Is it a good idea to invest in silver exchange-traded funds?

India’s first silver ETF, launched by ICICI Prudential AMC, is slated to open on 5 January.

An ETF (exchange-traded fund) tracks the worth of an index or commodity; on this case, silver. It does so by really holding the shares or commodities it’s monitoring; on this case, bodily silver. Though silver in bodily kind has been freely out there to Indian traders, that is the primary time {that a} monetary instrument monitoring silver is being made out there.

The annual expense ratio for the ETF is capped by rules at 1% of property however the fund home is more likely to preserve it round 0.5-0.6%. ICICI Prudential AMC can also be more likely to launch a fund-of-funds (FoF) to permit traders with out demat or buying and selling accounts to spend money on silver. The expense ratio of FoFs is capped at 1%. A number of different mutual fund homes have additionally filed for their very own ETFs monitoring silver.

Traditionally, Indian traders have been uncovered to gold ETFs. The primary ETF monitoring gold known as GoldBeES was launched in 2007. Two principal causes given for investing in gold have been that it’s a hedge towards inflation and it has low correlation with shares. As a result of latter property, gold does nicely when shares are down and therefore acts as a superb diversifier. Nevertheless, neither property holds as nicely for silver, because it does for gold.

The value of silver has moved from round $30 per ounce in the beginning of 2012 to round $23 per ounce at current. Even when you take a look at returns in rupees, the 10-year CAGR involves 1.97%, beneath the inflation price of 6%.



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Coming to the second good thing about diversification, silver comes up quick right here as nicely. It’s extra correlated to equities than gold. It’s because industrial demand for silver is a giant driver, accounting for about half of complete demand, based on a presentation by ICICI Prudential AMC. Which means that silver does nicely throughout financial restoration, when inventory markets are additionally doing nicely. Throughout market downturns, silver additionally tends to fall. Specialists as a substitute see silver as a tactical play on financial restoration slightly than a long-term hedge towards inflation.

“There are prolonged durations of time when silver has not been a superb hedge towards inflation, notably when industrial demand is muted. As for diversification, it has acted as a superb diversifier in some calendar years however not others. Valuable metals general shouldn’t be greater than 15% of your portfolio and inside that, silver mustn’t exceed 5%. Consider it extra as a tactical play on financial restoration, to be purchased and bought on the proper worth factors, slightly than a long-term asset,” mentioned Rushabh Desai, founder, Rupee with Rushabh Funding Providers.

Returns on silver ETFs will likely be taxed at slab price if bought inside three years of buy.

After this era, returns on silver ETFs will likely be taxed at 20% below long-term capital beneficial properties (LTCG) tax and additionally, you will get the advantage of indexation. Buyers within the ETF could not get enough liquidity as has occurred with some gold ETFs up to now. This may make it troublesome to purchase and promote silver ETFs. Nevertheless, for such traders, AMCs like ICICI Prudential AMC are more likely to open up the fund-of-funds (FoF).

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