Eric Sprott: "There Is No More Silver Left"

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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:08 | 989954 ZeroPower
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But every ZHer has, like, truckloads of this PM.

He must be missing something. 

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:10 | 989974 nope-1004
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If you had watched it instead of race to post #1, you'd hear him explain why the reported numbers and reality don't jive.  The fact that every ZHer has silver support his claim that "there is no silver left" in the vaults.  It's all a shell game now.


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:14 | 990002 ZeroPower
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1- already seen it and 2- i respect and agree with most of what he has to say.

Your jealousy for a 1st post is clear. Better luck next time - if you try hitting F5 every 5 seconds on the main page you should 'win' next time.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:32 | 990022 Zero Govt
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ZeroPower  -  do you agree/know ETF's "own half the Silver" as he says?  . . . . sounds like bollocks, thought the ETF's traded on derivatives of the smoke fumes from Silver smelters!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:40 | 990140 ZeroPower
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I don't particularly know, but i do tend to agree with whatever information there is available.

SLV, SIVR, etc, they all state "The silver bullion held by the trust is inspected biannually by the independent metal assayer, Inspectorate International." So, unlike an oil ETF, these are actually supposed to hold the underlying and not just swaps and futures based on the commodity.

You could reach your own conclusions by the info presented here and elsewhere.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:07 | 990247 66Sexy
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Silver has become a hoarded investment grade commodity; and the physical investment demand is consuming any areas where industrial demand has tapered off...  any significant price drops, try and acquire the physical metal. But as theres so much pent up demand, I cant get myself to pay 5 bucks over when i can play something like Sprott.


BTW: wtf happened to palladium over the last 2 days? buy op?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:25 | 990361 Pladizow
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Only problem I see is historically over 1000's of years the gold:silver ratio has been 16:1 (I think based on in ground ratio) - but for the last 100 years it has been where it roughly is now 40:1.

So why cant it stay around this area for sometime and not take decades if not centuries to get back to 16:1, let alone overshoot like Sprott mentions?

I fully understand the manipulation argument but how long have US interests been engaged in such activity - maybe 60-80 years?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:31 | 990386 Fred Hayek
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Ted Butler says that the price manipulation of silver at the Comex dates back to the mid 1980's.  Before that, the typical historic price ratio was largely holding.  For instance, the peaks of price of gold and silver circa 1980 were just over $800 and just over $50 respectively, 16:1.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:40 | 990436 tmosley
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Silver was never CONSUMED in industrial applications until the invention of photography.  Since that time, world stockpiles have been almost totally wiped out.  

Any attempt to make a "reversion to the mean" argument is thus useless.  That is, unless we have been dumping an equivalent proportion of our gold stockpiles into the Mariana Trench.

Supply, meet demand, and aggressive price suppression policies that have encouraged overconsumption.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:54 | 990698 VegasBob
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In the 40s, 50s and early 60s gold was artificially priced at $35/oz, and the govt made every effort to hold silver below $1.29/oz (which I think was the melt value of silver coinage).  That was a ratio of 27:1...

The govt gave up in 1965 and went to the current clad coinage.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:11 | 990548 DosZap
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"The silver bullion held by the trust is inspected biannually by the independent metal assayer, Inspectorate International."


Doesn't stop them from LEASING it the rest of the year.

And, w/only one or two exceptions, you cannot redeem shares for the REAL thing.


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:13 | 990303 bankrupt JPM bu...
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1 kg aussie kookoburra anyone? YES YES YES!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:24 | 990027 GoinFawr
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2. Hard to believe considering your sardonic post and general bashing of the PM's.

3.If you only agree with 'most' of what Mr.Sprott said, name something you disapprove of and why, please.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:34 | 990110 ZeroPower
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Thats fine, i actually stopped PM bashing since around last summer when i could clearly take a hint that we're in the next bull market in them. I do however still bash the Nostradamus' who appear here once in a while claiming $50,000/oz anything.

I like his views on precious metals in general, but more specifically, he believes Au:Ag ratio should be 16:1 (way too high for Ag - eoy was ~45:1). Also, being a huge energy bull, he's been massively wrong on Nat Gas since 2008 when i first heard his views on it (to be fair, many people have).

Finally, he's heavily short (CAD/US) financials and cons. discretionary - something which i would be very cautious doing in this uber-liquidity-pump environment.


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:36 | 990278 GoinFawr
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Well, even though I don't generally like to make specific 'price' calls, and while those 'Au to 50,000 fiatscos!' Nostradami may certainly seem unrealistic today, I always keep in mind the deluge of derision I received when, not so very long ago, I was telling my peers 'Au to 1200'.

As far as Mr. Sprott's energy strategy goes, well there has been 'money' to make in Natty as well as Oil since March'09, though granted not playing the natgas bull etf's (unless you were the proprietor of one, or you have HFT skillz unmatched by any human/machine combo I have ever met), but there have definitely been profitable plays in that sector.

Mr. Sprott is not saying that 16:1 ratio has to happen, he's just using it as a measure, a tell, an indicator, an historical marker. And that is all he is suggesting anyone else do, IMO. If you have a more conservative number in mind, good for you. Bonne Chance!

Personally, risky or not, I think the financial shorts are right in line with his PM outlook. You're right, insomuch as the game can keep going for quite some time, but bullshit is always forced to walk eventually.

OTOH all these things that you allege to 'disagree' with are small potatoes compared to his PM position, so you'll have to forgive me if I find your disparagement of Mr.Sprott's strategy wholly persnickety.

Which makes me wonder whether or not you truly have altered your perspective for the wiser.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:59 | 990510 ZeroPower
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Persnickety - great word :)

As i said, you don't have to disagree with me because, as i stated: "i respect and agree with most of what he has to say."

Whether or not my perspective is perceived as 'wise' to an outsider matters zero to me; what i do enjoy is participating in discussions such as these where one can share his thesis and commend/bash fellow posts.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:21 | 990044 takeaction
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That is funny.  Thanks....F5...F5....F5....F5....F5.....

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:25 | 990061 savagegoose
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ALT+F4 is what elite pwner users hit to get 1st post

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:00 | 990244 Cognitive Dissonance
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There's something even easier to do. Just enter into a Vulcan Mind Meld with Tyler and know instantly when he's going to post the next article.

Just understand that it's pretty cluttered in Tyler's mind. Not for the squeamish or under 21.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:57 | 991012 Goldilocks
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I am pretty sure that was some kind of insult (yet again).

We all see and hear what we want to see and hear. It's just that some of us are worse than others. The very worse are afflicted with Cockatoo disease, constantly repeating whatever confirms their belief system.


Polly wanna cracker?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:30 | 990079 i.knoknot
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there's this whole quantity vs quality thing goin' on here too.

so, i'm the first to reply to the second reply to the second reply to the first.

somehow, i don't expect extra-credit for this week's contribution.

(f5 -f5 - f5 - f5 :^)

EDIT - someone snuck in on me while i wrote! now i'm the second to reply to the second reply to the third reply to the first.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:33 | 990102 unwashedmass
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god, i love eric.

you go boy, you go.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:47 | 990187 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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Get a room.

If there was no more silver left why is the price only ~$33.0 to $34.0 fiatcons / oz?

If there was really none left wouldn't you think the price would exceed $34?

Just a silly question..... Don't get all crazy.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:55 | 990219 JohnG
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Me loves my PSLV!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:16 | 990309 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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God, I love the ZHeeple. I do. An entertaining group with NO charge for admission.

Does anyone factor industrial demand into the equation?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:35 | 990394 GoinFawr
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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:42 | 990449 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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<~allcaps/~>You better watch out for the Cap Police! It's serious biznass.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 22:47 | 991389 MayIMommaDogFac...
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I don't miss the ALLCAPS but please resume with addressing us as if we were the jackasses who show up in your courtroom.  Love that bit (without the caps).

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:24 | 990587 tmosley
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Graphene will likely replace silver in numerous applications.  That will take a while though.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:13 | 990916 Temporalist
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Will it be highly reflective and anti-bacterial too?  Can you eat it?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 20:22 | 990927 tmosley
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It's not reflective, but it does kill bacteria.  My company has something quite a bit better for that though.  Use of silver on devices won't continue for more than 5-10 years, as out product is literally 1000 times cheaper, and lasts forever (it catalyzes production of oxygen radicals that kill anything that tries to attach, but has no effect beyond a few cell lengths).

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 00:31 | 991730 long-shorty
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Graphene, bitchez!

(sorry, had to. long CVV)

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:46 | 990469 Sudden Debt
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You're new he?


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:59 | 990512 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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Yea new he, just started yesterday. How 'bout you Belgian Waffle?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 21:08 | 991044 unununium
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> If there was really none left wouldn't you think the price would exceed $34?

You may regret writing that rather than doing something about it.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:19 | 990028 Hard1
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Doesn't he know that the FED can print commodities now?...oil, silver, whatever u need.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:23 | 990047 dark pools of soros
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Ben & Blythe installed this over the weekend


Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:44 | 990167 JW n FL
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he needed bigger sheets to hit the trillion(s) mark faster... thusly, above.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:39 | 990137 Just Observing
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Yeah.....but can Sir Bernake pull a sword out of a stone ?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:36 | 990417 e_goldstein
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he's got to take his dick out of the world's ass, first.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 17:58 | 990509 CosmicCharley
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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:15 | 990560 au_bayitch
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Spilt my MakersMark. F'ing funny.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:20 | 990032 quasimodo
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I replied to the first post-do I win a prize?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:42 | 990154 ZeroPower
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Yes you do!

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:01 | 990515 Motorhead
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I can't view the video clip.  Anybody else have this problem?  Thanks.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 18:24 | 990592 Gold 36000
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I can't view it on my android mobile.  Probably just as well since I am driving.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:08 | 989959 disfiguredskating
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This explains what happened when I didn't buy silver...

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:09 | 989963 Zero Govt
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there is some left, my teeth fillings and girlfriends earings are in the Oven smelting at this very opportune moment

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:25 | 990053 jus_lite_reading
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Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:52 | 990207 jus_lite_reading
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