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KWN: London Trader Explains Latest Moves In Gold and Silver Market – Including Recent Takedown

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We are used to the gold market being controlled by vested interests but their ability to manipulate is now being seriously strained as Central Banks are lining up to buy the lows. In the case of the latest pullback from the $1800 level, the London Trader has pointed out that “We were within a hair of a major price explosion, and disorder in the gold market.” Checkout some of the comments from a series of 3 interviews given on King World News.

Physical demand is huge.

“In the past we have seen waterfall type declines when small speculators are heavily leveraged.  But the market has changed.  When the physical market was not as strong as it is now, these corrections would go $200 to $300 in gold.  As an example, we went from a previous peak of about $1,900 down to around $1,500, or roughly $400 in that case.”

“We are not going to see that this time.  It’s not going to happen that way this time.  Back then, the central bank buyers and these sovereign buyers were quite happy to sit and wait for a lower price.  Now they are not.  These buyers want out of their dollars and euros and they want physical gold and silver.

In the past, central banks have had the luxury of sitting back and waiting for the price to come to them.  Right now you have different central banks and different sovereigns competing with each other to buy gold, and in some cases silver as well.

There are simply too many buyers right now, and the competition to buy physical is extremely fierce right now….

“We are continuing to see the bids get raised in these markets.  This has become a competition for the central banks and sovereign buyers to get rid of their dollars and euros as fast as they can, and swap it for something of real value.

How will the physical orders be filled?

Meanwhile, the bullion banks run the COMEX and they are not stupid.  They are going to ring the register on this managed money.  The commercials have been doing extremely heavy short covering into the weak-handed longs which have been selling, but they are also covering into fresh shorts from speculators and managed money.

 The question now is, where is the inventory going to come from to fill all of these physical orders?  The physical market is already tight as a drum.  I would be surprised if there is much more downside in this environment.  Yes there is this game of the commercials covering into weak-handed longs, and fresh shorts, but there is reality here, and reality is the physical market, and these buyers have moved their orders higher, and will continue to do so.

In the past India was the largest buyer of physical gold and when they didnt like the price they would sit back and wait for the price to pull back. Now plenty of buyers are lining up including China and Central Banks.

India would just say, ‘We’re the biggest gold buyers in the world, so we will just step back and wait for our price.  We will wait for our price because we already have plenty of gold here.’  But now you’ve got too many competing entities all trying to acquire physical gold. 

Suddenly China has overtaken India.  So India doesn’t have the luxury of sitting back.  India is back in the market now.  India is back buying in the mid-$1,700s.  India was back yesterday.  India is back today.  They need to buy gold and they are stepping ahead of other entities and becoming a large buyer.

The Indians are not stupid.  They know the commercials harvest the weak hands on the COMEX.  Once they see open interest get to a certain level, they fully expect a reaction in the price.  But your readers have to understand that there isn’t going to be a ‘correction’ this time, there will only be a ‘pull back.’  There is a big difference between a pull back and a correction.

The reasons for this is there are just layers of central bank and sovereign physical buy orders in here right now.  Some of it has already been filled.  There has been tonnage filled at higher levels than we are currently trading.  As soon as we went through $1,760, we started to see central bank buying.

Bullion Banks had to stop the latest price rise

“Why do you think the bullion banks threw everything they had at the gold market at the $1,800 level?”  The answer, “We were within a hair of a major price explosion, and disorder in the gold market.”

“As gold was heading up to the $1,800 level recently, we were very close to a situation where we were going to see a commercial capitulation.  Some of the weaker commercials were already starting to bail out of their shorts.” 

“You have to understand that some of these bullion banks are more than happy to turn on these less powerful commercial shorts.  They view them as weaker hands.  Yes they are all commercials, but some of them are a lot weaker than the bullion banks. 

But there does come a point where the bullion banks say, ‘We’ve got to protect those stops.’  We had already gotten to the point where some stops were being tripped from those weaker commercial shorts….

“It got to the point where the vast majority of stops were located near the $1,810 level.  If gold would have pierced $1,810, that would have tripped the vast majority of all of those weaker, underwater commercial short positions out of the market.  This would have created enough of a short squeeze that we would have seen new highs in gold very rapidly.

 This would have been a literal failure by these commercials (commercial signal failure).  The gold market got to within $10 of their stops.  Why do you think the bullion banks threw everything they had at the gold market at the $1,800 level?  We were within a hair of a major price explosion, and disorder in the gold market.

 They (bullion banks) wanted to protect those stops, even though they weren’t their own stops.  They needed to do this in order to stop those weaker commercials from capitulating.  Now everyone is getting bearish, and when the physical market is closed, we are seeing some shenanigans such as after hours price drops in access market.

 So we are seeing more weak hands entering the short side of the gold market, and the commercials have been covering not only into the small speculators liquidating, but also into these fresh shorts.  The commercials are doing this in a very, very calculated way.

 hat readers need to take away from this, is we were dangerously close to a commercial signal failure and a major price spike in gold.  Even though the commercials have alleviated that concern for the time being, the possibility still exists that we could see a major price spike when the $1,810 area is pierced on the upside in gold.”

LBMA is a massive Ponzi scheme.

On July 20th, the ‘London Trader’ told King World News, “The LBMA’s price fixing scheme is coming to an end.”  Gold quickly rose $200 after that interview.  Today the source now tells KWN the LBMA has, “… incredibly large quantities of paper silver and gold being traded each day, but the real problem here is there is virtually nothing to back this up.”  The source also said, “This is all part of the LBMA Ponzi scheme.”

 

“The physical silver market is extraordinarily tight.  It’s insanely tight right now.  In other words, there isn’t any for sale.  We are seeing large premiums in places like Shanghai.  If a buyer wants size in physical silver, you are going to have to wait a long time.”

“When the commercials see a large order enter the market, they just turn the market around.  They don’t have that quantity of silver in inventory.  Every day the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) clears 5,000 tons of silver, and between 600 and 700 tons of gold through paper trading.  When you think about it, that is a ridiculous amount.

This is all part of the LBMA Ponzi scheme.  You have these incredibly large quantities of paper silver and gold being traded each day, but the real problem here is there is virtually nothing to back this up….

So if I turn up to the LBMA and I say, ‘Out of your 5,000 tons of silver that you clear every day, I just want 300 tons.’  It shouldn’t be a problem.  It shouldn’t even cause a ripple.  But when you think about it, and that physical silver is leveraged 100 to 1, that’s more than the annual mine production of silver for the entire year when you do the math, including the leverage implications.

Of course they can’t deliver the 300 tons.  They don’t have it.  So when you actually go and send a Brinks truck to go and pick this silver up at the back door of Scotia Mocatta, you aren’t going to get it.  An order like that takes at least two months to get filled.

Too many large physical orders waiting to be filled.

 The problem right now is that there is such a large overhang of orders in both of these markets, and specifically silver.  Every day there are people turning up at the fix to buy physical, regardless of price.  As the markets are taken down, it exponentially increases the amount of physical silver that needs to be filled.

I would also add that the local traders are heavily short now.  So we are seeing a large short position building in silver on this price decline.  And don’t forget, the COT reports are groomed.  I don’t trust them. 

So when they see a large physical order enter the market, that’s the point where the commercials start covering.  Remember, the gold and silver markets on the COMEX are all about chasing out leveraged longs.  That’s all that market is about right now.

But we will see a day when silver can no longer be capped through paper trading and various games being played at the LBMA and COMEX, and in the end, it will be the physical market which will be the deciding factor.  At that point you will see the real price of silver for the first time, and it will leave people in disbelief.”

 

Sources:

  1. London Trader – Competition To Buy Physical Gold Is Fierce,
  2. London Trader – Bullion Banks Had To Halt Gold’s Advance
  3. London Trader – The LBMA Is A Massive Ponzi Scheme
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17% Of Silver In Comex Gone In One Day

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Last friday a client of JPMorgan got tired of holding paper silver and asked for the delivery of 3.6 million ounces, which is 17% of all the registered inventory of silver. The full amount wasn’t met which begs the question what happens when others eventually follow suit and how long will it be before everyone panics and swaps paper for physical? Its long been know that paper silver out numbers physical, therefore someone is going to be disappointed when the paper is eventually traded for the real stuff.

This week’s interview with gold dealer Tom Cloud of National Numismatic Associates comes as precious metals are correcting and rumors are swirling around Comex silver.

Dollar Collapse: Hi Tom. It’s been an interesting couple of days for silver, with a big Comex draw-down being followed by a sizable price drop. If the silver market wasn’t so obviously free and honest, it might be tempting to suspect some kind of manipulation…

Tom Cloud: Late Friday afternoon a big client of JP Morgan requested delivery of 3.6 million ounces, which is 17% of all the registered inventory of silver (assuming it’s all really there). But only 1.6 million ounces were reported moved. A lot of people are asking where the rest of it is. If it wasn’t immediately available and the client allowed JP Morgan to move it in pieces, that’s another sign of very tight supply.

Ordinarily seeing that much silver inventory move would make the price go up, but at the same time they – probably the same people — were buying shorts to drive the market down late in the day when trading was slow.

DC: The size of the silver draw-down raises the question of what happens if a few more big players want to turn their futures contracts into physical metal. Would this cause a delivery disruption or outright default on the Comex?

TC: Somebody stepped up and said ‘no more paper for me; it’s time to get the real thing in my name.’ They’ve played the [paper silver] game and benefited from it and now they want their silver. But not everyone can do that. There is 100 times as much silver paper [in the form of futures contracts] as there is physical, which means a lot more people think they own silver than there is silver in the world. At some point someone will be left out. If 17% of Comex inventory is taken out in one move, then you don’t need that many more big players to take delivery to see this thing fall apart.

A lot of people were already worried about this, and what happened Friday certainly raises the odds that others with paper claims are going to ask for physical. This morning I’m seeing a lot of dealers buying a lot of silver for their own inventories. This is a very scary situation.

DC: Has an exchange ever defaulted on a commodity?

TC: I don’t know of one that has completely defaulted, where they drain their warehouses of product. So it would be a huge event. And the picture for gold, though not as urgent as silver, is also pretty tight, with futures contracts far exceeding available physical.

DC: So what does the prospect of a Comex default mean for precious metals investors? How can we play it?

TC: Only gold bars from major fabricators like ScotiaMocatta and Johnson Matthey can be used to settle a Comex futures contract. That is, they’re approved for future delivery. When the shortage hits, if you’re holding one of these bars the premium is going to shoot straight up, so in addition to a higher spot price you’ll make money on the wider premiums. Because of this, a lot of my larger investors buy Comex bars exclusively instead of coins.

There are now ten different mints producing Comex gold bars. Two years ago there were four. Comex is smart. They know it’s gonna hit the fan and are now willing to approve other brands in order to increase their sources of metal. I don’t think they’d be approving these other brands if they didn’t expect a default. It’s the same with silver. 24 months ago there were two approved fabricators, Johnson Matthey and Engelhard, making bars you could deliver on a futures contract. Today you’ve also got Ohio Precious Metals, Academy, and Royal Canadian mint.

But even in the absence of a Comex default, bars are cheaper than coins. They’re not made by a country, but by large refineries, and because of this their premiums are lower. One exciting thing that happened this year is the introduction of one-ounce Comex silver bars from Johnson Matthey. The premium is $2 an ounce, which is about $0.75 an ounce more than for a 100-ounce bar. But it’s a dollar an ounce cheaper than for a Silver Eagle coin, so they’re selling very well.

DC: How do you store Comex bars once you’ve bought them?

TC: Several ways. You can take delivery of them and arrange your own storage. The newest state-of-the-art depository is Diamond State in New Haven, Delaware. They’re tremendous. A buyer can arrange to have their bars shipped directly there, generally for free. They’ll handle the paperwork and charge an annual storage fee. If you buy through us, we have a warehouse where customers can store their bullion for three years for free. It’s allocated, so you own specific coins or bars, and it’s all insured.

Source: Dollar Collapse

21 Signs Of Global Crisis To Worsen

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The following are 21 signs that the global economic crisis is about to go to a whole new level….

#1 Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer says that the global economy is “awfully close” to recession.

#2 It was announced last week that the unemployment rate in Greece has reached an all-time high of 25.1 percent.  Unemployment among those 24 years old or younger is now more than 54 percent.  Back in April 2010, the unemployment rate in Greece was only sitting at 11.8 percent.

#3 The IMF is warning that Greek debt may have to be “restructured” yet again.

#4 Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg says that it is “probable” that Greece will leave the euro, and that it might happen within the next six months.

#5 An angry crowd of approximately 40,000 angry Greeks recently descended on Athens to protest a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

From high-school students to pensioners, tens of thousands of Greek demonstrators swarmed into Athens yesterday to show the visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, their indignation at their country’s continued austerity measures.

Flouting the government’s ban on protests, an estimated 40,000 people – many carrying posters depicting Ms Merkel as a Nazi – descended on Syntagma Square near the parliament building. Masked youths pelted riot police with rocks as the officers responded with tear gas.

The authorities had deployed 7,000 police, water cannon and a helicopter. Snipers were placed on rooftops to ensure the German leader’s safety.

#6 The debt crisis is Argentina is becoming increasingly troublesome.

#7 The government debt to GDP ratio in Italy is expected to hit 126 percent this year.  In Greece, it is expected to hit 198 percent.  In Japan, it is expected to hit a whopping 237 percent.

#8 Standard & Poor’s has slashed the credit rating on Spanish government debt to BBB-, which is just one level above junk status.

#9 Back in the year 2000, the ratio of total debt to GDP in Spain was 192 percent.  By 2011, it had reached 363 percent.

#10 Record amounts of money are being pulled out of Spanish banks, and many large Spanish banks are rapidly heading toward insolvency.

#11 Manufacturing activity in Spain has contracted for 17 months in a row.

#12 It is being projected that home prices in Spain will fall by another 15 percent by the end of 2013.

#13 The unemployment rate in France is now above 10 percent, and it has risen for 16 months in a row.

#14 There are signs that Switzerland may be preparing for “major civil unrest” throughout Europe.

#15 The former top economist at the European Central Bank says that the ECB has fallen into a state of “panic” as it desperately tries to solve the European debt crisis.

#16 According to a recent IMF report, European banks may need to sell off 4.5 trillion dollars in assets over the next 14 months in order to meet strict new capital requirements.

#17 In August, U.S. exports dropped to the lowest level that we have seen since last February.

#18 Economics Professor Barry Eichengreen is very concerned about what is coming next for stocks in the United States…

“I’m worried that stock markets in the United States in particular have gotten ahead of economic growth”

#19 During the week ending October 3rd, investors pulled more than 10 billion dollars out of U.S. mutual funds.  Overall, a total of more than 100 billion dollars has been pulled out of U.S. mutual funds so far this year.

#20 As I wrote about the other day, the IMF is warning that there is an “alarmingly high” risk of a deeper global economic slowdown.

#21 When shipping companies start laying off workers, that is one of the best signs that economic activity is slowing down.  That is why it was so troubling when it was announced that FedEx is planning to get rid of “several thousand” workers over the coming months.  According to AFP, “its business is being hit by the global economic slowdown”.

Source: theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Germany To Call For Roll With Powers Over National Budgets

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Following on from Merkel’s visit to Greece last week where she was greeted with Nazi salutes and jibes of “Out with the Fourth Reich”, we now have Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble proposing a new roll within the EUSSR with sweeping powers. This new Commissioner role would have complete control over EU nation’s budgets. Looks like more centralizing powers for the EUSSR.

There must be an EU “currency commissioner” with sweeping powers to strike down national budgets; a “large step towards fiscal union”; and yet another EU treaty.

Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble dropped his bombshell in talks with German journalists on a flight from Asia, and apparently had the blessing of Angela Merkel, the chancellor. “When I put forward such proposals, you can take it as a given that the chancellor agrees,” he said.

 

Mr Schaeuble said the currency chief should have powers similar to those of the EU’s competition commissioner, a man “feared around the world”.

The competition Tsar is the arch-enforcer of the EU machine, with powers to launch dawn raids, deploy SWAT teams, and block mergers on his own authority. The job was the making of Italy’s Mario Monti a decade ago when he blocked the GE-Honeywell merger after it had been cleared by Washington.

The Schaeuble plan is highly provocative. The EU can set deficit targets but it cannot manage budgets, unless a country requests a bail-out and gives up fiscal sovereignty.

Soure: The Telegraph

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