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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Paper gold leverage over 500/1 in order to protect dollar and trillions in derivatives

For those who either invest, trade, or save in precious metals, the past month has not been kind to the value of their holdings.  And in fact, sentiment against gold and silver ownership because of the volatile price swings has really been forged over the course of about six years going back to 2011 when each were crushed by manipulation when they were sitting at their all-time highs.

But to understand the gold market one must understand how its price is tied not to the physical metal itself, but to paper derivatives traded daily on the Comex.  And more importantly, why both the futures market and the regulators allow the bullion banks to sell contracts in which they do not have the actual gold to backstop these trades.

In essence it comes down to two simple and desperate needs... the first is to protect the dollar, and the second is to protect the trillions of dollars worth of derivatives held by the banks which would result in the complete implosion of the Western banking system.

As you can see in the 10-year chart of the dollar below, in 2011 the reserve currency was on the brink of collapsing as it fell below 73 and the last maginot line of support.


And like in 1980 when trust in the dollar was at a previous crossroads, gold and silver were the few assets that individuals could go to for protection against inflation and the collapsing currency.

Former Fed Chairman Paul Volker stated after he saved the dollar by raising interest rates to over 20% in 1981 that the one thing he wished he had done in his process was to manipulate the gold and silver price.  And that lesson was carried over to 2011 when the Fed formulated a program to manipulate and control the price of gold in tandem with their programs of QE which would introduce 10's of trillions of dollars into the monetary system.


Fast forward to 2017.

Unlike from 1980 to around 2002, when the price of gold remained relatively low in the mid-200's due to the exuberance of the Dot Com stock market frenzy and the lack of sentiment in the precious metals, gold demand since 2008 has remained fairly strong and fairly constant, requiring the bullion banks at the behest of the Fed to continuously push down the price using derivatives and naked shorts.  But in doing so what they have also done is create a leverage so vast that according to well respected metals analyst Andrew Maguire, that leverage is now at 500/1 paper contracts to every physical ounce.
As an example, at the BIS (Bank for International Settlements) opex expiry at 3pm UK time on the 30th of April, it was clear by the footprints that they were grossly offside on trillions of dollars worth of derivative positions which they were forced to defend. Anyone doubting that officially transacted BIS gold derivatives exceed $1 trillion, need look no further than their agent banks’ OCC positioning and add this to the Reserve Bank of India’s estimation that there is 92/1 leverage. However, this conservative estimate does note include related derivatives which estimate leverage to be (a staggering) 500/1. - King World News
Owning physical gold and silver is not a short-term trade scenario, but protection for your wealth over a long period of time when the natural cycle of booms and busts, or the collapse of a currency via inflation or loss of confidence, reaches its inevitable outcome.  And just like the way cheap money has artificially propped up stocks, bonds, housing, and other assets, when they eventually break, just as they did in 2008, the collapse of each of these will be horrific, and even greater than the 60% drop we saw in prices between 2008 and their bottoming out in 2010.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wall Street financialization of Bitcoin continues as CME seeking to allow derivative trading

The CME Group is in the process of finalizing a patent for a Bitcoin derivative contract that would allow Bitcoin miners to hedge their production of Bitcoin currency.

In a new report on April 17, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is planning to allow for derivative trading of Bitcoin futures on the nation's largest commodity exchange, and continue Wall Street's financialization of the crypto-currency.

Derivatives giant CME Group is looking to patent a way for bitcoin miners to hedge against operational risks. 
As detailed in a patent application published last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the proposed system would receive data from the bitcoin network as a means of keeping contracts up to date - monitoring metrics like network difficulty and price.
CME previously launched a pair of bitcoin price indexes last year. 
The filing is notable as bitcoin mining, the process by which new transactions are added to the bitcoin blockchain, is a kind of commodities production. Miners expend energy and manpower in exchange for newly minted bitcoins. - Coindesk
The largest problem with this of course is that derivatives and futures contracts for both commodities and currencies are allowed to be bought and sold by banks and other entities who have no skin in the game.  And it is this type of trading that has led to the suppression of gold and silver since their prices are determined by benchmark auctions in London, and paper futures contracts at the Comex.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SEC shoots down second financial product to try to put Bitcoin on Wall Street

On March 29 the SEC rejected the second Exchange Traded Product (ETP) in the past 30 days to try to take Bitcoin to Wall Street and financialize the crypto-currency.

Citing the primary fact that Bitcoin is an unregulated currency as the reason for the rejection, in the end for Bitcoin purists the last thing they want is for the currency to become blemished through financialization and being destroyed by derivative trading.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday denied for the second time this month a request to bring to market a first-of-its-kind product tracking bitcoin, the digital currency. 
The SEC announced in a filing its decision denying Intercontinental Exchange Inc's NYSE Arca exchange the ability to list and trade the SolidX Bitcoin Trust, an exchange-traded product (ETP) that would trade like a stock and track the digital asset's price. 
Previously, the regulatory agency said it had concerns with a similar proposal by investors Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss. 
"The Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated," the SEC said in its filing, echoing language from its decision earlier this month on the application by CBOE's Bats exchange to list The Bitcoin ETF proposed by the Winklevoss brothers. On Friday, Bats asked the SEC to review its decision not to allow that fund to trade. - CNBC

Friday, March 3, 2017

Breaking! Just months after banks admit rigging silver price, LBMA administrators suddenly resign from the London price fix

On March 3 the CME Group, along with Thomson Reuters, without warning announced their resignation from running the auctions which set the daily silver price for the LBMA.

Long known as the London Price Fix, this sudden resignation by the two U.S. corporations which play an intrinsic role in controlling the price of silver comes just months after Deutsche and other banks admitted in court that they have been rigging prices in the silver markets for more than a decade.

CME Group and Thomson Reuters are to step down from providing the LBMA silver price benchmark auction, the London Bullion Market Association said on Friday, less than three years after they successfully bid to provide the process. 
"In consultation with the LBMA, CME Group and Thomson Reuters have decided to step down from their respective roles in relation to the LBMA Silver Price auction," the LBMA said in a members update seen by Reuters. 
The two will continue to operate and administer the silver auction until a new provider is appointed, the LBMA said. It will launch a new tender to appoint an alternative provider to operate the process "shortly", it said. - Reuters
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) is the world's largest commodity derivative exchange, and plays an essential role in allowing the Federal Reserve and its primary dealers (bullion banks) to manipulate gold and silver prices through the use of naked shorts and other derivatives.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Silver could be the greatest potential investment of all time as paper sales of metal in Comex and LBMA are close to 3000 to 1

While China is currently in the process of trying to wrench price determination for gold from the Comex and LBMA, these futures markets still have absolute control over how the price of silver is determined in the spot markets.

And in a couple of recent podcast interviews, precious metal and bitcoin analyst Bix Weir announced that from his research he has discovered that the amount of derivatives being sold in relation to the amount of physical silver actually held in both the Comex and LBMA is close to 3000 to 1, with over 100 billion ounces being traded in 2016 for a registered inventory of only 30 million physical ounces.

Crush the Street: I'd like to start off with your latest publication named $10,000 ounce silver if Donald Trump drains the silver swamp.  $10,000 per ounce silver, not gold?  And silver is sitting at around $17 per ounce... that's a pretty high price and I'd love to get the details on this analysis. 
Bix Weir: It goes back to silver and the price suppression scheme that's been in place for close to 150 years... going back to the Opium Wars in the 19th century.  And then it got kicked into high gear when computers were invented in the 1960's.  I do alot of work on the computer rigging side of the world and that's what Roota (in Road to Roota) stands for (Root A) and was a term created by Alan Greenspan in the 1960's when he helped create the computerized banking system. 
What we see in the silver price today is not a silver market anywhere in the world that trades freely.  What we have in the Comex and LBMA is a market that trades electronically futures and options contracts (derivatives).  The Comex and LBMA are supposed to be a physical market, but it's not, and you can tell by the volumes.  Every year they 'supposedly' transfer over 100 billion ounces of silver, and there hasn't even been 100 billion of ounces of silver dug up in the history of the world. - Crush The Street
The key for this of course is when the manipulation ends, or is forced to end, it will suddenly cause a volatility spike unseen outside of a hyper-inflationary event as price discovery reverts back to a supply and demand model versus a rigged manipulated one.  And this has already begun with the Deutsche Bank testimony in which they, and several other bullion banks, admitted to have been rigging the price of silver for decades.

An end to the manipulation will see silver rise in a two-fold fashion.  First, the banks will need to cover their short positions that are currently active in helping to suppress the price in the derivative paper markets.  And second, once the price climbs in relation to the buying OR insolvency of these banks in defaulting on their derivative positions, the reality of how small supplies really are in the silver market will cause another massive spike due to its absolutely vital requirement to support the global technology sphere.

The gold to silver ratio is hovering around 68:1 right now, and nearly all analysts see silver as more depressed in price than its yellow metal sister gold.  And just as the discovery of oil made petroleum the most important global commodity for use in agriculture, industry, and energy, silver is well on its way to taking over this mantle as the world rushes forward in needing the metal for electronics, alternative energies, and all future technology to come in the 21st century.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Astounding correlation between gold and yen may show reasons for manipulation as being tied to carry trade

It is now a given fact that the United States government, as well as the central banks, manipulate gold pricing going back at least as far as when President Richard Nixon removed the dollar from the gold window.  But what many may not realize is that the reasons for rigging the gold markets have changed periodically over the past 45 years.

In recent times, and in particular since the 1990's, Wall Street has used the Japanese Yen as a tool for creating vast profits through a mechanism known as the Yen carry trade.  This trade is done by using dollars to purchase the much weaker Japanese currency, then using that money to buy Treasury Bonds at a larger discount.

Japan of course has been most helpful in facilitating this trade by the fact that they have kept their interest rates down near zero for almost 25 years at the same time the dollar has remained strong minus the period following the 2008 financial crisis.  But missing from this well known financial mechanism is how gold fits into it, and how the price of the precious metal needs to be rigged to ensure the carry trade continues at full capacity.


As you can see in this chart going back to 2012 when the Fed began to implement Zirp and QE, the price of gold has run nearly perfect with the actions of the USD/JPY currency trade.  And this barometer is almost flawless to utilize for gold traders as when the Yen strengthens against the dollar, gold prices rise, and when it weakens, gold prices fall.


Not known to many traders, gold is positively correlated to yen. Let’s take a look at the first chart where we compare yen futures to gold futures on a monthly time frame. You can see how gold’s peaks and troughs correspond to that of the yen’s peaks and troughs. 
Why is gold correlated to yen? 
In reality, there is no proper explanation to this. Although the fact that gold and yen both share the status as a safe haven does in a way validates this correlation. But it is merely scratching the surface. Correlations in the markets come and go. A more recent example that traders can recollect was the short term correlation between oil prices and stocks in the first half of the year, which soon faded. This brings an important point to mention, which is that with any correlation you cannot take it for granted. Therefore traders need to constantly, and at regular intervals check on the correlation between gold and yen. For example, Gold and USDJPY have a -94% correlation on a weekly basis. However, this fluctuates and therefore traders should always keep an eye out on any significant changes. - Orbex
Yet contrary to the assessment of 'no proper explanation', the reality is that the correlation between gold pricing and the USD/JPY is intrinsically tied to the Yen carry trade.  And when we are taking about a financial mechanism that encompasses trillions of dollars in derivatives and other Wall Street financial instruments, protecting this trade at all costs is a perfect reason as to why the banks would purposely manipulate and rig the gold markets.
What is the carry trade? It’s the borrowing of a currency in a low interest rate country, converting it to a currency in a higher interest rate country and investing it in the highest rated bonds of that country. The big trading outfits do this with leverage of 100 or 300 to one. This causes important moves in the financial markets, made possible by the trillions of dollars of central bank money creation. - Forbes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Spread between London paper gold price and Shanghai physical price now at $15

Over the past 35 days the spread between the daily AM and PM gold price fixes set in London and in Shanghai have steadily moved apart as the physical markets in China break away from the prices set in the Western paper markets.

Back in late October we began to see the difference in price grow to around $5, with the spread then moving to a difference of $7 just two weeks later.  But with the London and Comex paper markets crushing the paper spot price back under $1200 per ounce since the Presidential elections on Nov. 8, the physical markets in Shanghai have not seen fit to accept these prices based on the actual rising demand in their own exchanges, and are reflecting it in price as the spread on Nov. 25 is now a whopping $15 difference.

The gold premium on the Shanghai Gold Exchange soared as high as $30 Thursday before easing back to a still historically high level of around $15 on Friday, reports MKS (Switzerland) S.A. On Thursday, the “feature of the day was the SGE premium, which rose to an amazing $30 over the loco London gold price, the loftiest levels seen since 2013,” says Sam Laughlin, precious-metals trader with MKS. “The difference between then and now, however, is now the high premium seems to be more a factor of a supply shortage in mainland China as opposed to outright demand. As a result, despite the high premiums this week, the turnover has not been anything enormous.” The premium fell by roughly half on Friday, he continues. “While still elevated, we did some fatigue creeping into the Shanghai premium today, 'easing' to around $15 relative to loco London gold.” - Kitco
London Gold Fix, November 25, 2016

Shanghai Gold Exchange Gold Fix, November 25, 2016

As central and bullion banks in the West continue to beat down the price of gold in their paper derivative markets, the spread between the Asian physical and Western paper gold prices will continue to widen.  And at a certain point, producers of gold will find it much more profitable to simply ship their metals directly to China rather than to continue to supply the Comex or LBMA, who's manipulation of the spot price using 100's of naked short contracts no longer reflects the true price of the precious metal.

Monday, October 17, 2016

China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) initiates next step towards being a part in setting global gold prices

On Oct. 17 China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) announced they will be collaborating with other global markets to allow gold pricing in Yuan to be part of the price set for derivative contracts.

In his announcement on Monday, SGE Chairman Jiao Jinpu sought to initiate the next step for China to play a large role in setting the price for the precious metal that has long been under the control of London for more than a century.

Shanghai Gold Exchange Chairman Jiao Jinpu said on Monday that the bourse will collaborate with foreign exchanges and allow them to use its yuan-denominated gold price in developing derivatives products.  
"We would collaborate with various exchanges and authorise these external exchanges to start business outside China to use it as basis for development of derivatives products," Jiao told an industry conference through an interpreter.  
Jiao was referring to the Shanghai Gold Exchange's yuan-denominated gold benchmark, which it launched in April in an ambitious move to exert more control over pricing of the metal and influence in the global bullion market. - Economic Times.India Times
In addition to the SGE's goal of being a part of the global gold and derivative price determinations, the Singapore Bullion Market Association also reported on Monday their initiation of a joint study between themselves, the LBMA, and the Intercontinental Exchange Benchmark Association (IBA) on connecting the London gold price mechanism to Asia, where China and Singapore could then have a say in the pricing of precious metals in overnight trading rather than allow bullion banks and investors to hijack the markets when U.S. and European bourses are closed.
The Singapore Bullion Market Association, London Bullion Market Association and Intercontinental Exchange Benchmark Administration (IBA) will launch a joint feasibility study on the development of "LBMA pre-AM gold price at 2 pm Singapore time", Lim Hng Kiang, minister for trade and industry and deputy chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, told an industry conference on Monday. 
The study "is an important first step towards establishing a U.S. dollar price discovery mechanism for gold during Asian business hours," said Lim. "When in place, it will facilitate the timely tracking of Asian demand and allow participants in Asia to settle their trades within the same business day." 
"We hope to make a reputable gold benchmark mechanism in London available to Asian users," the Singapore Bullion Market Association's chief executive, Albert Cheng, told Reuters. - Reuters

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Recent gold take down may be part of a gambit involving China seeking to buy Deutsche Bank's gold derivative book

Last week while China's financial infrastructure was primarily closed for their annual Golden Week holiday, one or more entities slammed the gold price down by dumping billions of dollars worth of contracts on at least three separate occasions.  And without opposing buy pressure from the usual counter-parties in Asia, the price was pushed down from a high of $1317 on Oct. 3 to an inter-day low of $1246 on Friday.

1 Week Gold Prices - Gold Price Chart

However, most of the trades that created the drop of $70 over the course of four days occurred almost instantaneously, with billions in contracts being dumped onto the market in less than a minute each time.

So what was the cause and reason for this attack on the gold price, especially since there was no news or events at all during the week that would spur traders to divest their holdings in such quantities?  Speculation has been rampant in the alternative media, but nothing conclusive as to why...

until now.

On Oct. 6, well known and respected statistician and analyst Dr. Jim Willie gave an interview with Perpetual Assets to discuss the current state of the economy, and in particular events such as Deutsche Bank's insolvency and the recent takedown in gold.  And during his over two hour interview, Dr. Willie laid out a scenario regarding China's desire to buy Deutsche Bank's gold derivative book, and the pressure put on the German bank by London and the U.S. to counter the move by forcing them to sell their contracts onto the market, even at a loss.
Dr, Jim Willie: What is Deutsche Bank's biggest problem right now, outside the law? 
Will Lehr:  Their derivatives book? 
JW: It's cash.  I don't mean where they are in trouble, but rather what is their challenge.  Cash.  They are having liquidity nightmares.
So what I am hearing is that the Chinese are coming forward, and remember they are off all week for some holiday, and that's one reason that gold got slammed.  But the Chinese have offered cash... I've heard they've offered something on the order of $100 billion.   
And I go WHAT?  Just for Deutsche Bank?  And my source said no, no no, they aren't interested in the whole bank... they are interested in their gold derivatives book. 
Because what we're hearing in the buzz among bankers... you know, New York, London, and European centers is that indeed China is looking to buy their gold derivative book, and the word has it that the derivative book involves more gold than is in the Comex.   
More than what's traded in the Comex in a year. 
It's bigger than the Comex by an order of magnitude. 
Ok, so Deutsche Bank is interested in the Chinese deal, but what they're experiencing from what I'm hearing, is that the Deutsche Bank officials are being forced by London and Wall Street, to dump their derivative book.  And I don't know if it's at a loss, and I have the feeling the Wall Street and Londoners don't care whether it's at a loss, they just want this derivative book to slowly be dissolved and sold off so that the Chinese don't get it.
Fast forward to 31:20 in the video below to hear the entire story behind the Chinese gambit, and the pressure by the Western gold consortium to force Deutsche Bank to dump their derivatives onto the market to keep it out of China's hands.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

LBMA in process of modernizing Western gold markets with blockchain based electronic trading

With the rise of the one true physical gold market coming out of Shanghai, China in the past year, the London Bullion gold market has been seen to be both antiquated, and no longer of significant relevance as it primarily trades in paper contracts and rarely delivers physical gold.  And with their paper based trading and gold derivatives making the institution little more than a mechanism to protect fiat currencies by beating down the fair market trading of gold, the both the LBMA and other European gold markets are now looking to modernize through the potential of blockchain technologies.

The London Bullion Market Association has started negotiations with two financial technology firms to create a trading platform for precious metals, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. 
The partnership between Autilla Ltd. and Boat Services Ltd. was selected for further talks, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. 
“It would be premature to comment at this stage as no legal agreements have been signed with any provider,” Ruth Crowell, chief executive officer of the LBMA, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. 
The LBMA, which represents London’s gold market, is seeking to modernize the world’s largest gold-trading hub, an over-the-counter system that clears more than $5 trillion a year. Regulators are pushing for more transparency and tighter controls. In other cities, such as New York, transactions take place on an exchange. 
The LBMA’s platform would mean deals between two parties can be posted and stored in a database, and eventually lead to the publication of a forward price curve.
Companies including the London Metal Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and CME Group Inc. submitted proposals for the platform, people familiar with the matter said in February.- Bloomberg
And over in the rest of Europe...
Euroclear, the world’s largest Belgium-based asset and securities settlement cooperative founded by J.P Morgan & Co., attended the SIBOS Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland with Paxos to announce their joint project and explain the importance of a secure and efficient infrastructure in unsystematic gold markets. 
The Paxos-Euroclear gold market-focused Blockchain settlement solution will be the first of its kind and most likely the only Blockchain settlement platform to be integrated by a major market like the London Bullion Market. 
Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla believes that a robust and secure Blockchain-based infrastructure will enable the London Bullion Market as well as other leading gold exchanges to autonomously process trades and increase the efficiency of the post-trade process. - Cointelegraph

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

European banking system ready to implode unless the ECB comes up with $150 billion or more in bailouts

Over the weekend, Europe’s most toxic and insolvent bank (Deutsche Bank) came out with an announcement that if the European Central Bank (ECB) didn’t come up with $150 billion or more in new funding to bailout the continent’s banking system, then it could potentially face an ‘accident’ similar to 2008’s ‘Lehman moment’.
And it is not the largest German bank that is the sole institution in need of recapitalization by the ECB.  In Italy, nearly all the major banks are on the cusp of insolvency, and appear now in the process of a government sponsored bailout coupled with a small customer bail-in.  Added to this, British banks are running into major problems over their bursting housing bubble, and while the UK no longer has the security of going to the ECB for emergency lending, they may receive it anyway since other EU banks hold long derivative positions on the island nation’s securities and could implode if Britain goes the way of default.
BANKERS-COPS
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The big gold short: More paper gold is traded in London everyday than all available physical gold in the world

In the movie The Big Short, banks were buying and selling derivatives on mortgage bonds at rates of hundreds if not thousands of times the actual number of houses tied to those bonds.  In fact, it was the advent of the Synthetic CDO (collateralized debt obligation) that turned a housing crisis into a global financial collapse.

Yet because global governments didn't unwind these trades when the need for a bailout came, and jail the bankers who created the environment for global collapse, they simply gave the criminals on Wall Street and London the motivation to keep committing fraud and manipulation in not only the housing market, but in every market.

Following the decision to keep interest rates down to near zero, and initiating a program of money printing that was labeled as 'Quantitative Easing', central banks desperately needed to keep the price of gold down so that the true value of the dollar, euro, and yen would not be realized by the public or general economy.  And they did this by removing all protections to the gold market and allowing paper derivative contracts to dictate the physical markets.  And now five years later, that manipulation has reached levels where more paper gold contracts are traded everyday in London than the total amount of physical gold that is available in the entire world.


Currently, the number of contracts on the COMEX represents 300 times as much paper gold as there is physical metal in the COMEX vaults. Moreover, this number has ballooned at a faster pace over the past two years or so. The 300:1 ratio of contracts to physical ounces is propped by powerful restrictions. The COMEX forbids delivery of gold on the ramps to satisfy a gold contract, under threat of banning the party from participation and entry in the door. Almost nobody takes actual delivery of their metal, except for the big Wall Street banks which steal gold from other depositors. These banks also routinely rig the windows to enable removal of investor gold in the GLD Exchange Traded Fund, and silver from the similar SLV fund. Imagine a gold futures contract with no delivery possible. How absurd! But it has been the reality since June 2012. 
The situation is perhaps even more frightening in the London Bullion Market Assn (LBMA). This market sees $trillions worth of gold trades every day. The activity is truly baffling. On individual trading days, more gold changes hands within contract trading (paper shuffling) across the London market than all the available gold in the world. Yet no metal moves anywhere, in a grand charade. These are merely paper transactions, with almost no actual metal ever in movement. The staggering leverage and dilution should not make any sense to the rational observer. However, in sharp contrast, the Eastern nations are accumulating gold in large volume. - Dr. Jim Willie, Silver Doctors
And now you see why the new gold price mechanism initiated at the Shanghai Gold Exchange will soon be the most powerful change agent the world has seen in perhaps 100 years.  Because not only will it allow gold prices to finally break away from their paper restricted manipulations, but it will eventually force all assets to be laid bare when gold is once again the underlying foundation of all money.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Germany's biggest financial institution Deutsche Bank tells investors to buy gold

Was it prudence or capitulation that led Germany's largest, and invariably most insolvent financial institution Deutsche Bank to tell their investors on Feb. 26 to buy gold?  But either way this recommendation could not have come at a better time.  This is because two days ago gold hit what it known as a 'Golden Cross' on technical charts, meaning the trend for prices is upwards and headed towards a strong bull market.

And perhaps most importantly, Deutsche Bank stands on the precipice of not only becoming bankrupt themselves, but they have the potential to take down many major banks in Europe and the United States due to their $70 trillion in derivative exposure.


Buy gold as “insurance is warranted” Deutsche Bank have advised in a note issued today.  
The embattled German bank has said that rising economic risks and market turmoil mean investors should buy gold for insurance.
Since the beginning of the year gold is by far the market's best performing asset, and in a recent look at historic trends is the best start for a year since 1980 when it completed a massive bull run from $35 per ounce to $850 an ounce over the course of a decade.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Goldman Sachs fined only $5.1 billion for causing 2008 financial crisis

It pays to know the right people when it comes to most things in life, and this axiom cannot be said any better for the financial institution known as Goldman Sachs.  Seven years ago, the bank that feeds executives into the highest levels of government and central banks should have gone bankrupt and disappeared like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.  But thanks to one of their own being in the position of U.S. Treasury Secretary, not only was the financial institution bailed out with taxpayer money, they also were the only bank to receive 100 cents on the dollar for their toxic assets tied with insurer AIG.
And now in 2016, regulators within the government have finally decided to make Goldman pay for their involvement in nearly bringing down the entire global financial system by quietly giving them a slap on the wrist, and imposing a meager $5.1 billion fine for their actions.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lions and tigers and derivatives and bail-ins… OH MY!

Perhaps it is because $247 trillion is just a number too big to contemplate, or that those in charge have an off button perpetually pushed when it comes to accepting the consequences of debt, but going into 2016 this black swan remains a ticking time bomb that can at any time crater the world even more than a conventional world war.
Oh, and by the way… this is just the derivative exposure of U.S. banks alone.
us_banks_derivatives_exposure_as_percent
Did you know that there are 5 “too big to fail” banks in the United States that each have exposure to derivatives contracts that is in excess of 30 trillion dollars?  Overall, the biggest U.S. banks collectively have more than 247 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives contracts.  That is an amount of money that is more than 13 times the size of the U.S. national debt, and it is a ticking time bomb that could set off financial Armageddon at any moment.  Globally, the notional value of all outstanding derivatives contracts is a staggering 552.9 trillion dollars according to the Bank for International Settlements.  The bankers assure us that these financial instruments are far less risky than they sound, and that they have spread the risk around enough so that there is no way they could bring the entire system down.  But that is the thing about risk - you can try to spread it around as many ways as you can, but you can never eliminate it.  And when this derivatives bubble finally implodes, there won’t be enough money on the entire planet to fix it. - Economic Collapse Blog

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Got Karatbars? China announces that in April they will open gold market to new Yuan benchmark

Back in June, China intimated that they were getting prepared to open a new gold exchange that would be benchmarked in Yuan versus the current system that is denominated in dollars.  And while many gold and silver holders were hoping it would come online this month at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), officials on Dec. 10 announced that the platform has been moved out until April of 2016 where it would be open to both Chinese and foreign banks for physical exchange of gold, denominated in Yuan, and at a new price.
SINGAPORE: China has delayed the launch of its yuan-denominated gold benchmark on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) to next year, two sources familiar with the matter said. 
The yuan price fix would mark one of China's biggest steps so far towards capitalising on its position as the world's top producer and consumer of gold. State-run SGE had initially planned to launch the benchmark by the end of this year but it will now be launched in April. 
The reason for the delay was not immediately clear. The exchange was without a chairman for nearly six months, before it named a central bank official as the head of the bourse in late October. 
"It will start in April with Chinese banks and some foreign banks," said a source with a local bank that imports gold. "Jewellers, miners and banks could use this price as a benchmark." - Economic Time.India Times

The significance of China establishing a physical gold price is that it would become the only real physical market remaining in the global market system.  For the past two and a half years, the current benchmark in London and New York has refrained from any physical deliveries, and is simply acting as a derivatives market, and a conduit to protect the dollar by smashing down gold prices with naked short contracts.

However China is not the only nation seeking to wrest long-standing financial mechanisms away from the U.S. as Russia on Dec. 10 announced they were going to create a new oil market system that will compete directly with BRENT and WTI, and allow their oil to be sold in currencies outside the dollar.

The coming new global financial system that will replace Bretton Woods and dollar hegemony is accelerating at a rapid pace, and will inevitably be backed by a gold based trade note or currency.  And these are the final days for people to get out of their dollars and paper assets and get into physical gold before the ongoing shortages make it impossible to prepare yourself for what will evolve.

Ie... who was prepared in 2008 when the stock market crashed, the Great Recession occurred, and when foreclosures manifested for millions of Americans?

But you can be prepared, and the best way is to move out of dollar based paper assets, and into the historic protector of wealth is through a company called Karatbars.

Karatbars




Buying gold through Karatbars is one of the easiest things on the net.  In fact, the business model of Karatbars is to sell gold in affordable quantities, such as 1, 2.5, and 5 gram increments, and allow customers to get into the metal without having to shell out $1200+ for a single ounce coin.

And as added perks to signing up with Karatbars, as a customer or affiliate, Karatbars is working on a new e-wallet system that functions just like an offshore bank account, and is outside the authority of the banking system.  From there, you can take your fiat currency in any denomination... dollars, euros, yen, etc... and purchase physical gold which can either be delivered directly to you, or stored for free at one of Karatbar's vaults.

Additionally, any gold that you buy can easily be sold back to Karatbars, or any metals dealer, and if with Karatbars it is then exchanged for currency that is uploaded to you through a pre-loaded debit Mastercard which is connected directly to your e-wallet.  And as we know, MasterCard is recognized in nearly every country around the world, and usable in any currency that accepts it.

But perhaps the best feature with Karatbars is their affiliate program, where you can earn money off commissions from getting others to sign up and become a customer or affiliate.  Not only do you receive commissions from their purchasing of physical gold, but you also earn commissions from anyone who buys a commission package, with that money going directly into your debit MasterCard when you have enough units to cycle.

Imagine the ability to earn the money in which to buy your gold savings simply by purchasing a commission affiliate package one time, and then getting others to sign up and do the same thing.

How many businesses or entrepreneurs can build an infinite business with spending less than $400 of their own money?  And there is never a mandatory requirement to buy beyond what you desire, on your own schedule.  And there is nothing to lose, because you're using money (paper dollars) to buy gold (physical money) and in the end you don't lose a thing.


The global financial system, along with dozens of respected economists, are telling us that now is the time for the end of our current form of money, and the beginning of the transition into a new monetary system that is expected to be backed by gold.  And with banks, governments, and even Harvard professors mandating that central banks have no choice but to eliminate cash from usage by the people to stave off collapse, will you wait until it is too late to make a decision on how you will protect your wealth, and be able to function within the coming new monetary system?

To learn more about Karatbars, you can contact the individual who sent you this article, and click on their referral link to open a free account and begin buying, or building your own gold savings or business with the company of the future.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

One of three major black swans could trigger dollar collapse

In this month’s commentary from the Hat Trick Newsletter, Dr. Jim Willie reveals three potential black swans on the near horizon that could trigger a collapse of the dollar, and even the entire Western banking system.
Nearly all three are tied in some fashion to the price of oil, and the derivatives that are tied to these contracts which are held by most of the major Western banks.  In addition, the decline of economic activity and subsequent recessions in emerging markets have the potential as well to expand the globe’s current deflationary environment, and usher in any number of defaults that range between $6 and $11 trillion.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The last weekend before the Fed makes their most important decision of the last five years

It is now less than six days before the Fed will announce perhaps its most important decision of the last five years… whether to raise interest rates or keep rates where they are.  And while analysts have been making predictions on this potentially game changing event, very few actually know what the results will be because whichever choice is made will have detrimental consequences for the economy.
What has really been the catalyst for the divergence in the Fed simply jawboning that they will raise rates for nearly a year is the fact that nearly all economic data points have been either manipulated or reported as outright lies which have skewed the belief that the economy is in recovery and strong enough to stand on its own if interest rates began to rise.  And for all the propaganda behind consumer spending, unemployment, gdp, and corporate earnings being ‘very good’ as the wombats on CNBC promote each and every day, the U.S. central bank has to know the truth behind all of these ponzi schemes and it makes acting in accordance to their own rhetoric very difficult when the reality of the data is both in opposition to their words, and in some cases even worse than before 2008.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Got Karatbars? More people seekling alternatives for when the system fails

It is said that when the mainstream begins printing truthful news stories, then you know that the time for the stuff to hit the fan is very very close.  And besides the many alternative economists like Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, and Dr. Jim Willie who have spoken on the need to get into cash, coins, and offshore your wealth, that same message is now being transmitted by those who's livelihood is tied to the currency system, and to Wall Street.

FDIC advocated bail-in procedures going back to 2012
This paper focuses on the application of “top-down” resolution strategies that involve a single resolution authority applying its powers to the top of a financial group, that is, at the parent company level. The paper discusses how such a top-down strategy could be implemented for a U.S. or a U.K. financial group in a cross-border context… 
These strategies have been designed to enable large and complex cross- border firms to be resolved without threatening financial stability and without putting public funds at risk…An efficient path for returning the sound operations of the G-SIFI to the private sector would be provided by exchanging or converting a sufficient amount of the unsecured debt from the original creditors of the failed company into equity.  
In the U.S., the new equity would become capital in one or more newly formed operating entities. …Insured depositors themselves would remain unaffected. Uninsured deposits would be treated in line with other similarly ranked liabilities in the resolution process, with the expectation that they might be written down. http://www.fdic.gov/about/srac/2012/gsifi.pdf
Uninsured deposits are those in a bank that are more than $250,000 for a single account.  However, one has to take into consideration that under the Dodd-Frank bill, and under recent FDIC regulations, derivatives are given a much higher priority for payment than your checking or savings account, and as of right now there is only $25 billion in the FDIC to cover over $9 trillion in bank accounts, and $303 trillion in derivatives.

What will 50% of the American population do when the government checks stop coming?

When you take into consideration all the welfare programs, unemployment insurance, disability payments, and social security, over 50% of the entire population of the U.S. is on some form of government aid.  And as our national debt is well over $18 trillion and the annual deficit well over $1 trillion, how long will it be before the government has to cut off many of these promised payments because they can't afford to fund them through taxes and other revenues?  In fact, this doesn't even count the $2 trillion that the states are behind in funding their own pension programs.


Where do I store my wealth?
International diversification of wealth (no matter how large or small) can save your economic freedom. Although most of our readers thoroughly understand this concept, one of the most oft-heard concerns is that, by offshoring assets, one may not be able to get to them as easily as they now can.  
Here’s the response to that, and some practical advice on what you can do to protect yourself. Let’s say you presently regard yourself as being economically diversified. You own stocks and bonds, you have some cash, you have a retirement fund and you have a bit of gold stuffed away at home.  
On the surface, it would seem that you’re covered. Trouble is, you have all your wealth in one jurisdiction, and should that jurisdiction find itself in an economic crisis, all that “diversification” will be seriously at risk.
Diversification is always the most prudent plan anytime you are dealing with money.  Consider it like a short-term, medium-term, and long-term preparation where cash outside the bank is for the immediate problem, gold and silver coins represent functioning from one to six months, and having wealth offshore is the foundation to rebuild your future.

Yet if all paper investments such as stocks, bonds, annuities, reits, 401K's and even mutual funds are denominated in dollars, the fear is not that one or more of these financial sectors will crash like in 2008, but in the element underlying all of them, vis a vis the DOLLAR, which if it goes then it will make all of these assets instantly worthless, or at the very least, seriously devalued.

But what is the hedge against a dollar collapse or devaluation, and in fact, a hedge to protect against any currency that might break the global monetary system?  The answer of course is gold.

For the first time since 2009, BofAML's fund managers' survey finds Gold is "undervalued"


So if there was ever a time to purchase the one asset that will protect you from almost any economic and monetary collapse, now is the time.  And the best way to purchase it, store it offshore, and have access to it in any currency on the planet is with...

Karatbars.




Buying gold through Karatbars is one of the easiest things on the net.  In fact, the business model of Karatbars is to sell gold in affordable quantities, such as 1, 2.5, and 5 gram increments, and allow customers to get into the metal without having to shell out $1200+ for a single ounce coin.

And as added perks to signing up with Karatbars, as a customer or affiliate, you can have the power to move your money into a free e-wallet that functions just like an offshore bank account, and is outside the authority of the banking system.  From there, you can take your fiat currency in any denomination... dollars, euros, yen, etc... and purchase physical gold which can either be delivered directly to you, or stored for free at one of Karatbar's vaults.

Additionally, any gold that you buy can easily be sold back to Karatbars, or any metals dealer, and if with Karatbars it is then exchanged for currency that is uploaded to you through a pre-loaded debit Mastercard which is connected directly to your e-wallet.  And as we know, MasterCard is recognized in nearly every country around the world, and usable in any currency that accepts it.

But perhaps the best feature with Karatbars is their affiliate program, where you can earn money off commissions from getting others to sign up and become a customer or affiliate.  Not only do you receive commissions from their purchasing of physical gold, but you also earn commissions from anyone who buys a commission package, with that money going directly into your debit MasterCard when you have enough units to cycle.

Imagine the ability to earn the money in which to buy your gold savings simply by purchasing a commission affiliate package one time, and then getting others to sign up and do the same thing.

How many businesses or entrepreneurs can build an infinite business with spending less than $400 of their own money?  And there is never a mandatory requirement to buy beyond what you desire, on your own schedule.  And there is nothing to lose, because you're using money (paper dollars) to buy gold (physical money) and in the end you don't lose a thing.



The global financial system, along with dozens of respected economists, are telling us that now is the time for the end of our current form of money, and the beginning of the transition into a new monetary system that is expected to be backed by gold.  And with banks, governments, and even Harvard professors mandating that central banks have no choice but to eliminate cash from usage by the people to stave off collapse, will you wait until it is too late to make a decision on how you will protect your wealth, and be able to function within the coming new monetary system?

To learn more about Karatbars, you can contact the individual who sent you this article, and click on their referral link to open a free account and begin buying, or building your own gold savings or business with the company of the future.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Got Karatbars? Ignore the price of gold... shortages are the real story as breakout on horizon

For gold bugs, and those who have watched the cartel crush the spot price of gold in recent weeks, it is very easy to believe that capitulation may have finally arrived, and that gold is no longer able to hold on to its support levels that have held over the past nine months.  But while this assessment on the surface may signal the end of the gold bull, things occurring underneath are signaling a much different future direction.



One has to remember a single truth about gold prices at this time in history... the price is determined by a committee known as the London Gold Fix (notice there is manipulation even in their name), and that it is based solely on the paper market for gold, and has little to do anymore with the physical gold market.

In fact, the U.S. based Comex futures market which is the determinant for spot gold prices has not delivered a single ounce of gold in over two years, and their function right now is to use the gold price to protect the derivatives market, which the bullion banks are leveraged beyond measure, and would be insolvent if the Comex stopped manipulating the price.


(Notice how J.P. Morgan has severely leveraged their derivative exposure since the first quarter of 2015, and exactly during the recent slam down of the paper gold price on the Comex.)

This manipulation and unhinged leverage can only last so long, especially since there is an opposing issue that even the Comex can control.

The shortages occurring in the physical gold markets.

The paper market is telling one story. But the actual physical bullion market is telling quite another.

The U.S. Mint has sold over 100,000 ounces of American Eagle gold coins so far in July. That’s the highest monthly demand volume registered since April 2013. And that’s just as of this week. There’s still another week left to go before the final sales tally for Gold Eagles comes in for the month of July. It could be one for the record books with 109,000 1-ounce Gold Eagles sold — with bargain hunters purchasing 6% of the U.S. Mint’s production from Money Metals Exchange.

As for Silver Eagles, the U.S. Mint has given up on trying to keep up with demand. After brisk sales during the first week of July, Mint officials suspended deliveries of Silver Eagles to dealers. Sales of the popular coins are set to resume next week. But we expect the Mint will be unable to get its act together and keep up with demand.

Listen: Full Interview With Chris Powell Of The Gold Anti-Trust Committee (GATA)

The shortages occurring in the physical market are pushing the bullion banks into an interesting dichotomy... not only are they working to crash the paper price by dumping $2 billion worth of naked paper shorts in just four minutes on the market just one week ago, but they are also buying long positions, as well as physical metals, in what is known in the industry as a hedge.

Hedging is done to limit one's losses, and since bullion banks like J.P. Morgan and Citibank have for years been depressing the paper gold price through thousands of naked short contracts, their goal of pushing the price well below $1000 per ounce has failed, and now to protect their trillions of dollars in risky investments they are buying both longs and physical as a double hedge for when the price suddenly takes off higher, or when the Comex loses control over price determination.

Which by the way is extremely likely after September when China begins its own price declaration on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

So if gold in the West is finding itself in extreme shortages, and playing the ETF's or Future's markets is out of the question due to the massive manipulation, what is the best way to protect yourself in gold, especially with the dollar, euro, and fiat currency system entering the next new recession and liquidity crisis?

The answer lies in Karatbars.






Buying gold through Karatbars is one of the easiest things on the net.  In fact, the business model of Karatbars is to sell gold in affordable quantities, such as 1, 2.5, and 5 gram increments, and allow customers to get into the metal without having to shell out $1200+ for a single ounce coin.

And as added perks to signing up with Karatbars, as a customer or affiliate, you can have the power to move your money into a free e-wallet that functions just like an offshore bank account, and is outside the authority of the banking system.  From there, you can take your fiat currency in any denomination... dollars, euros, yen, etc... and purchase physical gold which can either be delivered directly to you, or stored for free at one of Karatbar's vaults.

Additionally, any gold that you buy can easily be sold back to Karatbars, or any metals dealer, and if with Karatbars it is then exchanged for currency that is uploaded to you through a pre-loaded debit Mastercard which is connected directly to your e-wallet.  And as we know, MasterCard is recognized in nearly every country around the world, and usable in any currency that accepts it.

But perhaps the best feature with Karatbars is their affiliate program, where you can earn money off commissions from getting others to sign up and become a customer or affiliate.  Not only do you receive commissions from their purchasing of physical gold, but you also earn commissions from anyone who buys a commission package, with that money going directly into your debit MasterCard when you have enough units to cycle.

Imagine the ability to earn the money in which to buy your gold savings simply by purchasing a commission affiliate package one time, and then getting others to sign up and do the same thing.

How many businesses or entrepreneurs can build an infinite business with spending less than $400 of their own money?  And there is never a mandatory requirement to buy beyond what you desire, on your own schedule.  And there is nothing to lose, because you're using money (paper dollars) to buy gold (physical money) and in the end you don't lose a thing.

How to make money in both the Dual and Uni-level systems of Karatbars



How to make a six figure income using Karatbars in just 7 weeks.



The global financial system, along with dozens of respected economists, are telling us that now is the time for the end of our current form of money, and the beginning of the transition into a new monetary system that is expected to be backed by gold.  And with banks, governments, and even Harvard professors mandating that central banks have no choice but to eliminate cash from usage by the people to stave off collapse, will you wait until it is too late to make a decision on how you will protect your wealth, and be able to function within the coming new monetary system?

To learn more about Karatbars, you can contact the individual who sent you this article, and click on their referral link to open a free account and begin buying, or building your own gold savings or business with the company of the future.