The tips of the pyramids of Giza were of solid gold but gold flakes were found as far back as 40.000 BC in Paleolithic caves.
This shiny substance has intrigued human kind since its dawn and created a vast history.
Bartering by ancient Civilizations,Egyptians,ancient Greeks,Aztecs,and others lead up to the gold standard 1792 in the United States where gold and silver coins became legal tender;followed by the gold rushes in the 1800dreds.
1970 the gold standard ends with the Vietnam war and that's when charts come alive.
Gold is aesthetic,has phenomenal physical characteristics, is scarce and most of all is a wealth storage.
Silver, a currency with much history,has a more than unique physical property (best conductor of electricity and heat) and as such it's price is tied to supply and demand from an industrial perspective (from jewelry to solar panels, from bandages to water filtration).
It most likely has been besides gold and copper been one of the very first monies for bartering but it is it's fluctuating demand in various industrial applications(batteries,superconductor,microcircuits) that makes this investment instrument volatile and as such provides great trading opportunities.
but how to get your hands on some of these fine precious metals:
well it depends if you want to trade it or if you want a physical storage or have some coins at your vault at home
let us start with speculation/trading:
if you want to take advantage of price fluctuation hence "buy and sell" this commodity you can do so within almost all various markets (commodities,futures,options,stocks,forex) and there are numerous instruments within each market to do so.
Let us start with a fairly simple market the ETF market.These instruments can be acquired through your stock trading platform and there are also leveraged instruments within this group.
We have put together for you a symbol list so you can start your research and get familiar with your trading options within this market niche.
(charts courtesy of TradeStation)
Be aware that some of these instruments are "beta"(are leveraged up to 1:3) which might be better for more advanced traders.
As always the higher volume candidates within a group provide more security in regards to risk control (a traders duty is always to have a secure way of getting out of a position and doing so with less slippage is what a more liquid instrument provides)
you will also find within this list on which exchanges these instruments are trade able
Tip: no matter what market you want to trade your desired object within, we find it beneficial to place your orders within active market hours, meaning while the exchange is open-this will provide for a higher likelihood of proper fills and less slippage rather than placing orders outside market hours which leaves some discretion to the market makers/order flow on where to fill your order.
We will provide overviews about various order types and various markets and their offered instruments in future posts
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