Silver Prices – The Next Five Years

Miles Franklin sponsored this article by Gary Christenson.

Breaking News: COMEX paper gold contracts closed on Friday, July 26, at $1,419, up from $1,274 on May 22. Silver closed at $16.40, up from $14.41 on May 29. The S&P 500 Index hit a new all-time high over 3,000 on July 26.

Gold closed at its highest price since 2013.

What Happens Now?

  • We don’t know. Both metals have disappointed for years. We expect much higher prices, but they could disappoint again.
  • But the more important question is: Are the COMEX prices for paper silver a fair value for the metal, or are they misrepresentative of what prices should be in this economy?
  • Should silver prices be higher or lower?
  • Consider the following graph of actual silver prices (each annual data point is the average of about 250 daily prices) and calculated silver prices based on an updated empirical model.

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  • It is an empirical model, NOT a mathematical proof. It guarantees nothing. While the model has worked for five decades, it could become less effective tomorrow, next year, or never.
  • It is NOT a price prediction for paper silver contracts on the COMEX.
  • It is NOT a timing model. You shouldn’t TRADE based on this model.


  • The model shows an estimated value for (annual average) silver prices based on macroeconomic variables. It is a valuation model.
  • The model avoids using gold or silver prices to produce calculated silver prices.
  • The calculated silver model uses official national debt, crude oil, and the S&P 500 Index as inputs.

Test the Assumptions:

  • Silver prices rise, along with most other prices, as the banking cartel devalues the dollar. A proxy for inflationary price increases is the official U.S. National Debt adjusted for population.

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  • Official National Debt in 1971 was $400 billion. Today it exceeds $22,000 billion – over $22 trillion. Debt and prices will increase until the financial system breaks or resets.
  • Silver prices rise along with crude oil, the most important global commodity.
  • Crude oil sold for $2.00 in 1971. Today it sells for about $55.00. It peaked at $147 in 2008. Crude oil prices rise because the banking cartel devalues the dollar and when commodities are more desired than paper assets.
  • Over the long-term, commodity prices, including oil and silver, rise and fall opposite to the S&P 500 Index. When investors favor stocks (and paper investments) commodity prices are often weak. When commodity prices are strong, stocks are often weak. The model assumes that silver prices are mildly, but inversely, affected by the S&P 500 Index.

Assumptions Summary:

  • Silver prices move higher as population adjusted national debt increases. (Dollar devaluation drives all prices higher.)
  • Silver prices move higher and lower with crude oil, another commodity.
  • Silver prices move opposite to the S&P 500 Index. (Investor preference for commodities versus paper assets.)
  • The model weighs and combines these macroeconomic variables to produce a “calculated silver price.” Call it a “fair value” price.

Examine the graph (again) of silver prices and calculated silver prices for nearly five decades.

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  • Calculated prices approximately match the annual average of daily silver prices.
  • Calculated prices may bottom and rally several years before the paper silver price bottoms and moves upward.
  • Calculated annual prices don’t reach silver’s high and low daily prices because daily prices spike too high and crash lower.
  • Buying for the long term makes sense when daily silver prices are low compared to the “calculated” price. (Think 2019.)
  • Selling a part of core positions is sensible when daily prices are well above “calculated” prices, such as in 2011.

Silver Prices in Five Years?

  • I don’t know. Sorry, but plan on much higher.
  • The model depends upon national debt (will be much higher), crude oil prices (higher—maybe) and the S&P 500 Index (flat—maybe).
  • We know national debt will rise rapidly. A 100-year average increase is almost 9% per year, every year. Current economic conditions, no credible spending restraints, and the coming recession will boost deficits and debt into the stratosphere.

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  • Crude oil prices rise and fall. They reached $147 in 2008 but traded below $11 in 1998. Mid-East tensions and inflationary expectations are rising. It’s reasonable to expect crude oil prices will not fall much from current levels and might rise considerably.
  • The S&P 500 has risen from 100 in the 1960s. It is overvalued today and likely to fall, but in the long-term it will rise as dollars are devalued. Assume it corrects and then rises slowly. Remember, the S&P 500 collapsed over 50% after its 2007 high.


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Additional Reading:

“Somebody” Finally Cares About Gold – Taggart

What to Expect From the Fed – Hemke


  • The model tells us that silver prices are inexpensive in late June 2019 by about 40%.
  • Silver prices should rise in the next five years. The model, depending on assumptions for crude oil prices and the S&P 500, suggests a fair value of $40 to $60 in five years. A spike to one hundred dollars is reasonable.
  • Daily prices could spike much higher (double or triple) than the fair value price or fall 25% to 40% below fair value.
  • This model is not a prediction or guarantee. It is a valuation model. It could lose accuracy tomorrow, but it has a nearly five-decade history of success.
  • Correlation for the annual model since 1971 is 0.91. The R-Squared value is 0.83.
  • Buy when the market price is lower than the calculated silver price. Sell when market prices drastically exceed calculated fair value, such as in late 1979, early 1980, and April 2011.

Miles Franklin will convert dodgy fiat debt-based dollars into physical metal that has preserved wealth for millennia. The silver valuation model says buy during 2019 because silver prices are about 40% below fair value. Call Miles Franklin at 1-800-822-8080.

Gary Christenson

The Deviant Investor

13 thoughts on “Silver Prices – The Next Five Years

  1. Every time the gold and silver price go up I hear end of the world talk and the stock market crashing 90% and the price of precious metals going to the moon. Many people sell silver at or around the highs then buy back later.

  2. very interesting model…makes sense…i think my dog even got it! i love it!

    JP Shmorgan will unleash the bubble of all silver bubbles! One way or another. If not then the public in the street will!

    Cheers to all that keep the faith in Plata

    -Sasha San diego

  3. This is a very interesting article.Thank you.
    Charts can be very useful, and this one in particular as it appears to be a leading indicator. Is it a one-off or do you consistently update it? While most now consider the bottom in silver to have been December 2015, it is still not a great deal above that level, so it is possible that silver could even now make a new bottom. Your chart however seems to confirm the bottom is definitely in. If I understand your assumptions silver could go much higher if, as well as rising debt and flattish oil, the equity market were to suffer a serious setback.
    Jordan Roy-Byrne has shown that in three out of the last four PM bear markets, silver recovery has doubled price within a year. If that were shown on your chart the calculated price would still be a significantly above the annual price, which seems to suggest a really big move is likely.

    • Yes. Silver could move much higher. A falling S&P would boost the “fair value” price of silver. However, the S&P is the least important variable in the calculation. A move higher in crude oil or national debt would create a larger impact on the calculated price of silver.

      I occasionally update the graph but it uses annual data so updates are not that often.
      The Deviant Investor

  4. Nobody ever has been able to predict the price of Au (or Ag) in 5,000 years (and never will be), so this article will qualify as being “honest” with the reader.

  5. If you use $1000.00 cash to buy $1000.00 of silver this is how it will play out.
    If you hold $1000.00 cash and put it in a safe place and the dollar goes down by 20 Pecent you will loose $200.00 and end up with $800.00. If you took that $1000.00 of cash and bought $1000.00 of silver right now you would have approximately 59 one ounce coins. (Silver at $17.00 per oz) If the dollar falls by 20 per cent silver should rise by 20 percent. So your $1000.00 of silver coins would be worth approximately $1200.00 so you would have made $200.00 not lost $200.00 if you didn’t buy silver. Right? Yes and no. Actually when you consider the spread between what you would lose if you remained in cash and what you would have gained if you bought silver would be $400.00 of gains! Now consider if you started with $50,000.

    • If you hold $1000.00 cash and put it in a safe place and the dollar goes down by 20 Pecent, you will loose $200.00.
      and end up with $800.00″

      The 20 % loss does not matter , it can. If the market stays the same price levels then your 20% dollar de-valuation does not matter either because the same price is the same price. What we do know is the more the fed prints the fiat money and more dollars chasing the goods and services, the market will work itself out to fair value and dollar rates.

      • **Correction** If you hold $1000.00 cash and put it in a safe place and (the dollar goes down by 20 Pecent,) ( you will loose $200.00.
        and end up with $800.00″ ) However, you will still have in your hands $1000 US Dollars

        The 20 % loss does not matter , it can. If the market stays the same price levels then your 20% dollar de-valuation does not matter either because the same price is the same price. What we do know is the more the fed prints the fiat money and more dollars chasing the goods and services, the market will work itself out to fair value and dollar rates.

  6. Looking into the future how do I know what the calculated fair value of silver is ? Is it tied to any commodity or it there a formula?

    • As the graph shows, the calculated value of silver is about $25.00. That means silver at $15 is undervalued by 40% as stated in the article. Yes, the calculated value is tied to a commodity, crude oil, as stated in the article. Yes, as stated in the article, there is a formula – a spreadsheet formula that calculated the value of silver.
      The Deviant Investor

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