Even mainstream media has noticed it: silver coins are going through a true squeeze, with demand up significantly and premiums reaching an all-time high. Reuters reported today that “the global silver-coin market is in the grips of an unprecedented supply squeeze, forcing some mints to ration sales and step up overtime while sending U.S. buyers racing abroad to fulfill a sudden surge in demand.”
A common place to offer an individual’s precious metals is a marketplace, as there are many to be found on eBay, the largest marketplace worldwide. However, with the advance of the internet, products and services can be offered across many stores in search for the most competitive bid. Another way to offer your metal or jewelry is through a pawn shop.
A state salary or pension in Illinois (and many other states and countries) may be at risk. An alternate plan is needed. Politicians will “extend and pretend” instead of addressing structural problems, so those problems will become worse. Unpayable liabilities will not be paid. Consequences will be ugly and may arrive soon. Be prepared! Buy gold (and silver) to protect your purchasing power.
What it comes down to is how much longer the COMEX-orchestrated price can delay the physical silver crunch and shortage to come? I don’t have the answer, but I am confident that this is the right question. I am also confident that once a wholesale physical silver shortage kicks in, that shortage can’t be further contained by derivatives trading and most likely will have to burn itself out the old-fashioned way – by allowing the market to discover the true clearing price. The trick, of course, is to be positioned before the physical shortage is reflected in price.
Nanotechnology has come to paper. Although the special paper is made from cellulose, like regular paper, the cellulose fibers are on a nanoscale, which gives it lower surface roughness and much higher transparency than traditional paper.
Lower precious metals prices on Wall Street aren’t necessarily bringing lower prices on Main Street. The retail market for gold and silver coins, bars, and rounds has been swamped with high demand since mid June. Both the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint continue to run into serious issues keeping up with retail silver coin demand.
To Capitalize on Low Spot Prices AND Low Premiums, Choose Gold Coins, Bars, and Rounds or Silver Bars
I have mentioned countless times that the world is drowning in debt and the implications of this are obvious. We are either going to experience a debt deflation driven depression or we will experience a complete collapse of the current currency system, and some form of hyperinflation. People have been buying gold and silver to protect their wealth from monetary crisis for thousands of years. It’s the only way to keep your wealth safe when banks close, stock markets crash, and the government won’t let you touch your own money.
Apple watchers say that the company’s upcoming iPad Pro could have a flexible display coated with silver nanowires (AgNW) that works with “Force Touch,” a feature that the company first used on its 2015 MacBook notebooks. The feature allows the display to distinguish among different finger pressures allowing, say, a video to play faster when pressed harder.
This interview with Mr. Neumeyer, former founder of First Majestic Silver, covers the most important trends in the precious metals market. Above all, Mr. Neumeyer talks about the ongoing silver price manipulation, and the open letter that First Majestic Silver’s CEO has written to the CFTC about the blatant price manipulation in the silver futures market.
Following last Wednesday’s article suggesting that silver mining companies write to the CFTC (which I did make public at the urging of subscribers), one mining company (befitting of its name) became the first to do so. The CEO of First Majestic Silver Corp, Keith Neumeyer, became the first miner to write to the CFTC concerning the massive historic one-week repositioning of speculative positions on the COMEX that far exceeded anything occurring in the real world of silver production or consumption. While I hope additional mining companies take the matter up with the agency, Neumeyer not only did the right thing, he set a precedent that, to my knowledge, had not previously occurred in the 30 years that I have closely followed the silver market and, most likely, long before that.
Last week, the global gold market was rather subdued as the upward momentum in prices ran out of steam hitting resistance at around $1220 an ounce. Despite a mild rally on Friday, gold prices fell for the second week in a row. The price of the yellow metal edged up on Friday from the previous day’s 2-1/2-week low, supported by a slightly weaker dollar and uncertainty over Greece’s debt talks. On-going concerns over a potential Greek debt default weighed on the global financial and gold markets last week as G7 leaders scrambled to try to come up with an 11th hour bailout package.
It is only when you compare what just occurred in COMEX silver to other commodities does the extent of the manipulation come through. I’d use the words preposterous and absurd to describe the situation, but the COT report is factual and as real as rain. Instead, what is preposterous and absurd is for anyone to pretend that what is going on in silver is somehow normal. This is particularly true for silver investors and mining companies and their shareholders which are being held hostage to the most defective price discovery process in history.
There is ample record evidence that banks are totally unreliable if it is known that any gold or silver is being held, either by consent for a fee or in a safe deposit box. If you have any PMs in a bank, guess who really owns it? Word is that even allocated gold owned by wealthy clients, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, is missing. Who cares? That is their problem, not yours. The point to be made is we all live in a world where it is a matter of self-survival.