There are many ways to invest in precious metals through exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Gaining exposure to silver mining is as easy as buying shares in the Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL).
Investing in silver is seen as quite similar to investing in gold. However, there is some thought that gold has had more of a run up in the past and that its price is historically high, while silver might be a better value proposition.
Of course, it is difficult to assess the true “intrinsic value” of each metal compared to the other. But by investing in SIL, you effectively invest in a broad swath of silver mining companies. Indeed, companies held by this fund are weighted according to market capitalization.
SIL has outperformed some conservative gold mining funds over the last year. As a silver fund of the “biggest-and-best” breed, that is a good result.
SIL is up 45% over the last 12 months, higher than gold mega-fund GDX’s return of 39%. While the prices of the two metals do tend to move together, sometimes one will perform a bit better than the other. The expense ratio for this fund is 0.65%, and it does not pay dividends. Its market cap is currently $316 million. The following chart shows SIL’s very strong recent performance.
Top holdings for this fund include Fresnillo plc, 11.75%; Silver Wheaton Corp. (SLW), 11.66%; Pan American Silver Corp. (PAAS), 11.16%; Tahoe Resources Inc. (TAHO), 10.55%; and First Majestic Silver Corp. (AG), 5.71%. The top 10 holdings comprise 76.09% of this fund’s assets, so it is not as diversified as some other ETFs.
If you are interested in investing in silver, you will want to consider a wide selection of funds before making an investment. I suggest that Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) be on your list of possibilities.
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