However, the white metal took a beating as the global central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve, started increasing interest rates to tame the inflationary pressure, which was staring aloud at multi-decade high levels.
Renisha Chainani, Head of research at Augmont, said that a weaker rupee, on the other hand, helped boost the local silver price, as they currently have a higher premium than global silver prices.
“After seeing many fluctuations in 2022, silver prices are again trading steadily near Rs 62,000/kg levels after the series of rate hikes by the central banks,” she added.
Silver staged a quick recovery during the domestic festive season, fueled by the strong demand of the metal, which is considered auspicious in India. This propelled the import of physical silver in India to pre-Covid levels.
The recovery in demand, coupled with apparent peaked out inflation, is pushing silver higher. Along with this, limited room for the Fed to push the interest rates higher is another factor.
Sugandha Sachdeva, Vice President – Commodity and Currency Research, Broking, said that silver showcased a stellar rally, surging around 20% after testing 2-year lows in September on the back of firm dollar.
“The cooled greenback and eased annual inflation in the area now pinning hopes that the US Fed will likely adopt a dovish pivot, favouring the demand outlook for the white metal,” she said.
Silver also acts as a haven asset like gold and diversifies one’s portfolio while acting as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.
However, it is not just a precious metal but also an industrial commodity whose demand is expected to keep rising due to rising usage in new-age technology.
NS Ramaswamy, Head of Commodities,
Securities, said that as an industrial metal, silver has its presence in various sectors, including solar panels, cell towers, EVs, and circuit boards connecting electronic components, among others.
“Silver-based sensors are manufactured in health segments like infection detection. Many such technological advances are proving more utility for silver,” he said.
The road ahead?
A decline in the dollar index, strong demand from China, and expectations of a dovish Fed are likely to feed into higher prices for silver, said market experts.
In the coming days, prices look to spiral higher to Rs 73,500-73,700 per kg range from a medium-term, said Sachdeva from Religare.
“Only a convincing breach of the mentioned levels would fuel further gains in the metal in the long run as concerns about a global slowdown and the rising interest rates globally are likely to cap prices at higher levels,” he adds.
The white metal has been an underperformer in the last year but is primed to witness gains from a medium-term perspective, said analysts.
Silver prices seem to be heading towards Rs 70,000-75,000/Kg in 2023, and maybe in the next 2-3 years, we might see Silver at a 1 lakh target, said Chainani from Augmont.
She said that the best way to stay invested in this market is through digital Silver, which is a quick and easy way with minimum transaction costs involved with complete safety and security.
“To get into the action with silver, it could be a physical holding such as bullion or through the ETF route, ” said Ramaswamy from Ventura. “As a trading opportunity, derivatives offer products like Futures and Options,” he added.