"The problem is not just with the fixes. The problem is the overall situation that exists on the COMEX trading system that the CME Group runs. They run it for the benefit of the large traders."
Bank of England
While the Bank of England's chief economist, Andrew Haldane, admitted that reviving investors’ appetite for risk was one of the forgotten goals of central banks, he notes there are concerns that risk is not being "removed" but changing shape and migrating to more liquid markets but that should not be a problem as "monetary policy can on occasions have a role to play in ensuring against these financial stability risks..."
Total physical silver demand rose by 13 per cent in 2013 to an all-time high, according to the World Silver Survey 2014 report.
The report, released by the Silver Institute, showed this was primarily driven by a 76 per cent increase in retail investment in bars and coins coupled with a sturdy recovery in jewellery and silverware fabrication.
David H. Smith
A precious metal which has over 80% of its annual production coming from just two countries? Considerably rarer than its cousin, platinum – known by the Spanish Conquistadors as “little silver” - yet sells for a bit more than half as much? Like silver, a “two-doors” metal with both vital industrial applications and increasing investor interest? And like these metals, it can be bought and sold by investors in the form of bullion coins and ingots? That metal is palladium.
Its better known relative, platinum, also suffers from a supply-demand imbalance, which over the next few years should take its price much higher. However, palladium, which now trades at $600 per ounce less, yet can be substituted for most of the roles platinum fills, is in the eyes of this writer an investment option with even more lucrative potential.
Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf (dgse.com)
Most of the world’s Palladium
There are a numerous contributing factors to be taken into consideration before making an investment in silver such as: supply and demand, industrial usage including solar panels, decorative jewellery, and short and long trading opportunities, price manipulation, various metrics such as silvers relationship to gold, the DOW Industrial Index, etc. The list of uses is huge and growing, so today we will look at just one of them which we think is important; the medical uses of silver.
Some of the medical uses for silver
For generations silver has been used for medical purposes by various nations across the world. Its medical uses have been recorded since the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations.
This is an interesting read by Hebba Investments that we found on SeekingAlpha today.
- Gold miners and explorers have seen 2014 gains that have significantly outdone even their traditional leverage on the upside over gold and silver prices.
With major markets around the world continuing to surprise investors, and crude oil now trading near $107 per barrel, today James Turk warned King World News that a coming short squeeze in gold and silver may create a repeat of a 1985 event which bankrupted a large short in the gold market.
Turk: “The rally that we saw last week in gold,
The list of the 2013 top producing silver companies has been released by the Silver Institute. Representing several countries and many mineral focuses, the list spans from companies that primarily produce silver as a byproduct to dedicated silver miners. Major hotspots of activity, like Central America and South America, become obvious from a glance at the data the Silver Institute provides.
Could this be solar’s long-sought way to eliminate costly silver wiring?
Herman K. Trabish
March 26, 2014
A new design for the flow of electricity through solar cells that could cut module costs as much as 10 percent has been developed by GT Advanced Technologies.
GT’s Merlin metallization process replaces the three thick strips of silver that run through modules, called busbars, with thin lines of silver scattered through the cells. The silver lines, called fingers, function as the cell’s wiring, channeling electrons released when sunlight hits the cell’s semiconductor material into the electrical system.
GT said Merlin can be retrofitted into existing cell manufacturing lines’ screen printers. An additional attachment tool would insert a coated copper overlay with a tab at the cell's edge. Electrons flow through the Merlin architecture from the silver fingers into the copper overlay and to the tab.
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The miners have started 2014 very well indeed on the back of rising gold prices, so the question is; is this the real deal or another head fake? Is the bottom really in? Could there be a final capitulation just ahead of us? Will the summer doldrums take the PMs lower?
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