Silver has attracted people’s attention for thousands of years. Relics of ancient civilizations include jewelry, religious artifacts and food vessels formed from the durable, malleable metal. In 1792, silver assumed a key role in the United States monetary system when Congress based the currency on the silver dollar, and its fixed relationship to gold. Silver was used for the nation’s coinage until its use was discontinued in 1965.
Silver futures are hedging tools for commercial producers and users of silver. They also provide global price discovery and opportunities for portfolio diversification. The futures contract provides access to the highly liquid metal market, benefits of central clearing and price transparency.
The Silver futures contract trades on Globex, the CME Group electronic exchange after it acquired the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc (COMEX) in 2008. The market trades Sunday through Friday from 5:00 PM CT to 4:00 PM CT the following day.
One Silver futures contract is 5,000 troy ounces. The most common contract symbol is SI.
One futures price increment or “tick” is $.005 per troy ounce. A one “tick” move is $5. Therefore, a price move from 14.350 to 15.350 is $5,000.
The performance bond or initial margin requirement to initiate one futures contract position is $6,600 (as of November 11, 2015). To control that futures position going forward the maintenance margin is $6,000 (as of November 11, 2015).
The futures contract month listings are traded for delivery during the current calendar month; the next two calendar months; any January (F), March (H), May (K), and September (U) falling within a 23-month period; and any July (N) and December (Z) falling within a 60-month period beginning with the current month.
The futures contract’s Last Trading Day (LTD) is the third to last business day of the contract month. The December 2015 Silver contract LTD is December 29, 2015 for example.
The futures contract is deliverable and may take place on any business day beginning on the first business day of the delivery month or any subsequent business day of the delivery month, but not later than the last business day of the current delivery month.
This particular market trades virtually around the clock (including while the European markets are trading from roughly 2:00 AM CT to 10:30 AM CT and Asian markets are trading from roughly 5:00 PM CT to 2:00 AM CT) and is susceptible to outside markets and fundamental influences.
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