Whistleblower Exposes JP Morgan's Silver Manipulation Scheme

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier today the CFTC held a sham hearing in which, among other things, the organization discussed position limits in PM speculation, because, you know, it's the mom and pop speculators that destroy the precious metal market (not JP Morgan or the New York Fed mind you). The hearing could not have come at a more opportune time. GATA has just broken a major story, in which a London metals trader-slash-whistleblower exposes JP Morgan's silver price suppression/manipulation scheme. At this point none of this should be at all shocking, and the only thing that matters is when CFTC's ex-Goldmanite Gary Gensler will be fired for allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to be sucked out of the PM market on behalf of such major market manipulating entities as JP Morgan and the New York Federal Reserve, for whom it transacts. Don't worry - the answer to that rhetorical question is "never", as it is the administration's goal to make all the millionaires among the bulge bracket firms billionaires, via legalized theft from honest investors. Furthermore, if indeed the CFTC is complicit in these manipulative events, as GATA suggest, we hope our objective mainstream media readers enjoin GATA in seeking justice for this criminal breach of proper regulatory enforcement.

From GATA:

Additional Statement by Bill Murphy, Chairman
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee

to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Washington, D.C., March 25, 2010

On March 23, 2010, GATA Director Adrian Douglas was contacted by a
whistleblower by the name of Andrew Maguire. Maguire is a metals trader
in London. He has been told first-hand by traders working for
JPMorganChase that JPMorganChase manipulates the precious metals
markets, and they have bragged to how they make money doing so.

In November 2009 Maguire contacted the CFTC enforcement division to
report this criminal activity. He described in detail the way JPMorgan
Chase signals to the market its intention to take down the precious
metals. Traders recognize these signals and make money shorting the
metals alongside JPM. Maguire explained how there are routine market
manipulations at the time of option expiry, non-farm payroll data
releases, and COMEX contract rollover, as well as ad-hoc events.

On February 3 Maguire gave two days' warning by e-mail to Eliud
Ramirez, a senior investigator for the CFTC's Enforcement Division,
that the precious metals would be attacked upon the release of the
non-farm payroll data on February 5. On February 5, as market events
played out exactly as predicted, further e-mails were sent to Ramirez
while the manipulation was in progress.

It would not be possible to predict such a market move unless the market was manipulated.

In an e-mail on February 5 Maguire wrote: "It is common knowledge here
in London among the metals traders that it is JPM's intent to flush out
and cover as many shorts as possible prior to any discussion in March
about position limits. I feel sorry for all those not in this loop. A
serious amount of money was made and lost today and in my opinion as a
result of the CFTC's allowing by your own definition an illegal
concentrated and manipulative position to continue."

Expiry of the COMEX April call options is tomorrow, March 26.
There was large open interest in strikes from $1,100 to $1,150 in gold.
As always happens month after month, HSBC and JPM sell short in large
quantities to overwhelm all bids and make unsuspecting option holders
lose their money. As predicted by GATA, the manipulation started on
March 19, when gold was trading at $1,126. Last night it traded at

This is how much the gold cartel fears the CFTC's enforcement
division. They thumb their noses at you because in more than a decade
of complaints and 18 months of a silver market manipulation
investigation nothing has been done to stop them. And this is why JPM's
cocky and arrogant traders in London are able to brag that they
manipulate the market.

This is an outrage and we are making available to the press the e-mails from Maguire wherein he warns of a manipulative event.

Additionally Maguire informed us that he has tape recordings of his
telephone communications with the CFTC, which we are taking the
appropriate legal steps to acquire.

* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:51 PM
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Cc: Chilton, Bart [CFTC]
Subject: Silver today

Dear Mr. Ramirez:

I thought you might be interested in looking into the silver trading
today. It was a good example of how a single seller, when they hold
such a concentrated position in the very small silver market, can
instigate a selloff at will.

These events trade to a regular pattern and we see orchestrated
selling occur 100% of the time at options expiry, contract rollover,
non-farm payrolls (no matter if the news is bullish or bearish), and in
a lesser way at the daily silver fix. I have attached a small
presentation to illustrate some of these events. I have included gold,
as the same traders to a lesser extent hold a controlling position
there too.

Please ignore the last few slides as they were part of a training session I was holding for new traders.

I brought to your attention during our meeting how we traders look
for the "signals" they (JPMorgan) send just prior to a big move. I saw
the first signals early in Asia in thin volume. As traders we profited
from this information but that is not the point as I do not like to
operate in a rigged market and what is in reality a crime in progress.

As an example, if you look at the trades just before the pit open
today you will see around 1,500 contracts sell all at once where the
bids were tiny by comparison in the fives and tens. This has the
immediate effect of gaining $2,500 per contract on the short positions
against the long holders, who lost that in moments and likely were
stopped out. Perhaps look for yourselves into who was behind the trades
at that time and note that within that 10-minute period 2,800 contracts
hit all the bids to overcome them. This is hardly how a normal trader
gets the best price when selling a commodity. Note silver instigated a
rapid move lower in both precious metals.

This kind of trading can occur only when a market is being controlled by a single trading entity.

I have a lot of captured data illustrating just about every price
takedown since JPMorgan took over the Bear Stearns short silver

I am sure you are in a better position to look into the exact details.

It is my wish just to bring more information to your attention to assist you in putting a stop to this criminal activity.

Kind regards,
Andrew Maguire

* * *

From: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
To: Andrew Maguire
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 4:04 PM
Subject: RE: Silver today

Mr. Maguire,

Thank you for this communication, and for taking the time to furnish the slides.

* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Cc: BChilton [CFTC]
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: Silver today

Dear Mr. Ramirez,

Thanks for your response.

Thought it may be helpful to your investigation if I gave you the
heads up for a manipulative event signaled for Friday, 5th Feb. The
non-farm payrolls number will be announced at 8.30 ET. There will be
one of two scenarios occurring, and both will result in silver (and
gold) being taken down with a wave of short selling designed to take
out obvious support levels and trip stops below. While I will no doubt
be able to profit from this upcoming trade, it is an example of just
how easy it is to manipulate a market if a concentrated position is
allowed by a very small group of traders.

I sent you a slide of a couple of past examples of just how this will play out.

Scenario 1. The news is bad (employment is worse). This will have a
bullish effect on gold and silver as the U.S. dollar weakens and the
precious metals draw bids, spiking them higher. This will be sold into
within a very short time (1-5 mins) with thousands of new short
contracts being added, overcoming any new bids and spiking the precious
metals down hard, targeting key technical support levels.

Scenario 2. The news is good (employment is better than expected).
This will result in a massive short position being instigated almost
immediately with no move up. This will not initially be liquidation of
long positions but will result in stops being triggered, again
targeting key support levels.

Both scenarios will spell an attempt by the two main short holders
to illegally drive the market down and reap very large profits. Locals
such as myself will be "invited" on board, which will further add
downward pressure.

The question I would expect you might ask is: Who is behind the
sudden selling and is it the entity/entities holding a concentrated
position? How is it possible for me to know what will occur days before
it will happen?

Only if a market is manipulated could this possibly occur.

I would ask you watch the "market depth" live as this event occurs
and tag who instigates the move. This would surly help you to pose
questions to the parties involved.

This kind of "not-for-profit selling" will end badly and risks the integrity of the COMEX and OTC markets.

I am aware that physical buyers in large size are awaiting this
event to scoop up as much "discounted" gold and silver as possible.
These are sophisticated entities, mainly foreign, who know how to play
the short sellers and turn this paper gold into real delivered physical.

Given that the OTC market (where a lot of the selling occurs) runs
on a fractional reserve basis and is not backed up by 1-1 physical
gold, this leveraged short selling, where ownership of each ounce of
gold has multi claims, poses a very large risk.

I leave this with you, but if you need anything from me that might help you in your investigation I would be pleased to help.

Kind regards,
Andrew T. Maguire

* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 2:11 PM
Subject: Fw: Silver today

If you get this in a timely manner, with silver at 15.330 post data,
I would suggest you look at who is adding short contracts in the silver
contract while gold still rises after NFP data. It is undoubtedly the
concentrated short who has "walked silver down" since Wednesday,
putting large blocks in the way of bids. This is clear manipulation as
the long holders who have been liquidated are matched by new short
selling as open interest is rising during the decline.

There should be no reason for this to be occurring other than
controlling silver's rise. There is an intent to drive silver through
the 15 level stops before buying them back after flushing out the long


* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Cc: BChilton [CFTC]; GGensler [CFTC]
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 3:37 PM
Subject: Fw: Silver today

A final e-mail to confirm that the silver manipulation was a great
success and played out EXACTLY to plan as predicted yesterday. How
would this be possible if the silver market was not in the full control
of the parties we discussed in our phone interview? I have honored my
commitment not to publicize our discussions.

I hope you took note of how and who added the short sales (I
certainly have a copy) and I am certain you will find it is the same
concentrated shorts who have been in full control since JPM took over
the Bear Stearns position.

It is common knowledge here in London among the metals traders that
it is JPM's intent to flush out and cover as many shorts as possible
prior to any discussion in March about position limits. I feel sorry
for all those not in this loop. A serious amount of money was made and
lost today and in my opinion as a result of the CFTC's allowing by your
own definition an illegal concentrated and manipulative position to

Bart, you made reference to it at the energy meeting. Even if the
level is in dispute, what is not disputed is that it exists. Surely
some discussions should have taken place between the parties by now.
Obviously they feel they can act with impunity.

If I can compile the data, then the CFTC should be able to too.

I would think this is an embarrassment to you as regulators.

Hoping to get your acknowledgement.

Kind regards,
Andrew T. Maguire

* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 7:47 PM
Subject: Fw: Silver today

Just logging off here in London. Final note.

Now that gold is undergoing short covering, please look at market
depth right now in silver and evidence the large selling blocks in a
thin market being put in the way of silver regaining the technical 15
level, which would cause a short covering rally and new longs being
instigated. This is resulting in the gold-silver ratio being stretched
to ridiculous levels.

I hope this day has given you an example of how silver is "managed" and gives you something more to work with.

If this was long manipulation in, say, the energy market, the shoe would be on the other foot, I suspect.

Have a good weekend.


* * *

From: Andrew Maguire
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 8:24 AM
To: Ramirez, Eliud [CFTC]
Cc: Gensler, Gary; Chilton, Bart [CFTC]
Subject: Fw: Silver today

Dear Mr. Ramirez,

I hadn't received any acknowledgement from you regarding the series
of e-mails sent by me last week warning you of the planned market
manipulation that would occur in silver and gold a full two days prior
to the non-farm payrolls data release.

My objective was to give you something in advance to watch, log, and follow up in your market manipulation investigation.

You will note that the huge footprints left by the two concentrated
large shorts were obvious and easily identifiable. You have the data.

The signals I identified ahead of the intended short selling event were clear.

The "live" action I sent you 41 minutes after the trigger event
predicting the next imminent move also played out within minutes and
exactly as I outlined.

Surely you must at least be somewhat mystified that a market move could be forecast with such accuracy if it was free trading.

All you have to do is identify the large seller and if it is the
concentrated short shown in the bank participation report, bring them
to task for market manipulation.

I have honored my commitment to assist you and keep any information
we discuss private,however if you are going to ignore my information I
will deem that commitment to have expired.

All I ask is that you acknowledge receipt of my information. The rest I leave in your good hands.

Respectfully yours,

Andrew T. Maguire

* * *

From: Ramirez, Eliud
To: Andrew Maguire
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 1:29 PM
Subject: RE: Silver today

Good afternoon, Mr. Maguire,

I have received and reviewed your email communications. Thank you so very much for your observations.


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CB's picture

will anything meaningful actually happen in response to these revelations?

jedwards's picture

Of course not.  No one cares.  Criminals are protecting criminals.  No one wants a fair market.  If Ramirez had any intention to do anything about this, he would have asked for further information.  What a fucking joke this world is.  It's like those movies where the people who are supposed to protect you from crime are also the criminals.

Fed Supporter's picture

No shit.  Tyler please give me Andrew Maguire's email address.  If the CFTC does not give a shit at least I would like to have heads up in order to trade in the same direction and make some money. 


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"If the CFTC does not give a shit at least I would like to have heads up in order to trade in the same direction and make some money." 

The CFTC most certainly does give a shit. About you. You, my friend, will be stepped on. The regulators have 2 functions. To ignore criminal activity when it's "official" and to eliminate any "competition" to the "official" manipulation.

You would be considered competition. You don't think you're ID is actually hidden from view here on ZH, do you? Don't be naive.

Fed Supporter's picture

I was just being a smart ass, I don't trade in the Silver Markets.  I was simply making the point that if the CFTC ignores this guy, I among others would be happy to have insider information.  

I know the government and their agencies have no concern for the little guy.  As well I am aware that anything I post on the internet can be tracked back to me if the authorities need to locate me for my expert opinion as to how it feels to be stepped on.



SWRichmond's picture

A smart ass, at ZH?  Say it ain't so!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I assumed you were being a smart ass. I hope you understand I was as well?

CB's picture

sometimes crazy people react.  The establishment must love it on some weird level b/c they can then say their norm is the right norm.

BDig's picture

Actually, I'm pretty sure Ramirez genuinely cared about the event.  This is the type of thing that will do wonders for someone's career in regulation.  However, the conversation with Ramirez's superior would go something like this:

Ramirez:  Boss!  We've got some crazy manipulation stuff going on right now...

Boss:  Let me make a quick call...

Dr. Claw:  <You should not be concerned with such matters.>

Boss to Ramirez:  There is no manipulation going on.  You need not be concerned with such matters.  Move along.

That said, I wonder how this will impact the resolve of interested parties.

swamp's picture

Not in this country, but GATA has international readers, including the Chinese government and others. 

swamp's picture

Not in this country, but GATA has international readers, including the Chinese government and others. 

Al Gorerhythm's picture

If a tree fell in the woods and nobody heard it, did it make a sound?

The arrogance of the man in making that comment, is mirrored in the current "investigation into silver manipulation.

If an illegal manipulation was observed but not acted on by the regulators, would it still be a crime?

VegasBD's picture

If a fat girl falls in the forest do the trees laugh?

Voluntary Exchange's picture

This also nicely explains the  concerted shorting activity in the corresponding mining sector stocks, including gold miners.  So demand prosecution from the SEC too, and when they do nothing demand congress charge SEC staff for criminal conspiracy, and when congress does nothing the people will see what they need to do to be free!

IBelieveInMagic's picture

Sorry, this trail of emails is too good to be true -- I suspect these email exchange is fake. It would be a great way to wrong step all the PM conspiracy theorists. The powers-that-be would love to repeatedly show that the conspiracy theorists are wrong although there is no doubt market manipulation going on...


Hulk's picture

Those emails are exactly like the kind of emails  I sent Auditors on my whistleblower cases, so I think they are real.Andy will spend the next x months/years oscillating between hope and really, really pissed off. Just reading those emails made me very angry, bringing back old thoughts.In the end, Andy will capitulate completely when he realizes that:

A:) no one wants to hear the facts

B:) no one wants to deal with the facts

C:) the system is 100% corrupt and the people in it are pathological liars,frauds and incompetents

I came away with the feeling that 90 percent of the people in the system know they are frauds and incompetents, and they are just covering each others asses. That includes auditors and regulators.

Marko found this out, how he kept at it for ten years I'll never know

I'll tell  every here this: you will never understand the depth of the fraud and corruption until you try to fix it.  Never. Ever.

You have an idea, to be sure, but its much worse than you will ever imagine....



hbjork1's picture

Actualiy, a falling tree is converting the potential energy of its distance above the ground into vibrational pressure wave energy in that propagates through the air around it.  If the vibrational pressure waves fall on our little eardrums we get feable electrical transmissions to a gelatinous mass in out head that can send electrical messages elsewhere.  We call it sound.  The voltages for those electrical signals are 40 to 70 millivolts.  And it is all done without silicon (so far as I know.)  (In contrast, the voltage change per Degree C. in a thermocouple is in the MICRO volt range. )

When reliable documentation about market manipulation falls on the little sensors that make up my eyes, my own gelatineous mass is inclined to send signals to my fingers that type out the word FRAUD in a letter to one or more of my elected representatives in Congress. 

They are all going to think I am just another kook but they will probably count the missives on the subject in their tally sheet. 

And if anybody has an e-mail address for the whistle blower, I would be most happy to be able to send him a" thank you".

knukles's picture

Fuck yeah, waddya think?   Andy'll probably get an e-mail from Ramirez thanking him for the information.  What else you want?


PS  Are we supposed to rate the article or Ramirez's e-mail?

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Drawing a bit on the longbow there, Chumba? A bit of a stretch but I know where you are coming from.

SV's picture

If you want to see it, this is that clip.

Frank Owen's picture

Well, that was more specific than I anticipated.        Sure was. lol

chumbawamba's picture

No wonder no one takes Bill Murphy seriously.  Did anyone ever tell him what that dot means at the end of sentences?

I am Chumbawamba.

paladin's picture

why did Bill Murphy talk as fast as he did..



I know.....do you??

paladin's picture

I want a dam answer on this

tip e. canoe's picture

"thank you very much for your observations"

click send

click open new window

enter www.trannysurprise.com

Mad Max's picture

For those mislabeling this as junk, I believe it's actually a fairly intelligent commentary on a recent minor scandal involving a US federal agency.

chumbawamba's picture

Never underestimate the stupidity of any crowd, including ones that coagulate in ZH comments.

I am Chumbawamba.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


What a wonderful usage of the term "coagulate". Consider it stolen by me.

Crime of the Century's picture

Yeah - amazing that the SEC needs "unfiltered" access like the DOJ. The bulk of Fed systems run enhanced Websense or such. Things that make you go hmmmm. And you're right, the junkers are suffering from cranial impaction.

tip e. canoe's picture

thank you SO MUCH for junking my comment!  i see you find the dark side of the human psyche offensive.  personally, i find people hiding behind false sincerity much more so.  and even more revolting is the thought that a person whose livelihood is being paid for by the collective energy, sweat & toil of american taxpayers and who got busted obsessively surfing porn on the job still has a job being paid for by __________.

i guess we can agree to disagree as to what is 'junk'. 
it's the American Way, right?
hope you enjoy filling out your tax return!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

People don't like to reminded of crazy Auntie in the attic. In a society that spends so much of its time trying to avoid discussing anything of substance, you're an ugly reminder of their participation in the collective denial.

I suspect a few people clicked the link, got turned on, then were embarrassed by their sexual response and struck out at you for leading them by the nose to their own sexuality. Shame on you, tip e. canoe!

tip e. canoe's picture

well i hate to be the one to break the news but crazy Auntie has already busted out the attic and refuses to go back inside until she sits down and has a heart-to-heart with every single one of her nieces & nephews.  she's got some family history to share with us all.

Hulk's picture

just ignore the junks tip.e.canoe. They are now meaningless...

velobabe's picture

i thought it was funny that you suggested to open a new window.

yeah know if your writing html code can target attribute defines whether to open the page in a separate window, or to open the link in the current browser window. can we do this in ZH posts?

fuu's picture

Disable rich text formating and do the html by hand.

target="_blank" opens your link in a new window. You need the rest of the html though.
Example: a href="www.zerohedge.com" target="_blank" Zerohedge /a

Zero Hedge(pops)

Cookie's picture

This should be the 'smoking gun', but of course all that will happen is for Maguire to meet with a fatal accident.

Missing_Link's picture

I have a terrible feeling that the only way to profit from this whole situation is a life insurance policy on Andrew Maguire.

VFR's picture

does that mean shorting him

viahj's picture

No, that would mean taking a CDS position.  "Curious Death Suddenly"

Shameful's picture

Now I really want to know who those physical buyers are that come in for the discounted physical.  Good thing JPM is to big to fail.  So when this finally blows up in their face we can bail them out again.

Double down's picture

This is one dangerous game they are playing.  Imagine the resonance this builds up. 

Mad Max's picture

Yeah, except that I'm concerned that this could be used as a pretext for confiscating privately held gold (and even silver).  "Sorry, Mr. J6P retail gold buyer, it turns out that the big bullion banks were fraudulently short selling, and a rather stern Saudi prince called their bluff and demands delivery.  Since the US war machine needs oil, we're taking your gold in order to keep the oil flowing to the war machine.  You'll be fairly confiscated at the official US gold price.  (By the way, that's $39/oz)."

Shameful's picture

Oh this is a possibility.  I consider it remote simply because Americans don't own much gold.  In some ways they are already forcing gold out of the weak hands with the cash for gold commercials.  Now I expect them to just jam up the price and let the dollar fall and just bid with dollars, that will kill a lot of weak hands "Gold doubled overnight!  It's a bubble sell!  Sell! Sell!" 

After all sending out teams of IRS agents and support to try to grab goldbugs gold could be a lot more messy then it's worth, really how many of us are there that have any real amount of gold?  On top of it most goldbugs are also gun bugs and would dole of free lead samples before coughing up their gold.  Sure they could get it, but a lot of pain for little gain.  They would be better off just making gold ownership illegal again and crack down on those attempting to sell expect to the US Gold Commission.  Though honestly I think this idea is remote unless the dollar totally dies when the crimex explodes.  Really the best play would be to sell gold out of the Fed and Treasury.  They can sell every last ounce if need be, and then they can leverage allies like the UK or even India to cough it up to meet their shorts, not to speak of IMF gold.  There are literally thousands of tons of gold they can back up the TBTF with (assuming they have not sold or leased it already).

Though the newscast would be amazing "Goldbugs declared war on! They are terrorist because they won't give their gold to the Government to support JPM.  Later in the hour we will have Jamie Dimon to explain why these vile terrorists hate America!"  For extra comedy we need Dimon to be Treasury Secretary at the time to :)

oddsman's picture

Americans in general don't hold much PHYSICAL gold or silver, but...Imagine how much easier things would have been for FDR had GLD & SLV been around back then, instead of thousands of banks with hundreds of thousands of safe deposit boxes. IMO in all likelihood GLD & SLV contain fake bars (tungsten + osmium = weight of gold, lead + aluminum wire = weight of silver) but even if they're real the risk of government confiscation, compared to metal you hold yourself, is extreme. Buy "junk" silver if you like silver. Then you can look at it and marvel at how we can call it "junk" when it's so beautiful. :)

Mad Max's picture

tungsten + osmium = weight of gold

Tungsten alone is so close there's no need to add others.  Last I knew Osmium was pricier than platinum.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I believe osmium is cheaper than platinum:

www.thebulliondesk.com (with the www, the site is from England).

Yes, tungsten is very close to gold's density.  You would be EXTREMELY close if you had an mixture 98% or so tungsten and 2% or so osmium.

Mad Max's picture

Color me surprised.  Good site to link to.

So, yes, you could be spot-on for the overall density with a little osmium.  But the bar/coin would still fail more sophisticated tests like speed of sound and electrical conductivity.

Mad Max's picture

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