Silver may be used spil an investment like other precious metals. It has bot regarded spil a form of money and store of value for more than Four,000 years, albeit it has lost its role spil a admitido tender te all developed countries since the end of the silver standard. Some countries mint bullion and collector coins, however, such spil the American Silver Eagle with nominativo face values.  Te 2009, the main request for silver wasgoed for industrial applications (40%), jewellery, bullion coins, and exchange-traded products. [Two] [Three] Te 2011, the mundial silver reserves amounted to 530,000 tonnes. [Four]
Millions of Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins and American Silver Eagle coins are purchased spil investments each year. The Silver Maple Leaf is constitucional tender at $Five vanaf ounce, and there are many other silver coins with higher justo tender values, including $20 Canadian silver coins. Silver is justo tender ter the U.S. state of Utah and can be used to pay all debts. [Five]
The price of silver is driven by speculation and supply and request, like most commodities. The price of silver is notoriously volatile compared to that of gold because of the smaller market, lower market liquidity and request fluctuations inbetween industrial and store of value uses. At times, this can cause wide-ranging valuations te the market, creating volatility. 
Silver often tracks the gold price due to store of value requests, albeit the ratio can vary. The crustal ratio of silver to gold is 17.Five:1.  The gold/silver price ratio is often analyzed by traders, investors, and buyers.  Ter Roman times, the price ratio wasgoed set at 12 (or 12.Five) to 1.  Ter 1792, the gold/silver price ratio wasgoed immovable by law te the United States at 15:1, [Ten] which meant that one troy ounce of gold wasgoed worth 15 troy ounces of silver, a ratio of 15.Five:1 wasgoed enacted ter France ter 1803.  The media gold/silver price ratio during the 20th century, however, wasgoed 47:1. 
Physical bullion ter coins or kroegen may have a premium of 20 procent or more when purchased from a dealer. Silver bullion kroegen have bot available for purchase at a premium of less than 7% overheen the Comex spot price for much of and early ,   while government-minted coins still directive a much higher premium.
Physical coins generally have a higher premium, for example silver eagles coins released from the US mint at a $Two premium to official distributors who then sell coins for a mark up of $Two.30 to $Two.50 to customers depending on market conditions. 
Te latest years ecommerce growth te the physical bullion industry has seen premiums diminished for retail investors to purchase products online with vanwege to doorheen shipping.  Many online dealers provide international shipping and weekly discounts on a broad range of products. 
Reserves (te tons) 
The price of silver has risen fairly steeply since September 2005, being originally around $7 vanaf troy ounce but reaching $14 vanaf troy ounce for the very first time by late April 2006. The monthly promedio price of silver wasgoed $12.61 vanaf troy ounce during April 2006, and the spot price wasgoed around $15.78 vanaf troy ounce on November 6, 2007. Spil of March 2008, it hovered around $20 vanaf troy ounce.  However, the price of silver plummeted 58% te October 2008, along with other metals and commodities, due to the effects of the credit crunch.  By April 2011, silver had rebounded to reach a 31-year high at $49.21 vanaf ounce on April 29, 2011 due to monetary inflation, and concerns about the solvency of governments ter the developed world, particularly ter the Eurozone. 
The Hunt Brothers (Nelson Bunker Hunt & William Herbert Hunt) took a big position te silver using leverage (borrowed renta, such spil margin debt), to become some of the largest private holders of silver ter the world.
Because of their unusually large stake ter the rapidly appreciating commodity, Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt, the sons of Texas oil billionaire Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr., were accused of attempting to “corner” the market te silver te order to manipulate its price.
From 1973 the Hunt brothers began what wasgoed seen spil an attempt at cornering the market te silver, potentially contributing to a spike ter price ter January, Legal 1980 of the London Silver Fix to $49.45 vanaf troy ounce. Silver futures reached an intraday COMEX all-time high of $50.35 vanaf troy ounce (intraday CBOT all-time high wasgoed $52.80) and a reduction of the gold/silver ratio down to 1:17.0 (gold also peaked the same day te 1980, at $850 vanaf troy ounce).  
Ter the last nine months of 1979, the brothers were estimated to be holding overheen 100 million troy ounces of silver and several large silver futures contracts.  However, a combination of switched trading rules on the Fresh York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the intervention of the Federal Reserve waterput an end to both their holdings and their potential for profit on the commodity. By 1982, the London Silver Fix had collapsed by 90% to $Four.90 vanaf troy ounce. 
Ter 1979, the price for silver leaped from about $6 vanaf troy ounce to a record high of $49.45 vanaf troy ounce (on January Legal, 1980),  which represents an increase of 724%. The brothers were estimated to hold one third of the entire world supply of privately held silver (not counting the silver held by governments). The situation for other prospective buyers of silver who had not stocked up on the metal ter advance of its bull run wasgoed so dire that the jeweler Tiffany’s took out a utter pagina ad te The Fresh York Times, blaming the Hunt Brothers for the increase ter price and stating that “Wij think it is unconscionable for anyone to hoard several billion, yes billion, dollars’ worth of silver and thus drive the price up so high that others vereiste pay artificially high prices for articles made of silver”.
On January 7, 1980, te response to the Hunts’ accumulation, the exchange rules regarding leverage were abruptly switched, and the COMEX adopted “Silver Rule 7”, placing intense confinements on the purchase of the commodity on margin, causing massive liquidations and enormous downward pressure on the price. The Hunt brothers had borrowed strongly to finance their purchases, and spil the price began to fall again, ripping off overheen 50% te just four days due to the unexpected compelled liquidation of margin positions, they became incapable to meet their obligations, causing further funk te the precious metal markets.
The Hunts were never found guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, tho’ straks on, they lost a civil suit to a Peruvian mining company who had lost money during the events of the silver esplendor and bust. Via the 1980s, the Hunts’ considerable fortune dwindled ter the aftermath of thesis events, and they eventually filed for bankruptcy. Te 1989, they agreed to a civil settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, paying out fines, and agreeing to a verbod from trading commodities.
There wasgoed immense risk to the world economy that investors drove the prices up by buying defensive commodities (e.g. silver or gold). When the short-term risks were believed to have subsided, many investors reallocated their assets back into yielding (dividend or rente) investments such spil stocks or bonds.
The 2011 United States debt ceiling depressie wasgoed the major delegado for the rise ter price. The 2010 U.S. midterm elections led to the Voorzitter Obama vs. Tea Party movement battle. The price of silver steadily rose from $17 to $30 spil the elections approached. Then spil the split and threats began to materialize inbetween late 2010 and 2011, silver found a “fresh frecuente” inbetween $25 and $30.
Te 2011, Republicans ter Congress demanded deficit reduction spil part of raising the debt ceiling. The resulting contention wasgoed resolved on Two August 2011 by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Then the very first few months of 2011, Moody’s and S&P downgraded the outlook on US finances. This wasgoed a major shock to the financial world, that’s when silver climbed to $50.
- On April Eighteen, 2011, U.S.-based rating agency S&P issued a “negative” outlook on the U.S.’s “AAA” (highest quality) sovereign-debt rating for the very first time since the rating agency began ter 1860, indicating there wasgoed a one-in-three chance of an outright reduction ter the rating overheen the next two years.
- On April 25, 2011, silver traded $49.80 vanaf ounce ter the Fresh York spot market.
On Five August 2011, S&P issued the very first everzwijn downgrade ter the federal government’s credit rating, citing their April warnings, the difficulty of bridging the parties and that the resulting agreement fell well brief of the hoped-for comprehensive ‘grand bargain’.  The credit downgrade and debt ceiling val contributed to the Dow Jones Industrial Promedio falling almost Two,000 points ter late July and August. Following the downgrade itself, the DJIA had one of its worst days ter history and fell 635 points on August 8. 
Then spil it became likely that U.S. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner would order the treasury to use extreme measures to delay the laagconjunctuur, silver lodged back at $35. Spil the val continued during the summer, silver moved ter the range of $33 to $43.
Spil it became clear that the “financial apocalypse” would be delayed by late summer, many investors dumped silver and commodities and moved back into U.S. equities. The price of silver quickly went back the level of the “fresh regular” of around $30.
Whether classifying silver’s movement spil a ‘bubble’ (seen when comparing silver with gold) has bot debatable, with Peter Schiff denying that a bubble everzwijn existed and asserting that the factors that led to the increase te the silver price have not yet bot resolved.
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