Is Silver Going Up in 2017?

Many analysts are bullish on silver, but is silver going up in 2017? Answers are beginning to appear.

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2016 was a rollercoaster year for commodities, and precious metals, including silver, were impacted by geopolitical concerns and worldwide economic uncertainty.

The silver price increased steadily during the first half of the year, reaching a high of $20.28 per ounce in July. And even though the white metal pulled back to hit a low of $15.76 in December, market participants were hopeful about its prospects in 2017.

As 2016 drew to a close, many were asking the question, “is silver going up in 2017?” and finding out that the answer might be “yes.”

In particular, silver price predictions from key firms were buoying hopes about the metal’s prospects in 2017. Below are some of the estimates put forward at the end of last year:

  • Capital Economics — $16 per ounce
  • CIBC — $16.90 per ounce
  • Citi Research — $15.50 per ounce
  • Commerzbank (OTCMKTS:CRZBY) — $19 per ounce (Q3 and Q4 2017)
  • HSBC — $16 to 21.50 per ounce
  • RBC Capital Markets — $19.30 per ounce

Now that Q1 is half over, it’s worth taking a look at how the silver price is doing so far. Below is a brief overview of how silver has fared so far this year, and a look at the factors that may influence it moving forward.

Taking a look at the chart below, it’s clear that silver has been trending upward in 2017:

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View the full chart here.

Silver hit its highest point in 2017 on February 12, when it briefly reached $18, a three-month high. It reached its lowest point of the year on January 1, when it sank to $15.91. That day silver was pushed down by a higher greenback and by the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase interest rates for the second time in a decade.

Most recently, the silver price was sitting at $17.95 as of 3:00 p.m. EST on February 15, up about 12.75 percent since the beginning of the year. The current gold-silver ratio is 68.5, a bit far from the 10-year average of 61.55, but nevertheless impressive compared to the end of 2016.

Many market watchers believe that further gains could be in store for silver later this year. In particular, instability caused by US President Trump could push its price higher.

In a recent interview with the Investing News Network, Louis James, editor of the International Speculator, said, “Trump is still a source of instability, which markets don’t like, so this is very bullish for safe-haven assets.”

Concerns about the upcoming elections in Europe could also impact the silver price moving forward. Potential anti-establishment upsets in national elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany, alongside a global rise in protectionism, pose the biggest threats to the Eurozone’s economy, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters.

“With populist parties still gaining support and opinion polls consistently proving unreliable, there are plenty of events that could unsettle markets,” Simon Wells, chief European economist at HSBC, said.

Lastly, any interest rate changes from the US Federal Reserve will also affect silver and the other precious metals this year.

“At our upcoming meetings, the Fed will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with … expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate,” Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said recently.

So is silver going up in 2017? It’s too soon to tell whether it will see an overall increase for the year, but with the gains it’s already made, prospects seem good. Silver bugs will no doubt be watching closely for more cues about what the precious metal will do next.

This is an updated version of an article first published on Silver Investing News on June 12, 2015.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Priscila Barrera, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article. 

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By: Charlotte McLeod, March 30, 2016

2015 was a turbulent year for silver. Like many metals, it declined steadily over the course of the year, ultimately recording a fall of just under 15 percent. 

While that’s undeniably negative, as 2016 drew to a close, market participants were nevertheless hopeful about silver’s prospects in 2016. Many were asking the question, “is silver going up in 2016?” and finding out that the answer might be “yes.”

In particular, silver price predictions from key firms were buoying hopes about silver. For example, Thomson Reuters GFMS was calling for an average 2016 silver price of $16.80 per ounce. Meanwhile, other firms had put forward the following estimates:

With the first quarter of 2016 now over, it’s interesting to look back at the question, “is silver going up in 2016?” Here’s a brief overview of how silver has fared so far this year, and a look at the factors that may influence it moving forward.

Taking a look at the chart below, it’s clear that silver has trended upward in 2016:

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Silver price year-to-date as of March 30, 2016.

More specifically, the white metal had gained 8.1 percent, or $1.14, as of March 30. That’s less than gold‘s 14.84-percent rise since the start of 2016, but nevertheless impressive.

Looking further at stats, silver hit its highest point in 2016 on March 17, when it reached $15.90. That was the day after the US Federal Reserve announced plans to leave interest rates unchanged. Gold also got a major boost that day — investors tend to turn to both metals when interest rates are low.

On the flip side, silver hit its lowest point of the year on January 12, the day it sank to $13.77. There don’t appear to have been any specific triggers for that drop, which came just a few days after problems in the Chinese stock market resulted in a very good week for silver and gold.

Most recently, the silver price was sitting at $15.22 as of 5:00 p.m. EST on March 30, and many market watchers are suggesting that further gains could be in store later this year. In particular, analysts have said that the Fed’s decision to leave interest rates low could positively impact silver (and gold) even down the road. Notably, while previously four rate hikes were expected in 2016, now only two are believed to be in the cards.

So is silver going up in 2016? It’s too soon to tell whether it will see an overall increase for the year, but with the gains it’s already made, prospects seem good. Silver bugs will no doubt be watching closely for cues about what the precious metal will do next.

This is an updated version of an article first published on Silver Investing News on June 12, 2015. 

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article. 

Related reading: 

Silver Predictions 2016: Watch China and the Gold Price

Gold Buoyed as Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

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