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Silver and Germ Warfare

This is consistent with my own previous calculation regarding the silver used in polyester sportswear. By weight, such products only use 1/40,000th of silver, relative to the weight of all other inputs. This means (as I have often observed before) that such silver-based products will be extremely price-inelastic. What that equates to is that the demand for such products will change very little -- even with very large increases in the price of silver. Given this parameter, price does not appear to be the most important determinant in a longer term analysis of which is the superior technology.

In summary, the combination of flexibility and efficacy seems to provide a significant advantage to silver-based technology in the battle against microorganisms -- and especially bacteria -- while its price inelasticity means that demand will stay strong, even in the face of large increases in the price of silver.

With super-bugs and new issues such as medical tourism, the importance of such technology can only grow with time. This puts silver in the unique position of being a good which may not only save you financially, but also may save your life.

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.
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