Silver Plunging + Weird Goings on in the Silver Market

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This Week:

  • Silver Plunging – but not so much in NZ dollars
  • NZ Dollar – Going Lower or Ready for a Big Bounce?
  • Silver Supply Shortages?
  • Weird Goings on in the Silver Market


Prices and Charts

Spot Price Today / oz Weekly Change ($) Weekly Change (%)
NZD Gold $1741.67 + $9.20 + 0.53%
USD Gold $1155.60 – $17.80 – 1.51%
NZD Silver $22.80 – $0.42 – 1.80%
USD Silver $15.13 – $0.60 – 3.81%
NZD/USD 0.6635 – 0.0138 – 2.03%

We’re a day early with our weekly email today. We’re travelling tomorrow towards Taupo for a few days so getting it out today to be sure it gets to you.

Big moves in gold and particularly silver overnight as you can see from the percentage changes from last week in the table above.

Yet again though these have been dampened here in NZ by an even weaker NZ dollar.

Will the Kiwi dollar ever stop falling?

More on that soon…

While the USD gold price is very close to its lows (bottom of chart below), the NZD gold price is actually not far off its high for 2015. Care of the weakening Kiwi dollar.

NZD Gold Chart

Silver Plunging – but not so much in NZ dollars

Silver is actually right on it’s lows in US dollar terms today.

While it has pulled back sharply in NZ Dollars but is only sitting around the middle of the uptrending range it has been in since November.

NZ Dollar Silver chart

NZ Dollar – Going Lower or Ready for a Big Bounce?

NZ Dollar 1 Year Chart

Seems just about all the bank economists now expect four OCR interest rate cuts this year. Westpac included:

“Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens said last week’s fall in dairy prices, along with evidence of slowing reconstruction activity in Canterbury, have percolated through to New Zealand consumer and business sentiment…In Stephens’ view, there is no question that the combination of a dairy downturn and a booming Auckland property market will see New Zealand’s financial imbalances widen.
While the country’s balance sheet has improved over recent years, the RBNZ’s latest credit figures show that New Zealand’s economic resilience is starting to erode.Stephens said debt is now growing at a faster rate than nominal GDP – for both sensible reasons (dairy farmers accessing credit lines to get through bad times) and for more worrying ones (mortgage debt rising on the back of Auckland’s property market).“It’s worth noting that much of the deleveraging of recent years has been on the corporate side – the ratio of household debt to household income is already back where it was in 2008.

“It is likely to rise further if house prices continue their upward trajectory.”

So all this would seem to lend weight to the notion that the NZ dollar will fall even further.

HiFX’s Dan Bell thinks so. Saying it may continue falling, potentially to around US60c, given global, and domestic issues driving it:

“I think the momentum is still to the downside. From a technical perspective the NZ dollar has broken a lot of key levels of support. We’re around 66 cents against the US dollar. By my understanding if we break US65 cents it opens up US59-60 cents in terms of another level. And I could easily see that happening, particularly if we get these rate cuts from the Reserve Bank and dairy prices don’t recover.”“So overall the NZ dollar is well and truly in a down trend and there doesn’t look to be anything immediate on the horizon to stop that. I would continue to think there are further downside risks over the next few months,” says Bell.”

But it could be that most of this is getting priced into the NZ dollar already.

So the counter to this is how oversold the NZ dollar has now become and it could be due a pretty serious bounce higher…

This Currency Could Rally Double Digits in the Coming Months

The fall in the New Zealand dollar has been spectacular. And investors have fled… which gives us an opportunity. History says this currency could soon bounce by double digits…Negativity in the New Zealand dollar hit its most extreme reading ever in June.

You can see this in the chart below. It shows the Commitment of Traders (COT) for the New Zealand dollar. The COT is a weekly report that shows the real money bets of futures trades.

It shows if traders love or hate an asset. And it’s a useful contrarian indicator when it hits an extreme.

NZ Dollar Commitment of Traders Chart

Today, the COT shows the most extreme negativity we’ve ever seen. Traders are betting the New Zealand dollar will continue its decline. But they’re all making the same bet…

History shows that when futures traders all agree, the opposite tends to happen. And that means the New Zealand dollar could jump higher soon…

…but the New Zealand dollar isn’t a “buy” yet.

You see, the COT just hit a negative extreme. We need to see the COT rise above zero before we consider buying. That will likely occur as the currency begins rising, which further lowers our risk.”

If the Kiwi dollar has a chunky bounce higher we could see lower gold and silver prices here in NZ as a result. After moving steadily higher all year that wouldn’t be a complete surprise.

Read more: Gold and Silver Commitment of Traders (COT) Report: A Beginners Guide



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Silver Supply Shortages?

We had a question from a reader today asking if we had noticed any tightness in the silver market.

This was after he’d read a couple of articles…

Has The Global Run On Silver Begun? Shortages On The Horizon?

US Mint Runs Out Of Silver On Same Day Price Of Silver Plunges To 2015 Lows

The first one discusses the possibility that we will see shortages in the not too distant future.

But the second covers how the US Mint has run out of Silver Eagle coins. It also makes the point that it is very strange to see the price of silver falling today, when the US Mint issues a statement that they have no Silver Eagle coins due to increased demand.

So what are we seeing in terms of supply and demand?

We’ve seen a bit of an uptick in purchases, but a definite sharp increase in subscribers to our newsletter. So probably care of Greece there is more interest in gold and silver in NZ too.

[Sidenote: Actually if you’ve joined us recently – welcome aboard!

We cover a lot of ground in these weekly emails. If you’re somewhat new to the world of precious metals you might find the odd bit of info goes over your head. If so, just hit reply and we’ll do our best to answer any questions.]

Reports from various Mints and suppliers throughout the US and Europe show they have had a more noticeable increase in buyers.

Perhaps not surprising as we are much further removed from the Greek troubles down here.

Just in is an email from an offshore supplier of ours:

“Due to a world-wide run on world mint products and the U.S. Mint’s suspension of sales of American Silver Eagles, expect delays in shipment of products from all major mints.  However, we are still taking orders for world mint products with an estimated shipping time between 2 to 4 weeks.”

So they are also expecting delays from the Royal Canadian Mint too.

However the thing to consider here is that these delays are likely to be due to fabrication issues not an actual shortage of physical silver itself.

That is in order to “mint” a coin, the Mints require “blanks” first. This is usually where the bottlenecks appear, in that the producers of the blanks can’t keep up with demand.

Evidence of this is that locally refined silver here in NZ is not under any significant delays currently.

But as the first article notes there are some strange goings on in the silver market at the moment. So this could well change in the future. But we don’t like to be all hypey and say “silver is running out!” Because at the moment at least – it isn’t.

Weird Goings on the Silver Market

As just mentioned there are some strange goings on in silver of late. Here’s a couple that the likes of Bix Weir and others have made mention of the past couple of weeks:

Weirdness Number 1.

As already noted in the ZeroHedge article mentioned above the silver price is taking a dive today while there is huge demand for Government Mint coins in the US, UK, and Europe. Evidenced by the US mint running out of Silver Eagles.

“In just what supply/demand universe does such an explicit confirmation of a surge in demand for silver result in a plunge in the price of spot silver to its lowest level of the year!?”

Perhaps this isn’t a huge surprise as there are really 2 separate markets. A paper futures market in which hedge funds and institutions invest. And a physical market where the “little guys” buy. It is still the futures markets (for now at least) which set the price.

Bix Weir pulls no punches in what he believes though.

“But let’s call a spade, a spade and go right to the REASON I got into silver in the first place…WE ALL KNEW THE END OF MANIPULATION WOULD COME ONE DAY!Obviously, it isn’t today but it will be recognized very soon that the silver situation is NOT an ordinary run-of-the-mill situation.

All it will take is ONE free market trade to send the price of silver from $15/oz to a value that nobody has seen in modern day markets. Why? Because there has never been a single day in modern day silver trading that the price of silver has not been controlled and suppressed. Not one day!

When it is “freely traded” with all of the the relevant information about silver rigging known to everyone – the market will immediately SHUT DOWN with NOBODY offering physical silver for sale and EVERYBODY wanting to buy some.”

Weirdness Number 2.

There have been some massive changes in the precious metals derivative numbers.


How about a couple of entries in the latest derivatives report from the US Office of Comptroller of Currencies.

Other Precious Metals (ie Silver)    4Q 2014          1Q2015

JP Morgan                                        $10.7B         $13.4B

Citibank                                            $3.9B          $53.0B

Bix notes:

“Obviously, there is either a GIGANTIC mistake [there wasn’t as the numbers were later confirmed correct] or big change on the latest OCC Derivatives Report or Citbank has just broken every law known to man and added a concentrated silver position larger than THREE YEARS worth of global silver production at 2.7 Billion ounces of paper silver…Here we have a “too big to fail” bank adding an outrageous amount to precious metal derivatives to their overall exposure for no apparent reason.

Why is Citibank, a bank the US taxpayer bailed out, playing in the silver derivative markets anyways?

And then we have the overall commodities changing dramatically for JPM according to Zerohedge we have to wonder….what is going on??”

It certainly it seems Citibank has been engaging in some very unusual activity in silver with a massive increase in their precious metals (excluding gold) derivative book.

Bron Sucheki of the Perth Mint also looked into these reports and confirmed that the numbers were legitimate.

The gold derivatives have now been lumped in with foreign currencies. We don’t know why. Maybe to make the market even more opaque? Or could it be that gold is in the process of being realigned as a currency as per Basel II banking rules?

Anyway Bron goes on to say:

“A small mercy is that we still have a continuing dataset for the white PMs (ie silver, platinum and palladium). Zero Hedge noted the 237% increase in this category, which is certainly unusual for these markets which are smaller and often less liquid than gold. A comparison of the Q4 and Q1 OCC reports reveals that 92% of the $53.1 billion increase in the notional value of white PM derivatives was attributable to Citibank, who increased from $3.9b to $53.0b…As to Citibank having a notional $53 billion worth of white PMs derivatives on their books, industry sources tell me that “Citibank are not that active in PGMs so if the figure is real, it would have to be silver and it would have to be something very unusual.” I have an email in to my precious metals contact at Citibank but he is on leave at the moment so no response at the time of this post. I’m not expecting a comment as Citibank declined to comment on the OCC report to Bloomberg, but I’ll post any update/explanation if I get it.”

A commenter in the post, DaveG99 also made a couple of good points:

“Good work Bron. This clarification contains 2 key points – that the Comptroller of the Currency now considers gold derivatives in the same category as currencies, Basel II or no. This, taken at face value appears to be a significant shift away from Bernanke’s public assertion on the issue.Is this a setup for some remonetization plan for gold?

I also noted that ECB consolidated balance sheet lists gold and gold derivatives on the very top line of assets held – at a hefty 380 billion Euros.

The bigger issue is silver, with the distorted OI to COMEX inventory ratio. I can’t see how Citi is legally within position limits unless it is hedging – which seems impossible given the available silver.

All this in a volatile backdrop for PM prices -Any idea on what is going on here?”

No one replied to the comment and we certainly don’t have any idea either! It seems a massive number and hard to imagine how legal a position of that size is in any market.

So definite wierdness there.

Bix also had a few other thoughts on why things are getting interesting right now:

1) “Today is the COMEX reporting cutoff day for the last trades of the 2nd Quarter. The 3rd Quarter 2015 is their planned global market meltdown to hit in the last month of the quarter…September.

2) JPM is now rumored to have CLOSED OUT their huge paper short and dumped it on Citibank.

3) JPM is MASSIVELY long physical silver according to Ted Butler.

4) The European Derivative Complex is breaking down due to Greek derivatives.

5) The September/October collapse is close at hand.”

We shall see I guess. There is a lot of murmuring about September/October on the interwebs.

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7 Reasons to (Still) Buy Gold

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This Weeks Articles:

3 Steps to Prepare

It’s All About Greece + 3 Steps to Prepare for a Financial Disaster

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Capital Controls

Capital Controls and a Bank Holiday in Greece… Here’s How You Can Profit

2015-07-02 19:43:40-04

You won’t have been able to escape the news of the week long bank holiday or rather bank shut down in Greece this week. Read on for some of the lessons to be learned from this. Not just how to read the hints (of which there were many) that were given in advance of this […]


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Reasons to Buy Gold

7 Reasons to (Still) Buy Gold

2015-07-06 22:05:26-04

Gold is still a long way from the highs it reached back in 2011 of almost US$1900 per ounce. So there are not too many people outside the gold community that think now is a good time to be buying. But counterintuitively this probably makes it exactly the time to buy! Here’s 7 reasons to buy […]


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