• Gold: 1,468.03 1.22
  • Silver: 16.96 0.02
  • Euro: 1.106 0.000
  • USDX: 98 -0.148
  • Oil: 57.82 -0.08

Admission of Conspiracy, Guilt and Collusion

2 weeks 5 days ago

Having long been a researcher of the gold and silver markets I have become familiar with the labels, “conspiracy theorist”, “gold bug”, “tin foil hat” and a host of others – less flattering. Over the years I have listened to a host mainstream economic commentators incredulously lament, “gold bugs actually believe that people meet – in rooms - and conspire to suppress the price of precious metals”. These same mainstream economic commentators frequently scoff, “if such activities were actually being undertaken, surely someone from “officialdom” would go rogue and out the perpetrators. They frequently cite the lack of such “outings” as concrete evidence that market manipulations on the part of or complicity with regulators as being “hearsay” or the product of delusionals. Well ladies and gentlemen; conspiracy theorists are deluded no more.

The Rise of Silver and Major Economic Decline

Currently silver priced in the Dow is close to all-time lows. Economic conditions has been favourable to paper and debt-based assets. The bullish wedge is an indication that all this is about to change. There has now been a breakout of the wedge and the ratio seems ready to go much higher. On the chart, I have indicated how the periods indicated by the green arrows have been associated with economic prosperity, and the red one with economic decline...

Kootenay Reports Columba Access Road and Surface Access Agreement Completed

Since acquiring Columba, the Company has undertaken a mapping and surface sampling program with silver grades of up to 693 gpt sampled on surface. This area includes a network of underground workings comprised of 4 shafts and 6 levels of drifts reported to measure over 1,000 meters in length. Historic* mine records indicate grades from these underground workings to range from 600 to 900 gpt silver with highlights of 1,900 gpt silver over 4 meters and 679 gpt silver along 133 meters of vein strike and 1.3 meters of vein width. (Click on this link to view a video that illustrates the historic underground mining data).

New Pacific Reports First Results from 2019 Drill Program at Silver Sand, Bolivia – Continuing intersecting wide silver mineralization near surface including 169 g/t silver over 144.2m

The 2019 drilling program at Silver Sand commenced in late April and is expected continue throughout rest of the year. These first eight holes were part of the infill drilling program to bring drill hole density to approximately 25 metre by 25 metre spacing and to produce a mineral resource estimate in accordance with NI 43-101 at the end of 2019. These holes were approximately oriented at azimuths of 60 degrees and dips of -45 degrees. These first eight infill holes have intercepted significant silver mineralization similar to those reported from the 2018 drilling program, and adequately confirms the continuity of mineralization within the drilled extents.

Rocket Fuel

According to silver analyst Theodore Butler, various hedge funds are currently short 440 million ounces of silver on the COMEX futures market. That’s over half the silver that’s mined in a year. These funds manage money for big investors and they rely on computerized trading programs. Human judgements and emotions don’t enter into trading decisions. Their foremost trading strategy is to buy or sell when moving averages are penetrated. If the price of silver or gold moves upward to the point it goes through the average of prices over the past 50 days, it causes some short selling programs to buy and close out their short position. A penetration of the more important 200 day moving average sparks major buying and can lift the price significantly.

Bolivian gov’t seeks a new deal with miners, says Minister Navarro

Although the state has ownership of the resource, it grants the company a lengthy concession period during which it can explore, build and operate a mine. In exchange, the company promises to undertake certain investments in stages throughout the project’s life, including rehabilitating the site when the mine closes. Once signed with Comibol, the contract is sent to Congress, where it would be approved as a law and finally promulgated by the president himself, giving the contract considerable legal weight. In January, Navarro signed the first such deal for an exploration project with Vancouver-based New Pacific Metals (TSXV: NUAG; US-OTC: NUPMF). The 45-year contract is due to receive legislative approval by mid-year.

When (Not If) Silver Has a "Bitcoin Moment"

So, don't sit around with "not enough" – or not any – physical silver (and gold) until a "bitcoin moment" in the metals takes place. If you hesitate long enough, you just might find yourself benched during the entire "last 10% (and majority profit potential) of an explosive finale. But by all means, avoid contracting a terminal case of FOMO (fear of missing out), which causes you to buy the top!

Silver – Eight Years Later

Eight years ago, silver reached $48 per ounce. COMEX changed the margin requirements, and others dumped thousands of paper contracts on the COMEX market to smash prices lower. They succeeded, as usual. Old news! As they say, “Wash, rinse and repeat.” Gold and silver prices fell hard since their 2011 highs, while central banks levitated the S&P 500 Index, most stocks, and bonds with massive infusions of cheap debt. Central banks also purchased stocks and bonds. Inexpensive debt, QE, and bond monetization were good for the DOW and S&P 500 stocks. Central banks are reluctant to change policies, but the world may have arrived at another “Peak Debt” moment similar to 2008. What are prospects for silver and gold in the next several years? What data backs up the prognosis?

GoldSeek Radio Nugget: David Morgan - "We will see some kind of a rally this summer in metals"

The world's appetite for US' debt has peaked a few years ago. It is De-Dollarization..

Bart Chilton, former CFTC commissioner, dead at 58

The former U.S. CFTC commissioner was known for calling for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies and derivatives.

World’s Largest Primary Silver Miner Production Plunges

Silver production at the world’s largest producer fell significantly in the first quarter of the year. Fresnillo PLC reported a decrease in silver production in Q1 2019 versus the same period last year, due to lower ore grades and reduced volumes of processed ore at its Fresnillo Mine. Furthermore, while silver production fell the most at its Fresnillo Mine, the company also experienced declines at its Saucito and San Julian Mines. Total silver production at Fresnillo PLC dropped by 15% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter in 2018.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver pointing to $14.55 support

Precious metals technical video update

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver oversold down into a support area

Silver oversold down into a support area - video update.

Kootenay Reports Sampling Results and Discovery of New Vein at High-grade Copalito Silver-gold Project, Mexico

Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSXV: KTN) (the “Company” or “Kootenay”) is pleased to announce sampling results from the Company’s most recent mapping and surface sampling program (the “Program”) conducted on outcropping veins at the Copalito Project (“Copalito” or “Property”) located in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico. Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald stated. “This is one of two projects we acquired over the last year with the potential for the discovery of high-grade vein hosted deposits. Vein widths, strike extents and grades encountered to date along with lack of any previous drilling indicate excellent potential for resource discovery. We will continue to advance Copalito to the drill stage while at the same time preparing for the first drill program on the Columba silver project the second of the two new projects.”

Behind Closed Doors

A fog lifted from the silver market last week and we could see things clearly that we had only guessed at. A former commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Bart Chilton, sat for an interview with blogger Chris Marcus to discuss silver market shenanigans. Mr. Chilton was a commissioner from 2007 to 2014. The interview got interesting when he began to discuss the failure of Bear Stearns in 2008. They held a large short position in silver along with JPMorgan who took over Bear Stearns’ short position at the time.

Get on the Ira Silver Train

For more modest IRAs you may want to consider Gold Star Trust. Simply set up an account on line and then roll over some or all of your funds into the new account. Gold Start Trust was formerly American Church Trust and specialized in Church bonds. I have been associated with them for almost 20 years. After you account is funded simply call your favorite precious metals dealer (yours truly for one) and you can purchase precious metals for your IRA. The metals have to be held in a 3rd party depository which is where Gold Star Trust comes into play. Your metals dealer ships the precious metals to Gold Star and they pay directly from your IRA account. There are a few restrictions on allowed metals but most popular forms of precious metals are allowed in the IRA. Storage costs are reasonable.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver oversold, trend is down

Silver oversold, trend is down.

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver in a downtrend but..

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver in a downtrend (video update)

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver hits lower bollinger band support

Precious Metals Update Video: Silver hits lower bollinger band support, important support area and oversold.

First Majestic Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (AG: NYSE; FR: TSX) (the "Company" or "First Majestic") is pleased to announce the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial results for the Company for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012. The full version of the financial statements and the management discussion and analysis can be viewed on the Company's web site at www.firstmajestic.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

SilverCrest Announces Trading on NYSE MKT to Commence August 27, 2012

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (SVL.V)(STVZF) ("SilverCrest" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its common shares have been authorized for listing on the NYSE MKT in New York. The shares will begin trading on the NYSE MKT on August 27, 2012 under the trading symbol "SVLC". The Company's common shares will continue to be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "SVL".

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +555,536.41 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +555,536.41 ounces

September 4: Gold and Silver Gain With Dollar

Gold fell a few dollars from last Friday’s close to $1688.31 by a little after 9:30AM EST before it jumped back to $1698.76 in the next half hour of trade and then drifted back lower midday, but it then rallied back higher in late trade and ended with a gain of 0.21%. Silver climbed to $32.27 in Asia before it slipped to $31.90 in London, but it then climbed to as high as $32.40 in New York and ended with a gain of 1.84%.

Fed launches big stimulus, to buy bonds until jobs rebound

The Federal Reserve launched another aggressive stimulus program on Thursday, saying it will buy $40 billion of mortgage debt per month and continue to purchase assets until the outlook for jobs improves substantially.

September 20: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $14.70 to $1755.80 at about 6:20AM EST, but it then rose to as high as $1770.42 in New York and ended with a loss of just 0.12%. Silver slipped to as low as $34.084 in London, but it also rallied back higher in New York and ended near its midday high of $34.692 with a gain of 0.03%.

September 26: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold dropped $24.60 to $1736.80 by a little before 11AM EST before it bounced back higher midday, but it still ended with a loss of 0.57%. Silver slipped to as low as $33.32 by a little after 8AM EST, but it then rallied back higher throughout most of the rest of trade and ended with a gain of 0.56%.

October 4: Gold and Silver Gain With Stocks and Oil

Gold climbed $16.56 to $1795.06 just before 2PM EST before it pared its gains a bit after the fed released Minutes from their September 12th meeting, but it still ended with a gain of 0.69%. Silver rose to $35.092 in early New York trade before it fell back to $34.655 in the next 15 minutes of trade, but it then rallied back higher for most of the rest of trade and ended with a gain of 1.16%.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -379,504.528 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -379,504.528 ounces

Fortuna reports record production of 1,027,741 ounces of silver and 5,348 ounces of gold for the third quarter 2012

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI | BVL: FVI | Frankfurt: F4S.F) announces production figures for the third quarter of 2012 from its two 100% owned operating underground mines in Latin America, the San Jose mine in Mexico and the Caylloma mine in Peru.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +561,944.440 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: +561,944.440 ounces

October 17: Gold and Silver Gain While Dollar Drops

Gold climbed up to $1753.30 in Asia before it fell back to $1742.79 by a little before 10AM EST, but it then rallied back higher in the next couple of hours of trade and ended with a gain of 0.6%. Silver rose to $33.14 before it fell back to $32.847, but it then rose to a new session high of $33.255 and ended with a gain of 0.61%.

November 9: Gold and Silver Gain Over 3% and 5% on the Week

Gold fell $5.72 to $1727.08 by a little after 8AM EST before it climbed to as high as $1738.67 in the next couple of hours of trade, but it then fell back off into the close and ended with a loss of 0.1%. Silver slipped to $32.057 before it shot up to $32.775 and then also fell back off, but it still ended with a gain of 0.46%.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,711.9 down just over $2.00 on Friday. This morning, Asia and London dealers took higher to trade at $1,723.45 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,723.25 up $13.25 and in the euro at €1,349.663 up €7 from yesterday while the euro was at €1: $1.2768. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was slightly stronger at $1,724.45 and in the euro at €1,350.49.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,729.20 up $1.50 on yesterday. This morning, Asian and London dealers took the gold price higher to trade at $1,729.70 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,729.75 up $3.00 on yesterday morning’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,344.226 down €6.5 from yesterday while the euro was stronger at €1: $1.2868. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was almost the same at $1,730.25 and in the euro at €1,343.73.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,729.20 barely changed on yesterday. This morning, Asian and London dealers took the gold price higher to trade at $1,734 ahead of London’s opening. It was Fixed at $1,734.75 up $5.00 on yesterday morning’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,345.393 up €1 from yesterday while the euro was slightly stronger at €1: $1.2894. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was almost the same at $1,733.79 and in the euro at €1,343.73.

November 30: Gold and Silver Fall Almost 2% on the Week

Gold gained $6 to $1731.60 in Asia, but it then fell to as low as $1708.39 in New York and ended with a loss of 0.72%. Silver slumped to as low as $33.151 and ended with a loss of 2.43%.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,715.20 yesterday. This morning, Asian dealers pushed prices down, unusually, to $1,705 before London opened. It was Fixed at $1,703.00 down $3.75 on yesterday’s Fix. In the euro it was Fixed at €1,300.794 down €5.354 while the euro was stronger at €1: $1.3092 and stabilizing. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was $1,702.5 and in the euro at €1,301.01.

December 10: Gold and Silver Gain With Stocks

Gold climbed to as high as $1717.20 by about 8:30AM EST before it drifted back lower for most of the rest of trade, but it still ended with a gain of 0.44%. Silver rose to as high as $33.415 ended with a gain of 0.39%.

December 11: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower

Gold climbed $2.70 to $1714.30 by a little before 8AM EST before it fell back to $1704.82 in the next two and a half hours of trade, but it then rallied back higher for most of the rest of trade and ended with a loss of just 0.09%. Silver bumped up to $33.22 before it dropped back to $32.758 and then bounced back higher, but it still ended with a loss of 0.72%.

December 18: Gold and Silver Fall Almost 2%

Gold fell $36.70 to $1661.30 by early afternoon in New York before it rallied back higher in the last couple of hours of trade, but it still ended with a loss of 1.48%. Silver slumped to as low as $31.35 and ended with a loss of 1.77%.

December 26: Gold and Silver Gain With Oil

Gold climbed up to $1667.63 by about 9:15AM EST before it fell back off midday, but it still ended with a gain of 0.1%. Silver surged to $30.21 before it slipped back to $29.842 and then rallied back higher in early afternoon New York trade, but it then fell back off again in the last hour of trade and ended with a gain of just 0.23%.

January 16: Gold and Silver End Slightly Higher

Gold climbed $5.86 to $1684.76 in Asia before it fell back to $1673.59 at about 8AM EST, but it then rallied back higher in New York and ended with a gain of 0.06%. Silver rose to $31.46 in Asia before it fell back to $31.07 in London, but it then climbed to as high as $31.551 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.25%.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -257,806.020 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -257,806.020 ounces

January 24: Gold and Silver Fall About 1% and 2%

Gold fell to as low as $1665.12 at about 10AM EST before it bounced back higher in the next hour of trade, but it then drifted back lower again into the close and ended with a loss of 1.06%. Silver slipped to as low as $31.60 and ended with a loss of 1.83%.

Pure Bull

PM prices hit yesterday on “supposed” fears that the clueless Fed didn’t announce enough MONEY PRINTING – though they did EXACTLY what was expected – and “deflation fears” when the Dow tanked mid-Afternoon in response to rumors of the long-awaited Moody’s downgrades, announced after the market close. Like the Fed announcement, no one can claim anything was “unexpected” about these downgrades – and, more importantly, such downgrades (in freely traded markets) are PM BULLISH.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,573 again. London moved down only slightly to $1,569, while the euro weakened slightly to €1: $1.2450, 50 cents lower. The gold Fix was set at $1,567.75 the same as yesterday and in the euro €1,261.466, €6 higher. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold stood at $1,571.30 and in the euro, €1,260.97 while the euro was at €1: $1.2461.

Silver’s split personality feeds steep price drop

Silver’s split personality as an industrial and precious metal contributed to a steep drop for the second quarter, as the metal’s economic demand prospects and safe-haven appeal duel for investors’ attention.

Silver Market Morning

Gold closed in New York at $1,576.60 up $8. Asia and London took it down $10 to $1,566 as the euro continued to fall and ahead of London’s morning Fix today was set at $1,565.50 down $11 and in the euro at €1,281.097 down €3, while the euro stood at €1: $1.2220 down another 50 cents. Ahead of New York’s opening gold stood at $1,564.10 in the middle and in the euro at €1,284.84 almost unchanged on yesterday.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -378,196.144 ounces

COMEX Silver Inventory Update: -378,196.144 ounces

Gold & Silver Fear Indexes

A discussion with James Turk this week renewed my interest in his Fear Index. So I decided to calculate the current figure. Given the 2.8% GFI figure listed in the equation below, clearly the gold market mania phase is only beginning, when compared to the 1980's peak.

Silver Market Morning

After a weekend of critical European elections the gold price started the week in Asia lower at $1,638 lower in the dollar [-$3] but higher in the euro at just below €1: $1.30 then recovered. In the euro the gold price stood at €1,260 up €20 just ahead of London’s opening. There is no Fixing in London today as it is a public holiday. Ahead of New York’s opening it stood at $1,641.25 and in the euro €1,258.53 while the euro was at €1: $1.3041.

Whatever It Takes

The world’s markets are alight with excitement regarding the brain-dead repetition of ECB head Mario Draghi stating he’ll do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro. In other words, what he’s said – and DONE – all along, PRINT MONEY, MANIPULATE MARKETS, and disseminate PROPAGANDA.

July 30: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $9.32 to $1614.08 by about 8:30AM EST, but it then climbed to as high as $1624.86 in afternoon New York trade and ended with a loss of 0.08%. Silver slipped to $27.53 in Asia, but it then rose to as high as $28.23 in New York and ended with a gain of 1.55%.

GATA's Chris Powell on the Silver Manipulation Probe & the Fed Gold Audit!

Welcome to Capital Account. JP Morgan said in a court filing that PFG's subpoena of the bank may be overly burdensome. Will JP Morgan find a way to get out of it? It looks like they could be off the hook for accusations of silver manipulation. The Financial Times reported US regulators are increasingly likely to drop the four year investigation of silver manipulation, failing to find enough evidence. Bart Chilton, CFTC Commissioner, told a Motley Fool reporter that this FT report is premature and inaccurate. We find out what Chris Powell, co-founder and treasurer of the Gold Anti- Trust Action Committee, thinks.

Target 1 reached on silver (update on gold)

The initial profit taking target of the "Descending Triangle" pattern of the daily chart (right hand side below) on silver has been reached. The "Head and Shoulders" pattern on the daily chart is still in play.

Fighting Headwinds

This morning, PMs have been fighting the (coerced) headwinds created by the “debate” of whether an official, overt “QE3” program will be launched by the Fed, and WHEN. Why anyone would believe Bernanke would introduce – or even hint at – such a plan at Congressional hearings is beyond me, as such an occurrence has NEVER occurred in U.S. history.

Bolivia says may compensate South American Silver

The Bolivian government is willing to compensate South American Silver Corp for revoking its concession on the Malku Khota project, but it will be far less than the $16 million the company says it has invested, the country's vice president said on Thursday.

Euro shorts smell blood

Within the eurozone there are great stresses. At one extreme there are punitive costs of borrowing for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy; at the other there is zero or negative interest rates for Germany, the Netherlands and Finland. Doubtless the first group begets the second, as captive investors in euros have to buy government bonds, and this requirement is being funnelled away from risk into safety.

Weekend Update - Silver

In Silver the volume has barely been 40,000 contracts lately on the daily chart, and "Open Interest" is around 120,000 contracts. Those traders who currently have a big position in Silver have a "ruling" hand right now. Should large orders "at the market" come in to cover shorts, or liquidate long positions it is likely to cause violent price action out of nowhere.

NYMEX Daily Reports

The CME Group Daily Bulletin now contains information formerly found in the NYMEX, COMEX and DME fact sheets and open interest reports. However, only those products that have volume and open interest are displayed. Please review the Daily Bulletin Sample and Description to familiarize yourself with the new format.

June 12: Gold and Silver Gain About 1%

Gold fell $13.81 to $1586.39 by a little before 6AM EST, but it then shot back higher in morning New York trade and ended near its midday high of $1617.38 with a gain of 0.71%. Silver surged to as high as $29.042 and ended with a gain of 1.29%.