If you are a precious metals investor, you need to see this chart. Matter-a-fact, this is the first time (to my knowledge) in the history of precious metals analysis that the information in this chart has been made public. One look at this chart and the investor will see the the huge difference between the cost to produce the precious metals.
As usual, I have extremely timely, eminently actionable topics to discuss. And while I’d love to simply talk “big picture,” the collapse of history’s largest, most destructive fiat Ponzi scheme is moving too rapidly to be complacent. Trust me, I’d love to take a well-deserved rest – and man, is it well-deserved. However, the so-called “race to the finish” is on; and as I not only love my job, but feel compelled to do it as well as possible, there’s no way I’m going to slow down any time soon. In return, I ask for nothing but your goodwill, and help in spreading such “gospel” as rapidly as possible. That said, Miles Franklin would clearly appreciate the opportunity to earn your business, if you happen to be considering the purchase, sale, or storage of Precious Metals.
Again, I can't overstate how unusual this is and how different it is from the norm. In a "normal" month where total deliveries came in at 85%, we would have seen about 2,300 total deliveries. Instead, we saw 3,637. Therefore, we're left to conclude that and additional 1,300 contracts were demanded for immediate delivery in July. This means that someone or something funded their account with 100% margin, jumped the "queue" and demanded immediate delivery of 6,500,000 ounces of silver. At prices ranging around $15/ounce, that's nearly $100,000,000.
In the world of basic commodities nearly every market participant, whether a producer or consumer, is a price taker, accepting the general price level prevailing at the time. For example, the individual consumer of gasoline has little choice but to take the price at the pump or go elsewhere. Same with corporate consumers like airlines and other transportation entities. They can hedge and fix their costs, but that hedging must be based upon current prevailing prices. Even large producers like the oil companies must take what prices the market provides, although the largest oil producers, like Saudi Arabia, could set (make) oil prices if it wanted to (at least temporarily).
It’s 5:00 AM PST, and to say I’m tired is the understatement of the century. I’m in Vancouver for Eric Sprott’s annual investment conference, where the Miles Franklin crew is spending time with some of the continent’s smartest people. Last night was a particularly late one, and today Andy Schectman and I are giving two presentations. That said, I wanted to pen a few thoughts before heading to the conference – about not only the imploding global economy, but blindingly obvious upward “drift” of government-rigged “markets” ahead of this afternoon’s meaningless FOMC statement. Not to mention, equally blatant intervention to support the collapsing Chinese stock market; and of course, cap precious metals.
After examining 14 million records, including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, federal budget allocations and spending, we found that, on average, for every dollar spent on influencing politics, the nation’s most politically active corporations received $760 from the government. The $4.4 trillion total represents two-thirds of the $6.5 trillion that individual taxpayers paid into the federal treasury.
There is a rising trend in the silver market that has the bankers worried. This may seem like a play on hype, but I can assure you… the facts are clear. If we look at the data in the silver market, there was a distinct change that took place in 2008. Basically, the U.S. Banking system died in 2008 and more investors are finally catching on.
Through the first half of this year, silver experienced increased demand for jewelry and important industrial applications, two signals of demand growth for this most versatile of metals.
It’s first thing Monday morning; and clearly, the top thought on my mind is the question posed by Saturday’s must hear Audioblog, “has the ‘big one’ commenced?” To which, in my view, it should be difficult for anyone with an unbiased, realistic view to answer anything but YES!
Eventually the gold and silver certificates disappeared and Federal Reserve Notes replaced them. The Federal Reserve Notes looked similar to gold and silver certificates, but sadly, they were nothing more than a piece of paper that represented a loan from (hence the word “note”) or obligation of the United States, issued by the Federal Reserve.