At the beginning of this week, almost every so-called gold market analyst was predicting a wash-out in precious metals because of the huge bullion bank short being reported in the COT report. A few of us believe that character of the market has changed and paper market price manipulators are losing traction – for a lot of reasons.
This week shows that the banks covered a portion of their shorts and the hedge funds and little guys sold down longs and increased their shorts. This information may be largely irrelevant. Interestingly, in data I’ve parsed and presented in a previous blog post, the beginning of two of the best gold/silver rallies since 2001 occurred at a time when the bullion banks held their biggest short position in gold futures (expressed as a ratio of total open interest).
The latest issue of the Mining Stock Journal was released last night. In it I discussed the use of JNUG (the 3x junior mining stock index ETF) and I explain why we could be on the cusp of the best move yet in the sector. And of course I present a remarkably undervalued junior mining company (a royalty company) in which insiders bought a boat-load of shares in January and now control over 30% of the equity. You can access the MSJ here: Mining Stock Journal.
A subscriber had an interesting question that is a common question I get currently: I really enjoyed this latest edition of your newsletter. I find myself getting less and less nervous about a price smash as it feels that the powers that be can no longer stem the tide of reality. One question I do have is whether you think a massive asset deflation event (similar or greater than 2008-09) will have a negative or positive impact on the shares
My reply: I think there’s is going to be a collapse in all “assets” that have been inflated in price by the use of debt: housing, NYSE stocks, bonds, etc. That is different than general price deflation. We may see a LOT more money printing as the Fed/Government attempts to prevent a debt-driven asset collapse. This will could drive the price of necessities up a lot. But this will really fuel the entire precious metals sector, especially the junior miners which have proved gold/silver/poly-metallic deposits. (click in image to enlarge).
Any asset valuation collapse because of debt implosion will act like a heavy dose of Viagra on the value of mining stock shares. Look at what happened in the 1930’s to stocks like Homestake Mining when the Dow was crashing. When the initial stock plunge occurs, the miners might correlate lower for a bit but then they’ll do a life-style changing moonshot.
I mostly agree, but still I wonder if any “stock markets” will continue to exist in any recognisable form after the crash. Actually there’s almost no real stock market left now, it’s all just fake digital shit.
Those charts remind us of history through difficult times. Thanks for posting, Dave.
Play the paper markets of you dare. Just make sure that you have
some physical insurance.
“My reply: I think there’s is going to be a collapse in all “assets” that have been inflated in price by the use of debt: housing, NYSE stocks, bonds, etc. ”
And credit of course; extended to set up debt [like housing of course].
It seems to me that if the gov’t PPT has unlimited money to spend then we will not see stocks drop quickly but rather they will slowly ease down because dollars will be losing value. However I agree silver and gold prices should get stronger and stronger as the dollar gets weaker.
Off topic – but I have come to know that AMZ is a burr under Dave’s saddle.
Now this – diapers. I guess for the red doper diaper babies.
Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers
The first of the brands could appear on the company’s website in coming weeks
By GREG BENSINGER
Updated May 15, 2016 8:03 p.m. ET
Amazon.com Inc. in the coming weeks is set to roll out new lines of private-label brands that will include its first broad push into perishable foods, according to people familiar with the matter.
Cost AMZN money to deliver that stuff. More than they make selling it. I show that in my AMZN dot Con report.
Haha, “someone” dumped $2.3 billion worth of “paper” gold in 10 minutes earlier today morning.