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Are precious metals/collectibles a viable emergency fund?

My significant other received a gift from a family member in the form of silverware. The exact value is not known but it is likely enough to cover 6+ months worth of expenses if it were sold. It is ...
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What are the differences between gold/siver “coin” vs. “round”?

There two types of silver (and gold) in the market available: silver coin and silver round. I am looking answers for this two questions. What are the main difference between them, and advantages of ...
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Pros & cons of investing in gold vs. platinum?

I'm considering moving some of my investments into physical precious metals in case the world economy tanks further. Both gold and platinum are near historical highs, but platinum has been more ...
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Why is silver so volatile compared to the S&P 500?

As an example, silver took a 9.4% hit on 9/22/2011, which was a bad market day -- the Dow dropped over 3.5%. The conventional wisdom is that precious metals like silver are a hedge against a falling ...
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Does the USA have a Gold reserve?

The intent and context of this question relates to what could possibly cause a huge crash in gold prices in the future. From a layman's perspective, if tonnes of gold are found in a mine somewhere - ...
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What would be the signs of a bubble in silver?

What signs are there of a bubble in silver (or other precious metal)? I was planning on buying some small quantity of silver soon, but I noticed the price has doubled recently and thought "what goes ...
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Relationship between silver and gold prices historically

Can anyone tell me, or point me to documentation that shows the historic relationship between gold and silver prices? Or, better yet, can anyone point me to a source that shows monthly or weekly gold ...
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What metals are available as bullion/coins?

Everyone is familiar with gold and silver coins and bullion. What other metals are available as bullion or coins, or other tradable form?