Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Is Going On With Silver?

As I discussed in my previous article, since the beginning of 2017 two large gold ETFs, GLD and IAU, have been generally accumulating gold. However, the largest silver ETF (SLV), has been doing the opposite:

source: Simple Digressions

The chart shows that every single month SLV reported an outflow of silver from its vaults. As a result, now there are 327.3 million ounces of silver at SLV vaults:

source: Simple Digressions

It means that since the beginning of the current bull phase in gold and silver (December 2015), the SLV holdings increased by a mere 3.0% (look at two red circles). To be honest, it is not an impressive result because, for example, GLD gold holdings went up by 29.6%!

So the question is - what is going on with silver? 


  1. as the old saying goes silver is the laggard on the way up and first to tank on the way down. From that perspective the fact that SLV is reducing its AG holdings is consistent with SLV expecting some short term downward Ag volatility.

    Some repositioning I would think.

  2. You are partly right. During a bull market in precious metals it is silver that goes up faster than gold.
    Then, during a correction or a bear market, silver tanks faster than gold (here you are right).