Not only that, but Silver and Gold and Platinum are not even a "hedge against inflation". They are a con-game. Silver has lost almost all of it's value across my lifetime, an dso has gold and platinum.
The purpose of the stock market is for people to deceive you into investing in their business, and then pay you lower dividends than what the gains were actually worth. If you had a true partnership with the business founder, he'd be forced to pay you a fair share of the profits, but with stocks and precious metals, they are not required to pay you anything at all, much less a fair rate of return.
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Their are other things on them. Metals and stuff is very useful for other things8
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From electrical switches and solar panels to chemical-producing catalysts, silver is an essential component in many industries. Its unique properties make it nearly impossible to substitute and its uses span a wide range of applications. Almost every computer, mobile phone, automobile and appliance contains silver.
The most important industrial use of gold is in the manufacture of electronics. Solid state electronic devices use very low voltages and currents which are easily interrupted by corrosion or tarnish at the contact points. Gold is the highly efficient conductor that can carry these tiny currents and remain free of corrosion. Electronic components made with gold are highly reliable. Gold is used in connectors, switch and relay contacts, soldered joints, connecting wires and connection strips.
Platinum is used in catalytic converters, laboratory equipment, electrical contacts and electrodes, platinum resistance thermometers, and dentistry equipment.