Is a Silver Supply Shortage on the Horizon?
San Francisco (Mar 16) Silver, it seems, is everywhere. The precious metal’s dual role as both an investment and industrial metal means that while it can be bought physically or in paper form by investors, it also has myriad technological and medical applications.
It’s in part because of those many uses that some silver market watchers think at some point — perhaps in the near future — demand for the metal will exceed supply, creating a shortage.
Andrew Chanin, co-founder of the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (ARCA:SILJ), is one person who believes that’s what’s in the cards. He told Silver Investing News (SIN) in a recent interview that “we’re entering an era where we’re seeing a tug of war between investment demand and industrial demand. I think what people aren’t even considering as a possibility is a potential supply shortage in silver as a result of this squeeze from demand.”