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Fraud Confirmed: 100-Day Delay To Take Bullion Delivery In London

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As the rampant criminality in bullion markets becomes more and more apparent (even to outside observers); we get another anecdote from the Corporate Media illustrating the level of fraud/manipulation in unequivocal terms. We’re told that bullion-buyers in London must now wait more than 100 days to take delivery of the bullion for which they have already paid.

The comedic drones at Bloomberg, and officials of the London Metal Exchange itself would have us believe this is due to “warehouse queues.” While precious metals bulls undoubtedly appreciate the imagery implied of a 100-day line-up of armored cars waiting to load their bullion – in the middle of this “bear market” – the implication is fallacious.

In an era of just-in-time inventories; the notion that there can be a 100-day backlog to load bullion into armored cars with the metal already sitting in the warehouse is ludicrous. Clearly what the LME is really reporting here is a greater-than-three-month delay to refine the gold (or silver) being purchased here – and then ship it to their warehouse.

In other words, the “bullion” which traders believe they are purchasing today is in fact merely ore which hasn’t even been dug out of the ground yet. While gold and silver miners have nearly eliminated the suicidal “hedging” which the banking cabal used to suppress the sector even further in previous years; the banksters are now effectively “forward-selling” the gold and silver of these mining companies – by selling “gold” and “silver” which doesn’t even exist yet.

Essentially, the purchasers of futures contracts at the LME who request to “take delivery” of the metal they have purchased are simply given a new futures contract instead of the metal they now legally own. This second, unofficial, illegal futures contract is simply a 3+ month wait for buyers to receive what they have paid for – where the buyers aren’t compensated in any way for this effective default (on the first contract), and the banksters have free use of the buyers’ money for that period.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes we know what is taking place, since it’s been widely reported since 2008. LME shills quietly contact buyers individually and inform them that if they don’t want to wait more than 3 months to take delivery of what they already own that there is another option: cash settlement.

As with these failures to deliver by the LME; cash settlement represents another category of bullion default. The LME can’t supply the metal, and so it buys off buyers with large bribes to ward-off the official bullion-default which becomes more inevitable by the day.

How large are the bribes? Even as far back as 2009 it was rumored that the normal size of the “premium” paid to buy-off traders was approximately 25%. Naturally such bribes will be accompanied by non-disclosure clauses – conveniently prohibiting buyers from confirming these serial inventory defaults at the LME (and New York as well?).

With current delays to take delivery having now reached such absurd extremes, there is no longer any doubt that the LME bullion warehouses are empty. This means that any cash settlements taking place can no longer be characterized as mere attempts to “conserve inventories.”

Rather, what we are dealing with here is now open fraud. Selling futures contracts to purchase bullion at specific dates, knowing that (in fact) that “bullion” does not exist. The cash settlement becomes the legal “consideration” confirming the fraudulent transaction: bait-and-switch.

Buyers think they are purchasing “bullion”, when all the LME banksters are really offering buyers is interest on their paper. It’s a generous rate of interest, to be sure, but it in no way alters the nature of the bait-and-switch being perpetrated at the LME – and thus the size of the bribe itself can in no way negate the serial acts of fraud being committed by the LME.

 

The criminal manipulation of prices is now being accompanied by criminal “settlement” of contracts in London. We must suspect that New York is near or at the same level of criminality in the settlement of its own contracts. Indeed, with the Attorney General of the United States having publicly pledged to cover-up all the crimes committed by these bullion banks; they could commit the same crimes being committed by the LME banksters with complete impunity.

Meanwhile, the only thing more perverse than trading in these official, fraudulent paper-bullion markets is the reporting on this sector by the Corporate propaganda machine. It continues to refer to the fraudulent manipulation of bullion prices as a “bear market”.

We have India engaging in three, extreme, rapid-fire measures to attempt to suppress gold demand in its own market; because at current, fraudulent prices Indians were literally buying-up every available ounce of gold on the planet (with some competition from the Chinese). Meanwhile, we also see recent data indicating India is now importing silver at an annualized rate of 10,000 tonnes per year.

This is more than double the rate of silver-importing which occurred in India during the Great Take-Down of bullion prices which occurred in the Crash of ’08. But after five more years of silver inventory depletion; the silver market is even less-capable of absorbing such rabid demand for real metal today than it could in 2008.

Now we see that the official bullion exchange in London is unable to fill legally contracted orders. Previously, the U.S. Mint suspended production (and sales) of some of its gold coins, despite a statutory requirement that it always produce sufficient supply to meet demand. We must presume that the reason why the U.S. Mint broke its own law was simply lack of supply.

To refer to the precious metals sector where supply-exhaustion and inventory defaults are now facts of life as a “bear market” is nothing less than despicable. It is a perverse lie with only one purpose: to attempt to legitimize the fraudulent take-down of precious metals markets.

Why are prices falling so far/so fast? Because it’s a bear market.”

(“Why is it a bear market? Because prices are falling so fast.”)

It is nothing but nonsensical, circular reasoning; but it’s the best that the Corporate Media can do. Having spent the last 3 years calling gold (and silver) “a risk asset” one day, and “a safe haven” the next; media shills have contradicted themselves so often that they no longer even attempt any pseudo-analysis of fundamentals.

There is nothing but the “bear market” lie as a near-transparent façade to mask open crime in these markets. But it’s not merely the banksters who have openly exposed their own criminality. When we have prices plummeting lower while demand is so frenzied that we are now seeing inventory-defaults in the world’s largest official exchange(s); it is impossible for any regulator not to see (and comprehend) such a perverse imbalance in these markets.

There is no rational or legal explanation for a market where prices are falling despite such extreme demand that inventory-default is now taking place. “Price” (i.e. a rising price) is the mechanism – the only mechanism – which can relieve such demand in markets, and restore at least some sort of equilibrium.

The fact that our pseudo-regulators allow prices to continue to be suppressed while demand literally “demands” (much, much) higher prices is nothing less than an implicit confession that these Charlatans are the direct accomplices of the banksters. Let no one be fooled when the laughable Bart Chilton engages in another one of his “good cop/bad cop” farces with Gary Gensler at the CFTC.

The massive, unprecedented bullion demand (in the face of falling prices) is unequivocal, empirical proof of the criminality of the banksters in these markets. The failure of our regulators to intervene in this prima facie crime is unequivocal, empirical proof of their own complicity in this crime.

(Official) bullion default or (unofficial) market Decoupling is now an absolute near-term certainty, unless prices are allowed to reverse radically higher in the very near future. Indeed, the speed with which these markets are being driven to inventory default must lead one to suspect that such a default is the intent of the banking cabal.

While we cannot know what (evil) illegal schemes the banksters have in store for us next, we do know the inevitable result of their current crimes: (real) bullion markets drying-up completely. The tidal wave of bullion-buying from India and China alone must soak-up any/all available supply.

As the line goes from all of those corny, TV infomercials; “buy now, while supplies last.”

 

 


Editor's Note:

Several queries have been received that the "LME" (London Metal Exchange) is not the same entity as the "LBMA" (London Bullion Market Association).

The LME was formed in 1877. The LBMA was only formed in 1987, but it was created out of the London Gold Market and London Silver Market "whose origins go back to the mid-nineteenth century".

http://www.lbma.org.uk/pages/index.cfm?page_id=9&title=about_the_lbma

In fact; these are all "heads" of the same (financial) Hydra.

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Bigdad06
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written by Bigdad06, July 02, 2013
Another great article Jeff that is on point! They are simply trying to extend and pretend their way out of this but collapse of the exchanges into irrelevance is inevitable.
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, July 02, 2013
My fear is that the endgame for the evil scum (following default) will be the application of a large tax on any citizen gold sales... including ETF's... like 40%?? I doubt if confiscation is possible... but hitting us at the sales is easy, especially for this toxic despot we have now...


TusconJJ, the "long arm" of the Tax Man is always one possibility with respect to attempting to CLAW BACK any wealth we manage to shelter in PM's. It's one that I haven't spent a lot of time on -- because in my mind it's even MORE problematic than confiscation.

Consider this: (despite the propaganda) gold and silver are "money" -- and thus currencies. Indeed, if we hold our bullion in minted coins they are OFFICIAL currency.

If you SWAP CURRENCIES in order to SPEND the new currency; there are no capital gains/capital loss provisions applicable. The obvious examples are business travel and vacations.

If we swap our PAPER currencies for gold/silver currencies, and then we "spend" (not "sell") those currencies -- to buy goods/services -- there should be no capital gain applicable.

The government couldn't make such an argument without also allowing "capital LOSSES" on $TRILLIONS of their own paper currencies. Lol!!!
Tucson JJ
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written by Tucsonjj, July 02, 2013
Nice job, Jeff... My fear is that the endgame for the evil scum (following default) will be the application of a large tax on any citizen gold sales... including ETF's... like 40%?? I doubt if confiscation is possible... but hitting us at the sales is easy, especially for this toxic despot we have now...
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, July 02, 2013
On the anecdotal level, companies like Gold Max, and "pop up" gold buyers all across the US are closing shops by the drove.
The alleged reason? Falling prices.
For businesses that live by the spread between the bid (usually quite low at these "joints") and the offer, price is irrelevant.
The real reason?
The US public has been completely "mined out" of its gold and silver during this depression.
There goes another source of supply.



Bobbbny, I suspect there is definitely a "story" in there somewhere about the demise of all the "cash for gold" Parasites. However; we might need to wait for the dust to settle a little more -- before enough hindsight perspective emerges to make some definitive points here.

Certainly scrap-supply is even MORE affected at these scorched-Earth prices than mine supply...over the shorter term. smilies/wink.gif
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, July 02, 2013
Jeff: my "connect the dots" take on the final decoupling is that it might not take place in the near term, but most certainly within a five year period. I believe that the key will be that the final theft will be the purchase of miner deposits at pennies on the dollar; or the equal probability of sovereign expropriation of in-country mines as the global economy descends into chaos. BTW, the interesting line item on the US Treasury balance sheet under gold is the notation "deep reserves"; or more appropriately, "ore yet to be mined"?



Apberusdisvet, I try to shy away from thinking in such definitive terms. Yes, episodes of mass-fraud (and the collective insanity which generally accompanies it) tend to last much, much longer than rationality dictates.

At the same time; we can never forget that the Banksters' frauds rarely (if ever) simply implode on their own. Rather; they are almost always DETONATED by the Banksters themselves -- when they decide a "crash" is more profitable than continuing to pump-up the same scams.

In this case; the Banksters' scams are more than RIPE enough for detonation; so our only prudent presumption is that "D-Day" is tomorrow... smilies/wink.gif
Jeff Nielson
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written by Jeff Nielson, July 02, 2013
Question: I now understand that neither gold nor silver are shipped out of the LME. It comes out of the LBMA who are opaque with regard to their transactions.
Has anyone got any opinion of how this affects the accuracy of Jeff's article?


To reply specifically to your query, Roberthorse; I'm unable to conceive of any scenario where delays for BULLION SHIPMENTS could be less than the delays for other metals -- given that precious metals demand has skyrocketed; while the same propaganda machine tells us that demand in these other metals markets is soft.

To me, this was simply an attempt to "explain" delays for PM shipments -- but putting it into the context of GENERIC metals shipments.

P.S. I will concede, however, that it was sloppy to not at least have noted this distinction at some point in my piece. smilies/wink.gif
apberusdisvet
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written by apberusdisvet, July 02, 2013
Jeff: my "connect the dots" take on the final decoupling is that it might not take place in the near term, but most certainly within a five year period. I believe that the key will be that the final theft will be the purchase of miner deposits at pennies on the dollar; or the equal probability of sovereign expropriation of in-country mines as the global economy descends into chaos. BTW, the interesting line item on the US Treasury balance sheet under gold is the notation "deep reserves"; or more appropriately, "ore yet to be mined"?
Roberthorse
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written by Roberthorse, July 02, 2013
Question: I now understand that neither gold nor silver are shipped out of the LME. It comes out of the LBMA who are opaque with regard to their transactions.
Has anyone got any opinion of how this affects the accuracy of Jeff's article?
bobbbny
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written by bobbbny, July 01, 2013
On the anecdotal level, companies like Gold Max, and "pop up" gold buyers all across the US are closing shops by the drove.
The alleged reason? Falling prices.
For businesses that live by the spread between the bid (usually quite low at these "joints") and the offer, price is irrelevant.
The real reason?
The US public has been completely "mined out" of its gold and silver during this depression.
There goes another source of supply.
Alexander Del Mar
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written by Alexander Del Mar, July 01, 2013
Thank you, Jeff, for a fantastic article and for scooping the relevance of Bloomberg's article. I wonder if the TPTB are now also buying up miners and if hedging will again start, to direct more bullion to the warehouses.
Roberthorse
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written by Roberthorse, July 01, 2013
Well done Jeff...One of the best articles on price suppression I have yet read

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