Now that JPM is out of the picture, the last recourse of gold and silver price suppression is exchange margin hikes. Or was. The CME has announced, that as of close today, it will hike various gold and silver (and other metal) contract initial and maintenance margins by 50%…. And nobody cared.
This means the CBs are well on their way to losing the imposed gold standard wars. Look for the USD to take a big step lower shortly as nominal values of everything do the inverse.
This will naturally be promptly followed by a “sudden and dramatic deterioration in European conditions” as the EUR can not be far behind in the FX race to the bottom.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/18/2011 10:02 -0500