Silver Demand High, What's A Realistic Price?

The silver squeeze story has been making headlines for months now, but even with this increased attention, the white metal’s price remains below the US$30 per ounce level.

Nick Barisheff, president and CEO of BMG Group, pointed out that people are paying closer to US$50 for an ounce of silver on sites like Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY).

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“I think the US$50 price is more realistic … it’s not a theoretical ask price — people are buying coins and so on at that price. So as time goes on, it’s a good area to monitor for what the real physical price is,” he explained in a conversation with the Investing News Network.

“The spot price — that’s largely for very large buyers that typically buy 1,000 ounces bars, that type of thing and so on,” he added. “Once you get down to the coins (US$50 is) a more realistic price.”

Barisheff said it’s clear that demand for physical silver is high, and noted that aside from retail buying, more COMEX participants are requesting physical delivery of the metal.

“We’ve had massively more requests for (COMEX) delivery than normal, so that’s an indicator that more and more people are looking for physical,” he said. “There have been rumors of shortages from the Perth Mint for converting your unallocated accounts to physical — people are concerned about why (there are) delays and so on. So these things are all coming together.”

When asked why prices for silver and gold aren’t higher considering the numerous positive influences at play right now, Barisheff said he believes market manipulation is to blame.

“I think anybody that studies the issue in any great depth will come to the conclusion that the prices have been manipulated by the paper markets,” he explained. “(But) any kind of manipulation ultimately fails and prices have to go back to their mean.”

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