Story Highlights

  • New demand for silver comes from the wiring needed to electrify cars and trucks including the Tesla Cybertruck.
  • And the next wave of electric vehicles will demand even more of the precious metal.
  • Anthony Planas offers a way to play silver in 2020 — for big gains! — before supplies dwindle.

Tesla unveiled its new Cybertruck to mixed reactions. Borrowing design cues from Mars rovers, it is promising to usher in the future of electric trucks.

The truck is an important step for Tesla — and the auto industry. In December 2018, I wrote about how the Rivian R1T truck would spur competition for America’s strongest auto segment: trucks.

And that’s exactly what’s happening.

Ford recently announced an all-electric F-150. Its flagship model has been America’s best-selling vehicle of all time. Ford has sold more than 32 million F-150s since the model’s introduction in 1976.

But I don’t care which automaker wins over the electric truck market. That’s because I have one precious metal play that will win from the growing demand for the next generation of trucks.

And readers of Real Wealth Strategist have already had the chance to see gains of 63% in the earliest innings.

Beyond Batteries

Trucks, SUVs and vans now account for 64.5% of all vehicles sold in the U.S. Meanwhile, since 2016, sedans have slipped 11.5% to 35.5% of sales.

The electrification of this segment will spur demand for millions of tons of battery metals — such as copper, lithium, cobalt and nickel.

But it will also restore the former glory of another metal: silver.

While technically a precious metal, silver once had a very industrial use. Labs used silver to develop photos. However, with the rise of digital cameras, demand for silver plummeted.

But now it has a shot at a second life helping to electrify the auto fleet.

New demand for silver doesn’t come from batteries, but from the wiring needed to electrify cars and trucks.  Electric and autonomous cars require a web of wires to connect sensors and controls to one another.

Silver is already used in car electrical systems. Electric vehicles (EVs) like the Tesla Cybertruck will demand even more silver.

The demand for silver from the auto industry is forecast to triple by 2040. That represents 15% of the predicted supply.

But we haven’t seen this demand reflected in the silver price yet.

The below chart’s orange line shows silver’s rally this year. Fears over a global trade war and economic slowdown were the main drivers into this precious metal.

Silver Mining ETF Outperforms Silver

silver miners versus silver metal stock prices

(Source: Refinitiv Eikon)

With the U.S. and China moving closer to a trade agreement, investors are gaining confidence. And silver prices are easing back down.

But that hasn’t put a damper on the silver miner exchange-traded fund (ETF), iShares MSCI Global Silver and Metals Miners ETF (BATS: SLVP), depicted in purple above.

That’s because of top-performing miners in the ETF.

In Real Wealth Strategist, we avoid ETFs in the mining space because they usually hold some mismanaged companies.

Our silver miners have outperformed the ETF year to date. But a recent pullback is setting up a buying opportunity before the wave of EV trucks begins to strain silver supplies.

To find out how you can get into our recommended silver plays — and other metals that we think are set for big gains in 2020 — watch Matt Badiali’s presentation here.

Good investing,

Anthony Planas

Internal Analyst, Banyan Hill Publishing

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