Silver stabilises as focus shifts to gold and the dollar
Head of Commodity Strategy
Summary: Silver's Reddit inspired rally has run its course for now with the price retracing most of the gains seen during the past few days. In order for the market to rally, which we believe it eventually will, it has to be based on sound fundamentals and not frenzied buying based on a questionable narrative. The focus now returns to the dollar, gold and to a certain extent copper as the key sources of inspiration.
Silver’s go it alone rally has ended and after failing to break above $30/oz, now a double top, the Reddit trade idea has crumbled. Having corrected by 12% since Monday it has found support at $26.35/oz, the 61.8% retracement of the January low to Monday’s peak.
In our latest update from Monday we highlighted the reasons why we have a long-term positive view on precious metals, led by silver, but also why the rWallStreetBets inspired pump was likely to fail given its incorrect narrative of a large naked short that could be squeezed.
Without strong support from gold which instead has been drifting lower in response to a stronger dollar, the rally was doomed to fail. Not least given the lack of fundamental reasons for the gold-silver ratio (Ticker: XAUXAG) moving to a seven-year low at this point in the cycle. The ratio traded down to 62.35 on Monday before returning to 70, the 10-year average. Whether silver has retraced enough depends on the extent to which recent buyers of silver through exchange-traded funds are more to sell out. Since Thursday and up until yesterday total holdings backed by silver jumped 1,732 tons to a fresh record of 29,900 tons.
While premiums for silver coins and small bars due to strong retail demand has been rising, thereby forcing unfortunate buyers into paying a huge and potentially loss making premium above the prevailing spot, the LBMA in London reported that one billion ounces or 28,350 tons of silver traded in the London spot market on Monday. Despite being triple the level seen in recent months, the LBMA said "throughout this period, the market continued to demonstrate liquidity and durability, and no issues arose impacting either trading, settlement, or the efficiency of the daily price auction."
Having fully retraced the rWallStreetBets on Reddit and #Silversqueeze on Twitter driven surge, the focus now turns to gold and its ability to recover from this week’s stronger dollar-led weakness. So far the yellow metal has managed to defend an area of support around $1825 and while the dollar has created some headwinds, renewed weakness in US 10-year real yields below -1% has provided support.
Latest Market Insights
Outrageous Predictions 2023: The War Economy
- The constantly growing global need for energy drives the world's richest to huddle up and launch a R&D project in a size the world hasn't seen since the Manhattan Project gave the US the first atomic bomb.
French President Macron resignsThe political stalemate in France and the rise of Marie Le Pen following the 2022 elections corners President Macron, forcing him to give up on politics and resign from his position. At least for now.
Gold rockets to USD 3,000 as central banks fail on inflation mandateAs markets and central banks realise that the idea that inflation is transitory is wrong, and that prices will remain higher for longer, gold is sent through the roof, hitting a price tag of USD 3,000
EU Army forces EU down path to full unionWith continued challenges in the region and a US military that isn't aggressively enacting its former role as global policeman, the European Union agrees to create its own armed forces, bringing the whole region closer.
A country agrees to ban all meat production by 2030In an effort to become one of the global leaders on the path to net-zero emissions, one country decides to not only put a heavy tax on meat, but to ban domestic production entirely.
UK holds UnBrexit referendumFollowing a recession and domestic pressure, the United Kingdom is thrown into political turmoil that will end with a vote to wind back Brexit.
Widespread price controls are introduced to cap official inflationHistory tells us that with the war economy comes rationing and price controls. And this time is no different, as policymakers introduce strict price controls that lead to a range of unintended consequences.
OPEC+ & Chindia walk out of the IMF, agree to trade with new reserve assetSanctions against Russia have caused widespread turmoil due to US Dollar moves in countries across the globe that don't consider the US an ally. To relieve themselves from this, they leave the IMF and create a new reserve asset.
USDJPY fixed to the USD at 200 as Japan overhauls financial systemFollowing the challenges that faced the Japanese Yen in 2022, the Bank of Japan attempts to keep the currency from sliding. Unsuccessful on the long-term, Japan will launch a reset of its entire financial system.
Tax haven ban kills private equityWith the war economy comes an increased focus on national interests and sovereign nations' ability to assert themselves. In that regard, the OECD countries turn their attention on tax havens and pull the big guns out, banning them altogether.