Is Now the Time to Invest in Silver?

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Fluctuations in the price of Silver are allowing investors to buy Silver at rates not seen since almost a year ago. Could now be the time to invest or extend your position in Silver?

Today’s Opportunity in Silver
The fundamentals that drove the price of Silver to a cycle-high earlier this year have not changed. We continue to face risks to the U.S. economy, a global debt crisis, and European financial uncertainty. Yet, Silver is now providing a buying opportunity for investors.

According to the Silver Institute, the Silver demand from industry (utilized by technology and electronics, among others) will increase by 36% between now and 2015. The International Business Times reported that the “current annual production of Silver is estimated at 700 million ounces. But demand is outpacing limited supplies. The demand for Silver from emerging economies like China and India is likely to continue to fuel the market.”

Silver and Your Portfolio
Silver could continue to play an important role for both investors and high-tech industries over the long term. The current price pullback is providing an opportunity for investors who may have been waiting on the sidelines for a better time to extend their holdings. This could be the right combination for long-term investment growth.

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With 10 troy ounces of .999-fine Silver, the 10 oz. APMEX Silver bars are one of the most cost-effective ways to invest in Silver. A raised rim allows for easy storage without damaging the design.

1 oz. APMEX Silver Rounds— An affordable way to invest

The 1 oz. rounds are a convenient and affordable way to diversify your investment portfolio with Silver. Shipped securely in plastic sheets or tubes, these rounds feature a popular and patriotic American eagle design and are stamped with purity and weight guarantees.

Buy Silver Bars & Rounds by APMEX — Multiple sizes and designs

Bars and rounds of any size are an excellent way to invest in pure Silver at a low premium over spot. They come in multiple sizes and designs and are easily bought, sold, stored, stacked and counted. APMEX guarantees you will receive only .999-fine Silver bars and rounds!

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12 Days of Christmas: DAY 10 – Gettysburg America The Beautiful

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Celebrate a piece of American history with the 2011 5 oz. Gettysburg America the Beautiful coin, now just $1.99 per oz. over spot for any quantity. Graded MS-69 Prooflike First Strike by PCGS, these stunning .999-fine Silver coins commemorate the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Order yours while supplies last, and enjoy safe and secure shipping from APMEX.

Affordable Pricing on a Nearly Perfect Coin

The U.S. Mint launched the America the Beautiful Program in 2010, and issues five new designs each year. Gettysburg was the first issue for 2011. APMEX is pleased to extend a special offer on a limited number of these coins that are graded MS-69 Prooflike First Strike by PCGS, the premier grading service. These coins:

  • Are nearly perfect.
  • Have a mirror-like finish that you won’t find on all America the Beautiful coins.
  • Were delivered from the U.S. Mint within the first 30 days of release.

The front of the coin is an exact replica of the front of the Washington Quarter. The back depicts Soldiers National Monument, a statue constructed to honor the American soldiers laid to rest at Gettysburg.

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12.9.11 Weekly Recap

Gold this week was heavily influenced by the European debt crisis, with prices rising or falling based on the latest the news from Europe.  Tuesday morning saw gold reach its lowest point for the week, with the price dropping as low as $1,708.  The highest price for gold during the week came late Wednesday afternoon, when the precious metal rose to more than $1,744.  By week’s end, Gold was responding to the European news positively, rising along with the euro.  Oliver Pursche, co-portfolio manager of the GMG Defensive Beta Fund, said, “When you have so much retail and ETF interest (in Gold), you’re not going to trade on the fundamentals on the short term. (But I) would not be surprised to see higher Gold prices longer term.”

Monday started with the focus still on the debt crisis in Europe, with Gold prices dipping and U.S. stock futures rising amid optimism regarding a resolution to the eurozone debt crisis.  With a European Union summit planned for the end of the week, Rockwell Global Capital’s Peter Cardillo said, “The (stock) rally continues, but it’s all about Europe and any disappointing news out of Europe later in the week could mean an about-face for this market.”  French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel found themselves under fire to agree on a “master plan” regarding the budget for the eurozone. They announced their proposal for the “Stability and Growth Pact” treaty to assist with strengthening the eurozone financial policy to reinstate confidence in the shared currency.  Commerzbank, in response to news that the European Central Bank (ECB) was expected to cut interest rates, stated in a note, “This should lend support to the Gold price, since the opportunity costs of holding Gold will remain low.”  Also, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that the U.S. service sector performed at a slower pace than expected in November.  Standard & Poor’s (S&P) came out with very harsh wording in its credit rating review for the eurozone, warning fifteen countries (including France and Germany) about a possible credit downgrade.

On Tuesday, optimism that eurozone leaders would come up with a concrete plan to shore up the debt crisis continued to spread, spurred on by investor belief that Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade warning to 15 European countries the day before would help that process along.  In a commentary written for Marketwatch, author Satyajit Das stated, “What happens in Europe will not stay in Europe.  The shock will be rapidly transmitted through trade, investment and the financial system to the rest of the world.  It may truncate the nascent U.S. economic recovery.”  There was fear that the European Financial Stability Facility also might face a downgrade of its respected credit rating if even one of the bailout fund’s six guarantors (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Austria, and Luxembourg) was downgraded from a rating of AAA.  U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was in Germany Tuesday to attend the three-day eurozone summit aimed at finding a European economic resolution.  He indicated his support for the German-French initiatives pushing closer European financial cooperation, and urged policymakers to look to central banks to help provide protection from the growing debt crisis.

Wednesday saw many investors waiting on the results from Thursday’s European Central Bank meeting, in which the result is expected to be a lowering of interest rates.  The big card on the table for the meeting was the proposed new EU treaty that would include tougher budget rules.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner headed to France to continue promoting the American agenda while meeting with French, Italian, and Spanish officials.  Geithner stated, “I have a lot of confidence in what the president of France and the minister are doing, working with Germany to build a stronger Europe.”  The U.S. senate appeared to put “too-big-to-fail” banks back on its radar, with Senator Sherrod Brown holding a hearing Wednesday regarding “new oversight authority to shield Main Street from Wall Street megabank risk.” Comments made by German officials and the new economic figures had diminished hopes that a resolution would come out of the EU summit planned for Friday.

News about the European Union drove major market movement during this past week. Precious metals prices and U.S. stocks were both down Thursday morning after the announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB) that it would be cutting its key lending rate from 1.25% to 1%, while also introducing further measures in an effort to ease lending for banks.  Investors appeared to be hoping for news that the ECB would aggressively begin to buy bonds.  However, ECB President Mario Draghi announced the oppositeEuropean Union leaders meeting in Brussels came to an agreement on new fiscal rules for stricter budget discipline in the eurozone.  However, EU leaders were unable to come to an agreement on how to shore up the EU’s future permanent rescue fund, and the looming question about whether any new agreement would require major changes to the EU treaty wasn’t even brought up.  French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated, “Never has the risk of Europe exploding been so big.” The German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered, “The euro has lost credibility, and this must be won back.  We will make clear that we will accept more binding rules.”  Not everyone was convinced.  Scotia Capital economist Alan Clarke said, “One step forward, two steps back.  The eurozone leaders might as well not bother.  Pack their bags, go home, enjoy the weekend, and do their Christmas shopping.”  In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell by 23,000 to 381,000, a better number than the expected drop of 9,000.

By Friday, after overnight talks in Belgium, 23 European nations (including all 17 eurozone members) were planning on a new intergovernmental treaty for fiscal discipline, which would include caps on Gross Domestic Product deficits, consequences for deficits exceeding 3% of GDP, additional contributions to the International Monetary Fund, and other features.  However, not every EU member was on board for a revision of the treaty.  British Prime Minister David Cameron, after telling journalists present that Britain “would never join the euro,” argued for regulatory exemptions that would protect the United Kingdom’s financial services industry. He said that the ideas proposed by French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel were not something he could “in good conscience” take back to the UK and put to a vote in parliament.  In response, President Sarkozy said, “Our British friends made unacceptable demands.”  Also on Friday, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded three French banks based on the continued negative economic outlook in Europe, explaining, “The probability that the (banks) will face further funding pressures has risen in line with the worsening European debt crisis.”

WEEKLY SPOT PRICES

Gold: Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,735.00. The high was on Thursday, Dec. 8th at $1,760.50, while the low for the week occurred on Friday, Dec. 9th at $1,704.90. Gold ended the week down $22.10 at $1,712.90. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Silver: Spot Silver prices opened this week at $32.36. Silver reached a high of $33.09 on Monday, Dec. 5th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Thursday, Dec. 8th at $31.43. Silver ended the week down $0.08 at $32.28. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Platinum: Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,533.60 and ended the week down $16.60 at $1,517.00. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Palladium: Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $643.80 and ended the week up $43.50 at $687.30. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at APMEX.com.

2011 Kilo Silver Aztec Calendar coin

Honor the rich heritage of Mexico and its people with the 2011 Kilo Silver Aztec Calendar coin, now $100 off the regular price. With a full 32.15 oz. of .999-fine Silver, these incredibly detailed coins were minted in limited quantities. APMEX ships them with a magnifying glass, mint-issued box and certificate of authenticity. Order yours today, while supplies last.

Harder to Find than Many Kilo Coins

The Sun Stone (also known as the Aztec Calendar) was unearthed in Mexico in 1790. The original Sun Stone measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 24 tons. The Banco de Mexico minted only 1,500 of the 2011 Kilo Silver Aztec Calendar coins.

Given the coin’s large size, Banco de Mexico was able to recreate this historic artifact in stunning detail. The 2011 Kilo Silver Aztec Calendar coin:

  • Comes with a mint-issued box and certificate of authenticity with a unique serial number
  • Includes a magnifying glass so you can fully appreciate the coin’s beauty
  • Packaged in a beautiful, laser-etched wooden display box

The front of the coin features the Mexican national shield (an eagle on a cactus with a snake in its beak) surrounded by previous Mexican national shields used throughout history.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 7 – Australian Silver Dragons

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Ring in the New Year with the 2012 1 oz. Silver Australian Year of the Dragon coin priced at just $84.99 each for any quantity! These .999-fine Silver coins were minted in limited quantities by the Perth Mint in Australia. APMEX has the 2012 Australian Silver Dragons in stock and ready to ship in original mint-issued plastic capsules. Buy Silver from the Perth Mint today, while supplies last!

Quantities of this Highly Anticipated Coin Are Limited — Get Yours Today!

The Perth Mint has received more than 2 million requests for the 1 oz. 2012 Silver Australian Year of the Dragon coin, but minted only 300,000. What makes these coins so special?

  • The Year of the Dragon comes around only once every 12 years.
  • The dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese lunar calendar, and it’s one of the most popular.
  • The dragon is known for its strength, beauty, and noble nature. It is flawlessly portrayed on the back of the 2012 coin in a playful, yet powerful stance.

With such strong demand, supplies of these coveted Silver Australian Dragons won’t last long. Order today!

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Add the 2012 1 oz. Silver Australian Year of the Dragon coins to your portfolio and take advantage of our low price of just $84.99 per coin.

Demand for the 2012 Gold Australian Dragons is great!

The Perth Mint produced only 30,000 of the 2012 1 oz. Gold Year of the Dragon coins, yet buyers have requested more than five times that number from the mint. Don’t miss this opportunity to own yours at $40 off regular price per coin, while supplies last.

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APMEX   stocks the full collection of Silver Australia Lunar Series II coins in   various sizes and conditions, including colorized and gilded coins. A unique design is featured for each year.

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12 Days of Christmas: DAY 1 – Silver American Eagles

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Add the 2011 1 oz. Silver American Eagle coin to your portfolio today. The American Eagle is .999 fine Silver. Adorned with an iconic design, it makes the perfect gift. Purchase any quantity for the same low price of $2.49 per coin over spot while supplies last. A U.S. Mint Authorized Purchaser, APMEX buys directly from the mint and has 1 oz. Silver American Eagles in stock and ready to ship today.

Benefits for Investors and Collectors

It’s no wonder the Silver American Eagle is the most popular Silver bullion coin in the U.S.

  • Collectors value its beauty, Brilliant Uncirculated condition and patriotic design.
  • For investors, Silver American Eagles are IRA-approved and, because of their popularity, they’re highly liquid and can be sold easily if needed.
  • Plus, their size, weight and purity are guaranteed by the U.S. government.

The Silver Eagle program started in 1986 and these stunning coins have been minted each year since. The back features a bald eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch, along with 13 stars representing the original colonies. On the front, Lady Liberty is gracefully walking from right to left as the sun rises over the ridge in the background. She wears flowing robes draped in an American flag.

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The 1 oz. 2011 Silver American Eagle coin is .999 fine Silver. The most popular coin in the U.S. in stock and ready to ship today.

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2011 1 oz. Silver American Eagle Proofs are available, complete with the mint-issued box and certificate of authenticity. Limit 3 per customer.

 

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Silver American Eagles come Certified or Uncertified; Brilliant Uncirculated, Proof or Burnished; individually or in sets, with different mint marks. Orders are limited to only 20 coins per customer per day.

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Introducing BLACK WEDNESDAY at APMEX!

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Take advantage of APMEX Black Wednesday specials on Gold and Silver today, while supplies last. Look for the gift box icon, and find terrific gift ideas plus great opportunities to add to your own Gold and Silver collection. These exclusive specials end Tuesday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) — Don’t miss out!

Six Days Only!

We have reduced prices on hundreds of products throughout the site. Just look for this special animated stamp icon on select products. The APMEX Black Wednesday sales event ends Tuesday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. (ET), or while supplies last. Act now, before the item you’re looking for sells out! This icon indicates that the product is part of the sale and its price has been reduced!

Hundreds of Reduced Prices, including:

Cull Silver Dollars At The Spot Price

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A great value for collectors, these heavily circulated but undamaged Morgan or Peace Silver Dollars contain .7734 oz. of pure Silver, and date back to 1878-1935. Orders are limited to only 20 coins per customer per day.

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Just $1,395 per coin for any quanity. These unique pre-1933 Indian Gold  Eagles coins contain .4838 oz. of pure Gold and are graded MS-63 by PCGS, one of the most highly respected coin grading services.

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Only $49.99 per coin! The hard-to-find Silver Elephant is part of the African Wildlife Coin Series. Minted in Germany, the Silver Elephant coin has a denomination of 100 shillings and is struck in .999 fine silver. Orders are limited to five coins per customer per day.

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