Gold & Precious Metals


In Part I of this series, I told you about the five traps that ensnare gold and silver miners, leaving their investors holding the bag.

Now, let me give you the names of the 10 mining companies I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole! If you own their shares or warrants, dump them and don’t look back.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 2.03.28 AMThey’re too heavily indebted … their total cost of production is too high … they’re starting to rehedge their gold and silver reserves and resources … or they’re suffering from a mix of all three.

For reasons I’ve thoroughly documented in my recent online seminars, the next leg of this massive gold market will carry forward into 2016 — another three full years. But to take advantage of it, you must avoid these traps.

You can do that with a nicely diversified portfolio of cream-of-the-crop miners. Let me break them down for you in two categories.

The first category is what I call tried-and-true performers — for your core portfolio. This small, select group of companies includes both rock-solid junior miners with low production costs, good properties, and good management — plus some key senior miners that have successfully avoided the traps most others are now caught in, and that will do well in the months and years ahead.

This core, diversified portfolio includes companies like this senior miner with nearly 19 million ounces of proven gold and nearly 40 million ounces of resources.

At a gold price of $1,250, that’s an asset base of $32.9 billion. What’s more, buying shares in this company gives you great leverage on the price of gold. It’s almost like buying gold at just $175 an ounce — at an 86% discount to today’s gold price.

My three-year target: A 393% gain.

This core portfolio also includes another gem of a miner with a whopping 89 million ounces of gold worth $111.3 billion, giving you even greater leverage. Why? Because buying its shares gives you an interest in its gold reserves at a mere $78 an ounce — a massive 94% discount from today’s already-low gold price.

My three-year price target: A 294% gain.

The second category of mining shares to buy is what I call “high-octane performers.” They are more speculative but still have solid business models.

I’m talking about a select portfolio of junior mining companies with high betas, which means their share prices swing dramatically, opening up multiple trading opportunities. You get in before major rallies, then step aside before intermediate declines — and then do it again, aiming to compound your profits over and over.

Companies like this one, producing silver at roughly $11 an ounce — about 55% of what you’d have to pay to buy silver bullion today — even after factoring in all costs.

Or this junior gold miner, sitting on as much as 19 million ounces of gold at a total ownership and production cost of just $262 an ounce — like buying gold at a 79% discount.

Or a third miner, sitting on as much as 53 million ounces of gold. This company is especially appealing because it doesn’t have to worry about the increasing costs of mining or anything else for that matter. Its primary business model is simply to sit back, let others do the hard work, and collect a stream of overriding royalties.

Also included in this second portfolio should be leveraged mining ETFs, where you can trade a whole basket of mining shares with a simple click of a mouse, getting out near the tops of rallies and getting back in near support.

As you might expect, once you’ve selected the right ones, timing is critical with these shares.

And right now, my timing indicators — the very same indicators that enabled me to call the bottom in gold at $260 back in 2001 and every major move since — are now virtually screaming that we’re about to get a major new “buy” signal in these shares, even before we get a major new buy signal in bullion.

For our first major purchases, I’m eyeing three stocks that, in gold’s first phase up, posted gains of 1,577% … 3,742% … 11,186% respectively.

That’s enough to turn a modest $10,000 investment into $167,700 … $384,200 … or even $1.1 million. Will we be able to catch the exact top and exact bottom of massive moves like these? No. But even if we don’t, we could still be looking at some big-time profits.

Best wishes,



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Central bank’s of the worlds developed economies continued to add to their gold reserves in the past month, and taking advantage of the price falling off some 20 percent from the start of the year. The premise for central banks of developing nations to have gold as a part of their foreign exchange reserves is to provide some diversification against their predominantly US dollar holdings.

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Stress in the Gold Market


With gold headed to hopefully its first good up month in the past 10 months (setting aside a small gain in March 2013) it might be time to look at what happened at previous gold lows since the major double bottom lows seen in August 1999 and February 2001.

Besides the major lows of August 1999 and February 2001, other significant lows were seen in May 2005 and October 2008. The 2005 and 2008 lows came following either a lengthy correction or a steep decline. The actual lows were followed a month or at worst two months later by a sharp up month that left bullish engulfing candles on the charts. The up month followed the August 1999 low in September 1999, the February 2001 low in April 2001, the May 2005 low in June 2005 and the October 2008 low in November 2008.

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Today’s “Talking Numbers” program by CNBC and Yahoo Finance concocted a silly pillow fight between two talking heads, commodity letter writer Dennis Gartman and UBS and CNBC analyst Art Cashin, over “gold conspiracy theories,” Cashin having remarked this week, if a bit incoherently, that something seems to be wrong in the gold market.

Gartman disagreed today, insisting that there are no conspiracies in gold. So apparently Gartman would have investors believe, just for starters:

1) The Federal Reserve has no secret gold swap arrangements with foreign banks, since such undertakings among two or more entities would define conspiracy, and Fed Governor Kevin M. Warsh was lying when he admitted such secret arrangements:

2) The Bank for International Settlements is not constantly and secretly trading gold, gold futures, gold options, and other gold-related derivatives on behalf of its members, which are exclusively central banks — again, action undertaken secretly in concert by two or more entities, or conspiracy — and that admissions of such trading, including the BIS’ own annual reports and Power Point presentations, are lies or forgeries:

3) The Washington Agreement on Gold did not unify the gold market policies of 15 European central banks, was not negotiated in secret by them before it was announced on September 26, 1999, and never really happened at all:

4) There is no G-10 Gold and Foreign Exchange Committee, it does not consist of central bank and treasury officials from G-10 member countries, it does not meet secretly to discuss the gold policies of its members, and the document released by the Federal Reserve to GATA in February 2011 at the order of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, purporting to be the minutes of the committee’s secret meeting in April 1997, is a forgery concocted by the Fed to deceive the court:

5) William R. White, head of the monetary and economic department of the Bank for International Settlements, was lying when he told a BIS conference in Basel, Switzerland, in June 2005 that a primary purpose of central bank cooperation is “the provision of international credits and joint efforts [emphasis added] to influence asset prices (especially gold [emphasis added again] and foreign exchange) in circumstances where this might be thought useful”:

On today’s “Talking Numbers” program Gartman says again that the world would be better off if “gold bugs” spent more time trying to cure cancer and less trying to prove conspiracies related to the gold market. But surreptitious market rigging is a sort of cancer in itself, insofar as it facilitates the exploitation of countries that don’t issue the world reserve currency and destroys free markets everywhere, including the markets of the country issuing the reserve currency, markets Gartman’s letter purports to analyze even when, manipulated, they become mere holograms.

GATA is not a “conspiracy theory” organization or advocate. GATA documents the age-old if overlooked conspiracy of central banks against gold particularly and against free markets generally. This is actually fairly easy work, as the documentation is all over the place and central banks are sitting ducks for specific questions about their gold policy; they can seldom answer without incriminating themselves:

The central banks’ only effective defense in regard to gold is the refusal of the mainstream financial news media and financial letter writers like Gartman to dare to commit actual journalism.

The hard part of GATA’s work is that while you can lead a financial journalist to the documentation, such as the documentation above and the additional documentation in GATA’s archive here —

— you can’t make him grow a backbone, which seems to be the only thing established by that “Talking Numbers” program with Gartman today. Thankfully it’s less than six minutes long and can be found at Yahoo Finance here:…

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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Why are the Gold, Silver Prices Rising?

Fall in the Prices of Gold & Silver

Gold and silver recently hit their lows –$1,180 for gold and $18.50 for silver—after being hit by tremendous persistent selling from the SPDR gold ETF and then a major, well-engineered bear raid from Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase alongside several hedge funds. This entailed the selling of over 1,000 tonnes of physical gold in less than three months. The bear-raid in mid-April involved around 500 tonnes of this. In a market where the net supply is just over 10 tonnes a day, this wave of selling overwhelmed demand, initially and caused the precipitous fall in gold and silver prices.

The falls were attributed to all sorts of factors such as lower growth in China, the U.S. and the rise in interest rates, the potentially better returns in equity markets, etc. With the holders of gold in the SPDR gold ETF mainly U.S. institutions, measured, sad to say, on their short-term performance, the demands to move away from gold (which had stagnated for around 18 months) to equities caused the SPDR selling of around 500 tonnes over the last three months.

But the precipitous fall in mid-April was due to the bear-raid by the banks and hedge funds. They saw gold’s lackluster performance, the steady sales of the shares of the SPDR gold ETF and saw the opportunity. Their motive was simple: profits for the bank and their customers in line with their expressed purpose. We estimate that with the 400 tonnes of short positions on COMEX they raked in around $6 billion in profits at least.


  • We know that Goldman Sachs sold off half their warehoused gold in the process as did COMEX both total gold and registered gold, which now stands at 43% of the holding at the beginning of the year.
  • We know that the remaining stocks are most likely not available for a similar bear-raid as such a raid would leave the warehouses empty and vulnerable to a default. It is with little surprise that we hear that Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase are trying to sell their gold warehouses. The reasons given are that (Goldman’s warehouse company, Metro International LLC, was bought just three years after the investment bank bought the firm for $550 million) a proposed rule change by the London Metal Exchange (LME) to relieve bottlenecks that slow metal delivery out of warehouses could cut into profits for the metal warehouse industry. We expect the Senate committee investigating such operations may have also provided the needed incentive for such a sale?
  • We know that the gold holdings of the SPDR gold ETF are down from close to 1,600 tonnes to just over 900 tonnes in the last three months, implying that the long-term holders of these shares remain holders, but short-term performing institutions have sold their holdings. Hence the volumes now available to sell for short-term considerations have now almost gone.
  • Total up the above amounts and we see that the bulk of ‘trading gold’ in the U.S. has now been sold off. The only way these can be recovered is if U.S. investors came in as buyers of physical gold.
  • We know that despite this huge volume of over 1,000 tonnes sold out of the U.S., Asian and other buyers have absorbed these amounts easily and continue to look for more.
  • Thus future U.S. gold investors will have to pay a much higher price to get such volumes back.
  • Because the gold price is so low, gold mining companies have to reduce their production and move to higher grades where they can, to retain what’s left of their profitability. New projects are being shelved unless they are of sufficiently high a grade to be profitable at these prices.
  • Please note that when ‘cash costs’ are quoted as being needed to continue to keep mining at these prices, they exclude capital expenditure and a return for shareholders. With these in mind, we quote the CEO of Goldfields, in South Africa, as saying that the gold mining industry is not sustainable at prices below $1,500. To continue mining at levels seen before the gold price fell, a higher price is needed to warrant lowering the grades to boost production. Hence newly-mined volumes of gold have dropped with these lower gold prices.
  • The source of 35% of gold supply has been from “scrap” or recycled gold. This comes primarily from sales from Asian investors passing their gold to family members and from the recycling of gold jewelry in the developed world. This latter type is expensive to recover because it is usually 9 or 18 carat gold whereas Asian gold is close to pure 24 carat gold. As a result, these lower prices have taken the incentive to sell such gold away, leaving such supplies evaporating. The result to the total gold supply as estimated by the World Gold Council will be a +400 tonne drop in scrap supplies to 1,200 tonnes of the +3,300 tonnes total supply (down from 4,000 tonnes) we will see over the next year. Such a drop in supplies is more than sufficient to cause the gold price to rise on thin volumes. This will happen irrespective of the consequences of any enquiry into the U.S. bank’s behaviour in the gold market and the dangers of default in those markets.

In summary, the enormous fall in available gold supplies has brought the gold market to a point where the shortage of physical supplies, globally, may well prove inadequate to satisfy the demand we are seeing from Asia in the days, weeks and even years to come, unless the gold price moves high enough to bring back scrap sales and greater newly-mined gold production.

Where Now?

The above clearly implies that the gold price should recover to levels from whence it came; however, the loss of U.S. gold holdings removed a potential source of supply at any price level. This alone implies more than just a recovery. It exacerbates the supply shortage considerably. We keep referring to the U.S. as sellers because all the other World Gold Council gold ETFs have remained at constant levels during the last three months, while the U.S.-based SPDR gold ETF has been the main supplier of gold to the market. Should their sales continue in the future, it is clear that, at best, they will simply slow the rise in the gold price!

It is apparent that there now exists an opportunity to hit the gold market with a ‘short squeeze’ by buying physical gold in large amounts to precipitate a quick price rise, particularly because any opposing supplier has already exited the market.

While the major mining companies could well ‘recover’ their share prices, the main beneficiary among the gold miners will be the solid well-managed, well-financed, Junior sector of the gold and silver markets. (See & list of such mining companies by subscribing.)


While no such collapse of silver holdings in silver ETFs in the States has taken place, nor was there any bear-raid on the silver price taken place, silver has continued to move with the gold price all the way down and is doing so all the way up. This relationship has been so for many years now, with silver tending to fall further and faster than gold and rising further and faster than gold on the way up. Consequently, this relationship has weathered a major storm. In the future, expect to see silver keep this relationship. So what will happen to gold will happen to silver.

Future of Gold & Silver

All gold investors and institutions are told on a daily basis that the gold price reacts to U.S. economic news. A nuance in the speech of Bernanke has attributed to it a $10 move in the gold price and equivalent in the silver price. While the U.S. is the globe’s most important, wealthy economy and the dollar the global reserve currency the U.S. accounts for less than 10% of the world’s physical demand for gold. With the sell-off of such a large amount of privately held gold in the U.S. in the last three months, it is clear that the influence of the U.S. over the gold price has fallen away considerably lately.


Many will retort that the huge volume of derivatives in the gold market, particularly on COMEX, counters that statement. To scotch that belief, we describe a typical hedging operation for which COMEX was designed.


A jeweller decides to order one tonne of gold for delivery in September so he can manufacture jewelry for the festive season at year’s end.  This immediately puts him at risk for the period from the time he orders the metal to the time he pays for it, plus the time he takes to manufacture, then sell the jewelry. His business is to make money from the work he puts into the manufacture of the jewelry. He may mark up the price of the gold he uses by a multiple of three times, to reimburse him for his skill and artistry; however, he doesn’t want to speculate on the price of the gold he owns, so he gets rid of that risk by hedging the tonne of gold he uses. So at the time he buys the gold, he sells it on COMEX by selling it ‘forward’ to the time he himself gets paid at the end of the year.

He now has two positions, which match. But if we go back to April’s end we see that the price of gold fell by $200, so while he appears to have lost on his ‘physical position’ he has gained on the sale in the futures/options market by $200. You would think that would be the end of it, but no, usually he takes a view on the gold price at that point and would leave his original long position un-hedged

So he now has a $200 profit on his COMEX position and remains exposed to his ‘natural’ long physical position again.

Then the gold price recovers to the price he originally paid for the gold. It now pays him to sell one tonne again removing the price risk once more. He now has $200 in hand and a closed position hedged once more by a short position on COMEX and no price risk. It is as though he bought his gold at the ‘bottom’ raising his profits when he eventually sells the jewelry at year’s end.

In summary, he has handled one tonne of physical gold and two tonnes of ‘financial gold’ in the paper market. This has been a simplified exercise, but often the Commercials trade such a ‘natural’ position up to 50 times or more using the same original physical gold. A professional trader will do such an exercise many more tomes. If he can harness high speed trading he can multiply that number many, many times creating what seems to be huge positions in gold both long and short. But because they are set against each other the net position is actually tiny, because the vast majority of trades result in no physical movement of gold at all. So rare is the requirement to move physical gold that COMEX requires any trader/speculator to notify them and the counterparty in writing if they intend to take delivery of physical gold.

Such transactions, unsurprisingly, account for less than 5% of all COMEX’ transactions.

The conclusion is that all financial transactions in gold shares and 95% of COMEX transactions involve the buying of zero physical gold whatsoever. These ‘gold’ transactions are actually, ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’ to the gold price.


By contrast Asian transactions in gold involve not short of 100% physical gold. Hence Asia accounts for around 70% – 80% of the world’s physical gold today.

With the growth and enrichment of Asians over time this percentage is bound to grow.

New World for Gold

Add to this the change in the global monetary system from a dollar hegemony to a multi-currency system with all its uncertainties and the continuing desire on the part of emerging nation’s central banks to increase their gold holdings, and you have a very different gold market in the years ahead, to the one we have seen in the last three months!

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— Posted Thursday, 25 July 2013