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.
As I have mentioned on many occasions, the current debt levels are totally unsustainable and without any real economic growth, there is no way that this will be resolved without a major monetary collapse or reset of the current fiat system. However, many people have no idea of what is really going on.
How in the world can JPMorgan eventually sell hundreds of millions of ounces of silver without flooding the market and causing prices to crash? This is what JPMorgan does as a regular part of their business – accumulate and then liquidate massive market positions before most people get out of bed every morning. It is second nature to them. In my opinion, this silver will be sold before most people realize they bought it in the first place. Buying 350 million ounces of silver was the hard part, selling it will be a snap.
This article details several cases in which silver helps several industry types in making advances: agriculture, health and electricity. This is an excerpt from the latest newsletter released by The Silver Institute.
The Dubai Precious Metals Conference last weekend was attended by precious metals investors from around the world. Interestingly, quite some speakers dedicated their presentation to China and its gold market. One of those speakers, Albert Cheng, Managing Director at the Far East unit of the World Gold Council, explained how China will be rolling out their “one belt, one road” reforms, with a global reach. Those initiatives will be gradually integrated with the gold market.
As an investor who is bullish on the precious metals, you want to see continued new uses being found for them. And that is exactly what is taking place in all four of today’s precious metals markets – gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Long before Apple made its gold watch announcement, precious metals were helping people “tell time.” They gave – and continue to give – those who possess them the ability of not only protecting their wealth, but often times their families’ lives during times of approaching financial storm and political strife. The clock is ticking.
Gold investors have been suffering in the last 3.5 years. The outlook for gold, however, is quite positive, according to John Hathaway. Driven by extremes in sentiment, the fact that the gold production will fall at current price levels, the advances in institutionalizing the Chinese gold market, the world monetary system, it seems that gold investors will be rewarded in the future. In a recent interview with The Gold Report, Tocqueville Asset Management fund managers Doug Groh and John Hathaway share their view on the gold market.
Touchscreens are easy to use but challenging to manufacture because their inner workings are more complex than many everyday users might imagine. When you poke at a touchscreen, a microscopic conductor track detects the touch and sends that signal to larger conductor tracks on the outside of the screen. These macroscopic tracks collect and aggregate that signal with those coming from other microscopic conductor tracks. Until now, it took several production stages to create these differentsized tracks. However, researchers have introduced a process to construct a basic building block of touchscreens in one step.
Indoor heating accounts for about half of the world’s energy consumption, according to the International Energy Agency, so researchers at Stanford University wondered if wearing clothes with imbedded silver nanowires would allow people to lower their thermostats. These clothes would also keep people comfortable in cold weather outside.
Indium tin-oxide is widely used in touchscreens, plasma televisions and flexible electronics because of its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. However, this compound is becoming more expensive and engineers are seeking an alternative. One substitute may be silver nanowires embedded in flexible polymers.