One of the best ways to learn about precious metals is to engage with other investors on a discussion forum. There can be a lot of rubbish on them (as with the internet in general) but generally you’ll get good advice from others who have been there before. The list below has the main active PM forums (or sub forums) where precious metals are discussed from an investing point of view. I have ranked them by total membership numbers, which is not perfect as it doesn’t necessarily represent active users but it is a fair indicator of either popularity or longevity of the forum.
Each forum has its own personality and particular focus – some skew towards one metal or the other, or peer to peer trading, or prepping. I’d suggest checking them all out and reading topics/threads to get a feel and see what suits you. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my Precious Metals Forums bundle on the feed reading service Inoreader, which aggregates threads from Kitco, Silver Stackers, SilverSeek, GoldEagle, Goldtent, Gold is Money, Reddit and Gold Club Asia forums if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of global PM discussion.
My favourite is Silver Stackers, which started out as an Australian PM forum but has broadened since then. I think it has retained an Aussie laid back feel. I’m active on a few other forums and you can check what my legitimate user accounts are here.
If you find other active forums not on this list leave a comment and I’ll add them in.
|Forum||Total members||Total threads||Total posts|
|Gold is Money||9,928||78,783||876,332|
|Reddit / Silverbugs||9,129||–||–|
|Le Metropole Café||4,103||–||307,725|
|Reddit / Gold||2,416||–||–|
|Gold Club Asia||1,676||10,647||92,045|
|Gold Silver Chat||1,222||27,868||221,461|
|The Silver Forum||625||3,027||55,099|
|Collectors Universe – Precious Metals||–||11,082||–|
|CoinTalk – Bullion Investing||–||4,895||–|
|Coin Community – Precious Metals||–||3,946||–|
|Aussie Stock Forums – Commodites||–||460||24,307|
|Hot Copper – Commodites||–||–||84,063|
|Investors Hub – Metals||–||–||–|
|Goldtent TA Paradise||–||–||–|
|Kitco Refugees’ Gold and Metals Forum||–||–||–|
|Yahoo Finance – SLV||–||–||–|
|Yahoo Finance – GLD||–||–||–|
|Top Stocks – Gold||–||–||–|
|Top Stocks – Silver||–||–||–|
Statistics as at August 2015.