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Are Coal Stocks Coming Back?

Coal stocks have in recent years been on a steady decline due to more environmentally conscious investors and bigger firms pulling funding out of fossil fuels for more greener alternatives which have been gaining popularity. Coal producers have had their own issues when it comes to increasing the value of their stocks, for which the market has suffered with as well. For the last couple of years coal stocks have been slipping on the Dow Jones and many are starting to wonder if its time that coal stocks coming back?

The Issues with Coalcoal stocks

Past administrations have been more kind towards coal unlike the current one in power. In fact no other presidential administration has been so hostile towards the coal industry in history. As alternative fuels have become the vanguard for the future fueling of the nation, coal as an fuel for energy has taken on a dirty reputation. Many associate this dirty reputation as having to do with a war on coal which has allowed the producers of coal and coal based energy to struggle on the market. In recent years some of the damaging effects to the coal industry has also been self inflicted as companies and producers sought to end the negative outlook on the industry as a whole, while trying to take advantage of . The coal market peaked just before the 2008 financial crisis driven mostly by the high demand for coal used in the production of metals with a focus on steel. U.S. companies that were better known for producing coal for energy began searching for the in high demand metallurgical coal in hopes of boosting profits. The biggest reason for the shift in focus was to be a part of the desire and demand for steel production which was going into China to help with the updating and modernization projects being funded by the Chinese government within China and throughout the rest of the developing world.

Bad Investments and New Sources of Energy

In 2011 many of the world’s top coal producing companies bought out competitors in an effort to build a longstanding base from which business could be conducted globally and stabilize the availability of future profits. Peabody Energy which was the world’s largest private sector coal company purchased Macarthur Coal in Australia for 5.1 billion dollars in 2011. During the same year, America’s third largest supplier of coal purchased Massey Energy for 7.1 billion dollars and Arch Coal acquired International Coal Group for 3.4 billion dollars. The acquisition of International Coal Group made Arch Coal the nation’s fourth biggest metallurgical coal producer. Unfortunately for these companies, they purchased their competitors at the height of the market, so when the market dropped the companies took on massive amounts of debt due to the finance deals made. The situation tuned worse when the developmental projects for renovation  and modernization in and by China began to slow. These newly made investment began to backfire on those who were becoming ever increasingly dependent on metallurgical coal. Sluggish markets and a boom in the shale and natural gas markets became much more attractive energy supplements to the former powerhouse that was coal produced energy making coal stocks relatively low in value.

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In the wake of bad investments and other sources of fuel to provide energy, some industry and market analysts feel that we are on the frontlines of coal stocks that could be making a comeback. Stocks like Westmoreland Coal and Hallador Energy have been able to keep their bottom lines above water. The biggest reason is unlike their counterparts in the coal industry, they hadn’t invested so heavily into the metallurgical coal like many of their peers did. Industry experts agree that there will be a turnaround and coal stocks will eventually rise again, but like most investments…timing is everything. Many agree that the great days for the coal industry are passed but concede that there is still a future for coal based energy. The measure of success will be played out by the investments and lobbying made by those currently still in the coal game, and which companies live on and which fold into the fray. Even though the U.S. government is looking for cleaner and more efficient ways to fuel its growth, coal is a commodity that has the future of its success built on the world stage. Should the coal producing companies look worldwide at the best ways to invest their time and money, the industry will be able to survive well into the next generation of green fuel providers.

The coal industry saw metallurgical coal production to be the key to success with modernization programs abroad, so too can it be seen with rising nations looking to modernize as well. Coal is abundant and relatively cheap when in comparison to other forms of fuels for energy. The future of the coal industry is set on the global economic world stage, and as the global economy starts to level off, the stocks concerning coal producers will also see a rise in overall value. The death of coal isn’t as certain as many would like to think, since 40 percent of the U.S.’s energy is still based on coal, and industry which still employs U.S. workers. Coal stocks might be getting ready to reel in profits again and would be worthy looking into.


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U.S. Gasoline Prices May Decrease

U.S. gasoline prices might decrease over the next couple of years due to a boost in domestic oil production. Over the past two years, oil produced in the U.S. has picked up more so than in recent years and may be causing an oversupply of crude oil. For consumers a lower price per barrel will eventually lower prices at the pump giving the American drivers a bit of a break on energy costs. So why is this happening?

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Domestic oil production started to fall in the mid 1980’s and stayed that way for almost two decades. Due to the lull in domestic production, the U.S. became ever more dependent on foreign oil producing nations to supply and feed to growing demand for crude oil. However, since 2008 more of the U.S. oil drilling companies and refineries have stepped up oil production. As early as 2012 the first real spike in domestic oil production occurred producing an over abundance of crude oil has begun to stockpile on America’s Gulf Coast. Many consumers have not yet felt the presence of an oversupply of crude oil and that is primarily due the fact that prices in the U.S. are largely dictated by speculation. For the last twenty years the American gas prices have been inflated due to the understanding of an increasingly high demand for energy and the understanding of a shortage of crude oil. However, U.S. oil refineries are operating currently at full capacity with the price of oil at $100 dollars per barrel. This equates out to the national average per gallon of regular gas at just about $3.68.

Over the past two years the cost of gasoline per gallon has fluctuated between $3.70 and $3.30. It has become ever more increasingly difficult to gauge or predict how oil prices will go, either up or down. Many experts are in constant debate about the future cost of oil due to subsiding demands, overages and shortages, as well as the new techniques being used to produce more oil. What is certain, is that there is new theories by top leading experts about the oversupply of crude oil in the U.S. Even Citibank’s top analyst for oil believes that by the end of 2015, the U.S. will see a drop in the cost per barrel of crude oil, said to drop from $100 per barrel to as low as $75 per barrel. The drop in cost per barrel, according to the Citibank analyst believes that the price to be reflected to consumers at the pump would level off at about $3.00 per gallon, if there was even a $10 swing should price per barrel drop to $85 per barrel.

gasoline 2Why is there a Surplus?

Other than the already stated boost in domestic production, U.S. consumers are buying less gas. The economy has yet to see or feel much recovery nationwide. That being said, the renovation by car manufactures in fuel consumption and U.S. consumers shifting gears by buying more fuel sipping cars has all contributed to a lower U.S. demand for gasoline. International factors are also playing a significant role in the demand for oil worldwide. The U.S. may be the top consumer of oil globally, but only with China in a close second. The Chinese economy has been slowing down and so with that economic shift, the demand for oil has begun to decrease as well. The overall demand for oil has been softening since the spike in U.S. production in 2012. There is also talk circulating around about possibly ending the ban on U.S. oil exports which would help to lower the price of gasoline not only worldwide, but within the country as well. Just as the economy is based on a free market society, the cost of gasoline would continue to drop because it would give overseas drillers the ability and incentive to drill for competitive pricing. What is more, is that American consumers would almost immediately feel the recovery of spending at the pump which has strangled many people’s ability to properly save on fuel costs. If the hurting economy and high oil prices have taught the American consumer anything, it is the desire for motorized freedom at a reasonable price for fuel and fuel consumption.

Should the price of oil continue to drop, the American consumer will be aided for the first time in almost two decades in lower energy costs. In a twist, speculators that are gambling on higher prices will be trapped. A boost in domestic production and an decrease in overall demand for oil may have finally hit the climax, and consumers might be feeling that economic recovery a little sooner than anticipated. In any case, the next couple of years will be exciting. More fuel efficient cars, hybrids and fuel cell cars and an increase in smart fuel consumption may finally be the change and relief desired by all for the last few years.



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How To Short Natural Gas and Profit


An Overview Regarding How To Short Natural Gas and Profit

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With natural gas hitting five-year highs above $5.75 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), many traders are asking how to short natural gas and profit.  There are a number of ways to short natural gas and profit from a future decrease in natural gas futures prices.  Not all of the natural gas short plays have the same amount of risk; and therefore, traders looking to profit from a decline in natural gas futures prices need to understand the different ways to go short natural gas.  To fully understand the risk and rewards associated with shorting natural gas, traders also need to understand that there is more to changes in natural gas prices than simply seasonal changes in temperatures.

What To Consider When Shorting Natural Gas

Short Natural GasNatural gas price action is often strongly affected by seasonal natural gas trading patterns that provide two opportunities to short and profit from drops in natural gas prices.  The two seasonal opportunities for making money on natural gas on the short side are the spring and fall shoulder seasons.  The spring shoulder season takes hold at some point during the middle of winter to the middle of spring, as demand for natural gas lessens and the natural gas injection season takes over.  The fall shoulder season takes hold at some point during late summer or early fall, as demand for natural gas lessens after summer heat wanes and the natural gas injection season is in full swing.

It is important to understand that shorting natural gas ahead of either of the two shoulder seasons is not a slam dunk profitable trading opportunity.  Abnormal weather patterns, natural gas demand, and natural gas storage levels can affect the onset and outcome of the shoulder seasons.  For example, the winter of 2012/2013 was not abnormally cold, and by the end of February natural gas stood at a price in the $3.90 MMBtu area, which is not elevated by any means and did not provide a good shorting opportunity.  March and April 2013 were abnormally cold months, one of the coldest first halfs of spring on record for many parts of the eastern two-thirds of the United States.  This caused natural gas futures prices to increase approximately 18% to the $4.60 MMBtu area by the end of April 2013, a time when natural gas is typically descending in price due to seasonal factors.  Warm weather finally arrived in May 2013, and natural gas prices responded by dropping back to the $3.70 MMBtu area by the middle of summer.  While money could be made shorting natural gas during the 2013 spring shoulder season, the onset was delayed by two months, which required a multiple-month trading commitment to make money shorting natural gas.

For the 2014 spring shoulder season, the concern is both natural gas storage levels and the possibility that the very cold winter weather will last into the early spring.  The winter of 2013/2014 has been the coldest winter in twenty years for the eastern two-thirds of the United States.  This has caused natural gas storage levels to drop quickly, as two record storage withdrawals were recorded during the 2013/2014 winter.  Natural gas prices responded by shooting above $5.00 MMBtu during February 2014, with a peak in the neighborhood of $5.75 MMBtu.  While this seemingly provides a good opportunity to profit from natural gas by shorting it going into the spring shoulder season, caution is advised.  With weeks of winter left and only tepid signs that the cold wave is abating, additional large natural gas storage withdrawals could cause natural storage levels to fall to such an extent that market participants worry about whether enough natural gas will be available for the following winter season.  This, along with any cooler than normal early spring weather that may materialize, could cause natural gas prices to increase in the early part of the spring shoulder season, and could create a short-squeeze that sends natural gas prices much higher.  Conversely, if warm weather arrives sooner than expected and the spring season comes with normal warm weather temperatures, then demand for natural gas will decline, and the price of natural gas should fall, creating an excellent opportunity to short natural gas and profit, as the price of natural gas falls.

The Different Ways To Short Natural Gas and Profit

There are several different ways to short natural gas and profit.  The purest way to short natural gas is by buying put options on natural gas futures contracts.  This provides direct exposure to natural gas price changes.  If natural gas futures contracts fall in price, put options will increase in price.  For traders that do not engage in buying put options, they can establish a short position in natural gas by either shorting long-oriented natural gas futures Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) or by buying short-oriented natural gas futures ETFs.  These ETFs come in a variety forms, with exposure on the long and short side at one to three times the movement of natural gas futures.
Short Natural Gas and Profit

The advantage of going short natural gas by shorting long-oriented natural gas futures ETFs is that ETFs that derive their value from futures contracts often experience price decay over time, as they have to continuously replace their positions in futures contracts as the front-month contracts expire, which can cause them to lose small amounts of money each time they have to roll over into a new front-month futures contract.  Shorting long-oriented natural gas futures ETFs takes advantage of this price decay by increasing the downside potential verses short-oriented natural gas futures ETFs.  However, it can be difficult to find long-oriented natural gas futures ETFs shares to short, and if the trade goes in the opposite direction as anticipated, a trader may be hit with a margin call, as the long-oriented natural gas futures ETFs increase in value.

The advantage of going short natural gas by buying short-oriented natural gas futures ETFs is that they are easy to buy.

The following is a list of long-oriented natural gas futures ETFs that can be shorted to profit from a decrease in the price of natural gas futures contracts.

  • 1X Natural Gas Long ETF:  United States Natural Gas (NYSE:  UNG) is a one times (1X) long natural gas ETF.
  • 2X Natural Gas Long ETF:  ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas (NYSE:  BOIL) is a two times (2X) long natural gas ETF.
  • 3X Natural Gas Long ETF:  VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (NYSE:  UGAZ) is a three times (3X) long natural gas ETF.

The following is a list of short-oriented natural gas futures ETFs that can be purchased to profit from a decrease in the price of natural gas futures contracts.

  • 2X Natural Gas Short ETF:  Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Natural Gas Bear Plus ETF (OTC Pink:  HBNND) is a two times (2X) short natural gas ETF.
  • 2X Natural Gas Short ETF:  ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas Fund (NYSE:  KOLD) is a two times (2X) short natural gas ETF
  • 3X Natural Gas Short ETF:  VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (NYSE:  DGAZ) is a three times (3X) short natural gas ETF.

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Seasonal Natural Gas Trading Patterns


The Key To Seasonal Natural Gas Trading

Seasonal Natural Gas Trading
Natural gas futures experience unique seasonal trading patterns that provide profitable trading opportunities.  The key to making money from seasonal natural gas trading patterns is to identify the historical trend directions that natural gas futures move in during different times of the year.  Once identified, sensible trades can be made based on the historical trading patterns with some additional input regarding the long-term weather outlook and the natural gas supply and demand backdrop.  The historical trends provide trading guidance, while the long-term weather outlook and the natural gas supply and demand dynamics provide clues regarding when to make natural trading buys and sells, and how much risk to take when entering a natural gas trade.

Seasonal Natural Gas Trading Patterns

Seasonal Natural Gas Trading Patterns
The following are the four seasonal natural gas trading patterns that provide opportunities to make money trading natural gas futures or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that derive their value from natural gas futures prices.  Keep in mind that these seasonal trading patterns do not always play out as expected, due to the many factors that affect natural gas prices; however, more often than not, the seasonal natural gas trading patterns do occur as expected and provide money making opportunities for those that trade natural gas.

  • Mid to Late Fall to Mid-Winter / Early Spring (Up Trend) – Natural gas futures typically bottom out in price during the middle to late fall in October or November, and then begin a long up trend in price, as cold weather takes hold, which causes demand for natural gas that has been stored for the heating season.  If the weather is colder than normal and/or natural gas supplies are tight, then the up trend can be quite significant.
  • Mid-Winter / Early Spring to Early Summer (Down Trend) – Natural gas futures typically top out in price during the middle to late winter anywhere from January to March, depending upon when the coldest weather occurs and how much natural gas is in storage to meet heating demand.  Natural gas then enters the first “shoulder season” in the spring, during which demand slackens and producers start to inject natural gas into storage.  Natural gas prices typically fall during this time period as demand is weak and supply is plentiful.
  • Early to Mid-Summer (Up Trend) – Natural gas futures typically bottom out in price during the early to middle part of the summer season and begin an up-trend, as demand for natural gas increases from utility customers that use it to generate electricity to meet electricity demands from customers trying to cool their dwellings.  However, the summer has to be hotter than normal across a good portion of the continental United States to cause a significant increase in natural gas futures contracts during this timeframe.
  • Late-Summer / Early Fall to Mid to Late Fall (Down Trend) – Natural gas futures typically peak during the hottest part of the summer, during the months of July or August, and then being a down-trend as the second “shoulder season” occurs in the fall.  Demand for natural gas is typically weak during this time period and supplies are abundant, which causes natural gas prices decrease until winter heating demand kicks in during the mid to late fall and the cycle starts over again.

ETFs To Trade Seasonal Natural Gas Trading Patterns On The Long Side

The following is a list of ETFs that can be utilized for trading natural gas futures on the long side, when natural gas prices are expected to increase.

  • 1X Natural Gas Long ETF:  United States Natural Gas (NYSE:  UNG) is a one times (1X) ETF that invests in near-month natural gas futures contracts that trade on the NYMEX, which are contracts for the month that is set to expire at the next expiration date and are usually the most actively traded futures contracts.
  • 2X Natural Gas Long ETF:  ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas (NYSE:  BOIL) is an ETF that is designed to deliver daily returns that are two times (2X) the daily performance of the Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Sub-index.  The index derives its value from natural gas futures contracts traded on the NYMEX.
  • 3X Natural Gas Long ETF:  VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (NYSE:  UGAZ) is an ETF that is designed to deliver daily returns that are three times (3X) the daily performance of the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index ER, which is based upon natural gas futures contracts.

ETFs To Trade Seasonal Natural Gas Trading Patterns On The Short Side

The following is a list of ETFs that can be utilized for trading natural gas futures on the short side, when natural gas prices are expected to decrease.

  • 2X Natural Gas Short ETF:  Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Natural Gas Bear Plus ETF (OTC Pink:  HBNND) is an ETF that is designed to replicate two times (2X) the inverse of the daily performance of the NYMEX natural gas futures contract for the next delivery month.  It is a United States based security that derives its value from Canada based security that trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under symbol HND.TO.
  • 2X Natural Gas Short ETF:  ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas Fund (NYSE:  KOLD) – The fund seeks to deliver twice (2X) the inverse return of the daily performance of the Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex, which derives its value from natural gas futures contracts traded of the NYMEX.
  • 3X Natural Gas Short ETF:  VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (NYSE:  DGAZ) is an ETF that is designed to deliver daily returns that are three times (3X) the daily performance of the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index ER, which is based upon natural gas futures contracts.

Words of Caution When Trading Seasonal Natural Gas Patterns

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Seasonal natural gas trading strategies are fairly reliable, but can be affected by unanticipated supply and demand pressures in the natural gas futures markets due to unseasonable weather that either increases or decreases demand, changes in the economy, and changes in natural gas supply.  Therefore, traders should be aware of the risks associated with trading ETFs that derive there values based on natural gas futures, and understand that considerable losses can be incurred if a natural gas seasonal trade does not work out as expected.  In particular, leveraged ETFs that move at two or three times the amount of the underlying natural gas futures contracts are susceptible to large price swings.  Natural gas ETFs should only be used for short-term trading, rather than long-term investing, since the futures markets can affect long-term performance and returns of these ETFs in a negative way.

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Trading Gold and Copper

If you take out a dollar bill from your wallet, on the top left it will read: This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private. Which means that every dollar is backed up by the good standing and credit of the United States of America’s treasury. The question on worth, comes not from the credit standing of the U.S. government, but on the amount of gold in the nation’s coffers. So while the U.S. may not be on the gold standard, or the silver standard, and now formulates its own worth by the credit standard, it is important to understand that all money, not just U.S. money is based on the price of gold per ounce. The U.S. is a banking nation, among the other venues it makes money, however, national wealth is often deemed upon the amount of gold it stores not only for its own personal use and economy, but also the amount of gold it stores for other nations. So the trading price of gold, as well as many other metals, is a major contributing factor to the stability of a nation.

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To understand the value of gold, you must first understand that gold while it is traditionally a rare metal, it is the basis for all world currencies, and has been that way since the birth of the monetary system. So the importance the global economy places on the value of gold, becomes the sole importance when trading it by the ounce because of its overall integral part on the everyday economics, and trading from one day to the other. At the height of the trading in 2011, gold was selling for $1,900 dollars an ounce! It has since then fallen to roughly selling at about $1,200 dollars an ounce. Experts agree that while gold traders are certainly feeling a hurt from where gold was once trading, to be at a low of $1,200 dollars per ounce is no small achievement. Economically speaking, the price of gold tends to jump up when the economy tanks, so the slight drop in price would correlate a better, or at the very least an improving global economy. Investing in gold is still a wise choice since when we look at the business cycle, we tend to overlook how capitalistic economies work with each other. Often the markets tend to sway quite frequently, and the ups and downs of economies tend to be unbalanced. For instance, it is much more likely to experience 10 years of economic growth, and in the wake of such economic success there will be 20 years of hard economic times.

For example: If you are investing in gold today, and you buy it at $1,200 an ounce and hold onto them for the next ten to twelve years, and the global economy tanks or drops again, and the price per ounce sky rockets, then theoretically the price would rise from $1,200 dollars per ounce, to the height of $1,900 dollars per ounce, you’ve raised a profit on every purchased share.

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Copper like gold, tends to rise in price when the economy does poorly. Now copper has always been rather valuable because of its many uses and ability to be melted into new products, done very easily. Currently the price of copper has dropped but not because of an improving economy like gold, but rather because there is a low in the market as far as producing and mining copper. This is a usual sag in sales and purchasing of copper that as experts have coined, are normal seasonal lags, often because of the winter months. Construction projects tend to slow because of the colder weather, and the uses for copper in industries other than technologically based, are less likely to be buying up the reserves of copper. So if copper is being less consumed, than the refining and mining operations in order to meet the demand will either slow or speed up according how copper is being bought and traded. This seasonal lag, is predictable, so if you are looking to invest in copper, then investing is more of a safe bet because we understand that in the coming warmer months, the demand will go up and so too will the price. You are better to buy it now while the price is at a market low, so that you can sell at a much higher price in the next few months.

Gold and copper sales and prices are not as low as many would suggest it to be. The trading of the two metals will rise, copper will get better with the warmer months, and gold will rise in time. But the lower price right now can afford you profit down the line should the economy come to a slower stance, if not in the next couple of years, it will in time if you are looking for a long term solid investment.

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How To Buy Silver Bullion

Buy Silver BullionAs fall begins, many investors quickly buy silver bullion and other precious metals while it is at a low price and wait until the shares begin to climb in the late winter to sell for higher gains. What started as solely a precious metal has now become a huge component to improving our quality of life. Silver serves many uses, beyond just making it into jewelry. This commodity has an assortment of industrial and commercial uses as well, which sometimes makes it much more appealing than investing in gold. There are many benefits to buying silver bullion, but there are also many aspects that you should be aware of before you jump in and start investing. Here, we’ll go over some of the basics in silver bullion and tips for when you are ready to buy!

Why Would You Buy Silver Bullion?

Besides the many uses that silver has, there is something extremely appealing to many of you out there about physically owning an asset. Rather than just investing in silver through exchange traded funds (ETFs) like you can do with gold bullion, buying silver bullion gives you physical ownership over the bars or ingots, or rounded coins. Not only is it a great way to hedge against inflation and financial turmoil, but it also does wonders for your portfolio. If you buy silver bullion, you are adding real, tangible assets to your portfolio. In addition to diversifying your portfolio, buying silver bullion can reduce your portfolio’s volatility and lower the overall risk involved. If your goal for the remaining year is to diversify your portfolio, buy silver bullion and welcome some physical assets into your collection.

When You Buy Silver Bullion…

This advice may sound somewhat repetitive, but with any investment, you must take the time to do the research. There are a lot of people who claim to be “dealers” who are just looking to scam you and steal your money. There are plenty of credible sites that you can locate authorized dealers and major banks that sell silver bullion. You can even utilize the Federal U.S Mint to research information, pricing and purchase silver bullion.

Here are some things to consider when you are looking to buy silver bullion. Firstly, silver bullion differs from silver as a commodity being silver bullion’s price is reflected by weight and quantity. They are NOT the same as the rare silver collector coins some private dealers offer. Silver bullion is strictly weight and quantity while additional value can be added onto rare silver coins.

Here are 5 Tips to Follow When Thinking of Buying Silver Bullion:

  1. Always shop around to make sure you are able to purchase the silver bullion with minimal markup.
  2. Avoid buying bullion that refuses to deliver to you, stating “it’s in a secured facility” Most of the time, there is no silver bullion or the quality and other factors are compromised.
  3. Always ask for the coin’s melt value.
  4. Get an independent appraisal for any silver bullion you are definitely considering, as the seller may be trying to use inflated rates.
  5. Remember that when purchasing physical precious metals, there are other expenses involved that can cut your actual investment potential. Do you have somewhere secure to store the silver bullion? Do you need to buy insurance?

Different Ways to Buy Silver

There are many different ways investors can buy silver, though buying silver bullion is usually the most profitable. Rather than being at the mercy of silver ETF and the volatility of the other markets, physically purchasing silver bullion allows you to avoid price decay, which is common in futures and options. When you buy silver bullion you have more potential to actually profit over time, in addition to the convenience of easily purchasing it.

As we said before, its always important to remember to buy silver bullion only from trusted sources. There are dozens of companies that sell silver bullion over the Internet. However, an investor looking to buy silver bullion over the Internet would be wise to make sure the company they are considering buying silver bullion through is legitimate. For those who would rather see the silver bullion coins in person before buying, a local coin shop should have silver bullion coins available for examination. An investor should expect to pay a slight premium for buying silver bullion coins from a local coin shop. Another option for to buy silver bullion coins is the United States Mint, which sells the one troy ounce United States government issued American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin directly to the public.

As governments around the world look for ways to solve their crushing debt burdens by diluting their currencies, buying silver bullion to hold physical silver is worth considering, as part of a diversified investment strategy.

How about you? Do you have any silver bullion investments in your portfolio? What are you waiting for?

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