How To Invest in Physical Silver

While not as well known as physical gold, physical silver is a great investment for those looking to safeguard their finances. Buying silver has a process similar to that of buying gold and offers the same potential for protecting and growing your assets.

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A FIRST TIME BUYER'S GUIDE TO PURCHASING SILVER

The Pure Gold Company’s clients purchase silver bullion in the form of investment-grade silver bars and coins via our four-step process. After selecting silver bullion as your preferred form of investment, you will be directed to submit a purchase order to The Pure Gold Company and make your payment. Once payment has been confirmed The Pure Gold Company will transfer ownership of your silver over to you and provide you with the options of delivery or storage.

You may either store your silver in a London Bullion Market Association (LMBA) approved vault or have it delivered via fully tracked and insured delivery to a location of your choosing. Bear in mind that storing large quantities of silver in your home may affect your insurance.

It’s not necessary to be an expert in precious metals or silver to invest. Silver does not require registration of ownership and is one of the only forms of private investment left today. The metal provides insurance against inflation, and The Pure Gold Company is able to supply silver free from VAT.

Why Invest in Physical Silver?

All the advantages in terms of investment stability that apply to physical gold apply equally to physical silver. As a rare precious metal, silver has the same intrinsic value as gold, and for centuries it’s been a component and base for currencies. Entire wars have been fought over silver reserves. In investment terms, silver makes an excellent hedge against inflation and a good way to diversify a balanced portfolio.

There is also the matter of scarcity. The possibility exists that silver prices are going to rapidly begin to rise as more industrial and medical uses are found for the precious metal. As only a finite amount of silver exists and demand for the metal will always be high, purchasing silver is a solid investment with the potential to provide strong returns and stability.

At the current rate of consumption, some sources predict that silver reserves will run out in less than seven years. Many modern silver mines are no longer economically efficient due to low yields. With demand increasing, some analysts believe that silver could be one of the rarer precious metals of the 21st century, and indeed should be trading at five times its current amount. Investing in silver today could lead to huge profits down the line.

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Investing in Physical Silver

Like gold, silver is a scarce and finite resource. That makes its value universal in every part of the world, making it an asset that can be rapidly liquidated.

Having risen 300% since 1999, silver is one of the new millennium’s most high performing assets. Part of its appeal also lies in its ease of ownership, being a precious metal that’s simple to invest in with no prerequisite registration under any authority.

Physical silver can be bought in many forms. Larger investments lean towards bars of bullion with industry-defined grades of purity. Silver bars and ingots are the investment standard provided by The Pure Gold Company, and once the time comes to liquidate them we also offer a buy-back guarantee to ensure you can sell your metal for more liquid assets.

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Silver is in high demand from the jewellery industry, but is also used in a high number of manufacturing purposes, prized for the fact it is the best conductor of heat and electricity known to man, making it essential to high-level technology. Silver has many important applications, including medicine, photography, catalytic converters on cars and in mobile phones.

Experts believe that “peak silver”, the point at which all the available silver on the planet has been mined, is less than ten years away. Silver that is used in industrial processes is a spent resource, and once it’s gone, prices are expected to surge upwards.

Purchasing Silver

Historically, the ratio of silver used in purchasing an ounce of gold has always been 12:1. Today, that figure is closer to 75:1, which in many respect indicates how the precious metal is often overlooked in comparison to its more famous cousin.

Securing your own wealth in the form of silver, thereby locking it outside of economic twists and turns, is a simple process. Our consultation is a personal experience that distinguishes the ideal solution to maximise your investment, and whether you purchase physical silver for secure storage or to keep locked safely in your own home, it is an opportunity that promises tremendous rewards further along the line.

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SILVER BULLION BARS

Silver bars are often considered the most efficient investment in silver as they are valued exclusively for their silver content rather than their design or value as currency. It is important to determine what size and type of silver bars are right for your investment. Silver bullion bars are the most commonly traded form of silver and come in many weights, shapes and sizes. Bars from brands like Engelhard or Johnson Matthey command slightly higher prices than lesser known brands, although these price differences are usually minimal.

TYPES OF SILVER BAR

The most common form of silver bar is the bullion bar, a simple rectangular or triangular bar of .995+ purity silver, usually in 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo and 100 oz sizes. Most dealers offer a combination of brand new bars, which are sourced directly from mints/wholesale trade desks and come sealed in their original plastic, and secondhand bars which may vary in condition.

Second-hand bars will still be authentic if they’re purchased from a reputable dealer, and they often offer the best deal on purchasing physical silver as they will usually be valued exclusively for their silver content. That said, a silver bar that is visibly damaged or worn may be worth less than a silver bar in mint condition. Silver art bars are also available, but are not suitable for investment as the extra money spent on the design of the bar will not retain its value in the same way the metal will.

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ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR INVESTING IN SILVER

There are various ways of purchasing silver for investment. Silver mining funds and exchange trading funds are both viable investments but lack the security and personal control of physical silver purchase. In addition, investing in paper silver through these methods exposes your portfolio to counterparty risk and does not have the physical security of silver.

When purchasing silver coins or bars, remember that there are many different varieties with different modifiers to the price of the base silver. Potential silver bar purchases should be checked against the London Market Bullion Association’s Good Delivery List, which lists refiners of gold and silver which meet the LBMA’s standards. Bars that appear on this list may be worth more and are more likely to be authentic.


How to Buy Gold & Silver

  • Consultation

    From one of our dedicated specialists to understand what products are available and relevant to you. The extent of consultation is driven by you and is a good opportunity to ask us as many questions as possible. We listen to your circumstances and are happy to provide tax efficient solutions.
  • Purchase order

    When you feel comfortable and confident and you’ve had all your questions adequately answered you are able to complete a purchase order which is your instruction to purchase metals.
  • Payment

    In order to lock in the price and complete your order you can transfer funds via bank transfer or personal cheque. For smaller orders we may accept debit or credit cards.
  • Storage and delivery

    You can either receive your gold via our complimentary Insured delivery service or have your gold safely stored within a London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) vault whereby your metals are fully allocated, segregated and insured by Lloyds of London.

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