Thoughtful Disagreement with Ted Butler

I will end with an offer. Monetary Metals has nearly 3 terabytes of data, containing every COMEX futures and spot metal price in both gold and silver going back 21 years. If you have another specific explanation of how JP Morgan manipulates the market (and which is not invalidated by the graphs above), let’s work to design an experiment. We are happy to query the appropriate data, and publish a graph or graphs that can confirm or disprove your hypothesis.

Safe Haven Silver To Outperform Gold In Q4 And In...

Since the beginning of 2017 the silver price has disappointed many investors. With a 5% gain so far in 2017, it has failed to match gold’s 11% gains this year. Both precious metals have ultimately performed below expectations given the positive macroeconomic and geopolitical backdrop. However, things are starting to look up for the industrial precious metal as industry observers believe it will outperform gold this quarter and into 2018.

U.S. Mint Bullion Coin Sales Dip As Buyers Take...

The U.S. Mint is on track for the lowest sales of American Eagle coins in almost a decade. The 2008 financial crisis began a historic ramp up in sales that lasted for years. 20,583,000 silver American Eagles sold that year, more than double the 2007 total of 9,028,036 coins.

Comex Silver "Deliveries" Surge In...

Though Comex metal "delivery" remains a sham and circle jerk where The Banks simply shuffle paper warehouse receipts and warrants, we thought the latest totals for September were noteworthy enough to bring them to your attention. Again, we've written about this on countless occasions and this post is not meant to imply that "the Comex is about to break" or that "there is a run on The Banks". Instead, September saw the continuation of two trends of which you need to be aware. Comex "deliveries" are up dramatically in 2017 and JPM continues to stand down.

LBMA Silver Price Benchmark – Changes, but no...

On 21 September, ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) announced that it will take over the administration of the daily LBMA Silver Price benchmark auction beginning Monday 2 October. This LBMA Silver Price auction is the successor to the former London Silver Fix auction. The auction takes the form of trading unallocated silver positions on an electronic platform. The resulting price from the daily auction provides a daily silver price reference rate or benchmark which is used widely throughout the global precious metals industry. It is also now a Regulated Benchmark, regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

See no evil, speak no evil…

Let us return to the real issue at hand, the questions that went begging about monetary policy. More confident central bankers in control of their brief might have said something about it, if only in passing. But with Ms Yellen we have a problem. If, as she claims, the Fed has cured America of financial crises, why hasn’t the Fed normalised interest rates already? Even on the US Government’s heavily-sedated consumer price index, inflation is at the Fed’s target, as are its highly-questionable unemployment numbers. Interest rates should already be normalised, which means they ought to be considerably higher than they are today.

The Amount Of Dollars In Existence Relative To...

Silver is currently trading around $17 an ounce. This is around 34% of its 1980 all-time high of $50. However, this is an incomplete representation of what silver is really trading at, relative to US dollars. When you look at the silver price, relative to US currency (the amount of actual US dollars) in existence, then it is at its lowest value it has ever been.

Silver Market Morning: August-25-2017: Gold and...

We cannot remember seeing prices in the precious metals this calm for a few days. As we have said before Shanghai has had a calming effect on global gold markets, but even its calmness is remarkable. It is not that we expect anything dramatic from Jackson Hole but in such a calm market, any news at all, will have an impact.

Silver Market Morning: August-24-2017: Gold and...

The currency and precious metal prices are remarkably quiet again, today. Once again there are no purchases or sales into or from the SPDR gold ETF and the Gold Trust. While we do recognize that the Shanghai market has reduced volatility in the London and New York, currency and precious metal prices remain in calm waters. The Jackson’s Hole meeting of central bankers on Friday is headline news with Draghi, of the E.C.B. may now give a speech.

Silver Market Morning: August-23-2017: Gold and...

The currency and precious metal prices are remarkably quiet today. With no purchases and only very small sales the SPDR gold ETF and the Gold Trust are giving no input to prices. While we do recognize that the Shanghai market has reduced volatility in the west, currency and precious metal prices are in calm waters. While the Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers on Friday is being touted as the next event to impact precious metal prices, we see this as having a positive, if any, effect on precious metal prices.