Here’s Chris Powell of GATA explaining the motivation for central banks to keep the gold price under control. Powell also notes that potential gold investors should only buy physical gold, which they can actually hold in their hands. He estimates that 70-80% of all the gold people think they own doesn’t really exist! The paper forms of ‘investment gold’ such as ETFs or unallocated accounts likely do not have the physical gold supporting all the paper claims. Through rehypothecation schemes, gold leasing and swaps arrangements, there is simply not enough physical metal to back all the paper claims.
Here’s Jim Rickards explaining the Fed’s intentions behind Operation Twist, expectations on future gold prices, and the logistics behind the Currency Wars of the economic world today. Also, with Jamie Dimon & JPMorgan filling the latest headlines, Rickards gives his take on the parasitic institution of Rent Seeking, which has invaded both parties – Republicans and Democrats. Rent Seekers have taken the form of:
- On the Democratic side, Public Sector Unions, who are inflating their latter years’ pay in order to retire earlier with better benefits than those in the private sector.
- On the Republican side, Wall Street Bankers like JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs have been profiting from their proprietary trading and derivative schemes, while at the same time ensuring losses are covered by the taxpayers.
- On both sides of the isle, though Rickards doesn’t specifically mention them, there are the Crony Capitalists. Solyndra, Enron, Halliburton to name but a few examples. As we slip into the future, the Rent Seekers are even able to manipulate the legal system, making it tougher to actually prosecute the cronies that are caught in the act (see MF Global).
Things are getting bad out there, folks. If you’ve worked hard all your life and have accumulated wealth, please see our Protect Your Assets series to learn how you can protect your wealth from being destroyed by this rigged economic casino.
Finally, after years of analyzing the silver market and studying Commitment of Traders (COT) data, Ted Butler has concluded that the CFTC won’t prosecute JP Morgan for their silver market manipulation because the U.S. government is intentionally allowing the suppression of precious metals prices. (It’s about time! Glad to finally have you aboard, Mr. Butler!)
|The Plunge Protection Team|
|Ben Bernanke||Mary Schapiro||Gary Gensler||Tim Geithner|
|Chairman of the Federal Reserve||Chairman of the SEC||Chairman of the CFTC||Treasury Secretary|
Specifically, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets was created in 1988 by the Reagan administration in order to prevent another market crash like that seen in October of 1987. This Working Group, sometimes referred to as the “Plunge Protection Team” consists of four members (today’s members pictured above): The Chairman of the Federal Reserve; The Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC); The Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); The Treasury Secretary.
Their mission is to intervene in the markets whenever they feel it is in the best interests of the banking powers. Strong precious metals prices mean a weakened U.S. dollar. The paper futures markets are used to suppress the prices of gold and silver in order to maintain the illusion of a stronger dollar. As Chris Powell of GATA always says, “There are no markets anymore…only interventions.”
Butler noted that even though Chairman Gensler of the CFTC likely understands that citizens are “being screwed” by the manipulation, he’s unable to do his duties and enforce existing commodity laws against JP Morgan because this powerful Working Group has alternate goals.
Find more information about precious metals price suppression here.
As JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, ZeroHedge has noted that most of the questions will likely be soft on the chief because many of the panel’s members are beneficiaries of generous political donations from JPM.
In fact, many of the questions seemed to set Mr. Dimon up perfectly to expound on the banking institution’s view on the Dodd-Frank legislation. God forbid that position limits and the definition of proper ‘hedging’ should ever interfere with the bank’s ability to gamble with the people’s money, assured that losses are covered by the taxpayers, while gains are reaped only by banking insiders. Lauren Lyster of RT’s Capital Account gives a good behind-the-scenes account of today’s Senate Banking Committee interaction with the JP Morgan chief.
This is only today’s example of Crony Capitalism at work and it seems like every day it’s even more in-your-face than it was the day before. To see just how corrupt JP Morgan is thought to be, the RT Keiser Report is given below for review. As we get closer to the end game, when investors lose their wealth through less-than-honest financial firms, time is running out. Please see our Protect Your Assets series to learn how you can protect your hard-earned wealth.
Sprott Asset Management has issued a Gold Alert, showing six “key developments in the physical gold market” in the past couple weeks which indicate that there is strong demand for precious metals at these levels. One of those developments is the huge increases of Hong Kong gold exports to China.
“We have around 6 months left of trading in Western markets to protect ourselves,” according to Raoul Pal, founder of Global Macro Investor and former Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager. “The problem is not Government debt per se. The real problem is that the $70 trillion in G10 debt is the collateral for $700 trillion in derivatives.” See entire presentation below.
It’s now more important than ever to protect your hard-earned wealth from being destroyed by inflation or even outright theft by financial and government institutions. Please see our Protect Your Assets series to learn about ways to secure your wealth in the coming economic collapse.
Gold may not “do anything but just sit there on the shelf” but it is becoming more recognized as a safe haven for investors and now, it seems, for bankers too! There is so much outstanding debt in the global banking system that finding ‘good’ collateral to back it is becoming more difficult. Furthermore, as the debt increases, and maturing debt is rolled over into new debt, traditional asset-backing collateral becomes more scarce. The Basel Committee for Bank Supervision (BCBS) is considering making gold a Tier-1 asset, which would escalate the desire for banks to hold more of it in their vaults to provide backing for all their debt activities. Read more at SafeHaven.
With the Fed purchasing 61% of all the US debt, it’s somewhat confusing why potential precious metals investors want to see more QE before making their move. And as the following chart from the St. Louis Fed shows, the money supply is still at uncharted, nose-bleed levels and showing no signs of decreasing.
Nevertheless, analyzing a derivative of the TIPS Spread to identify when the Fed might reintroduce even more easing is what the economists over at Agora Financial have been doing. As the chart below shows, the Fed may be waiting for the “Breakeven Inflation Rate” to drop below 2.2% prior to accelerating those printing presses.
Update May 16, 2012: In contrast with Jim Willie’s speculation below, a much more renowned Jim Rickards has a much more probable thesis on the JP Morgan loss. The trade was actually a bet on the spread between the bond index and the bonds themselves. Time ran out, resulting in the loss. Read about it at USNews.
Here’s an interview with Jim Willie (TheGoldenJackass) discussing his speculation on what’s really going on regarding JP Morgan’s $2 billion dollar ‘whale trader’ loss. Jim speculates that JPM’s declaration that it involved European bond investments that have gone bad doesn’t make sense because in the last 6 weeks those bonds haven’t changed so much to warrant such huge losses. More likely, according to Jim, is that these losses are much larger and they reflect losses in the credit derivatives markets. Furthermore, eastern nations like China are likely causing the rout in precious metals because they’re forcing the western commercial banks to sell to cover these losses in the derivatives markets.
Eric Sprott is interviewed on CNBC and gives some new perspectives on gold and silver investing for main-stream viewers. He mentions how the central banks of the world do not like to see the price of gold go higher because that would be a sign of the true weakness in their fiat money as they continually print more to fight the contagion in their economies. He also expects silver to out-perform gold and gives some interesting statistics for his reasoning.
This is a delayed release of Mike Maloney’s video initially released to his GoldSilver.com subscribers in mid-April. Mike reveals that he made a rather large investment in silver because he “saw an opportunity.” The video explains all the technical analysis behind his move.
JP Morgan has taken delivery of almost 10 million ounces of silver over the last month bringing its current holdings to just under 14 million. As the chart shows, something has changed and JPM is adjusting its strategy in the silver market.
According to analysis by Ted Butler, JPM has had an abnormally large short position of paper silver in the futures markets ever since they acquired Bear Stearns in 2008. He estimates JPM’s current short position to be 18,000 contracts, which represents 90 million ounces of silver.
The new strategy being employed by JPM is likely to be one of the following:
- Acquire as much physical silver as possible to dump on the market, forcing silver prices to fall and enable JPM to unload its short position in the futures market. JPM takes a small loss on the physical silver and a huge profit on their paper futures contracts.
- Acquire as much physical silver as possible prior to covering their futures positions. Depending on how quickly JPM covers, the loss on the paper contracts could be limited, while the long-term growth potential of the physical silver remains.
- Acquire as much physical silver as necessary to enable delivery to those parties taking the opposite side of JPM’s short issues.
- Perhaps some combination of all of the above.
Judging from past behavior of these Wall Street giants, one would suspect that JP Morgan is likely to chase after whatever gives them the most profits in the shortest time (option 1). However, Mr. Butler has noted that over the past year of frantic turnover in COMEX silver inventories (in and out movement) there has been some big underlying demand that has not been so obvious to the main stream. Whether JPM plans to dump their accumulated physical silver at some point is unknown, but generally folks buy when they expect something to go up.
The Fed released meeting minutes from FOMC board meetings held during the 2008 financial crisis. But most of the ‘good stuff’ is still blacked out, still hidden from the public. Here’s Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC discussing this issue.
Here’s Jon Stewart revealing how insane the policies of the Fed have been. Quantitative Easing is simply “imagineering” money out of thin air. Between two 60 Minutes interviews 21 months apart, Ben Bernanke is caught contradicting himself on this concept of “printing money.”
- The Federal Reserve’s behind-the-scenes true mission
- Price & capital controls & suppressed inflation
- US & European monetization of debt
- Decline of civil liberties
- Housing market implosion
- The Buffett Rule is really a pro-oligarchy scheme
Here’s a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve showing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on persons not in the work force. Record numbers!!! One of the reasons the statistics on unemployment have shown decreases lately is that there are fewer persons counted among the total. When one compares the total population to the number of employed, one can see that there’s a real problem here.