Last week's report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the employment picture in the U.S. may be stabilizing. This news, in turn, is leading to the belief that the Federal Reserve may begin to considering slow the rate of quantitative easing, thus bringing inflation concerns further in check. These developments have led to dollar strength and further weakness in precious metals. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEMKT: GLD ) , the gold ETF, and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEMKT: SLV ) , the silver ETF, are each down sharply this year. Still, industrial use of silver can lead to the conclusion that an allocation to silver remains important.
In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses macroeconomic factors driving silver prices and why Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW ) remains one of the best ways to get exposure to silver.
If you're looking for a company whose success is determined by the metals market, but without involving itself in the risks of physically mining the metals, 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. To learn more about Silver Wheaton, click here now to access The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company.