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Silver Market Sees ‘Anomalies’ and ‘Devious Efforts’ - CFTC’s Chilton

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012 Aug 08, 2012 - 07:19 AM GMT

By: GoldCore

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday's AM fix was USD 1,607.00, EUR 1,298.90, and GBP 1,030.33 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,613.00, EUR 1,300.39 and GBP 1,032.39 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $27.88/oz, €22.67/oz and £17.89/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,406.20/oz, palladium at $582.70/oz and rhodium at $1,100/oz.


Gold climbed $0.40 or 0.02% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,611.60/oz. Silver climbed to $28.21 and dipped again but finished with a gain of 0.68%.

Gold initially traded sideways in Asia then dipped below $1,610/oz but then recovered and has traded in a range between $1,605/oz and $1,610/oz.

Gold Prices/Rates/Fixes /Volumes – (Bloomberg)

Gold edged down on Wednesday on profit taking after sustaining 3 days of gains which saw gold creep slowly above the $1,600/oz level again.

Recent dollar strength and a lack of clarity in the minds of many market participants regarding whether the ECB or the US Federal Reserve Bank will employ more quantitative easing to prevent double dip recessions and even depressions may be partly to blame for gold’s lack of gains recently.

However, the dollar is set to weaken again due to the appalling US fiscal situation and further quantitative easing and money printing on behalf of the FED, ECB and BOE is almost inevitable.

Eric Rosengren, a Boston Fed Bank President, made comments that the US Fed should launch QE3 to prevent recession and ultra ‘dovish’ or uber accommodative monetary policies are set to continue which is bullish for gold.

Other macro data and developments were also gold positive and likely to lead to safe haven demand.

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greece’s sovereign rating to negative and a Greek default continues to be almost certain – with the attendant risk of contagion in the European and global financial system.

Italy sank further into a recession as its Q2 ranked in 2.5% yearly decline. German industrial orders surprised on the downside for June showing the contagion is not felt by European so called ‘PIIGS’ alone.

Gold Spot $/oz Daily,10/08/07-08/08/12 - (Bloomberg)

The Bank of England has slashed growth forecasts to zero and inflation predictions again. The BOE has been overly optimistic on growth and wrong regarding inflation for some time and looks set to continue to be so.

As long as governments and central banks continue to pile debt upon debt and substitute sovereign debt for financial and banking debt – the crisis will continue.

XAU/GBP Exchange Rate Daily - (Bloomberg)

A proper diagnosis is necessary before applying the right remedy. Central banks continue to deal with the symptoms of the crisis and not the causes. As any doctor will tell you, that is not in the patient's long-term interest and risks making the illness worse – and potentially fatal.

A debt crisis will never be solved by creating more debt. Gold remaining not far from record highs in most fiat currencies shows this and the consolidation of recent months has set the stage for a marked increase in prices in the coming months.

Real diversification remains crucial and those who have allocations to gold will continue to be rewarded.

XAU/EUR Exchange Rate Daily, 09/08/10-08/08/12 - (Bloomberg)

Silver Market Sees ‘Anomalies’ and ‘Devious Efforts’ - CFTC’s Chilton
The silver market was affected by “devious efforts” to move the price of the precious metal, according to Bart Chilton, a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as reported by Bloomberg.

“I continue to believe, consistent with my previous statements and information from the public, that there have been devious efforts related to moving the price of silver,” Chilton said by e-mail today in response to questions from Bloomberg. “There have also been silver and gold market anomalies outside of the silver investigate window that have raised, and continue to raise, market concerns.”

The enforcement division of the Washington-based agency, the main U.S. overseer of derivatives markets, began pursuing allegations of manipulation in the silver market in September 2008.

Investigators have analyzed more than 100,000 documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses, the CFTC said in a November 2011 statement. Chilton said last month the investigation may be completed as early as September.

In a story published Sunday, the Financial Times stated, "A four-year investigation into the possible manipulation of the silver markets looks increasingly likely to be dropped after US regulators failed to find enough evidence to support a legal case.”

The FT based their story on three unidentified people “familiar with the situation."

However, Steve Adamske, a CFTC spokesman, said on the silver investigation that “we will decline to comment because the commission has not decided a course of action on this matter.”

One of the identified targets of the current CFTC silver market investigation has been JP Morgan Chase and some have long voiced concerns that the concentrated short positions held by some banks, including JP Morgan, could allow manipulation of the price and price capping.

This could result in a massive short squeeze which propels prices much higher leading to further massive losses for ‘too big to fail’ and ‘too big to bail’ banks should the small silver market see sharp moves upwards due to the tight physical market.

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