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Monday, November 30, 2009

Silver prices will hit new highs in 2010

The prospect of a surge in industrial demand, buoyed by investment could see silver reaching as high as $25 per ounce say analysts at CPM Group


Silver may yet outshine gold in 2010 as spot prices for the white metal respond to the prospect of a surge in industrial demand. With a little additional help from investment demand, silver may even rally into the $25 an ounce range.
So says Chintan Parikh, a commodity analyst at the CPM Group - a leading New York-based commodities research, consulting, asset management and investment banking organization.
"Prices may spike as high as $25," he says. At the very least, it should breach its most recent high, which was set at $20.79 in the spring of 2008, he adds.
Parikh says much of this impetus for higher prices is being driven by the fact that traditional industrial end users of silver, such as the ever-burgeoning global electronics industry, have in recent weeks begun to replenish severely depleted inventories.

In fact, silver inventories became so run-down during the financial crisis that it may take up to six months to fully rebuild them to normal levels. Parikh also notes that demand from the industrial sector tends to be quite price inelastic, meaning that buyers have few options other than to pay prevailing prices.
Another key driver for 2010 will be the advent of new market places for silver, including pent-up demand for silver-zinc batteries in ‘smart' automobiles and an array of portable electronic devices, Parikh says.
In fact, the widespread adoption of silver-zinc batteries is going to be "one of the major drivers behind a rise in prices because it may absorb a lot of silver," he adds. Though this important new application for silver might not necessarily become a major factor in demand for silver as early as next year, it promises to become a very sizeable marketplace, he suggests - especially for automobiles.
Notably, China is forecast to become a huge adopter of electric cars to curtail its rising dependence on foreign oil and to reduce its air pollution. In fact, electric cars and hybrid plug-ins will account for more than half the auto market in China by 2020, according to Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart, an auto industry expert with the international think tank, Roland Berger.
Furthermore, silver-zinc batteries are destined to generate major market share as they are said to be much safer, more environmentally-friendly and far more energy-efficient than lithium-ion batteries (which currently dominate the markets for smart cars and portable electronics).

Also, the ever-expanding industrial sector for silver now includes LCD/plasma television screens, solar panels, water purification and even medical and superconductivity applications. It is also finding a critical new use in biocides (which use silver in chemical agents to kill dangerous bacteria, including superbugs).
GFMS, a renowned London precious-metals consulting firm, concurs that overall fabrication demand (which also includes the photography, jewelry silverware sectors) is expected to rebound to "normal levels" in 2010. And the emergence of key new markets for silver is sure to help power this recovery, according to Neil Meader, research director at GFMS.
It is becoming an increasingly industrial metal and novel new uses will also likely assist the recovery in silver's demand," he says.
However, the restocking of inventories for more of silver's traditional uses will likely be the most powerful demand driver in the near-term, Meader suggests. It may even help propel silver prices into new territory to the extent that "a peak (in prices) could occur late this year or early next year."
The revitalization of industrial demand is an inevitable consequence of silver's growing importance as a high tech metal. In fact, this has grown year on year since 2001 to the onset of the financial crisis. And it only dipped a meager 1.4% to 447 million ounces in 2008.
This long-term growth trend is set against a backdrop of a multi-year rally in silver prices during this time frame, with gold's poorer cousin refusing to be upstaged. It actually tripled in value to average US $15 in 2008 (in spite of its short-lived collapse to around $9). And it is continuing to trend higher this year now that supply/demand dynamics are beginning to reflect a return to a normal economy. All of this clearly demonstrates the price inelasticity of industrial demand.
Ironically, investment demand is also mostly shrugging off higher prices. Not only is there strong physical demand for silver bullion coins and bars, but the recent emergence of silver exchange-traded funds like the iShares Silver Trust is also creating strong additional demand.
Parikh notes that silver offers a safe haven in times of economic upheaval, while it also has the potential for significant investment returns.
"Silver is a unique metal that wins whether the economy is going well or is in bad shape," he says. "In the latter, the investor buys it as a hedge against the downturn in the economy and the markets. And if the economy improves, then the industrial demand increases."
All of this is music to the ears of silver miners, who are already ramping up production to satisfy newly resurgent industrial demand for silver.
Great Panther Resources President Bob Archer, for example, says that he believes that higher silver prices next year will significantly boost the company's bottom line from its Guanajuato and Topia mines in Mexico. Great Panther became cash flow positive earlier this year after producing 1.8 million silver equivalent ounces (silver plus by-product metals, including gold, lead and zinc) in 2008.
"In fact, we're quite bullish on silver prices for 2010. I believe that investment demand will be the biggest driver for higher silver prices next year. That said, I'm sure there will also be an increase in industrial demand going forward."

Marc Davies is the editor of Business News Wire

Sunday, November 29, 2009

China is Collecting Silver for Future Markets

According to precious metals consultancy CPM Group, about 9.5 million ounces of gold will be turned into coins this year (including "rounds" and medallions). At $1,000 gold, that's $9.5 billion, or only about one-third of the capital available in China.

The number is more striking for silver: Total coin production this year is expected to hit 35 million ounces, equaling $615 million or just 1.7% of the available capital in China. Of course, a lot of Chinese people want cars and refrigerators, etc., but it won't take much of a shift of this capital into gold and silver to have a major impact on the global retail precious metals market. It may already be under way.

And long-term projections show the demographic trend won't slow down: The middle class in China is expected to increase by 70% by 2020. So over these next 10 years, more Chinese and more money will be coming into the precious-metals markets, all at a time when inflation is almost certain to be high, adding to gold and silver's appeal. Couple this with China's long-standing cultural affinity for gold and you have the makings for a potentially life-changing gold rush

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tempahan Barang Kemas

Anda sudah boleh membuat tempahan barang2 kemas berasaskan perak mulai sekarang. Pelbagai cara boleh dibuat, sama ada menggunakan Raw sendiri, batu permata sendiri atau pun bahan mentah drp kami. Sila layari blog SILVER SOKMO untuk keterangan lanjut. Rasai kehebatan daripada tukang sejati.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tempahan Barang Kemas Perak


Salam, Tidak lama lagi kami akan menyediakan perkhidmatan menempah barang kemas seperti rantai leher, rantai tangan, cincin, bangle dan  subang dsb. Kami juga bersedia untuk menerima tempahan barang kraf untuk dibuat sebagai cenderahati. Semuanya berasaskan perak dengan hasil kerja tukang perak Kelantan yg dikenali ramai antara tukang perak terbaik. Anda tidak perlu risau, kerana anda membuat tempahan terus (direct deal) dengan kami. Tiada pihak ketiga untuk berurusan, kecuali ejen2 yg berdekatan sebagai tempat mengambil barang atau sebagainya.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sterling silver

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

Pair of sterling silver forksFine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing large functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, while at the same time preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal. Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intent to improve various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating firescale, and increasing resistance to tarnish. These replacement metals include germanium, zinc and platinum, as well as a variety of other additives, including silicon and boron. A number of alloys, such as Argentium sterling silver have appeared in recent years, formulated to lessen firescale or to inhibit tarnish, and this has sparked heavy competition among the various manufacturers, who are rushing to make claims of having the best formulation. However, no one alloy has emerged to replace copper as the industry standard, and alloy development is a very active area.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lelong Perak 999 dalam bentuk Keris

Ini adalah satu contoh perak 999 yg dibuat sebagai barang kraf. Berat adalah 8.2 gm, 999.Panjang lebih kurang 2 inc 1/2. Harga RM 60. Sekarang RM 45 Stok terhad hanya ada 2. Boleh di buat loket atau brooch

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Anda boleh membeli dengan nilai sekecil 50 gm.
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Nilai di bawah 500 gm Rm 12
Nilai 1 kg Rm 20
500gm berikutnya Rm 8
Sabah/ Serawak :
Nilai di bawah 500 gm Rm 18
Nilai 1 kg Rm 30
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