How to Invest in Silver

Silver's dizzying ascent isn't over. But you're better off investing in a basket of commodities.

Gold isn’t the only precious metal to have captured investors’ fancy lately. The silver market is white-hot. From late August through December 2, the metal’s price surged 58%, to $28.50 per ounce, racing ahead of gold’s 13% gain.

Consider silver a juiced-up version of gold. Although they tend to move in sync, silver prices have been 60% more volatile than gold prices in recent years.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.