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Silver: Long And Short Term Strategies

Published 06/18/2020, 09:54 AM
Updated 07/09/2023, 06:31 AM

Silver will have initially taken off to correct its historic low in the metal’s ratio to gold, as part of a rotational drive toward value (see gold:silver ratio below). Later, multi-dollar moves will be discounting legislation prohibiting the public’s gold ownership.

The drivers cited above will have served the purpose for attaining the long-since-discussed levels at $20, 50 (1980 peak), ~125 (inflation-adjusted all-time high), and 500, which will coincide with an inflation-adjusted price in the thousands for gold.

This year, the relationship between silver’s volatility index versus the metal might not normalize until silver hits the $21-24 area (see VXSLV chart below). Of course, this is a major consideration with respect to any and all option strategies.

In sum, understanding silver’s movements and how to profit in the short and long term requires analysis of (a) its relationship to its option premium volatility indicator and, (b) silver’s relationship to gold. Hence, for critical context, please note the excerpts and charts that follow. (This paragraph’s linked article explained the importance and forecast, of a reversion to the previous asymmetry that had existed between the VIX and the VXSLV.)

From the April 14, 2020 report:

“The 3-month VXSLV chart below includes its 5-wave explosion to new all-time highs at 110.

“After breaking the 2011 high (when the SLV had hit a price just under $50), I identified the top based on the fact that it was being influenced by the VIX and the COVID-driven fear that was dragging that index higher.

“I viewed the VXSLV rally as unsustainable, as I believed that the SLV and VXSLV’s future long term trends to be co-directional and NOT asymmetric.”

From the April 6, 2020 report:

“I have almost no doubt, however, that the relationship between the SLV and the VXSLV has reverted. Despite the law of diminishing returns, volatility premiums spiked when silver declined after the 2011 peak.

“Today, the market must be deeply concerned about the unlimited upside potential that a bull market presents for this low priced asset.”

Given the decline from 110 and the fact that I look for an eruption in silver and, further, since my analysis is that silver and its option premiums will have ultimately trended co-directionally, I advise entering into a bullish option strategy (see Strategy section at bottom), paying no mind to the fact that the VXSLV remains at a lofty level, historically-speaking, despite the collapse from its all-time high at 110.

A more proper relationship between silver and its option premiums will likely not come back until silver trades at somewhat higher levels than the abnormally low price at which it presently changes hands. This is because the option market is treating today’s prices as an aberration resulting from the first quarter’s market debacle.

Silver’s COVID-led flush-out to $11 per ounce was, and is, viewed as the game-changing cyclical flush-out!


Silver ETF Volatility Index

Today’s last technical analysis is of the 100-year gold:silver ratio chart, below.

From the April 6, 2020 report.

“Importantly, note that the new and unsustainable all-time high in the gold:silver ratio has, in all likelihood, reversed. The ratio hit 120, after breaking the previous peak of 100, a level that was previously challenged only twice over the past 100 years (see March 19, 2020 pre-open report).”


Gold Silver Ratio Chart

Long and short term SLV strategies:

One should hold silver forever, and that view has not changed. For those who seek to add speculative leverage:

Trend-channel and price support both exist around $15 (SLV chart not shown). Moreover, 15 represents a correction of ~ 50% from the orthodox Elliott low at $13 and the recent peak just under $17.

All taken together, including the critical technical views above regarding the VXSLV, a quick smack in the latter to the low 30’s, which should coincide with a sharp and fast decline to a pre-July 4 low around $15.25 in the SLV, could be used to jump on the September 31, 2020 17-strike calls.


Originally published June 16


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