Charting JPM's Historical Holdings Of SLV

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As an attempt to refute the previously disclosed plunge in speculative positions, some have made the claim that it is really retail holders causing the spike in silver via such synthetic CDOs as SLV. While this argument is beyond laughable (although there is some credibility to the claim that there is a feedback loop to ETF buys leading to underlying gains and vice versa, although we expect SLV's silver holdings disclosed tomorrow to once again gain thus ending the selling cycle) and we look forward to debunking it thoroughly when the latest 13F is released sometime on Friday, we did want to point out something just as amusing: the holdings of JPM compared to the price of SLV (incidentally, JPM is the third largest holder of SLV with 5.1 million shares, just behind BofA with 6.8 million shares and Morgan Stanley with 7.2 million). Which begs these questions three: retail or really institutional buying was the primary force behind the move in SLV? Was this merely a case of uber-leveraged tail wagging the dog (since CFTC indicates there was nothing at all bubbly about non-commercial spec contracts)? And, three, if so, why...