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Forget Prayer, It's Lamb Slaughter Time: A Rational Man's Response To All Time High Gold Shorts

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Two days ago we suggested that "they better pray there is no short squeeze." Today, following the just released latest CFTC Commitment of Traders data which showed that the Comex gold short position grew once again to a new all time high of 79,416 shorts, all prayers are now off. If we may be so bold as to we suggest, the time has come to upgrade to the sacrificial slaughtering of at least a lamb on the altar of Saint Ben, because even the tiniest hint of a forced cover will now result in the biggest rip your face off levered short squeeze seen in the history of the yellow metal. Maybe throw in an ink cartridge or two for good measure...


Short positions in gold have risen 25% in the last 3 weeks


Chart: Bloomberg


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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 18:50 | 3597243 OldPhart
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How can they lose?

It's all a rigged game anyway.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 18:54 | 3597251 Say What Again
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I'll pay up to get a front row seat for this show!!!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:20 | 3597316 bullionbaron
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Which group of traders does the COMEX short position in the Zero Hedge article represent? COT report is here:

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:40 | 3597358 CitizenPete
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yeah... What he asked.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:08 | 3597428 AllThatGlitters
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As one who tends to be a bit of a contrarian, I love seeing things like this. 

But I don't like seeing that others are seeing it.  Puts me in a quandary.

The chart looks horrible -

And several 1 ounce gold bars are still offered on that page for under $30 over spot.

That would normally be attractive to me, but then I pause and ask:

Why aren't the dealers seeing this obvious scenario?  Are they long futures as a hedge?

Wouldn't they normally be short as a hedge, to protect their inventory?

That short position is SO incredibly extreme now that I have to wonder if something is different and somebody is in the know?

- Oops, I said it.  That's my answer. Nothing is ever "different this time."  I'll buy and wait for the squeeze!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:43 | 3597451 Manthong
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Bring it, MF's.

the ad pains me, but the message is important..


this works, too..

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:14 | 3597558 UnpatrioticHoarder
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MF Global.... LOL OK I finally get the joke

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:24 | 3597580 philipat
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The Bullion Banks are net Long. The only question is will they be able to resist the temptation to scalp the Hedgies? Remember they need The Fed as the (Virtually only at present) source of profits from all the free money. Maybe the Hedgies know that and the bet actually is that the BB's will continue to help The Fed manipulate PM's downwards?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:48 | 3597608 Manthong
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At least it ain’t anything like Lunic Totalitairian Communist Monetarianists (LTCM)

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:00 | 3597763 markmotive
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This is what lambs to the slaughter looks like...Rush hour in Toronto:

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:15 | 3597788 Manthong
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geez.. wtf is that line for?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:23 | 3597797 silverserfer
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gold going down cause the stock market is going up DERRRRRRRRRRRR! Lets short DERRRRRRRRRRRR! Jim Cramer DERRRRRRRRR! Whopner on at 2:30 its 2:15 got to find a tv yeah. DERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:43 | 3597842 Manthong
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was that going to a coin shop???

if so.. holy smokes...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:57 | 3597861 strannick
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Meanwhile Inspector Clouseau Shill-Chilton just keeps shrugging his shoulders, ''manipulation and excessive short positioning is difficult to prove'''...

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:16 | 3597888 HulkHogan
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I compared this chart to the price of gold over the same time. Every time the short interest went up, so did the price... except for this current move. I think gold is heading lower, unless a black swan comes to the rescue.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 01:27 | 3597950 Pinto Currency
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If gold rockets and bonds collapse then it is time to shut down the financial system and call it market failure.

Time then to implement collectivism as the final solution.

The plan is to kill the dollar:

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 01:37 | 3597969 James_Cole
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Don't get why Tyler keeps bringing this up as if it's a good indicator? All it suggests is dangerous market - could move rapidly up OR down.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 03:00 | 3598003 The Navigator
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Short it all you want - I know what real money is (Au Ag) and I know what bullshit is (paper fiat).

The truth will win out.


When the elite have scared all the chickens out at the lowest price.

Fuck You Bernanke, Fuck you.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:29 | 3598099 GetZeeGold
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Your grandkid's tax dollars at work.


Thanks Ben Shalom.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:33 | 3598200 presk_eel_pundit
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It'd be nice if there was a chart going back 40 years so we could see the rise and fall in the 70's and early 80's.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:45 | 3598426 TraderTimm
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I'll field this one.

Tyler has brought us some rather good articles over the years, but when it comes the minute wiggles of < insert trading vehicle >, his anchored bias is decidedly lower and never to the upside (Unless its something that supports an overly-down market thesis.)

While most traders realize this bias is dangerous to profitability (opportunities occur when markets rally OR decline) the ZH view is - its all going to shit, we really don't know when - so hell, lets just say its going lower, and if it pops, we'll just exclaim its a totally rigged piece of shit, and we'll move on to something about the Euro.

While I believe that financial markets are indeed in a sorry state, I find it rather offputting that every decline is siezed upon as "THE MOMENT", only to be casually forgotten when the disaster fails to pan out as planned. If anything, the chart being shown should be considered not just as a "crowded trade", but the alternate but never-discussed probability of "what if they are RIGHT".

We now return to the current thread of everything is doomed, already in progress.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:47 | 3598515 James_Cole
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If anything, the chart being shown should be considered not just as a "crowded trade", but the alternate but never-discussed probability of "what if they are RIGHT".

But they have been right, short interest has been way up for a while and correct for the whole stretch.  No doubt people are looking at Tyler posting this and thinking 'great I'm gonna go buy a bar and then in a couple weeks these short positions will be creamed and the price will skyrocket and I'll be rich.' When I look at it I think 'wouldn't want to be holding physical with a chart like that, at least not in the near term.' 


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 15:48 | 3598668 Not My Real Name
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When I look at it I think 'wouldn't want to be holding physical with a chart like that, at least not in the near term.' 

For those with strong hands, near-term is irrelevant.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 02:11 | 3597988 Pseudonymous
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He is simply an accomplice to the manipulation. He is the propaganda guy for the manipulating club. Deal with it. It doesn't change the basic fact that manipulation is unsustainable in the long run.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:10 | 3598176 FranSix
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Here is the exact location.  You can see that there is construction in the vicinity of Union Station, the corner of Front & Bay sts. which is directly across from the Royal Bank Plaza, even though this streetmap photo is somewhat dated:

I think the post 'lambs to the slaughter' without any explanation or even disclosing the location is meant to be a cynical attempt to gloat at workers in the financial sector, who are presently under the gun being replaced by foreign workers overseas.

The Royal Bank was scandalized by summarily firing employees in favour of cheap foreign labour in India.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 03:58 | 3598027 Jafo
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How do you manipulate a trend?  I didn't think that was possible with present technology.  I thought that you could only accelerate the trend or retard the trend but that you could not change the trend until it was on time or on target (or both).

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:32 | 3598104 GetZeeGold
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Short real money with paper. Walk around back and buy the real stuff at discount prices.


Keep doing that until the whole system collapses......walk out smelling like a rose.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:01 | 3598230 Crash Overide
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It's a setup, follow the money...

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:07 | 3598122 spine001
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The market is so levered that when the correction comes people will struggle not to get squeezed out of their positions on margin calls and will need to sell gold like crazy to stay solvent. Cash during this brief transition will be at a premium and everything will deleverage. Those who survive the margin calls and are able to stay and stand the shit storm will experience an incredible ride up us CBs fight the deflationary wave. To cover their gold positions during the deflationary part of the incoming crisis they are using shorts. These guys are in another league with regards to taking risk with respect to most of us. They are playing with somebody else's money. For us the best we can do is keep our powder dry and be ready to take advantage of it.

Until next time,


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:12 | 3598129 Ban KKiller
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You have been looking at the past to see the future...I agree. Even fiat works for a SHORT time after the "correction".

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:23 | 3598138 spine001
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Another thought that just came to mind is  that the value to compensate for the excess shadow credit and the value those who trade it right at kaximum leverage needs to come from somewhere (value redistribution) therefore whatever happens must hurt th3 big guys. There isn't enough value in the hands of the dam money. Not for the typebof correction thatt is coming. So watch out because either the hedge funds or large mutual funds will end up being on the wrong side big time.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:19 | 3597454 idea_hamster
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Someone needs to find a pic of Lambchop getting the business for this article -- sacrificial lamb + muppet = LULZ!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:35 | 3597808 Manthong
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Sheri was a neat person..  met her once... she is in peace with lamb chop now.

edit.. crap... like I figure most of the middle class will be,

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 03:18 | 3598014 putaipan
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god bless j.p. patches and gertrude/stan can the animal man!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:42 | 3597506 Quinvarius
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It is never different.  It is the same as any industry short dogpile led by gs.  It ends in a rally.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:50 | 3597514 SAT 800
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The Silver futures chart is even crazier. In thirty years of trading this stuff I've never seen anything like it. The total number of open positions, or active contracts, actually went up at a steeper angle than the price came down; for say, the last half of April, first half of May; like that. Crazy. I already bought a contract; I put in a Hail Mary order at $21.00 even; and it got filled. WTF. whatever. It'll be interresting.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:14 | 3597559 KnightTakesKing
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You gonna take delivery at 21?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:05 | 3597875 fourchan
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i picked up a hundred more ounces today, fuck the fed.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 06:39 | 3598068 Manthong
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FtFF..      F t Fed/Feds

that sounds like a nice acronym

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:49 | 3598337 jerry_theking_lawler
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wow, that's a coincidence.....i picked up 100 million trillion ounces today......they promised delivery in six months.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:35 | 3597716 dogbreath
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you need 10k more than the margin requirement

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:12 | 3597553 greatbeard
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From the Bloomberg article in your link:

'Bullion has tumbled 18 percent this year as some investors lost faith in the metal:"

Total, unmittigated, horseshit (no offense entended to horseshit).  That takedown wasn't "some investors" losing faith, it's was a planned take down by someone very powerful.  It was no loss of confidence but a play to try and make people lose confidence.  It isn't working.



Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:21 | 3597576 CitizenPete
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Definately a takedown

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:19 | 3597799 wee-weed up
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Just like the Obama Admin lackey-IRS trying to take down the Tea Party groups...

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 06:49 | 3598070 Manthong
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horseshit has utility value and can promote green sprouts..

unlike certain paper products contaminated with dictatorial crony ink.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:03 | 3598234 greatbeard
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>> the Obama Admin lackey-IRS trying to take down the Tea Party groups...

Feh, one corrupted, self serving bunch of sociopaths attacking another.  Meaningless in the scheme of things.  I know there are good and decent folks in the TP, but in general, they are no  better than any other group in our country.  Same could be said of the OWS folks.  Give them the power the Obama administration has and they'll abuse it just the same.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:24 | 3597813 Mrs. Haggy
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With all the chaos, sometimes you have to just stop and take a look around.  Survey the scene as you personally see it and not listen to anything but your own instincts.  Everyone that I know just keeps stacking;  nobody is even close to wavering, including myself.  I can't be spooked if nobody in my personal life is spooked.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:34 | 3598076 fuckitall
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Look folks, with a printing press you can distort any market in your favor. 

They don't have physical to back their shorts, it's just a paper game, brain-dead sheeple will believe it, sheeple always get sheared, don't pity them, don't try to educate them, it's their fate. 

They're gonna kill the dollar, they said so, they're doing it.  As the dollar dies they must prevent masses fleeing to PMs, they've unleashed a tsunami of MSM negativity toward PMs along with their printing-press-fueled market manipulation. 

Sure they can pay off in dollars, they have boatloads of dollars available, contracts say they can pay off in dollars if needed. 

It's not about the metal, it's about the message, 99% will believe it, enough to keep PMs down while they finish killing the dollar and bring in their new currency whatever it is. 

The goal is prevent flight to PMs (and other commodities) during the transition, keep people's money in stocks, bonds, etc, where they control the exchange from dollars to whatever. 

They can't do that with PM holders nor any other commodity holders.  Those things will skyrocket when the dollar dies, unlike stocks, bonds, etc. 

Ok, stocks will rise, but bonds won't.  Bonds are X number of dollars, worth something, worth nothing, whatever, doesn't matter, dollars wlll be worthless when the new currency is brought in, yes bondholders will be royally fucked, why they're making bonds so attractive now, sucker sheeple in and shear 'em good in the currency exchange.

How much you wana bet those "excess reserves" parked at the Fed won't be parked there much longer?  How 'bout quietly turned into PMs?  One of their "other reasons" for keeping spot price down? 

Yes Fed's balance sheet will be worthless when the dollar dies.  So what?  They don't care.  It's just a game to them anyway.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:43 | 3598214 lakecity55
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My grandpa was born in 1900.

He collected Au and Ag in small quantities all his life. He left those to me. When he passed, the PM and numismatic values were higher than when he started. He never paid any attention to the markets concerning PMs (except he kept more Ag after 1964 cupro-nickel issuance).

I have done same. Now at 60, my stash is more valuable than when I started as a kid. I'm still looking for that 1909-S VDB, however.

The stash just grows and hopefully another set of kids will have it. It has been quite useful.

Ignore the markets, just

Keep Stackin!!

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 01:46 | 3597976 Dry Drunk
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Disaggregated Commitments of Traders - Options and Futures Combined, May 21, 2013
The graph is Managed Money Short.

Managed Money Long 115,102
Managed Money Short 79,416
Managed Money Spreading 50,460

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:53 | 3597393 Stoploss
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Column 2

Large traders and commercial hedgers, are you blind??

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:22 | 3597684 Diablo
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CFTC Disaggregated COT report....scroll down to gold, managed money:

regardless, this articles' headline is misleading, while the shorts are at an all time high (makes sense since gold is getting its ass kicked), the number of LONGS is still > the number of shorts.


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:22 | 3598183 constantine
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It's not misleading... Those shorts don't have the metal and yet they need to throw more and more derivatives at the 'market' to keep it going down. In the meantime, various exchanges are settling in cash and people trying to take delivery of gold they thought had been stored for them are being met with the same response. It's clearly a fractional ponzi scheme that is showing signs of stress. Japan's ponzi scheme is collapsing, soon to hit US shores... and yes... I want this corrupt financial system to see its way into its rightful position of failed economic trash heaps even if it causes people pain along the way. The goldbulls are correct.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:00 | 3598229 css1971
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No, a speculative short is net zero with a producer short. They have to acquire a contract to fulfill their short position and they'll do that with a producer, so a speculators short position assuming they don't have something to deliver will cancel out a short position of a producer.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:07 | 3598175 justinius1969
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Yes.. where is this big short position!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:38 | 3597352 stopcpdotcom
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We will all have a front row seat.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:21 | 3597574 markettime
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Now all we need is a firestarter. I hope the shorts get blown out of the water!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:05 | 3597775 BeanusCountus
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Starting to think we are the show. Think about it. Obama meets with the head of biggest banks. No agenda published. Within a half hour of the end of the meeting, numerous investment arms come out against the metal. What the hell is going on here? Printing to infinity. Across the globe. Yet everyone wants the physical. Asia clamoring for it. US has to get stuff back to Germany. Over seven years for gods sake. European banks denying allocated accounts redemption. JPM deliverable down to nothing. Margin requirements on metals LOWERED just befote Investment arms putting 500 tonnes of futures up for sale at a time. With no physical to back it up. ETF holdings of physical metal showing massive liquidation, yet they have no technical obligation to give anyone the stuff. WTF?? Seems like everyone is under order here. An order they can't refuse. Not sure we are fighting a winnable battle.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:46 | 3597848 Silver Bully
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'Not sure we are fighting a winnable battle.'

When the water drains from the pool, then you'll get to see who was swimming nekkid.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:48 | 3598165 Nightblade
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Chart I made to show what you are talking about:

Even tho I don't usually believe in conspiracy theories, that is pretty amazing.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:44 | 3597845 Silver Bully
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'I'll pay up to get a front row seat for this show!!!'

You ain't seen nothin' yet. This historic volatility is only BEGINNING.

The precious metals space is going to see successive lower record lows and successive higher record highs. Each vomit-inducing, rollercoaster mountain top and bottom valley will continue to absolutely devastate any thinking being trying to trade these markets. Like a crowd of people running from one side of the Titanic to the other, the swings in volatility will snap your neck. If you buy this stuff, make sure it isn't paper, strap yourself down, you take delivery, and you get the unencumbered metal IN YOUR HANDS. Stick it in a drawer, a safe, a hole in the ground, whatever, and then forget about the drawer, safe, or hole.

And if JPM is holding these record shorts, and they get their ever-lovin' face ripped off, you can bet who will come running to bail them out. That's right, Obama's favorite set of banksters is JPM, not Goldman Sachs. YOU AND I will pay to make JPM whole once the PM market eventually rips them to shreds (through their derivatives paper games, their shorts are chump change). And the excuse will be to 'prevent worldwide disaster!' 'Think of the people who will starve' because JPM can't get their hookers and blow while they keep their bonuses for breaking their company like a child breaks a toy. These bastards hold ALL OF THE WORLD MARKETS hostage while they get their rocks off.

Naw, we've never seen that gimmick get used before.

Meanwhile, the volatility in this market is only going to get worse. We will see higher highs and lower lows until the system breaks and can go no further. It will never get better until the giant levels of liquidity slosh out of the tank, and the dollar is reset.

I repeat: You ain't seen nothin' yet.


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 03:12 | 3598010 The Navigator
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Silver Bully

You got it right - the only gold/silver you own is the gold/silver in your hands, any paper BS is just asking for tears.

I hope you're right about low LOWs and high HIGHs - I look forward to Buying the Fucking Dip beyond any lows beyond todays - helps to offset the new highs I have to pay for Mosint Nagants and MAS-49/56's, which will officially suffer boating accidents but actually be buried vertically.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:54 | 3598218 Long-John-Silver
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I'll pay up to get a front row seat for this show!!!


Every seat in a Banker Circle Jerk is front row.

(Link opens in new window)



Fri, 05/24/2013 - 18:57 | 3597266 CrashingDollars
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The sheets will get ripped off one day

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:01 | 3597275 fortune114
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What precisely is being shorted?  And please explain how there can be a short position without someone on the long side.  

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:09 | 3597296 salvadordaly
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I'm new to all of this. Someone break this down for me. In a "short" response?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:19 | 3597309 noless
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People selling short into the futures market hope to profit by buying contracts and paying them back with the same amount of assets purchased at a lower price, hence profiting if the price of the asset falls below their purchase price Covering is when you buy the assets to transfer to profit on your short contract. If however the price rises and you are "naked" (don't actually own the assets) then you are forced into a short squeeze, where you must take a loss on your futures contracts by buying at higher than the price of the contract you sold.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:54 | 3597395 disabledvet
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Yeah but first you need to find the gold to "buy" first before you can then "sell it short" by borrowing interest...and then selling it. "large speculators" indeed. These folks have massive amounts of cash and cash equivalents...possibly central banks who knows...they won't be suffering should some mythical "short squeeze" suddenly appear. Indeed...should prices continue to collapse as they have been all year they'll make a boat load of money. "goes a long way to understanding the rise of the gold price on Thursday when Ye olde "obliterate Japan trade" was initiated.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:22 | 3597462 I think I need ...
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"The Fast Money team" hinted on CNBC tonight that while most americans will have shrimp on the Barbie Sunday night there maybe a little more than a problem in Japan on Sunday night,,,,,,,,,,

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:05 | 3597417 auric1234
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Not only "naked" shorts have to cover. Legit shorts too.

Think e.g. parties who borrowed gold and then sold it. They're short gold, they have to cover, but they're not doing anything illegal (whoever lent them the gold assumed counterparty risk).


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:54 | 3597928 Impotent_Smurf
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Pure, morning...pure morning!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:55 | 3597528 New World Chaos
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I think the big shorts are part of the plan.  They could even be profitable in and of themselves (in addition to scaring sheeple into stocks).

First off, when the PPT, the Fed, or someone with puppetmaster backing shorts gold with infinite 0% margin created from nothing, there is no need to cover.  No risk.  Any profits are theirs to keep.

If there is a collapse in the paper price due to destruction of trust in the market, whether by default or too much naked shorting, shorts can remain in the money on their paper contracts even as the price of physical goes to the moon.  When they manage to close the market permanently, shorts keep 100% of the value of their shorts without ever needing to cover or even pay taxes on their fraudulent gains!  Meanwhile, paper longs will get cashed out at some absurdly low paper price.  Probably the same thing will happen with allocated gold and any confiscations.  There are many profitable shenanagains available if the whole system backs up the puppetmasters by never, ever admitting that the market has been destroyed. 

This strategy is risky for unconnected little people.  Better to be short paper/long physical.  Remember that to be short anything without a corresponding long means you are long the dollar and that is dangerous in Zimbabwe Ben's bubble market.

Another reason for the shorts is that the puppetmasters themselves don't feel like spending too many clownbux on those last-minute solid gold toilets for their bugout submarines.  So they naked short gold and get the sukers and momo margin crowd to puke up the real stuff for cheap.

Finally, gold could be the fuse on the derivatives neutron bomb.  They could set off the bomb anytime they want with a rule change but since gold is guaranteed to blow it up eventually, and they will want to time the explosion for when they have rehypothecated their last customer's last ounce, how about using gold shorting to try to control the process?  They might try to get all the gold shorts and other black-hole-worthy sludge into JP Morgan, drain any remaining sovereign gold (including Ft. Knox gold) via the tunnel to the Fed's vault, and let the whole thing blow up.  JP Morgan would become the biggest "bad bank" ever.  Blythe Masters would take the fall for the collapse of the entire global financial system.  They would set up the NWO's global currency, ostensibly backed by gold (at first).  They would pinky-swear to never let all this corrupt shit happen again and to make sure it doesn't, the world financial system would be regulated by endless committees of unaccountable international bureaucrats who would be paid by the same crime families that are running things now. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:19 | 3597673 Lore
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Good post. The psychopaths will change the rules however and whenever it suits them until the system finally breaks, and that's really all the layman needs to know. 

Three years ago, I was travelling overseas and had a conversation with a banker from India who made the comment that "America's banks are the most corrupt in the world."  I was stunned at the time, but there's no denying the symptoms and their complete disregard by the whore media... 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:58 | 3597758 willwork4food
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@ Lore

As a small time silver invester I can appreciate that. I figure the end game is coming since the banks will charge you for $35 for a bad check that someone else deposits into your account then charging a fortune more if you happen to write other checks on that assumption...which, incidentally, will not clear.

It's getting close.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:51 | 3597855 SAT 800
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This is false and written by someone who doesn't understand the futures market. There are no naked anything; this is terminology from the stock market. The futures market doesn't work this way. Please educate yourself before typing.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 01:19 | 3597947 Lore
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Re: "The futures market doesn't work this way."


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:17 | 3598468 noless
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I agree with the other response to your above comment, its quite possible I'm transposing terminologies, would you please offer any corrections you think would be necessary for a proper understanding of options trading in regard to the topic of this article?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:14 | 3598557 rubearish10
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Open Interest in Futures Contracts = The aggregate of open longs and/or open shorts in a contract month. i.e. 20 entities long Long 50 Jun 13 vs 1 entity short 50 Jun 13. Open interest = 100.

With stocks you could borrow against your short position. In futures, you can't. It gets more complicated when you talk physical and the rehypothecation issue which is "managed" by the CB's leasing program. There lies the rub. Everything else is bullshit. 

This is why PM's remain backwardated and this is why there will be an eventual explosion in price once the the guest star "Black Swan" hovers above and nobody sees it until it's too late. 



Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:26 | 3597336 toothpicker
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it's called "naked short" ; something illegal nobody cares about, nothing to see here...just move on



Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:39 | 3597353 fortune114
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Naked futures shorts?  Really?  And that's the graph of them up there?  Can someone tell me the symbol for "naked gold futures shorts" so I can graph it in my charting package too?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:39 | 3597354 worldtraveler
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you are just clueless...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:42 | 3597362 hankwil74
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It's illegal to be naked short?  Where did you read that?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:05 | 3597415 SnobGobbler
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look up "bear stearns short".  basically means jpm offloaded their naked shorts from bear to the hedgies since gold started dropping; is a barbarous relic after all... ;)

shitz gettin' real boyz!

edit: who the fuck said bankers follow the law, lemme clue you in...THEY DON'T

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:03 | 3597416 auric1234
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What would you think if I sold your house to someone else? Does this sound legal to you?

Right, you can't sell what you don't own. It's fraud.


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:11 | 3597437 SnobGobbler
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then package those frauds into an MBS, flip it to the fed; and suddenly the fed owns your shit 10x over

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:19 | 3597795 chindit13
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You are confused.  The futures are just that:  a futures market.  Not a cash market.  A short in a future, whether it is gold, pork bellies or S&Ps, is under no legal obligation to possess the underlying instrument whose future he is selling.  Anyone is allowed to take whatever side of the market he wants.  It is a play on the "future" price of a good.  No fraud whatsoever, and markets of this type have been in existence since Babylon.

You might be confused by the concept of shorting in a cash market, like a single name equity. In those instances, the short seller is required to deliver for trade settlement, and must borrow the stock (and pay interest specific to that stock) so that there is no failure to deliver.  Among other things, that is what prime brokers are for:  to locate stocks for the shot seller, charging interest for the service.  There is no delivery in futures until the contract expires, so no need to borrow.  Understand the difference?  Your anger is misplaced.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:53 | 3597858 Silver Bully
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'The futures are just that:  a futures market.  Not a cash market.'

Exactly why this market is being called a casino. And why it is better to actually go to Las Vegas, because at least you get booze, women, and entertainment while you lose your money.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:26 | 3597900 chindit13
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It is the fact that it is a casino that makes it useful.  Liquidity.  End users and suppliers of any commodity are not always ready to transact at the exact same time, but liquidity allows each to see a tighter spread when the time comes to act.  If specs did not have the prospect of making money, they wouldn't play.  Also, for the most part specs tend to be of two minds, meaning some are bullish and long, while others are bearish and short.  Ideally these negate, leaving end users and suppliers with a fair price.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:02 | 3597869 nope-1004
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Thank you.  Was hoping some sense would be typed at some point.


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:14 | 3598084 fiftybagger
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Everyone here knows, or at least should know, that for every long there is a corresponding short.  Similarly, they should know that to trade futures all you need to put up is the necessary cash.  But all of you should also know that for there to be a real market there need to be hedgers; legitimate producers of the commodity who are net short most of the time.  These are the people who establish the basis for the market.  Futures markets need to be regulated for 2 among many reasons.  First, the regulators need to make sure that the hedgers aren't so outnumbered by paper speculators that the market becomes fake.  Second, the regulators need to make sure there are no oversized individual or collusive group positions which overwhelm the market one direction or another so that it no longer represents the supply and demand for the underlying, but rather pure price speculation fueled by piles of cash by someone who has unlimited amounts.  Both of these are the case now in the gold and silver futures markets, but especially silver.  This is because the regulators won't do their jobs, because they are captured by the people running the oversized, collusive, and manipulative short positions.  This will eventually all blow up in their faces, and the Americans will end up with about as much credibility as they would if it were proven they faked the moon landing.  Nevermind, that one is for another day ;-)

Silver For The People

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3598418 auric1234
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This futures market is not like the others. If you sell copper futures, you have to have the ability to deliver copper. You will make sure that you either will receive the copper timely, or that you will have the funds to buy it from somewhere else.

In the gold futures market, the long side doesn't want gold. They're contempt with betting on the price alone. Naked short sellers take advantage of that by selling several orders of magnitude more futures than they're capable of servicing. In fact, they sell more promises to deliver gold than actual gold available for sale in the physical markets.

It is obvious that they can't live up to their promises if all the buyers demand delivery at once. This is just another form of fractional reserve banking. I.e. promising to deliver what you don't have (or can possibly acquire). I.e. fraud.


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:05 | 3597422 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Better to be naked and long than naked and short....just sayin.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:57 | 3598348 jerry_theking_lawler
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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:15 | 3597446 Inbetween is pain
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In futures markets, it's not illegal to naked short.  This is common practice. As long as you stay within your margin limits you can trade.  Many brokers don't even allow delivery of contracts so by definition when you sell a contract you are naked shorting and there is no way you could deliver that contract through that broker--they require you to paper settle on first notice day.  

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:24 | 3597465 knukles
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Thank you....
Idiot savants everywhere... with the idiot half dominating

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:03 | 3597765 willwork4food
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Bullshit. The Forex IDEA is if you want to accept delivery and IF you have the capital to do it,  it is SUPPOSE to be filled. It does not matter if you traded one small contract or a thousand.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:32 | 3597826 silverserfer
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yes odd that the folks here not understinging the comex game. BTW there has to be equal long contracts for every short contract out there. suprised Tyler didddnt mention anything about this. Who has the concentration of short psoitions and who has he concentration of long positions is just as important I think as this high volume

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:33 | 3597484 Fuku Ben
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I'm a dwarf and I find your comment racist

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:38 | 3597723 Overfed
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A dwarf and a nudist?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:59 | 3598352 jerry_theking_lawler
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a dwarf psychic escapes from jail.......the police announcement to the public is "there is a small medium at large"......

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 20:07 | 3598956 WmMcK
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I was introduced to a dwarf at a nudist colony. When we shook, the pleasure was all mine.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:16 | 3597310 fortune114
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OK, I'm going to say this is a really naive article/analysis.  Here's a link to the COT report:


"Managed Money" is LONG 113k gold futures contracts and SHORT 76k contracts.  And of course, if you add up all the categories ("Managed Money" is just one) of traders, net long has to equal net short.

I have no idea where the 79K on the graph in this article comes from.  Please explain.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:27 | 3597335 bullionbaron
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+1 fortune114

I can't work out what the graph represents either... e.g. which group of traders does it represent?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:50 | 3597350 FranSix
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Gene Arensberg, Got Gold Report:

Hedge funds are overwhelmingly short the metal, meaning they have contracted short selling in the metal betting that prices are set to collapse.  The bullion banks are net long, meaning they are readying for a rise in gold prices.


Precious metals options expiry is on Tuesday, after a long weekend.  Lease rates for gold bullion are positive, above the three-month treasury bill rate.  But this would be much more supportive should nominal rates on short term bills go negative, say in a stock market sell off.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:00 | 3597410 disabledvet
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Look! It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:25 | 3597468 bmusic
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Yeah, but the stock market ALWAYS goes up on a Tuesday.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:06 | 3597653 FranSix
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In the event that stock markets continue to persue their historic ascent, then bond markets are set to decline, and yields rise on the long end of the curve.  But not to on the short end of the curve, where rates have declined due to pressure for short term treasuries.

Either way, pressure will be at the short end of the yield curve, where rates are declining, not rising.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:47 | 3597361 eigenvalue
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The number 79416 is from the combined report (options and futures)

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:44 | 3598110 machineh
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Meanwhile, managed money is long 115,102 contracts, making them NET LONG.

And commercials -- traditionally the smart money -- are net short.

Before writing articles drawing conclusions from COT reports, one really ought to learn the basics.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 09:42 | 3598213 css1971
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Commercials are producers, miners... They're not going to be buying gold, they want to sell it. And managed money are shorter than they have been in years which is the point of the article.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:15 | 3598245 machineh
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When all else fails, try arithmetic:

Managed money, long: 115,102

Managed money, short: 79,416

Managed money, net position: +35,686 (net long)

One perceives sir, that you are not a futures trader.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:19 | 3597882 MythicalFish
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Probably a bit late, but it works like this: At the beginning of time, there are no futures, open interest is zero. I buy one lot and you sell it to me, now open interest is one. Say I am a private investor trying to diversify my portfolio, and you are managing money for clients. Now Israel bombs Iran, and you want to cover but I don’t. That’s where the squeeze comes from, even if for every short there is indeed a long.


Tylers number is from Bloomberg, so probably 'overheard' in a chat between JPM traders. That's a joke, guess it's supposed to be managed money?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:07 | 3597427 jcamargo
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Nothing, they balance out with the longs of the other groups.

Even if it is a net long, managed money as a group increased their short position, while swap dealers as a group reduced theirs.


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:38 | 3597499 tarsubil
Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:54 | 3597521 SAT 800
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100oz. futures delivery contracts are what's being shorted; and there is a long position opened for each short. the market is always perfectly balanced. But the different categories of people who take up the positions have different goals and plans.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 01:31 | 3597961 Yen Cross
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 Being shorted, is akin to being { Bernakied}. ZIRP is the equivalent of being "ass raped".

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:35 | 3598152 Quinvarius
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It is about who is shorting.  It is speculators. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:21 | 3597318 worldtraveler
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I have been working in the futures industry for many years That's why I find it curious that this article shows a chart of gold shorts. Futures shorts are different from stock shorts because for every short futures contract, there is a long contract (zero sum game). That means, the longs are just as exposed. Remember 1980, when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the silver market? That market was forced down by allowing for liquidation only. 

Assume the shorts are operating with the consent of the CB's etc. Governments can also put a lid on the market by outlawing "hoarding" and/or better yet, add a transaction tax etc.

I'm long physical gold myself, but let's just not get overconfident about stacking every dime into PM's, keep some powder dry|


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:27 | 3597340 toothpicker
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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:19 | 3597452 SnobGobbler
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whats illegal about taking delivery? the hunt brothers could've saved us a lot of trouble if they succeeded in defaulting the bullion banks.


guess we're gonna have to do it ounce-by-ounce to win imo.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:44 | 3597606 OneTinSoldier66
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I totally agree. Something I figured out almost immediately when I became aware of the Greenspan/Bernanke put.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 15:48 | 3598669 DosZap
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guess we're gonna have to do it ounce-by-ounce to win imo.


Well, we have a LOT of help,IF they do a major drop, there will be NO phyzz left to buy,and damn few sellers.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 08:37 | 3598155 Quinvarius
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It is about who is short.  The chart shows a particualr type of seller, the speculator. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:00 | 3599006 FreeMktFisherMN
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I believe JPM among others pick 'optimal times' to pile on shorts and get the momentum going down and tell CNBC to start bleating out ad infinitum 'look at gold selloff' and then they look for further capitulation and margin calls like what happened last month, then they can cover and probably go long at the lower price. They have such power because margin calls don't happen to these TBTFs, and they have infinite fiat to short with since they are shareholders of the criminal private banking cartel in the Fed. I saw last month that JPM was profitable each day. They never took a down PnL day. And people say this stuff isn't manipulated. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:26 | 3597338 Croesus
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"Find a Popular Misconception, and Bet Against It".

Short list of popular misconceptions:

1. Gold is not money.

2. Gold is in a bubble.

3. The Gold Bull is over. 

4. Stocks are where to be.

5. Real estate is coming back.


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:08 | 3597432 disabledvet
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While I do agree "you've got money to burn if you want to short gold" (and definitely a wonderful attitude problem as well) one other wild idea that arise is "gold PRICES only go higher too."

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:00 | 3597530 SAT 800
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In order to get rid of some short positions that you want to write off; but at a smaller loss than todays price; you might, if you were big enough; step on the market in New York; after making a phone call insuring co-operation from some people in London, who actually had a similar problem; and then you can buy at the bottom. Buying a contract is how you close out a short position.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:06 | 3597539 SAT 800
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If the Gold price went significantly lower; which it really hasn't; and stayed there for awhile; it would mean that you could buy more stuff for a dollar than you can today. It would mean that deflation had happened; or alterntively; all of a sudden there was a deal in town that was perfectly safe, that guaranteed higher returns than inflation. Reason two was why the metals tanked after Feb. 1980; because Paul Volcker made it possible to guarantee that you would make more money than inflation by buying ordinary T-bonds; and this made Gold unattractive to the large scale rational investors; who are like 150 times bigger than you, or something; so when they left the party the price went into a slide for a long time. Neither reason one nor reason two is possible at this time. Things are not possible don't happen.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:06 | 3598367 jerry_theking_lawler
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well, hasn't BB guaranteed that the equity markets will not fall....therefore people are flocking out of traditionally 'safe' assets into risky assets to chase said RETURNS. it makes perfect sense....


BB runs the treasury market (low yields). indirectly BB runs the commodities market (no yields). when he guarantees the equity market and there is higher yield  there....this is where the big boys are going to flock....which they have.....this is the reason for the large YTD runup.


but if you know the game, the only safe place is in the commodities (and specifically the PMs).....why, BB can't manipulate it forever!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:40 | 3597502 worbsid
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The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:56 | 3597755 akak
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You have that backward, if you are not leveraged or in debt, as the market cannot remain irrational indefinitely, whereas most PM holders have a MUCH longer-term view and perspective than either the average market investor/gambler or the sociopaths managing these markets, whose ultimate failure is guaranteed.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:19 | 3597794 DoChenRollingBearing
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^--- This ---^

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 06:21 | 3598060 Pseudonymous
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Let's say that again:

We can hold our money (gold, silver) longer than the markets can stay irrational.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:24 | 3598092 fiftybagger
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Hence financial repression, ZIRP, collapsing incomes and employment participation rate, and "we buy gold", as they try to starve your gold and silver out of you.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:56 | 3597526 SAT 800
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6. Bernanke knows what he's doing. 7. this time is different.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 03:42 | 3598022 resurger
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I had a Diamon trader from London calling me and telling me that , "gold and silver are not a good investment at the moement, they entered the bear territory"

When you hear someone like that says that what do you do?


You know the Answer more than i do .


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:47 | 3597373 Kreditanstalt
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"The Fed stands ready to supply gold into the market should the price rise" - A. Greenspan.

Like right now, to enable more naked short futures games...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:09 | 3597545 SAT 800
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There aren't any naked short futures games. the concept of a naked short comes from the stock market; there is no such thing in the futures market.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:15 | 3597561 SAT 800
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To make the lead to the article accurate; but less dramatic and exciting; it would need to say that Short and Long positions have risen sharply. There are always exactly the same number of Short and Long Positions in the futures market. But that's not very exciting; so Journalism requires some kind of less than realistic presentation.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:53 | 3597605 dark pools of soros
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and in the ignored by ZH since its too boring...  bitcoins have climbed back over $130 after a pretty big conference last weekend...


nothing to see here...except




Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:23 | 3597686 Al Huxley
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The fucking point isn't that short and long positions are out of balance, its that the BULLION BANKS are record net long, and the bag-holding hedge funds are record net short.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 22:44 | 3597729 fonzannoon
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Al I have been going back and forth for 15 mins trying to figure out if this article is crap or legit. Thank you for summarizing the important aspect of it in one sentence. Also credit goes to you as I know you said this would happen a while back. Way to nail it man.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:30 | 3598100 fiftybagger
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bag-holding hedge funds representing the stupid rich, ala Madoff investors.  401k holding "investors" representing the stupid middle class.  Pension fund owning morons representing the stupid goobermint workers.  All of whom are about to be fleeced when the fat lady sings.  What's that saying about a fool and his money?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:54 | 3597394 Gringo Viejo
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Gold will rise to new highs when China says so.

Not a moment before....not a moment after.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:35 | 3597906 Non Passaran
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If I believed that I'd sell mine.
WTF would I want to depend on Chicoms?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:19 | 3597572 Silveramada
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they are taking the gold from the people, but like a tsunami the water first moves away from shores then come back like a 25Ft tall GOLD WAVE!


coming soon..

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 00:03 | 3597872 mt paul
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functional analogy ..

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:22 | 3597573 philipat
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The Bullion Banks are net Long. The only question is will they be able to resist the temptation to scalp the Hedgies? Remember they need The Fed as the (Virtually only at present) source of profits from all the free money. Maybe the Hedgies know that and the bet actually is that the BB's will continue to help The Fed manipulate PM's downwards?

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