NEW YORK ( TheGoldAndOilGuy.com) --The price of silver reached a five-month high this past week. Investor interest seems to have been rekindled in both gold and silver as belief in financial markets increases that the latest round of monetary easing from the Federal Reserve -- QE3 -- will soon be on its way.Many investors had largely stayed away from silver in recent months after some had got caught up in its volatility. Silver had touched a 30-year high in April 2011 before plunging 35 percent in a few short weeks. Now the volatility is back -- but on the upside as prices have climbed more than 20% in less than a month. The gains have outpaced that of gold, which rose roughly 10% during the same time frame. More important for investors, the ratio between the two precious metals has moved about 10% in silver's favor since mid-August. This is the first time silver has outperformed gold since the start of 2012. For non-futures investors, the two precious metals can easily be tracked through the use of exchange-traded funds. The most liquid ETFs for the two precious metals are the iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) and the SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD), respectively.
He points to the fact that historically gold has been worth about 12 to 15 times what silver is worth, but that recently it has been worth roughly 50 times silver's value. Silver is also the only major commodity not to have reached a new all-time high in the decade-long commodity bull market and is still cheaper than it was 32 years ago. So it may be worth a look. But since silver is so volatile, wait for a downward spike before initiating or adding to a long position. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.