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The Silver Institute: 2016 Silver Market Trends

(Washington D.C. – January 28, 2016)  Silver is prized primarily for its dual role as a monetary asset as well as an important industrial metal utilized in a wide-range of existing and growing applications.  Factors driving the silver market include supply and demand fundamentals, global economic performance, geopolitical issues, interest rates, currency fluctuations and investor sentiment, among others.   Against this backdrop, the Silver Institute offers the following thoughts on this year’s silver market trends.

Silver Demand

Silver industrial demand, the largest component of total silver offtake, is set to increase its share of total demand in 2016. Silver is incorporated into a variety of industrial applications and is generally price-insensitive given the small quantities that are used in some applications and its critical contribution to these applications’ functionality.  In 2015, industrial fabrication demand accounted for an estimated 54 percent of total physical silver demand.

Silver’s use in photovoltaics for solar energy is projected to rise in 2016 and surpass the previous peak of 75.8 Moz (million ounces) set in 2011, as global solar panel installations are expected to grow at a high single-digit pace.  Moreover, silver’s use in this application may account for more than 13 percent of total silver industrial demand in 2016, up from 1.4 percent a decade ago.

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Before you get overly excited about the gold miners recent jump take a look at the chart of the HUI and notice the gaps that it made on the way up - in my experience the HUI will return to backfill these gaps - my thought for the day!

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