The 5 Realities About Silver—And What They Signal Is Ahead

Looking at the silver market over the past 50 years reveals some very clear tendencies. Tendencies so strong, in fact, that we can reasonably predict what’s ahead for the price.

Here are five realities about silver that, based on history, point to what’s coming for one of our favorite monetary metals…

Reality #1: Corrections Are Normal—and Our Friend

Most silver investors know the price is volatile—it’s a tiny market so a small amount of capital can have a big impact on the price.

That volatility includes corrections, of course. And putting them to a chart shows that even during bull markets, corrections abound.

This chart logs every correction of 5% or greater since January 2020.

There have been 16 corrections of 5% or more over the past 16 months. And yet look at the gain during this period: 69%.

Even during silver’s biggest run—1979 to January 1980—look how many corrections there were.

In the final 13 months of the 1979/80 mania, there were 13 corrections of 6.5% or greater. Like the last 16 month period, that’s an average of one per month.

  • Corrections are normal. In bull markets they are buying opportunities.

In fact, this volatility is why we’ll earn more on silver than gold…

Reality #2: Silver Has Always Outperformed Gold in Bull Markets

Silver’s greater volatility means it has historically outperformed gold in bull markets.

Here are the five major bull markets in gold and silver, including the current one (from each metal’s low last March, through April 21).

It’s something many silver investors know, but it’s worth highlighting to those who might be frustrated at the ongoing lag in price:

  • Before the bull market is over, history says silver is set to gain more than gold.

Reality #3: Prices Spike Suddenly and Violently

With little warning, history shows the silver price can ignite and surge like a rocket.

Those spikes usually aren’t small, though they are typically short-lived. Here’s every silver spike since the mid-1970s—notice how big they have been but also how short they lasted.

If we average out all those spikes this is what we find:

On average, when silver spikes, the price rises 150% over a 7-month period.

There’s an important point about how suddenly these spikes occur: you must be invested before they kick in. You might have to wait for it to ignite, but silver’s history over the past 50 years provides a very clear message:

  • Another spike in the silver price is coming.

Reality #4: Current Bull Market is Just Getting Started

Some investors lament that the price has been stagnant and weak since its peak last August. But this behavior is actually historically normal—and does not mean it won’t explode again in the near future…

Here is silver’s biggest bull market, from 1976 to January 1980, along with our current one (from the low in March 2020). Notice how dormant the silver price was for the first three years of that bull market too, before the mania kicked in…

The silver price gained over 1,200% in that bull market, most of which occurred in the final year. Our current bull market so far is exhibiting similar behavior.

  • If our current monetary system falters like it has many times throughout history, then we are likely to see similar gains over the next few years, if not greater.

Reality #5: It’s Not Just About Price

As a thought exercise, what if I told you the silver price was going to peak at $85 an ounce? Too low, right? But what if I told you that at $85 you could buy a house with just three mints cases of silver Eagles (or Maples Leafs, etc.)?

That’s exactly what silver investors were able to do in January 1980.

At the peak of the market, silver investors could buy an average-priced home in the US with just 1,464 ounces.

Since silver is money, it’s what you can buy with it that separates this hard asset from most other investments.

There’s another advantage: when ratios like this one reach historic lows—regardless of what the silver price may be at the time—it may be time to consider exiting.

No, I don’t think this ratio bottoms at $85 silver. There’s far too much currency abuse for it to peak at that level. But instead of focusing on the price

  • Look at what silver can buy you to determine its value, and potentially when to exit.

These five realities from history are important for investors to understand. Silver…

  • Has numerous corrections, even in bull markets
  • Always outperforms gold
  • Spikes suddenly and violently
  • Is gearing up for the next big spike
  • Will someday buy us a house with a modest number of ounces.

Given the nature of silver’s DNA, the message to us investors is very clear:

  • Prepare now for the next big run.

That’s precisely what I’m doing. And here’s an easy way to do it.

[Follow Jeff on Twitter @TheGoldAdvisor]

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.