In our Silver Price Forecast 2018 which we wrote last October we explained why we did a neutral trend forecast for the price of silver (SILVER) in 2018, with a bearish bias. We also said that we had a hard time forecasting the 2018 silver price because of the hard-to-read setup, and we promised readers to continuously follow up until we start seeing clear signals in the silver market which could lead to a price target.
This is what we wrote last October:
Let’s get things straight:
- As long as silver does not rise above $21 it has not broken out in which case it is trendless or bearish.
- If silver falls below $16 (and stays below 16 for at least 3 consecutive weeks) it is bearish.
- Between $16 and $21 silver is neutral.
- Moreover, $14 is a major price level as it marks the lows of the last 9 years. If silver sets a major double bottom between 14 and 15 in 2018 then (only then) will we become very bullish for the long term.
However, we are very closely watching what happens near the $14 price level for reasons outlined above. That is to get an idea on the secular support levels. Similarly, once silver starts rising in the first months of 2018 (seasonal strength) we are closely watching the $21 area as secular resistance.
Now, fast forward to March 2018, we start seeing a couple of signals which might be encouraging for silver bulls.
Let’s revise our thesis based on these 3 must-see silver charts for 2018.
Note: we are not going to analyze news items, fundamental trends, supply/demand, as that’s noise for the future price of silver in 2018 or any year beyond: the silver to gold ratio may be high or low, gold or silver may be compared with a zombie, there may or may not be correlations with economics data … we simply do not care. Why? Because we remain firm in our method and vision which is (1) Tsaklanos his 1/99 Investing Principles suggest that only 1% of news has 99% of value and (2) the vast majority of news is just that, news, in the traditional sense of the word, without any value for investors.
The weekly silver chart in 2018: a pressure cooker
We remain firm in our view that the chart is the compass for investors. What matters is having the ‘right chart’: create the right timeframes, set the right indicators, identify the right patterns.
The silver chart over the last 17 years (the major cycle starting with the strong bull market and followed by the crash and 7-year bear market) is a pressure cooker. The pattern suggests that a major move is brewing.
Last year, we were slightly bearish because, as said, we saw support being broken. That did not materialize, and we are open minded to admit that it changes our view. We are no perma bears, nor perma bulls, we are here to be successfull, and, with that, share successes with readers.
The current chart setup, primarily the series of higher lows over the last 24 months, combined with the visible long period of prices moving against the resistance trend line, suggest that a breakout is more likely than a breakdown.
The 50 year silver chart close to a breakout in 2018
On the longest possible timeframe the silver chart looks increasingly constructive. Note how the above explained observations looks when zooming out.
Also, note the very long term cup-and-handle formation.
Both combined confirms the pressure cooker effect, even on the very long term.
Will the 2018 silver chart be different?
Last year, we were on Marketwatch with our silver forecast “Why silver may have already peaked for the year“. That was in April, and our forecast was that silver peaked in April for the year. We were spot-on.
This year, however, with the above observations and with the unfolding pattern, we are not as convinved as last year that silver has seen the highs of the year.
Will 2018 be different for silver? That may well be the case for reasons outlined in this article, and annotated on the chart below.