In my very, very limited experience with silver/gold, the price of silver is always about 80% less than gold. But silver prices ups and downs seem to flow right along side the ups and downs of gold prices. So I watch the gold prices and base the buy/sell of silver on that. Doesn't make me rich. But it does help the gains outweigh the losses.
Silver has more industrial applications than any other commodity except crude oil. It is an excellent conductor of electricity and is heavily used in solar panels and computer related devices.
Therefore, silver has a very bright future indeed, and is therefore a excellent long term investment opportunity especially at today's historically low prices.
However, due to silver's price volatility, one should probably not commit more than 5-10% of investable funds to it.
One of the best ways to invest in silver is pre 1965 dimes, quarters, and half dollars which can be purchased at a local coin shop or an online retailer such as apmex.com.
I concur with your asset allocation philosophy, but I would be careful about buying silver bars on ebay,
Are you sure that metal bar you purchase from ebay is real silver?
I suggest pre 1965 (1964 and previous years) silver dimes. quarters and half dollars which are guaranteed 90% silver.
Wishing you the best of good buys,
Great idea, but remember, investing does not have to be an “either/or” proposition, nor should it.
Proper asset allocation includes stocks for growth (and dividend income), bonds for income, and precious metals/commodities for wealth preservation.