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The key to massively higher silver prices is the recognition by a sufficient number of world investors of the truly remarkable facts in silver. Silver is a vital commodity whose demand in a wide variety of industrial applications has depleted world inventories by 90% over the past 75 years. This means there is a very small amount of metal available for purchase by the world’s investors. To date these facts have been grasped by no more than a small fraction of 1% of the world’s investors.

Comparisons between silver and gold are appropriate, because both are elements sought and valued by man for thousands of years, making each highly unique and in a class by themselves. Silver shares the primary attractions of gold in terms of rarity and being an asset that is no one else’s liability. However, silver is rarer because of its consumption as a vital industrial commodity. Sure, much more silver is produced than gold (about 9 times as much), but because even more silver is consumed industrially, there is actually less net silver available for investment purposes than gold.

While sufficient numbers of large world investors have yet to massively influence the price, the facts indicate that it will take very few to do so. There is a shockingly low amount of physical silver available for investment. And considering the amount of physical silver that JPMorgan has taken off the market over the past six years, the amount still available for investment is greatly reduced. Even a small influx of large investors will cause the price to explode.

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