Data Source: from August 1982 to August 2022
Consolidated Returns as of 31 Aug 2022
Category: Commodities
ETF: iShares Silver Trust (SLV)

In the last 30 Years, the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF obtained a 5.09% compound annual return, with a 28.89% standard deviation.

The ETF is related to the following investment themes:

  • Asset Class: Commodity
  • Commodity: Silver

Historical Returns as of Aug 31, 2022

Historical returns and stats of iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF. Total Returns and Inflation Adjusted Returns are both mentioned.

ISHARES SILVER TRUST (SLV) ETF
Consolidated returns as of 31 Aug 2022
Data Source: from August 1982 to August 2022
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Period Return (%)
as of Aug 2022
Return (%)
Infl.Adj.
Standard
Deviation (%)
Max
Drawdown (%)
Months
Pos - Neg
1M
Aug 2022
-11.34
-11.31
-11.34
Aug 2022 - Aug 2022
0 - 1
3M
-16.43
-17.52
-16.43
Jun 2022 - Aug 2022
1 - 2
6M
-26.70
-29.78
-27.53
Apr 2022 - Aug 2022
2 - 4
YTD
-22.92
-27.44
-27.53
Apr 2022 - Aug 2022
3 - 5
1Y
-25.11
-30.83
20.77
-27.53
Apr 2022 - Aug 2022
5 - 7
42% pos
3Y(*)
-1.12
-5.74
34.53
-36.79
Sep 2020 - Aug 2022
18 - 18
50% pos
5Y(*)
-0.08
-3.76
28.51
-36.79
Sep 2020 - Aug 2022
28 - 32
47% pos
10Y(*)
-6.00
-8.33
27.07
-61.02
Oct 2012 - Mar 2020
53 - 67
44% pos
15Y(*)
2.18
-0.20
32.60
-72.16
May 2011 - Mar 2020
88 - 92
49% pos
20Y(*)
6.80
4.19
31.54
-72.16
May 2011 - Mar 2020
124 - 116
52% pos
25Y(*)
5.22
2.68
30.11
-72.16
May 2011 - Mar 2020
150 - 150
50% pos
30Y(*)
5.09
2.52
28.89
-72.16
May 2011 - Mar 2020
181 - 179
50% pos
MAX(*)
01 Aug 1982
2.35
-0.45
28.62
-74.09
Feb 1983 - Feb 1993
231 - 250
48% pos
(*) Returns over 1 year are annualized

US Inflation is updated to Aug 2022. Current inflation (annualized) is 1Y: 8.26% , 5Y: 3.82% , 10Y: 2.54% , 30Y: 2.51%

ETF Returns, up to December 2006, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

Correlations as of Aug 31, 2022

Monthly correlations of iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF vs the main Asset Classes, over different timeframes.

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ISHARES SILVER TRUST (SLV) ETF
Monthly correlations as of 31 Aug 2022
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Correlation vs SLV
 
Asset Class 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years 30 Years Since
Jan 1992
US Total Stock Market
VTI
0.60
0.41
0.28
0.23
0.23
US Large Cap
SPY
0.60
0.40
0.27
0.22
0.22
US Small Cap
IJR
0.61
0.33
0.21
0.21
0.21
US REITs
VNQ
0.61
0.35
0.26
0.22
0.22
US Technology
QQQ
0.54
0.41
0.28
0.15
0.15
Preferred Stocks
PFF
0.43
0.44
0.35
0.16
0.15
EAFE Stocks
EFA
0.57
0.40
0.28
0.31
0.30
World All Countries
VT
0.60
0.44
0.32
0.31
0.31
Emerging Markets
EEM
0.29
0.46
0.38
0.36
0.36
Europe
VGK
0.55
0.42
0.29
0.28
0.28
Pacific
VPL
0.53
0.36
0.26
0.30
0.29
Latin America
FLLA
0.31
0.37
0.35
0.37
0.37
US Total Bond Market
BND
0.35
0.34
0.33
0.12
0.12
Long Term Treasuries
TLT
0.44
0.13
0.18
-0.03
-0.03
US Cash
BIL
-0.53
-0.16
-0.03
-0.01
-0.01
TIPS
TIP
0.60
0.47
0.44
0.21
0.20
Investment Grade Bonds
LQD
0.39
0.42
0.38
0.20
0.20
High Yield Bonds
HYG
0.42
0.47
0.39
0.24
0.24
International Bond Market
BNDX
0.35
0.30
0.27
0.14
0.13
Emerging Market Bonds
EMB
0.28
0.55
0.45
0.28
0.28
Gold
GLD
0.84
0.72
0.77
0.72
0.72
Commodities
DBC
0.39
0.36
0.37
0.34
0.33

Capital Growth as of Aug 31, 2022

An investment of 1000$, since September 1992, now would be worth 4432.16$, with a total return of 343.22% (5.09% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 2108.55$, with a net total return of 110.85% (2.52% annualized).
An investment of 1000$, since August 1982, now would be worth 2534.56$, with a total return of 153.46% (2.35% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 834.38$, with a net total return of -16.56% (-0.45% annualized).

Drawdowns

Worst drawdowns since September 1992.

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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months
-72.16% May 2011 Mar 2020 107 in progress 29 136
-51.29% Mar 2008 Oct 2008 8 Sep 2010 23 31
-36.04% Apr 1998 Nov 2001 44 Feb 2004 27 71
-26.39% Apr 2004 Jun 2004 3 Nov 2005 17 20
-24.77% Aug 1993 Sep 1993 2 Mar 1994 6 8
-22.20% Apr 1994 Jul 1997 40 Dec 1997 5 45
-19.75% May 2006 Jun 2006 2 Nov 2006 5 7
-15.06% Mar 2007 Aug 2007 6 Oct 2007 2 8
-9.24% Jan 2011 Jan 2011 1 Feb 2011 1 2
-7.66% Dec 2006 Dec 2006 1 Feb 2007 2 3
-4.52% Dec 1992 Feb 1993 3 Mar 1993 1 4
-3.20% Nov 2007 Nov 2007 1 Dec 2007 1 2
-1.51% Jun 1993 Jun 1993 1 Jul 1993 1 2
-0.51% Feb 2006 Feb 2006 1 Mar 2006 1 2

Worst drawdowns since August 1982.

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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months
-74.09% Feb 1983 Feb 1993 121 Nov 2006 165 286
-72.16% May 2011 Mar 2020 107 in progress 29 136
-51.29% Mar 2008 Oct 2008 8 Sep 2010 23 31
-15.06% Mar 2007 Aug 2007 6 Oct 2007 2 8
-9.24% Jan 2011 Jan 2011 1 Feb 2011 1 2
-7.66% Dec 2006 Dec 2006 1 Feb 2007 2 3
-3.20% Nov 2007 Nov 2007 1 Dec 2007 1 2
-0.10% Nov 1982 Nov 1982 1 Dec 1982 1 2

Rolling Returns ( more details)

iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF: annualized rolling and average returns

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Rolling
Period
Return (*) Negative
Periods
Average (%) Best (%) Worst (%)
1 Year
5.08 156.74
May 2010 - Apr 2011
-42.02
Aug 1983 - Jul 1984
54.89%
2 Years
3.77 95.95
May 2009 - Apr 2011
-32.43
Jun 1983 - May 1985
45.85%
3 Years
3.36 51.69
Nov 2008 - Oct 2011
-27.19
Jun 1983 - May 1986
45.29%
5 Years
3.13 33.79
Mar 2003 - Feb 2008
-18.38
May 2011 - Apr 2016
46.68%
7 Years
3.19 34.06
May 2004 - Apr 2011
-14.72
May 2011 - Apr 2018
44.22%
10 Years
3.89 26.90
May 2001 - Apr 2011
-12.44
Feb 1983 - Jan 1993
33.70%
15 Years
4.97 15.62
May 1996 - Apr 2011
-6.32
Jun 1983 - May 1998
25.83%
20 Years
5.16 13.10
May 1991 - Apr 2011
-5.35
Jun 1983 - May 2003
11.16%
(*) Annualized rolling and average returns over full calendar month periods

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality

iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF: in which months is it better to invest?

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency (Win %) are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.

For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.
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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Win %
2.83
65%
0.86
48%
0.99
48%
0.85
35%
-0.03
55%
-2.01
33%
2.27
60%
0.04
41%
-0.45
58%
-0.52
45%
0.69
40%
0.85
50%
Best
Year
27.2
1983
20.9
2011
18.4
2004
29.9
1987
26.7
2009
17.6
2016
33.2
2020
21.5
1982
14.7
1998
21.6
1982
13.8
2006
16.7
2020
Worst
Year
-9.2
2011
-21.0
1983
-16.0
2020
-23.7
2004
-19.8
2011
-14.7
1983
-15.9
1984
-23.7
2008
-28.5
2011
-22.1
1983
-9.2
2015
-15.8
2011
Statistics calculated for the period Aug 1982 - Aug 2022

Monthly/Yearly Returns

iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ETF monthly and yearly returns: how is the distribution of the returns recorded so far?

MONTHLY RETURNS HISTOGRAM
231 Positive Months (48%) - 250 Negative Months (52%)
Aug 1982 - Aug 2022
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Yearly Return(%)
Monthly Return(%)
Year Total Infl.Adj Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2022
-22.92 -27.44 -3.3 8.8 1.1 -8.0 -5.7 -6.0 0.3 -11.3
2021
-12.45 -18.21 1.7 -1.3 -7.9 5.8 7.9 -6.5 -2.4 -6.3 -7.3 7.7 -4.7 2.1
2020
+47.30 +45.32 0.8 -7.7 -16.0 7.1 19.2 2.1 33.2 15.8 -17.5 1.6 -4.3 16.7
2019
+14.88 +12.31 3.7 -2.8 -3.1 -1.1 -2.6 5.0 6.1 12.8 -7.2 6.3 -5.9 4.8
2018
-9.19 -10.90 2.3 -5.4 -0.3 -0.2 0.5 -2.0 -3.6 -6.6 0.6 -2.3 -0.7 9.0
2017
+5.82 +3.64 10.1 4.4 -0.7 -5.5 0.6 -4.1 1.2 4.7 -5.5 0.3 -1.8 3.1
2016
+14.56 +12.23 3.0 4.5 3.4 15.7 -10.5 17.6 8.3 -8.4 2.7 -6.8 -7.7 -3.5
2015
-12.42 -13.05 9.8 -4.1 0.4 -3.1 3.6 -6.0 -6.3 -0.6 -0.9 6.7 -9.2 -1.9
2014
-19.51 -20.11 -1.4 10.3 -6.4 -3.0 -2.1 12.0 -3.3 -4.4 -12.6 -5.2 -4.3 1.6
2013
-36.30 -37.24 3.6 -9.5 -0.4 -14.4 -8.6 -11.5 0.9 18.1 -7.5 1.0 -8.8 -2.8
2012
+9.02 +7.15 19.8 3.9 -6.5 -4.0 -10.5 -1.1 1.8 13.5 8.7 -6.6 3.5 -9.2
2011
-10.74 -13.30 -9.2 20.9 11.1 27.5 -19.8 -10.0 14.8 4.1 -28.5 15.7 -4.3 -15.8
2010
+82.47 +79.78 -3.9 1.1 6.7 6.5 -1.3 1.0 -3.5 7.7 12.6 13.4 13.5 10.0
2009
+47.68 +43.77 11.8 2.9 -0.7 -4.5 26.7 -13.5 2.4 6.7 12.0 -1.9 12.9 -8.9
2008
-23.79 -23.86 14.4 16.9 -13.4 -1.9 -0.3 3.5 1.5 -23.7 -11.4 -19.2 6.8 9.5
2007
+14.25 +9.77 5.1 4.5 -5.5 -0.1 0.4 -7.7 3.7 -6.3 13.8 5.2 -3.2 5.7
2006
+46.26 +42.63 11.3 -0.5 17.7 19.3 -8.6 -12.2 3.0 13.8 -11.3 7.3 13.8 -7.7
2005
+29.71 +25.42 -1.0 8.8 -2.3 -3.5 7.3 -4.7 2.6 -5.5 9.2 1.1 9.4 6.9
2004
+14.46 +10.86 4.9 7.4 18.4 -23.7 2.2 -5.5 12.2 3.2 2.1 5.7 5.8 -11.7
2003
+24.52 +22.22 1.5 -5.0 -2.8 4.0 -2.6 0.7 12.7 -0.8 0.4 -1.4 5.9 11.0
2002
+3.24 +0.85 -8.2 6.4 2.9 -2.2 10.4 -3.6 -4.8 -3.0 1.6 -0.4 -1.6 7.4
2001
+0.44 -1.09 4.1 -6.5 -4.0 0.9 1.4 -2.1 -1.6 -0.9 10.5 -9.1 -1.2 10.8
2000
-15.13 -17.91 -3.1 -3.4 -1.2 -0.8 -1.0 2.2 -0.8 -0.4 -2.0 -2.7 -1.1 -1.9
1999
+7.54 +4.73 4.2 7.4 -11.9 9.1 -8.9 6.7 3.4 -5.1 7.9 -6.6 0.0 4.0
1998
-16.01 -17.34 3.8 4.3 0.3 -4.5 -18.0 8.4 -1.6 -14.1 14.7 -6.0 -3.6 3.5
1997
+25.52 +23.42 3.4 7.7 -4.7 -7.5 0.4 -1.5 -3.2 3.8 12.0 -8.8 11.6 13.0
1996
-7.91 -10.87 7.5 -1.1 0.2 -3.6 1.3 -7.0 2.6 0.8 -6.2 -1.2 -1.7 1.1
1995
+6.13 +3.50 -4.5 -3.0 17.0 8.1 -7.3 -4.9 0.0 5.9 2.6 -2.6 -2.1 -1.0
1994
-4.30 -6.80 0.6 4.5 7.5 -7.3 3.6 -3.1 -0.9 2.3 3.3 -6.4 -6.5 -0.6
1993
+38.49 +34.79 -0.5 -2.2 7.8 13.4 5.7 -1.5 18.4 -10.4 -16.1 7.6 1.6 14.8
1992
-5.61 -8.27 6.9 -1.4 0.5 -3.4 0.8 0.3 -2.2 -5.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 -1.9
1991
-7.12 -9.88 -8.6 -2.9 3.5 3.6 2.7 7.8 -8.1 -6.1 8.4 -1.0 -0.7 -4.2
1990
-19.35 -23.99 -0.4 -1.4 -3.1 -0.2 2.6 -3.9 -1.4 -0.6 -0.2 -12.6 -1.0 1.7
1989
-13.57 -17.41 -4.3 0.5 -0.5 -3.1 -7.9 -0.2 2.1 -3.8 3.4 -1.0 9.5 -7.9
1988
-9.59 -13.42 -2.4 -4.3 8.0 -3.7 1.7 1.2 1.8 -3.5 -6.6 2.8 -2.7 -1.5
1987
+25.12 +19.81 3.0 -1.1 13.2 29.9 -4.8 -4.6 14.2 -11.0 1.8 -7.7 1.3 -5.0
1986
-8.40 -9.40 4.3 -7.7 -5.0 -4.3 2.9 -0.4 -3.8 0.6 2.6 9.3 -0.7 -5.2
1985
-8.33 -11.69 0.2 -11.3 18.1 -6.0 -1.0 -1.1 2.1 -0.2 -3.5 0.8 1.3 -5.5
1984
-28.95 -31.64 -4.9 12.7 1.5 -8.5 3.5 -9.0 -15.9 5.7 0.0 -3.4 -2.4 -9.5
1983
-17.89 -20.88 27.2 -21.0 -2.9 11.5 14.8 -14.7 4.8 -1.0 -6.7 -22.1 10.9 -7.7
1982
- - 21.5 1.8 21.6 -0.1 10.7

ETF Returns, up to December 2006, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

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