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Silver and Gold’s Annual Highs & Lows–and What They Signal to Us

Jeff Clark, Senior Analyst, 
APR 28, 2022

When updating our seasonal charts for gold and silver, I thought I’d take it one step further and document the actual high and low for each metal during the year.

The advantage to us investors—if there was a pattern—is that it could provide some additional insight into when to buy, and perhaps improve our overall expectations about price behavior.

But what I found may not be what you’d expect. See what you think…

Gold & Silver Annual Lows

This table documents the date of each year’s low for the gold and silver price since 2001. The green boxes signify the low occurred in the first quarter of the year (January to March), and I tallied them at the bottom.

Gold & Silver Annual Low

Gold logged its low in the first quarter of the year in 11 of the past 21 years, in other words just over half of the time.

Expanding out further, the low was hit in the 1st half of the year in all years except four.

You’ll notice this pattern is not really present for silver. It logged its annual low in the first quarter only a third of the time. Further, the low occurred in the last half of the year almost half the time—in 10 of the 21 years.

What this tells us is gold is more likely to adhere to seasonal patterns, while silver tends to march to its own beat.

The implications of this for buying silver is that snagging the cheapest price is less about seasonal patterns and more about accumulating during weak periods or big selloffs, whenever they may occur.

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Gold & Silver Annual Highs

Here’s the dates of the annual highs for both gold and silver. In this case the green boxes represent highs that occurred near the end of the year, from September to December.

Gold & Silver Annual High

Gold logged its high of the year from September to December over half of the time, in 12 of the past 21 years. It occurred in the 1st half of the year in 7 of the past 21 years, exactly one-third of the time.

And once again silver exhibited the same anti-seasonal pattern. Its annual high occurred at the end of the year only a third of the time. In fact, its annual high occurred in the first half of the year 12 of the 21 years. Such a rebellious metal!

Seasonal for Gold, Nimble for Silver

Combined with seasonal averages, we will generally find better prices for gold in the beginning of the year than the end.

But that pattern is largely absent for silver. This suggests investors need to pounce when prices are weak or during a big selloff—that, instead of seasonality, is likely to provide us the lowest cost basis.

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