2011-03-29cnbc.com

``Silver is about 16 times as plentiful in the earth’s crust as gold, according to John Stephenson, author of the “The Little Book of Commodity Investing.” Yet, the price of gold per ounce currently trades at about 38 times that of silver... “It basically has the same physical characteristics of gold as a store of value and it also has an industrial kicker,” said Stephenson, a portfolio manager for FirstAsset Management in Canada. “For my money, the trade of the decade will be in silver... “In a world where the amount of paper fiat currency is staggering and increasing as governments from U.S. to Europe keep printing, it may be time to start looking at the poor’s man’s gold,” said Stephenson, who pointed out that while gold has exceeded its record price during the 1980s, silver is still way off the $68 per ounce level it reached during that time.''


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