Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Quiet Comex Option Expiration – Bitcoin, the Mania

The rebound for gold and silver off the lows associated with the recent Non-Farm Payrolls and FOMC continued with gold taking and holding 1280 and silver putting a stick in the ground above 16.50. I lightened up on a largish short term position I had put on at the time. I did circle these instances of short term lows on the chart as you may recall.
As noted with the publication of the new Comex options calendars yesterday, today was an options expiration for precious metals.
February is the new active month for gold contracts. March is the next active contract for silver.
Although it still matters for pricing, the Comex listed warehouse complex is starting to resemble a museum. Very little gold flows in or out of its approved warehouses, excepting for those in Hong Kong which is by far their largest source of physical gold movement.
Silver is a bit different, because CNT is an active wholesaler of physical silver for the Mint among others, and it uses the Comex to warehouse its inventory flows. But I just don’t see the shortage of physical silver in the same light as gold. It is easy to see that JPM is sitting on a massive hoard which is interesting.
Gold is a funny market now. In some ways it reminds me of a ponzi scheme in which a relatively small amount of free float physical gold is being leveraged over a very large and growing number of commitments.

This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 26 DECEMBER 2017.

Russia and China Lay Economic Foundation Based on Golden Rule

One of the many themes we support at The Daily Coin is the constant progress happening across the emerging markets, especially the nations involved the Eastern economic alliances like BRICS, BRI, SCO, EAEU and the like. These nations under the direction of China or Russia or a combination are laying the groundwork to be the driving force of the 21st Century and beyond.
We also continually report on gold moving from Western vaults to all points East. Most recently we discussed Kazakhstan and the importance of this nation both from a geographical position as well as natural resources like gold, rare earths and a wide variety of other elements within the borders of this growing nation.
Gold always has our attention as the rules/laws surrounding gold have not changed. While most people, especially in the West, have forgotten these rules that does not mean they have changed or been overturned.
One law that has stood the test of time is the golden rule – he who has the gold makes the rules. We also like the fact that JPMorgan, the man not the bank, stated in a congressional hearing that ‘gold is money and everything else is credit’. These two rules/laws working in conjunction with one another make for a formidable alliance. When you have natural rules/laws working together and nations begin forming alliances using these rules/laws as a foundation the rest of the world should take notice, but alias the Western world is more focused on ‘russia did it’ than what Russia is actually doing.

This post was published at GoldSeek on Monday, 25 December 2017.