CME and COMEX are where the main action is; they have simply absorbed the old fix.
Overnight, CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures market, halted all of its Globex electronic trading markets, including gold and silver, for four hours due to a “technical glitch.”
All other Globex electronic trading markets, including U.S. Treasury’s, oil, gold and U.S. stock indexes were affected with many markets having order routing problems.
The Shanghai Gold Exchange will be opening up bullion trading to international investors on September 26. China is striving hard to internationalize their currency, and as well, remove the pricing privilege in markets which the West has monopolized so far. This is a very bold move, and part of their larger plan to make China a bullion-trading hub.
Since their objective is also to internationalize the Yuan, trading will be settled in Yuan and not dollars, which of course, is another small nail in the dollar coffin. The exchange will be serviced by a 1,500 metric ton vault, which is very impressive, indeed.
As if that wasn’t big enough, the Singapore Exchange Ltd. (SGX) will also be opening up a 25 KG kilobar contract to be traded.
These Asian trading platforms will not be as opaque as Western platforms, and will be physically backed, so we believe that this will indeed be the future of international precious metals trading.
This is concrete proof that not only is the West’s gold and silver moving East; their ability to manage prices is also slipping right from under their eyes.
September is shaping up to be a very eventful and historic month, even if we do not see any great changes in price action.
“It’s so blatantly obvious that even a caveman can see it”
The front month silver contract on the Shanghai Futures exchange is currently trading at an 8% premium to the LBMA price and the futures curve there is in backwardation, indicating a very tight physical market.
Roughly 80% of the physical silver from the SFE vaults have been removed.
On the Moscow Exchange, silver trades at a 16.8% premium to the LBMA price.
But this is what we get in the lawless United States:
A pure psychological warfare operation on the metals. I received several emails and phone calls from clients and colleagues who were in a panic. My response was:
“It’s a mid-August Friday, the rest of the world is at happy hour or in bed. Most of the big players in this country are at the beach. India was closed last night for their Independence Day, which put a lot less demand-stress on the physical market. Something really ugly is developing behind the scenes that is not apparent yet and that’s why they smashed gold during the one of the most quiet trading periods of the year.”
This is what happened at 7:40 a.m. EST, with no news or even triggers:
“I just think that the COMEX data is corrupted. It’s very hard to make any sense of it all. The fact that there’s no deliveries from the dealers is incredible. You’d think there’d be some change in the inventory. I don’t care whether it’s up or down, but at least you’d think there’d be some change.” -Eric Sprott
Perhaps this is why Deutsche Bank could not find a single buyer for its seat on the London Fix: the bank, along with HSBC have been officially accused on manipulating the silver fix in a new suit filed in federal court in Manhattan over the weekend.
It is one thing to label (libel?) the world’s most important precious metals exchange as the most corrupt; but perhaps quite another to prove it in terms beyond reasonable doubt.
First, let me be clear in what I am asserting – the Commodities Exchange Inc. (COMEX), owned and operated by the CME Group, has come to control and manipulate the price of gold and silver, as well as copper, for the sole benefit of certain exchange insiders, most prominently JPMorgan.
” The short position in Comex silver futures alone is almost equal to all the silver mined in a year.” - James Turk
I knew the silver futures open interest on the Comex was somewhere in the vicinity of the total amount of silver produced globally in a year. But when I saw Mr. Turk’s comments, I wanted to calculate it out for myself.
As it turns out, the amount of paper silver open interest based on yesterday’s total silver futures open interest of 163,592 contracts is nearly 818 million ounces of silver (Comex link).
As you can see from the table below from The Silver Institute, total silver mined globally in 2013 was 819.6 million ounces.
The Comex is is emblematic of the extreme fraud and corruption that is now endemic to U.S. political and economic system. The people who are really in control of our system have lampooned it into a complete joke.
This will not end well for most of us…
During this past COT period we see in silver that price flat lined during the first part of the period then on Thursday evening after hours there was an explosion upwards.
This is what I call a speculator short shakeout on the part of the commercials because price had been deteriorating more than they desired. Thus, we see in the COT the large speculators covered 4,526 shorts.
Simple, dear Watson…
Both the producer merchant and the swap dealers picked up similar amounts of shorts at higher prices after the short shakeout.
In gold, we see a very similar short shakeout...
Ted Butler recently theorized that JP Morgan is the entity that is the buying 1 oz. silver eagle coins in record quantities this year.
Think about this: bullion banks and large buyers of gold/silver deal in bars and tonnes. Think about how many silver eagles it would take to piece together enough to re-melt and fabricate into a meaningful quantity of marketable bars. Not-withstanding the expense of doing this, it is an absurd notion that they would even bother with it. Especially when the Comex and SLV have plenty of bars that are available for hypothecation.
The enormous quantity of silver eagle sales are going to the growing legion of individuals in this country and Canada who understand that the dollar is going to collapse sooner or later. It is poor man’s gold. It is more fungible as currency than 1 oz gold coins. Ultimately, it is a possible signal that eventually the people will rise up and overthrow a completely corrupt system of Government and banking.
I believe Butler turned his ability to analyze the silver market – and the fact that he was one of the few people doing it for a long time – into a newsletter selling juggernaut. Now the only evidence he looks at and evaluates is the evidence that supports and promotes subscriptions to his newsletter. I stopped “absorbing” his analysis about 5 years ago.
His COT and open interest analysis relies on the all of the data being honestly and accurately reported. But from where is the data sourced? It’s provided by the big banks who run the Comex.
Will 2014 go down in history as the year that the silver manipulation ended?
First JPMorgan exited their commodities business, and today, the London Silver Market Fixing has announced that effective August 14th, 2014, The Company will cease issuing daily the silver fix permanently.
1. What will happen after 14 August 2014? Will the Silver Fixing cease to exist?
With effect from the close of business on 14 August 2014, the Company will cease to administer a Silver Fixing, and a daily Silver Fixing Price will no longer be published by the Company.
4. What happens after 14 August 2014 for market participants with contracts referencing the Silver Fix?
The Company is not in a position to comment on such matters, but market participants can speak to their contractual counterparties.
While many precious metals blogs and investors have proclaimed an imminent COMEX default since 2008, we have long maintained that the COMEX is more likely to fade into irrelevance than to outright default on gold or silver bullion as physical Asian demand would facilitate the development of physical exchanges in the east.
It appears that the CME decision makers have seen the light and agree with us, as Reuters reports this morning that the CME plans to launch a physically settled gold futures exchange…in Asia.
Currency historian Andrew Gause has informed me that one of his sources thinks the ratio of 100 pieces of paper to every real contract of (1) Gold is being expanded and could be up to as much as a 400 to 1 ratio.
With 80% plus of the products gone from the Comex warehouses since April of last year, the CMEGroup no longer guaranteeing the Comex inventory count, the constant buying from Asia, their (Singapore and Hong Kong) opening up of the warehouses that promise open disclosure, and the total lack of trust of the USA’s government both within and without, why not?
The real answers will come in time and most likely when the bank vaults are completely empty. What can we do as individuals? Take delivery of Silver and Gold and get it out of the system before China and India take it all with the approval of the western banking system!
The supply demand fundamentals of the gold market remain sound with the flow of gold from West to East.
COMEX gold stocks have fallen to new record lows, showing demand for physical bullion remains very robust. Indeed, the scale of the fall in COMEX gold stocks since 2007 and which accelerated in early April 2013 is important to note.
Conversely, on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), volumes surged in the year 2013, particularly since the peculiar, sudden price drop in April and volumes traded surged 61% year on year.
In addition, the London bullion market has seen intermittent shortages of 400 ounce gold bars. Traders said the shortage of London Good Delivery Bars was pushing premiums for physical delivery for 400 ounce bars as high as 50 cents!