The new silver - made with paper
By The Mogambo Guru
Things are so weird lately that I nervously put a new layer of aluminum foil on
the ceiling and walls of the Fabulous Mogambo Bunker (FMB) in another pathetic
attempt to keep what I assume are Government Stupid Rays (GSR) from being
beamed into my brain, too, as things are getting Really, Really Weird (RRW) out
The weirdest thing of the whole week was that gold and silver suddenly
collapsed in price when they should have been zooming to the freaking moon in
response to the inflationary and deflationary horrors that are appearing
everywhere. And you
should have seen the gold lease rates jerking around on Monday! Weird!
Many other people are likewise perplexed at this bizarre event, so it ISN'T
just a change for me, given that many people have noticed that there is almost
no silver for sale, and there are plenty of people who want to buy some, and
when they do find some for sale, they find that the asking price is way, way,
WAY above the spot price of silver! So that's something else weird!
So perhaps it is not just coincidental that Chris Powell of GATA.org posted the
headline "US Mint Suspends Gold Coin Sales", by which he means the news that
"The US Mint has suspended sales of American Eagle gold coins."
Mr Powell figures that "the suspension is overwhelming evidence that the
futures contract price of gold on the commodities exchanges is substantially
below the physical market price and that, indeed, the commodities exchanges are
being used as GATA long has maintained - as part of a massive scheme of
manipulation of the precious metals, currency, and bond markets," which is not
really all that much news, as the International Monetary Fund, Bank for
International Settlements, US Treasury, European Central Bank and US Federal
Reserve officials have all long ago acknowledged that they do, and will do,
these kinds of things any time they want.
The result is that "the Western central banks, desperate to prop up a corrupt
and tottering financial system, have put gold so much on sale that even the US
Mint can't find any now", as nobody is stupid enough to sell their gold, or
silver, at these low prices! Wow!
But the question on my trembling lips remains, "Regardless of why silver went
down by so much so fast, why did it go down at all?"
Jason Hommel of silverstockreport.com explains, "Many people agree there is a
shortage of retail investor silver, but they get confused by the lower price.
They think a lower price means more silver must have come into the market."
I naturally leap to my feet and exclaim, "Well, if one looks at the classical
supply/demand dynamic, where the supply curve meeting the demand curve
determines the price, then, yes; silver supply MUST have come onto the market
to swamp demand, making the price go down! That's the way things work!
Everybody knows that! Do I look like I am stupid or something? Is that what you
are saying? You're saying I'm stupid, like I don't understand supply and demand
or something? Is that what you are saying, punk?"
Well, I could see Mr Hommel struggling to contain himself, as bitter experience
has shown that everyone is always happy to tell me that, yes, I look stupid,
and not only that, but I sound stupid, I act stupid, I am stupid, and I smell
funny, which must be the fabled "smell of stupid", which must be (also learned
by bitter experience) also something of a babe-repellent, looking back on it
all after all these years.
Instead, perhaps taking pity on me and my many, many personal problems in the
areas of looking, sounding, being, acting and smelling, he says through gritted
teeth, "That is not how our markets work."
Of course, I figure that he is arguing with me! Happily argumentative, I
retort, "Wrong-o! That's how ALL markets work; price equilibrates demand and
supply so that they equal each other!"
I was feeling pretty smug about this time, because if there is one thing I know
for sure, it is that the prices going up and down make demand equal supply. So,
thinking that I had finally, at last, bested Mr Hommel in an argument, I sat
down with a cruel, sadistic grin on my face, crossed my arms in
self-satisfaction, and thought, "Touche!"
My comeuppance was, as usual, not long in coming, and almost instantly I see
where he had cleverly maneuvered me into revealing that everybody is right; I
really AM stupid! He wasn't taking about silver bullion at all! He was talking
about paper promises to deliver silver!
With my face burning in embarrassment at how easily I was duped, I could feel
Mr Hommel's eyes burning into me as he said, "Our markets are affected by paper
silver futures contracts, and very few people ever attempt to take delivery of
that silver; they buy it on leverage, for the investment returns, not for real
silver. So, some people can sell 'silver promises' to excess, and never
deliver, and if they sell more 'paper silver' than exists, that can manipulate
This is entirely congruent with SeekingAlpha.com blaring the headline "The
Disconnect Between Supply and Demand in Gold & Silver Markets". They
explain that "western markets are, with the exception of some fabrication and
industrial demand, almost 90% paper based", which is making it very easy for
the world's bullion banks to affect the price of silver by "managing deliveries
of physical gold and silver to artificially reduce the quantities delivered",
which they do by restricting credit to buy gold.
Then, out of nowhere, in one of those flashes that sometimes determines the
course of history, I instantly decide that Mr Hommel, explaining the business
plan of "sell 'silver promises' to excess, and never deliver", was too good a
deal to pass up! I immediately went into the silver business!
Within a matter of mere seconds, with a fanfare of trumpets I proudly
introduced the new Mogambo Silver Service (MSS) - a trusted, old-line firm,
founded by God-fearing Pilgrims when they stepped off the Mayflower onto
Plymouth Rock and said, "This looks like a good rock to step on to get off of
this damned boat!"
So, from now on, if you ever want to buy some silver, MSS will sell it to you
at the lowest price possible; the spot price! All you have to do is just send
the money to me, in cash, in a plain brown envelope addressed to "Occupant",
and I will gladly send you a piece of paper that says I sold you some silver.
And this is real paper silver, too, made with real paper! With a stamp and
everything, but without any fingerprints or DNA anywhere on the paper, the
envelope or the stamp, so don't bother looking, as I am waaaAAAAaaay ahead of
you and your ill-tempered prosecuting attorneys!
And the ugly lesson is; you thought that the fraud of naked short selling was
only for stocks? Hahaha! Wrong! It's every-freaking-where! Hahaha!
And when you have that kind of pandemic, systemic corruption, created by greedy
people exploiting inattentive regulators and complicit government, and financed
by the damnable Federal Reserve creating all the money and credit to pay for it
all, then you are 100% right to be buying silver and gold to protect yourself
against the inflation in prices and economic calamity that are sure to follow.
Your only mistake was to not take delivery of the actual silver, but instead
taking a flimsy piece of paper.
And even if the "paper promise" to deliver silver is not from Mogambo Silver
Service (MSS), then it is almost certainly something of equal value when one
considers that more silver has been "sold" in paper promises than the amount of
silver that actually exists in the world! Hahahaha!
Richard Daughty is general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group,
serving the financial and medical communities, and the editor of The Mogambo
Guru economic newsletter - an avocational exercise to heap disrespect on those
who desperately deserve it.