Silver may finally have found a level at which investors are willing to back the metal with the price holding above $19 an ounce.
While this means that silver is trading at levels not seen for two years, the apparent pause in declines is something to be welcomed for silver investors who have seen the price of their holdings plunge by more than $7 an ounce in recent months.
The main agent of silver’s punishment has been the Federal Reserve’s switch to a more hawkish monetary policy and this month is now almost certainly going to see another 75 basis point interest rate hike by the US central bank after last week’s promising jobs numbers reduced concerns about high interest rates tipping the economy into recession.
A Fed set on a course of ever-rising interest rates allied to an ever-strengthening dollar have created painful market conditions for silver, which has suffered far more than its golden brother.
One glimmer of hope for silver holders could be gleaned from the recent US payrolls data. The economy so far is holding up better than many had expected and given silver’s industrial appeal and positive fundamental outlook, brave investors may see the recent holding above $19 as the potential bottom for silver’s price and could be tempted to bet on silver’s recovery from here. With silver it is often a rocky ride but don’t dismiss the possibility of the metal reaching $30 before the end of the year.
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