If the government’s official statistics are to be believed the U.S. economy is moving full steam ahead. Consumers are spending, the job market is expanding, real estate has recovered, stocks are soaring and the U.S. dollar is stronger than it has been in a decade.
But if you have yet to realize it, it’s all a lie. So says billionaire investor Eric Sprott of Sprott Global, which manages hundreds of millions of dollars in contrarian investment funds for clients all over the world. Well known for his long-term bullishness on the resource sector, specifically precious metals, Sprott joined First Mining Finance chairman Keith Neumeyer in a must-see interview where the pair discuss everything from the state of the global economy and trade to gold market manipulation and the inevitable breakdown of highly leveraged paper trading exchanges. Continue reading »
Courtesy of Sharelynx’ Nick Laird who tracks precious metal premium by vendor, we continue our recent series showing the discrepancy between paper and physical metals, in this case silver. As Nick notes, APMEX price premiums are a lot higher than the Monex. And as can be seen in the charts below, premiums rose above 50% for 1-19 coins & above 40% for 500 plus coins.
Nearly four months ago on June 2nd, something very unusual happened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The price of propane actually became negative, hitting an unbelievable -0.625 cents per gallon.
It’s hard to believe that the price of a productive commodity could become so beat down by the market that producers would practically have to pay you to take it off their hands.
Now that’s cheap. And completely nuts. Continue reading »
The price of gold and silver is set to explode according to one of the most well known CEO’s in the precious metals mining space.
Keith Neumeyer, the CEO of one of the world’s lowest-cost primary silver producers, says that the negative headlines surrounding history’s most trusted monetary instruments will soon give way and the smart money, including the likes of George Soros and Carl Icahn, is taking massive positions ahead of the breakout.
Neumeyer, who has created two billion-dollar companies and recently founded the mineral bank investment firm First Mining Finance, argues that the fundamentals are simply too great to ignore. Continue reading »
– “It’s A Tipping Point” Marc Faber Warns “There Are No Safe Assets Anymore” (ZeroHedge, Sept 2, 2015):
Markets have “reached some kind of a tipping point,” warns Marc Faber in this brief Bloomberg TV interview. Simply put, he explains, “because of modern central banking and repeated interventions with monetary policy, in other words, with QE, all around the world by central banks – there is no safe asset anymore.” The purchasing power of money is going down, and Faber “would rather focus on precious metals because they do not depend on the industrial demand as much as base metals or industrial commodities,” as it’s now “obvious that the Chinese economy is growing at nowhere near what the Ministry of Truth is publishing.”
Faber explains more… “I have to laugh when someone like you tries to lecture me what creates prosperity”
Some key exceprts… Continue reading »
– Austrian Economics Is Now Equivalent To Terrorism Thanks To Latest Islamic State “Gold Standard” Propaganda Clip (ZeroHedge, Aug 30, 2015):
What better way to mute demands for a return to sound money and the gold standard, than by making them equivalent to jihadist terrorism? Why, there are none, which is why some were thoroughly amused to see that yesterday the Islamic State’s so called media center, the al Hayat, released a video whose production qualities are nothing short of Hollywood (or San Fernando valley at worst), in which the latest and greatest “jihadist terrorist group” that was a byproduct of US intervention in the Middle East, announces it is preparing to take on the Fed itself with, drumroll, “the return of the gold dinar.”
As Bloomberg reminds us, the Islamic State’s Shura Council last year tasked its Beit al Mal, or treasury, with minting the coins, which come in several denominations made of gold, silver and copper.
All the charts you need here:
– Dow-Stockalypse-Wow: Bonds & Bullion Soar As Equities Crash (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2015)
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– Dow Dumps 1200 Points From Record Highs To 7-Month Lows – Unchanged Since The End Of QE3 (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2015)
– US Dollar Flash Crash Sparks Precious Metals Surge (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2015):
After yesterday’s slamming efforts, precious metals are well bid this morning following the USD flash crash this morning. Silver has regained yesterday’s losses and gold is hitting one month highs…
And I still believe that gold and silver will turn out to be the best protection for your financial assets in the future.
– Silver Is Crashing (ZeroHedge, Aug 18, 2015):
For the 3rd time in a week, Silver futures prices are plunging. This time though it is on considerably heavier volume as Silver drops 3.75% – the most in over a month – hammered off resistance at its 50DMA. Gold is also falling though not as aggressively.
– Gold & Silver Surge As Dollar Dumps (ZeroHedge, Aug 12, 2015):
Just 3 weeks after the world could not purge itself fast enough of ‘pet rocks’, Gold is pushing to one-month highs this morning (at $1120) and Silver just broke a key technical level at its 50-day moving average as USD weakness and global turmoil have seen Precious metals gain for the last few days…
July 17: China increases official gold holdings by 57% August 11: China devalues Yuan
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 11, 2015
Rick devotes the full one-hour to delivering a blockbuster interview with financial analyst Jim Willie, publisher of the Hat Trick Letter. Jim discusses the rapid drying of the Treasury bond liquidity market, the introduction of a new U.S. currency very soon, the BRICS challenge to the London-New York financial power base, criminal activity in financial markets, the global re-set of the financial system, a gold-backed global reserve currency, and many other hot-button topics.
– China’s Secret Gold Hoarding Strategy (Money metals, Aug 6, 2015):
China’s recent stock market gyrations have some analysts now calling China the biggest bubble in history. But those who write off China because of market volatility are missing a more important long-term trend of Chinese geopolitical and monetary ascendancy. That trend shows no signs of abating.
China’s leaders have a clever strategy, and Western financial powers may someday wake up in shock when they realize what has occurred.
(No, they won’t. This is all part of a plan executed by the Illuminati. There are NO such surprises in their world! This is all planned, incl. the coming greatest financial collapse in world history. A lot of people will wake up in shock one day and TPTB will have intentionally caused that shock. Our leaders are all puppets. All of them!)
It’s true that the Chinese government has helped fuel artificial demand for property and equities. China skeptics who argue that these artificially inflated markets will crash to much lower levels could well prove to be correct. Some China doubters also argue that a downturn in China’s economy will put downward pressure on commodity prices. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Seems mainstream media is being treated for what it is, lying, misleading false flag propagandists, and we’re not alone in dismissing them.”
And we’ve been here before.
What they are doing, by selling billions of dollars of paper gold in a second, is only done to keep the price of gold and silver artificially low.
This is the new form of ‘gold confiscation’ by TPTB, trying to keep the people away from buying one of the save havens before the collapse happens and making it cheap for themselves.
Meanwhile China and Russia are buying.
Perth Mint Gold Bar (1 kilo)
– Demand for Gold Bullion Surges – Perth Mint, and U.S. Mint Cannot Meet Demand (GoldCore, July 31, 2015):
– Perth Mint sees surge in demand and cannot keep up with demand
– “Our biggest restriction is the amount of unrefined gold we’re getting in from producers”
– Very high demand for Perth Mint coins, bars coming from Asia, U.S. and Europe
– U.S. Mint sees highest sales of gold coins in over 2 years
– U.S. Mint restrictions on silver coins due to very high demand
– Gold sentiment has moved from despondency to depression (see chart)
– Current negative sentiment despite strong demand is good contrarian indicator
Depressed prices have led to the usual market response, a surge in physical demand for coins and bars globally.
This is confirmed in conversations we have had with our refiner and mint partners in recent days. There are growing shortages of supply of small coins and bars. This is resulting in delays in receiving bullion and indeed to rising premiums.
Asian gold demand picked up this week keeping premiums robust and slightly higher in the world’s top gold buying regions.
Continue reading »
– The Hunt For The “Mystery” Gold “Bear Raid” Leader Begins (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2015):
– Last Night’s Gold Slam So Furious It Halted The Market Not Once But Twice, And The Funniest “Explanation” Yet (ZeroHedge, July 20, 2015):
Yesterday, just before the Chinese market opened, precious metals but mostly gold, flash crashed in milliseconds with a violent urgency never before seen. We documented the unprecedented event last night, but for those who missed it, the following chart from Nanex clearly lays out just how sudden the “out of nowhere” selling was, which led to not one but two 20-second halts in the gold futures market spaced out precisely 30 seconds apart as a result of a Velocity Logic (or lack thereof) event.
For those following the gold market, last night’s event was not surprising: after all just on this website we have documented at least three occasions when furious algorithmic gold selling broke the gold futures market for at least 10 seconds, to wit: Continue reading »
– Gold, Precious Metals Flash Crash Following $2.7 Billion Notional Dump (ZeroHedge, July 19, 2015):
The last time gold plummeted by just over $30 per ounce (dragging down silver and bitcoin with it) and resulted in a crash so furious it led to a “Velocity Logic” market halt for 10 seconds, was on January 6, 2014. Many said this was just perfectly normal selling, although we explicitly said (and showed) that it was a clear case of an HFT algo gone wild (following an order to do just that and slam all sell stops) when someone manipulated the market and repriced gold substantially lower.
Precisely one month ago, some 18 months after the incident, the Comex admitted as much, when it blamed the collapse on “unusually large and atypical trading activity by several of the Firm’s customers and caused the mass entry of order messages by Zenfire, which resulted in a disruptive and rapid price movement in the February 2014 Gold Futures market and prompted a Velocity Logic event.” Curiously despite the “errant” order, gold did not rebound because the entire purpose of the selling slam was to reset the prevailing price far lower. This is what the Comex said in Disciplinary action 14-9807-BC: Continue reading »
– Silver Slammed As ‘Someone’ Dumps $1.4bn In ‘Paper’ Gold Futures (ZeroHedge, July 17, 2015):
Following “good” Housing data, “bad” CPI data, and “ugly” wage growth data, someone decided to dump $1.4 billion notional in gold futures markets (sending the price to 2010 levels), sending silver plunging also…
– US Mint Runs Out Of Silver On Same Day Price Of Silver Plunges To 2015 Lows (ZeroHedge, July 7, 2015):
In the aftermath of the latest breakout of the Greek crisis, Europeans across the continent, not just in Greece (even though with capital controls, potential deposit confiscation and currency devaluation they would have benefited by far the most), scrambled to buy physical gold and silver.
– Gold & Silver Slammed On Massive Volume As Margin Calls Mount (ZeroHedge, July 7, 2015):
FX markets are roiling today, US and German bonds are surging (yields are tumbling), and European stock and bond markets are ugly again. Between all of this we are seeing ‘jerky’ moves in many disparate instruments as it appears margin calls are mounting and forced unwinds accelerate across markets, the latest of which is gold (and silver) which just saw someone decide to dump almost $1 billion notional instantly into the open market.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Interesting that the actual paper Gold &Silver is being suppressed while it looks like hard metal prices are hardened slightly higher.
This renders the mining industry as marginal at best and a total rock bottom liability at worst, pointing to cheap sell offs for the benefit of the moneyed few who can then mothball them causing the price hike they can benefit from.”
With the price for an ounce of silver being below the cost of production, how can silver not be called a bargain?
– Gold & Silver Smashdown – Mining Industry Collapse (Level9News, April 29, 2015):
As we’ve seen the price of gold and silver smashed down in order to drive people out of their physical and paper holdings, we are seeing a buying frenzy towards the acquisitions of physical gold and silver, not only by private investors and individuals, but a massive push towards acquisition by leading BRICS nations while simultaneously dumping US Treasuries. This is creating, or at least we are being told, a physical shortage of these metals in the market.
There appears to be an orchestrated attempt to relieve private holders of their gold and silver physical and paper assets at the focal point of the power centralization structure to consolidate these holdings in the hands of the few elite who are manipulating the markets. Continue reading »
– Indian Silver Demand Explodes to US Silver Owners’ Delight (GoldCore, June 11, 2015):
– India may absorb as much as one third of total global silver production this year
– Strong demand for silver steadily increasing year by year
– Indian citizens and solar industry take advantage of current low prices in silver
– U.S. silver imports still enormous despite ostensible decline in demand
The first four months of 2015 saw India import possibly as much as 3,000 tonnes of silver bullion. If the momentum is maintained India is on track to import a staggering 9,000 tonnes over the course of 2015.
“It occurs to me that such massive speculation in COMEX silver futures may not be in keeping with the spirit and intent of commodity law and may suggest something is wrong with the price discovery process, since real producers and consumers of silver don’t appear to be represented…. As one of the largest primary silver producers in the world, we feel that an effective and fair pricing mechanism is critical for the healthiness of our industry and for the millions of people impacted by what appears from the outside, to be manipulative practices by a concentration of players.”
– One Of The World’s Largest Silver Miners Slams The CFTC About Silver Market Manipulation (ZeroHedge, June 3, 2015):
It has long been known to silver market watchers that when it comes to the price of paper silver, there has long been a chronic and extremely concentrated shorting presence at the Comex, one which the CFTC has persistently refused to address even though it consistently surpasses the proposed limits on derivative positions. Now, at long last, a Canadian silver miner, First Majestic Silver Corp., has decided to take the CFTC to task.
In a letter penned by Ted Butler to CFTC Chairman Tim Massad (who recently replaced former Goldmanite and future US Treasury Secretary, Gary Gensler), Keith Neumeyer, CEO of First Majestic, became the first primary silver producer to vocally highlight some of the questionable activity reported weekly in the CFTC’s Commitment of Traders report, specifically the “record position change of more than 28,200 net contracts of COMEX silver futures” the equivalent of 141 million ounces of silver and 61 days of world mine production. Incidentally, this was first observed here one week ago. Continue reading »
– Traders Are Buying Gold & Silver At Fastest Pace In Over A Decade (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
The last time large speculators were as aggressively buying silver as last week was September 1997. The net long non-commercial positioning in Silver futures, according to the CFTC rose almost 22,000 contracts last week to a 3-month high (which is closing in on the ‘longest’ since 2005). Gold, not be out-precious’d also saw major buying. Net speculative longs in gold added over 45,000 contracts – the most since July 2005 – lifting net long positions to their highest in 3 months. Perhaps, just perhaps, as Alhambra’s Jeffrey Snider notes, this is due to Yellen putting the ‘dollar’ back on suicide watch.…
– Gold Breaks Key Technical To 3-Month High, Silver Surging (ZeroHedge, May 14, 2015):
The last 3 days have seen precious metals surging. Silver is up over 7% – its biggest such rise since Aug 2013, and Gold up 3% – its largest in 4 months. Volume is heavy also. A specific catalyst is unclear but USD weakness is being cited, weak macro data suggesting further easing, China demand ahead of SDR-backing, and finally the realization that the Chinese shift to unconventional monetary policy (LTROs) is a slippery slope to full-blown QE from which few (if any) have ever escaped.
May 5, 2015
Without this epic stockpiling of non-farm inventory which will have to be liquidated at some point (and at a very low price) Q1 GDP would have been -2.5%.
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