As we await the end of this silver correction, it is appropriate to stand back and look at the bigger picture. To that end, take a look at this chart which shows silver's Bollinger bands, but in particular the midline which is also the 20 month moving average.
Going way back to November 1998 after the Warren Buffett spike, the OHLC bar range of silver dropped below this moving average. With that silver re-entered its long term bear market and what one would have been looking for with this indicator was for the silver's OHLC range to complete one full month above and clear of the 20 month moving average.
This did not happen until May 2002 when silver's low range for the month was a mere one cent above the moving average and silver closed the month at $5.02. This signaled the beginning of a silver bull market and the metal was to trade above this moving average until September 2008 when the OHLC range of silver traded fully below the moving average. That meant this moving average kept you right on silver for six years and four months.
Having said that, I regard this setup as more of a buy signal as the collapse below the moving average can be quite dramatic and swallow a lot of your profits. I prefer to use more targeted indicators to identify the sell points.
But getting back to this moving average, as the Credit Crunch of 2009 progressed, one would again patiently wait until monthly silver fully traded above the average. That signal came one year later on September 2009 when silver closed out at $16.62. The end came in May 2012 when the opposite happened and silver fully traded below the moving average and closed out at $27.69. That adds up to a two year and eight month bull run.
Now we come to the present day and having spent exactly four years under the moving average, silver broke clear this May with monthly silver closing at $15.99. Based on our prior examples, this suggests silver has now entered a new multi-year bull market.
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