Exchange Traded Fund

Guest Post: GLD And SLV: Disclosure In The Precious Metals Puzzle Palace

This article was inspired by a conversation in January 2010 with fellow directors of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee: Chairman Bill Murphy, Secretary/Treasurer Chris Powell, and Directors Adrian Douglas and Ed Steer. In speaking about the growing role of the exchange traded funds in the precious metals market, it was clear that the disclosure that the precious metals ETFs described below were providing to investors was inadequate. However, was there a material omission under securities law? I found the issues complex. Understanding the commodities markets can seem daunting to someone like myself with a securities background. Meanwhile, the securities markets and related legal and regulatory issues can be unfamiliar to those with a background in commodities. I decided to ask my attorney to help me gather the relevant information into one document to make it easier for GATA supporters and other interested parties—whether from the commodities or securities markets—to examine these issues and to better understand and price these securities. - Catherine Austin Fitts, Solari Report

Guest Post: Technical Setups On Gold, Silver, Oil & Natural Gas ETF’s

This week has been playing out as expected with prices grinding their way higher and lots of sharp intraday sell offs and rallies which is indicative of a market getting toppy.

Seems like the masses feel as though they are getting left behind which is why we are starting to see the panic buying in the market (new money buying at these lofty overbought prices).

Each time there is a new intraday or daily high on the major indexes there is a renewed bullishness created as breakout traders and novice traders buy into the market hoping for the next surge in price. It is these volume surges of new money entering the market which the big guys (smart money) are selling into. You can see it clear as day light on the intraday charts as new money gets sucked into the market new high and then 2 minutes later larger waves of selling hit the bids.

Let The Churn In QQQQ, Citi And Bank of America Hit Infinity: ISE To Offer Special Rebates For Liquidity Providers In These Three Names

Today, one quarter of the volume in the market is attributable to trading in Citi shares. This is simply a ridiculous statistic, and shows that the broader equity market, which merely trades based on the momentum of one stock, is and has been busted for about a year, when we first wrote about this phenomenon. Yet this insane churn is not enough for some: The ISE has just announced it is introducing a "Modified Maker/Taker Fee Schedule" for the three most actively traded options products on its exchange: QQQQ, C, and BAC. In essence, the ISE will provide even greater rebates to "liquidity providers" in these three stocks. The entire market will soon consists of exactly two companies (both of which are wards of the state) and one ETF, as liquidity finds the path of least resistance and greatest (evaporating) profit margins. This is what "liquidity" in the market has become. And all the while, the latest DMM, GETCO, which is certainly not frontrunning its prop positions based on massive NYSE flow traffic, is laughing all the way to the bank.

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New York crude has been trading in the $69-$83 range since late September as uncertainty over the global economy has contributed to several failed rallies. The close above $81 last Friday sparked speculation that oil could be targeting $85 in the near term. Now, some traders and analysts say currency movements may play an important role in pushing prices beyond those limits.... or will they?