Silver Prices Today Per Ounce
So what is a better investment gold or silver? Many people might say gold but to tell you the truth silver can rise ten times higher as compared to gold. Many analysts are of the opinion that silver prices can rise as high as $400/oz in the next few months. First, let’s discuss some historical performance of gold vs silver. Between 1970 and 1980, gold prices increased from the Bretton Woods fixed price of $35 per ounce to an unprecedented $850/oz. This was an increase of 2,329% in ten years.
Now, during the same period starting from 1970 and ending at 1980, silver prices jumped from a mere $1.50/oz to almost over $50/oz. This was an increase of 3,233% over a period of ten years. So, just compare buying a few ounces of gold as compared to silver and their returns over a period of just ten years.
Now, let me explain why this unprecedented rise in silver prices might happen. You see as compared to gold, silver has far more industrial applications. As the global economy starts to expand again in this year, the demand for many industrial products will grow. Silver like gold is available only in limited quantity. So you can well imagine what happens when the demand rises but supply does not!
The most important application of silver is as an electricity conductor. Silver wires are used as high tension cables. You will be surprised to know that silver is also used in a number of household appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, wall switches, fuses and so on.
Silver is used extensively in photography. This use might decrease as digital photography replaces traditional photography. But this will be replaced by new uses of silver in other industries. Now, take a look at your computer, every computer, server, monitor, cell phone and switch has silver. Lasers, satellites, high-tech weaponry and robotics, all require silver. Digital technology and telecommunications need silver.
A new double layer of silver on glass is sweeping the window market, as it reflects away almost 95% of the hot rays of the sun. A new electronic application for “smart tags” that are replacing bar codes could use significant quantities of silver. Silver is heavily used in chemical industry. Silver is a great reflector and as said before is used widely in mirrors and glass coatings.
Batteries use silver. Silver is used in soldering, pharmaceuticals, catheters and many other areas. So, you can well imagine as the global economy starts to expand again and the demand for these products and services increase, you will see a skyrocketing of silver prices.