Silver About to Turn More Volatile

Silver has moved sideways for about nine months, after it moved sideways from a slightly higher level for about 14 months.  Boring!

The big events in the past 5 years have been:

  • August 2010: Silver began a huge move from under $18 to nearly $50.
  • April 2011: Silver hit a 30 year high just under $50.00.
  • May 2011: Silver crashed to about $34.  HFT left fingerprints at the scene.
  • January 2013: Silver dropped below $30.
  • April 2013: President Obama met with a group of influential bankers in the White House.  The price of silver crashed the next day and by June silver had dropped to about $19.  (If it happens in politics, it was planned…)
  • November 2014 & March 2015: Silver made a double-bottom at about $15.  Few noticed.

Very little has happened in the silver market, other than a developing bottom in prices, since the High Frequency Traders and Wall Street bankers crushed the silver market between April and June two years ago.

To quantify the volatility the following chart shows the (absolute value of) percent deviation from silver’s 200 day moving average.  A spike higher or lower is volatility.  The six spikes in volatility above 40% deviation from the 200 day moving average are quite large.

Date                                High or Low                   % deviation

4/6/04                             High                                44.9

4/19/06                           High                                69.5

3/5/08                             High                                45.8

10/28/08                         Low                                 45.2

11/9/10                           High-?                             52.4

4/29/11                           High                               74.6

6/26/13                           Low                                 36.1   (Less than 40%)

x/xx/xx                            High ?                             XX.X



The spikes in volatility occurred several years apart and were usually separated by periods of low volatility.  Two and one half years from the smaller spike in June 2013 is approximately October 2015 to March 2016.  Volatility is coming, sooner or later.


  • Silver prices have shown little volatility for the past four years. Future volatility is likely.
  • Silver prices have peaked in volatility in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011. The next peak could occur soon, perhaps in 3 to 9 months.
  • Historically, silver has been boring and non-volatile for 80-90% of the time, and exciting and highly volatile, either spiking higher or crashing, for 10 – 20% of the time.
  • Silver is currently priced at about $16, down about 2/3 since its April 2011 high. A double bottom occurred in the past nine months.  Silver is more likely to make a major move higher than crash to a lower low.


Many unstable conditions exist.  Here are a few that could propel silver prices much higher.

  • The world has over $200 Trillion in debt, which is growing rapidly and exponentially. This does not count unfunded liabilities and derivatives.  Debts must be paid or defaulted.  Paying that debt is more problematic each day, while default becomes more disastrous each day.  Silver and gold have no counter-party risk, in contrast with the $200 Trillion in debt that has value only if it is expected to be repaid.  But repayment is problematic unless you believe that debt can increase forever.  I don’t.
  • We saw the consequences of a loss of confidence in currencies and liquidity in the 2008 financial crisis. Since then the world has substantially increased total debt, increased leverage, reduced interest rates, and added to the collection of derivatives that increase bank profits until an “accident” happens.  There is much that can go wrong in a highly leveraged and excessively indebted system based on fiat paper currencies that are created by many central banks.  Would you rather hold real silver or fiat paper debt issued by a dodgy government denominated in a sure-to-be-devalued currency?
  • We are in the midst of simultaneous bond, equity, and currency bubbles. A bubble will not expand forever.  Predicting the deflation date may not be possible but knowing that bubbles always pop should encourage wealth to gravitate to silver and gold, as well as NY apartments, fine art, real estate, and private vaults.
  • The Chinese and Russians have aggressively purchased gold since the 2008 financial crisis. They wanted real assets not denominated in fiat currencies issued by profligate governments.  Do they see the financial world more clearly than the Federal Reserve and the State Department?
  • Greece can NEVER leave the EU, or Greece MUST leave the EU, depending on who is talking. Might something go wrong fairly soon and increase the volatility of real assets such as silver and gold?
  • Countries in the EU must have “bail-in” legislation in place by the end of July or face legal action. Bail-ins would not be necessary if the financial system was sound and well capitalized.  Of course we know it is neither sound nor well capitalized and accidents happen.  Who will want fiat money rather than silver or gold during an “accident?”
  • Middle-East wars, South China Sea conflicts, Ukrainian conflicts, and other wars could destabilize the world financial system. If that occurs, confidence in currencies and debt will erode rapidly and there might be another rush into hard assets for protection.


  1. Volatility in silver prices has been low. Periods of low volatility have always been followed by periods of high volatility.
  1. The most likely increase in silver volatility is a price spike much higher.
  1. There are many financial and political instabilities that could drive silver prices far higher.
  1. The next 6 – 9 months should be dangerous and volatile for most asset classes. Silver looks like a far better choice than bonds or equities at this time.
  1. Buy gold, buy silver, have faith! (Darryl Robert Schoon)


Gary Christenson

The Deviant Investor



19 thoughts on “Silver About to Turn More Volatile

  1. Silver spikes again, maybe even hits a new high… Then what? What does it look like for those that have been saving silver/gold? When do we know the time is right to sell? What other asset would we then buy with the proceeds?

    • Your call on what to buy, if anything. Difficult to say given the unpredictability of the situation. But when silver spikes much higher, say a 4 or 5 std. deviation move, it might well be time to sell some. Or look at the 200 day moving average. When silver prices are way higher -say 75% or 100%, silver has moved too far and too fast. Time to lighten up.
      The Deviant Investor

  2. The powers that be (in the US) might try to kill cash but for all those countries/central banks that have been accumulating gold won’t buy into the game at least not perminetly.

  3. So how does it work? After the crash I use my 1,5,10 and 100 oz bars of silver to buy things? How does getting or giving change work?
    Would super markets and gas stations accept them?

    • Who knows? It depends on so many things. What is the government and money system etc? It could be as simple as things crash, reset, we continue using dollars, and silver is priced much higher.
      The Deviant Investor

  4. I’d think a black market would arise in precious metals if our credit/debt system became “plastic” only.

    • I agree, and have been saying the same thing. But the size of that black market will be determined by whether they try to impose negative interests rates on us. If they do, people will really have no other choice but to put their money in hard assets to prevent them from being stolen by the government and banksters. The next step by the government would then have to be greatly discouraging gold/silver ownership with excessive fees and taxes, or outright illegalization of precious metals. Outlawing gold would be fairly easy (its been done before), but silver would be much more difficult given its nature and widespread use in industry. It could end up becoming a de facto currency (again). Crazy times we live in that we’re even having this conversation.

  5. You are a very reliable source, and I appreciate your insights. I am holding onto my silver, as everything in politics and economics in the world is being held together by the will of central banks. The blind can’t see the coming reality of a severe crash in the dollar and our financial markets. The Lord be
    with us and be merciful, as the men in ‘black robes’ have spoken over Him.

    “simply said”….wyn

  6. QUESTION: Is there a chance–conspiracy thought coming–that gold and silver will be trumped by plastic? What I mean is: do you think there is any chance that the world’s “criminal leaders” will do an end run around the metals and create a “plastic-only-backed-by-nothing” financial system? Is it POSSIBLE, is all I’m asking.

    I hope you will respond. I have written this question to two other site leaders and was ignored. This question SERIOUSLY concerns me as I am a small investor in physical whose hands are weakening every day.

    • Is it possible? Yes. A plastic only, backed by nothing, system is not much different from what we have today. And it is even possible that gold and silver
      will be outlawed, but I doubt it, especially silver since it is an industrial metal. But will governments fight to maintain control? Certainly.
      The Deviant Investor

      • Thanks, Gary. I guess it would be pretty much the same as right now. Oh, brother. I sure am glad I’m not a young person in this dark world.
        Now I have to decide whether to turn my Au into Ag.

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