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As promised to you, the crooked bankers continue with their criminal ways with a MASSIVE RAID on gold and silver on the week of options expiry.
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today:

HarveyOrgan1

Gold & silver were whacked by the cartel in the access market today as Janet Yellen and the Fed announced QE will end at the end of the month. 
Expect gold and silver to be under the weather for the remainder of the week.
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today:

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-Tunnel

We are in a bottom for sure.  How long will it last is anybody’s guess- but silver stackers need not worry.
This is only a question of how much fiat can you raise in order to purchase hard core, hold in your hands bullion to hold for a couple of years through the greatest worldwide total economic collapse in history and the institution of a one world government and one world currency.

They simply must destroy the U.S. dollar along with all the world’s currencies otherwise the many that hold USD would retain power and that means many nations and small businesses that oppose them.
“The Powers That Be” want it all for themselves!

HarveyOrgan1

Tomorrow is options expiry on the comex and on Friday we have options on the OTC contracts for both silver and gold.  Thus expect both of our precious metals to be under the fire as the crooks use non backed paper and gold paper contracts to suppress the price.
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today:

panic

It has been panic over for the moment in the markets and back to business as usual for precious metals.
However there are signs of good underlying demand for physical gold, with the Shanghai Gold Exchange delivering 68.37 tonnes into public hands over the holiday period (two weeks with only five trading days), and a further 51.5 tonnes last week.
The chart below shows gold withdrawn from the SGE this year, totalling 1,547 tonnes so far, on course for a 1,900 tonne total this year, only 300 tonnes short from the 2013 total:

gold silver ratio

Not everybody is aware that there is a big debate among precious metal investors regarding the importance of silver to protect from the dollar’s demise. We have a similar debate that is better known when it comes to precious metals versus Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
Many precious metal investors disregard Bitcoin as a proper mean to store wealth and protect from currency crises while at the same time many in the Bitcoin community are not interested in investing in precious metals.
Indeed, I’ve asked that question of who was invested in gold and silver at a recent Bitcoin event and I was somewhat surprised at how few hands raised up.
But this debate among precious metal investors is not known by many and I’d like to bring it up here and at the same time tell you why I personally favor silver over gold, although I think both should be owned in this current environment of dying paper.
Precious metal investors might be grouped in 3 camps:

HarveyOrgan1

Today, we had a huge withdrawal in inventory at the GLD. of 2.1 tonnes.
On the 22nd the LBMA stated that they will no longer publish GOFO rates.

It looks to me like these rates are now fully manipulated. 

asian gold demand

China is still in a holding pattern ready to pounce when needed.
The open interest on silver is  still highly elevated.  Gold has a low OI with a low gold price.  Silver has a high OI with a low silver price.  Something has got to give!!
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today…

tfmetalslog

In the second part of this excellent interview with Finance & Liberty, TFMetalsReport’s Craig Hemke discusses:

  • Gold, silver, platinum, palladium: What are the best precious metals to invest in? 
  • Coins, rounds, or bars: Are government minted silver coins better than silver rounds?
  • Shortage- what shortage? When is a silver shortage going to hit? 
  • How do we predict the timing of an economic collapse?
  • Will gold or silver protect you in a coming hyper-inflationary currency collapse? 

Craig Hemke’s full interview is below: 

sprott

As part of our weekly webinar series, it was a distinct pleasure and honor to welcome Eric Sprott.
In this wide-ranging, 47-minute discussion, Eric offers his comments and analysis on:

  • Chinese gold demand and the continuing drawdown of the GLD.
  • Market conditions needed to facilitate an expansion of the PHYS and/or PSLV.
  • The mining stocks. Eric also offers his key metrics for evaluating miners that can make it through this current downturn.
  • What mistakes we’ve made over the past three years and how to prepare for the future.
  • The ongoing deviation of the gold: silver from historical norms.

Full MUST LISTEN interview with Eric Sprott is below: