Silver prices have been hovering just below the $21 per troy ounce mark over the last 24 hours, after jumping above the $24 range in mid-January. While long-term and modest forecasts expect silver to hit $30 by 2025 and $40 by 2027, Keith Neumeyer, CEO of First Majestic Silver, thinks medium to long-term, silver could reach $125 per ounce, thanks to the automobile industry.
Keith Neumeyer Highlights Silver’s Role in the Growing Demand for Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles
The precious metal silver is down more than 12% against the U.S. dollar since mid-January when it reached $24 per troy ounce. Still, six-month statistics show an ounce of silver is 14% higher than it was on September 6, 2022. According to the forecast on coinpriceforecast.com recorded on March 6, 2023, silver’s price will “hit $30 by the middle of 2025 and then $40 by the end of 2026.”
The prediction also expects silver to rise to “$50 within the year of 2028, $60 in 2030, and $75 in 2032.” While that’s modest growth over the next decade, silver proponent and CEO of First Majestic Silver, Keith Neumeyer, has a more bullish outlook.
Neumeyer spoke with Michelle Makori, lead anchor and editor-in-chief at Kitco News, at the BMO Global Metals, Mining, & Critical Minerals Conference. The silver proponent’s outlook for 2023 is roughly $30 per ounce, but his medium-to-long-term outlook is $125 per ounce.
He told Makori that this year was the first year he noticed auto manufacturers at the conference. Neumeyer opined that car manufacturers “aren’t really aware of the supply-demand fundamentals of the metal.” He also stressed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be watching this space closely.
“I think as they educate themselves and actually learn the challenges for the silver industry to supply the automotive sector, they will start looking at this industry a lot more aggressively… If I were Elon Musk, I’d be very active in this area,” Neumeyer said.
Neumeyer emphasized that silver is needed to create solar panels and car batteries, and he believes that this consumption will only continue to grow. During his conversation with Makori, Neumeyer stated that he has been predicting for a couple of years that silver prices will reach triple digits in the medium-to-long term, and he thinks that reaching $125 to $150 per ounce is a reasonable expectation.
He also believes that the “stars are aligning” for this prediction to become a reality and that we are now closer to it than we were a couple of years ago. Neumeyer informed the news anchor that the estimated consumption of silver in the solar panel industry is 160 million ounces for 2023. He added that the electrical automotive sector is projected to consume just under 100 million ounces of silver.
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