Investors Shouldn't Forget About Silver ETFs

Gold bullion usually gets all the attention in the precious metals market, but commodity traders shouldn’t forget about silver and related ETFs.

“Silver’s discount to gold may spark investor bargain buying. Continued strength in the industrial cycle and a constrained mine supply may keep the metal in a supply deficit. Silver prices may reach$19-20/ounce (oz) range by year-end,” Maxwell Gold, Director of Investment Strategy for ETF Securities, said in a research note.

Comex silver futures were hovering around $16.9 per ounce Wednesday.

Poor’s man gold has been underperforming its yellowy peer, but silver may be setting up to be a leader this year, Gold argued. Specifically, the ETF Securities strategist pointed to fundamental drivers that could support silver’s prices, including rising global manufacturing and industrial production – unlike gold, silver enjoys robust industrial demand.

Furthermore, inflation is also ticking higher as reflected by rising inflation expectations, increased fiscal spending, a tighter labor market with higher wages and a depressed U.S. dollar. Commodities, notably precious metals, have historically acted as a hedge against inflation, helping investors maintain their purchasing power.