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Even The CME Is Getting Tired Of Silver Manipulation

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Everyone has seen them: those "inexplicable" bouts of furious selling in gold and silver, coming out of nowhere with no news or catalyst, which serve no rational price discovery purposes (because no normal seller takes out the bid stack, telegraphs a massive sell order and executes at the worst possible price) but merely are there to reprice the market higher or, as happens in 90% of the cases, lower.

In fact, look no further than what happened first thing this morning, when an unknown seller, smashed all stops in one big sale, and took silver to its lowest price for 2014.

There was no news, so one can't even blame a rogue algo overreacting to some headline and taking momentum ignition strategies a little far.

In short: this was a premeditated and deliberate selling of silver with one simple purpose: push and reprice silver lower.

But this is nothing new: precious metal traders, especially those who are on the other side of the table of the BIS' Mikael Charoze or Benoit Gilson, and countless other commercial banks, are all too aware of this behavior and they take it for granted.

No, the real surprise is that suddenly none other than the CME is getting worred that manipulation this blatant is finally chasing regular retail traders away who are tired of being fleeced on a daily basis, leaving central banks and a few "fixing" banks to trade only with each other, which is not acceptable - after all it is the muppets' money that is fair game, not that of other cartel members.

According to Reuters, the CME, which at present has price fluctuation limits for futures contracts in some energy, agricultural commodities and financial products, but not for its precious and base metals products, is considering introducing daily limits on gold and silver futures.

"We don't have price limits in gold and silver. That's something that we are looking into," Miguel Vias, CME Group's director of metal products, said in a panel discussion at an industry event, in response to a question about how the exchange protects investors from excessive volatility.

The biggest concern for the exchange is the array of sophisticated trading programs that are capable of significantly pushing the market higher or lower, Vias said.

Oh, so it is the programs? And who programs these... programs? Could it be people? And perhaps one should look into whether actual people are ordering the programs to "significantly push the market higher or lower."

It gets better. While the clueless hacks which appear on TV speculate about plunging trading volumes, anyone with half a brain knows why most have shunned capital markets - people know the market is one rigged, manipulated casino, and never more so than now. But while until now this mostly impacted the stock and bond market, it is now moving over to gold and silver.

"Unusually big moves and the fears of price "slippage" - the difference between the price at which a market player wants to execute an order and the price at which they are able to do so - have turned some gold and silver futures investors away, he said.  In the first four months of the year, COMEX gold futures volume dropped 10 percent from a year ago..."

But the best part is this:

The possible move reflects growing concern at the largest U.S. exchange of futures and options about big bouts of buying or selling that have caused huge fluctuations in prices without any apparent fundamental reason.

Funny, one could almost call huge fluctuations in price without a reason... manipulation. But better not, because what little confidence in a rigged system exists, may promptly dissolve even further.

Still, while this is merely the latest alleged case when the CME promises to clean up its act, we can be confident nothing will happen: "support for setting limits on price moves does not appear to be universal. "I think the breaks in trading are good, but I wouldn't support fixing price moves," said one U.S. trader."

Could said trader be manning the NY Fed trading desk at Liberty 33?

Ironically, there may be some hope, though not out of the CME. It appears the cannibalization in the PM manipulation industry is so bad, there may no longer be any silver "fixers" left. Also from Reuters, we learn that Deutsche Bank's exit from the London precious metal fixes will leave just two banks running a century-old system that sets the global silver price, likely stirring the debate about regulation of one of the most volatile commodity markets.

The bank's decision on Tuesday to resign its seat ends an unsuccessful four-month search for a buyer, as U.S. lawsuits alleging gold price-rigging by the five banks that set the benchmark turned potential suitors cold, sources said.

"You can't have a silver fixing with just two people, that's a bit of a nonsense really," a London-based precious metals trader said, adding just two participants would restrict liquidity and competition.


"It would just be two people talking to each other. I think the regulator should be stepping up a little bit here."

It should, but like the CME, it most likely won't:

Shortly before news of Deutsche's withdrawal on Tuesday, Britain's financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said it could intervene if there were too few participants in commodity benchmarks such as gold and silver.


"If there is a risk of dislocation because people are withdrawing and we think that breaches or is a risk to our objectives, then we would set that as one of our activities but it is not entirely straightforward," head of enforcement and financial crime Tracey McDermott said on Tuesday.

And who can possibly forget the CFTC's own "quest" (or Bart "rotating door" Chilton's haircut for that matter) to root out evil silver manipulators (most of which just happen to be its superiors), which found nothing wrong.

In a five-year probe, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigated allegations that some of the world's biggest bullion banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co distorted silver futures prices.


After 7,000 staff hours of investigation, the U.S. commodity regulator found no evidence of wrongdoing and dropped the probe last September.


The banks faced similar accusations in a long-running class action antitrust lawsuit that was dismissed at the end of last month by a federal appeals court.

No, investors - at least those who are not close to the reserve money system - are on their own.

Whatever the outcome of the latest scrutiny, some users, including mining companies, which hedge production against the benchmark, may have little choice for now but to rely on it even with just two members.


"Whether it is good or bad or if it is down to two members, we have to use it," said Ounesh Reebye, vice president of metal sales at mining company Silver Wheaton, which is expected to produce 36 million ounces of silver this year.

Perhaps it would be best to just have one gold and silver "price fixer" left, the Federal Reserve. That way at least some integrity to an otherwise broken and manipulated market will be restored. Until then, watch as trading volumes slowly but surely trickle down to zero as everyone finally realizes what we have been saying since 2009 - in a market so manipulated, so rigged, so artificial, a far better and enjoyable option for investors around the world is just to take their money to Las Vegas.


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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:37 | 4717785 Infinite QE
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Like they don't have trading records for who placed the paper trade? Give it to Anonymous and have them flush out the truth. Post names, addresses, children's photos, et al. Roust the Bolsheviks before they destroy us all.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:44 | 4717801 Chuck Norris
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I'm not complaining.  I just buy more of the physical stuff when it tanks.  Thank you manipulators.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:56 | 4717810 Xibalba
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An online dealer flashed an alert for 100oz of shot at $1700.  When you click to buy it..wholla $1950.   But glad to know bloomberg news is focused on the real financial news out there:

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:07 | 4717871 john39
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what a welcome relief to see that the appropriate authorities are finally on it.    (can't even type that without laughing). 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:44 | 4717985 Keyser
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The fact that Reuters published the article had me chuckling... 


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:53 | 4718361 strannick
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Bart Shill-ton said it best. ''we are looking into it''.

The goal of CFTC or CME investigations is to defer attention for the moment of increased scrutiny, to then announce down the road when the pressure has been released and attention has been diverted, that there is nothing here to see, move along.

There is too much at stake. Nothing will be done, and so we stack until the silver supernova. I wonder if that is still available?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 22:47 | 4718710 bigkahuna
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These guys are nervous because the intended effect of their manipulation is to un-nerve people into selling physical- and it is having the opposite effect. At some point, physical silver will not be easily available out there. Then I wonder how they plan to control the market. 

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:06 | 4720217 Againstthelie
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I do not agree. They are getting nervous, because people are leaving the US futures market. Since China is making big progress in offering the Asian markets useful futures markets, I think that is a big problem for the Money Masters. They must decide: either allow to continue to rig the market, with all it's benefits for them, or to restrict rigging somehwat, to win back confidence.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:38 | 4718812 hobopants
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Shit take the price down to a buck for all I care, the cheaper it gets the more I buy.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 01:32 | 4718965 ForTheWorld
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It only costs 50c per ounce to get it out of the ground, right?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 05:54 | 4719089 hobopants
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Someone was saying that the actual dedicated silver miners are running at cost right now, but because silver is also mined as a by product in other mining operations they can push it even lower than that. I don't know though, I think if it goes too much lower the miners shutdown and the drop in supply relative to demand forces the price back up again.

Can you imagine it hitting even 15 an ounce though? I would go nuts and wipe out the LCS.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 07:11 | 4719185 N2OJoe
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CME Translation:

"We're worried the manipulators will soon lose control, resulting in massive  upside volatility. We're looking into placing upside limits on price moves for your protection."

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:45 | 4717988 Bindar Dundat
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Will someone please just blame it on the group with a motive  to keep gold and silver lower : Hint it's not the Government or the FED.

Maybe  the Chinese and the Russians?   They want a strong dollar and weak commodity pricing. Follow the money my fellow ZH zealots!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:57 | 4718020 New Ordnance
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The dear old merc concerned about Ag manipulation:

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:10 | 4717876 cpnscarlet
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Some of us having been BTFD for a long time, Chuck...and now we're "broke".

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:46 | 4718177 Poor Grogman
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Then you are fulfilling the Cartels desires, and will soon be voluntarily relieved of your metal.

The term "weak hands" springs to mind.

Don't worry though, all the silver you sell will not be discarded on the land-fill.

I'm sure it will come in quite useful as canoe ballast.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:16 | 4718086 Matt_Master
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I just say thank you idiot bankers for the discount on my massive stack of silver...pitty I lost it all in the boat accident

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:07 | 4717870 Cacete de Ouro
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Here's some names: The silver foxes.....sorry, I mean fixers

David Rose - HSBC
Simon Weeks - Scotia Mocatta
Matthew Keen - Deutsche Bank

And their sidekicks

Peter Drabwell - HSBC
David Wilkinson - Scotia Mocatta
James Vorley - Deutsche Bank

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:16 | 4717900 Al Huxley
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Where do they live?  E-mail addresses?  Facebook pages?  Cell phone numbers?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:55 | 4717919 Cacete de Ouro
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Simon Weeks,
Polo Barn,
Nairdwood Lane,
Great Missenden,
Bucks HP16 0QH

James Vorley,
Flat 4, 32 Shootershill Road,
London SE3 7DB

David Wilkinson,
1 Greenway
West Sussex RH12 2JT

Matt Keen is in Dubai

Peter Dennis Drabwell, his birthday is today, 49 today. Happy Birthday!

Peter Benjamin Rose, he seems to live at HSBC, his 50th birthday is on June 16th. Can we come to the party?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:10 | 4718066 Larry Dallas
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I want the Instagram handles of their kids, Facebook accounts of their wives (and girlfriends).

This will make Donald Sterling look like a St.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 04:00 | 4719033 Bankstein Swiss...
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Their kids did not manipulate the market.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:15 | 4718429 Joenobody12
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To Peter Dennis Drabwell

Happy birthday to you, 

Happy birthday to you,

People dying and starving,

Happy birthday to you !

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:07 | 4717873 ultimate warrior
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This is my analogy of what is going on.


The CME is like the big brother to a sister who knows is being raped by their step dad but is too afraid to say anything. It's too shameful and embarrassing to say anything or do anything so the travesty continues on. Fuck you CME....Fuck you up your stupid ass.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:18 | 4717909 Al Huxley
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You give them too much credit.  They're more like a pimp than a big brother.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:38 | 4717788 Canadian Dirtlump
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I figured the communist mongoloid exchange is just cutting them metals off at the pass to manage an imminent rise ( along with margin raises ). They don't do anything for reasons of nobility - especially when the manipulation is engineered by the fed.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:16 | 4717902 SAT 800
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Try really hard to understand this; you're engaged in making up stories and drama about nothing. Nothing happened. the market price is the market price; it's getting ready to feed into Hong Kong now at the same price it left Hong Kong this morning. Try really hard to understand; NOTHING HAPPENED. there's no drama.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:20 | 4717912 john39
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true, but unless something happens, PM's are stuck in the mud and never leaving...  fine, unless you need to sell to eat.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:41 | 4717797 SAT 800
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$19.015; same as it was at 4 O'clock this morning; soon to be bid up again by Hong Kong. You're discussing a non-event.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:45 | 4717807 Canadian Dirtlump
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which is why I think it is being done in advance to help cap daily rises. IT is becoming more of a non-event because they've blown their load and it isn't working anymore after the hundreds of hulk smashes in the last year.

the manipulation is as plains as day as it ever has been and the news doesn't report it and the regulators don't regulate it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:55 | 4717833 MillionDollarBoner_
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Totally agree.

CME have stood by and done nothing whilst the blatant smashdowns have taken place.

That they now propose daily limits means we are near to the end of the downward manipulation and they are preparing for the explosion upwards. They will use these new limits and the usual trick of margin hikes to attempt to dam the flood.

They will fail...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:04 | 4717857 rosiescenario
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Could be, unless the same TBTF banks (who were short silver during the down manipulation) have now gotten long, in which case there will be no daily limits set.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:26 | 4717929 Al Huxley
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Agree.  They've been aiding and abetting forever, this is not a sudden change of heart.  The constraint will be on the rise of the paper silver price, which will probably just ramp the priice for the real stuff even faster once people start to get worried.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:31 | 4717939 DanDaley
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CME have stood by and done nothing whilst the blatant smashdowns have taken place.


Maybe somebody doesn't want to take flying lessons?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:14 | 4718424 fattail
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That was the first thing I thought of.  Price declines of one or two percent are not a big deal, just when there is no reason for it do people get pissed.  Now that they want to implement a daily limit, the pressure to keep the price down must be getting fierce.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:05 | 4717862 SAT 800
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this particular TYPE of manipulation; short term, for a day, for instance; particularly on a partial holiday, has been a fact of life for thrity years on the Comex; but it has no effect on the fact that the price of Silver is around $20 and not around $4; for instance. It's a completely international market and you can watch the various markets open and close as the world turns; no one controls anything. It's amarket and the market activity sets the price. Period. The tremendous mis-understanding is the internet wisdom that pretends that silver is not $30 or $45; or some other figure because of some kind of GLOBAL MANIPULATION. This is nonsense. It's complete crap.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:12 | 4717891 ultimate warrior
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or the manipulation has more of an impact on days like today, See May 1 2011.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:18 | 4717911 Silver Pullet
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Your "market activity" setting the price is a bunch of people who pretend that they will buy from a couple of banks who pretend that they have something to sell. You're right, it is nonsense, complete crap.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:03 | 4718033 SAT 800
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To witness live market activity for yourself; real people buying and selling real silver; go to and click up the market chart; it's a real time market between the customers or clients of bullionvault and you can watch people post offers and other people hitting the bids and so forth. This type of market, for real metal, completely dominates the paper market, and not the other way around.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:26 | 4717924 Canadian Dirtlump
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sure dude. the thing is, someone dumping contracts at illiquid times doesn't make sense for any other reaosn than to drive price down. the idea that such moves are organic is retarded.


not to mention that is scares people out of the game.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:45 | 4717993 SAT 800
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Yes; the floor traders dumped contracts on the market, ran a lot of stops and drove the price down; yes; that's what happened. Not a Bank, Not an evil empire, just some employees at the Comex; and it has no effect whatsoever on the International Market in Silver Bullion. No one but you are so ignorant as to think it means anythng. Wake up, please.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:47 | 4717995 SAT 800
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It 's not a game; and if you're scared you don't belong there. Try to figure out how you're going to convince the Chinese not to buy Silver tomorrow, or the Swiss acting for their customers; that's what it will take to affect the price of silver. when you figure it out let me know.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:48 | 4718189 Ness.
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You're fucking retarded if you think the pit traders and locals at the Comex have the capital to or the desire to dump $300M in paper silver into a thin market without regard to price.  Some very powerful hands are doing evil things because they know there'll be no consequences for their actions.  My thinking is that the CB's are using their puppet banks to break the backs of the little guys, drive down the price, bankrupt the junior miners, merge the remaining companies and eventually nationalize them. There is a reason the world's most important countries are either demanding repatriation of their gold or amassing it at historic rates.  

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:15 | 4717883 crazybob369
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Just look at a silver chart from this morning:

5AM: 40+ cent price drop from $18.09 to $17.68

5:30AM: Price spike to $19.20

So, let's recap: JPM et al shorts 5,000 contracts at 4:59AM, gradually buys them back until around 5:29 and then dumps them at 5:30.  $10,000,000 in a half hour.  Not bad!



Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:12 | 4717889 SAT 800
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You're not paying attention; a non-event is a non-event. It doesn't benefit anyone except a few floor traders who bought the bottom they created. There's no interaction or reaction in the greater world at all. None. It's not "done' to cap anything; it's done for the profit of a few floor traders on the Comex. and as of right now; the price is back to what was set by the free and un-fettered international market. The problem you have is you've been listening to crap for so long you started believing it. it's crap. It's a market the price is what people bid for it every day. Period. there's not drama available; sorry about that. Try Soap Operas.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:07 | 4718861 Rock On Roger
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It's a futures market, thus crap, the future is not today.

Why not set price with a live public auction of the real metal?

That seems like a fair and unfettered market.

The price would be truly determined by supply and demand.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:43 | 4717798 Theta_Burn
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Or we can just say thank you, and buy more at firesale prices..


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:08 | 4717874 SAT 800
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What firesale price is that? The price now is the same as it was this morning at 4am. It'll probably get bid up a little later in the afternoon. The only way you can make use of these one day wonders is to have a price order in beforehand on the Comex; or some other market. The wonderful manipulation you're so entralled by is over before you can even react to it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:44 | 4717802 Osmium
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"After 7,000 staff hours of investigation, the U.S. commodity regulator found no evidence of wrongdoing and dropped the probe last September."

Ya, 7000 hours of watching porn maybe.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:06 | 4717865 MillionDollarBoner_
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7,000 hours is 1,000 days if you work on 7 hours per day.

Four years - the time it took Fart Childporn to conduct his investigations into the rigging of silver markets - comprises 960 working days, assuming 5 days a week and 4 weeks vacation.

So, one person - the office janitor? - spent their time "investigating" the rigging of markets in a strategically vital commodity?

Some workrate, huh? Waaayyy to gooo, CFTC! 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:45 | 4717805 Xibalba
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God forbid the markets determine the 'price'

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:43 | 4717982 SAT 800
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Well, God didn't forbid it; and the market does determine the price; and it's too bad if you don't like it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:47 | 4717811 Kaiser Sousa
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fuck with the phony paper price again mother fuckers...

i'll just buy another 500 ounces like i did early this morning...FUCK YOU ALL...

"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of Silver, And her gain than fine Gold.”
Proverbs 3:13-17

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:23 | 4717922 Al Huxley
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If too many people get the idea of even buying 10oz of silver, supply will dry up so fast it will be hard for the MSM whores to make up a good story about why there's a sudden shortage.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:42 | 4717975 SAT 800
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You better check your arithmetic. has a daily vault audit and there are Americans and others there who own metric tonnes; but they didn't affect the price.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:54 | 4718008 Al Huxley
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1 billion oz/year produced (this includes mine production, scrap and 'from the govt), say 500 million (conservatively) used for industrial purposes,  ~800 million if you include silverware coins, and jewelry.  So 200 million  left for new investment.  10% of the US population is ~30 million - each buys 10 oz, that's 300 million, that's either 100 million MORE than GLOBALLY available.  The supply and demand numbers are from the Silver Institute - not the fringes.


The reason bullion vault has a seemingly infinite supply is that essentially NOBODY in the US is buying right now.  It SEEMS like a lot of people, because zerohedge readership is a very small subset of the total population.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:08 | 4718051 SAT 800
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And? what? you have a magic method to get 10 million people to buy 10oz. of Silver each at the market; 100 million oz. so what? If there's a shortage, then there's a shortage and you wait for the mine supply. so what? There just isn't any drama available. Nothing requires an explanation.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:18 | 4718095 Al Huxley
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I said IF - as in 'IF people start to worry that maybe the USD isn't the guaranteed world reserve currency forever and decide to hedge their bets with some tangible, portable stores of value'.  If it never happens then it never happens.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:12 | 4718072 SAT 800
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Here's what requires an explanation; how do you get the Chinese to stop buying Silver? How do you get the Swiss to stop buying Silver in the London Market ? In order to "control" or suppress the price, you see. How are you going to do it.? Because they don't give a rat's ass about the Comex. and the Comex has a very short rope connecting it to this real international market; they can deviate for a while for a small deviation and then they have to get back in line with the real market again. that's the way the real world works. don't be surprised that your favorite internet gurus just make up bullshit; U-tube is full of people with free energy motors.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:19 | 4718103 Al Huxley
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What differentiates you from the other internet gurus?  I take everything they say with a big grain of salt, but why would I believe you?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:32 | 4718144 spinone
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He got 800 on his SAT

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:40 | 4718167 Al Huxley
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Fuck, of course!  How could I have missed that!

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:46 | 4719490 StychoKiller
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To hell with that!  I've read "Brave New World," "Island," and "The Doors of Perception," so I gotta go with Al Huxley!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:47 | 4717813 Seasmoke
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Silver stake thru the black hearts of Greenspan, Bernanke and Yellen.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:49 | 4717820 Son of Captain Nemo
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in "a market so manipulated, so rigged, so artificial, a far better and enjoyable option for investors around the world is just to take their money to Las Vegas."...

That is of course if investors continue to believe that is the only option available to them.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:49 | 4717821 Charles Nelson ...
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"After 7,000 staff hours of investigation, the U.S. commodity regulator found no evidence of wrongdoing and dropped the probe last September"

I mean, you just cannot make this shit up.... 7000 fucking hours?!? Hopefully those stressed out govt employees got a lot of time off after that
/ S

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:49 | 4717823 venturen
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pricing in the depression once the money printing compeletely fails

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:50 | 4717825 Davie Boy
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This is not a non event, people got instantly taken out of their positions this morning and lost money, while the whores who pulled this off made money.

And Bix Wier says the only reason the CME are doing this is to protect themselves AGAINST VIOLENT MOVES TO THE UPSIDE. (Makes sense to me.)

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:40 | 4717967 SAT 800
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For you it is a  non-event. I told you what the explanation is for those who were affected by it. It was a manipulation for a few hours by the floor traders at the Comex; so that they could buy the low they created. It had no effect at all on anything real, or anything external to that time period and location. The international market is opening now at the same price it passed to London last night; NOthing happened. therefore it does not require any explanation.  It should go with out saying that if you play in the Comex you better know what you're doing and what the behaviours of that beast are; but there is not any effect on this months average price of silver bullioin, for instance. There is no manipulation in the sense in which you have been taught to believe in it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:19 | 4718085 AL_SWEARENGEN

Bull Shit you cocksucker.  Silver is the second most used commodity on the face of the planet and is 'priced' below where it was in the 80's NOT adjusted for inflation.  It's obvious Silver (not Gold) is the number one contender for an alternative global reserve CURRENCY for the average person trading goods and services otherwise known as REAL money.  If the 'price' action of Silver on May 1, 2011 still doesn't open your eyes then you are the paid off government fuckin troll we all suspect you to be.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:21 | 4718116 Al Huxley
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AL, AL, chill out man.  SAT 800's just here to save us from ourselves and from being duped by 'internet gurus'.  I for one have been waiting for years for a REAL guru to start posting RELIABLE information on alternative newssite comment boards - thank god he finally arrived.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:33 | 4718153 AL_SWEARENGEN

I don't trust him.  There's a foul air around his posts.  Shit clouds.  Paid dis-information agents have been proven.  Another 'conspiracy theory' exposed as fact.  Silver's (& Gold) day is coming too.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:39 | 4718164 Al Huxley
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I was being sarcastic ;)  I haven't really been looking for an internet guru that I CAN REALLY FINALLY TRUST on the comment boards.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:50 | 4719514 StychoKiller
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Good, because Godot will arrive before that happens!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:53 | 4717828 crazybob369
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Either the people trading these paper PM's are incredibly stupid, or they know something I don't (probably the latter).  Why would you short something that has 100's of different industrial applications (more being found every day), is being horded by China everyday, for development of their solar power array, and is being squirlled away, by chumps like me, never to again see the light of day until the price is many multiples of current levels.  Add to that the clueless miners who keep mining the stuff at a loss (making it up in volume I guess), who will soon be out of business, and one has to wonder how much longer the price suppression can continue. Mind boggling!   

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:51 | 4719525 StychoKiller
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Yousa one nutty chimp!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:56 | 4717836 HughK
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A nice video about silver mining costs and more from a friend at another site:

2013: Silver Market in Review

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:58 | 4717842 rosiescenario
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"But while until now this mostly impacted the stock and bond market, it is now moving over to gold and silver."


....uh, this has been going on for years in the silver market courtesy of one large short which happens to be a Too Big To Touch NCY bank whoseinitials are JPM....


The Fed tacitly approves the periodic bombing of PM prices in the future markets as it helps make their case that there is no inflation.....

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:27 | 4717931 SAT 800
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Complete Crap. Gold went from 300$ to 1800$ and you think this was a minipulation; you're crazy. Silver is the price it is today, and it's exactly where it was in the early morning again, because of the decisions of individual buyers and sellers, in many cases, of good delivery bars. All this crap about paper prices and paper markets is just crap. you can buy silver in quantity any day you want at the spot price. The paper market is slaved to the Bar Market not the other way around ! The reason you twits want to delude yourselves is to pump up your fantasies about "beach balls under water" and 150$ Silver next month; etc. etc. It's delusional. Metals prices respond to inflationary news and they respond to fear and un-certainty in major financial markets; You think anyone in Hong Kong cares that the price on the Comex was down for a few hours today ? Of course not. that's completely irrational. Just get over it; there is no manipulation in the sense in which you apply the term. over thweekend; yes; for the morning yes; that has any effect on the silver bar market for the month, NO. the paper market can never escape from the reality of the BAR MARKET.  These ignorant internet gurus have fed you a load of crap; wake up and think about your theory; it's impossible.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:42 | 4717969 Kaiser Sousa
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have u noticed that most of your remarks have gone ignored...

its because u have no clue what the fuck u r talking about...

with everyday revealing how all markets r rigged why would the phony paper Gold and Silver markets NOT be rigged when if u had any knowledge of monetary history, you would KNOW that they r the only 2 forms of real money and as such r the greatest threat to the MoneyChangers worthless script...

go away...and take ur worthless debt coupon dollars with u...

or perhaps stay and continue to sound more stupid....

this will b the only reply to ur least from me - and hopefully anyone else

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:54 | 4718007 SAT 800
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No, it's because your face to face with real knowledge of the real situation from someone who traded the comex for many years and has researched the subject of this market for many more years. You're having cognitive dissonance because you've been fed a load of crap by internet gurus who have no idea what they're bloviating about.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:38 | 4718326 bardot63
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All those years on the trading floor didn't do much for your grammar and syntax usage, eh?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:55 | 4719544 StychoKiller
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Civus Mundi/Johnny Bravo, you re-enlisted in the internet water army!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:17 | 4718092 bardot63
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I'll say it for everyone else, SAT 800  -  you're a horsefucked moron.  Come back after youi've done some reading and taken your meds.  

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:23 | 4718771 Seeking Aphids
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Although I might have refrained from using the characterisation, 'horse fucked moron', I agree with the sentiment behind the poster's comment. The fact is, dear SAT, that no one really gives a horse's ass any more what the COMEX or London Fix is doing. The real question is: what is happening at the SGE (Shanghai Gold Exchange for you)? That is where the action is......yeah, baby!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:00 | 4717849 jmcadg
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And we need a daily price fix because?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:29 | 4717936 SAT 800
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It's an old outmoded historical tradition; it's just a place to start the trading at the beginning of the session and it's usually not very far off what the buy and sell orders reveal to be correct; but it is they and not the fix that determine the trade price.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:01 | 4717855 Cacete de Ouro
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Las Vegas baby!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:04 | 4717860 readyforit
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Stacked another 20oz. today.  Air is getting a little thin up there now.  Keeping the faith y'all.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:35 | 4717952 SAT 800
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T here's every reason to expect that as news and events transpire your purchases will respond to demand created by millions of people worldwide to revalue your silver accordingly; but there is no manipulation that is holding the price down, or up, or anyplace else. Over a reasonable period of time, such as a year, I believe the Silver market will reflect the ongoing devaluations of the paper currencies; the present regime of counter-inflationary hedging started in 2001; and is about on track at $20 to cancell out inflation for silver bought at that time; as various scenarios gain attention of people internationally I believe they will bid up the price to keep up with actual devaluation; that is the new regime in which we are. In addition, the metals will respond to news of financial debacle and turmoil positively. Such news is expected as the financial industry, so called, is a disaster waiting for an excuse to happen.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:07 | 4717872 cpnscarlet
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Paging Mr Butler...Mr Butler...

You're reputation's on fire.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:10 | 4717875 Fiat agnostic
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Price limits won't tackle the real problem which is blatant control by central banks to keep their debt based Ponzi scheme from collapsing. What we really need are free and effective regulators who will actually do something about these criminals as well as a spot trading platform based on real, quantifiable physical metal.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:11 | 4717882 over45
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people wouldn't know what silver was worth unless you told them.  same goes for gold. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:12 | 4717887 Sean7k
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Just a couple of thoughts: why aren't the silver whetons of the world selling direct? Can't operate a website? Seriously, if the bullion banks are distorting the market, why not go public? Two, anyone watching US Mint sales of silver eagles has to wonder if we can't go ahead and get enough silver and gold to stop using dollars. No tracking of income, tax free, people will work for precious metals. 

Having a portion of your income and or contracts in untraceable legal tender is a pretty good idea. You may still want to keep some paper crap for bills and taxes, but your income becomes more "yours" with every silver or gold transaction. 

Over 18 million eagles to date in 2014. What happens when people start using them? GDP falls, tax revenues fall and the government attempts to get more tax revenue- encouraging more people to trade in legal currency, Constitutional currency. Free markets are at our fingertips, we have products, labor, capital and currency. Do we cut out the banks and government? 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:20 | 4717915 Fiat agnostic
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Why would you buy direct when you can buy at a discount through the Comex?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:38 | 4718162 Sean7k
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What if comex is out? If the miners go direct, who supplies comex? 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:25 | 4717925 crazybob369
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I believe Silver Wheaton is a royalty company, not an actual miner.  But regardless, I believe your point is why miners do not sell direct.  Some of them do, but the price is still set on the paper market, not a real physical market.  What they should do is what I posted earlier on another story:

"Unfortunately the silver miners are the retards that are allowing this to go on.  I own mining shares in a few different mining companies and have gone to the annual meeting to question management as to why they sell all of their product at these depressed prices.  If just a few of these companies would get together and withhold their product (sell just enough to cover their operating costs), the price of PM's would go through the roof.  Their official response is that that would be collusion and would be illegal.  Off the record I got a couple of the managers to admit that it could be done, but they're scared shitless that some regulatory agency would suddenly find a 'problem' with their operating permits.  One company last year (First Majestic Silver) did just that on their own (withheld some of their production), and made a handsome profit on the silver they withheld, by selling it a few months later at a substantially higher price.  At any rate I'm not too upset about it, because in the meantime, just keep stacking baby."

So, having the mining companies stand up for themselves (shareholders actually) is not likely to happen any time soon.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:43 | 4718170 Sean7k
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No, they are not an actual miner, but they do contract for inventory from miners. As for operating permits? I wouldn't be surprised. Still, if enough people take silver and gold into general commerce, the opportunities for miners would be exceptional. There could even be specie only depositories and exchange points to facilitate supply. These could contract with miners, using established private mints to create inventory.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:12 | 4717890 Latitude25
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Could it be that this is an issue now for the CME becasue PMs have so much upside potential and very little downside potential?  We wouldn't want PMs to explode to the upside now would we/

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:17 | 4717903 agent default
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CME is considering to introduce price limits for PMs?  The only way I can read this is that PMs are about to explode to the upside and they want to limit that, or at least buy some time to act on the upward movement. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:34 | 4717951 Barry McBear
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Good point.  When the rehypothecation chain breaks the upper price limit will be very much appreciated by TPTB by dramatically slowing true price discovery.  Might give them a few days/weeks to find more physical.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:20 | 4717914 CHX
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Hahaha, just get delivery and watch the shyte show unfold. CHeers

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:29 | 4717935 Rising Sun
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Well CME, you could also send an email to that fucking cunt Yellen and tell her to shut those fucking printers off.


Whadya think?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:31 | 4717940 Bemused Observer
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I would think this might be a good time to buy the stuff. If you really think the economy could take a serious or fatal hit, then I don't care WHAT the "experts" say, silver and gold will go up in value. Sharply. If TPTB are so determined to drive the price down, take advantage of it. The stuff has met the test of time, it's been a measure of value, and a currency, since the earliest civilizations. Sure, it goes up, it goes down, but it never goes AWAY, does it? It never loses all it's value and disappears, never to be heard from again, like almost every OTHER currency in history has. And it's value is universal...all cultures know and value gold.

Now for preppers, it probably doesn't make sense. If things get so bad you are reduced to holing-up and easting dried beans, then it's safe to say there IS no economy to worry about. Those BEANS are your currency. Don't eat them all.

But if things get bad, but we manage to salvage something from the wreckage, then those PM will be the probable basis for a new currency. I would think that if the big FAKE economy tanks, people will go for the old familiar yellow metal as opposed to going with something new, (like Bitcoin...) And for those who say gold can't be money because the economy is too big for the physical amounts circulating and it wouldn't work, I'd say not to worry because the economy will be a WHOLE lot smaller at that point. There'll be plenty.

At least ten thousand years of human history, and ubiqitous in all cultures as a thing of value...I don't know what ELSE you'd stash wealth in if you thought the whole system was going to collapse, what else has that staying power? What else has shown its ability to segue from one economy to another, retaining significant value while all the others faded into the ether? And over so many years, so many economies...

Let 'em keep driving it down. If you're hedging against a big economic upheaval, this is a golden opportunity. (lol!)

Of course, I'm just a small buyer...I get my "boullion" at yard sales and flea markets in the form of broken or unmarked jewelry, flatware, etc. But that shit adds up, and with the price low, people aren't careful.these days. It's not unusual to find a 14 or 18k gold bracelet or necklace for a buck, and it weighs 12 grams or something. I don't consider the gold a risk at those prices, it's more like a scratch-off lottery ticket with better odds...:-) 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:49 | 4718190 Sean7k
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The liquidity argument is banker bs. Most communities would function on "social credit" which requires no currency at all. Gold and silver would be used for some transactions or to store savings. The founding fathers saw no problem with an absolute specie based currency, which is why the Constitution is so clear on the subject. They even accommodated liquidity concerns by allowing Congress to value foreign coins for commerce. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:31 | 4717941 Latitude25
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""We don't have price limits in gold and silver. That's something that we are looking into," Miguel Vias, CME Group's director of metal products, said in a panel discussion at an industry event, in response to a question about how the exchange protects investors from excessive volatility."

I call bullshit on this.  How many times have Tylers and Nanex documented PM market closure for milliseconds or seconds during extremely volatile events?  Why haven't there been huge upside or downside moves since the big moves in 2013?  The PM market has circuit breakers in place so this means that this CME effort is nothing more than killing any volatility at all.  Is the FED calling for a fixed PM price now?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:58 | 4718022 daedon
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If they are "considering introducing daily limits on gold and silver futures" you can bet your booties they want to prevent Gold and Silver from going into orbit.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:59 | 4718024 astoriajoe
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So the whole thing is just going  to take longer now. wonderful.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:27 | 4718130 Conax
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When the hot money moves in, they will bypass the CME if necessary to glom the metal they want.  Premiums will take up any slack.

I see this talk of 'limits' as very bullish.  They're all sitting on a powder keg and they know it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:08 | 4718758 bigkahuna
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Every cloud has it's silver lining...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:21 | 4718117 Kreditanstalt
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All meaningless.

When only trades of actual, delivered physical metal count towards setting the price, THEN they will get the little people interested again.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:35 | 4718156 moonstears
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So, buy silver? Check.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:52 | 4718207 Latitude25
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The greater the actions with price suppression the closer we are getting to true price discovery.  It's simply evidence that the west is losing control of of the economy in general and PMs in particular.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:57 | 4718219 ms8172
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Will the real manipulator...please stand up! 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:13 | 4718262 kw2012
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The CME will shutup as soon as Yellin, the Fed and the NSA have a little chitchat

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:24 | 4718289 kill switch
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They can have all the chats they want but the physics will short can see the crackup coming....SOOON

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:24 | 4718290 1stepcloser
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its only paper silver... be your own cunt brother... buy physical and keep it for your kids...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:43 | 4718332 Wildlife
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Great article

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:46 | 4718348 loveyajimbo
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CME is "owned" by Dickweed Dimon at JPM... a criminal organization... who is to say when Jamie will get out of his short corner on the silver market?  maybe after the coming deflationary collapse that takes down the DOW by 8000 points...  this Hope and Change stuff is great... eh?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 22:31 | 4718669 Latitude25
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If you think gold is not money then check out this article.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 01:51 | 4718978 Central Wanker
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To me, this move seems like a way to "orderly" shut down the paper metals market when the physical market defaults. When the SHTF occurs, nobody can exit their positions because the limit is hit at the first trade of the day and the market is shut down. At the same time, the authorities will impose capital controls. There may also be an attempt to confiscate the physical metal at the current depressed price level. 

I sincerely hope I'm wrong. To be prepared for the case that I'm right, I'm buying physical and moving at least part of it to a country that I consider safe in this kind of scenario. 


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:54 | 4719848 The Beam
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I haven't posted in a while,


However, I had to post on this... What if.....


What if the design was to get the muppets out of the metals before the REAL FLEECING begins? Meaning, tank metals market, get the retail out, and the run up the real inflation rate.  This, like the Great Depression, will cause the people to demand more government social programs.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:46 | 4720712 Lord Koos
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The setting of price limits is a two-edged sword -- in fact it is another way to manipulate prices -- they can keep PMs from crashing but they can also keep them from rising too quickly.  Smells of desparation to me.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 07:26 | 4723275 wildblue09
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Financial analysts have covered every aspect of the out of control bankster madness but none of them could see this interesting gold making technology breakthrough coming.  The pace of technology today is breath-taking and after 200 Lab trails proving its new patent pending precious metals technology, a Canadian Research Company now has a new LENR method for making high yield gold from barren waste seed ores.

Yes indeed we make real gold and view the development as both scalable and highly commercial with an eventual price point near that of aluminum.

To see a video of a classic Garage start up about to go stratospheric see:

The company is in due diligence mode with to do a US $5.0 million raise to construct a pilot plant. This will move the project from the Lab where large gold beads were produced to where we can start pouring gold bars.

The technology discovery story will break on They are sitting on a major article waiting for the Treveri deal to put up the investor landing page.

Fiscal Reset, inflation, stock prices down, unemployment up, all the rest of it…. bring it on.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:21 | 4734429 rbblum
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Crony capitalists' market manipulation with impunity only encourages further social liberalisation which could even be reflected in the judicial court decisions by 'the people'. . . . a sad historical era for our constitutional republic that is ignorant of a sound currency in the free markets of capitalism. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 08:20 | 4750287 aicohn
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Seems these guys have a death wish.  I'm afraid precious metals are traded globally including physical markets in the east.  Suppose there is some major bit of market making news and silver moves 10% in a day in Shanghai.  What happens to trading on the CME during the 10 days it takes for western prices to "catch up"?  Or do they really expect the tail (paper markets) to wag the dog (real physical) in those circumstances...

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