• Gold: 1,471.70 4.89
  • Silver: 17.05 0.10
  • Euro: 1.107 0.002
  • USDX: 97.794 -0.206
  • Oil: 56.94 -0.96

Admission of Conspiracy, Guilt and Collusion

2 weeks 6 days ago

Having long been a researcher of the gold and silver markets I have become familiar with the labels, “conspiracy theorist”, “gold bug”, “tin foil hat” and a host of others – less flattering. Over the years I have listened to a host mainstream economic commentators incredulously lament, “gold bugs actually believe that people meet – in rooms - and conspire to suppress the price of precious metals”. These same mainstream economic commentators frequently scoff, “if such activities were actually being undertaken, surely someone from “officialdom” would go rogue and out the perpetrators. They frequently cite the lack of such “outings” as concrete evidence that market manipulations on the part of or complicity with regulators as being “hearsay” or the product of delusionals. Well ladies and gentlemen; conspiracy theorists are deluded no more.

Defiance Acquires Mag Silver's Zacatecas Silver District Holdings; Mag Becomes Strategic Shareholder

Defiance Silver Corp. (TSXV: DEF) (OTC: DNCVF) ("Defiance") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire MAG Silver's Zacatecas Silver District holdings. As consideration for the sale, MAG will acquire 5,000,000 common shares of Defiance representing an approximate 5% strategic investment position. Defiance will receive a 100% interest in MAG's Lagartos Project along with a significant regional exploration database covering 135,000ha stretching from the Zacatecas to the Fresnillo Silver Districts.

Silver Shares? Nobody Cares.

Almost nothing happened on the precious metals market yesterday, or at least that may seem to be the case as the first sight. And that’s true if one doesn’t count the spike in GLD’s volume, but there was something else that actually should have caught one’s attention and it probably wasn’t the case for many gold traders. Silver stocks just broke to new monthly low. What does this tell us?

June 12: Gold and Silver Fall Before Fed Day

Gold dipped $7.20 to $1293.20 in early New York trade before it bounced back to $1299.60 by late morning, but it then drifted back lower into the close and ended with a loss of 0.33%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.734 before it rallied back to $16.946, but it then chopped back lower in afternoon trade and ended with a loss of 0.41%.

June 11: Gold and Silver Gain with Stocks and Oil

Gold gained $2.60 to $1301.10 in Asia before it fell back to $1294.20 in London, but it then climbed to a new session high of $1302.10 by late morning in New York and ended with a gain of 0.15%. Silver chopped between $16.748 and $16.939 and ended with a gain of 1.01%.

Silver’s Not-so-subtle Outperformance

Silver soared recently and white metal’s rally was accompanied by a huge volume. Those who are new to the precious metals market will probably immediately view this as bullish as that’s what the classic technical analysis would imply. Silver is not a classic asset, though, and classic measures often don’t apply to it. One way to check the real implications of a given development is to examine the previous cases and see what kind of action followed. That’s what we’re going to do in today’s free analysis. Let’s start with silver’s daily chart.

SWOT Analysis: Silver Outperforms Gold with Five Straight Days of Gains

The best performing metal this week was silver, up 2.24 percent. A majority of gold traders were either bullish or neutral on bullion this week after being mostly bullish last week due to political uncertainty in Europe, according to the weekly Bloomberg survey. India saw a third straight session of high gold prices due to continued buying by local jewelers with prices hovering around $1,300 internationally.

June 8: Gold Gains and Silver Rises Over 2% on the Week

Gold dipped to $1294.20 in Asia before it bounced back to $1300.50 in London and then drifted in New York, but it still ended with a gain of 0.12%. Silver chopped between $16.622 and $16.822 and ended with a gain of 0.42%.

The Deviant Conundrum called Silver

When I was a young lad, there was a classmate (let's call him "Frankie") in the very early years of my education whose behavior was quite often deemed as "peculiar" and while I found him immensely entertaining, the teaching staff and my fellow students did not entirely agree. Frankie was the kind of kid who would bang on our doorknocker on a frigid winter morning just before sunrise, fully clad in hockey skates, gloves and stick, and ask if he could skate on our frozen backyard hockey rink. The fact that it was a school day made it not exactly the brightest of decisions but my Dad would invariably say "Alright. You two boys have got 20 minutes then back in your houses to get ready for school."

June 7: Gold and Silver Hold Near Unchanged

Gold gained $6 to $1303.10 at about 8:30AM EST before it fell back to $1294.90 by midmorning, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.015%. Silver rose to as high as $16.894 and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

June 6: Gold and Silver End Higher in Mixed Trade

Gold chopped between $1299.40 and $1294.20 in Asia and London before it climbed to a new session high of $1301.60 by a little after 10AM EST and then drifted back lower into the close, but it still ended with a gain of 0.05%. Silver rose to as high as $16.73 and ended with a gain of 1.15%.

Silver – The Original World Currency

Silver has been money, and currency, longer than gold. The word “silver” actually translates to “money” or vice-versa in many countries around the world. Any true Christian knows that Judas sold out Jesus Christ for silver. Some theologians have reached the conclusion that Judas sold out Christ for approximately 30 pieces of silver. What would the value of 30 pieces of silver been in time of Christ?

June 5: Gold and Silver Gain While Dollar Dips

Gold gained $8.70 to as high as $1300.50 in early afternoon New York trade before it drifted back lower into the close, but it still ended with a gain of 0.36%. Silver rose to as high as $16.53 and ended with a gain of 0.55%.

Silver Manipulation Coming to Fore

The only remaining question at this point is wether anything will come from this or not. My pessimism says, currently, nothing will change. However, with all the uprising in both the U.K. and the U.S. I am hopeful that change will be realized in our lifetime and these criminal shenanigans will come to an end. Time will tell.

June 4: Gold and Silver End Near Unchanged in Mixed Trade

Gold dipped $2.70 to $1290.40 in Asia before it rallied up to $1297.70 in London, but it then drifted back lower in New York and ended with a loss of 0.1%. Silver chopped between $16.37 and $16.542 and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

Surging COMEX Silver Deliveries

The month of May is a "delivery month" for COMEX silver, and the total amount of "deliveries" has reached a level not seen since 2007. As you can see below, the total amount of "deliveries" for May has reached 7,157 contracts. This is the highest one-month total since December of 2007, and it represents a total "delivery" of nearly 36,000,000 ounces of "silver". (Thanks to Nick Laird at GoldChartsRUs!)

May 25: Gold and Silver Find Slight Gains on the Week

Gold chopped up to $1307.80 at about 9AM EST before it drifted back lower into the close, but it ended with a loss of just 0.31%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.489 and ended with a loss of 0.36%.

May 24: Gold and Silver Gain Roughly 1%

Gold gained $13 to $1306.60 by midmorning In New York before it drifted back lower at times, but it still ended with a gain of 0.83%. Silver rose to as high as $16.688 and ended with a gain of 1.28%.

May 23: Gold Gains While Silver Slips

Gold dipped $2.70 to $1289.20 in Asia before it bounced back to $1297.80 in London and then fell to a new session low of $1288.30 at about 9AM EST in New York, but it then chopped back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.13%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.319 before it also rallied back higher, but it still ended with a loss of 0.54%.

May 22: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold dipped $4.30 to $1287.90 in Asia before it edged up to $1296.00 by midmorning in New York and then drifted back lower into the close, but it ended with a loss of just 0.02%. Silver chopped between $16.448 and $16.665 and ended with a gain of 0.24%.

May 21: Gold and Silver Reverse Overnight Losses To End Higher

Gold fell $9.70 to $1282.00 in Asia, but it then rallied back higher throughout trade in London and New York and ended near its late session high of $1292.90 with a gain of 0.04%. Silver rose to as high as $16.516 and ended with a gain of 0.43%.

SWOT Analysis: Is Silver Poised For A Rebound?

The best performing metal this week was silver, down just 1.34 percent. Both gold and silver stabilized by Wednesday, after real yields surged about 9 basis points the first few days of the week, and then largely traded sideways the rest of the week. Despite the dollar the interest rates continued higher, but at a slower pace.

Incomplete silver COT analysis, revisited

In a blog post a week ago I discussed why silver’s Commitments of Traders (COT) situation was nowhere near as bullish as it had been portrayed in numerous articles over the preceding two months. This prompted some criticism that involves a misunderstanding of how I use the COT data. Before I address the criticism, a brief recap is in order.

Ira Epstein's Silver Report

On a close under 15.90, you might consider a purchase of a 14.00 Put. On a close over 16.25, consider a 19.00 Call. Once you enter, consider writing a further out of the money Put if you bought a Put or writing a further out of the money Call if you bought a Call. By doing so, you will cut down the amount of risk and cost of the original Put or Call while allowing participation via the breakout.

May 18: Gold and Silver Fall Roughly 2% on the Week

Gold fell $4.90 to $1286.10 at about 9AM ET before it bounced back to $1292.90 in the next couple of hours of trade and then pared back to about unchanged by midday, but it then edged back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.05%. Silver dipped down to $16.361 before it rallied back to $16.466, but it then edged back lower in the final minutes of trade and ended with a loss of 0.06%.

May 17: Gold and Silver Chop Near Unchanged

Gold saw slight gains in Asia before it dropped back to $1285.40 in London and then rebounded in New York, but it ended with a gain of just 0.05%. Silver chopped between $16.325 and $16.489 and ended with a gain of 0.43%.

Silver and NASDAQ – Long, Medium and Short Trends

Courtesy of the High-Frequency-Traders and a wave of digital “money printing” the NASDAQ closed at a new high on Friday the 24th – a 15 year high. Silver, on the other hand, has been crushed – the near all-time high was 4 years ago. In this tale of two markets, we examine the silver to NASDAQ ratio over the long and medium term for clues about their next major moves.

Can Gold Save the World From the Credit Bubble?

It has been reported that global debt is about $200 Trillion. Central banks supposedly hold about 30,000 tons of gold. If the total debt were backed by central bank gold at 40%, that would price gold about $80,000 per ounce. In the US, the official gold reserve, which has not been audited in about 60 years, is about 8,200 tons. Official national debt is about $18 Trillion. If the official gold backed the debt at 100%, the price of gold would be about $70,000 per ounce.

Controlling copper and silver prices

There is an unwarranted assumption that market prices are always right, and represent "fair value". In the case of commodities, particularly metals, this is not necessarily true, because regulated financial markets make it too easy for government agencies and large banks to game the system.

Dollar Danger Zone

China has purchased and imported a massive amount of gold bars in the past 5 years. The magnitude of the gold migration from the west to Asia has been obscured intentionally. Clearly the western central banks and governments do not want the world to know how much gold they have sold to China. China does not want to announce how much gold they have purchased, which might panic the gold market and elevate prices, making additional purchases more expensive. China’s gold hoard will become a threat to the reserve currency status of the dollar, a fiat currency backed only by “faith and trust.”

Silver Bullion Buying Outstripping Supply As JP Morgan ($JPM) Buys

- Silver one of most undervalued assets in world today - Fundamentals for silver market very strong - Total demand for silver outweighed supply by almost 22% last year - Industrial demand set to surge as solar energy projects are expanded - Artificially low prices have forced some mines out of business which may lead to a supply crunch - Smart money including JP Morgan acquiring silver - Silver to outperform assets including gold

SilverCrest Announces Q1, 2015 Financial Results Cash Flow from Operations of $7.3 million ($0.06 per share) Net Earnings of $2.5 million ($0.02 per share)

"We are pleased with the strong start to 2015. Santa Elena's record AgEq (3) production delivered solid Q1, 2015 financial results, generating cash flow from operations (1)(2) of $7.3 million and net earnings of $2.5 million . We are confident in Santa Elena's ability to continue to generate positive cash flows during 2015, notwithstanding the lower precious metals price environment. We are pleased our tight cost control measures and record production resulted in cash operating cost (1)(2) of $8.49 per AgEq (3) ounce sold and all-in sustaining cash cost (2) of $11.25 per AgEq(3) ounce sold.

House of Cards - Will it Collapse?

My thought: It is unwise to scramble in front of an oncoming steam-roller in search of dollar bills when real money, gold and silver, is still available at “bargain” prices.

An Insane Financial World

We know that war has been a nearly constant distraction since 9-11 and that a crisis is often used as a justification for economic insanity, such as borrowing more to address an excessive debt problem. It seems likely that weakening economies, deflationary forces, excessive debt, massive unemployment, riots, economic anxiety, consumer price inflation, and so much more, will require more distractions. We should “rig for stormy weather” and expect another crisis and more wars.

“Suicidal Credit-Based Money System”

The US national debt exceeds $18 Trillion, NOT including off-balance sheet items, Fannie and Freddie, and unfunded obligations such as future payments for military pensions, Social Security, Medicare, and more. Depending on who is counting, add another $100 - $200 Trillion in debt.

Lunch With Elvis

Elvis and I had lunch last week. We dined on Sasquatch burgers, fried Unicorn fritters, and we were joined by “the lone gunman.” We had our special luncheon in the main vault room of the Fort Knox Bullion Depository in Kentucky. It was practically empty so converting it to a dining area was relatively easy.

Silver Eagle Rationing Ends...at Just the Right Time!

Those of you who have followed my work know that I have been fighting for the original intent and purpose of the US Eagle Program to be upheld by the US Mint and the US Treasury. I have written countless letters to the Mint and Treasury proving that the rationing of US Silver Eagles was 100% against the law. Here was my first letter to the Treasury and Mint after they announced their original rationing plan...

Gold & Silver: The June Swoon

The month of June is typically a boring one for gold and silver price action, although the latter half of the month tends to be a bit better for gold. That’s the seasonal chart for silver, courtesy of Dimitri Speck. India is the world’s main market for silver, and demand shrivels a bit during the May – June timeframe. As a result, the silver price usually swoons, and frustrated investors can make irrational statements about this mighty metal.

Gold: Surviving the Last Few Months of the Bear Market

As most of you probably know by now, it’s been my belief for about a year that gold’s bear market would not end until at least testing the previous C-wave top at $1050. Every D-wave correction in the secular bull has at least retraced to the previous C-wave top except one.

National Debt - Or 1 is Too Many and 12 Are Not Enough

The Vietnam War in the US is often mentioned as a major cause of the inflationary 1970s. The war and spending escalated in the late 1960s after Johnson became President. The national debt increased about $20 Billion between 1967 and 1968, which was big money back then. But 11 years later the national debt increased by $80 Billion. Once deficit spending and currency devaluation began, it was difficult to return to fiscal sanity.

Here We Go Again -- Another Silver Short Sqeeze Looms

Back on April 15, we accurately projected that a major Spec short squeeze was brewing in the coming days. Nine days later, silver shot higher in a move of +14% in just over three weeks. Well, guess what. The conditions that created that move have returned and another significant short squeeze is right around the corner.

Silver Manipulation May Be The Most Extreme In History

The open interest in Comex silver hit another new all-time high yesterday. As of Wednesday’s final open interest report, the open interest in silver was 189.7k contracts. This is the highest the open interest has been based on data I have going back to April 2005.

Gold Versus The Status Quo

Gold has been a store of value for 1000s of years. You can’t purchase gasoline with gold but it has no counter-party risk and is valued world-wide. In contrast, paper and digital dollars, euros, pounds and yen are debt based fiat currencies backed only by the faith and credit of the governments and central banks which issued them. Devaluation and higher consumer prices are all but guaranteed.

150,000 Cigarettes or 3,275 ounces of Silver

When silver sells for $100 per ounce will cigarettes sell for $40 per pack? This isn’t as outrageous as it sounds. I remember buying Marlboros for 19 cents per pack back in ancient times. Cigarettes are about 35 times as expensive now as in my youth. The current price is $6.50 for a pack, and 35 times that price would be about $225 per pack. Outrageous! The loss of purchasing power in fiat currencies is also outrageous.

The Forgotten History (and Potential Future) of Silver as Money

In contemporary discussions of sound money, silver tends to get short shrift. Even among staunch sound money advocates, the historic role of silver as money is often marginalized or ignored altogether.

Comex Silver Is The Most Corrupted Market In History

The silver paper futures open interest is now officially over a 1 billion ozs., most of which represents a naked short position in silver. Never in the history of the markets has any futures market been this extraordinarily disconnected from the amount of underlying physical commodity that is available to deliver against those contract open interest.

The Silver Short Bubble

For the first time ever, total Comex silver open interest exceeded 200M contracts yesterday, settling at 200,273. This means that the coming Spec short squeeze is going to be violent and substantial. And why isn't anyone calling this a "bubble"?

Selling a 10 oz Silver Bar for $10 (When It's Worth $160) - EXPERIMENT -

Media analyst Mark Dice tries to sell a 10 ounce bar of .999 fine silver bullion for just $10 dollars outside of a coin shop in San Diego, CA. HINT- It's worth WAY more than that, but does anyone want it? You have to see this!

When Will US Debt Hit the Wall?

Total official US debt is over $18 Trillion but some of that is “Intragovernmental debt” – such as debt to the social security program. The remaining portion that is actually owed to pension funds, individuals, sovereign governments etc. is about $13 Trillion. It is increasing rapidly, thanks to out of control spending far in excess of revenues.

The Criminality of The Comex

How is this even legal? That's a serious question and I'd like a serious answer after the you read what is presented below. Immediately following the short squeeze in mid-May that resulted in a 10% price move in just five days, the "Large Specs" in silver set out to rebuild (or were tricked into rebuilding) a massive naked short position in Comex silver. As you can see on the chart below, over the past five weeks, these Large Specs have added 41,806 gross naked short contracts to their accumulated position.

It Takes A Village

This is a short story. It has a purpose. Bear with me. A long time ago and far, far away there was a village that was occasionally raided by outlaws who took food, jewels, and women. The villagers were understandably angry but could do little to protect themselves.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -43,019.34 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -43,019.34 ounces

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

SilverCrest Reports 50m @ 151.8 gpt Ag Eq(i) at La Joya Main Mineralized Trend Continues to Expand

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (SVL.V)(STVZF)(STVZF) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the results of an additional 11 holes of the Phase II drill program currently underway at its La Joya Property in Durango, Mexico. The Phase II program is comprised of 80 holes totaling approximately 15,000 metres. Phase II drilling reported to date has extended the Main Mineralized Trend ("Trend") beyond the area containing the current Inferred Resource of 101.9 million ounces Ag Eq.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -306,445.300 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -306,445.300 ounces

July 17: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower

Gold climbed $9.20 to $1598.70 in Asia before it fell back to as low as $1571.63 by about 10:45AM EST, but it then bounced back higher midday and ended with a loss of just 0.49%. Silver saw a 31 cent gain at $27.62 in Asia before it fell back to $26.809, but it then climbed back near its earlier high and ended with a loss of just 0.22%.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -616,179.956 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -616,179.956 ounces

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,577.3 yesterday. Asia took it to $1,578.94 ahead of London’s opening. London’s morning Fix today was set at $1,580.00 up $1 on yesterday and in the euro at €1,287.064, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2276 up 20 cents on the dollar. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,588.00 in the middle and in the euro at €1,291.90.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -315,986.486 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -315,986.486 ounces

July 19: Gold and Silver End Slightly Higher

Gold climbed up to $1591.49 at about 8:30AM EST before it fell back to as low as $1577.15 in early afternoon New York trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.23%. Silver rose to $27.60 before it dropped back to $27.13, but it still ended with a gain of 0.07%.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -775,376.83 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -775,376.83 ounces

July 20: Gold and Silver End Mixed on the Week

Gold climbed $5.79 to $1586.79 in Asia before it fell back to $1573.80 by a little before 8:30AM EST, but it then rallied back higher in New York and ended near its new afternoon high of $1587.10 with a gain of 0.18%. Silver slipped to as low as $26.82 before it also rallied back higher and ended near its new afternoon high of $27.437 with a gain of 0.22%.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,696.71 tonnes

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,572 yesterday. London opened at the same level as the euro fell below €1: $1.21 on growing fear. London’s morning Fix today was set at $1,573.00 and in the euro at €1,300.537, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2095. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,575.25 in the middle and in the euro at €1,301.54.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,708.78 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,708.78 tonnes

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -1,329,524.330 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -1,329,524.330 ounces

July 24: Gold Gains While Dow Drops

Gold edged up to $1584.09 at about 9:30AM EST before it dropped back to $1569.05 in the next few hours of trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.32%. Silver slipped to as low as $26.60 before it also bounced back higher into the close and ended unchanged on the day.

iShares Silver Trust: 9,639.42 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,639.42 tonnes

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -670,704.483 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -670,704.483 ounces

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,604.50 up $22.20 on yesterday. London opened slightly higher at $1,606.10 rising to Fix at $1,603.00 $15.50 higher as the euro recovered back over 1: €$1.2185 up 80 cents. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,321.735 up €12.3 on yesterday morning, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2128 almost the same as yesterday. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,608.56 in the middle and in the euro at €1,318.98.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -329,991.424 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -329,991.424 ounces

iShares Silver Trust: 9,639.42 tonnes

iShares Silver Trust: 9,639.42 tonnes

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,623.40. London opened slightly lower at $1,620 and fell back to Fix at $1,616.50 as the euro fell back to €1: $1.2273. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,317.871 up €8 on Friday’s p.m. Fixing, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2266. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,618.60 in the middle and in the euro at €1,320.72.