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Will Sprott's Brand New Physical Silver Trust Become JPMorgan's Biggest Nightmare?

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Following hot on the heels of his blockbuster physical gold ETF, which at times has been trading at a premium as high as 30% over NAV, indicating the willingness of investors to pay over fair value just to know that their asset claims wouldn't be diluted to nothingness on a moment's notice (here's looking at you GLD), the Canadian asset manager is launching a comparable physical ETF, this time investing with silver: the Sprott Physical Silver Trust. This is not looking good for the LBMA and JPM - since the silver market is allegedly even tighter than gold, yet just as manipulated by JPM and the LBMA (as evidenced by our earlier post on intraday gold prices) and locating physical can be far more problematic, the elimination of a few thousands tonnes of the precious metal out of circulation is sure to create quite a few sleepless nights for Jamie Dimon's PM manipulation club, who may suddenly find itself with a massive short position covered by even less actual deliverable, bringing the much anticipated monumental short squeeze one day closer. For all those wondering just how the silver market is manipulated and why control over the precious metal is so critical, we refer to a previous post: A Deep Insider's Walkthru To Silver Market Manipulation.

Here are some observations on Sprott's latest offering from the Financial Post:

As the name suggests, the issuer will use the proceeds to invest in physical silver bullion. "The Trust seeks to provide a secure, convenient and exchange-traded investment alternative for investors interested in holding physical silver bullion without the inconvenience that is typical of a direct investment in physical silver bullion," states the prospectus.

The document offers a number of reasons to invest in physical bullion: It's convenient, all the proceeds will be invested in physical silver; the silver will be stored at the mint and the trust will be able to secure lower transaction costs than investors doing it themselves. But the fund is geared to those who like their income in the form of capital gain; the trust does not intend to pay any dividends.

But one wrinkle is that once a month, unitholders will be able to redeem all or some of their units and receive physical silver. It's not immediately clear why a unitholder would want to do that, other than to provide unitholders with comfort that they can get their hands on the metal.

From Sprott's perspective, the hope is that its silver deal does better than a deal launched last year by Claymore Investments. That fund, which is not actively managed, was formed "to replicate the price performance of silver bullion, less the Fund's expenses and fees." The fund sold 3.6 million units--for gross proceeds of $36-million. Later, when the warrants were exercised, the issuer had about 7.1 million units outstanding. That fund, which hedges its US$ exposure, doesn't pay a dividend.

That fund didn't allow for annual redemption whereby the unitholders could receive physical silver. Instead it did offer an annual redemption where unitholders could receive net asset value -- less some expenses --in cash.

And some investors have taken advantage of that feature. For instance, Bermuda-based Osmium Special Silver Situations Fund announced earlier this month that it owns a 16.37% stake in the trust and has requested that they be redeemed. This new silver offering comes a few months after Sprott Physical Gold Trust raised US$442.5-million in its initial public offering via the sale of units at $10 a shot. Last month the same issuer did a follow-on offering and raised another US$279.5-million from the sale of units priced at US$11.25. Last year, Claymore Gold Bullion Trust started the process when it sold units with each unit consisting of a unit and a warrant: When the warrants were exercised, the issuer ended up with more than 83 million units outstanding. Later the entity was converted to an exchange-traded fund.

One reason for the popularity of funds that invest in physical metals is the favourable tax afforded U.S. institutions. The prospectus talks about the capital gains advantages for such buyers: The tax rate is 15% (though it will rise to 20% by year end) on such investments compared with the normal 28% tax rate. On Claymore's gold offering, more than one-quarter of the proceeds came from U.S. institutions -- an unusual situation given that most have an in-house investment management capability -- and prefer to do it themselves than pay some external manager.

For readers who would like to familiarize themselves with the silver industry, and also a tremendous reference for all those already invested in the silver market, we recommend the following section from Sprott's prospectus: Overview Of The Silver Industry.
We are confident this latest offering by Sprott will be a tremendous success in an age when actually having recourse to the assets that support a given intermediary, be it cash or stocks, is given increasingly greater value. Next up from Sprott: The Sprott Physical Bunker Trust , The Sprott Physical Spam Trust , The Sprott Physical Pitchfork Trust and, last but not least, the The Sprott Physical M-16 Trust.
h/t Mike

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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:21 | 468899 Tarheel
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30% over NAV? Where did u find that Tyler? I thought paper gold was undervalueing physical gold?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:40 | 468974 KevinB
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Did you read the article? The Sprott trust only holds physical gold, and you can redeem shares for actual metal. Sprott is the closest thing to physical out there that isn't actually bullion in your hands.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:58 | 469038 Pladizow
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I think min redemption in physical = $250K

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:20 | 469111 Temporalist
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"An investor in the fund may take physical delivery of a minimum of one 400 ounce bar by contacting the fund on the 15th of each month outlining the details of the delivery request including number of bars and so forth. It’s up to the holder to make arrangements for delivery and this can be cumbersome. However, an investor may opt to arrange with Brinks or another armored car service to pick-up the gold and transfer it to another storage provider who will take and hold London Good Delivery bars. Currently this might cost $2500 per bar which isn’t that costly given prevailing value of a bar at around $450,000. Or, if you’re feeling man enough, you can pick bars up yourself and toss them in the trunk of your mini. Um, bring your shotgun."

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 12:46 | 471287 Amish Rake Fighter
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Anyone who says JP Morgan is one of the lead underwriters is a fucking liar 


I'm not replying to your post Temporalist, just making sure that people see this

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:25 | 469131 DosZap
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When it started, the Prospectus limited withdrawal of physical MINIMUM, 400oz. Bar.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:50 | 470085 justbuygold
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Actually Central Fund's " Silver Bullion Trust " is the closest thing to physical.  They were first out of the gate and have the lowest admin fees of any silver fund in the world.  Trades on TSX as  SBT.un

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 08:23 | 470565 SWRichmond
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That is, of course, assuming one has access to TSX.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:23 | 468903 Spitzer
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I hope Eric Sprott and Andrew McGuire have good life insurance policies

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:41 | 468977 bigdumbnugly
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if you listen closely you can already hear the phone ringing at the "Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap, Inc." front desk.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:52 | 469011 outamyeffinway
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Go cower in fear elsewhere.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:57 | 469030 Spitzer
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huhu, good one

Le Metropole Members,

On March 25th at the CFTC Public Hearing on Precious Metals GATA made a dramatic revelation of a whistleblower source, Andrew Maguire, who has first hand evidence of gold and silver market manipulation by JPMorganChase and who has even tipped off the CFTC in advance of manipulative attacks on gold and silver. Just as in the Madoff case the regulator has done nothing to stop such manipulation.

On March 26th while out shopping with his wife, Mr. Maguire's car was hit by a car careening out of a side road. The driver of the vehicle then tried to escape. When a pedestrian eye-witness attempted to block the driver's escape he accelerated at him and would have hit him had the pedestrian not jumped out of the way. The car then hit two other cars in escaping. The driver was apprehended by the police after police helicopters were called in and following a high speed chase.

Andrew and his wife were hospitalized with minor injuries. They were discharged from hospital today and should make a full recovery.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:21 | 469114 Temporalist
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And there has been no news since.  The police will not comment either.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:06 | 469289 WeeWilly
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What color were those helicopters, Spitz?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:53 | 469575 Spitzer
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My first comment was just a half assed joke.

I was just pointing out that these 2 guys are playing chicken with JPM and one of them got hit by a car.

Do I really think JPM ordered the hit ? not really

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 00:08 | 470224 strannick
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Those guys, along with Tyler Durden are frickin legends. Never mind 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' cause they'll be blaring "Big Balls' themselves. These guys are the Andrew Jacksons of our time. Air fives to all of you

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:27 | 468905 SWRichmond
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This is a fantastic idea and I genuinely hope it is one that will hasten the day of reckoning for the silver manipulators.  I'd like nothing better than to see JPM totally financially destroyed, even if it means (as I know it would) the possibility of printing of Trillions of new dollars and the certainty of a declaration of force majeure.  Reality is the only path to recovery here, and only breaking the oligarchy can cause reality to come to the fore.  Let the people see what's really going on.

I will be buying and holding for my retirement accounts.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:56 | 469026 DoChenRollingBearing
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This may be just the thing to get silver roaring.

From what I read, there are fewer physical ozs of Silver "above ground" than ozs of Gold.  But, with Silver at +/- $18, it would not take too much money to buy up a substantial amount.  And Silver is used, and not all that is / can be recycled.

Sprott may have just lit the fuse that sends Silver way up.  Sprott the man.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:41 | 469827 Turd Ferguson
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I love Eric Sprott. If you haven't already signed up for his newsletters, I suggest you visit his site and get it done. Great, great stuff.

Sun, 07/18/2010 - 18:37 | 476293 TheGoodDoctor
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Are they free?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:25 | 468912 Ragnarok
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:12 | 469309 thesapein
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:25 | 468913 maff
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Of course you guys have all been following the massive outflow of physical silver from the comex recently? 

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:38 | 468963 nmewn
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196,148oz. ...yesterday...alone.


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:42 | 468982 AR15AU
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:49 | 469002 nmewn
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He has done a very good job of evaluating the proceedings so far.


COMEX Warehouse Stocks July 13, 2010       Today we saw a massive drain of comex silver to the tune of 196,148 oz.   On top of that, there was another of those special announcements which saw an internal transfer of 130,000 oz from the customer inventory into the dealer inventory.  This is a lease and we have no idea what the customer received for that lease. 
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:58 | 469041 JLee2027
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300,000 more ounces of silver reported out today.

As this been going on for a couple weeks - a run "on the bank" is underway.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:14 | 469089 nmewn
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It appears so.

However, I long ago lost faith in accounting...I generally err on the side of caution and take delivery in physical, but I do own some PHYS shares.



Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:57 | 469023 JLee2027
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Silver Stocks on the bottom of this page.  It's updated every day about 3PM EST.

But remember, this is Crimex we are talking about and these numbers are unaudited.  No one knows how much metal they really have.  


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:28 | 469138 DosZap
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The Mugambo Guru, link at post bottom of page.

From SLV

"since February 26, “17.9 million ounces…have been withdrawn from the ETF by authorized participants.”

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:53 | 469236 DoChenRollingBearing
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1000 of those ounces were mine...  Took the paper profit, will never buy a PM ETF ever again.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:41 | 469677 DosZap
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I knew you were a smart cookie....LOL

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:29 | 468929 Internet Tough Guy
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As long as he takes delivery and doesn't use leverage, he can break them.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:36 | 468955 Dr. No
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See "Bunker Hunt"

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:42 | 468981 Internet Tough Guy
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Not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me. The Hunts did break the bagged silver contract, and it never traded again.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:51 | 469007 Dr. No
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I guess I am saying dont hold your breath the manipulators will be exposed.  The rules of the game will be changed if things get out of hand. The FED is an old hat.


" Once the silver market was cornered, outsiders joined the chase but a combination of changed trading rules on the New York Metals Market (COMEX) and the intervention of the Federal Reserve put an end to the game. The price began to slide, culminating in a 50% one-day decline on March 27, 1980 as the price plummeted from $21.62 to $10.80. "

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:57 | 469031 Internet Tough Guy
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I understand your point, and if he were playing the paper game I would agree with you. The Hunts were successful when they took physical silver. They were broken when they tried to use leverage in paper silver. I am sure Sprott knows this and won't play their game.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:01 | 469050 JLee2027
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Exactly.  They can change the rules in a paper market all they want. If you hold the Physical metal, it won't matter.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:14 | 469618 Freebird
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Hey we got that % drop in the last meltdown -18 bucks something down to 9. I was on that train.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:51 | 469009 Cognitive Dissonance
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I suspect "he" won't break anyone. Because when this begins to get out of hand, the "National Security" card will be pulled out along with a few Jokers and Sprott and investors will be handed physical fiat and ordered to hand over their physical Gold and Silver.

We really can't be thinking these Powers That Be Ponzi guys will just hold up their hands and surrender, do we? Really?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:53 | 469016 Abiggs
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:00 | 469045 Internet Tough Guy
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In my mind, your scenario would still break the link between the paper and metal. Once you admit you can't deliver what you sell, it's over.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:21 | 469109 Cognitive Dissonance
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My apologies if I came off as flippant. I didn't really think you were saying the PTB would give up easily or without a fight but I worried that some readers might take that away from your comments.

I agree that breaking the link between paper and physical is key because it exposes the scam. And I've personally purchased a large amount of Silver because I feel that physical Silver has a much smaller chance of being taken/confiscated from me than my Gold. And the Gold I purchase is in ounces or smaller, so that it will be easier to barter/exchange for goods and services on the black market that is coming soon to your local street corner.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:51 | 469226 Goldust
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CD, doesn't the fact that Sprott is located in Canada provide him some protection from the US jackboots that would force confiscate in exchange for Fed TP were he here?  Were he leading a physical silver squeeze, that is...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:24 | 469498 LePetomane
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The silver fund's minimum requirement for physical redemption is approximately 10,000 ounces or +/-$200,000 initial investment.  There is also an additional clause giving the Trust power to revoke physical redemptions.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:45 | 469685 DosZap
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"There is also an additional clause giving the Trust power to revoke physical redemptions."

Then their ass worthless as tits on a Boar Hog.

NO different than the others.

Screw em'.............

I smell a rat, ALSO.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:43 | 469551 Cognitive Dissonance
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It might. But it's clear that Canada is connected politically with the USA and if the USA demands Canada protect the USA "interests" I suspect Canada will do so. I have great respect for Canadian citizens but their government has turned a dark ugly corner over the past few years.

It also appears Canada is playing the same PM shell game so I suspect they will play along. I just don't see the international Ponzi folding without destroying those around them.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:43 | 469681 DosZap
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I agree, they will do whatever their PROTECTOR tells them.........

Roll over, do tricks, you name it.

Bought,Sold, and Paid For.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 21:07 | 469890 Arius
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CD - good points if i might say, but in my humble view this game will soon be over...not because of Sprott but because of 6000 years of history....government always tried but at the seems the game will be over soon

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:26 | 469133 tmosley
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*Flagged as INSIGHTFUL*

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:07 | 469066 SWRichmond
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No, CD, but we can force them to do our recruiting for us by exposing them every chance we get.

Once enough people can see the bars of the cage they're living in, we have a chance of breaking the cage.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:16 | 469097 Cognitive Dissonance
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I agree. We need them to expose themselves for what they are. But as I pointed out in my "Welcome to the Insane Asylum" series, the conditioning of our insanity is extremely deep. And once people's backs are against the walls, many have a tendency to defend their tormentor and stone those who bring them freedom.

I simply wanted to point out that to expect the PTB to collapse and give up is not realistic. I know the Internet Tough Guy wasn't really saying that but I feared many others reading the comment might think so.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 21:20 | 469918 Arius
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thanks for posting the link,,,,

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:22 | 469113 LePetomane
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:23 | 469115 LePetomane
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:22 | 469116 LePetomane
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Exactly.  The option to take physical delivery is good mechanism to ensure the ETF maintains a 1:1 ratio.  

But in the end all of the physical is sitting safe and sound at the mint.

The hassle of confiscation has been completely eliminated.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:29 | 469142 tmosley
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This depends entirely on where the mint is.

IIRC, the PHYS depository is in Switzerland.  Someone can correct me if I am wrong.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:32 | 469152 LePetomane
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According to the prospectus it's the Royal Canadian Mint.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:37 | 469172 tmosley
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Thank you.  I don't think the US will be confiscating Canadian gold.  If it is, the world is fucked anyways.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:40 | 469331 LePetomane
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"Unitholders whose units are redeemed for physical silver bullion will be entitled to receive a redemption price equal to 100% of the NAV of the redeemed units on the last day of the month on which the NYSE Arca is open for trading for the month in respect of which the redemption request is processed. Redemption requests must be for amounts that are at least equivalent to the value of ten London Good Delivery bars or an integral multiple of one bar in excess thereof, plus applicable expenses. A "London Good Delivery bar" weighs between 750 and 1,100 troy ounces (approximately 23 to 34 kilograms) and usually are approximately 1,000 troy ounces. Any fractional amount of redemption proceeds in excess of ten London Good Delivery bars or an integral multiple of one bar in excess thereof will be paid in cash at a rate equal to 100% of the NAV of such excess amount."

Or, a +/-$200,000 initial investment in order to qualify for physical delivery.  Units are also redeemed on an end-of-month NAV basis.


Another section of the prospectus mentions receiving  a redemption price equal to 95% of the NAV of the redeemed units.   Correct me if I'm wrong, but I also understood that the remaining 5% was used as payment-in-kind in bullion form for initial transportation to the mint.  Assuming a rising price environment, it would mean that price differential from purchase to redemption is bled off to an indisclosed 3rd party.


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:48 | 469692 DosZap
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No, but you can bet your butt, they will be collecting Americans...............All they need to do is tell Canada, and it's a done deal.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:55 | 469868 tmosley
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They didn't seize American's gold abroad in the 1930's, so I don't really see them doing so now. As I said, if they go that far, they will be past the point of collapse already.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:29 | 469790 ozziindaus
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"The option to take physical delivery is good mechanism to ensure the ETF maintains a 1:1 ratio."

That's what they all claim.

"But in the end all of the physical is sitting safe and sound at the mint."

Excuse me?

"The hassle of confiscation has been completely eliminated."

Until it's taxed 100%

Do yourselves a favor and just buy the physical if you want it so badly.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:02 | 469946 LePetomane
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"The hassle of confiscation has been completely eliminated."


This was written from a government perspective. 

The hassle of confiscating silver from individual collectors is eliminated.  One pen stroke and the whole kit and kaboodle is redeemed for a non-negotiable fixed rate of fiat currency.


IMHO, the physical redemption requirements make this product is primarily targeted towards institutional clientele.  Moreover, the NAV mechanism may be conducive to lower a MER but in a falling commodity environment presents a considerable liquidity trap (the 1979 spike looks like it lasted what, 3 months? Assuming past=future, I'd have to sell after 2 good months in order to ensure a decent NAV).  Finally, the 5% rake on cash redemptions is on par with real estate commissions.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:24 | 469126's picture

We really can't be thinking these Powers That Be Ponzi guys will just hold up their hands and surrender, do we? Really?


A strategy like that would have left the Pacific in the hands of the Japanese in the 1940s. But just because those guys never surrendered didn't mean that they couldn't be beaten. The Powers that Be can be taken down in due course just like anybody else.


Sprott's just island hopping, that's all.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:28 | 469136 Temporalist
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First they will try to defame and ridicule him and his funds.  That will be the setup to taking everything.  Something similar happend with Ron Paul coins a couple of years ago where the PMs were confiscated as "counterfeit" or something and I haven't heard of anything since.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:33 | 469156 Quinvarius
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They have no authority in Canada.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:47 | 469205 DosZap
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Well, they will have to go GET him......since his holdings (or investors), are in Canada...........

Plus, if memory serves, Hunt Bros, were just Two people........

Be a lot tougher to go after an investment consortium, made up of hundreds of thousands of private investors.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:47 | 469206 DosZap
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:13 | 469396 Geoff-UK
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Canada, bitchez...


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:24 | 469782 ozziindaus
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Not trying to sound like a Debbie Downer, but what makes anyone here so sure the prices won't be manipulated right before physical redemption? Apparently happens with all the others, no?
Also, I thought the PM bugs loved the feel of the physical stuff. Loved to know where it was at all times. Loved it's portability.

Why not just stick to physicals??

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:39 | 468957 truont
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This tends to weaken the argument that the SEC is colluding with the FED/JPMorgan cabal to suppress precious metal prices.

After all, why would the SEC approve of Sprott's REAL gold and now Sprott's REAL silver funds for US listing, if these funds would only frustrate the FED/JPM efforts?

Maybe those porn connoisseurs are also...good guys????

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:54 | 469018 faustian bargain
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Or maybe they couldn't come up with a reason to deny the funds without overtly showing their hands.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:06 | 469065 Pladizow
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Because there is a $ to be made.

Its scheduled to be listed on both the NYSE and the TSX.

If the NYSE said no thanks, I'm sure the TSX would welcome the opportunity.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:34 | 469159's picture

why would the SEC approve of Sprott's REAL gold and now Sprott's REAL silver funds for US listing, if these funds would only frustrate the FED/JPM efforts?


Here's a theory that's probably wrong but what the hell.


It's almost impossible for the regulators to suddenly discover PM manipulation at this point in time. It's gone on blatantly for so long and if the regulators were to suddenly declare that manipulation is and was taking place without some big event to spur on the announcement they'd look at best foolish and at worst complicit.


If thet allow Sprott to open these funds and these funds help set off a chain of events which reveals the manipulation for all to see, then the regulators can point to the now obvious smoking gun and cry out, "Look at the manipulation which has come to light! We knew nothing of this but now we shall certainly act."


It's possible that at this point the regulators are actually anxious to end the charade as it has grown so large but they don't know how to do it.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:45 | 469555 ColonelCooper
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Your theory makes perfect sense in the Bizarro world we all now live in.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:36 | 470059 Arius
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"Maybe those porn connoisseurs are also...good guys????"

you might be into something....either sprott associates might have employed their consultant services - or they were just not paying much attention to their work while busy seeing the movies....

really....the game is coming to an end soon....sprott or not.....i think they are at a point when they want a sprott to come and take them out of their misery....with all these crises  after crises you reach a point when wanted to be over with....let it explode and see what hell with it...cant take it anymore...i think thats where they are for all the glory that we think for the outside


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:39 | 468966 uno
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Remember the Comex changed the rules for delivery to shares of slv and gld if needed (in case of major short squeeze).  Unfortunately JPM will not get burned (satan loves the heat).

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:48 | 469000 Internet Tough Guy
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If comex does that the world will see it as a default. Silver has real physical users that can't use paper in their industrial processes.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:39 | 468969 Rimpinths
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It's worth noting that the Central Fund of Canada (CEF) already holds 2,350 tons of physical silver, so Sprott is not exactly a trailblazer here.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:47 | 470080 justbuygold
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Lets not also forget that Central Fund has also has a pure silver investment vehicle called Silver Bullion Trust  that also holds approximately $75 MM in silver in Canadian Vaults.  Quite frankly I prefer this over Sprott's new silver fund  becuase Central Fund has a 40 year track record and becuase it has lower administration fees. 

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:40 | 468971 beastie
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JPM is going to get their filthy thieving asses handed to them. Time to short JPM and go long silver. 


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:52 | 469006 Abiggs
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LOL you go ahead and do that - that's perfect logic for losing your money...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:11 | 469081 beastie
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Thank you already did. Up 12% on my physical silver this year thank you very much.

When the time is right I will short JPM

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:20 | 469108 Abiggs
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Just curious - which form of physical silver did you invest in? and which metric do you use to gauge your 12% gain?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:21 | 469494 beastie
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Coins. 1 OZ yankee doodle coins with an eagle on them. You want a picture?

I got some gold ones as well with eagles and other weird stuff on them. You want a pic of them? Should I calculate what I am up this year on those? Or would that make you unhappy.

I think you already know the answer to the metric and are being coy and will point out that I haven't made anything until I sell them blah, blah. The point is not to sell them unless necessary. It's called an insurance premium that you pay once. A hedge. Peace of mind. It's a store of wealth that I can take on a plane or boat when you are trying to buy roadkill at $100 a pound.

Squirrel the other white meat.


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:57 | 469715 Bay of Pigs
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Maybe Abiggs can tell us all how to preserve wealth/make money since he's so smart compared to most of the long term PM holders here? 

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:05 | 469735 Abiggs
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I doubt you need advice on how to store your gold-plated coins. Judging from your comments/activity on this site, a wallet will sufficiently store your life savings...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:13 | 469755 Bay of Pigs
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You don't know shit. Your ignorance on the subject is obvious. Why not go over to some gold hating site and fill your boots with like minded douchebags?  

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 23:49 | 470190 Abiggs
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Unlike you, I don't need the reinforcement of like-minded folks to feel good about myself...


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:18 | 469486 Geoff-UK
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Buying silver I could see...but what makes you think a short on JPM won't be blown out of the water by the Fed or Uncle Obama saving them to prevent "financial disaster"?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:26 | 469506 beastie
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The JPM thing was tongue in cheek. But given the opportunity and the right circumstances I will short them as nothing lasts forever.


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:44 | 468987 ZEITGEIST
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:47 | 468996 outamyeffinway
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Go Sprott!!!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:47 | 468998 Canis Lupus
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Not likely, they will just continue to change the rules as they go. JPM and SEC just keep the can bouncing down the road until one day it all blows. 

His heart will mysteriously blow one day and that will be the end of it. 

 Me, count me in on the spam trust.   Good with tomato, good french bread, dijon mustard, over an open fire.

IPA on the side.  

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 00:13 | 470227 Iam_Silverman
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Hey Wolf,

Do you reckon that a metal detector will pick up the Spam TM cans buried in my back yard?  If so, then I gotta find another place to hide my stash!

IPA = mmmmmm when ice cold!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:49 | 469001 JLee2027
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I doubt anyone in the world could produce several thousand tonnes of silver.  Government stockpiles were sold into the market years ago, while they can still lease Gold; Silver is being hoarded.

Well this finally may break it open.  Go Silver!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:42 | 470066 Arius
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"I doubt anyone in the world could produce several thousand tonnes of silver."

dont want to break your party but if i may remind you of the one trillion dollar reserves discovered in Tora Bora....

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 23:38 | 470165 JLee2027
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Which has been known for quite a while and cannot be mined under a terrorist state.  Next...

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 00:15 | 470232 Iam_Silverman
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OK, by Official Decree, I declare the governments of Afghanistan/Pakistan to no longer be a terrorist state.

Now, go get my silver boys!

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 03:31 | 470411 Temporalist
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Yea...seriously I'll just go get my shovel and dodge some bullets while I dig.  Be back in 15 years.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:55 | 469010 Abiggs
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Pretty sure JPM has bigger fish to fry - Sprott is minnow on their radar...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:01 | 469051 Spitzer
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The IMF wouldn't deal with him.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:05 | 469062 Abiggs
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Because they didn't have the time?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:49 | 469568 ColonelCooper
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Douche.  Your smugness makes me hate you.  Please, choose an avatar so I have a picture to attach to the name.  Makes it much easier to daydream about choking the shit out of you.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:56 | 469594 Abiggs
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Better yet, send me a pic of your mom and you can fulfill that deep-rooted lust for violence that nags at you daily psycho

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:50 | 470087 Stormdancer
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:50 | 469222 DosZap
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He is not a CB............was the Excuse.(:>)

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:31 | 469522 LePetomane
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JPM is a co-lead underwriter.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:12 | 469613 Abiggs
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LMAO that should put an end to the "noise"

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:53 | 469012 Clayton Bigsby
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We are confident this latest offering by Sprott will be a tremendous success in an age when actually having recourse to the assets that support a given intermediary, be it cash or stocks, is given increasingly greater value.

Agreed - tranparency, accountability, culpability - all are virtues to be rewarded...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:53 | 469014 Pladizow
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Whats the ticker?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:57 | 469032 faustian bargain
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:09 | 469076 Pladizow
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:16 | 469095 faustian bargain
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this:

Units are being offered to investors who are prepared to invest a minimum initial subscription amount of $1,000. The Trust's units are listed on the NYSE Arca and on the Toronto Stock Exchange, to which we will refer as the TSX, under the symbols "PSLV" and "PHS.U", respectively.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:54 | 469020 Seal
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JPM is acting for the US Gumment. This is a hangover from the Silver Users Association [Kodak, etc] and then coupled with the breaking of the Bros. Hunt. It’s as idiotic and dated as our military strategies since WW 2.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:56 | 469027 jdrose1985
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With all due respect to the honest folks who rightfully choose to invest in gold and silver in the hopes of wealth preservation...

If its not in your hands of buried in the ground, its not safe. With all the power and influence the fronts known as JPMorganchase and GS command, and the track record of our fine leaders to be the best leaders money can buy, I think one has to be extremely wary of a sudden and unexpected tax upon withdrawal or outright confiscation of these physical funds.

I smell another rat here, another unwitting group of bagholders who won't be sharing in the last laugh. I'm probably wrong but one should always err on the side of safety.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:11 | 469069 truont
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Right, for joe-six-pack, get physical.

But institutions, pension funds, hedge funds are unlikely to be stopping by the coin dealers.  They want institutional funds.  Like Sprott's.

We are just excited that there is a new vehicle now to channel $billions into REAL silver for institutions, who will get a 15-20% tax rate--much better than SLV @ 28%.  Physical redemption clauses are a clear advantage over SLV for more conservative investors.

This would piss Jamie Dimon off, which would make me very happy.

This would encourage flows from SLV to PSLV.  It would encourage new silver investors to take the preferable tax consideration in PSLV over SLV (but a PSLV premium would soon emerge to negate the marginal tax benefit).


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:00 | 469047 Canis Lupus
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JPM et al may have bigger fish to fry but the silver market is a lynch pin in the system that once removed will cause cascading other problems. 

Don't worry, they will anounce a huge silver discovery (giga ounces) in the Gulf of Mexico left over from Montezuma.  No one will get to see it of course, but it will be given to the IMF or BIS and they will of course sell it to highest bidder (except Sprott).

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:51 | 469227 -Michelle-
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Right next to the Macondo well...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:46 | 470076 StychoKiller
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Ya mean there's none in Afghanistan?  Look over there, no, under the Lanolin...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:50 | 470084 Arius
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the game of new "discoveries" is up....remmember how long lasted the hype of 1 trillion reserves discovered in Afganistan....less than few hours despite all the pumping all over the news....

the hedge funds might be slow to wake up, but once they do they are really quick....and by now even they are awaken...or in the process of awakening up...not much time left....unfortunately

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:22 | 469119 DosZap
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According to THE MOGAMBO below.

“in 1900 there were 12 billion ounces of silver in the world. By 1990, that figure had been reduced to around 2.2 billion ounces,” and now “today, there are less than 1 billion ounces in above-ground refined silver.”

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 03:36 | 470416 Temporalist
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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:25 | 469128 jkruffin
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Is Sprott secretly trying to become a central bank backed by gold/silver?  The way it should be?  Maybe we can dismantle the flawed FED after all is said and done?  The new American currency will be Sprott Reserve Notes?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:27 | 469137 faustian bargain
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Free the currency market.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:36 | 469166 Abiggs
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Dude what are you smoking - I want some...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:20 | 469343 thesapein
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might help you


Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:31 | 469356 thesapein
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James Turk's Goldmoney is the only bank I know of in existence right now. Still, I would think of Sprott's trust fund as more of a place to store wealth than these other entities we incorrectly call banks.

Btw, Goldmoney has grown beyond the billion dollar barrier. Is that bigger than Sprott's?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:58 | 469584 ColonelCooper
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Funny, at the top of this thread I was noticing all the junks on pretty innocuous comments.  I was expecting to see Bravo pop up.  But no.  Lo and behold, it's our latest and greatest P.O.S. troll:  abiggs.

At least Bravo adds some support for his argument in with his bashing.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:58 | 469717 Abiggs
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All you need to know is that JPM was the lead underwriter - enough said...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 21:12 | 469895 ColonelCooper
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You were tossing out junks long before that "tid-bit" about JPM was thrown in, Douche.

If you already knew that bit of info., and neglected to tell us, then you are a prick.  If you didn't know, but want to pretend you knew, and it is the basis for your argument?????  Douche.

You decide.  Either shoe fits in this case.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:47 | 470079 LePetomane
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The link to the prospectus is provided in the article.  That being said, JPM is not a co-lead.  My bad.


I forgot that Dimon turned down taking over Morgan Stanley (of which Morgan Stanley & Co. [Canada] is a co-lead).

Again, my bad.

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 00:22 | 470247 Iam_Silverman
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"The new American currency will be Sprott Reserve Notes?"

The new North American (Amero) currency?  Don't forget - all of this is headquartered in our neighbor to the Norths house....

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:34 | 469157 surferexx
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anyone know when this will start trading?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 16:40 | 469179 Remington IV
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Gnomes of Zurich

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 17:09 | 469304 Sir_Gresham
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JPM will not be able to stop the upcoming currency "event". When confidence is lost in any "con" the game is up. For the arrogance of a few at the expense of many... It seems that we as a society will never learn the tenets of humanity. Peace, love, respect, and honesty have been thrown to the wayside. Replaced by greed, hate, violence, and self. The lies these men have told reach to the heavens and will be revealed for all to see.        

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:02 | 469443 DoctoRx
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In add'n to the new Sprott silver vehicle, the Central Fund guys (Spicer family et al) also have Silver Bullion Trust up and running.  SBT_U (TSX) and SVRZF OTC.  Sells at small premium over NAV, occasionally at or slightly below NAV.  Synthetically owning it plus GTU gives you the same as CEF but cheaper.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:56 | 470101 justbuygold
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Agreed.   Silver Bullion Trust is the better way to play the silver game.  After heavy due dilligence this is the way I personally invest in silver. I think Sprott's biggest downfall will be an unfavorable tax ruling for its U.S investors.  Expect to pay 28% not 18%.

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 02:37 | 470394 truont
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But the SEC/IRS already allows the 15-20% cap gains on PHYS, the Sprott Gold Fund.  it would be difficult for the SEC to be inconsistent with that 15-20% rate with the Sprott Silver Fund....

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:09 | 469459 Geoff-UK
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Lots of folks keyed on Sprott's gold reserves being held in Canada...but anyone want to comment on the risk of confiscation of THE SHARES versus the physical? 

I mean, if PHYS is the safest thing to hold in your IRA without actually closing it out--does the U.S. govt even NEED to confiscate the physical in Canada?  They just "trade" me my ownership of my shares for future "payback" in the Social Security Ponzi scheme...right?  If they nationalize my bank, and I don't see it coming, my gold got stolen just as easily as if I was holding GLD--doesn't matter to me who robbed me, an ETF manager or Ben Bernake...

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:01 | 469592 beastie
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I'll assume you have some physical. If that is the case and unless there is a worldwide confiscation of Gold then it follows what you hold in your hand will be worth an arm and a leg if the US govt stole your virtual stash.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 18:14 | 469476 maddy10
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sprott's another distraction

as long as they can sell naked shorts and keep on rollling over positions using free money from the fed NOthing in the mathematical world can break them

so holding gold/silver is for apocalypse insurance

keeping it in Gorgon won't help

Buy some and forget it already!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 23:40 | 470168 JLee2027
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Manipulation is always breakable, just get physical and force the paper to become worthless.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 19:09 | 469604 imsaul0968
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Guys. Sprott is just playing on peoples fears by creating a redemption option, they know the actual redemptions will be minimal and they get to have a differentiator vs all the other gold etf's out there. Its brilliant really. Thats why you should buy sprotts actual company shares so you benefit from the aum growth in all his etf's and hedge funds,etc. He's a smart mo-fo.  

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:38 | 470063 LePetomane
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The redemption option is useless unless you invest in $200k+ increments (and will only get worse assuming the commodity price increases).

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 23:43 | 470172 JLee2027
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This is misinformation, there is no minimum requirement.

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 01:03 | 470309 LePetomane
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Thanks for posting a direct quote from the prospectus in order to refute my statement.

Wait,  oh no you didn't!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 20:40 | 469809 fiftybagger
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The diamondback rattler and vampire squid both have a werewolf's heart...

A bullet and a stake will do them both in....

If they are silver in part.....



Wed, 07/14/2010 - 21:43 | 469961 NOTW777
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