In this video, Taylor Muckerman spells out three reasons you might want to take a bearish position on Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW ) . First, the silver streaming business requires free capital. While there is currently little competition in the silver streaming business, a new company with cash could enter the market and erode Silver Wheaton's market share. Second, Silver Wheaton has had some good years recently, but now there is some concern whether or not they can keep up the momentum. Third, the company is highly leveraged to the price of silver, which is good if silver goes up in price, but bad if it declines. This investment is not for the risk-adverse.
But, if you are looking for a company whose success is determined by the metals market, but without involving itself in the risks of physically mining the metals, then Silver Wheaton provides a unique play on the future of silver. SLW chooses to finance the mining of silver; it has grown sales and net income every year since 2008, and also has increased competitive advantages over its limited peer group. More details about our outlook for Silver Wheaton can be found here in our Motley Fool analyst report.