Gold vs. silver chart about price, performance and risk

Both gold and silver are precious metals and both are often mentioned as some kind of safe haven – especially in a financial crysis. On the other hand both the application and the production of silver and gold are more or less different.

However risk and potential return carried by them was also different in the past 5 year, as it can be seen on the charts below:

Gold vs. silver price chart about the past 5 years*

The chart below shows by how many percents the price of precious metals has increased or decreased, as compared to the point on the left side of the screen.

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Gold 10 year charts of performance and historical outlook

Gold is often referred as a “safe haven” during an economical / financial crysis. Well, these opinions have proven more or less wrong according to long term / 10 year charts because gold’s price has shown quite high volatility. On the other hand gold’s price did not change as extremely as silver’s price.

(Differences between gold and silver are highlighted in the 5 year gold-silver comparison charts.)

10 year gold spot price chart

Gold price performance chart in the past 10 years

Gold price performance against inflation in the last 10 years

10 year chart of the gold price*

Gold’s 10 year history covers the entire financial crysis and 2-3 year preceeding it. Today it is at cca. 700 $ below its peak (1900 vs 1200) Actually its price seems to stay around 1200 for the past year.

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Silver market basic informations

We collected a couple of things that are good to know regardless of you are speculating for silvers’s price, a silver mine stock, or buying tangible silver:

Silver consumption

Pure gold and silver are very soft and ductile. On the other hand their alloy is a lot more suitable for making coins or jewelry, eg.: white 9 carat gold contains 62.5% silver and 37.5% gold, 18 carat gold contains 75% gold and 25% silver.

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Gold 5 year charts of performance and historical outlook

Gold is often referred as a “safe haven” during an economical / financial crysis. Well, these opinions have proven more or less wrong according to long term / 5 year charts because gold’s price has shown quite high volatility. On the other hand gold’s price did not change as extremely as silver’s price.
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S&P 500 5 years charts of performance

The Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) index has been introduced in its current form on 4 March 1957, but it existed previously as well. It has 500 components.

5 year S&P 500 index chart

S&P 500 performance chart in the past 5 years

S&P 500 performance against inflation in the last 5 years

5 year chart of the S&P 500 stock index*

S&P 500’s value was going up with short pauses since its lowest low in 2009, but it seems to be going sideways in the past 1 year.

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Oil 5 year charts of price and performance

Oil is ofter reffered to as “black gold”. This page is about the past 5 years of the unprocessed form of crude light oil which is traded worldwide in the unit of bbl (1 US bbl oil = 158.99 l) and in the currency of USD.

5 year chart of crude oil future*

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Natural gas 5 year charts of price and performance

Natural gas is mostly used for heating, in chemical industry, power generation and transportation.

This page is about the past 5 years of natural gas which is traded worldwide in the unit of mmBTU (1 mmBTU = 1.05587 GJ or 293.3 kWh) and in the currency of USD.

5 year chart of natural gas spot price*

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Historical gold price chart: how much is gold worth?

There are number of reasons to study historical charts of gold. Firstly because it is said to be investors’ safe haven and secondly because it is said to be protecting from inflation.
Lots of things happened on gold’s market in the past years and one can easily ask if it is really worth as much as it costs?

100 years chart*

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Dow Jones 10 years charts of performance

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index has been introduced on 26 May 1896 and it has 30 components.

10 year Dow Jones Industrial Average index chart

DJIA performance chart in the past 10 years

DJIA performance against inflation in the last 10 years

10 year chart of the Dow Jones stock index*

DJIA’s 10 year history covers the entire financial crysis and 1-2 years preceeding it. Today it is cca. 3000 points above its pre-crysis peak (17400 vs. 14400) Actually it was growing rapidly since 2009 but the trend seems to be stopped.

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Dow Jones 5 years charts of performance

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index has been introduced on 26 May 1896 and it has 30 components.

5 year Dow Jones Industrial Average index chart

DJIA performance chart in the past 5 years

DJIA performance against inflation in the last 5 years

5 year chart of the Dow Jones stock index*

Dow Jones’ value seems to be going up with short pauses since its lowest low in 2009, but rising trends seem to be stopped recently.

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Long term charts of gold, silver and more