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Bullish Gold and Silver Find 'Bear Market' Levels of New Investing

Silver sellers outnumber buyers at world No.1 marketplace...

GOLD INVESTING continues to hold positive this summer, but investors are taking profit on silver while the number of first-time buyers of precious metals runs at the lowest in a decade, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault.
Last time gold and silver attracted so few new buyers worldwide – back in spring 2014 – both metals were mired in a deep bear market following the end of the global financial crisis.
Today, in contrast, gold and silver are showing solid resilience against interest rates being raised to two-decade highs, with the underlying bull market in prices rolling on.
What gives?

The Gold Investor Index tracks the number of people growing or investing for the first time in their personal holding of securely vaulted gold against the number of people choosing to sell.
Peaking at 65.9 as the Covid Crisis began in March 2020, it signals more buyers than sellers across the month with any reading above 50.0.
July saw the Gold Investor Index edge back 2.1 points to read 54.1 after hitting a 8-month high in June.
But the Silver Investor Index in contrast fell 4.3 points to 48.3, its lowest reading since April 2023 with sellers outnumbering buyers for the 4th time in 9 months as the price of the more industrially-useful precious metal outpaces gains in its 'safe haven' cousin.

Because physical bullion pays no yield, rising interest rates are dulling the appeal of precious metals for both private and professional investors right now, as does the surge in global stock markets.
This lack of investment inflows to gold and silver makes the underlying rise in bullion prices all the more notable, because it highlights the strength of jewelry and central-bank demand for gold as well as industrial demand for silver, led by the acceleration in solar-power installations.
Together, this bullish consumer demand and the seemingly relentless bid for gold coming from emerging-market central banks has ensured a solid and rising floor for bullion prices so far this year. When investing demand does return, prices could quickly race higher, as this spring's brief mini-crisis in the banking sector showed very plainly.
Like the Gold Investor Index, gold investing demand by weight eased back in July, leaving BullionVault users' total holdings virtually unchanged at a new record above 48.2 tonnes worth $3.0 billion (£2.3bn, €2.7bn, ¥425bn) following the strongest quarterly demand in 2 years between April and June.
Silver selling again outweighed demand however, reducing the total quantity belonging to BullionVault users by 7.0 tonnes to 1,244 tonnes – smaller by 1.8% from last October's record high – worth $938 million (£753m, €881m, ¥136bn).
July's rebound in gold and silver prices – up 4.3% and 12.7% respectively at the peak in US Dollar terms compared to the lows in June (2.1% and 11.1% in UK Pounds, 2.1% and 9.3% in Euros, 2.7% and 11.5% in Japanese Yen) – meantime continued to find only weak new interest outside of existing precious-metals investors.
The number of first-time bullion buyers fell for the 4th month in a row, down 18.9% worldwide from June's count, which was already the fewest since April 2014.


Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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