Silver ETF Holdings See Massive Spike, US Mint Runs Out Of Coins

January 18, 2013

 

That’s roughly 8 percent of annual silver supply, which is around 1 billion ounces.

While many market participants were taken aback by the surge in the iShares Silver Trust’s holdings, the impact on silver prices was minimal.

 

Prices have crept up in recent sessions, but they are well within their recent trading range and essentially unchanged from where they were a year ago. Clearly, the increase in ETF holdings has not translated into higher prices.

Still, the jump in iShares’ holdings suggests that investor demand for the gray metal remains strong. Moreover, that demand is not just coming from financial investors. The U.S. mint said it ran out of American Eagle silver coins after selling 6.01 million ounces so far this month.

Though prices remain muted thus far, all this investor demand for silver should eventually translate into higher prices, say analysts.

“Investors appear to be putting their money increasingly into silver ETFs as an investment alternative,” Commerzbank said. “It can only be a question of time before the buoyant ETF demand causes the silver price to rise.”

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