The silver price traded between about $15 and $18 per ounce in 2017, leaving some market watchers hoping for better price action in 2018.

Even so, investors remained interested in silver in 2017. Our most popular silver news stories of the year show that investors were keen to learn more from experts about what makes the white metal a compelling investment.

Read on to see what  silver news stories grabbed the attention of our investor audience this year. You can also click here for our review of 2017 silver trends and here for our 2018 silver outlook. 

1. Could the Silver Price Really Hit $130 per Ounce?

Keith Neumeyer, president and CEO of First Majestic Silver (TSX:FR,NYSE:AG), is known for his wild silver price predictions, having suggested in 2016 that the white metal could reach $1,000. In November, he lowered his price outlook, saying he sees it hitting $130. In this silver news story we delve into Neumeyer’s rationale, as well as what other industry professionals have to say about the future of silver.  

2. Why You Should Still Invest in Silver

Coming in as our second most popular silver news story is a video interview with Ed Steer, publisher of Ed Steer’s Gold and Silver Digest. In the interview, Steer goes into depth about why he believes silver prices are being kept down, pointing squarely at market manipulation by a select few.

If Steer is right and the market is being manipulated, what should investors do? Get in and stay, or stay out altogether? Steer gives his advice to investors and shares his prediction for the precious metal. Watch the video below for all the details:

3. Silver in 2017: The Year of the Wild Card

At the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference in January, Brad Cooke, CEO of Endeavour Silver (TSX:EDR,NYSE:EXK), and Robert Archer, president and CEO of Great Panther Silver (TSX:GPR,NYSEAMERICAN:GPL), participated in a panel where they discussed their forecasts for precious metals in 2017. Were their predictions on point?

The panelists also discussed the cost of mining silver in Mexico. Many factors are in play, such as the Mexican currency and political friction as a result of US President Donald Trump. Both CEOs also touched on