Silver vs Gold 2020s | Which is most Bullish?

Fresh after speaking with our SD Metals & Markets Wrap bullion podcast listeners and viewers.

Ned Naylor-Leyland went on CNBC Asia and proclaimed his bullishness for gold and then silver.

Rather than getting caught up in some silly future day/time gold price record or silver price record guesswork.

Ned slickly sidestepped the lady anchors, with some smooth jewelry deflections.

He then finished this quick cameo, by declaring silver the most bullish of the monetary metals at the moment. Have a look below, followed by some essential silver vs. gold differences heading into the 2020s.


Silver or Gold Investment: Which is Better? | Ned Naylor Leyland


We and our customers at large agree in being more bullish in the aggregate on silver. That is merely judging by the fiat US dollar flows chasing silver bullion vs. gold bullion at the moment in our business.

Majority silver bullion buying has pretty much been the norm since we got into the high volume bullion dealer game (spring 2012).

Any bullion buyers with a grey hair or two should know, there have been, and thus will again be timeframes in which silver strongly outperforms gold.

The late 1970s and post-QE1 timeframe 2009-2011 are two specific examples of this in our modern fully fiat currency era. Take a look back at those nominal silver price high runs and take into full consideration how debased the fully fiat US dollar has become since 1980 and 2011 respectively. 

Here we examine a few of the key differences between Silver vs. Gold for the decades to come.

Silver vs. Gold Investment Differences?

On our SD Bullion website, we have posted lots of research and fundamental silver vs. gold research. You can dig deeper into gold fundamentals or silver fundamentals when you have time.

Below are some simple critical differentiators between silver vs. gold one might consider for the decade(s) to come.

We expect both precious metals to perform very well, but we expect to see a small timeframe in which silver outperforms even gold bullion akin to past bullion bull market manias.  

6 key Differences



Volatility The gold price history shows gold is less volatile than silver. Gold will fall much less than silver in bear markets and rise less in bull markets. Selling some gold allocations in gold value run-ups contributes to investor success.
The history of silver prices shows silver values are more volatile than gold. Silver values fall more than gold in bear markets and rise more in bull markets. Selling some silver allocations into silver value run-ups contributes to investor success.
Affordability One ounce of gold currently costs over 80 times more than one ounce of silver (Gold Silver Ratio update). You can also acquire fractional gold bullion pieces smaller than standard one troy ounces sizes.
Silver gets often argued as being more affordable than gold while offering similar benefits versus fiat currencies and other prevalent financial risks. You can get a lot of silver bullion for your fiat $s (at the moment).
Storage Gold bullion is denser than silver. Thus gold takes up less space than silver bullion does. It is cheaper than silver for gold bullion storage, and 24k gold never tarnishes.
Hiding silver bullion coins can require over 100Xs more storage space than gold kilobars, for instance. Compared to gold, silver bullion storage is more expensive due to its larger size. Bullion items made with silver will tarnish when exposed to the open air, over time.
Industry Use About 1 in 10 oz of the yearly gold supply gets used in high-end electronics and other industrial applications. Recessions and financial crisis typically spur the value of gold higher as central banks rush to save their systems from implosion.
About 60% of the annual silver supply goes into electronics and things we use in everyday life. Most industrial silver cannot get recovered profitably and therefore most silver we ever have mined gotten lost to trash landfills.
Gov't Holdings Government central banks buy and own about 1 of every 5 ounces of gold we human beings have ever mined. Fiat currency cartels stack gold bullion frankly because they know long term money is gold. In a crisis, physical government gold hoards can be used to restart confidence in a monetary regime and financial system if the worst were to occur ([e.g., hyperinflation(s), major disaster(s), World War(s), etc.].
Governments have some known 89 million ounces of silver bullion all together, across the world. That is less than 10% of every year's required silver demand. There is only once circulating 90% silver coinage.
Investor Holdings Private investors too own about 1 in every 5 ounces of gold we have ever mined (approximately 1.24 billion oz of gold bullion). The remainder of above-ground gold (60%) is in gold jewelry (often treated as long term savings in the east).
Private investors own a total conservative estimate of about 4 billion troy ounces of silver bullion spread between private individual silver bullion stacks, reported silver ETF holdings, and highly-leveraged fractionally-reserved futures contract exchanges (e.g., COMEX).

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James Anderson
James Anderson
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A bullion buyer years before the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, James Anderson is a grounded precious metals researcher, content creator, and physical investment grade bullion professional. He has authored several Gold & Silver Guides and has been featured on the History Channel, Zero Hedge, Gold-Eagle, Silver Seek, Value Walk and many more. You can pick up Jame's most recent, comprehensive 200+ Page book here at SD Bullion.

Given that repressed commodity values are now near 100-year low level valuations versus large US stocks, James remains convinced investors and savers should buy and maintain a prudent physical bullion position now, before more unfunded promises debase away in the coming decades.