US Silver Production Drops Significantly Again In October…Has Peak Silver Arrived?

January 10, 2016

After US silver production declined nearly 20% in September (y.o.y), this continued again in October.  According to the USGS Silver Mineral Industry Survey, silver production in the US fell to 84.6 metric tons (mt) in October compared to 103 mt during the same month in 2014.

As we can see in the chart below, US silver production in 2015 starting to fall lower in July compared to the much higher trend last year:

If we look at the next chart below, we can see just how much lower US silver production has declined in the past two months:

Domestic silver production in the US is down 19% in September and 18% in October verses the same months last year.  Even though the USGS will continue to revise these figures going forward, this is a significant trend change.  Year to date U.S. silver production is down 6.7%.  If we continue to see lower declines in November and December, I would imagine that figure will grow to 8-9%.

While U.S. silver production isn’t ranked in the top producers of the world, I believe what is happening in the states will also occur in many other countries as lower silver and base metal prices impact the balance sheets of mining companies.

Global Peak Silver May Have Arrived

I will be writing more about this in future articles.  But, I believe there is a good chance that Global Silver Production has peaked.  It will depend on how things unfold in the U.S. and Global markets in 2016, but if we experience a continued collapse of Global GDP… then yes, PEAK SILVER AS ARRIVED.

I say this due to a new insight from the work of Gail Tverberg at Our Finite World.  She recently wrote an article, 2016: Oil Limits and the end of the Debt SuperCycle.  I highly recommend reading that article several times.

My new insight suggests that current system is less sustainable than I previously thought.  Which means, when it unravels…. it will do so in rapid speed.  This will cause not only U.S. and Global oil production to collapse, but also the production of most commodities and metals.

Furthermore, the notion that prices will skyrocket higher in the future when shortages appear may not come true due to the collapse of this Debt SuperCycle as Tverberg proclaims.  This totally destroys the idea of the “Business Cycle” for good.  Instead of bottoming and then heading back higher, we collapse into a future that looks much different.

Again, I will be writing more on this in detail in future articles.


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