December 7, 2022

Visitor Publish by Craig Hemke from the Sprott Cash weblog:

An attention-grabbing dichotomy has developed within the “silver market”. What does it imply? Does it imply something in any respect? We’ll know quickly sufficient, I assume.

What an attention-grabbing 12 months this has been, and the final six months have been positively brutal. Whereas we await the eventual central financial institution pivot again towards easing and QE, COMEX digital gold and silver have been whacked, cracked, and shellacked. However as we’ve seen a number of instances previously, this has led to a widening hole between the futures worth and the bodily worth.

There’s so much happening behind the scenes within the commodity markets. For instance, crude oil demand ought to be falling with the worldwide financial slowdown. Nonetheless, crude oil provide can also be falling, save for the shortsighted U.S. coverage of draining its “strategic reserves”. And have you ever seen the dwindling stockpiles of copper, not solely in London however in China, partially as a result of unwinding of loans and credit score the place copper was used as collateral?

However let’s focus at present on silver, because it’s of the best curiosity to all of us valuable steel stackers. Most know that the value of silver that’s prominently featured in monetary media is the value “found” on futures exchanges like COMEX. As with the rest, this worth is usually dependent upon provide and demand—on this case, the provision and demand of the futures contracts themselves.

What’s attention-grabbing is that the present provide of futures contracts is at a nine-year low. On COMEX as of final Monday, the overall open curiosity in silver was simply 125,748 contracts. At 5,000 digital ounces per contract, this represents 628,740,000 of “silver”, and that is the bottom whole open curiosity degree since November 11, 2013.

Whereas 125,748 contracts and 628,740,000 digital ounces might look like so much, by any historic measure it isn’t. For instance, as not too long ago as June of final 12 months, whole open curiosity was close to 200,000 contracts. Moreover, the all-time excessive in COMEX silver open curiosity was reached on February 24, 2020, at a whopping 244,705 contracts for 1,223,525,000 digital ounces.

Acknowledged one other method, whole open curiosity in COMEX Digital Silver has fallen by 48.6% because the all-time highs two and a half years in the past.

Now, once more, perhaps that is no massive deal. Maybe this merely displays the notion that no one cares or is desirous about buying and selling silver futures at current. However how do you sq. the declining curiosity in digital silver with what seems to be growing curiosity in bodily silver? And I’m not speaking about easy retail demand right here, though seller premiums for a lot of well-liked funding choices at the moment are over $5/ouncesand typically approaching $10/oz.

As an alternative, test the worldwide vaults. Let’s begin in London, the place the LBMA is displaying persistently declining inventories. See this:

However of these 27,101 metric tonnes within the LBMA vaults, about 18,000 tonnes are the property of varied silver ETFs. So, as James Anderson factors out, the whole LBMA “float” is now beneath 10,000 metric tonnes.

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Once more, 10,000 metric tonnes might sound like so much…nevertheless it’s not. It’s “solely” about 320,000,000 ounces. Be aware that 320,000,000 ounces is sort of precisely what the CME Group alleges is within the COMEX vaults. And the COMEX was NEVER, EVER supposed for use as a bodily supply platform. It was designed as a New York futures alternate. Precise bodily supply was ALWAYS supposed to stay in London.

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However wait a second, perhaps we should always check out these COMEX inventories too. There’s a man on Twitter who follows the each day vault ranges very carefully, and take a look at what he has seen as of late…


As soon as you place all the latest supply and bodily demand collectively, you get the useful little chart under—additionally from that very same Michael man on Twitter:


Hmmmm… So what do we’ve right here? Might international, bodily commodity demand be driving a scarcity and shortfall of the steel that underpins the digital worth? Might we lastly be seeing the primary levels of the destruction of the digital spinoff and fractional pricing scheme that has held since 1975?

Perhaps. Sure, certainly, perhaps.

So keep watch over these digital and bodily traits as we transfer via This fall. And don’t let off the gasoline. Let’s hold #SilverSqueeze going and do our half to empty bodily steel from the Banks and their vaults. For less than when this present pricing scheme collapses will we lastly uncover the true and correct worth for bodily silver.


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