silver miningThere is an insidious Dark Side to the silver mining industry that goes unnoticed by the majority of investors and analysts.  Actually, I haven’t come across one miniyng analyst who puts out comprehensive data on this very subject for the silver mining industry.
According to my figures for 2013, the top primary silver miners suffered the lowest average silver yield ever.  That’s correct… another year of declining ore grades and yields.
For those analysts who believe the price of silver is heading lower in the future… the falling yields and increased costs will prove otherwise.

The distinguished analysts from Goldman Sachs have reiterated their 2014 forecast for gold to hit $1,050 by the end of the year.
Goldman has a serious motivation for throwing the paper price of gold under the bus.  You see… Goldman is by far the weakest and most vulnerable bank when it comes to its Assets to Derivatives ratio.  Not only does Goldman rank DEAD LAST compared to the other banks in this ratio, it does so with flying colors.

SRS8Due to the tens of $trillions of liquidity the Fed and Central Banks threw into the financial markets, the 2009 Global Depression was averted.  This allowed BAU- Business As Usual to continue in the world and mining sector.
If the financial system collapsed along with the broader markets,  global silver production would have fallen considerably in the years following 2009Furthermore, easy money and low-interest rates allowed the world to extract and consume expensive low EROI oil that it really could not afford.
The end of this decade will be nothing like the beginning.
  The Financial Industry will come under the weight of peak oil.  Paper assets will lose value and investors will be forced to move into physical assets to protect their wealth.
Gold and Silver will offer a WAY OUT to the PAPER PONZI SCHEME.  Unfortunately, only a few will see the light before it’s too late.

Comex silver Total Stocks March 10 2014Something interesting took place at the Comex and Shanghai silver warehouses over the past month.
Silver stocks at both these warehouses peaked at about the same time, March 10th.
However, for the past month, a substantial amount of silver has been removed from both warehouses.

The U.S. Treasury would consume nearly half of total mine supply if U.S coins still contained silver.
Prior to 1965, the U.S. Mint included silver in its coinage.  The U.S. dime, quarter and half-dollar consisted of 90% silver.  However, today they are nothing more than base metal slugs.
It cost the U.S. Mint $172 million to produce base metal slug Dimes and Quarters in 2013.  If these coins contained 90% silver, the cost would be a staggering $7.8 billion or 46 times the value.
Even though the world forgot the value of real money… they will soon be reacquainted.

fake gold 3_0The advantage of gold as currency has always been that it was very difficult to counterfeit. From the time when Archimedes screamed “Eureka!” in his bathtub because he had found a way to test the gold content of his king’s crown, it was known that gold was much denser than any other element known to man.
So, a good scale was all what was needed to discover if something was real gold, or it just glittered like gold.
But today, things have changed: we have something that ancient gold counterfeiters couldn’t even dream of: tungsten with a density almost exactly the same as that of gold, and that makes density measurements nearly useless.
Since gold costs almost a thousand times more than tungsten (ca. $ 40,000 per kg against about $ 50 per kg) you can understand that there is a lot of incentive for mankind’s inherent nature to play a role here: with a chance to cheat, someone will.

crack srsrocco collapseThe notion of future U.S. Energy Independence will seriously disappoint the market and American public.
This strategy of energy independence put forth by the energy industry and U.S. Govt may buy some time for our anemic economy and the U.S. Dollar, but will back-fire in a big way when overall oil and gas production declines much sooner than expected.

debt chicaneryMany precious metals investors are being deceived and they don’t even know it.
There is so much fraud, manipulation and deceit taking place in the economic and financial markets, its amazing the system hasn’t collapsed already.
However, there is another big problem taking place in the precious metal industry that has frustrated me to no end.  This is what I call the “Grand Deception.
Let me explain…

Total Eagle Sales FEB MAR 2010  to 2014The U.S. Mint sold more Silver Eagles in the past two months than it has ever in the same time-period in previous years.  February and March sales were so strong, they surpassed 2013′s by nearly 2.4 million.
According to the U.S. Mint’s most recent update, sales of Silver Eagles in March hit a record 5,354,000, which was almost 2 million higher than in March of 2013.
If we look at the chart below, we can see how much heavier the buying was this FEB-MAR compared to previous years:

Silver Eagle Update March 28 2014According to the recent update by the U.S. Mint, Silver Eagle sales hit a new record in March.  Sales of the U.S. Silver Eagle reached 4,476,000 at the end of the week.  Even though this surpassed the amount sold last year by over one million, the U.S. mint still has one final update to take place on Monday, March 31st.
If sales of the Silver Eagle top 500,000 on the last reporting day, total sales in March could surpass 5 million and overtake January as the highest monthly total.

Precious metal currency was a fundamental factor that kept together the Roman empire and gave to the Romans their military power. But the Roman mines producing gold and silver peaked in the first century CE and the Romans gradually lost the capability of controlling their resources. In a way, they were doomed by “peak gold.”

U.S. Gold Scrap Exports 2007  to 2013In just the past two years, U.S. gold scrap exports declined an amazing 80%.  What’s going on here?  Is the U.S. starting to run out of gold scrap?  Either the U.S. is running low on gold scrap to export or the market is refining more to fill the huge amount of domestic and foreign bullion demand.
U.S. gold scrap exports fell off a cliff in the past two years.  I believe the majority of Americans have already sold whatever gold scrap they had and are now for the most part… tapped out.

U.S. Gold Imports vs ExportsSo where is China getting all of its gold?  One of the large sources turns out to be the United States.  The U.S. experienced another record year of net gold exports in 2013.  Not only were gold exports at record levels, imports into the U.S. fell nearly half compared to 2010.

If we look at the chart below, U.S. gold exports in 2010 were 383 metric tons (mt), however by 2013, they increased 81% to 692 mt.  In addition, U.S. gold imports fell 48% from 604 mt in 2010 to 313 mt in 2013.

gold standardAs the U.S. economy continues to disintegrate, increasing numbers of investors will be forced to move out of paper assets and into physical gold and silver to protect their wealthAt first the move will be slow, but as Americans wake up from four decades of fiat monetary amnesia, it will turn into a torrent.
Unfortunately, there won’t be much in the way of physical precious metals to “GET” at this time, as the clever Chinese and Easterners already cleared most of the shelves.
Currently, Americans are invested in the largest Paper Ponzi Scheme in history.  They hope and pray that the DIGITS in their accounts will be good as gold when they retire.  Unfortunately for them, the only thing that is good as gold….. IS GOLD (or silver).

However, Americans will still be shocked and stunned that they didn’t see this big transfer of wealth coming….. and there is a good reason for that. 

Indian Silver Imports 2007 to 2013 ActualIt looks like the official sources grossly underestimated the amount of Indian silver buying in 2013.  When the Indian Government put restrictions on gold imports in 2013, their citizens switched to buying silver.
Thomson Reuters GFMS estimated that total Indian silver imports would be 5,200-5,400 metric tons in 2013.  However, Koos Jansen at InGoldWeTrust, recently published an article stated that the Indians actually imported 6,125 metric tons of silver in 2013.
If we had record silver imports by the Indians in 2013 and continued purchasing of every Silver Eagle allotted by the U.S. Mint… what happens to physical silver buying when things really get BAD IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM & ECONOMY??