The Bullion Desk reported that Natixis SA (EPA:KN) expects the silver price to average just $12.80 per ounce in 2016, and $13.40 in 2017. The firm sees the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate decisions continuing to affect the white metal.
As quoted in the market news:
“Silver could further suffer because of the strong cultural affinity US retail investors have with the metal.”
“As interest rates rise between 2016 and 2017, so (does) the opportunity cost of holding silver,” it said.
The share of investment demand has dropped to 18 percent of total demand in 2014, and it expects it to continue dropping towards eight to nine percent.
Demand for silver from the electronics industry is expected to rise slowly. “We don’t expect this level of demand to compensate for the drop in investment demand.”