No One Expects A Long Term Siege
This time is different.
This is not 1987, or 1998, or 2000, or 2008.
In those cases, once the market reached bottom, the recovery was sharp (’98, ’09) and if not, was steady as in ’87 and ’03 – ’04.
In each case, interest rates were high enough to allow ‘fiddling’ that would in turn, result in the desired (i.e., up) market response.
Ammo Is Spent
This time, we’re in another melt-down and there’s no ammunition left to save the market.
That all got spent in ’08.
Back then, those witnessing firsthand, efforts like TARP, could feel in their gut, ‘there won’t be a (save) next time’.
So, here we are.
Always Fighting The Last Battle
It’s been said, Generals are always fighting the last battle; that is, what happened last time.
In line with that thinking is the (YouTube) idea, once we get a ‘collapse’, it will be time to rush in and scoop up ‘assets’ at fire sale prices.
That idea would have worked quite well in ’08 – ’09, which was last time.
On The Brink
Last time, there was no threat of nuclear war.
There was no infrastructure collapse or crop failures and looming world-wide famine (just to name a few).
There was no ‘elephant’ either.
This article, just out, has California front running the elephant with ‘composting’ signed into law a few days ago.
Silver, The Collapse of Demand
It’s not the metal itself that’s the problem. Having some is always a good idea.
It’s the idea of trusting in these ‘things‘ to be one’s savior.
There are larger forces at work that will likely overshadow owning something you can’t eat.
Once again, this just out: World’s largest produce market (Paris) goes up in flames.
At some point, there will be a collective world-wide realization … it’s the food supply.
When that happens, the expectation is, all ‘assets’ will be heavily sold off, including precious metals.
Silver (SLV), Monthly Close
The monthly chart shows the line to watch; the downtrend that started in late March of this year.
If SLV maintains its current rate of decline, it will be April of next year before we get to the support level shown below.
Pushing (and closing) below well-established multi-year support (orange line), is no easy task.
We would likely need to have some sort of catalyst to help price action get to those levels.
Once below support (‘Target Area’), SLV would then be in Wyckoff spring position.
As always, anything can happen; precious metals could rally starting at the futures open in a couple hours.
Price action itself, is the final arbiter.
Most ‘investors’ are not prepared for a long-sustained siege-grinding rachet lower, possibly to single digits.
If that happens, then will be the time to assess the potential for a significant long-term rally.
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