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Expert Says Silver Breakout is Imminent
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Ron Struthers Ron Struthers of Struthers Resource Stock Report typically follows gold. While silver usually follows gold, it can sometimes outperform gold in a bull market. Struthers believes we may be in one of those instances.

I have not talked much about silver for some time but now is the time. I mostly follow gold because silver usually follows golds path, oftentimes with a delay, and in some instances, it can outperform gold in a bull market. We could be in for one of those instances because silver has lagged more, so this go-around.

Gold is breaking out to record highs but silver is still a long way from its $50 record highs. Silver is often referred to as poor man's gold because often it starts rising in price after gold. Many investors, especially retail, will think gold has gone too high and is too costly, so will buy silver.

At this point, there is little interest in silver in North America, I see that with the wide availability of silver coins. However, there is strong retail demand coming from India and also strong industrial demand there as the solar industry is starting a boom.

Note above that mining and supply have been flat with no investment. Demand has been increasing, driven by solar panels, and investment demand is flat. The supply deficit has been huge since 2019 The story with silver has not changed for years, maybe a decade. There is a continuous supply deficit with growing demand, yet the silver price has not risen. Numerous analysts continue with bullish forecasts year after year based on these bullish fundamentals, and they have been wrong, or should I say too early.

I believe the dominating factors are shorting and price management by government principals and banksters. Their goal is to suppress retail demand for precious metals by focusing on poor man's gold and silver. This suppressing intervention caused a coiled spring, and I think it will soon be released. All these bullish analysts will finally be proven correct. As they say, timing is everything and I believe the time is soon arriving.

The silver price bottomed around the same time as gold, October 2022, but has been in a bull market since late 2022. You would never know it, and even today, silver is up over +40% from those October lows. An official bull market is a +20% gain. The key level to watch on the chart is about $26.30, which would show a break out above a contained cap or range that has been almost three years.

However, don't expect fireworks; silver is much like gold because investors have been beaten up so long that they will be very reluctant to dip their toe back in the market. It is much like trying to get a child who has aquaphobia into a swimming pool. It will probably take silver prices of $30 to $35 to stimulate investor demand. That said, I believe the break out on the chart is imminent, and we can buy silver stocks that are beaten up to ridiculous prices. It may take some patience, but the rewards will be huge, especially if the silver price ends up outperforming gold.

In the near term, I think it will be India's solar and investment demand that drives silver higher. India's energy landscape is rapidly evolving, with solar and wind likely to meet two-thirds of future demand growth by the Financial Year (FY) 2032. The 14th National Electricity Plan (NEP14) estimates India's total annual electricity generation to grow by 1,174 TWh in FY 2022-32 period. Annual solar is expected to rise by 593 TWh.

The country has a huge population of over 1.4 billion and overtook China in 2023 as the world's most populace country and this brings growing energy demand. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), India has the potential to become the second-largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology globally by 2026.

As you can see in this next chart from the Silver Institute, India has a long way to go to catch up with North America and Europe. And India's solar capacity is currently less than half of China's.

Some more charts from Metal Focus. This next chart shows that India's silver imports are volatile but a definite big increase since late 2021. The result is a big decrease in LBMA and CME inventories.

Along with India, this next chart shows the strong growing demand for solar (PV) that had been basically flat from 2016 to 2021.

In the short term, I believe that India will be a major driver on the silver price, and in the long term, like all bull markets, we need strong investment demand. As I mentioned, that will probably start to kick in between $30 and $35 per ounce. If silver catches up to gold, we are talking $50, $60, and eventually much higher.

Investment demand will be the key driver of the gold and silver bull market and will start to kick in this year. Precious metals have an inverse relationship with the stock markets and tend to rise when uncertainty hits stock markets. I expect that this year.

This market narrative that inflation is beaten and the Fed will reduce rates is a fairy tale. As I have been saying, the Fed will lower rates because the economy is tanking. I don't rule out 1 or 2 cuts ahead of the election as a gesture or a sliver of hope to help Biden's election chances. It does not take a genius to see that inflation will not ease; in fact, it will go higher. Oil hit my $85 target today, and you can see on the chart that inflation data over the next several months will be compared to the low oil prices of 2023.

Gasoline prices show the same thing, and we are not even near the peak summer demand season. I expect prices can easily reach $3.50 per gallon this summer.

The ongoing tightness in refined products has seen refiners outperforming pure upstream-focused companies by some five percentage points as the Red Sea shipping disruptions and refinery drone strikes in Russia kept supply restricted. Ukraine struck the Taneco refinery in Russia on Tuesday, located 800 miles from the front lines in Ukraine and boasting a capacity of 360,000 b/d, with regional media saying the drones were intercepted but still triggered a fire.

In what seems like two-faced talk to me, Biden has pleaded with Ukraine not to hit Russian oil refineries because it will drive energy prices higher. I think Biden should have read the basics or War for Dummies to grasp reality, but I doubt he is even sure where he is. Biden will likely have to blame the high energy prices on the oil companies and war.

EVs are not coming to the rescue, either. Goldman Sachs forecasts that global road fuel demand will increase by 5% from now to 2032. I expect this is probably low because they are predicting too aggressive EV growth. Gasoline inventories are already at the bottom of the 5-year range and could drop to or below the 2022 lows.

And it will be worse in Canada. Between the Trudeau government's carbon tax and policies driving down the economy, investment fleeing, and the CA$, loonie headed to new lows; we will probably see $2 per liter of gasoline this summer and the high inflation that goes with it.

As I have been saying for the last two to three years, we are in a 1970s-style stagflation, and this will lead to the biggest bull market in precious metals since the 1970s. Stay tuned for Part II — My top silver stock picks.

Meanwhile, buy physical bars and coins.

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