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Derivatives Are Manipulated.
Runaway derivatives – especially credit default swaps (CDS) – were one of the main causes of the 2008 financial crisis. Congress never fixed the problem, and actually made it worse.
The big banks have long manipulated derivatives … a $1,200 Trillion Dollar market.
Indeed, many trillions of dollars of derivatives are being manipulated in the exact same same way that interest rates are fixed (see below) … through gamed self-reporting.
The criminality and blatant manipulation will grow and spread and metastasize – taking over and killing off more and more of the economy – until Wall Street executives are finally thrown in jail.
It’s that simple …

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We were early in reporting on the trend of financial firms entering the U.S. residential real estate market with “all-cash” bids for tens of thousands of homes with the intention of turning former homeowners into permanent sources of rental income. The first of many pieces I published on the topic was in January 2013, titled: America Meet Your New Slumlord: Wall Street.
Now that the financial oligarchs have had their way with the U.S. property market, to the point that average citizens can’t even afford to own a home (Zillow recently showed that 1 in 3 homes are unaffordable), it appears they have turned their sights overseas.  What better market for bailed-out bankers to feast on than Spain, with its 50%+ youth unemployment rate and a continued depressed real estate market.

Dimon“Afterward, West went into the office, where his first meeting of the day was with Holder and James Cole, the deputy attorney general, in Holder’s conference room. Just as he was telling the two men about his call with Dimon, his cellphone rang. It was Dimon again. West took the call, pacing back and forth at the far end of the room. Dimon proposed a meeting on September 26 and assured him that the bank would come back with a significantly increased offer.  West agreed to recommend that Holder postpone the filing of Wagner’s complaint and meet with Dimon.  That was an unprecedented move.  It’s not every day that the attorney general of the United States postpones the filing of a civil complaint against a powerful Wall Street bank at the request of its CEO so that the two sides can cut a deal in private. Whatever was in Wagner’s complaint, Jamie Dimon did not want it to become public knowledge
It was the largest financial settlement of all time, and it kept Wagner’s complaint away from the prying eyes of the public.”

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonWell it appears nothing has changed at the CFTC.   Less than two weeks ago we learned that former CFTC commissioner Scott O’Malia, who had fought hard against any new rules intended to reign in Wall Street practices, was leaving the CFTC to head one the biggest bank lobbying groups in the world, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). This is the exact lobbying group that had been pressing against new CFTC rules. 
So the CFTC claims it will be vigilant.
Like, for example, allowing JP Morgan to continue to issue fraudulent reports for well over a year despite repeated warnings, and then ultimately settle for a dollar amount that is probably equivalent to the Dimon family’s annual budget for toilet paper?   Yeah, that’ll show ‘em who’s boss!
You gotta love American justice.   JP Morgan gets off with another slap on the wrist.
As Glenn Greenwald noted, it’s Liberty and Justice for Some.

Jamie DimonMyself and a few others – primarily GATA – have been suggesting for quite some time that
While certain newsletter peddlers adamantly maintain the reports are accurate and honest in order to preserve their franchise, there’s nothing like the CFTC imposing a fine on JP Morgan for fraudulently reporting “large trader” data: CFTC Charges JP Morgan With Reporting Fraud.
JP Morgan has finally been caught and sanctioned for playing games with its position reporting in gold and silver in order to hide the true magnitude of its unhedged short positions on the Comex.

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonBlythe Masters is perhaps the most maligned human being on earth by silver investors due to suspicions of JP Morgan’s manipulation in the silver market. Well she’s back in the news, but it has nothing to do with silver.
Rather, the news relates to the fact that her ex-husband and commodities traders, Daniel Masters, has just launched a Bitcoin hedge fund from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency.

DimonBloomberg has just broken the news that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon will begin radiation and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering after being diagnosed with throat cancer. 

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BlytheThe Doc & Eric Dubin are back for the Metals & Markets to discuss:

  • Gold & silver capped by the cartel at $1300 & $22- is a big move on the horizon? 
  • The Dollar’s death by a thousand cuts suffers numerous flesh wounds as Russia prepares major oil deal with China
  • The Doc updates listeners with the state of the physical gold & silver market in the US via the eyes of SDBullion- Silver Eagles live in stock with all the Authorized Mint purchasers for the first time in 2014!
  • Blythe Masters reportedly under investigation by Federal Prosecutors in Manhattan- will Blythe Masters be the first top level banker convicted in the aftermath of the financial crisis? 

 The Doc & Eric Dubin discuss all this and more in the latest SD Weekly Metals & Markets:

JP Morgan Dimon MastersIt appears that silver investors’ days of deriding Blythe Masters as the face of JP Morgan’s alleged gold & silver manipulation may be over, as Jamie Dimon has formerly announced the sale of JPM’s commodities division to Switzlerland’s Mercuria for $3.5 billion.  
The Morgue will however reportedly continue its global commercial gold vaulting business, as well as financial products (derivatives) and will continue to “make markets“. 
Perhaps Blythe should re-apply for a position at the CFTC? 

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonThe Civil War in gold continues. JPM Morgan is still NET LONG 45,000-50,000 contracts. The other 23 banks are desperately shorting gold, attempting to cap price and keep it below the technically-critical $1350-1360 area.
Which side will win in the end? That’s hard to say but I certainly think it would be foolish to bet against the ultimate Masters of Darkness. I mean, seriously…the other 23 banks continue on as if it’s business as usual…selling while prices rise and covering on dips…while JPM maintains it’s NET LONG position acquired while price from $1800 in October of 2012 to $1200 in June of 2013.
Clearly, the other 23 banks have a lot of ammo left to use to contain rallies,  but the key to 2014 and beyond continues to be JPMorgan. What will they do with their NET LONG position? Will they flip it back to NET SHORT? Will they stand for delivery?
Will they <gasp> actually 
add to it on continued price strength? 

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonIn another stunning withdrawal, JP Morgan had  an additional 321,500 oz  gold ounces removed from its vaults today.
Since last Thursday, JP Morgan has lost 44% (20 metric tons = 643,000 oz) of its gold inventories.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the table below is worth over $400 million (at current market prices):

Jamie DimonLast week the financial MSM admitted for the first time that the West’s gold is being physically drained to Asia and that London’s gold vaults are “virtually empty.
Now, allegations that banks are rigging the gold and silver markets continue to gain credence among the mainstream as Bloomberg has published an article by Rosa Abrantes-Metz entitled How to Keep Banks From Rigging Gold Prices’’.

Rosa Abrantes-Metz concludes that gold prices may be manipulated and gives evidence to support her assertion.

DimonDespite the long list of violations already committed by JPMorgan Chase over the past several years, CEO Jamie Dimon added one more to the list. The executive explicitly violated a federal statute that has the potential to put him in jail for decades. The law violated can be found in Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which aimed to reform accounting practices and protect investors. RT’s Meghan Lopez asks William K. Black, associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, why Dimon nor any other fraudulent have not been charged for their crimes.

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonJPM wants their gold back before the current fractional reserve bullion banking system breaks, prices skyrocket again and a new global currency regime takes hold.
And now, for the first time ever, they’ve cornered the Comex gold futures market in order to ensure that it happens.