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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 - Buy Gold - Bringing you trusted gold news and gold investing information since 2006

Silver Cracks $28 on Downside

The chart on silver and associated ETFs like the iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV) just went over a cliff even though retail interest in the “poor man’s gold” is at an all-time high. What is going on?

Once again, it seems like the moment the masses buy is the moment the professionals usually see a top forming and start packing it in.

Silver futures hit a 30-year high of $31.25 two weeks ago and have since retrenched a somewhat staggering 10% since. This may be a buying opportunity, but with sales of 1-ounce American Eagle coins cracking a record 4.588 million already this month, it looks like there is already a lot of money chasing this commodity right now.

While silver is a crucial industrial commodity and a precious hedge on inflation and a declining dollar, it has also been widely hyped as a vehicle for public rage against JPMorgan (JPM) and other global banks. “Crash JPMorgan buy silver,” as they say.

Nothing inherently wrong with using your money to express your political concerns — social investors do it all the time — but if everyone is doing it at once, the trade gets a little crowded and upside opportunities get limited.

That seems to be what is happening with SLV and similar silver-driven assets like it:

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