Silver Trails Gold by the Biggest Margin in 25 Years

Silver Trails Gold by the Biggest Margin in 25 Years
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Silver didn’t get the push it needed to outpace the rise in gold last year, as some analysts had expected, but good things come to those who wait.

“Many of silver’s key drivers that painted a bullish picture last year are still in play for 2018, particularly rising inflationary pressures and a weaker U.S. dollar,” says Maxwell Gold, director of investment strategy at ETF Securities.

Even so, silver futures have lost roughly 5% so far this year as of Friday, trailing gold’s 0.3% decline. In 2017, gold gained nearly 14%—roughly double the rise for silver. Silver closed on Friday at $16.54 an ounce.

Brien Lundin, editor of Gold Newsletter, says he expected silver to top gold last year and this year, but that hasn’t happened because the rally in gold hasn’t had “the kind of consistency…necessary to lead investors to look to silver for additional leverage.”

Silver Trails Gold by the Biggest Margin in 25 Years

That will come, he says, given his expectation for further declines in the U.S. dollar on the back of “recent signs of rising inflation and the fact that we’re in the back half of the [Federal Reserve’s] tightening cycle.” Other central banks look poised to begin tightening monetary policy, he says. A weaker dollar will translate into “upward pressure on gold and, eventually, as this trend becomes apparent, greater gains for silver,” says Lundin.

Demand will also play a big part in silver’s climb.

“Silver demand from industrial applications is expected to grow mainly from [electric vehicle] and photovoltaic applications, as silver has excellent electrical conductivity properties,” says Will Rhind, chief executive officer of exchange-traded fund company GraniteShares. Photovoltaic panels collect solar energy. “With continued global economic growth, continued EV demand and a weakening dollar, silver has the potential to perform well in 2018 and potentially outperform gold,” he says.

A report from the Silver Institute released in January shows that demand for the white metal from industrial applications is the largest component for silver offtake, representing 60% last year, and it’s expected to continue to grow this year. Worldwide silver demand for photovoltaic applications, particularly in solar panels, reached an estimated 92 million ounces in 2017.

“We expect the growth to continue this year and set another record for silver demand, driven by large-scale solar capacity additions and continued strong demand uptake from individual households, particularly in China,” the report says.

Analysts also point out that the gold-to-silver price ratio, which measures the amount of silver ounces that can be exchanged for one ounce of gold, is historically high, suggesting a bargain in silver.

SILVER “REMAINS RELATIVELY CHEAP compared with gold,” with the gold-to-silver ratio at about 80, versus a historical average of 60, says ETF Securities’ Gold. “Silver may play catch-up, spurred by bargain buying among retail and ETF investors.” The silver bullion-backed iShares Silver Trust ETF (ticker: SLV) has lost nearly 3% year to date.

Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault, says that silver’s “failure to rise with gold so far in 2018 means that silver is touching extreme levels, in terms of the yellow precious metal.” The gold-to-silver ratio makes “gold very nearly as expensive as it has been any time in the past 25 years,” he says.

He also points out that over the past 50 years, silver and gold prices have gone in the same direction on 71% of all trading days and the two metals have moved in the same direction in 74% of the months since 1968. Given that, “if you’re bullish on gold, history says you should expect silver to rise, too,” says Ash.

And even after last year’s disappointing performance for silver, Lundin believes that prices will climb above $18 an ounce this year and “perhaps significantly higher.”

That said, he also warns of a possible dip to the mid-$15 range, particularly if the 10-year Treasury yield hits 3%. “Breaking that benchmark would likely lead to short-term havoc in risk assets, leading investors to sell the metals to meet margin calls,” Lundin says.

MYRA P. SAEFONG covers commodities for MarketWatch.

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PDAC – Investors Cautionary Warning


March 3, 2018
By Dudley Pierce Baker
Founder – Editor
http://JuniorMiningNews.com
http://CommonStockWarrants.com

Let the games begin and the b.s. fly….

In past years I have heard Rick Rule several times cautioning investors at resource conferences to stay away from most of those companies attending and presenting. Most of the companies will never produce anything and will only sell shares, rollback, sell more shares, rollback, etc., while of course management will continue to draw salaries and investors suffer the pain of a lousy ‘investment’. There is a lot of s… out there.

Of course, I am referring to the smaller players/exploration companies not to the big boys, i.e., Goldcorp, Kinross, Agnico Eagle, etc.

There is an incredible line up of around 500 companies attending/presenting at PDAC this year which starts on Sunday, March 4 and runs through Wednesday to 12:00 on March 7.

Many of these companies, in my opinion, are there out of pure desperation, yes desperation. They are all in competition to get your investment dollars.

Truth is that it costs each company attending a minimum of $10,000 to $15,000 and some of them probably don’t even have that much cash in the bank. But they believe (out of desperation) that they need to be at PDAC to try and get your attention as to their individual story. Most of the companies management are nice guys/gals that you might like to have a drink with, but do they really know the details or even believe in the story themselves?

So, just be aware of what you as an investor are up against and ask the right questions of management of those companies which you ‘think’ you might be interested.

Perhaps the single most important question for the CEO or other officers of those companies is simple:

How many shares do you own?

You want to know if management has skin in the game. I have been lied to before by management but thankfully have a subscription to INKResearch.com where I can verify in a few seconds the insider holdings of all companies. In my services I provide a link to recent insider activity on all shares which I personally own and also on all of the companies with stock warrants trading in the United States and Canada, all of which are in our databases.

Click on this link to take you to the list of companies presenting this week at PDAC.

Here are some of the companies at PDAC which I follow or own, some of which have stock warrants trading. If you visit them, tell them Dudley said hello.

Alamos Gold                                                    Northern Dynasty Minerals (warrants)
Atlantic Gold (warrants)                                  Osisko Gold Royalties (warrants)
Avino Silver (warrants)                                    Palamina Corporation
Eagle Plains Resources                                    Quaterra Resources
Energy Fuels (uranium)                                    Riverside Resources
Fancamp Exploration                                        Sandstorm Gold (warrants)
First Mining Gold (Finance)                             UEX Corporation (uranium)
Gossan Resources
Marlin Gold
Minaurun Gold
Montero Mining Exploration

Enjoy your time at the conference and visit as many companies as possible, but remember what I said above.

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Where Can Investors Find Stock Warrants (Options) On Marijuana Stocks?

December 26, 2017
By Dudley Pierce Baker

Investors in the marijuana and cannabis sector might be surprised to know that there are stock warrants trading on several of the companies.

For those not familiar with stock warrants they are very similar to stock options. The principal differences being that stock warrants are a security issued by the company and the options are a derivative and written/created by other investors.

Typically call options have a maximum life of 12 months where stock warrants frequently have a life from 2 to 5 years.

If you want more information on stock warrants I encourage you to visit http://CommonStockWarrants.com to receive a Free copy of The Stock Warrant Handbook, Your Personal Guide to Trading Stock Warrants.

Currently there are 6 stock warrants trading on very interesting companies in the marijuana/cannabis space.

There are only two places that you will find the details on these stock warrants:

Common Stock Warrants provides a detailed database for all stock warrants trading in the United States and Canada in all investment sectors.


Marijuana Speculator
provides a complete listing of all stocks and stock warrants trading in the marijuana and cannabis sector.

Either or both services will be a valuable addition to your investment knowledge.

Silver and Gold Bottom Soon

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How To Value A Patent: American Manganese (Recycling Lithium Ion Batteries)

 

 

By Dudley Pierce Baker
http://JuniorMiningNews.com
http://CommonStockWarrants.com

My article on American Manganese, AMYZF and TSXV:AMY has been posted on TalkMarkets.com.

I gave them an Exclusive and thus request that you visit the link below with my article on their website.

How To Value A Patent: American Manganese