Long-time silver investors are well aware that this isn't the best time of year for precious metals as gold and silver prices trade sideways to lower, hitting bottoms by mid-August. Despite the depressing name, the summer doldrums do offer a ray of sunshine.
By Melissa Pistilli—Exclusive to Silver Investing NewsLast Friday, silver prices in New York followed gold lower to close at $17.79 an ounce. This week, analysts have advised silver investors to be prepared for a week of strong volatility as the markets decide whether to take direction from concerns over euro zone debt or worries over a slowing global economy. On Monday, the price of silver extended its losses to close at $17.61 an ounce on the COMEX. Tuesday, silver futures dipped as low as $17.50 before rebounding on bargain-buying in the late morning to close at $17.70 an ounce. The Dreaded Summer Doldrums Dole Out Opportunity Long-time silver investors are well aware that this isn't the best time of year for precious metals as gold and silver prices trade sideways to lower, hitting bottoms by mid-August. Blame it on the lure of surf, sun, and sangria or the absence of traditional holidays in India, either way the summer months are often devoid of investor interest in precious metals. Looking at silver's seasonal charts over, last month analyst Adam Hamilton of Zeal Intelligence, forecast silver “trading in the mid-$17s by late August.” It's nearing the end of July and the white metal is already grazing that range this week. Silver's plummeting prices over the past few weeks have no doubt given many silver investors cause for concern, particularly those with stakes in silver producers who have seen their share prices drop along with the metal's futures price. Despite the depressing name, the summer doldrums do offer a ray of sunshine to those investors willing to pull their head out of the sand. As most silver (and gold) buffs will tell you, August is the perfect time of year to bargain shop for physical holdings and for mining stocks especially, as precious metals stocks during this time period “typically fall to their lowest relative levels of any given year,” as Hamilton points out. Once the fall begins precious metals prices begin to recover from their lows as the buying season resumes in many regions of the world.