China Helping Silver to Ascend
Anthony Bevilaqua, Vice President of Peter Schiff’s new company Euro Pacific Precious Metals, comments on the growing demand for silver and fundamentals driving it’s increasing price.
The Year of the Golden Tiger in China began in February and along with it came a surge in Chinese demand for precious metals. According to the World Gold Council, China was among the strongest retail investment markets in the world. Demand increased by 121%, also doubling the demand for bars and bullion coins. With demand surging and supplies being pinched, China is requiring fresh imports of bullion to meet this positive demand. Chinese citizens have been prospering due to the strength and exponential growth of their GDP. With a growing economy comes a higher standard of living for Chinese citizens, and extra capital to invest. According to the WGC, Chinese demand for precious metals has grown at an average rate of 13% per annum over the past five years. This makes China the world’s second largest consumer after India, as the robust economy spawns jewelry demand.
Since implosion of the world markets in 2008, silver has been outperforming gold and is well below its all-time high of $50 an ounce. The gold/silver ratio narrowing, currently as 65:1, as institutions trim their gold holdings to acquire more silver. Compare that to 2008, when the ratio was 84:1 – the historical average is about 15:1 – leaving many investors optimistic that silver will continue to rise at a higher pace than gold.
Due to currency concerns, Investors also like to have silver in case they need to barter or use it as money. Bullion coins are extremely liquid, world recognizable as currency, and investors will be offered more for a coin than a bar.
Peter Schiff recommends a minimum of 5-10% of your portfolio be invested in physical precious metals (outside of ETF’s, mutual funds or mining stocks), 2/3 gold and 1/3 silver. Due to world-wide economic and political uncertainties, investors are increasing their allocation even more as other asset classes, be it stocks, bonds or cash, are losing their appeal.
Euro Pacific Precious Metals, headquartered in New York, has seen an increase in international sales. In many countries, especially China, the prices to acquire the metal are expensive. Silver is sold at almost twice the price than in the United States. Euro Pacific Precious Metals can ship silver at a very reasonable price and sell it for only a few dollars above the spot price.
To acquire silver or gold from Euro Pacific Precious Metals, please contact Anthony Bevilaqua at (212) 481-0310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.