Silver will bash through $US30/oz barrier in 2021, expert says
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Never fear, silver bulls. The price rally will resume later this year and continue well into 2021, says London-based consultancy Metals Focus.
Silver prices surged to ~$US29/oz in early August, falling just short of the psychologically important $US30/oz barrier, before easing back into a $US24-$US25/oz ‘holding pattern’.
That still represents a +36 per cent gain for 2020 so far, with gold up ~25.5 per cent over the same period.
And sentiment has remained generally positive.
That’s because if investors are positive on gold — optimistic on the macro circumstances that will continue to drive the gold price higher — then they are also likely to back silver.
Going forward, almost irrespective of the outcome of the US election, fresh large-scale fiscal and monetary stimuli seems inevitable.
“The case for silver [and gold investment] will therefore remain strong,” Metals Focus writes.
Metals Focus expects to see silver trade “well above” $US30/oz ($42/oz) next year.
History also tells us that silver has the ability to outperform its precious metal rival once it gets going.
“As silver has restored its ability to outperform its yellow cousin over the summer, there is plenty of room for additional investment inflows,” Metals Focus says.
“This is the main assumption behind our forecast that the silver price will break through the $US30 mark during 2021.”
When production begins in 2022/2023, Bawdwin will be the world’s #3 lead producer and a top-10 silver producer.
It’s a monster. The first 13 years of production at Bawdwin is called the ‘starter pit’, but the company has since defined two further phases of open cut mining – that’s decades and decades of mining and processing.
Investigator is currently working on a pre-feasibility study for the 43moz Paris project in South Australia — the highest grade deposit in the country — which it hopes to complete in 2021.
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The deal includes a processing plant which has produced about 600,000 ounces of gold and 45 million ounces of silver since 1995.
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It will take Adriatic just 1.2 years to pay back development costs once production starts.