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What's going on?

Reddit-inspired retail investors were back at it on Monday, this time pushing silvers price to an eight-year high.

What does this mean?

Investors piled almost $1 billion into the biggest exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the price of silver last Friday (tweet this). That surge in demand made it one of retail investors most-traded assets that day, and gave the commoditys price its biggest one-day gain in thirteen years.

The timing is significant: silver’s been a hot topic on Reddits r/WallStreetBets the forum where GameStop and AMCs stocks caught fire as retail investors try to carry out a similar short squeeze. The aforementioned ETF is, after all, backed by physical silver, meaning the fund provider is forced to buy the metal when it receives new investments. And if there isnt enough to go around, its price could be squeezed higher and higher and higher

Why should I care?

Zooming in: This isnt just GameStop 2.0.

This situation is similar to last weeks GameStop saga, but its different in a couple of key ways. Firstly, GameStops market value is much smaller $1.4 billion to silvers $32 billion and as such easier for retail investors to influence. And secondly, institutional investors dont seem to be betting against the metal like they were against GameStop. In fact, theyve been optimistic about its chances: data shows they have, in aggregate, invested in the metal, and Goldman Sachs recommended buying the asset last year.

The bigger picture: The tail might finally be wagging the dog.

Still, the fact silvers price moved higher in such a significant way especially considering how much more the market is worth than GameStop shows the momentum retail investors are now having. It might only be a matter of time before institutional investors start following their lead in an effort to profit from the waves their smaller counterparts are making if theyre not already.

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