Global Silver Miner Exposure

Silver benefits from its attractiveness as an investment asset serving as a potential hedge against inflation and sovereign currency risk and also from its many industrial applications. Given the fixed cost nature of the mining industry, silver miners can enjoy a rapid improvement in profitability in a rising price environment, and the reverse is true under a falling price environment. With the Global X Silver Miners ETF, investors have access to a broad range of silver mining companies that all stand to benefit from the potential of rising silver prices. Due to significant barriers to entry in the silver mining industry, existing silver miners have a first-mover advantage - in 2012, the majority of supply increases came from existing mining companies that expanded their operations to meet increased demand. In addition, holding a basket of global silver miners helps reduce single-company risk, contributes geographical diversification to a portfolio and could potentially provide additional income through dividends.

Investment Demand and Industrial Use

Investment demand for silver has increased nearly five times since 2007, from 52 million troy oz. to 282 million troy oz. in 2011. (Silver Institute, 2012)
Silver forms only 0.011% of global investment assets at the end of 2011 compared to an all time high of 0.34% in 1980, indicating a dormant significant upward potential
(CPM Group, 2012).
Since 1990, industrial use of silver has increased by 79%, driven largely by robust growth in emerging market economies (GFMS, 2012)
Silver comprises a significantly low portion of the cost structure in industrial applications (for example, silver comprises only 0.1% of the final market price of cell phones), which makes industrial demand price inelastic (GFMS, 2012).
Industrial demand for silver is expected to grow by 37% from 2011 through 2016 due to lack of substitution for silver and a wide range of new uses for the metal (The Silver Institute, 2012).

Miners vs. Physical Silver Investment

Avoid Additional Costs - Investment in physical silver involves additional delivery, storage and insurance costs that may reduce returns. (All ETFs are subject to management fees and expenses. Brokerage transaction fees may apply if brokerage services are used).
Taxation - Investments in physically-backed precious metals ETFs are taxed as collectables at ordinary income rates under U.S. tax laws. Investments in commodities futures ETFs are given a hybrid treatment where 60% of gains are taxed at long-term rates and 40% are taxed as short - profits subject to ordinary income tax rate rates. In contrast, the Global X Silver Miners ETF does not invest in physical silver or silver futures and therefore receives a tax treatment similar to equity investments.
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Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investing may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Narrowly focused investments may be subject to higher volatility. There are additional risks associated with investing in metals as well as their respective mining industries. Negative changes in commodity markets could have a great impact on the fund, exploration and development of mineral deposits are highly speculative and exploration companies may be significantly affected by competitive pressures, the price of mineral deposits, and regulatory and political events, all of which may (cause losses or) increase volatility. Diversification may not protect against market loss.
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