Another big silver deficit in 2023
Doesn’t expect to boost the price in 2023
Silver Outlook, investor report 2023 cited that, in the latest edition of its World Silver Survey, the Silver Institute indicates that it expects a hefty deficit for silver in 2023. It’s calling for the market to be underserved by 142.1 million ounces (Moz), down from 2022’s record deficit of 237.7 Moz. Last year’s deficit was driven by a lack of supply gains due to mining project declines, coupled with a marginal increase in recycling.
“That is a very, very wide deficit for any market to be dealing with,” Shree Kargutkar, managing partner at Sprott, told INN. The Silver Institute also notes that when combined with 2021’s silver deficit, last year’s shortfall “more than offset the cumulative surpluses of the previous 11 years.” Even so, the organization doesn’t expect these fundamentals to boost the price in 2023.
Instead, the Silver Institute points out that professional investor activity tends to move the market, and notes that, institutional investment will eventually run out of steam- this year. The researchers see this happening due to a wrong assumption that the US Federal Reserve will cut rates in the second half of 2023.
Kargutkar emphasized the increasing industrial demand for silver, which is being aided in large part by the green energy technology space; particularly solar panels. “Given the rapid growth of photovoltaic (PV) installations, the consumption of silver powder has increased significantly over the years,” the Silver Institute states in its latest survey.
“Our statistics show that global consumption of PV silver powder in 2022 reached 140.3Moz (4,365t), almost triple the level in 2010.” The pressure on supply created by this high solar panel demand has helped to sustain the deficit in the silver market. “There is no magic bullet here to meet the supply deficit that exists in silver right now,” Kargutkar said.
The Sprott expert explained that as investor excitement surrounding the gold builds, silver could see increased attention too. “When you’re talking about a billion ounce market, trading at roughly US$25 … It does not take a lot of money to create very large, much sustained price moves, especially to the upside,” he said.
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