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Precious metals investment terms A to Z

Safe Haven

A safe-haven asset is an asset that is uncorrelated (weak safe-haven) or negatively correlated (strong safe haven) with another asset or portfolio in times of market stress or turmoil. It should not be confused with a hedge, which is an asset that is uncorrelated (weak hedge) or negatively correlated (strong hedge) with another asset or portfolio on average. Hence, a safe-haven asset protects investors during crises, unlike a hedge, which protects them in normal times, but not necessarily during turmoil. Thus, a safe-haven asset is expected to retain its value or even increase its value in times of market turbulence, when most asset prices decline.

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Tendency for a given market to outperform or underperform during a given time in a year that can be profitably traded.

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SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), based in Washington, D.C., is an independent U.S. federal agency created in 1934 that regulates securities markets (like gold stocks). The stated mission of the SEC is to “protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation.”

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A situation, in which a part of an object (for instance a chart) is similar to other parts of it or (and) to this object as a whole. If an object is self-similar than we may infer that it is a fractal. Fractalyzer - one of our investment tools - detects self-similar patterns after each trading day and uses them to project future price paths. More information on the subject of self-similar objects and the possibility to use self-similarity and fractals in the precious metals market analysis is to be found under the term fractal

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Senior Mining Stocks

Senior Mining Stocks (a.k.a. Seniors) are stocks of a considerably large commodity (e.g. gold) producing mining companies with an established position and relatively large market capitalization. Senior stocks are usually perceived as being less risky than junior stocks (stocks of my smaller mining companies) – they are more liquid and their prices are typically subject to less volatility.

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Short Selling (going short)

Short Selling (also known as “going short” or simply “shorting”) is a way of profiting on lower prices. It’s the practice of selling borrowed (from the broker) assets, with the aim to buy them back later and return to the lender. Short sellers assume that they will be able to buy the stock back at a lower price than they sold short and thus profit.

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Short-term Trades

Short-term trades are trades that terminate within a short period from their inception. They can be very profitable, but they are also very risky.

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Silver as an Element

Chemically, silver is an element with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47. It belongs to noble metals. Silver is in gold’s shadow, although it is also a unique metal. It is much more abundant than gold, but silver is still one of the least naturally occurring metals. In the Earth’s crust, silver occurs 800 times less frequently than copper. In pure form it has a brilliant white metallic luster.

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Silver as an Investment

Silver served as money for thousands of year until the gold standard was introduced in the XIX century. Although not money, silver is used as an investment. Like gold, silver is a monetary asset, which may be used as a hedge or safe-haven against tail risks. However, silver is much more widely used in the industry; therefore it behaves more like commodity and is more business cycle-sensitive than gold.

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Silver Manipulation

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, manipulation is intentional conduct designed to deceive investors by controlling or artificially affecting the market for a security… This includes rigging quotes, prices or trades to create a false or deceptive picture of the demand for an asset. A popular belief within the precious metals investing community is that gold is manipulated and the same goes for silver (generally downwards, in what is described as price suppression).

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SP stands for Sunshine Profits.

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SP Extreme Indicator

One of special indicators offered exclusively by Sunshine Profits. This indicator is dedicated to precious metals markets and based on the use of unique properties of the market. Thanks to this approach SP Gold Bottom Indicator is able to spot divergences, clues and sign that many standard indicators overlook.

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Spot Gold Price

Generally, the spot price is an immediate price with settlement in two business days.

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Stock (also referred to as equity or share) is a type of security that signifies ownership in a company and represents a claim on part of the corporation's assets and earnings.

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Strike price

The strike price (or exercise price) of an option is the fixed price at which the owner of the option can buy (in the case of a call option) or sell (in the case of a put option) the underlying security or commodity. The strike price is mostly used to describe stock, index or commodity options (stock strike price, S&P 500 strike price, gold strike price etc.). Listed options have clearly defined rules for strike prices, contract sizes and expiration dates. In short, upon expiration, call options are worth the difference between the price of the underlying security and the strike price (the same is the case with put options, only this time you subtract the current price from the strike price).

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