The current retail investor silver squeeze movement has a significant effect on supplies, and more importantly…
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Tom welcomes back Keith Neumeyer, President & CEO of First Majestic Silver Corp. Keith explains why the silver market’s characteristics, in particular, attracted his interest.
During the last year, the production of silver has declined while consumption has been flat. Typically silver is mined at a ratio of about 8 to 1 compared with gold, and therefore silver may be rarer than most people think. In theory, silver today should be worth 1/8th of gold. Keith is reasonably confident the gold-silver ratio will surpass thirty in this bull market.
Much of silver is coming from above-ground reserves, and he now feels that retail investors and not only industry demand will drive this market. The current retail investor silver squeeze movement has a significant effect on supplies, and more importantly, an entire generation of new people are now aware of silver.
Keith discusses how quickly First Majestics shares trade and why there is a significant short position.
The closest comparison with today’s equity markets is likely the 1999-2000 period. There is a lot of excess exuberance in these markets, and we may be reaching a severe correction.
Often directors of companies don’t hold any stocks. When investing, you want to see management have significant investment in the companies they manage. It’s best to get into stocks when no one else wants them, and you know they are good companies.
Keith explains how mining is usually a slow industry that is reluctant to adopt new technology. He discusses the advantages that new technology brings in reducing costs and the significant increases they have obtained in metal recovery.
He discusses the problems with holding back supplies of the metal. These issues include storage issues, accounting problems, and an additional elements of risk.