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Friday, June 2, 2017

Deutsche Bank scapegoat thrown to the wolves in conviction over manipulating and rigging gold and silver prices

Last year, the German regulatory agency BAFIN found smoking gun evidence on Deutsche Bank that they had been rigging markets, and manipulating the price of gold and silver.  Now on June 2, a scapegoat has been offered to the courts as a 'lone wolf' trader pled guilty to rigging the price of gold and silver through spoofing.


The Deutsche Bank trader, David Liew, pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago to conspiring to spoof gold, silver, platinum and palladium futures, according to court papers. Bloomberg notes that spoofing involves traders placing orders that they never intend to fill, in an attempt to manipulate the price. 
Between in or around December 2009 and in or around February 2012 (the "Relevant Period"), in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastem Division, and elsewhere, defendant DAVID LIEW did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree with other precious metals (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium) traders to: (a) knowingly execute, and attempt to execute, a scheme and artifice to defraud, and for obtaining money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and in furtherance of the scheme and artifice to defraud, knowingly transmit, and cause to be transmitted, in interstate and foreign commerce, by means of wire communications, certain signs, signals and sounds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343,which scheme affected a financial institution; and (b) knowingly engage in trading, practice, and conduct, on and subject to the rules of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ("CME"), that was, was of the character of, and was commonly known to the trade as, spoofing, that is, bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution, by causing to be transmitted to the CME precious metals futures contract orders that LIEW and his coconspirators intended to cancel before execution and not as part of any legitimate, good-faith attempt to execute any part of the orders, in violation of Title 7, United States Code, Sections 6c(a)(5)(C) and 13(a)(2); all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. - Zerohedge

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Silver demand in 2016 was greater than supply as production output declined for first time since 2002

For those individuals who have been fretting over why silver prices have been depressed for so long, the answer is not because of oversupply.  In fact, for the first time in 14 years silver production declined in 2016, and demand for the metal was actually higher than supplies.

No the primary reason that silver has not soared higher despite the fact that it is both an industrial metal as well as a monetary metal, is because of the vast manipulation in the futures and derivatives markets which are used by the banks to protect sovereign currencies from being exposed by the metals.

Last week, the Silver Institute and the research team from GFMS at Thomson Reuters said that silver mine production declined in 2016 for the first time since 2002.  The gap between supply and demand also turned negative with 1,007.1 million ounces of supply and 1,027.8 million ounces of demand, creating a 20.7 million-ounce deficit, which puts upward pressure on silver prices.  The largest five silver producers, in order, last year were Mexico, Peru, China, Chile and Russia.  On the demand side, industrial fabrication made up over half (55%) of the demand - 562 million ounces. Jewelry was a distant second at 207 million ounces (20%), while coins and bars accounted for another 206.8 million ounces (20%).  The final 52 million ounces (5%) of demand came primarily from silverware and other decorative uses. 
Unlike gold, silver is an industrial metal as well as a precious and decorative metal, so the new industrial applications for silver provide the biggest boost in the demand curve.  Last year, for instance, demand for silver in photovoltaic applications rose 34% to over 76 million ounces, driven mostly by a 49% increase in solar panel installations last year.  At one time, investors feared what would happen to silver when the photographic process no longer demanded so much silver, but technology always moves forward, not backward, so these new industrial applications of silver have taken the place of photographic demand. - Townhall

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gold and silver price diverges even more last week as ratio is now over 71:1

While there were at least two distinct attacks on gold by the bullion banks last week as the amount of paper short contracts on the Comex has reached record levels, the price was able to stay relatively stable as it ended the week around $1285.

But unfortunately the same cannot be said for silver as it was hit much harder than its more valuable monetary brother, and by the end of the week the ratio between gold and silver prices reached over 71:1.


Silver has always carried much greater volatility since the metals were removed from the U.S.'s monetary system, however this extreme divergence in price is primarily due to the amount of manipulation allowed in the futures markets where unlimited amounts of shorting are accepted to help protect the dollar and reserve currency.

Historically, the price ratio between gold and silver was at best 5:1 at times, and on average between 10:1 and 16:1.  And when you take into consideration the fact that silver is now an intrinsic necessity for most of the electronics and technology we rely upon to run our daily lives, then at some point even the manipulation will cease as demand for the metal will override even the central bank's ability to control its price.


When gold and silver ratio's reach extreme levels on either side, then it is very profitable to conduct a swap of one metal for the other dependent upon how big or small that ratio is.  And at 71:1, exchanging gold for silver is a great way to make future profits without having to spend a great deal more than the premium costs that might be required by local and online coin shops who can easily do this exchange.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Deja vu as traders dump another $3 billion in naked gold shorts following UK's vote for snap elections

Just as with yesterday, it appears that the market manipulators are desperately trying to beat down the gold price as geo-political events continue to dictate the global narrative.  And with 22,000 naked short contracts not being enough to kill sentiment in the gold market on April 18, either the same or some new bullion bank upped the ante with a 25,000 contract short earlier this morning.


In fact today's gold price manipulation occurred shortly after news hit the wire that the UK Parliament had approved Theresa May's request for snap elections, and for Britain to accelerate their plans for leaving the EU.
As totally expected, Theresa May - following a contentious debate - won the UK parliament vote to allow a June 8th snap election by a count of 522 to 13, well above the two-thirds majority needed. 
Opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the poll but accused the PM of changing her mind and breaking promises on a range of issues. 
The result triggers what will be an intense seven-week campaign in which the U.K.’s relationship with the EU will be the focus. - Zerohedge

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another day, another manipulation as gold slammed with naked short contracts after dollar falls below 100 on index

As we at The Daily Economist have continued to say over and over in the investment space, there are no markets, only manipulations.  And whether it is the Fed offering trillions in cheap money for insiders to buy back their stocks, the Exchange Stabilization Fund buying S&P future and the Yen to trigger algo traders, or the bullion banks naked shorting the precious metal markets, the only way to trade in today's world is to go with the manipulators and not use technicals or fundamentals.

Thus it should have come as no surprise on April 18 when in a matter of seconds, a bullion bank dumped over $3 billion in naked short contracts at the same time the dollar fell below 100 on the index, and where gold was working its way towards $1300 per ounce.

While the dollar index tumbles to its lowest level since days after the electiom, someone decided this morning was an opportune time to dump over 22,000 gold futures contracts (almost $3 billion notional) sparking a quick plunge in the precious metal. - Zerohedge
Interestingly, the short position at the Comex had actually fallen to its lowest levels since the elections as gold and silver crossing over their 200 day moving average spelled a strong buy signal for the commodities.  But with today's dumping, short contracts are back up to over 68,000.


(and add 22,000 to the April 11 number)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ted Butler wants metals owners to join in mail campaign to the Comex to end silver manipulation once and for all

Long time precious metals analyst Ted Butler has started a campaign to try to end price manipulation in the silver markets by asking everyone to copy and paste a letter he wrote to two new top executives taking over at the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

In the letter, Mr. Butler points out the years of allowed fraud and price manipulation that has gone on in the futures markets of precious metals, and in particular silver, and cites information from the Comex and CFTC's own websites that validate the manipulation going back more than a decade.

So, for anyone with an interest in higher silver prices or who is a believer that free markets, not controlled by large traders gaming the system, is the right way, then there is something you might consider doing. Now is an ideal time to raise these very important issues about concentration and manipulation in COMEX silver. The two officials most responsible for uncovering manipulation at the CFTC just started in this capacity on Monday and should be more open to the facts than otherwise. I can understand how many might feel that contacting these officials and others might be a waste of time, given the agency’s failed record over the years in this regard. Still, I’m not talking about any burdensome effort, just sending a few emails or letters to get straight answers to some very good questions. 
I’ve already written to the two new officials (both by email and hard copy) and feel free to use what I sent. I would ask you not to improvise and include other issues, such as gold manipulation. Besides, nothing would impact gold prices more than having the silver manipulation terminated. The best approach is in being as specific and factual as possible so as to pin the agency down. They may refuse to answer and one way of insuring maximum pressure is to write to them through your elected officials. Here’s the letter I wrote that you are free to copy. I’ll include pertinent emails address at the end. - Silver Seek
And here is the letter to copy, paste, and email to the addresses and commissioners below.

April 10, 2017

Andrew B. Busch via Email
Chief Market Intelligence Officer

James McDonald
Director - Enforcement Division

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

1155 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20581

Dear Sirs,

Congratulations and best wishes on your appointments to key positions at the Commission at this critical time in market history.
I’m writing concerning a matter that the Commission has considered on a number of past occasions - allegations of a silver price manipulation on the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX). The reason the Commission has considered the issue of a silver price manipulation several times in the past is because the agency’s own public data and guidelines point strongly to such a manipulation. Never have the data been more convincing than what was just published Friday, in the Commission’s release of its weekly Commitments of Traders (COT) Report, for positions held as of April 4, 2017.

That report indicates that the concentrated net short position held by the four largest traders in COMEX silver futures hit an all-time extreme in numbers of contracts of 78,021, the equivalent of 390 million oz. of silver. The concentrated net short position of the eight largest traders was indicated at 104,978 contracts or the equivalent of nearly 525 million oz., or more than 60% of world annual mine production. No other commodity comes close to COMEX silver futures in terms of a larger concentrated short position when compared to real world production. On its face, the large concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures would appear to be an artificial price depressant.

As you know, the Commission monitors and publishes concentration data in all regulated futures markets as the prime front line defense against price manipulation. After all, it would be nearly impossible to manipulate any market without a concentrated position. But not only do COMEX silver futures stand out as having the largest concentrated short position of any commodity, in terms relative to real world production, consumption and existing inventories, the concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures is notable for other reasons.
For one reason, the big short traders do not appear to be engaged in any sort of legitimate hedging, since there are no signs they represent actual producers or hedgers of physical holdings. Separate agency data, contained in the monthly Bank Participation Report, indicate that the largest shorts are mostly domestic and foreign banks essentially operating as speculators, in a pseudo-market making capacity against other speculators. Publicly-owned mining companies are required to disclose any hedge activity and few, if any have disclosed any hedging in silver. The big short sellers in COMEX silver futures are financial firms, mostly banks, speculating against other big speculators and have no legitimate economic or hedging purpose in dealing in COMEX silver in the first place. As I’m sure you know, Congress allows futures trading for the purpose of encouraging legitimate hedging, not to encourage excessive speculation.

The largest COMEX silver short seller for the past nine years is JPMorgan. That has been the case ever since it acquired the failing investment bank Bear Stearns, the former largest COMEX silver short seller, according to Commission data and its correspondence with lawmakers. The special manipulative twist here is that since 2011, JPMorgan has engaged in an epic accumulation of physical silver at prices much lower than would have existed if the bank had not also been the largest silver short seller on the COMEX. In the recently completed COMEX March silver futures delivery period, JPMorgan stopped (accepted) 2689 contracts in its own proprietary trading account, plus another 739 contracts on behalf of a client(s), considerably more than the 1500 contracts allowed according to exchange regulations. This while JPMorgan was the largest short holder in COMEX silver futures. It is not possible to imagine a more compelling motive or intent for manipulation than to acquire a massive amount of any commodity at depressed prices, where the acquirer is responsible for the depressed prices.

Almost without fail, on every past occasion where the concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures reached extreme levels, it was only a matter of time before the price of silver gets rigged lower by these big shorts to induce speculative selling from traders operating on technical price signals. In fact, COT report data indicate that JPMorgan has never taken a loss, only profits on every silver short position it has added over the past nine years. Such results would not be possible in a market that wasn’t manipulated in price. In essence, speculators have taken over the price discovery process in silver because there are so few real hedgers trading on the COMEX, only speculating banks betting against other speculative traders. Even assuming the current extreme concentrated short position leads yet again to a sharp selloff in silver, there is another issue that goes to the core of regulatory concern.
In addition to the clear agency data pointing to a silver price manipulation, the presence of such a large and non-economic short position necessarily enhances the likelihood of disorderly market conditions once it becomes clear to enough market participants that unbacked concentrated short positions on the COMEX have been the reason why silver prices are so depressed.

I have communicated all this to the Commission, JPMorgan and the CME Group (owner-operator of the COMEX) for many years, with hardly any acknowledgement or rebuttal. I am hoping you will consider this matter differently and act to finally end the manipulation. I’m sure how you handle this matter will define your tenure. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call on me.
Sincerely yours,

Ted Butler

Andrew B. Busch - [email protected]
James McDonald - [email protected]
Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo - [email protected]
Commissioner Sharon Y. Bowen - [email protected]

Let me close by telling you that I am very thankful for the unique opportunity created by the new senior appointments at the CFTC, along with the simultaneous publication of the most concentrated data in silver shorting in history. I assure you that I am not holding my breath waiting for the CFTC to finally step up to the plate and do the right thing; not after 30 years of denial and obfuscation. I know full well that the agency’s denials up through today have only hardened it to maintain the façade that nothing is wrong in COMEX silver, despite glaring and growing evidence to the contrary. Still, it would be a waste not take advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

Ted Butler
April 12, 2017

www.butlerresearch.com

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fed manipulation vs. economic stagflation: who will win the future over gold and stocks

Going back to at least 2008, if not further back into the 1990's and the Dot Com bubble, markets have no longer run on fundamentals and technicals, but rather on central bank and sovereign manipulations.  And all one has to do is look at the fact that despite corporate earnings declining for seven straight quarters, and most like an eighth here in 2017 Q1, the Dow has not only surpassed 20,000, but its acceleration to 21,000 was the fastest in history.

And now this breaking of market fundamentals by the central banks through their keeping interest rates down to near zero for 10+ years and infusing Wall Street with tens of trillions of dollars in credit has reached a crisis point, and a place where the Fed no longer has control over economic forces.  For the inflation they strove so hard to create in asset prices has now broken through into every facet of the economy, and has returned a monster from the that required extraordinary means to defeat.

Stagflation.

Image result for stagflation monster

In the late 1970's the economy reacted to the U.S. removing the monetary system from the Gold Standard and instituting a new Oil Standard (Petrodollar) by opening the door to massive inflation thanks in part to Henry Kissinger's agreement with OPEC that allowed for the price of oil to be raised.  And this then also allowed the U.S. monetary base to expand by that same amount and more to supply the world with dollars to be able to purchase energy.

This huge increase in the monetary base coupled with the economic slowdown of the middle to late 70's created the then unknown environment that would be labeled as Stagflation.  Stagflation of course is where you have slowing growth coupled with rising inflation.

To defeat this economic dragon, Federal Reserve President and later Chairman Paul Volker had to raise interest rates first from 9% in 1978, to its final top of around 20% in 1981.  And it was only from this that Stagflation was able to be crushed.

But unfortunately today the Fed has no possibility of doing a repeat of this since they and the U.S. government have pushed themselves into a corner by accumulating extraordinary debt.  In 1981 the national debt was around $500 billion, and the Fed's balance sheet was nary a blip on the radar.  However today the U.S. debt is now just under $20 trillion, and the Fed has debt based holdings of over $4.8 trillion making it impossible for them to raise interest rates of any substance since the interest alone on those obligations would bankrupt the country when they are rolled over at higher borrowing costs.

So what does this mean for the economy, for stock markets, for inflation projections, and perhaps the one asset we have yet to mention in this mirror world of 40 years ago?

When stagflation hit the economy beginning in the middle 1970's the one asset that excelled during that time was gold.  Gold went from $106.43 in 1973 (the year of the Petrodollar agreement) to over $850 at its peak in 1980.  This was a rise of 800% in just seven years.

1980
$594.90
29.61%
1979
$459.00
120.57%
1978
$208.10
29.17%
1977
$161.10
20.43%
1976
$133.77
-3.96%
1975
$139.29
-24.20%
1974
$183.77
72.59%
1973
$106.48
66.79%

Looking back in hindsight, Chairman Volker later lamented that the one thing he wished he done differently during the central bank's battle to fight stagflation was to manipulate the rising price in gold, which had acted as a barometer against the dollar, and was a much better safe haven than investors trusting in U.S. Treasuries.  And it was this lesson that Ben Bernanke, and now under Janet Yellen, that the Fed would not forego during their implementation of monetary policies that would inevitably lead us back into the straits we are in today.

Thus we are now at a crossroads since Stagflation has returned with a vengeance and the Fed has little if any ammunition to counter it.  And it is for this reason alone that the real asset winner going forward will be gold over stocks, and we may have seen this start last Wednesday when the Fed's latest rate hike resulted in not even a pothole that slowed down either inflation, or the strong rise in the gold price.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The CME Group's leaving the London Silver Fix could forecast the end of silver manipulation by end of the year

Last Friday night we published an article on the bombshell news that the CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and Thomson-Reuters was leaving their position as the platform for facilitating the daily 'Silver fix' for the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).  But what was left out of this was why the two entities would choose to leave this obligation with two years still remaining on their contract.

Now on March 7, more pieces of the puzzle may be coming out as metals analyst Bix Weir came up with some further documentation of an event that is to take place on Jan. 1, 2018 which involves new regulations from the European Union that will make it harder to rig financial markets, including that of Libor, Forex, and obviously precious metals.

The European Commission proposed a draft Regulation “on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts”(Benchmarks Regulation) in September 2013 in the wake of the manipulation of various benchmarks. On 24 November 2015, the European Parliament and the Council reached a preliminary political agreement on a compromise text of the Benchmarks Regulation, an agreement that was confirmed on 9 December 2015 by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union. The European Parliament voted and approved the text of the Benchmarks Regulation in its plenary session on 28 April 2016. The Council adopted the same text on 17 May 2016. The text of the Benchmarks Regulation was published in the European Official Journal on 29 June 2016, and entered into force the following day. It is entering into application on 1 January 2018. - ESMA
It is the use of 'benchmarks' rather than having the market itself establish prices for gold, silver, and other assets that has allowed central banks and their primary dealers to manipulate nearly every market, and made price discovery completely irrelevant when it comes to determining the true value of a given asset.

Whether the sudden exit by the CME Group and Thomson-Reuters from their contract with the LBMA is due to recognizing that the writing on the wall for the ending of the manipulation of silver is still to be seen, but with new potential crises coming onto the scene in both Europe and the U.S.'s financial systems, the possibility that the central banks will soon no longer be able to rig asset prices could come as soon as the start of next year.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

How does J.P. Morgan's trading desk have 0 losses in two years? Short mining stocks then crash metal prices to cover

According to a recent report out by Zerohedge, J.P. Morgan's trading desk had one of the most incredible, and impossible win streaks ever seen on Wall Street.  In fact, not only did they not have a single losing trade in 2016, but between 2012 and 2016 they only had two singular losing trades out of billions if not hundreds of billions conducted in the HFT sphere.

Thus the question one has to ask of course is how is this possible since the the average win ratio for even the best individual trader is around 58%?  And in an interview on March 3 with Peak Prosperity's Chris Martenson, the long time financial analyst lays out one of the many scenarios used by the investment bank through their shorting of mining stocks, then crashing metals when the markets are closed by dumping billions of dollars of naked shorts on the Comex to skim the profits, and then cover their positions.

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Rory Hall:  I want to get back to something we we're talking about a moment ago, and that is silver.  And how do you see yesterday with this silver beatdown, and where silver was raped for better lack of the word, by more than 4%... there was something like $2 billion worth of digital contracts thrown at it in about a half an hour.  What's your take on that? 
Chris Martenson:  There is a fairly complex take on this, but let me make it simple here... it's fraud.  And it's not just in the silver market.  I follow silver and gold closely so I'm aware of this there, but I can tell you it happens everywhere now because the big banks long ago won the battle and captured the SEC under Mary Jo White, and it's been a complete disaster of lack of regulation. 
So here's is the focus on how and where this theft, this fraud is committed.  The big commercial banks that are out there... J.P. Morgan, HSBC, all the big bullion banks that are playing in this market.  They go out there and take the opposite side of this trade, and they are rapidly getting shorter, and shorter as the price of silver is going up.  And taking the other side of that bet are only people I can assume are named Charlie Brown, because they fall for it everytime.  And the banks have done this a dozen times over the past five years. 
But here's the tell... as silver was rising the last three days before that big smackdown, the miners... the silver miners in particular were very weak.  In fact, they were going down. 
So when you see the stocks going down at the same time the metal's are going up, you know that someone is aggressively selling those... they are shorting the stock, selling the stocks short. 
So they build a huge naked short position in the mining stocks, and within days BAM!  And the next thing you know the price of silver gets hammered... monkey hammered in the aftermarket.  After the physical London market is closed they always do it then, if not at 1:30 in the morning, and they just flood the market and crush the bid stack, driving the price down.  They they simply buy back and cover their shorts and skim the profits while leaving everyone holding the stock, or a futures contract, as the loser.

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.

After yesterday's manipulated takedown of gold price, divergence between London and Shanghai back to $28

As soon as London markets closed on March 2, bullion banks instantly dumped 1.15 million ounces (23,000 contracts) to smash down the price of gold using naked paper shorts.

The move appears to be in preparation for Friday's announcement by the Federal Reserve, but also because gold recently achieved a Golden Cross formation, signalling to technical traders a strong buy signal.

Silver Has Just Been Smashed 85 Cents to $17.70, and Gold Prices Have Just Been Sent Plunging to a Last of $1232. 
What Just Triggered the Massive Free-Fall Plunge? 
FED GOONS…giving cover for bullion banks to drop $2 BILLION in paper silver (thats over 23,000 contracts, or 1.15 MILLION OZ) as soon as London closed. - Silver Doctors
In the meantime this artificially manipulated takedown of the gold price was not recognized over in China, where the difference between the PM Gold Fix and Shanghai and the AM Gold Fix in London for March 3 is now back up to $28.

Shanghai PM Gold Fix - March 3 2017


London AM Gold Fix - March 3 2017


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, February 5, 2017

Deutsche Bank apologizes to public in newspaper ad for rigging gold prices... now where is J.P. Morgan's apology?

2016 was the year that institutions such as Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank lost a great deal of credibility over fraud that they conducted against customers, investors, and the overall markets.  And while Wells Fargo did their best to lie even to Congress about their creating millions of fraudulent accounts and credit cards without their customers knowledge, Deutsche Bank came clean and are now even offering an apology to investors in a national newspaper.
Deutsche Bank took out full-page ads in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday, in which the country's biggest lender apologized for (getting caught) engaging in market manipulation and misconduct that has cost the company billions. In the ad, signed by CEO John Cryan on behalf of the bank's top management,the bank said its past conduct "not only cost us money, but also our reputation and trust." - Zerohedge

Yet even with all this, the markets have yet to hear from perhaps the greatest gold and silver manipulator of all.  And this despite the fact that a higher court earlier this week overturned a lower court ruling that had dismissed lawsuits against J.P. Morgan for their rigging of prices in the precious metal markets.

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Appeals Court Overturns Dismissal in JP Morgan Silver Rigging Case 
  • US Appeals Court overturns Dismissal in Silver Rigging Case against JPMorgan
  • The Appeals court rejected Judge Engelmeyer’s claim that the plaintiffs did not prove JPMorgan made “uneconomic bids” in the silver forward’s markets.
  • New Discovery May Win the Case for against JPMorgan
Summary 
The New York 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that District Court Judge Engelmayer was in error when he dismissed the Silver price rigging lawsuits against JP Morgan. The appellate court felt that Engelmayer’s dismissal reasons amounted to “impermissible fact finding” and placed too high of a bar in concluding that plaintiffs had not adequately plead their case. 
This reversal of the June, 2016 dismissal means the case will go back to the district court for further litigation. This also means the plaintiffs will ask for and receive more discovery. This can win the case for them. - Market Slant

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gold soars up $20 and dollar falls as President Trump brings Europe into the currency war

After spending the latter stages of his candidacy prior to the inauguration going after China's 'manipulation' of the Yuan, President Donald Trump has shifted gears and is now challenging Europe and their policies which he alleges are keeping the Euro undervalued, and affecting fair trade.

On Jan. 31 Peter Navarro, the top trade adviser and member of the Trump Administration, went directly after the heart of the EU's trade alliance by singling out Germany as the primary instigator in the continent's use of monetary devaluation policies to achieve unfair trade advantages.

The Trump administration just fired the first shot in the US-European currency, and thus trade, wars when Trump's top trade advisor Peter Navarro accused Germany of using a “grossly undervalued” euro to "exploit the US and its EU partners", the FT reported noting the comments are "likely to trigger alarm in Europe’s largest economy." News of the statement sent the EURUSD surging and the dollar tumbling to fresh 2 month lows. 
Navarro, the head of Mr Trump’s new National Trade Council, told the Financial Times the euro was like an “implicit Deutsche Mark” whose low valuation gave Germany an advantage over its main partners. While not necessarily novel - Germany has often been accused of being the biggest winner from a weak euro at the expense of peripherla Europe - his views suggest the new administration is focusing on currency as part of its hard-charging approach on trade ties, according to the FT. Furthermore, virtually assuring a deterioration in US-German relation, and in a departure from past US policy, Navarro also called Germany one of the main hurdles to a US trade deal with the EU and declared talks with the bloc over a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership dead. - Zerohedge
In response to the allegations, gold and silver soared to their highest intra-day move of 2017 as the yellow metal climbed back over $1200 per ounce on an early move of over $20.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gold should go much higher in 2017 as short covering indicator has always led to rise in price

In this era where nearly everything in the financial system it rigged, manipulated, or controlled by a central bank, common indicators like fundamentals and technicals no longer are of much value when determining what direction an asset will go.

In fact, besides controlling the currency and bond markets through the massaging of interest rates, the equity markets are managed by an entity known as the Exchange Stabilization Fund, and the commodities are rigged through paper contracts in the futures markets.

So when doing one's research on what should be profitable to invest in, it is the direction of the manipulation that is most important, not the data provided on a company's balance sheet.

Ie... Don't Fight the Fed.

Yet with that being said, one of the 'new normal' indicators tied to gold is suddenly rearing its head, and historically has always led to higher prices in every given cycle.

And what is that indicator?  Short covering in the paper gold markets.

But the biggest indicator that gold sentiment is improving is the falling volume of short bets… 
You see, investors are starting to sell their shorts on gold stocks. One of these is NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEMKT: NG), a $1.5 billion gold mining firm whose number of short positions fell 3.8% from 13 million to 12.5 million between November 2016 and December 2016. 
The improving sentiment is also clear from the recent performance of the Gold Bugs Short Index (HUISH). This index tracks the short positions on gold miners that don't hedge their long-term gold production based on gold price movements. It's down 12% in the last month, indicating that short interest in gold companies is falling as well. - Money Morning
Following Donald Trump's victory in the November Presidential election, bullion banks crushed the gold price by dumping nearly three years of global mining output onto the futures markets in just three days.  But after this initial slam, using naked shorts to manipulate the price, these same banks began to cover previous short positions at lower levels and have since continued the process of covering many of their bets.

Gold has moved higher since the start of the new year, and has even begun to disconnect from the dollar as the price has moved higher even on days when the dollar has strengthened.  And as noted in the first paragraph of this article, old indicators no longer work when markets are dictated by the actions of those who manipulate and rig the markets.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wikileaks reveals that the U.S. created the gold futures market to control the gold price and dissuade people from owning gold

Over the past few months we have seen the public dissemination by Deutsche Bank that they, along with several other bullion banks, purposely manipulated the gold and silver price through the selling of naked short contracts onto the futures markets.  But what many may not have heard is that following the U.S. taking the dollar off the gold standard back in 1971, the government then created the Gold Futures Market Exchange as a means to not only control the price of the metal, but to also dissuade individuals from buying and owning physical gold.

These futures markets are known in the U.S. and the UK as the Comex, and the LBMA.

Wikileaks recently published a communique they collected that shows a conversation between the U.S. government and Great Britain on the creation of a gold futures market, and the evidence that its intention from the beginning was to manipulate prices and behaviors to protect a dollar that was no longer backed by any tangible asset.

4. THE MAJOR IMPACT OF PRIVATE U.S. OWNERSHIP, ACCORDING 
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TO THE DEALERS' EXPECTATIONS, WILL BE THE FORMATION OF A SIZABLE GOLD FUTURES MARKET. EACH OF THE DEALERS EXPRESS- ED THE BELIEF THAT THE FUTURES MARKET WOULD BE OF SIGNIFI- CANT PROPORTION AND PHYSICAL TRADING WOULD BE MINISCULE BY COMPARISON. ALSO EXPRESSED WAS THE EXPECTATION THAT LARGE VOLUME FUTURES DEALING WOULD CREATE A HIGHLY VOLATILE MAR- KET. IN TURN, THE VOLATILE PRICE MOVEMENTS WOULD DIMINISH THE INITIAL DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL HOLDING AND MOST LIKELY NEGATE LONG-TERM HOARDING BY U.S. CITIZENS. 
5. AS TO FUTURE DEMAND BY U.S. CITIZENS FOR GOLD, MOST DEALERS DID NOT FORESEE DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL HOLDING AS SIGNIFICANT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AN INITIAL SURGE DURING THE FIRST 2 TO 3 MONTHS OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING DEREGULATION THEY DID NOT FEEL THAT U.S. CITIZENS, ON THE WHOLE, WERE PSYCHOLOGICALLY PREPARED TO SWITCH FROM SMALL SCALE GOLD COIN PURCHASES TO LARGE SCALE, LONG-TERM BULLION HOARDING. SEVERAL EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT THE DEMAND FOR COINS (AFTER THE INITIAL SURGE) WOULD MOST LIKELY BE SUCH THAT IT COULD BE MET FROM WITHIN SHOULD THE U.S. DECIDE TO MINT GOLD COINS FOR SUCH PURPOSES. SPIERS 
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE - Wikileaks

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Silver price could recover faster than gold in 2017 as metal producers prepare to enter class action lawsuit against the banks

In the wake of the Deutsche Bank revelations that the bullion banks had been colluding to rig the gold and silver markets for at least the past decade, a group of metal producers, particularly those in the silver industry, are preparing to join a massive class action lawsuit against these banks for earnings and profits lost due to the manipulation of the metal's price.

Keith Neumeyer, who is the CEO of the world's largest silver producer, spoke in an interview on Jan. 3 where he stated that he is currently talking with the heads of several mining companies that may ban together at some point in the future to jump in on an ongoing class action lawsuit that is expected to incur damages well into the tens of billions of dollars. 
Now that the cat is out of the bag and Deutsche Bank has agreed to turn over documents implicating other banks in related schemes, major mining companies are preparing lawsuits of their own. Straight-shooting First Majestic Silver CEO Keith Neumeyer, who in 2015 was the first mining company head to issue a public statement on the manipulation of precious metals prices by a small concentration of players, has said that the company’s legal team is closely monitoring the situation
Citing loss of revenue, jobs and shareholder value Neumeyer said in an interview with SGT Report that his company will likely be preparing legal action against the bullion banks involved in the rigging of prices. - SHTF Plan
In addition to this, and on a separate note of interest, many precious metal analysts have been citing the greater potential for silver to rise in value much faster than gold in the future, especially as governments begin to crack down on gold ownership in the wake of collapsing currencies and monetary policies.  And with the expectation of silver being the catalyst for new technologies expected to arrive over the next five to ten years, once silver completely breaks away from its manipulation, the rebound back to a historic 15:1 or 10:1 ratio to gold will make it potentially one of the best investments of all time.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

What should the real price of gold and silver be with all the paper contracts sold for each bullion ounce

With the rise of the Shanghai Gold Exchange over in Asia, there are now three primary gold markets functioning globally.  But only one is an actual physical gold market since both London (LBMA) and New York (Comex) are paper gold based derivative markets.

For years organizations like GATA have sought to prove price manipulation and the use of bullion banks by the Fed and the U.S. Treasury to keep down the paper spot price to protect these derivative contracts.  And this proof of manipulation was finally validated earlier this year with a public mia culpa by Deutsche Bank that they and others have been purposely manipulating gold prices through the use of naked shorts dumped periodically onto the gold markets.

So even with these new disclosures of price fixing and illegal market trades, one has to ask why are the central banks and government finance agencies still continuing to manipulate markets without a care that they would be prosecuted, and most importantly, is there an underlying purpose behind such mechanisms?

The answer may lie in a new interview discussing data derived from GATA analyst Adrian Douglas who suggests that the real gold price should be well over $50,000 per ounce to backstop the $14 trillion in foreign held debt, and that the 40 -100:1 paper contract to physical gold ratio currently used in the Comex is a means to keep the paper price down while protecting the debt held by foreigners, which are using held gold as collateral denominated at its true value.

Silver Doctors: GATA's Adrian Douglas has done extensive research into the paper manipulation of gold and silver.  But the precious metals world changed overnight when Jeffrey Christian from CPM Group made this startling admission at the CFTC hearing in March. 
Jeffrey Christian: And you've heard people out there saying it today, that there is just not that much physical metal out there.  There isn't.  But as the physical market uses that term, there is much more metal that that... there is a 100 times more metal (paper metal).
Precious metals are financial assets, and like currencies and T-Bills and T-Bonds, they trade in multiples of 100 times the underlying physical. 
Silver Doctors:  Adrian Douglas's research leads him to conclude that the outstanding paper metals manipulation in gold is 45:1.  Meaning there are 45 paper ounces of gold sold for every one ounce of physical gold in the vault.
Which multiplies the 'apparent' gold supply 45 times.  Therefore suppressing price to what we see today. 
Adrian Douglas:  The Supply of gold is artificially increased by this paper gold about 45 times the actual supply.  So that means when that is exposed, and people are asking for gold that isn't there, the potential is that gold's purchasing power will be multiplied by 45 times. 
Silver Doctors:  There are 45 times the amount of gold sold as there is in the bullion banks, so what is the price of gold for the bullion banker?  $56,000 an ounce.
That is because they sold 45 ounces total (at approx. $1245 per ounce) for every physical ounce they owned.  In essence, they received $56,000 for every physical ounce sold.
Now the U.S. government claims they have 261.5 million ounces of gold held in reserves, so let's take them at face value and assume the gold isn't encumbered.  People say the dollar is backed by nothing, but it actually is backed by the gold reserves they claim they have. 
Now let's consider the dollar.  We've issued $14 trillion in (debt held by foreigners) against 261.5 million ounces.  If you do the division ($14 trillion / 261.5 million) the price comes out to... 
Approximately between $53,500 - $56,000 per ounce.  The exact same amount as the LBMA and Comex selling 45 times in paper gold the number of actual physical gold held in their vaults.
It appears that the paper gold manipulation is purposely being done to protect the dollar during this era of massive money expansion, and increase in debt.  And they are using the paper derivatives markets of the Comex and LBMA to suppress the TRUE VALUE of physical gold since if it were to run free to achieve its actual value it would collapse the dollar as well as the rest of the world's fiat currency mechanisms.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Analysts believe gold demand will continue higher as price expects to hit $1400 by end of year following pullback

The recent pullback, or slam down in the gold price over the past two weeks has done little to stop the demand for gold... as seen by the huge buying of physical metal, as well as ETF paper in the period following gold going down to $1260 from $1330.  And many analysts concur that the manipulated smash in the gold spot price will only continue to fuel this demand, and bring the price to over $1400 before the end of the year.

Gold prices are on the move again, settling at $1,260 per ounce at market close on Monday, according to Apmex. 
That's after gold prices fell 5% last week, the largest decline in the metal of Midas since 2013. "Gold prices are quite appealing after the recent correction," notes Richard Xu, portfolio manager at China-based HuaAn Gold. "In China, what we see today is that there is some demand to buy gold following its dip." 
Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul concurred with that assessment in an appearance on CNBC last week. A healthy economy "will be fundamentally good for gold," Paul said. 
Paul says that an ongoing low-interest rate policy by the Federal Reserve will boost gold prices and that the volatile U.S. presidential race, no matter which candidate emerges victorious, won't substantially impact precious metal prices. - The Street