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November 18, 2020 | The Most Remarkable Statistic in a Most Remarkable Year

I’m already on record as declaring 2020 as the most significant year ever for silver. Considering all that has transpired this year throughout the country and the world that may not be saying much. After all, you would have to have lived on a different planet to argue otherwise. So let me get a lot […]

October 2, 2020 | The DOJ/CFTC/JPMorgan Settlement

As widely telegraphed over the past week, the US Justice Department and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (along with the SEC) have settled the precious metals spoofing/manipulation case which first came into view in November 2018 with the announcement of a guilty plea by a former JPMorgan trader. The total fine of $920 million was the […]

September 30, 2020 | Rock, Paper, Scissors

Way back in prehistoric times, before electronic gaming, children used to entertain themselves with certain hand games. I was always more of an “odds or even” gamer in which the choice was to display one or two fingers and outguess your opponent. The more sophisticated version was “rock, paper, scissors” which given the slightly greater […]

August 30, 2020 | Extreme Gains

The best way of approaching silver is to hold it on a fully paid-for long-term basis, as I believe the gains will be dramatic enough to make up for passing on the lure of margin. I am particularly intrigued at this time by what I perceive to be the short-term set up in silver. We’re […]

August 24, 2020 | A Silver Mystery in Full View

For those who have come to be convinced of the silver price manipulation, as well as those who remain unconvinced, I ask you to put aside all thoughts about derivatives trading, concentrated short positions and epic double crosses and think about something completely different. Please accept this as an open invitation in which no prior […]

August 14, 2020 | The Selloff

I hadn’t planned on writing about the very sharp selloff that started yesterday (Tuesday) in gold and silver, but can’t imagine anything more on investors’ minds – mine included. No amount of prior mental foresight fully prepares most for the type of selloff underway – no declarations of an overbought technical condition, warnings of increase […]

August 7, 2020 | Don’t Forget the Silver Users

Today, I would like to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit an issue that dominated the endless and often heated daily conversations I had with my dearly departed old friend, Israel Friedman. In the early days (circa the mid-1980’s), Izzy’s interest in my allegations of a short selling scam on the COMEX went […]

August 6, 2020 | The Perfect Solution

  A question from a close associate a week or so back prompted a whole new line of thought. The question set me back so much that I told him I had to think about it before responding. I’ve thought of little else since. The question was whether the big buyers of the 300 million […]

July 26, 2020 | Silver Time

The big silver story continues to be the surge in deposits of physical metal into the world’s silver ETFs. This past week, the amount added to the silver ETFs blew the doors off, as more than 28 million ounces were added. This is the annualized equivalent of nearly 1.5 billion ounces or nearly twice as […]

July 12, 2020 | The Silver Pressure Cooker

The silver market appears ready to blow its top, much like a pressure cooker whose relief valve stopped functioning even as the heat and pressure continued to build. The gold market is also likely to overheat, but at least in gold, its relief valve – the price of gold – appears to be functioning somewhat […]

June 29, 2020 | The Final Chapter

All things, both good and evil, come to an end. So it will be with the great silver price manipulation, which I date as having existed, in its COMEX-orchestrated version from 1983. Before that, of course, silver prices were never truly free, mostly as a result of some type of government interference. The US Government […]

June 5, 2020 | The Return of Precious Metals Leasing

I am going to describe something that, upfront, I know you will likely find far-fetched and will have trouble believing, even after you think it through. Nonetheless, I respectfully request that you persist in trying to grasp what I’m about to describe because if you do you will come to understand something that took me […]

June 3, 2020 | Falling Into Place

One wants to be careful about seeing things as previously predicted, but not so careful so as to not recognize when things seem to be playing out exactly as expected. Recent news stories and events seem to be in accord with a number of my central themes, but I’ll present the case as I see […]

May 20, 2020 | The Concentrated Short Position: What Matters Most In Gold, And Especially Silver

Having focused intently on the running open losses of the 8 big shorts (ex-JPM) for the past year, the latest price surge would seem to put the 8 big shorts in particular serious jeopardy. Simply put, the open losses ($7.8 billion, as of Friday, May 15) have never been larger, while the prospects for the […]

April 23, 2020 | Gold and Silver Relative Valuation

Particularly at times like these, when we’re experiencing things few would have imagined, it’s important to reach out for that which gives long term perspective and grounding. These days, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the short term and lose track of the long term. It’s no different for gold and silver. And I […]

April 10, 2020 | Strange Things Are Happening

Listen to Ted Butler’s interview “Silver Poised For An Explosive Move Higher?” on SilverRadio.FM I know I may be dating myself, but that was the title of a popular children’s song (circa 1953) by the comedian Red Buttons that came to mind as I contemplated the truly strange events occurring currently in gold and silver. […]

March 20, 2020 | Silver Plunge

The collapse in gold and silver prices and the shares of mining companies this week brought losses of hundreds of billions to existing holders as the value of all the gold in the world dropped by $800 billion. Investors in precious metals took it on the chin, but why? From everything I can see, the […]

February 27, 2020 | Bear Stearns Déjà vu?

Having traded as high as $1691 in COMEX April gold and $18.92 in March silver on Monday on near-record volume and closing not far from those levels as of the 1:30 PM EST settlements, prices sold off sharply in the always thinly-traded afterhours. As expected, the all too common occurrence drew complaints of market rigging. […]

February 14, 2020 | Spotlight On The DOJ And JPMorgan

It has now been more than eleven years that I have been writing about the leading role that the US’ largest bank, JPMorgan, plays in the pricing of silver and gold. My suspicions that JPMorgan was the big silver and gold manipulator started shortly after the release of the August 2008 Bank Participation report, which […]

February 5, 2020 | Another Position Limits Farce

Let me turn to the January 31 historic passage of the new proposed position limit regime as voted on by the CFTC.  As I believe most regular readers are aware, the issue of position limits has been a singular concern of mine for decades, one to which I have devoted more attention and effort than […]

January 20, 2020 | The Genius Of JPMorgan

Recently, JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the US, reported record earnings of $8.5 billion for the fourth quarter and roughly $35 billion for the full year. These are net profits, after all expenses and costs are subtracted from gross revenues. It is no understatement to call JPMorgan a profit-generating machine. My interest in the […]

November 2, 2019 | The Return Of The Silver Whale?

I’d like to follow up on an issue I first raised with subscribers last week, namely, the possible reemergence of the silver whale in COMEX silver futures. I want to preface this by openly acknowledging I may be premature in concluding a big buyer has begun to accumulate large quantities of silver futures contracts, but […]

October 24, 2019 | More Unanswered Questions About Silver

It was, after all, a simple question that sparked my interest in silver from the start. Some 35 years ago, my now-departed friend and mentor, Israel Friedman, challenged me with a question that took me a year to answer. Actually, “challenged” is not the right word, either back then or today. Izzy simply asked a […]

September 22, 2019 | Serious Inroads, But Still Unfinished Business

By now, it would have been hard not to have read about the Justice Department’s landmark criminal indictments against three additional precious metals traders from JPMorgan. Two of the traders charged are current employees and include the head of global metals trading. The charges involve spoofing and market manipulation that extend back for nearly a […]

June 27, 2019 | Why Is JP Morgan Above The Law

Recent developments indicate, almost beyond question, that when it comes to silver (and gold), JPMorgan is operating in direct violation of the law. So clear is the proof of this allegation that the only real question is why JPM is allowed to openly flaunt basic commodity and antitrust law? Before getting to the why, let […]

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