Is Silver A Better Bet Than Gold In The Near Future? (Part 1)

April 27, 2016

In the week beginning April 18th, 2016, silver was on fire, rising sharply and forcing ‘Wall Street’ to take note of its move.  And even though many investors believe that gold and silver are one and the same, one can hold either in your portfolio and earn the same returns? The truth is far from that!

In reality, both silver and gold are considered precious metals -- and over the long-term, they have a high degree of ‘correlation’ in their movements. However, both offer opportunities at different the short-term for the active investor,

The chart below clearly that once the bull market starts in precious metals, silver beats gold hands down. From 2005 to the highs in 2011, gold achieved an impressive 350% returns.  Whereas for the same period, silver recorded an astounding 700% return.

My subscribers are aware that we are extremely bullish on the precious metals over the next few years when the global economies enter ‘The Great Financial Reset’. Gold will be in a sustained bull market for years to come and will reach levels…which now seem inconceivable.

History suggests that if gold witnesses a resounding bull market, silver will surely outperform it.

However, occasionally, investors will benefit if they trade in and out of both these markets. At times, holding silver is more profitable than gold and at other times, it is the other way around.

Consider this, if one would have bought gold during the start of this year, one would have made an impressive 16% returns in the first two months’ as shown in the chart below. However, silver would have made only 12% return for the same two-month period.

Since then, I raised a ‘red flag’ regarding a short-term top developing in gold. Subsequently, gold prices have been range-bound with a downward bias.

On the other hand, silver has soared April 18th, 2016, netting an investor a 16% gain in this month, which beats most other asset classes, including gold.  Today, ‘Commercial Traders’, as determined by their large position, have not been this bearish on silver since 2008. This is when silver declined from $21 per ounce all the way down to $8…just before silver had a multi-year rally topping in 2011. It is imperative to note they set a new record short position last week!

Concluding Thoughts

In a couple days, I will be posting Part 2 of this article here on this website to show you what exactly is likely to happen and when for both gold and silver. Trading and investing is not as simple as many think. Just because you or someone you follow is bullish on an investment does not mean it is a good buy. Timing is everything in the markets… and knowing when and where to buy and sell is the key to long-term success.

The important question you should be asking yourself is whether precious metals are headed lower? This I will share with you in a couple days, stay tuned.


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Chris Vermeulen has been involved in the markets since 1997 and is the founder of Technical Traders Ltd. He is an internationally recognized technical analyst, trader, and is the author of the book: 7 Steps to Win With Logic

Through years of research, trading and helping individual traders around the world. He learned that many traders have great trading ideas, but they lack one thing, they struggle to execute trades in a systematic way for consistent results. Chris helps educate traders with a three-hour video course that can change your trading results for the better.

His mission is to help his clients boost their trading performance while reducing market exposure and portfolio volatility.

He is a regular speaker on, and the FinancialSurvivorNetwork radio shows. Chris was also featured on the cover of AmalgaTrader Magazine, and contributes articles to several financial hubs like

Peru became the world’s largest producer of silver in 2012.

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