iShares Silver Trust

Price: $28.00
Change: $1.04 (0.04%)
Category: Precious Metals
Last Updated:


Brand iShares
Structure Grantor Trust
Expense Ratio 0.50%
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Inception Apr 21, 2006

Analyst Report

This ETF uses a physically-backed methodology, an idea that was popularized by ETFs, due to investors growing tired of the complexities of futures contracts and the dangers that are associated with them. By using this physically-backed strategy, this fund is able to eliminate the issues of contango and backwardation, as well as give investors a more realistic pricing of the metal it holds. Silver, along with other precious metals, is most often used as an inflationary hedge, or to protect against volatile equities. This fund doesn’t work very well in the long term buy and hold scenario, but may be a good option for investor seeking to find a safe haven during times of market uncertainty. When it comes to physically-backed silver, SIVR and SLV are nearly identical, though SLV does charge a slightly higher expense ratio.

ETF Database Themes

Category Precious Metals
Asset Class Commodity
Commodity Type Precious Metals
Commodity Silver
Commodity Exposure Physically-Backed

FactSet Classifications

Segment Commodities: Precious Metals Silver
Category Precious Metals
Focus Silver
Niche Physically Held
Strategy Vanilla
Weighting Scheme Single Asset

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $18.97
  • 52 Week Hi $29.56
  • AUM $12,710.5 M
  • Shares 476.1 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 26,845,372
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 31,858,392

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Precious Metals Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest GLDM 0.10% $7.4 B 5 M 14.28%
Largest (AUM) GLD 0.40% $61.5 B 8 M 14.12%
Most Liquid (Volume) GLD 0.40% $61.5 B 8 M 14.12%
Top YTD Performer SIVR 0.30% $1.3 B 2 M 28.81%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Commodities: Precious Metals Silver Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SIVR 0.30% $1.3 B 2 M 28.81%
Largest (AUM) SIVR 0.30% $1.3 B 2 M 28.81%
Most Liquid (Volume) PSLV 0.67% $0.0 5 M 28.09%
Top YTD Performer SIVR 0.30% $1.3 B 2 M 28.81%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

SLV ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 1 1 0
% of Assets in Top 10 100.00% 94.91% 75.00%
% of Assets in Top 15 100.00% 95.00% 75.00%
% of Assets in Top 50 100.00% 95.00% 75.00%

Size Comparison

SLV ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) N/A N/A N/A
Mid (>2.7B) N/A N/A N/A
Small (>600M) N/A N/A N/A
Micro (<600M) N/A N/A N/A

SLV Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

P/E Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio

SLV Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

SLV ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend N/A $ 0.70 $ 0.24
Dividend Date N/A N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate N/A $ 0.65 N/A
Annual Dividend Yield N/A 1.65% N/A

SLV Price and Volume Charts

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SLV Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 228.37 M 1 Month Net Flows: 481.95 M 3 Month Net Flows: 493.32 M 6 Month Net Flows: -94.96 M 1 Year Net Flows: -639.33 M 3 Year Net Flows: -2.74 B 5 Year Net Flows: 1.84 B 10 Year Net Flows: 1.83 B

SLV Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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5 Day Net AUM Change: 36.61 M
1 Month Net AUM Change: 627.7 M
3 Month Net AUM Change: 2.56 B
6 Month Net AUM Change: 2.68 B
1 Year Net AUM Change: 1.67 B
3 Year Net AUM Change: -3.23 B
5 Year Net AUM Change: 8.02 B
10 Year Net AUM Change: 6.25 B

Realtime Rating

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for SLV on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Precious Metals with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A GLD
Expenses B SGOL

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

SLV Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to its peers.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

Expense Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 28.00%
Tax On Distributions Return of Capital
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores

SLV does not have an ESG score. There are no ESG themes that map to this ETF.

SLV Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers. Returns over 1 year are annualized.

SLV ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
1 Month Return -2.74% -3.10% -1.14%
3 Month Return 22.86% 10.34% 13.93%
YTD Return 28.56% 12.47% 16.66%
1 Year Return 34.36% 17.24% 19.84%
3 Year Return 5.45% 3.99% 1.54%
5 Year Return 14.59% 7.43% 6.50%

Geographic Exposure

The following charts reflect the geographic spread of SLV's underlying holdings.

Holdings Analysis

The following charts reflect the allocation of SLV's underlying holdings.

SLV Technicals

Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETF Database Category.

5 Day Volatility 72.56%
20 Day Volatility 45.37%
50 Day Volatility 39.21%
200 Day Volatility 32.95%
Beta 0.59
Standard Deviation 2.29%
5 Day Volatility
8 of 20

20 Day Volatility
3 of 20

50 Day Volatility
3 of 20

200 Day Volatility
4 of 20

3 of 20

Standard Deviation
12 of 20


  • 20 Day MA $27.59
  • 60 Day MA $26.08
  • MACD 15 Period 0.68
  • MACD 100 Period 3.76
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 25.61
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 44.55
  • RSI 10 Day 57
  • RSI 20 Day 56
  • RSI 30 Day 57
  • Ultimate Oscillator 57

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $26.05
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $28.14
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $26.02
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $29.19
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $25.16
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $29.56

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $27.57
  • Support Level 2 $27.13
  • Resistance Level 1 $28.28
  • Resistance Level 2 $28.55


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 78.36
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 61.81
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 68.45
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 45.07


  • Tracking Difference Median (%) -0.56
  • Tracking Difference Max Upside (%) -0.45
  • Tracking Difference Max Downside (%) -0.72
  • Median Premium Discount (%) n/a
  • Maximum Premium Discount (%) 6.16
  • Average Spread (%) 1.00
  • Average Spread ($) 1.00

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