Silver has a great deal of potential upside.
There is less silver available today than there was 100 years ago as silver is consumed by industry . Silver is approaching an all time high vs the cost of gold it is 50 times more expensive than gold compared with a multiple of 30 in 1985 and roduction costs for silver when compared Gold is only 17 times as much.
So silver prices could be different if based on
- Gold / Silver price Ratio (at 1985 ratio) $60
- Production cost ratio $105
Buying Silver in the UK
The UK charges VAT on owning silver bullion. However there are some ways you can get around this problem. The best solution I have found is to get an investment depository from the Perth Mint. This is VAT free and give you liquidity and security (although not physical possession of the silver) . I think its your best bet if you want to diversify into silver in a safe tax effective way. (I reckon a 50/50 split cash silver would be good)
Numbers and insights to back up my summary above
Silver VS Gold – In the last 5 years gold has increase from 500 to 1056 pounds whereas silver has increased from 20 to 30 pounds so comparatively gold has gone up more than silver.
Looking on a longer timeline to see the price ratios over time in US dollars
Look at the ratio of the price of gold versus silver gold:silver
- 1932 600 10 – 60:1 (gold is 60 times more than silver)
- 1967 300 10 – 30:1
- 1985 1900:90 21:1
- 2013 1667: 31.42 53:1
Look at the cost of extraction
- Current Cost $250 per oz
- Current price 1600
- Current miners profit = 1600-250 = 1350 or 650% (profit is 6.5 times cost)
- Current Cost $14 per oz
- Current Price is 28
- Current miners profit = 28-14 = 14 or 200% (profit is twice cost)
This is interesting. This shows a distortion in the market it suggests that gold is overpriced compared to silver
Ratio – Production 2700:255k = 1:94 (there is 94 times as much silver produced as gold)
This means that more silver is currently being mined than gold by a larger multiple than that of gold. This would cause downward pressure on the price. Why would silver production be so high compared to gold when the margins are lower? I would suggest that there is something distorting the market. It is either collusion with gold or silver manufacturers or something to do with the speed at which you can setup new gold mines versus silver to cope with demmand.
In this article they claim that because silver is used up in production processes there is actually less silver above ground than there was 100 years ago.