Silver is sending us an important warning.
Yesterday, the price of silver closed at $20.30, its highest price since July 2014.
Silver is now up 45% this year. That’s nearly eight times better than the S&P 500’s 5.9% return. And it’s almost double gold’s 25% gain this year.
If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know silver is rallying for the same reason gold’s taken off. Investors are worried about the economy and financial system.
Like gold, silver is real money. It’s also a safe haven asset that investors buy when they’re nervous.
Unlike gold, silver is an industrial metal. It goes into everything from batteries to solar panels. Because of this, it's more sensitive to economic slowdowns. That’s why many folks think of silver as gold’s more volatile cousin.
Lately, silver has been acting more like a precious metal than an industrial metal. It’s soaring because the global economy is in serious trouble.
Today, we’ll explain why silver is likely headed much higher. And we’ll show you the best way to profit from rising silver prices.
• Silver has been in a bear market for the better part of the last five years…
From April 2011 to December 2015, the price of silver plummeted 72%. This 56-month downturn was the longest silver bear market on record.
As brutal as this bear market was, we knew it wouldn’t go on forever. That’s because silver, like other commodities, is cyclical. It experiences booms and busts.
As you just saw, the losses in commodity bear markets can be huge. But the gains in commodity bull markets can be even bigger. During its 2008–2011 bull market, silver soared an incredible 441%.
That’s why we watch commodities so closely. Every few years, they give you the chance to make huge gains in a short period of time.
• On December 18, Casey Research founder Doug Casey said silver wouldn’t get much cheaper…
Doug told Kitco, one of the world’s biggest precious metals retailers, that gold and silver were near a bottom:
My opinion is if it's not the bottom, it's close enough to the bottom. So, I have to be an aggressive buyer of both gold and silver at this point.
Doug’s call was dead on. Silver bottomed at $13.70 an ounce on December 17. That same day, gold bottomed at $1,051 an ounce.
In other words, Doug was one day off from perfectly calling the bottom in gold and silver.
• The price of silver has soared 49% since December…
But it could head much higher in the coming years. Remember, silver soared 441% during its last bull market.
Silver is “cheap” too. It’s trading 58% below its 2011 high, even after this year’s monster rally.
It’s also never been more important to own “real money.” That’s because it looks like the world is on the cusp of a major financial crisis. Doug explains:
Right now, we are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we’re going into its trailing edge. It’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009.
As longtime readers know, the last financial crisis caused the S&P 500 to plunge 57%. It sparked America’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And it allowed the government to launch a series of radical “stimulus” measures, none which actually helped the economy.
• BlackRock (BLK) sees tough times ahead too…
BlackRock is the world’s biggest asset manager. It oversees $4.6 trillion. That’s more than the annual economic output of Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy.
BlackRock manages more money than Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and Bank of America (BAC). This makes it one of the world’s most important financial institutions…and one that probably understands the global economy better than almost any other company on the planet.
Like us, BlackRock’s chief investment strategist, Richard Turnill, thinks the next few years could be very difficult. CNBC reported on Monday:
“This feels more and more like we're in an environment of low returns and high volatility for some time,” Richard Turnill said on “Squawk Box.”
“The period of political [Brexit] uncertainty ahead of us isn't going to last for weeks or quarters, but potentially for years,” he said.
• According to BlackRock, the “Brexit” made the global economy more unstable…
If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know Great Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) on June 23. The Brexit, as folks are calling it, shook financial markets from Tokyo to New York. It erased more than $3 trillion from the global stock market in two days.
Then, stocks started to rally. By this Tuesday, global stocks fully “recovered” from the Brexit bloodbath. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average even hit new all-time highs this week.
Many investors took this as proof that the worst was over.
We, on the other hand, reminded readers to not lose sight of the big picture. We explained that stocks were rallying because they’re the least bad place to put your money right now. We encouraged you to not “get sucked back into the stock market.”
• Larry Fink doesn’t think U.S. stocks should be rallying either…
Fink is the chairman and CEO of BlackRock. That makes him one of the most powerful people in the world.
Like us, Fink isn’t “buying” this stock rally. CNBC reported yesterday:
“I don't think we have enough evidence to justify these levels in the equity market at this moment,” Fink said Thursday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.”
According to Fink, stocks are rallying for the wrong reasons:
He said the recent rally has been supported by institutional investors covering shorts, or bets that stocks would fall, and not individual investors feeling bullish.
“Since Brexit, we've seen ETF flows almost at record levels … $18 billion of inflows,” Fink said. “However, in the mutual fund area, we're continuing to see outflows.”
What that tells you is retail investors are pulling out, he said. “You're seeing institutions who were short going into Brexit … all now rushing in to recalibrate their portfolios.”
In other words, this rally could fizzle out any day.
• We recommend you invest with great caution right now…
If you still own stocks, consider selling your weakest positions. Get rid of your most expensive stocks. Only hang on to companies that you know can make money in a long economic downturn.
We also encourage you to own gold. As we said earlier, it’s real money. It’s preserved wealth for centuries because it possesses a unique set of attributes: It’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. You can take a gold coin anywhere in the world and folks will instantly recognize its value.
We recommend most folks to hold 10% to 15% of their wealth in gold. Once you own enough gold, consider putting money into silver. It could deliver even bigger gains than gold in the years to come.
To learn why, watch this short video presentation. It explains why the biggest threat to your wealth right now isn’t an economic recession, a stock market crash, or even a global banking crisis. It’s something much bigger and far more dangerous. The good news is that you can protect yourself from this coming crisis. Watch this free video to learn how.
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Chart of the Day
Silver stocks just hit a new three-year high.
Today’s chart shows the performance of iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (SLVP), which tracks large silver miners.
As regular readers know, silver stocks are leveraged to the price of silver. It doesn’t take a big jump by silver for them to skyrocket. This year, silver’s 45% jump caused SLVP to soar 171%. It’s now trading at its highest level since April 2013.
If you think gold and silver are headed much higher like we do, you could put some of your money into gold and silver stocks. According to Doug Casey, these stocks could enter a “super bubble” in the coming years.
Keep in mind, these are some of the most volatile stocks on the planet. Many gold and silver stocks can swing 5% or more in a day. If you can stomach that kind of volatility, you could see huge returns in gold and silver stocks over the next few years.
Delray Beach, Florida
July 15, 2016
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