Gold And Silver Victimized By Paper Games

MBA, Market Analyst & Author @ The Mining Stock Journal
January 9, 2021

Gold and silver gave precious metals bulls a harrowing ride on the “down” price elevator on Friday, as gold had as much as $82 removed from its price and silver was hammered as much as 10%. However, make no mistake, the bulk of the sell-off occurred in the paper derivative markets of London and NYC. This graphic shows Comex February paper gold over the last 24 hours:

Very little if ANY physical gold transacted in institutional size during this price ambush. The sell-off did not start until AFTER the Asian physical markets had closed for the weekend and London was open. The first big push below $1900 didn’t start until 3:00 a.m. The next leg down – from $1890 to $1827 occurred after the Comex floor opened. This was a pure paper market endeavor.

Furthermore, the sell-off was not triggered by any specific news or events. In fact, and I leave it to the readers to verify for themselves, at least 90% of the time gold is price-ambushed like this ahead of and concurrently with the release of the Government’s monthly non-farm payroll report. Today’s report was far worse than expected and this should have been a bullish catalyst for the gold price (and silver).

A bounce in the dollar and rising interest rates do not explain today’s price-action in gold. A study by Adam Hamilton that goes back to the early 1970’s demonstrates that gold’s best periodic rate of return occurs while interest rates are rising. This is because rising rates, among other things, reflect the expectation of rising inflation.

In all probability, today’s price manipulation is in advance of another big round of money printing by the Fed. If you doubt this connection, look at the price action in gold in the summer of 2008, ahead of the bailout of the big banks by Ben Bernanke, and look at the massive gold price hit in March, ahead of an even bigger money printing operation initiated by Jay Powell.

I would suggest that the Fed is gearing up another large money printing operation – possibly bigger than the one in March – in order to fund the a multi-trillion dollar spending (“stimulus”) program once the Biden Government takes over the White House (see this: Washington Post).

The motive to prevent the gold price from rising is two-fold. First, it’s an effort to support the U.S. dollar, which has lost over 12% of its value vs the euro, yen, pound and swiss franc since March. Second, and more importantly for keeping the U.S. stock market propped up, it’s an attempt to prevent a soaring price of gold from reflecting the escalating risks embedded in the global financial system, of which the U.S. is the biggest component.

The little bugger was something special:

Little Bear was born in Palm Springs, California. He lived in New York City, the countryside of New Jersey, South Beach Miami, Paris, Brittany (France), Santa Fe, San Francisco and Dallas.

He loved to travel, making the scene in Madrid, Amsterdam, all over France, and Brussels; on boat trips on the North Sea and the canals of Brugges (Belgium); and by logging in several cross country trips across the United States.

Little Bear was an action dog, who loved the open street Cafes and the freedoms of the open spaces. While only 18 pounds, he was the Leader of the Pack. I can still visualize him roaming the New Jersey estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, followed by a herd of much larger dogs.

Little Bear was a smart as they come. Once, when moving from the countryside, Little Bear was studying the movers. He then kept running to the woods back and forth for hours. One of the movers came to get me, totally astounded. Little Bear had dug up all his bones and toys buried in the woods and put them into a pile next to the moving truck to make sure his things were moved also.

Everyone thought Little Bear acted human. Years ago, a Shaman from Peru was visiting and saw Little Bear. He had his translator tell us, "this is not a dog, he may look like a dog, but he is not." People used to call Little Bear a little person in a dog suit.

Little Bear was full of life and energy. Every day for Little Bear was new, exciting, and full of possibility. He was entertaining, tenacious and demanding -- always figuring out a way to get exactly what he wanted and never taking no for an answer.

Little Bear was the perfect companion in every way; a joy and inspiration to so many. We shall miss him very, very much.

This Table is dedicated to his memory.


Dave Kranzler spent many years working in various analytic jobs and trading on Wall Street. For nine of those years, he traded junk bonds for a large bank. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in accounting and finance. He currently co-manages a precious metals and mining stock investment fund in Denver. My goal is to help people understand and analyze what is really going on in our financial system and economy. Dave publishes the The Mining Stock Journal a bi-weekly subscription newsletter that features junior mining ideas as well as relative value ideas in large cap mining stocks.


Gold was first discovered in U.S. at the Reed farm in North Carolina in 1799, a 17-pound nugget.

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