It’s been a while since I’ve covered the precious metals in an article. They’ve been range-bound for much of the past year, with few notable sector developments to report.
But I feel compelled to write about them today for two reasons:
- The probability of an upwards re-pricing of the precious metals is rising, and
- Both gold & silver are quite over-sold right now, technically-speaking.
With technical and fundamental indicators flashing green simultaneously like this, now is an advantageous time to consider increasing your PM exposure (I did so myself yesterday).
The Human Factor
Before I go into further detail on the current conditions of the PM market, here’s a recent personal experience that underscores how few people have any real familiarity with gold & silver as an asset class, let alone own any (beyond, perhaps, a bit of jewelry).
A good friend moved and needed help transporting some bullion from his old town to his new one. Most of it was silver, several thousand ounces worth.
That much silver is pretty friggin’ heavy.
So we huffed and strained, hauling that load out of one bank vault, into his car, and from there into the vault at his new bank. While we did our best to be as discrete as possible, our sweaty, grunting 2-man production was hard for the bank staff to ignore.
Managers at both banks figured out what was going on, as it was pretty obvious. And both separately asked us out of genuine curiosity, “Is that real silver?”.
My friend briefly handed over a 100-oz bar so they could see for themselves, sparking conversations about the merits of owning physical bullion.
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