Overall Performance of Silver:

Silver's performance is gearing up to outperform gold this year, with rising demand expectations for the metal supported by accelerating global industrial production and countries moving towards a green economy. Unlike gold, which typically thrives during economic weakness and uncertainty, silver is more sensitive to economic changes and tends to outperform gold during strong economic expansions.


Global Demand:

The Silver Institute, in its latest report issued in April 2024, forecasts global silver demand to reach 1.219 billion ounces in 2024, recording the second highest level ever compared to about 1.195 billion ounces in 2023. This increase is driven by strong industrial applications and a rebound in demand for jewelry and silverware. The report also notes a 9% annual increase in industrial silver demand in 2024, after reaching 654.4 million ounces last year. The main drivers of this year's growth are the photovoltaic and automotive industries, alongside 5G networks and consumer electronics sectors (including AI applications in transportation, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and data centers), which provide an additional boost to the industrial silver market.


Global Silver Production:

Global mine production of silver is expected to decrease in 2024 to 823.5 million ounces, down from 830.5 million ounces in 2023, led by production in Mexico, the United States, and Morocco. 

The report data indicates that the deficit (the difference between demand and supply) this year will rise by 16.8% to 215.3 million ounces, compared to 184.3 million ounces in 2023, remaining exceptionally high by historical standards.

On the other hand, the U.S. Geological Survey – a government agency specializing in geological and geographical operations – estimated global mine production last year at 832 million ounces compared to the actual production of 819.2 million ounces in 2022, with global reserves around 19.5 billion ounces in 2023.

 This bar chart illustrates the global production of silver from 2018 to 2023. Each bar represents the total amount of silver mined each year, providing a visual comparison of annual fluctuations in production over this period. The chart helps to highlight trends such as increases or decreases in silver output across different years.



Spot silver contracts on the New York Stock Exchange started at $23.5 per ounce in early January 2024, rising to $28.7 per ounce by the end of trading on April 19; while June futures contracts surged to touch $29 per ounce, supporting the likelihood of significant positive movements in the coming days. Also, the gold-to-silver ratio - the number of silver ounces equivalent to one ounce of gold - rose to 83.3% by the end of trading on Friday, April 19, compared to 86.3% in early January, reflecting the rise in global silver prices concurrent with an increase in the price of gold. This ratio is used to gauge future trends as it indicates the current performance of silver relative to its association with gold.  JP Morgan Bank expects spot prices for the precious industrial metal to rise to $30 by the end of this year, while UBS and Citibank predict silver to reach $32 per ounce in the second half of the year.

In the local market, the buying price of a gram of silver at the beginning of this year was 42.5 Egyptian pounds compared to 46 pounds at the end of transactions on April 19, an increase of 8.2%

Line graph displaying the daily price fluctuations of gold and silver from January 2, 2024, to April 19, 2024, illustrating the trends and relative changes in both precious metals' markets.


Data Source:

1- silverinstitute

2- metalsfocus.com


4- Reuters



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