Q: Is silver a good store of wealth?
A: Not in my book or any academic research I have read. The only people I know who push silver as a store of value are those who make a living pushing it. In the last approximately 40 years the price of silver has gone from $5 an ounce to about $50, back to the high 40s and then back to about $15. During that same time, $5 in the S&P 500 rose to about $403. During the same period $5 in a long-term U.S. 30-year Treasury Bond grew to $155. Maybe a good store of long-term value would be in a balance of U.S. Govt. Bonds and the S&P 500.