Positive Track Record
Silver has a positive investment record despite rapid and extreme price movements or price volatility, especially over the short-term, as a direct result of silver market manipulation. Long-term charts depicting movements in the silver price (spot price of silver) clearly shows an upward trend in the silver price.
Needless to say, the true silver investor is unfazed by the extreme volatility in the silver price over the short-term. He/she is not in the market for short-term gains (or losses!) and prefers to stay clear from paper silver (silver exchange-traded funds, silver shares, silver certificates, silver accounts, silver derivatives, silver spread betting, etc.). He/she understands the true value of silver and the need to buy and hold physical silver over the long-term, especially in the form of silver bullion coins (American Silver Eagles, Canadian Silver Maple Leafs, Mexican Silver Libertads, Chinese Silver Pandas, Australian Silver Kookaburras, Australian Silver Kangaroos, British Silver Britannia and Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonics).
Do not be misguided by rapid and extreme price movements…
“In 1980, the silver price rose to an all-time high of US$49.45 per troy ounce (T.O.) due to market manipulation of Nelson Bunker Hunt and Herbert Hunt. Some time after Silver Thursday the price was back to $10 per troy ounce. By December 2001 the price had dropped to US$4.15/T.O., and in May 2006 it had risen back as high as US$15.21/T.O. In March 2008, silver reached US$21.34/T.O. In December 2010, silver reached as high as US$30” (Wikipedia).
It’s important to remember that most of the volatility is a direct result of silver market manipulation and is by no means a true reflection of silver’s value or investment prospects. The moment one understands this, you become aware of the fact that the opportunity of a life time stares you right in the face, especially at current levels of around $18 per fine ounce or anything less than $100 per fine ounce, given the current supply and demand situation (at the time this was written).