I’ve been looking at silver for quite a while, and its chart looks bearish to me. Silver has been swinging sideways in a very narrow range for a long time (4 months).
*Gold and silver move in the same direction most of the time. If you can predict silver, you can also predict gold.
This is a bearish pattern because based on what I’ve seen, silver’s medium term tops tend to be flat.
But you know that I’m not a chartist – I prefer facts and data vs dogma and charts. So here’s the data to prove my thesis.
I use standard deviations as a percent of silver’s price to determine how volatile silver has been.
Silver’s standard deviation over the past 4 months is now merely 1.7% of its price. This is an extremely low standard deviation.
Here’s what happens next to silver when its 4 month standard deviation is 1.7% (excluding overlapping cases over the past 4 months).
Here are silver’s historical returns.
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This is a medium term bearish sign for silver. Look at silver’s historical forward returns for the next few months. Almost all bearish.
But this raises a more important long term question. I previously thought that gold and silver are in new bull markets. I’m seriously starting to doubt this case. Perhaps silver is still stuck in a long sideways bear market.
Long periods of low volatility are hallmarks for silver’s historical bear markets. In other words, silver’s volatility shouldn’t be this low if it is in a bull market.
All of the above historical signals occurred when silver was in a bear market. None of them occurred when silver was in a bull market.
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