Gold and silver markets held up in price this week.
The gold spot price appears to be closing up over $10 per oz on the week, ending around the $1,223 oz USD mark.
The silver spot price looks to be closing around $14.46 per troy ounce.
Of note, the palladium spot price appears to be closing above $1,181 oz in US dollars.
Confirmation... Merriam Webster defines the word confirmation, as an act or process of confirming, supporting a theory or a body of work with evidence and proof.
This week's guest has spent a large portion of his adult life, working on knowledge revolving around commodity price discovery, most specifically in the silver market.
Often within his research are acute questions such as who dictates or mostly influences price discovery?
What are the How's and the Why's for the prices we pay for critical commodities?
Early last week, on November 6th 2018. The US Department of Justice confirmed much of what this week's guest has been publicly alleging year after year.
If you have spent any time trying to understand JP Morgan's involvement in the silver market, high chance is you too have come across his spearheading work.
Facing a potential sentence of 30 years in prison, the individual pled guilty to commodities fraud and spoofing conspiracy.
The Department of Justice published the following words on their website:
"This trading strategy was admittedly intended to inject materially false and misleading liquidity and price information into the precious metals futures contracts markets by placing the Spoof Orders in order to deceive other market participants about the existence of supply and demand.
The Spoof Orders were designed to artificially move the price of precious metals futures contracts in a direction that was favorable to the guilty party and his co-conspirators at the Bank, to the detriment of other market participants.
In pleading guilty, Edmonds admitted that he learned this deceptive trading strategy from more senior traders at the Bank, and he personally deployed this strategy hundreds of times with the knowledge and consent of his immediate supervisors.
This case is the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s New York Field Office." (SOURCE)
In a few seconds we will begin discussing this and other ranging topics related to silver, gold, crude oil, and the financial markets.
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Welcome to this week's Metals and Markets wrap, I'm your host James Anderson of SD Bullion.
With us this week is a well known analyst who has for decades, spearheaded fundamental silver market research keeping a close eye on silver's price discovery essence and market ongoings.
Mr. Ted Butler of Butler Research, thank you for coming on our show.
We have to start with last week's DoJ / FBI bust of 13 year, just recently former JP Morgan trader, and what his plea bargain and the trading party conspiracy implications might develop into.
800 million oz silver hoard?!
Can we break down JP Morgan's potential Ag holdings, bit by bit?
Methodologies you use in tracking them, physical flows and withdrawals:
- COMEX warehouse and increase physical turnovers of silver bullion
- SLV withdrawals as an AP and Custodian (2006 - 2018)
- Government Silver Bullion Coins?
On the COMEX delivery side, what if any insight might we glean from this customer vs house data Nick Laird shot out a week or so ago?
Of course there are the beat down naysayers who gripe that this current silver market situation will go on forever.
If our past is perhaps a fore-shadowing of JP Morgan's possible plays ahead.
How might JP Morgan profit on the silver upside to come, 2020s?
What about the Bank of Nova Scotia?
Obviously Scotiabank (aka Bank of Nova Scotia, aka Scotia Mocatta) could not sell their bullion derivative desk. Now they claim to be drawing it down.
Any updates there?
You obviously had some thoughts on this Crude Oil market sell off.
Perhaps you might like to say something on the matter.
I'd like to conclude taking you back to your Izzy Friedman days all the way up to today.
What has surprised you most about this 30 year saga?
Is there any thing you might have done differently?
Thank you Ted for your time, and for all the many decades you have put into studying and teaching others about commodity markets. Most specifically the silver market.