Yes, what we are about to show you is simply a collection of anecdotal data points. Taken separately, perhaps they can all be written off and marginalized. Taken collectively, however…well, maybe there’s something to consider here.
This site has been around for over five years now and, for most of that time, we’ve preached about how fractional reserve bullion banking is a scheme that is destined to fail. By pricing a physical commodity upon the oversupply of paper derivatives, shortages become inevitable. The market recognizes the value of the mispricing and drives up demand. At the same time, the lower price affects supply as producers of the commodity limit or shut down production due to the economics and declining/negative margins.
What eventually happens is a physical supply shortage that manifests itself in smaller global stockpiles. This is evident in the increasing abundance of stories about the tight global gold market, particularly in London. This has also become apparent in silver as, just this week, Thomson Reuters GFMS released their latest Silver Interim Report, which projected the third consecutive year of a global shortfall in the supply of physical silver. Check these links for details:
As we all know, the global “price” of physical gold and silver is largely derived by trading on highly-leveraged futures exchanges such as The Comex in New York. On these exchanges, a modern form of alchemy has been perfected, whereby a relatively small amount of metal can be leveraged multiple times in the creation of paper metal derivative contracts. If after five years we are, in fact, seeing the first real physical cracks in the global paper metal bullion banking scheme, logic would compel us to expect those cracks to appear at The Comex first.
And that may be what we are seeing play out in real time. Below are those “anecdotal data points” mentioned above. Consider them independently but also take time to view them collectively, as well.