I think most of you remember the Dutch bank ABN AMRO.  Last month they came out with an analysis titled: It’s Not All Gold That Glitters.
I present the translation below, from which you can read that ABN AMRO is trying to change thousands of years of history by saying gold’s safe haven status should be revised, all because the price of gold did not behave as they expected in recent years (oh, and perhaps the fact that ABN AMRO defaulted on their clients’ rehypothecated gold in 2013 might have had something to do with it) .
Thou doth protest too much methinks. 
An interesting read from a paralel universe.

return of the kingChina National Gold Group Corporation or China Gold, China’s largest gold conglomerate with primary interests in mining and also refining, is on the hunt for global acquisitions and partnerships, the company’s president said yesterday.
Mr. Song said that his company is searching for opportunities in the gold and silver markets. “The growing strategy is very clear: We are going out looking at things globally,” he said through an interpreter. “We have a few opportunities, at different stages.”
For 53 years the Chinese people were banned from owning gold.
But that all changed in 2003, and now the enormous demand by 1.3 billion Chinese over the last ten years is causing an important paradigm shift, as gold and silver moves from the West to the East.
The ramifications of that paradigm shift have yet to be appreciated.

empty-vaultJim Rickards, author of NY Times Bestseller The Death of Money, has just reported that the head of global commodities trading at LBMA bank is expecting an imminent gold “demand shock” as a result of the Chinese credit crisis. 
Is the long anticipated demand side supply squeeze in physical gold finally here? 

SHFE silver backwardation june 6, 2014Silver remains scarce in Shanghai, premiums for spot silver this week have been above 6 percent over the international price and some contracts on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) are still trading in backwardation.
On June 6, when the SHFE closed, the bid price for the first delivery month silver contract, which expires on June 16, was ¥ 4058 yuan. The ask price for the December contract was ¥ 4053 yuan.
This means that when you own physical silver, or can get your hands on any, you can sell it in June and at the same time buy it back in December for less money.
Silver delivered in June trades over a premium to silver delivered in December, which emphasizes spot demand.
Normally precious metals trade in contango; future prices being higher than spot.

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In this EXCLUSIVE, MUST LISTEN interview with The Doc, Eric Sprott dissects the fundamentals in the gold and silver markets, coverage of manipulation finally reaching the mainstream, and reveals his updated outlook on gold & silver.
Eric discusses why the precious metals options markets always expire at MAX PAIN for the customers, and why he urges all PM investors to STAY OUT of the futures options markets, and simply accumulate physical metal.
Sprott explains how PM manipulation shifted from being conducted solely by the Central banks to the dealers active daily participation that we see now, and discusses how much he personally lost when a Barclays trader manipulated gold down into the London fix.  

Regarding his price outlook for the metals, with silver trading under $20 and gold trading near $1250, is Eric still looking for new highs in 2014?
His answer might shock you.

The Doc’s full Exclusive interview with Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management is below:

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willie In the first of two EXPLOSIVE interviews with SD,  Hat Trick Letter editor Jim Willie gave some of his BOLDEST & MOST SHOCKING PREDICTIONS EVER for SD listeners:

  • Willie dissects the Holy Grail Gazprom gas deal, which he states is an OPEN DOOR for the dumping of Treasury bonds in exchange for energy
  • Russia Liquidating T-bonds through Euroclear in Belgium to acquire gold
  • Big Surprise Coming for London Boys: Frankfurt to Become Financial Hub For All of Europe & Asia- Willie reveals insider details
  • Large sovereigns (Russia, China, India, Saudi Arabia) now working together to source massive gold reserves for gold-backed USD replacement
  • China & Russia Have Accumulated Over 40,000 Tons of Gold Reserves for USD Replacement!!

Jim Willie’s Full MUST LISTEN interview with The Doc is below:

Top 4 Gold Producers Ore Grading ChangeIn order to survive in a manipulated low-price environment, the gold producers resorted to “High-grading” some of their mines.  By high-grading, the mining companies target higher ore grades in their operations to produce more metal while lowering costs.
Unfortunately, this short-term band-aid comes at a cost.  When the mining companies choose to high-grade they are left with lower quality ore in the future that is more expensive to extract.
The top four gold miners overall production remained virtually flat while instituting their costly short-term solution of high-grading.  In utilizing high-grading, problems will only get worse in the future for these top gold mining companies.  Unless the price of gold rises considerably in the next few years, a lot of gold will remain in the ground… too expensive to extract.

summerIs it possible that a substantial 2014 summer rally begins after the release of this Friday’s key jobs report? I think so.
I’ve outlined a rough scenario for summer rally enthusiasts on the daily silver chart below. I’ve suggested silver could move up to about $22.
Much higher prices are possible if Western world inflation and Indian buying increase significantly, and I think that’s exactly what’s going to occur. 

SProttWe believe that any rational investor considering the collection of facts below would consider, like us, that gold prices are long overdue for a re-rate.  As we all well know, almost all markets are manipulated; and the recent Barclays settlement is one example vindicating our views.
» The global macro environment is weak,
» Supply/demand numbers in our favour,
» Ponzi finance is in full bloom.

We encourage readers to protect themselves with any/all precious metals.

liquid goldThis is a great example of how the game works. In a world in which every government on earth needs “liquidity” to survive, and the primary goal of every government is and always has been survival (the retention of arbitrary power at all costs), the provider of liquidity is king.   So what is liquidity and who provides it?
…Ecuador agreed to transfer more than half its gold reserves to Goldman Sachs for three years as the government seeks to bolster liquidity. The central bank said it will send 466,000 ounces of gold to Goldman Sachs, worth about $580 million at current prices, and get the same amount back three years from now…“Gold that was not generating any returns in vaults, causing storage costs, now becomes a productive asset that will generate profits,” the central bank said in the statement.

bulgeThe detection of the rapid rise in USTreasury Bonds in the Belgium official central bank account has aroused broad and deep suspicions.
The TIC report indicated that Russia indeed dumped a record $26 billion in January, equal to 20% of all of its holdings, bringing its post-March total to just over $100 billion.
The question must be raised whether a hidden party has joined Russia in the dumping process.
Clearly, the Belgium Bulge indicates a late stage of collapse.  The game is fast changing, using big hidden channels in the monetary war. 
History might be repeating itself with a financial war-front Battle of the Belgium Bulge, a pincer movement to capture Western gold and form the Anti-USD Central Bank.
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he Belgium Bulge means a big Sovereign Type Entity is in the Game, who refuses to take losses but instead continues to post collateral with a goal toward taking Gold Delivery. 

saudi goldChinese gold imports dropped for the third month in a row in April, according to new data released by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.  Net gold imports from Hong Kong amounted to 67,04 tonnes, the lowest volume in more than a year.
A Shanghai Gold Trader stated:  Banks have adequate stocks from imports earlier in the year, and in some cases, even last year, that they are waiting to dispose of.   Any new imports will have to wait until they clear the backlog”.

However year to date, the Chinese gold imports from Hong Kong are 347 tonnes, which is more than the 294 tonnes after the first four months of last year.

Negative GOFO is now the norm, not the exception.  In fact, since the price bottom at $1180 on June 28th of last year, there have been 229 market days. Of those days, GOFO has been negative for 133 of them or 58% of the time!  GOFO has been in positive territory just 42% of the time or 96 days.  For the previous 24.5 years, GOFO had only been negative for just 7 days.
Now, after the massive and counter-intuitive price slam, it’s negative nearly 60% of the time?!?
The “new normal” of negative GOFO is, in fact, symptomatic of extreme physical tightness and empty vaults in London.  Knowing this and the clear correlation of GOFO with price (that we will demonstrate below), you should adjust your trading strategies accordingly. For those of us who are stacking only, persistently negative GOFO is just another clue that the end of the fractional reserve bullion banking system is near. Whether or not that “end” comes in 2014 or 2015 matters little.  It is coming.

UntitledTuesday, a whopping 4,307 contracts hit the Comex instantaneously at 8:20 a.m.
To put that size in context, at 8:00 a.m. (EST) the CME was showing a total of 45,000 contracts had traded from 6 p.m. the previous the evening until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  That’s an average of 54 contracts per minute over the 14 hour period. All of a sudden someone decides they need to sell 4,307 contracts all at once?
The “art of selling” a big position when you need to sell involves hiding the size of the position from the market and feeding your position into the market over time as the liquidity lets you do it without giving away what you are trying to do.
The Fed’s “art of war” on gold involves dumping large quantities of gold contracts, often at times when it wants to make a statement.
The real question is, why has the Fed all of a sudden become very blatant about its intent to wage a war on gold?

Indian goldThe landslide win of Narendra Modi just days ago is viewed by Indian economists as the catalyst that will raise Indian GDP growth to 8%. The bottom line is that India’s gargantuan population is young, vibrant, and hungry for gold!
The only way for Indians to get the enormous amount of gold they will demand as their economy grows, is to buy it from mines owned by Western gold community investors.