1976 Says Silver & Gold Have Been In This Exact Place Before

It’s frustrating to watch gold and silver languish when they’re surrounded by major catalysts and since, well, everything else is going up. More than frustrating, it’s bewildering.

But what if I told you gold and silver have been in a near identical scenario before. And that it led to one of their biggest gains in history…

Gold’s Déjà vu

In the mid-1970s, inflation was soaring, unemployment was high, the US was in a recession, an energy crisis had just kicked off, and there were both political and geopolitical issues.

Sound familiar?

And yet, from 1974 to 1976, the gold price fell by over 40%, stretched over a two-year period of time.

A falling gold price with major catalysts in play that at the time many thought would push it higher. Yet it defied logic and tumbled.

Yes, this sounds very familiar.

Here’s that two-year gold price action overlaid with today’s price.

Gold Mid-1970s vs. Today

Despite a strong environment for gold, the price was in a relentless downtrend.

Today, we’re also surrounded by numerous gold-positive factors, and yet you can see that the price behavior is very similar.

As you likely know, however, that mid-1970s period, as confusing as it may have been to investors, ended up being only one chapter in gold’s book. And the next chapter, for those that held on, was a whole lotta fun.

Gold's Gain After Mid-70s Crash

The gold price rose 717.3% from its 1976 low to its 1980 high.

What seems clear is that gold was simply coiling, building up more and more pressure, since the catalysts that puzzled investors early on finally blew the lid off the price.

In my view that’s exactly what’s happening now, too. We have a falling price, yet the catalysts are building up more and more pressure, to a point where reality catches up and leads to an explosion in gold.

What about silver?

The Silver Jail Break

The current silver price is even more eerily similar to the mid-1970s than gold.

Silver Mid-1970s vs. Today

This compares both price periods after their initial crash, as I wanted to zoom in to see if they were behaving similarly—and you can see they indeed are.

Like gold, the silver price was surrounded by factors that most thought would push it up, similar to today, but it remained weak for two years.

And also like gold, the next chapter in silver would prove all doubters and naysayers horribly wrong. The spring under silver was basically coiling, eventually leading to a blow-off top that stunned the investment community and led to a full-blown mania.

Silver's Gain After Mid-70s Crash

Silver rose over 11-fold, from its low to high, in four years. For the investor who bought near the mid-70s low and sold near the 1980 top, they basically could’ve added a zero to their investment.

Again, this setup sounds awfully similar to what we have today. A falling silver price, surrounded by major catalysts, that are likely doing nothing but tightening the spring under the price, to a point where it’s likely to explode in the near future.

The Spring is Tightening

The message here is clear. Unless there is such a thing as a free lunch, the economic, market and monetary catalysts surrounding gold and silver today are building the pressure under them greater and greater.

Our job is to make sure we’re financially prepared for what is shaping up to be an event that ignites an explosion in gold and silver prices.

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An accomplished analyst, author, and speaker, Jeff Clark is a globally recognized authority on precious metals. The son of an award-winning gold panner, with family owned mining claims in California, Arizona, and Nevada, Jeff has deep roots in the industry. An active investor with a love of writing, Jeff has spent decades as metals and mining industry analyst, including 10 years as senior editor for the world-renowned publication BIG GOLD. He regularly speaks at investment and industry conferences, including Cambridge House and the Silver Summit, among others. He also serves on the board at Strategic Wealth Preservation of Grand Cayman. And, Jeff provides regular analysis and market commentary to Hard Assets Alliance customers. Follow him on Twitter @TheGoldAdvisor.