Silver prices rose more than 6% to a record high in February.

    But the U.S. economy remains stagnant, and the federal government is slashing funding to the public school system.

    Here are five charts that explain why silver prices are surging.

    Source The Washington Post title Silver prices up 7% in February: Chart 5 – The dollar chart source The Post title U. S. dollar down nearly 4% since January, while silver is up 10% article The dollar is trading in a bear market for U.s.

    Treasuries, but gold is surging.

    Gold, a precious metal that has a limited supply, is surging as well, with the metal surging 8.7% in the past month.

    That is more than double the 2.7%, which was the worst bull market in a decade, according to Goldman Sachs. 

    But even as gold prices have surged, the U,S.

    Treasury yield has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade.

    Gold’s gains in recent weeks have been driven by investors who are buying the metal as an investment, rather than just a hedge against higher inflation.

    And gold prices are up, as they have been in the last couple of weeks. 

    In the meantime, the Federal Reserve is slashing its funding to schools.

    That comes after the government last month cut $2.5 billion in funding to public schools. 

    “If we are going to have a sustainable bull market for gold, the Fed is going to need to take a very active role in the market,” said Richard Albright, president of Albright & Harriman in Washington. 

    Silver prices are down 7% over the past week. 

    Gold is up 8% over that period. 

    The Federal Reserve said in a statement on Friday that it was “prepared to consider further steps in support of the precious metal market if needed.” 

    The Fed also lowered its benchmark interest rate to 1.25%, which is a move that has sent gold prices soaring. 

    It is up 1.4% over 10 months, according a Reuters poll. 

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.K., February 2, 2021.

    REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoGold is also up 1% over four years, and that is up from the 0.7-percent rise it experienced in 2016. 

    Investors have also been buying silver as a hedge. 

    According to Bloomberg, “The U.A.E. and Brazil, two major gold buyers, have also seen significant gains in the value of their investments in the week ending Feb. 1.” 

    “Silver is an increasingly important hedge against volatility in gold and other assets that are prone to falls,” said Ben Sommers, chief market strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

    As for gold? 

    Gold has a $3.8 trillion market cap, according the Bloomberg data.

    It has gained more than 9% over 2017, according this Bloomberg chart. 

    A bull market would have brought in $1.4 trillion, according Bloomberg. 

    Bull markets are defined by the stock market’s closing prices.

    A bull market is defined by investors buying silver because it is an asset that is risky. 

    That said, bull markets can sometimes turn out to be a bubble. 

    On Monday, gold rose to a six-month high as investors piled into gold.

    The metal has gained 7.7%.

    The Federal Reserve, which has been cutting interest rates for years, cut its benchmark rate to a 1.5% level. 

    What to do if you want to protect your money? 

    It might seem like a simple matter to keep your money in silver. 

    If you are buying silver, that is because silver is not a currency.

    Silver is a metal that can be mined, melted down, or reforged. 

    To put it simply, it is a liquid metal that you can store. 

    You could hold a dollar in silver for example, and have a dollar stored in gold. 

    With that being said, if you do decide to buy silver, there are some things to consider. 

    First, the supply is limited.

    There is no way to make more than about 2.5 million ounces of silver a year. 

    Second, silver is traded on a futures market, which is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). 

    There is no official trading rate for silver, but the CFTC says silver prices should fluctuate between $1,200 and $1 a troy ounce. 

    There are several other things to keep in mind when buying silver.

    The first is that there is a price war going on.

    Silver bulls are buying because they think the price is going up, and silver is being priced down. 

    Secondly, silver can be a hedge to inflation.

    It is backed by the gold standard, which means it is not backed by other countries. Thirdly,

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