CME, Reuters Picked To Replace Silver Fixing In Process Supervised By Former Gold Fixer

Tyler Durden's picture

A few days ago we reported that the World Gold Council was actively preparing to announce the replacement to the existing gold/silver fix, a system that had allowed the rigging of precious metals for 117 years. Confirming that said rigging would only continue was our report that the person who chaired said WGC "round table" meeting was none other than the former Bank of England Chief Manager of Reserves (which included gold of course), and who was at his post when Gordon Brown dumped half of England's gold at ridiculous prices merely to bail out one or more banks that were short physical metal (curious how that is such a recurring theme) and were scrambling to obtain the delivery. That's where Brown and the BOE came in.

Today we learned just what said "fixing" replacement will look like after reports that the CME Group Inc. and Thomson Reuters, largely as had been expected, will run the replacement for the 117-year-old silver-fixing benchmark that’s ending in August, the London Bullion Market Association said. 

Confirming that the "selection process" was nothing but yet another rigged farce, designed solely to preserve continuing of manipulation, was this disclosure (ironically coming out of Reuters, the same company picked to continue the fixing):

"In the end, we had a workable structure, and two large organisations with plenty of experience behind them in terms of systems and compliance, and regulatory issues," said Jonathan Spall of G Cubed Metals Ltd, which conducted an independent review for the LBMA as part of the selection process.

Jonathan Spall....Jonathan Spall.... where have we heard that name? Oh yes, recall: "From Rothschild To Koch Industries: Meet The People Who "Fix" The Price Of Gold" in which we reported:

Jonathan Spall, who also has quite an extensive LinkedIn profile.



Alas, Mr. Spall won't be at Barclays, or the fix, for long. As Bloomberg reported in January 2014


Barclays Plc cut commodities jobs in London and New York as part of reductions in fixed income, currencies and commodities, according to two people familiar with the matter. Bharath Manium, a managing director in commodities structuring, Paul Jackman, a managing director in the commodities index business, Jonathan Spall, product manager for metals in London, and Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, an analyst in London, are leaving, according to the people who asked not to be identified because the move hasn’t been made public.


In fact as was reported by London Gold Market Fixing Ltd, Mr. Spall is no longer with the company since April 9, 2014.

In other words, the person in charge of navigating the "transition" from the old fixing mechanism, of which he was part as recently as April, was a person who was, drumroll, supervising said transition. Surely, his "consulting" was fair and impartial. Naturally, Mr. Spall is no longer at gold-rigging Barclays, a bank which is for all intents and purposes, falling apart but at GCubed Consultants: enjoy perusing the company at the following link.

Said another way, one of the Barclays guys who was accountable in the Gold Market Fixing Company for the price manipulation of his trader (the infamous Daniel Plunkett) is then rewarded by the LBMA to conduct an independent review of the applicants to run the Silver fix!

To be sure, some are optimistic that the appointment of the CME and Reuters will be an improvement:

“We look forward to using the new fix when buying silver on behalf of clients,” Mark O’Byrne, a director in Dublin at brokerage GoldCore Ltd., said today by e-mail. “Having Thomson Reuters and CME as fix operators is better than a handful of banks.”


Comex, owned by CME Group, traded 14.48 million silver futures contracts and 47.29 million in gold futures last year, according to the Washington-based Futures Industry Association. CME, the world’s biggest derivatives bourse, also offers platinum and palladium contracts, according to its website.


“CME through Comex has a huge part of the financial silver market,” Brian Lucey, a finance professor at Trinity College Dublin, said by phone today. “Thomson Reuters, like Bloomberg or like other trading systems, captures the over-the-counter market very well. LME is big for industrial metals, but not precious.”

We are far less septical.

As for further "concerns" of gold and/or silver manipulation, don't worry, those died with that one single, solitary Barclays trader:

While there’s “no clear evidence” of manipulation during the London gold fixing, it’s possible it occurred, David Bailey, director of financial markets infrastructure and supervision at the FCA, said at a U.K. Treasury Select Committee hearing July 2. The regulator has been visiting member banks involved in the gold fixing this year as part of its review of gold benchmarks, a person with knowledge of the matter said in April.

Sure why not. The only problem: if there was no manipulation besides Barclays, then just why is Deutsche Bank in such a rush to put as much distance as possible between itself and any trace it ever was involved in the fixing process: "Deutsche Bank has already exited the gold fixing, leaving Societe Generale SA, Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC and Barclays as the four remaining members of the process which takes place twice daily and dates back to 1919."

Considering the recent escalation in relations between Germany and the US, we are confident we will find out soon enough...

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Canadian Dirtlump's picture

To me this is all banter. The communist mongoloid exchange will no doubt do a shitty job, but until paper contracts stop being allowed to be dumped at quiet market times this shit won't end.

BaBaBouy's picture


Until... There Is No More CHEAP METALS To Be Had...

BaBaBouy's picture


Except For The GERMANS, Who Still Fantasize That They Have Actual GOLD Stored At The FEDdy...

Thought Processor's picture



Is there any price that isn't rigged now?


Just sayin.

Pinto Currency's picture



The discussion of the daily Gold / Silver Fixing is a distraction from the central issue.

They are trading notional digital gold and silver not the metal itself:

Palladium is trading today at a $137/oz premium in Shanghai and platinum is trading at a $94 premium to NY / London derivatives market.

But that would be the metal itself.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

 “CME through Comex has a huge part of the financial silver market,” Brian Lucey, a finance professor at Trinity College Dublin"

What is financial silver exactly, fellas?

imaginalis's picture

The end to all this will come when there is nothing left to rig after rigging itself is rigged.

SafelyGraze's picture


who owns reuters, anyway?


dracos_ghost's picture

I know. The NWO isn't even trying to be cute anymore. Rothschilds for the win. Fuk.

Pinto Currency's picture




CME / Reuters are marketing buggy whips while the market is moving to Ferraris.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

They won't be able to fix the price when there is no silver to be had. Have a feeling that time is fast approaching.

Thisson's picture

Silver futures traded on the Comex.

Pool Shark's picture



Meet the new boss,

Same as the old boss...



Al Huxley's picture

Maybe they should send some representatives over to the States and start buying inventory out of the coin shops.  That will be a faster way to get it back.  Granted, they'll be repaying for something they already paid for once, but at least they'll have some gold.

NidStyles's picture

They could trade those worthless IUO's in the form of T-bills for something tangible then at least. Even if it's a loss it's better than never getting a return on those bills or the gold that doesn't exist. 

Harbanger's picture

“The Americans are taking good care of our gold, we have no reasons for mistrust,”

Nobert Barthle, the German Parliament Budget spokesman, July, 2014

Space Animatoltipap's picture

Indeed, many are not interested in the viable financial solution having the determined preference to remain ignorant slaves. But at the same time they have so many complains about government, bankers etc. etc. Funny situation ...

Pladizow's picture

Its only a collapse into revolution that will end this!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

You certainly are conceptually right, and judging by my sore ass, and chronic irish sunglasses, as a silver stacker, I agree with you.

We've been sitting outside the nightclub in our lawnchairs waiting for the fire to break out and watch people in a panic trying to leave now for a while. My heart is ennobled that we are perhaps close.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

they have lost control and they know it...
the buying of physical continues on exploding demand by those who understand that the Crimex is nothing more than a hologram for the uninformed muppets whose debt coupoon dollars march toward total worthlessness...

the attempts to manage economic perspective via the relentless paper attacks on the only 2 forms of real money while pumping up the Fraud Markets has failed to convince even the most clueless EBT recipient to "dont worry be happy" cause "every little things'gonna be alright..."
the farce is up assholes.

To the MoneyChangers...

we stack...NOW FUCK OFF AND DIE.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Just to note that David Bailey of the FCA has also been rewarded for his snivelling servitude to HMT and the Bank of England by being made a director of the Bank of England. ie He looked the other way on the gold manipulation issue. If you meet David, be sure to ask him how he felt when he faut squirmed during the House of Commons Committee hearing, which was a pantomime by the way. They didn't even mention that master David had already left the canary wharf FCA office for the more salubrious surroundings of The Old Lady.

SoberOne's picture

New boss same as old boss. Stack on.

dontgoforit's picture

Termites running the plywood shop!

Juno Rock's picture

From one gang of crooks to another. Same, same, different uniforms. Business as usual. 

Move along please. Nothing to see here. 

RealityCheque's picture

Better do it right Spall, otherwise there's a nailgun out there with your name on it.

pods's picture

Morpheus, can you please pick up the white courtesy phone?



chinaboy's picture

The fix for the fix is fixed -- Gold fix fixed 2.0.

BrigstockBoy's picture

So where does Douglas Beadle fit into this Tyler? You know, the former Rothschild banker that Bloomberg reported was acting as consultant to the fix as of last November...

Australian Economist's picture

<-- Fix Fixed

<-- Fixed Fix

SWCroaker's picture

This is all about cultural language and the preference for ordering modifiers.   For some people, "Throw the cow over the fence some hay" is right as rain.


Chicago Margin(hike) Exchange

Peter Pan's picture

The problem is not the manipulators. The real problem is the widespread stupidity amongst their victims that seems to persist despite consant and repeated assaults on their wealth as well as their intelligence despite the avalanche of evidence.

SWCroaker's picture

I don't think I'm stupid.   Just bruised, stubborn, obstinante, determined, disgusted, and a little surly.     But not stupid.

Conax's picture

The Chicago Metals Exchange is probably THE most honest and trustworthy fixers in the paper PM rackets!  After all, Chicago is known for its integrity in all things, political or business.

Thank God we finally got people of integrity to rig the price of phyzz for us every day.  This has restored my confidence enough to go out there and short the hell out of gold and silver from now on, KUDOS to the WGC for taking this first brave step into the honest and above-board new world of phyzz fixing.

For a minute there I thought they would hand this responsibility to GATA or maybe the Mormons. Shew, that was close!

Where my reds at?

Colonel Klink's picture

I guess it takes a crook to stop a crook, as if there's any intention to stop the criminal behavior.  All lipstick being painted on this pig.  Nothing changed until heads literally begin to roll.

Al Huxley's picture

Fuck them.  As long as there's still metal available, they'll keep it on sale.  No point complaining about it, better just to take advantage, it's one of the few cases where the criminals lose their ability to control the retail - buy bullion and put it away and there's no overnight futures dumping or HFT magic they can perform to get it back.

Gringo Viejo's picture

The cartel can buy forward production, they can count ore in the ground as inventory, they can blitz with short paper but eventually, they have no metal to trade when needed.


Good point. The question is, how far out in the future can they buy ore in the ground? 6 months? A year? 10 years? Rehypothecated ore in the ground even?

Gringo Viejo's picture

@SHEEP I'm sure your aware, but I seldom see it mentioned, that it's always in the State's interest to keep commodities at or below the cost of production to enable the survival of fiat regimes. This is why so many farmers and miners go bankrupt.

Amish Hacker's picture

This should streamline the front-running of customers nicely, without any interruptions to the process.

LostandFound's picture

The only thing that will stop this manipulation will either be a global economic collapse or the ever increasing number of people waking up to reality and buying PM's outside of the system leaving paper gold only. More and more people are becoming unplugged outside of this ponzi scheme.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

"We are far less septical."

Well, this septic tank is full of shit.

oklaboy's picture

<------ some folks screed

<----- everyody screwed

SilverIsMoney's picture

I cannot get my parents to stack because they're convinced if we're right it will be confisicated. What's the counter argument to that? What about a gigantic windfall tax? There's many ways they will try and screw us. Stacking is a state of mind - it's your consent being withdraw from the system. That's why you do it.

Stack silver, and some gold if you can!

Conax's picture

Petty stackers are such a rare type there won't be enough metal in their hands to bother with a big confiscation.  I only know one other person that has any silver at all, and I sold it to him.

Silver, being a useful commodity and used in virtually every consumer product would be extremely difficult to just outlaw.

Tell them to go for silver. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Here's the counter argument.  Have a backyard?  Have you seen the size of a 400 oz gold bar?

Now how to apply 'metal detection noise' best is a good question.  Sprinkle nails every couple feet, under the dirt?  Old pennies?  Some might be willing to go as far as constructing a pond, if you get my drift.

Pure Evil's picture

The fact is they can also confiscate your fiat accounts.

At least with PM's you can make them do a little work to confiscate your shiney whether from the bottom of a lake or buried in your back yard.

flyingcaveman's picture

Nails are easy to discriminate out even with a basic metal detector, I would go with aluminum pull tabs, nickles and copper pennies.  Probably not going to fool a high end detector that is meant for looking for gold though.