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Visual Capitalist’s Silver Series Part 1: The start of a new gold-silver cycle

by Nicholas LePan | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | September 11, 2019

The world has experienced a decade of growth fueled by record-low interest rates, a burgeoning money supply and historic debt levels—but the good times only last so long.

As the global economy slows and eventually begins to retract, can precious metals offer a useful store of value to investors?

Part 1: The start of a new cycle

This infographic comes to us from Endeavour Silver TSX:EDR and it outlines some key indicators that precede a coming gold-silver cycle in which exposure to hard assets may help to protect wealth.

Visual Capitalist’s Silver Series Part 1 The start of a new gold-silver cycle

Bankers blowing bubbles

Since 2008, central bankers around the world launched an historic market intervention by printing money and bailing out major banks. With cheap and abundant money, this strategy worked so well that it created a bull market in every sector—except for precious metals.

Stock markets, consumer lending and property values surged. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s assets ballooned, and so did corporate, government and household debt. By 2018, total debt reached almost $250 trillion worldwide.

Gold and silver are money … everything else is credit.—J.P. Morgan

Currency versus precious metals

The world’s awash in unprecedented amounts of currency and these dollars chase a limited supply of goods. Historically speaking, it’s only a matter of time before the price of goods increases or inflates—eroding the purchasing power of every dollar.

Gold and silver are some of the only assets unaffected by inflation, retaining their value.

The perfect story for a gold-silver cycle?

Investors can use several indicators to gauge the beginning of the gold-silver cycle:

1. Gold/silver futures

Most traders do not trade physical gold and silver, but paper contracts with the promise to buy at a future price. Every week, U.S. commodity exchanges publish the Commitment of Traders (COT) report. This report summarizes the positions (long/short) of traders for a particular commodity.

Typically, speculators are long and commercial traders are short the price of gold and silver. However, when speculators’ and commercial traders’ positions reach near zero, there is usually a big upswing in the price of silver.

2. Gold-to-silver ratio compression

As the difference between gold and silver prices decreases (i.e. the compression of the ratio), history suggests silver prices can make big moves upwards in price. The gold-to-silver ratio compression is now at high levels and may eventually revert to its long-term average, which implies a strong movement in prices is imminent for silver.

3. Scarcity: Declining silver production

Silver production has been declining despite its growing importance as a safe haven hedge, as well as its use in industrial applications and renewable technologies.

4. The silver exception

Silver is not just for coins, bars, jewelry and the family silverware. It stands out from gold with its practical industrial uses which account for 56.1% of its annual consumption. Silver will continue to be a critical material in solar technology. While photovoltaics currently account for 8% of annual silver consumption, this is set to change with the dramatic increase in the use of solar technologies.

The price of gold and silver

Forecasting the exact price of gold and silver is not a science, but there are clear signs that point to the direction their prices will head. The prices of gold and silver do not accurately reflect a world awash with cheap and easy money, but now may be their time to shine.

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.



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