. Even so, keep in mind that you'll pay a premium to the actual silver content, since each individual coin has to be fabricated. I believe that, should we ever get to that point, you could just convert a one-ounce coin or bar into a number of smaller coins, and pay the premium, or perhaps receive whatever else is being used for transactions (a new currency?) in return.

    A few dealers that have an established reputation are:

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  • Silver Options Strategies: How to Pay a Bargain Price for the White Metal In last Wednesday's Money Morning special report on silver, several of our financial gurus projected higher prices ahead for "the other precious metal." Since then, silver has climbed about 5% -- hitting $43 an ounce yesterday (Monday). Silver is now nearing its record high of $50.35 set in January 1980.

    For those with significant profits already in hand from silver's hot streak, Money Morning has offered some strategies for protecting those gains against a near-term pullback. But if you haven't yet jumped on the silver bandwagon, don't worry. You can still climb aboard without risking too much.

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