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A Proper Portfolio Balance in Gold and Silver

A Proper Portfolio Balance in Gold and Silver

The following article is created by Orion Metal Exchange for the benefit of our investors and perspective investors alike. We seek to provide relevant content concerning precious metals and the impact caused by the economy and geopolitical trends that will most likely place impact on your financial future. If you are interested in learning about precious metal investing, call 1-800-559-0088, for a FREE investor kit.

When investing in precious metals, gold and silver are generally the precious metals investors consider. In this article we will review why investors may choose one over the other. Ultimately, your personal goals and needs will dictate which precious metal, and what percentage in gold or silver is right for you. 

How to Determine Value in Gold and Silver

When considering gold or silver percentages, you should consider value by reviewing past performance and future projections. Consider the supply and demand fundamentals of each metal and determine a combined percentage in gold and silver to achieve proper portfolio diversification.


Over the past 25 years, gold has risen approximately 700% in value. Gold is currently within 7% of its all-time high. The rise in gold’s value is attributed to inflation, geopolitical tensions, and supply and demand fundamentals. Currently, the cost to produce an ounce of gold is approximately $1050. Gold is expected to continue to rise in value moving forward. This trend is expected to continue due to ballooning government deficits, central bank buying, and a concerted effort by other countries to move away from the U.S. dollar in international trade. 


Over the past 25 years, silver has gained approximately 450% in value. Currently, silver would need to increase approximately 70% to reach its all-time high. Silver is currently more undervalued than gold. Silver is expected to continue to rise in value moving forward. This trend is expected to continue due to inflation, industrial and technological uses, supply and demand fundamentals, and geopolitical tensions. With silver at only $29 per ounce, investors should seriously consider diversifying in this precious metal before it moves higher.

A Properly Balanced Portfolio

A properly balanced portfolio should consist of products intended to hedge and investments designed to speculate. A speculative investment is utilized for the possibility of gains while assuming a possible risk of total loss. For example, stock investments are commonly viewed as a speculative investment. A speculative stock investment can go to zero in value.  Gold and silver have a comparatively low or negative correlation when compared to stock investments and have never gone to zero in value. When the value of stocks decreases, silver and gold are likely to rise in value and promote portfolio stability. Gold and silver coins are commonly utilized to minimize the risks associated with speculative investments. Properly diversifying your investment portfolio is essential to reduce risk and build long-term wealth. Gold and silver are commonly viewed as an investment portfolio insurance policy. 

How much of my portfolio should be in gold and silver?

A properly diversified portfolio will include precious metals. The percentage of precious metals you own should be based on market trends and personal goals.

What is a good gold to silver ratio?

Gold is considered more stable. Silver is considered by many to offer more upside potential when undervalued. Ultimately, you want to choose a gold to silver ratio that best suits your personal needs and goals.

How much gold and silver can I keep at home?

With Orion Metal Exchange, gold and silver can be easily insured and shipped to your doorstep. Choosing the amount of physical gold and silver you would like to keep at home should be based on your personal needs and goals.

Contact Orion Metal Exchange today to learn more about gold and silver. Call us at, 1-800-559-0088

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