Silver & other precious metals

Chart of the week: silver is a steal

Silver hasn’t been this cheap relative to gold in a quarter of a century – it now costs more than 85 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold.

The assets to buy into now - January 2014

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? We give our monthly view on the major asset classes.

The best 'taper trade'

Metals prices rose across the board following the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep printing.

Europe's recovery drives the platinum bounce

Platinum has bounced off June’s three-year low of $1,300 an ounce, and should rise further, thanks to Europe’s industrial recovery.

Silver: the bull is back

The industrial and monetary metal has moved back into bull-market territory. But can it last?

It’s time to bag some diamonds

The diamond market boasts some very promising fundamentals, with the long-term picture encouraging and a short-term outlook that may soon start to improve.

Can silver keep shining?

The price of silver has been riding high on fears of imminent currency debasement. But can it continue?

The best way to bet on silver

Silver is a notoriously unpredictable investment. But there is a good argument for holding it now, says John Stepek. Here, he explains why, and picks the best way to play gold’s volatile little sister.

Silver’s spell of manic-depression

Silver’s erratic market-moves over recent months have been true to form.

Silver’s split personality

Silver has been among the best-performing commodities this year, up 25%. Has the decade-long bull run still got legs?

My top tips for getting great eBay bargains

If you know what you’re doing, you can find sterling silver at unbelievable prices on online auction sites. Bengt Saelensminde explains what to watch out for – and reveals a few tips on how to steal a bargain.

Your crash course in buying silver

Buying silver at online auctions is a great way to get a bargain on physical silver – but what should you watch out for? Bengt Saelensminde explains all you need to know about buying silver online.

My favourite way to buy silver

Unlike gold, you have to pay VAT on the silver you buy. But there is a way to still get a fantastic bargain, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he reveals the secret collectors don’t want you to know.

Look what's happening to silver

After a nasty fall last year, silver is putting in an impressive rally. Bengt Saelensminde examines whether it’s time for a punt.

A return to hell for silver

Silver suffered its sharpest drop in three decades this week, after approaching the $50-an-ounce level earlier this year. The slide is a reminder that silver “is a precious metal with an industrial character”.

Is now the time to buy into silver?

Silver is a notoriously volatile metal which has burned many investors’ fingers in the past. The long term bull case is compelling, but its most recent correction saw a fall of some 30%. Bengt Saelensminde explains exactly why silver is so jumpy, and whether now is the time to buy in.

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