“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked “Two Ways,” Mike said. “Gradually then suddenly”
– Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises”
And this could usher in the “suddenly” moment: “The president of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) called for a new super-sovereign currency to offset the global dominance of the U.S. dollar, which he predicted would decline long term, while gold prices rally.” – Reuters, April 28, 2020
“Gold, unlike all other commodities, is a currency…and the major thrust in the demand for gold is not for jewelry. It’s not for anything other than an escape from what is perceived to be a fiat money system, paper money, that seems to be deteriorating.” … Alan Greenspan, ex-US Federal Reserve Chairman, August 23, 2011
For now the price of gold has found resistance – likely official resistance – in the high $1700’s. I think there’s a good chance gold pops over $1800 before Memorial Day weekend, if not sooner. Silver continues to frustrate but the gold/silver ratio appears to be headed lower. Patience with silver will eventually be highly rewarded and rewarded in spades with the silver mining stocks.
Bill Powers of Mining Stock Education invited me to chat about oil, the economy, money printing and mining stocks:
For central banks, monetary inflation is everywhere the solution. Bank rescues, payment chain failures, the furloughing of millions of employees, helicopter money to bail out whole populations, money to bail out governments, money to support all categories of financial assets: the list is endless in scope and infinite in quantity. The survival of the global financial system is at stake. If it survives, state-issued money will have been destroyed. But then what is the point of owning financial assets valued in valueless currency?
While this process of monetary destruction would have reasonably been expected to evolve over time, the coronavirus has accelerated it. The fate of the $640 trillion derivative mountain recorded by the Bank for International Settlements is sealed and will be settled through bank bankruptcies and state-directed elimination. – Alasdair Macleod, The Looming Derivatives Crisis
Phil/John Kennedy hosted John Titus and me to try and untangle The Big Lie that is the Federal Reserve and the real reasons behind the Fed’s massive money printing program:
As uncovered by Ronan Manly in a must read article, at least 50% of the “eligible” gold reported in Comex vaults actually will never be made available for delivery. On Friday the Comex vault report showed 14 million ozs in the “eligible” category. At least 7 million of this belongs to owners who the CME has determined likely have no interest in re-selling the bars.
As of Friday’s vault report, the Comex shows 18.6 million ozs of gold. Of that, 14 million was “eligible.” Roughly 4.7 million of the “eligible” gold is LBMA bars that have been supposedly allocated to Comex-approved vaults in London and made available for fake delivery under the 4GC “enhanced gold” contract.
Subtracting 4.7 million ozs from the eligible gold designation and using a 50% haircut on the remaining 9.3 million eligible ozs gives us 4.65 million eligible ozs plus 4.6 million “registered” ozs. The 9.2 million ozs of gold that is potentially available for delivery can disappear quickly if just 28.4% of the June gold contract longs decide to stand for delivery.
At some point large buyers looking for delivery of physical gold that can be removed from custodial vaults and moved to private safekeeping away from NYC or London are going to make a run on the vaults in London in NYC. The run on the LBMA vaults has been going on since well before the virus crisis. Chris Marcus of Arcadia Economics and I discuss this likelihood in our latest weekly conversation:
I was watching one of the Fed Governors who made the assertion that “low interest rates would be here for a long time” and I thought to myself this guy must be on drugs because the U.S. has had low interest rates for 12 years now, which is already a long time.
The current shortage in physical gold and silver was developing many months before anyone ever heard of “coronavirus.” In fact, what’s happening now as Central Banks print trillions of paper currency further validates Gresham Law. Bad money drives out good money – physical gold and silver will be hoarded and fiat paper Central Bank money will be used for transactions.
Rob Kreinz of GoldSilverPros invited me onto his podcast to discuss the ramifications of rampant money printing and the rush into physical gold and silver:
The inexorable rise in the price of gold, despite the concerted effort among the BIS, western Central Banks, CME and LBMA using paper derivatives to keep a lid on the price gold reflects the likelihood that a short-squeeze in physical gold bullion is percolating.
Former copper futures trader and Chairman of GATA, Bill Murphy, calls this a “commercial signal failure,” which occurs when the demand for the fulfillment of the physical commodity underlying a paper derivative overwhelms the ability of the entities short the contracts to fulfill the terms of the contract. Soon this slow motion short squeeze will transition into “fast” time.
Chris Marcus and I discuss the likelihood of this development on the Comex:
The CME/LBMA latest paper derivative product – the Accumulated Certificate of Exchange aka “4GC” – is failing. Badly. After its introduction last week there has been zero trade activity in the contract: 4GC Settlement data. The contract fabricates a paper claim on 25% of an LBMA 400 oz bar for Comex participants seeking delivery of the 100 oz Comex bar. It’s an attempt to transfer LBMA gold in fractional derivative form to the Comex. The contract is an absolute farce, a fact confirmed by complete lack of interest in it from the market.
The effort by the western Central Banks in conjunction with the bullion banks to keep a lid on the price of gold is failing. It’s not the first time (see The London Gold Pool collapse). This failure is reflected in the historic spread between the spot price of gold as determined twice a day on the LBMA and the Comex gold futures curve.
Chris Marcus and I discuss the causes and implications of this market signal in our weekly conversation:
“You [the public] are the sucker. Your role in the Federal Reserve System is to absorb losses [on the crappy assets the Fed buys off of bank and hedge fund balance sheets]…The Fed is there to facilitate your absorption of those losses and that’s going on right now…the taxpayer is going to eat the losses – not the bankers who will have already been paid to help the Fed collect the bad assets.”
My good friend and colleague, John Titus of Best Evidence productions, uses source documents from the Fed to explain how the Fed and the member banks are going to shift the enormous losses on bad credit market products to the taxpayer while the banks make huge fees assisting the Fed.