Silver

DEFINITION of 'Silver'

An element commonly used in jewelry, coins, electronics and photography. Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal and, thus, is seen as a highly valuable substance. In many global cultures and religions silver is used in traditional ceremonies and worn as jewelery during important occasions.

BREAKING DOWN 'Silver'

Silver, along with gold and other metals, is considered to be a precious metal. While the majority of press is given to price movements of gold in the global marketplace, silver is also viewed by many to hold key importance in understanding the potential movements of not only the commodities markets, but the overall marketplace as well. This is due to the fact that many traders trade silver based on global-macro trends.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Phoenix Dollars

    One-ounce silver disks introduced in October 2005 by an individual ...
  2. Silver Certificate

    Former legal tender (paper currency) issued by the U.S. government ...
  3. Gold/Silver Ratio

    A ratio (X:1), demonstrating how many ounces of silver (X) it ...
  4. Silver Thursday

    A steep fall in the price of silver that occurred on Thursday ...
  5. Iridium

    One of the transition metals on the periodic table. Iridium appears ...
  6. Palladium

    A metal used in many types of manufacturing processes and is ...
Related Articles
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    (BK, SIVR, AGQ) 3 Bond ETFs in the Silver Sector

    Find out about the top ETFs that track the silver sector, such as the iShares Silver Trust ETF, ETFS Physical Silver Shares ETF and ProShares Ultra Silver ETF.
  2. Fundamental Analysis

    A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded.
  3. Options & Futures

    A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  4. Options & Futures

    Options On Gold And Silver ETFs

    Trading the commodities can mean extra expenses. These commodity-based ETFs give you the flexibility of trading like stocks.
  5. Options & Futures

    Trading Gold And Silver Futures Contracts

    If you are a hedger or a speculator, gold and silver futures contracts offer a world of profit-making opportunities.
  6. Options & Futures

    Silver Thursday: How Two Wealthy Traders Cornered The Market

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
  7. Options & Futures

    Trading The Gold-Silver Ratio

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  8. Chart Advisor

    Watch This ETF For Signs Of A Reversal (BCX)

    Trying to determine if the commodity markets are ready for a bounce? Take a look at the analysis of this ETF to find out if now is the time to buy.
  9. Investing Basics

    The Importance of Commodity Pricing in Understanding Inflation

    Commodity prices are believed to be a leading indicator of inflation, but does it always hold?
  10. Options & Futures

    What Does Quadruple Witching Mean?

    In a financial context, quadruple witching refers to the day on which contracts for stock index futures, index options, and single stock futures expire.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What other options does an investor have to buying physical silver?

    A wide variety of investment options are available to traders wishing to invest in the silver market. Buying physical silver ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is a derivative?

    A derivative is a contract between two or more parties whose value is based on an agreed-upon underlying financial asset, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Which mutual funds made money in 2008?

    Out of the 2,800 mutual funds that Morningstar, Inc., the leading provider of independent investment research in North America, ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Do hedge funds invest in commodities?

    There are several hedge funds that invest in commodities. Many hedge funds have broad macroeconomic strategies and invest ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Can mutual funds invest in options and futures? (RYMBX, GATEX)

    Mutual funds invest in not only stocks and fixed-income securities but also options and futures. There exists a separate ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How do futures contracts roll over?

    Traders roll over futures contracts to switch from the front month contract that is close to expiration to another contract ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  2. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  3. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  4. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  5. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  6. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
Trading Center