SEPT 29 /Bank run at Deutsche bank/DB stock falters badly/The 2nd largest German bank Commerzbank suspends dividend and fires 20% of workforce/Huge liquidity problem in Europe due to scarcity of dollars as derivatives blow up over there/USA’s Kerry issues the Russian an ultimatum to stop bombing Aleppo or else../huge problems in the Saudi Kingdom as the riyal collapses and scarcity of dollars over there as well/At the comex another huge amount of gold leaves/

Gold $1321.70 up $2.30

Silver 19.12 up 8  cents

In the access market 5:15 pm


Gold: 1320.75

Silver: 19.08



The Shanghai fix is at 10:15 pm est and 2:15 am est

The fix for London is at 5:30  am est (first fix) and 10 am est (second fix)

Thus Shanghai’s second fix corresponds to 195 minutes before London’s first fix.

And now the fix recordings:

Shanghai morning fix Sept 29 (10:15 pm est last night): $  1329.99


Shanghai afternoon fix:  2: 15 am est (second fix/early  morning):$   1326.88




London Fix: Sept 29: 5:30 am est:  $1320.85   (NY: same time:  $1321.75:    5:30AM)

London Second fix Sept 16: 10 am est:  $1318.10  (NY same time: $1319.60 ,    10 AM)

It seems that Shanghai pricing is higher than the other  two , (NY and London). The spread has been occurring on a regular basis and thus I expect to see arbitrage happening as investors buy the lower priced NY gold and sell to China at the higher price. This should drain the comex.

Also why would mining companies hand in their gold to the comex and receive constantly lower prices.  They would be open to lawsuits if they knowingly continue to supply the comex despite the fact that they could be receiving higher prices in Shanghai.


For comex gold:The front September contract month we had 6 notices filed for 600 oz

For silver:  the front month of September we have a total of 468 notices filed for 2,340,000 oz


Let us have a look at the data for today



In silver, the total open interest FELL by 1010 contracts DOWN to 200,476. The open interest ROSE DESPITE THE FACT THAT the silver price was DOWN 5 cents in yesterday’s trading .In ounces, the OI is still represented by just MORE THAN 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.0002 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 144% of annual global silver production (ex Russia &ex China).

In silver we had 468 notices served upon for 2,340,000 oz

In gold, the total comex gold FELL by 8755 contracts as the price of gold fell BY $6.50 YESTERDAY . The total gold OI stands at 574,406 contracts.


With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:



Total gold inventory rests tonight at: 949.14 tonnes of gold


we had no changes at the SLV

THE SLV Inventory rests at: 362.909 million oz


First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL by 1010 contracts down to 200,476 as the price of silver FELL by 5 cents with yesterday’s trading.The gold open interest FELL by 8,755 contracts DOWN to 575,406 as the price of gold fell $6.50 IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING.

(report Harvey).

2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report



2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg



i)Late  WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 10.63 POINTS OR .30%/ /Hang Sang closed UP 119.82 POINTS OR 0.51%. The Nikkei closed UP  228.31 POINTS OR 1.39% Australia’s all ordinaires  CLOSED UP 1.09% /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.6672/Oil FELL to 46.91 dollars per barrel for WTI and 48.27 for Brent. Stocks in Europe: ALL IN THE GREEN   Offshore yuan trades  6.6771 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6672 for onshore yuan.THE SPREAD BETWEEN ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE NARROWS A BIT  AS MORE USA DOLLARS ATTEMPT TO  LEAVE CHINA’S SHORES





none today


i)China’s beige book reveals real problems in the Chinese economy.  We have highlighted to you last week that loan demand is down badly (corporate loans) while house loan demand is up  (and thus the huge housing bubble)

( zero hedge)

ii)As we pointed out to you yesterday, China has a massive housing bubble which will burst at any time.  There is not enough growth to sustain those higher prices

( zero hedge)



Germany’s second largest bank Commerzbank this morning scraps its dividend and fires 20% of its workforce.  And this is Germany, the powerhouse of Europe. The  growth in the economy is just not existent.

( zero hedge)

ibMajor problems with Deutsche bank tonight as hedge funds that deal with DB as counterparties are withdrawing their funds as they fear the worst.  Also there is a huge shortage of dollars similar to what happened with Lehman.European bank have just increased their demand for dollars by 6000%. Short dated CDS (credit default swaps on DB is skyrocketing.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I believe we are having a Lehman moment!

(courtesy zero hedge)

ic) On the same subject as above: he is correct on everything he asserts!

( Dave Kranzler/IRD)


These bozos are planning ZIRP/NIRP in perpetuity!

( zero hedge)


i)Russia vs USA


What is wrong with these doorknobs:  John Kerry gives Russia an ultimatum to stop bombing Aleppo or else…

nothing will happen

(courtesy zero hedge)


This caused gold to rise about 4.00 dollars.  Gold never jumps on anything so this was rather strange:

( zero hedge)

ii)Saudi Arabia vs USA

Obama is not a happy camper with the veto overide.

( zero hedge)

iii)Saudi Arabia

Huge problems in the kingdom:  the Saudi Riyal fell badly, Saudi bank shares collapse and yields rise suggesting costs rising.
( zero hedge)


none today


i)The bickering begins as Iraq disagrees with the OPEC method of oil production estimates:This deal has no chance of happening!

( zero hedge)

ib)Then Iraq claims it cannot accept this deal with the wrong Iraqi oil production. Unless changed the deal is off:

( zero hedge)

ii)Goldman Sachs must be long in oil:  They state that the OPEC deal will add 10 dollars to the price of oil:

( Goldman Sachs/zero hedge)


none today


i)A good paper today from Steve St Angelo on the demand for our 4 precious metals:

( Steve St Angelo/SRSRocco Report)

ii)Gold miner Petropavlovsk (Peter Hambro’s operation) finally turns a profit, its first in 4 years:

( London’s Telegraph)

iii)Shangdong gold is the top bidder from Glencore’s gold property is Kazakhstan

(courtesy Bloomberg/GATA)


i)Your humour story of the day:

Jobless claims at 40 yr lows:

( zero hedge)

ii)Final Q2 GDP comes in at only 1.4% but slightly higher than the expected 1.3%.This is an extremely slow growth.

( zero hedge)

iii)First it was Samsung phone exploded and now Apple 7 iphone just did the same. Apple’s stock and Nasdaq fell on the news.  Can you imagine how those  central bank’s feel that purchased Apple stock

( zero hedge)

iv) We now have a trifecta:  First new home sales faltered, then existing home sales fell and now pending home sales slump to 7 month lows:

(courtesy NAR/zero hedge)

Let us head over to the comex:

The total gold comex open interest FELL BY AN HUGE 8,755 CONTRACTS to an OI level of 574,406 as price of gold FELL by  $6.50 with YESTERDAY’S trading.We are continuing with the ritual that as soon as we approach the first day notice of an active month, the entire open interest complex obliterates. We are now in the NON active month of SEPTEMBER/

The contract month of Sept saw it’s OI fell by 108 contracts down to 36. We had 12 notices filed yesterday so we LOST 96 gold contracts or an additional 9600 gold ounces will NOT stand for delivery.THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL!! WHY WOULD THEY STAND FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, PUT UP ALL THE MONEY AND ROLL?. THESE GUYS WERE BOUGHT WITH WITH CASH PLUS A FIAT BONUS. The next delivery month is October and here the OI lost 4,614 contracts DOWN to 9,704. This level is still extremely elevated.  To give you an idea as to its size, I will give you the burn rates for the 3 dates Sept 29 and Sept 30 last yr:


Sept 29.2015: 4351 contracts rolled vs  SEPT 2016: 4614. (9704 still remaining)

Sept 30.2015: 1252 contracts rolled leaving 3092 OI standing  or 309,200 oz (9.66 tonnes) standing for delivery. which was pretty good last yr.

We are a good 6,000 contracts ahead of last year. The next contract month of December showed an decrease of 7,478 contracts down to 450,651. The estimated volume today at the comex: 151,136 which is WEAK.  Confirmed volume yesterday: 218,381 which is good.

Today we had  6 notices filed for 600 oz of gold.

And now for the wild silver comex results.  Total silver OI FELL BY 1010 contracts from 201,209 down to 20,476 as the  price of silver fell  to the tune of 5 cents yesterday.  We are moving  FURTHER FROM the all time record high for silver open interest set on Wednesday August 3:  (224,540).  We are now into the next active month of September and here the OI fell by 25 contracts down to 468. We had 30 notices filed upon yesterday so we GAINED 5 contracts or 25,000 additional oz will stand  for delivery in this active month of September. The next non active delivery movement of October lost 1 CONTRACT TO 474 contracts.  The next big delivery month is December and here it FELL by 2370 contracts DOWN to 171,352. The volume on the comex today (just comex) came in at 48,766 which is very good.  The confirmed volume yesterday (comex and globex) was huge at 71,608 . Silver is not in backwardation.  London is in backwardation for several months.

today we had 468 notices filed for silver: 2,340,000 oz

 SEPT 29.
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz  


Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz  nil
40,293.327 oz
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz 2999.94 oz


Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz 
No of oz served (contracts) today
6 notices 
600 oz
No of oz to be served (notices)
30 contracts
(3000 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
2676 contracts
267,600 oz
8.323 tonnes
Total accumulative withdrawals  of gold from the Dealers inventory this month   192.90 oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month   539,307.9 oz
 Today; very good activity at the gold comex and 0 kilobar entries and another large amount of gold leaving the comex( and they are real bars)
We had 1 dealer deposit:
i) Into Brinks: 2999.94 oz
Total dealer deposits; 2999.94 oz
We had 0 dealer withdrawals:
total dealer withdrawals; NIL oz
we had 0 customer deposit:
Total customer deposits: nil oz.
 We had 2 customer withdrawals:
i) Out of brinks; 1,321.17 oz real physical leaving
ii) out of HSBC: 38,972.157 oz real physical leaving
total customer withdrawals: 40,293.327 oz
Today we had 3  adjustments: and all have gold leaving the dealer and entering the customer which is probably a settlement:
i) Out of Brinks:  5700.02 oz leaves the dealer and enters the customer account of Brinks
ii) Out of HSBC: 4536.346 oz leaves the dealer and enters the customer account of HSBC
iii) Out of JPM: 7051.716 oz leaves the dealer account and enters the customer account of JPM
iv) Out of Scotia: 25,264.316 oz leaves the dealer account and enters the customer account
total leaving the dealer: 42,552.398 oz or 1.33 tonnes
If anybody is holding any gold at the comex, you must be out of your mind!!!
since comex gold storage is unallocated , rest assured any gold stored at the comex will be compromised!
I also urge all of you do not place any option trades at the comex as these gangsters will gun you down.
If you are taking delivery of gold/silver please remove it from comex banks and place it in private vaults

Today, 0 notices were issued from JPMorgan dealer account and 0 notices were issued form their client or customer account. The total of all issuance by all participants equates to 6 contract  of which 0 notices were stopped (received) by jPMorgan dealer and 0 notice(s) was (were) stopped (received) by jPMorgan customer account.

To calculate the initial total number of gold ounces standing for the SEPT contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (2676) x 100 oz or 267,600 oz, to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of SEPT (36 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (6) x 100 oz per contract equals 270,600 oz, the number of ounces standing in this  NON active month of September.
Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the SEPT contract month:
No of notices served so far (2676) x 100 oz  or ounces + {OI for the front month (36) minus the number of  notices served upon today (6) x 100 oz which equals 270,600 oz standing in this non active delivery month of SEPT  (8.4167 tonnes).
We lost a monstrous 9600 oz that will not stand.  We have surpassed  our original standings on first day notice. (ON FIRST DAY NOTICE 7.5561 TONNES STOOD FOR DELIVERY) as well as surpassing the 8 tonne mark and heading for the 9 tonnes.  This is without a doubt a record level of gold ounces standing for September.
Total dealer inventor 2,106,348.626 or 65.516 tonnes
Total gold inventory (dealer and customer) =10,538,630.254 or 327.79 tonnes 
Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today the total inventory rests at 328.95 tonnes for a  gain of 25  tonnes over that period. However since August 8 we have lost 26 tonnes leaving the comex.(corrected total from yesterday and today)
Ladies and Gentlemen:  the comex is beginning to lose some of its gold as no doubt the Shanghai fix is having its effect.
The gold comex is an absolute fraud.  The use of kilobars and exact weights makes the data totally absurd and fraudulent! To me, the only thing that makes sense is the fact that “kilobars: are entries of hypothecated gold sent to other jurisdictions so that they will not be short with their underwritten derivatives in that jurisdiction.  This would be similar to the rehypothecated gold used by Jon Corzine. ALSO TODAY THE LIQUIDATION OF 96 CONTRACTS HAVING STOOD FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH AND THEN ROLLING MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE
Ladies and Gentlemen:  We are now having our old fashioned run on the bank: the comex as gold is leaving by the buckets.

And now for silver
SEPT INITIAL standings
 SEPT29. 2016
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory NIL
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
249,832.45 oz
CNT, Scotia
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
 nil OZ
Deposits to the Customer Inventory 
nil oz
No of oz served today (contracts)
(2,340,000 OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
5 contracts
(25,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 3215 contracts (16,075,000 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Dealers inventory this month  NIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal  of silver from the Customer inventory this month  8,674,337.6 oz
today, we had 0 deposit into the dealer account:
total dealer deposit: nil oz
we had 0 dealer withdrawals:
 total dealer withdrawals: NIL oz
 we had 1 customer withdrawals:
i) Out of Brinks: 249,832.45 oz
Total customer withdrawals: 249,832.45  oz
We had 0 customer deposit:
total customer deposits: nil oz
 we had 2 adjustments and all probable settlements;
i) Out of Brinks:  188,725.15 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this entered the customer account of Brinks
ii) Out of CNT: 828,139.36 oz was adjusted out of the dealer account and this landed into the customer account of CNT
The total number of notices filed today for the SEPT contract month is represented by 468 contracts for 2,240,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in SEPT., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at (3215) x 5,000 oz  = 16,075,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of SEPT (468) and the number of notices served upon today (468) x 5000 oz equals the number of ounces standing 
Thus the initial standings for silver for the SEPT contract month:  3215(notices served so far)x 5000 oz +(468 OI for front month of SEPT ) -number of notices served upon today (468)x 5000 oz  equals  16,075,000 oz  of silver standing for the SEPT contract month.
we GAINED 5  contracts or an additional 25,000 oz will stand FOR DELIVERY IN THIS  ACTIVE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. 
Total dealer silver:  30.442 million (close to record low inventory  
Total number of dealer and customer silver:   173.146 million oz (close to a record low)
The total open interest on silver is NOW close to its all time high with the record of 224,540 being set AUGUST 3.2016.  The registered silver (dealer silver) is NOW NEAR  multi year lows as silver is being drawn out at both dealer and customer levels and heading to China and other destinations. The shear movement of silver into and out of the vaults signify that something is going on in silver.
And now the Gold inventory at the GLD
SEPT 29/no changes at the GLD/Inventory rests at 949.14 tonnes
SEPT 27/A huge withdrawal of 2.08 tonnes from the GLD/Inventory rests at 949.14 tonnes/
SEPT 26./no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 951.22 tonnes
Sept 22/a huge deposit of 6.53 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 950.92 tonnes/this would be a paper deposit entry/
Sept 16./no change in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 932.22 tonnes
SEPT 15/another paper withdrawal of 3.27 tonnes of “gold” inentory leaves the GLD/Inventory rests at 932.22 tonnes
SEPT 14./A  withdrawal of 4.45 tonnes of gold inventory from the GLD/Inventory rests at 935.49 tonnes
SEPT 13/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 939.94 tonnes
Sept 12/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 939.94 tonnes
SEPT 29/ Inventory rests tonight at 949.14 tonnes


Now the SLV Inventory
SEPT 29/we had no changes at the SLV/Inventory rests at 362.909 million oz/
SEPT 27./no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 364.523 million oz/
SEPT 26./no changes in silver inventory at the SLV./Inventory rests at 364.523 million oz/
Sept 22/no change in inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 363.479  million oz/
Sept 16/no changes in silver inventory/inventory rests at 362.434 million oz/
SEPT 15/no change in silver inventory/inventory rests at 362.434 million oz.
SEPT 14/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 362.434 million oz
sept 13/2016: a huge deposit of 1.329 million oz into the SLV/Inventory rests at 362.434 million oz/
Sept 12/a huge withdrawal of 1.614 million oz from the SLV/Inventory rests at 361.105 million oz
SEPT 29.2016: Inventory 362.909 million oz

NPV for Sprott and Central Fund of Canada

1. Central Fund of Canada: traded at Negative 4.5 percent to NAV usa funds and Negative 4.4% to NAV for Cdn funds!!!! 
Percentage of fund in gold 59.8%
Percentage of fund in silver:39.0%
cash .+1.2%( SEPT 29/2016).
2. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): Premium RISES to +1.17%!!!! NAV (SEPT 29/2016) 
3. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV  RISES TO  1.06% to NAV  ( SEPT 29/2016)
Note: Sprott silver trust back  into POSITIVE territory at 1.17% /Sprott physical gold trust is back into positive territory at 1.06%/Central fund of Canada’s is still in jail.


And now your overnight trading in gold,THURSDAY MORNING and also physical stories that may interest you:

Trading in gold and silver overnight in Asia and Europe

ECB Refused “To Answer Questions” – Deutsche Bank “Systemic Threat” Is “Not ECB Fault”

The potential collapse of Deutsche Bank and the systemic risk it poses to banks and the European financial and monetary system moved into the German political sphere yesterday. The German government denied it was preparing a rescue of the embattled bank and the Bundestag attempted to ask questions of ECB President Mario Draghi about the causes of the “systemic risks” posed by the bank.

draghi_ECBRalph Orlowski | Reuters
ECB President Mario Draghi refused to answer questions in German parliament

The ECB president brazenly “refused to answer questions” regarding Deutsche Bank during a closed-door meeting in the German parliament. Afterwords in conversation with journalists, he denied that the negative interest rates being imposed by the ECB are partly responsible for Deutsche Bank and the German financial system’s troubles.

However, many analysts rightly assert that zero interest rate policies (ZIRP) and now negative interest rate policies (NIRP) are a factor and partly contributing to the challenges facing banks in much of the western world. Not to mention causing bubbles in many property markets and indeed in stock and bond markets.

Draghi_ECB_FTSource FT

“If a bank represents a systemic threat it cannot be because of low interest rates. It has to be for other reasons,” Mr Draghi asserted to reporters somewhat dogmatically and simplistically. He was contradicted by the head of Germany’s BdB banking association, Michael Kemmer, who told Deutschlandfunk radio that the ECB’s low interest rate policy was partly responsible for the current problems that Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank are facing.

This morning, Commerzbank, the second-biggest bank in Germany after Deutsche, suspended its dividend and revealed it is slashing more than 9,000 job losses as it too desperately tries to shore up its business in the face of ultra-low interest rates and increasing loan losses.

Anxiety over eurozone banks has risen since the market turmoil following the June UK vote to leave the EU. Until recently, however, concerns have focused on the bloc’s periphery, particularly banks in Italy.

Now the banking crisis is moving to the core. This poses the real risk of financial contagion in the European monetary system and the global banking system.

See “Euro Might Start To Unravel” If Collapse Of Deutsche Bank

Gold and Silver Bullion – News and Commentary

Gold extends losses as dollar, stocks rise (Reuters)

Gold prices mostly steady in Asia as rates, politics and OPEC mix (Investing)

WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast to 1.7 percent, cites wake-up call (Reuters)

City-by-city look as house price gains slow (MarketWatch)

IMF sounds alarm bells over trade slowdown and low inflation (Telegraph)


What the return of politics means for your money (MoneyWeek)

Dollar Going the Way of the Denarius (InternationalMan)

Transition of Price Discovery in the Global Gold and Silver Market (SafeHaven)

Will Deutsche Bank’s Collapse Be Worse Than Lehman Brothers? (GoldEagle)

Deutsche Bank To Blow Up and Create Euro “Chaos”? (DollarCollapse)

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

29 Sep: USD 1,320.85, GBP 1,016.92 & EUR 1,177.14 per ounce
28 Sep: USD 1,324.80, GBP 1,020.10 & EUR 1,181.06 per ounce
27 Sep: USD 1,335.85, GBP 1,031.01 & EUR 1,187.84 per ounce
26 Sep: USD 1,336.30, GBP 1,033.23 & EUR 1,188.91 per ounce
23 Sep: USD 1,335.90, GBP 1,027.17 & EUR 1,192.16 per ounce
22 Sep: USD 1,332.45, GBP 1,019.59 & EUR 1,186.68 per ounce
21 Sep: USD 1,319.60, GBP 1,015.96 & EUR 1,183.81 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

29 Sep: USD 19.01, GBP 14.61 & EUR 16.95 per ounce
28 Sep: USD 19.12, GBP 14.69 & EUR 17.05 per ounce
27 Sep: USD 19.42, GBP 14.99 & EUR 17.26 per ounce
26 Sep: USD 19.44, GBP 15.04 & EUR 17.29 per ounce
23 Sep: USD 19.82, GBP 15.28 & EUR 17.66 per ounce
22 Sep: USD 19.88, GBP 15.22 & EUR 17.69 per ounce
21 Sep: USD 19.43, GBP 14.95 & EUR 17.43 per ounce

Recent Market Updates

– Do You Really Own Your Gold?
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– Gold Up 1.5%, Silver Surges 3% – Yellen Stays Ultra Loose At 0.25%
– Trump and Clinton Are “Positive For Gold” – $1,900/oz by End of Year
– Gold Bugs Rejoice – Central Banks Think You’re On To Something
– ‘Hard’ Brexit Looms For Ireland
– EU Bail In Rules Ignored By Italy – Mother Of All Systemic Threats and World War?
– Buy Gold – Bonds Are ‘Biggest Bubble In World’ – Billionaire Singer Warns
– Silver Bullion Market – “Most Bullish Story Ever Told?”
– “Sorry, You Can’t Have Your Gold Bullion”
– Global Stocks, Bonds Fall Sharply – Gold Consolidates After Two Weeks Of Gains
– Gold, Silver, Blockchain and Fintech – Solutions To Negative Rates, Bail-ins, Cash Confiscations and Cashless Society

Mark O’Byrne
Executive Director





A good paper today from Steve St Angelo on the demand for our 4 precious metals:

(courtesy Steve St Angelo/SRSRocco Report)

THE TOP FOUR PRECIOUS METALS: Which Will Be The Best Investments During The Next Financial Crash

Filed in Economy, Energy, Mining, Precious Metals by on September 28, 2016 5 Comments

When the next financial crash occurs, investors need to understand which of the top four precious metals are the best to invest in.  Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of faulty analysis that has mislead many investors about the fundamentals of gold, platinum, palladium and silver.

I will provide information in this article on the top four precious metals that has not been covered correctly by the majority of analysts.  While some may have touched on individual aspects, very few have put together an in-depth analysis on these metals to properly educate investors.

However, before I get into the details of these top four precious metals, I would like to share some very important information.

When I wrote my article (few weeks ago) titled, THE COMING BREAKDOWN OF U.S. & GLOBAL MARKETS EXPLAINED: What Most Analysts Missed, it generated the most interest and commentary of any of my previous articles.  It seemed to have hit a nerve in my followers and new readers.

In that article, I posted some of the charts by Louis Arnoux and the Hills Group.  These charts explained the coming “Thermodynamic Collapse” of the oil price and global oil industry… in a relatively short period of time.  Since then, I have had several long conversations with Louis on the science and math of their work.

Let me tell you all, any doubts I have had about the accuracy and legitimacy of their work… IS COMPLETELY GONE.

Folks… we are in a real mess.  And the damned thing of it all, the world has no clue.  While I have been pessimistic about the ramifications of peak oil and the Falling EROI – Energy Returned On Investment for many years, now I understand there is a TIME CLOCK.  And, we don’t have much time.

I have mentioned in a few interviews and articles that I was planning to have these gentlemen on for an interview to explain their work on the “Thermodynamic Oil Collapse.”  I’d planned to have them on already, but it took more time to understand the science behind their work.  Basically, it took more time for me to wrap my mind around the ramifications of this work.

Furthermore, it is extremely important to present this information in a way in which individuals can “GET IT’ or “CONNECT THE DOTS.”  Because, once an individual understands this information, it’s like taking the ULTIMATE RED PILL.  Once you comprehend it, you can’t go back.  Thus, it will force you to look at the world in a completely different way.

I will be wrapping up the discussion between Louis and the Hills Group, and we will have them on in the next few weeks to discuss their work.  Moreover, I have decided that we will likely do several interviews to get the point across as well as discuss the dire ramifications.

Lastly, my article THE DEATH OF THE BAKKEN OIL FIELD HAS BEGUN: Means Big Trouble For The U.S., went viral on many sites a week ago.  It received nearly 100,000 views on Zerohedge.  However, a really bizarre event took place on the website.  When it was posted on the site, it received the most comments ever (from what the members stated).  Normally, there are only about 35 diehard members that leave comments.  Most articles only received between 10-30 comments.

However, my DEATH OF THE BAKKEN article received nearly 300 comments on the site, and the majority of them came from 100+ new members that day.  What was really bizarre, was that the comments from these new members were all negative and may have been generated by what is called, a TROLL BOT ATTACK .  This is what some of the members of the site were discussing.

The site has been discussing peak oil for years, so the information in my article wasn’t anything new.  Although, the way it was presented or the title must have hit a nerve to generate such a large barrage of negative comments.  So, it seems as if the global oil industry is in a much bigger trouble than I realized.

Please stay tuned for our upcoming interview on the Thermodynamic Collapse of Oil.  It will be the most important information for individuals and investors to understand.

The Important Fundamentals Of the Top Four Precious Metals

Mine Production:

As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, there is a lot of incorrect analysis on the top four precious metals that has confused investors to no end.  I will try to clear this up.

Let’s look at the annual mine production of silver, gold, palladium and platinum.  According to the Gold, Silver & Platinum Group Surveys provided by GFMS (Thomson Reuters), the world produced 877 million oz (Moz) of silver, 101 Moz of gold, 6.7 Moz of palladium and 6.1 Moz of platinum in 2015:


As we can see, there are 9 times more silver produced than gold, 15 times more gold than palladium and 16 times more gold than platinum.  Many analysts have erroneously stated that due to the rarity of platinum or palladium, its value should be much higher than gold.  Furthermore, other analysts believe the value of silver should be much higher than its current 69/1 price ratio to gold, due to there being only nine times more silver produced than gold.

The silver to gold production ratio may have been more a representation of the market value of these two precious metals hundreds of years ago or in ancient times, due to the way it was extracted from the earth (by human and animal labor).  However, this has changed since the late 1800’s, as the energy sources of coal and oil replaced human and animal labor.

Gold, Platinum & Silver Estimated Production Cost:

The current values of the top four precious metals are based on their cost of production, not their production ratio.  The chart below shows the estimated cost of production of gold, platinum and silver.  I omitted palladium in my cost analysis below, because the largest producers of the metal are a by-product of nickel and platinum production.  Regardless, I would imagine the few primary palladium producers probably produce palladium at the similar cost margins as gold, platinum and silver shown below:


My estimated breakeven for gold was based on using the mining companies of Barrick and Newmont.  For platinum, it was Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum, and for silver,it was Pan American Silver and Tahoe Resources.  These where the two largest primary metal producing companies for each metal.

NOTE:  This was not my normal in-depth approach using many different formulas, but rather more of a simple cost approach using the mining companies net or adjusted income divided by total primary metal production.  While the calculations could be more accurate, the figures above represent a pretty good  estimated breakeven for these precious metals.

If we look at the chart above, we can see that the estimated break even for gold (Barrick & Newmont) in 2015 was $1,120 an ounce.  The average price of gold in 2015 was $1,160.  Thus, these top two gold mining companies made a $40 per ounce profit.

For platinum, the estimated breakeven was $1,130 in 2015, while the average price was $1,054.  So, these top two platinum miners made a profit of $24 per oz.  I believe this estimated platinum breakeven is a good estimate for the platinum industry as these two top companies produced 2.9 Moz of the total 6.1 Moz of platinum in 2015.

Now for silver.  The top two primary silver mining companies estimated breakeven for 2015 was $15.00, while the average spot price was $15.68.   Which means, these two primary silver miners made a profit of $0.68 an ounce.  Actually, Tahoe Resources reported a very large profit, while Pan American Silver stated a loss in 2015.  However, if we average these two companies, we come up with a $0.68 profit.

Basically, the profit margins of these three metals, based on my estimated breakeven, were 2.2% for platinum, 3.4% for gold and 4.5% for silver.  These are very thin margins.  These production cost profiles of these metals are what I believe the traders and or algorithms use to value gold, platinum and silver.   I would imagine the same would be true for palladium, even though I did not construct a breakeven analysis.

So, the value of these metals are not based on their production ratio, but rather their cost of production.  Which means, any precious metal analyst who says, “gold is the key monetary store of value metal”, doesn’t understand that it is currently being valued as a MERE COMMODITY, just like platinum, palladium and silver.

However, my analysis suggests the current gold and silver “commodity priced mechanism” will change to a high quality store of value when the worst financial crash in history takes place in the near future.

The Top 4 Precious Metals Investment:

While most precious metals websites focus on promoting gold and silver investment, several are touting the benefit of owning platinum and palladium.  Unfortunately, the majority of the reasons stated to own platinum or palladium may turn out to be incorrect or untrue in the future.  That being said, let’s take a look at the percentage of physical retail investment versus total demand for each metal in 2015:


Gold was the clear winner as 39% of total demand was in physical retail and Central Bank investment.  Gold was the only metal in which I included net Central Bank purchases.  I excluded all investments (flows in or out) of ETF’s in each metal.  Basically, the figures above represent physical retail investment (including Central Bank for gold).

Silver came in second as 23% of total demand was in bar and coin investment.  As we can see, platinum investment was 6% of total demand, while palladium investment was only 0.5% (half percent) of total demand.  All figures came from GFMS Gold, Silver & Platinum Metals Group Surveys.

I decided to take a longer view of physical investment of these metals, so the chart below shows the average over a five-year period (2011-2015):


We can clearly see, gold and silver retail physical investment represent the highest percentages of total demand in the group.  For whatever reason, investors innately understand the 2,000+ year history of gold and silver as money or a high quality store of value.

Even though gold enjoys a much higher investment percentage (31%) of total demand in the five-year period, silver is the clear winner when it comes to total amount of metal (in ounces) invested by the public:


Investors purchased a total of 1,141 Moz (1.14 billion oz) of silver 2011-2015, while gold investment was 223 Moz, platinum was 1.3 Moz and palladium at a distant fourth at 0.2 Moz.

These figures reveal a very significant “mindset” or “psychology” of investor preference.  Of course, the total Dollar amount of gold investment of the 223 Moz is much higher than the 1,114 Moz of silver, but the volume of metal purchased, proves that investors have a real affinity for silver.

Why Gold & Silver, Not Platinum & Palladium Will Be The Key Precious Metals To Own During The Next Financial Crash

Looking at these figures, I would suggest that gold and silver will be the go to assets during the next financial crisis, not platinum and palladium. While platinum and palladium could provide the investor with some relative store of value properties in the future, the upcoming Thermodynamic Oil Collapse will destroy the market’s ability to produce or consume platinum and palladium at anywhere near the current volumes.

Unfortunately, most of the public has no clue about investing in platinum or palladium or realizing these metals as a store of value.  Most of the investment into these (true) industrial metals are a hedge or bet on future supply shortages or price spikes.  Rather, gold and silver are known more to the public as money and true stores of value.

While silver is PIGEON-HOLED by the Mainstream media and by many of the precious metals analysts to be more of an industrial metal, it is still an excellent store of value as gold.  The only difference is its cost of production.  However, the cost of production will become less of a driver for the value of gold and silver in the future as the $250 trillion in Global Bonds, Stocks, Real Estate and Insurance Funds evaporate in the future.

Again, this will be due to the coming Energy Pearl Harbor, shown in one of Louis Arnoux’s charts below:


Unfortunately, very few people understand the energy cliff that is heading our way.  Instead, they cling to a notion that while a financial crash will be difficult, once the dust settles, we will begin growing and expanding our economy based on real money.  Folks, growth as we know it, will be over for good.

This is why it is important to understand the ramifications of this energy cliff.  Investors who understand the implications of this energy cliff will consider moving out of most stocks, bonds and real estate and into physical gold and silver.






Gold miner Petropavlovsk (Peter Hambro’s operation) finally turns a profit, its first in 4 years:

(courtesy London’s Telegraph)

Gold miner Petropavlovsk turns first profit since 2012


By Jon Yeomans
The Telegraph, London
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Russia-based gold miner Petropavlovsk has posted its first profit since 2012, as it looks to move on from a torrid few years.

Petropavlovsk reported a pre-tax profit of $4.8 million in the six months to June, against a loss of $26 million for the same period a year ago. Revenue slipped 14.5 percent to $254 million as gold production fell after poor weather in the Amur region of Russia where it mines.

The company nearly went bust in 2015 but now expects to close a refinancing deal with its creditors next month that will extend its debt repayment schedule to 2022. Petropavlovsk borrowed heavily this decade to fund expansion, only to be hit by a downturn in gold prices. In the first half of the year it slashed $12.4 million from its debt pile, bringing it down to $598 million.

Chairman Peter Hambro, a City veteran, said: “It’s been a long struggle, but even a small profit is better than what we had in the past.” …

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Shangdong gold is the top bidder from Glencore’s gold property is Kazakhstan

(courtesy Bloomberg/GATA)

Shandong Gold said to be top bidder for $2 billion Glencore mine


By Dinesh Nair and Vinicy Chan
Bloomberg News
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

China’s Shandong Gold Mining Co. has emerged as the lead bidder for Glencore’s gold mine in Kazakhstan, which may fetch about $2 billion in a sale, according to people familiar with the matter.

Shandong Gold, one of China’s largest gold producers, outbid other parties, including Silk Road Fund, which had teamed up with state-owned China National Gold Group Corp., the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Glencore is still weighing all options for the asset, including selling future production from the mine for a fixed amount, and may decide to retain it, the people said. …

… For the remainder of the report:…


Your early THURSDAY morning currency, Asian stock market results,  important USA/Asian currency crosses, gold/silver pricing overnight along with the price of oil Major stories overnight




2 Nikkei closed UP 228.31 OR 1.39%   /USA: YEN RISES TO 101.49

3. Europe stocks opened ALL IN THE GREEN (     /USA dollar index UP to 95.50/Euro DOWN to 1.1229

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES TO     -.080%/     !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 101.49/ THIS IS TROUBLESOME AS BANK OF JAPAN IS RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY.

3c Nikkei now JUST BELOW 17,000

3d USA/Yen rate now well below the important 120 barrier this morning

3e WTI::  46.91  and Brent: 48.27

3f Gold DOWN /Yen DOWN

3g Japan is to buy the equivalent of 108 billion uSA dollars worth of bond per month or $1.3 trillion. Japan’s GDP equals 5 trillion usa./“HELICOPTER MONEY” OFF THE TABLE FOR NOW /REVERSE OPERATION TWIST ON THE BONDS: PURCHASE OF LONG BONDS  AND SELLING THE SHORT END

Japan to buy 100% of all new Japanese debt and by 2018 they will have 25% of all Japanese debt. Fifty percent of Japanese budget financed with debt.

3h Oil DOWN for WTI and DOWN for Brent this morning

3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10 yr bund RISES A BIT to -.119%   

3j Greek 10 year bond yield FALLS to  : 8.25%   

3k Gold at $1317.40/silver $19.02(8:45 am est)   SILVER FINAL RESISTANCE AT $18.50 WILL BE DEFENDED 

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble DOWN 08/100 in  roubles/dollar) 63.16-

3m oil into the 46 dollar handle for WTI and 48 handle for Brent/

3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation  (already upon us). This can spell financial disaster for the rest of the world/China forced to do QE!! as it lowers its yuan value to the dollar/GOT a  REVALUATION UPWARD from POBC.


30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning .9689 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.0877 well above the floor set by the Swiss Finance Minister. Thomas Jordan, chief of the Swiss National Bank continues to purchase euros trying to lower value of the Swiss Franc.


3r the 10 Year German bund now NEGATIVE territory with the 10 year FALLS to  -.119%

/German 10+ year rate BASICALLY  negative%!!!


The bank withdrawals were causing massive hardship to the Greek bank. the Greek referendum voted overwhelming “NO”.  Next step for Greece will be the recapitalization of the banks and that will be difficult.

4. USA 10 year treasury bond at 1.582% early this morning. Thirty year rate  at 2.310% /POLICY ERROR)

5. Details Ransquawk, Bloomberg, Deutsche bank/Jim Reid.

(courtesy Jim Reid/Bloomberg/Deutsche bank/zero hedge)


Crude Declines As OPEC Deal Doubts Emerge; Futures Roll Over

After oil soared over 5% yesterday, its biggest jump since April which pushed the commodity to a three week high on the unexpected announcement that OPEC had agreed on cutting as much as 700kbpd in production (without providing any actual detail who would cut), overnight skepticism and doubts have emerged about the viability and compliance with the deal, coupled with a boost in production by non-OPEC producers, and as a result WTI has dipped back under $47, down 0.5%, suggesting that the OPEC surge may be short-lived and modestly pressuring US equity futures.

“Skepticism on the implementation is probably weighing on prices today – but we also need to see how the U.S. market reacts,” says Giovanni Staunovo, commodity analyst at UBS. Adding to the sentiment was Templeton Emerging Markets Group executive chairman Mark Mobius who said thatOPEC agreement to cut production is not set in stone and, as we have seen in the past, the words often don’t match the deeds.

The modest rolloff in oil prices has also put a “cap” on US equity futures overnight, which were trading roughly unchanged during the overnight session, but not before yesterday’s euphoria pushed stocks in Asia and Europe higher. India’s assets fell after it attacked terrorist targets in Pakistan.

Energy companies led gains on the MSCI All-Country World Index, which is on course for its best quarter since 2013. Sovereign bonds fell amid speculation higher energy prices will revive inflation. After posting its biggest gain in five months, crude slipped under $47 a barrel. India’s rupee fell the most in three months after the biggest military escalation since 1999.

For those who missed yesterday’s main event, Bloomberg conveniently summarizes that OPEC said its members agreed a preliminary deal to trim production to a range of 32.5 million to 33 million barrels per day following informal talks in Algiers, although it won’t decide on targets for each country until a November meeting in Vienna.

A global oil glut has weighed on crude prices for more than two years as a result of the Saudi historic November 2014 decision to break away from the OPEC cartel in order to put shale companies out of business (a decision which appears to have been undone as of yesterday, handing the victory to US shale), damping inflation, hurting corporate earnings, and leading to negative bond yields in two of the world’s four biggest economies.

“It really caught people on the hop — we weren’t expecting a cut in output at all,” said Derek Mitchell, a fund manager at Royal London Asset Management in London. His fund owns shares of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc and has assets under management of 93.8 billion pounds ($122 billion). “It sends a message that there’s now a floor under the oil price. A tighter oil market will support earnings. There’s rightly a great deal of skepticism as to whether this cut will last, but for the time being, it’s a very nice thing to wake up to.”

Some of the winners from OPEC’s plan include:

  • Energy markets, from natural gas to coal and carbon were buoyed by the announcement.
  • The Norwegian krone, the currency of Western Europe’s largest oil producer, touched its strongest level against the euro since August 2015, before giving up gains.
  • Equity markets in Russia, Dubai, Qatar and Malaysia.
  • Industrial metals lead and tin climbed to the highest in more than a year, as higher oil prices raise the cost of production.
  • A global gauge of energy stocks rose. Tullow Oil Plc led gains among European oil-related companies.

Some of the losers from OPEC’s plan include:

  • Bonds fell, while measures of the market’s inflation outlook in the U.S. and U.K. climbed.
  • Travel-and-leisure stocks fell in Europe, with airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG leading the drop on prospects of higher fuel costs.
  • Japan’s yen slumped amid speculation that increased oil costs will help the central bank achieve its policy goals.

The global reaction to the OPEC announcement was broadly bullish for risk assets which soared in kneejerk response, and the MSCI global index gained 0.4% as in early trade, extending this quarter’s advance to 5.4%. A gauge of energy shares jumped 1.5 percent after surging 2.8 percent in the last session. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.7 percent, with oil companies leading the charge. Africa-focused explorer Tullow Oil jumped 7.1 percent, while Total SA and Shell added 4.5 percent or more.

Lenders took their rebound into a second day, with Deutsche Bank AG up 0.9 percent. Commerzbank AG bucked the trend, falling 0.6 percent after announcing plans to reduce 9,600 jobs and suspend dividends as Chief Executive Officer Martin Zielke seeks to shore up the German lender’s profitability. Travel-and-leisure stocks were among the casualties of the OPEC deal, as higher fuel costs make traveling more expensive and erode profits at companies including Lufthansa, which fell 2.7 percent, and Ryanair Plc, down 2.9 percent. Thomas Cook Group Plc dropped 3.6 percent.

S&P futures were fractionally lower, after U.S. shares advanced Wednesday on the back of rising oil prices. Investors will look to data Thursday, including wholesale inventories, gross domestic product, initial jobless claims and pending home sales, for indications of the health of the world’s biggest economy.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak Thursday, as are regional Fed chiefs for Atlanta, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. These will follow yesterday’s Fed speeches by dissenter Esther George (Voter, Hawk) who said the diversity of views is healthy for the FOMC and added the Fed needs to move forward on rate hikes slowly and surely. Fed’s Mester (Voter, Hawk) said the Fed could ruin its credibility by not acting on data and may fall behind curve if there is a delay in a hike. Mester also commented that sometimes being prudent means increasing rates and that fundamentals of the economy remain sound.

Bond market measures for the inflation outlook climbed from the U.S. to the U.K. following OPEC’s decision. The 10-year break-even rate in the U.K. was set for its highest close since July last year. A similar measure in the U.S. approached its highest level since June. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries was steady at 1.58% and that for German bunds increased by three basis points to minus 0.12 percent. “The rise in Treasury yields after the OPEC news was contained because the decision to really cut production won’t be finalized until November,” Shinichiro Kadota, an FX strategist at Barclays told BLoomberg. “The Fed’s rate-increase path isn’t gaining momentum, making it unlikely for yields to extend their climb.”

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures down less than 0.1% to 2162
  • Stoxx 600 up 0.7% to 345
  • FTSE 100 up 1.1% to 6922
  • DAX up 0.9% to 10533
  • German 10Yr yield up 3bps to -0.12%
  • Italian 10Yr yield up 2bps to 1.2%
  • Spanish 10Yr yield up 3bps to 0.92%
  • S&P GSCI Index down less than 0.1% to 360.1
  • MSCI Asia Pacific up 0.4% to 141
  • Nikkei 225 up 1.4% to 16694
  • Hang Seng up 0.5% to 23739
  • Shanghai Composite up 0.4% to 2998
  • S&P/ASX 200 up 1.1% to 5471
  • US 10-yr yield up 1bp to 1.58%
  • Dollar Index up 0.1% to 95.53
  • WTI Crude futures down 0.6% to $46.78
  • Brent Futures down 0.9% to $48.23
  • Gold spot up less than 0.1% to $1,322
  • Silver spot down 0.3% to $19.14

Top Global News

  • Saudis Shock Oil World With Higher Prices Over Free Markets: OPEC to cap production at 32.5-33mbbl/d; revisit quotas at Nov. meeting.; Shale Drilling Revival Seen Ahead as Oil Price Recovers
  • India Strikes Pakistan Terror Camps as Modi Hits Back for Attack: Heavy casualties inflicted on militants assembled to infiltrate India, according to India’s director general of military operations Ranbir Singh said.
  • 9/11 Victim Families Can Sue Saudis; Obama Veto Overturned: Other countries may respond by allowing lawsuits vs U.S. for actions by American soldiers, diplomats or corporate executives.
  • California Suspends Wells Fargo From Bond, Investing Work: U.S.’s largest issuer of municipal bonds WFC from underwriting state debt, handling its banking transactions.
  • Elliott’s Paul Singer Buys More of GE’s 3-D Printer Target: Singer plans to acquire additional voting rights in SLM Solutions Group in the next 12 months.
  • Sears, Claire’s at High Risk of Retail Failures: Fitch: Cos. named in report that found retailers wind up liquidated almost 3x more often than other companies in bankruptcy.
  • Fed Politics in Spotlight as Yellen Cornered by Lawmaker: Republican congressman cornered Fed chair on whether key policy maker would have conflict of interest in discussing presidential post.
  • Och-Ziff Unit Said to Plan to Plead Guilty Over Bribes: Agreed to enter deferred-prosecution agreement, also subsidiary plead guilty in probe into bribes funneled to African officials.
  • Compromise Said to Be Discussed Ahead of FCC Set-Top Box Vote: FCC chairman offered concessions to win support for proposal to make it easier for consumers to buy set-top boxes from cos. other than their cable TV provider.
  • YouTube Hires Ex-Def Jam Boss to Smooth Music Industry Ties: Hired Lyor Cohen as its global head of music.
  • Yahoo! Hacked by Criminals, Not State Sponsor: Security Firm: Accounts were hacked in 2014 by cybercriminals, InfoArmor says.

Looking at regional markets, we begin in Asia where stock markets traded higher across the board as the energy sector coat-tailed on the 5% surge in crude, following the agreement by OPEC to cut output for the first time since 2008. This boosted oil names in both the ASX 200 (+1.1%) and Nikkei 225 (+1.4%), with the latter outperforming on JPY weakness after USD/JPY surged above 101.00. Shanghai Composite (+0.4%) and Hang Seng (+0.5%) conformed to the positive risk sentiment, although gains were capped amid rising repo rates, which followed a weaker liquidity injection by the PBoC ahead of next week’s Golden Week holiday. 10yr JGBs recovered initial losses amid a lack of demand due to the positive risk sentiment seen across Asia. Furthermore, today’s 2yr auction was tepid in which the b/c fell to its lowest since June 2015, while the latest securities transactions data showed foreign investors offloaded the largest amount of Japan bonds last week since 2014.

Top Asian News

  • Deutsche Bank Said to Face Hurdle Moving China Sale Proceeds: German lender raising up to $3.9b from Huaxia sale
  • China’s Big Ball of Money Isn’t Going Anywhere Near Stock Market: Investors flock to property, spurring bubble warnings
  • Fulham’s Billionaire Rises From Dishwasher to Takata Bidder: Flex-N-Gate is said to be one of five bidders for Takata
  • Turnbull Steps Up Attack on Renewables After Australian Blackout: Says Australian states’ renewable targets risk energy security
  • Korean Court Rejects Arrest-Warrant Request for Lotte Chief: Prosecutors sought arrest on embezzlement allegations

European equity cash markets have seen buying support following the upside witnessed in the futures overnight, following OPEC agreeing on a production limit. The energy sector is the predicable outperformer in equity markets, up 5% on the session as WTI Crude futures now trade around USD 47.00/bbl with the next key resistance level being August’s 49.00/bbl high. Oil prices have weighed on airline names; Easyjet (-1.6%) and Lufthansa struggle in the Dax, (-2.4%). German Banks continue to be in focus with Commerzbank releasing downbeat news; source reports stating that the Co. is to lay off 20% of their workforce (10,000 employees) and furthermore, the bank is to suspend their dividend payments, expecting a write-down of EUR 700mln, although do still expect a small profit this year.

Top European News

  • Deutsche Bank Said to Face Hurdle Moving China Sale Proceeds: Govt creating potential headache for seeking to sell $3.9b stake in a Chinese lender, also seeking permission to move proceeds offshore.
  • German Unemployment Unexpectedly Rises in Sign Economy Slowing: Number of people out of work increased by seasonally adjusted 1,000 to 2.68m.
  • Commerzbank Plans to Cut Jobs, Suspend Div. in CEO Overhaul: Bank will take costs of about ~EU1.1b to restructure businesses.
  • Man Group CEO Sees Event-Driven Hedge Fund Pressure: “When individual funds get too big, or when they get stale, or when they get lazy to be honest the money will flow away from them,” Man Group CEO Luke Ellis said.
  • Renault Defends Electric-Car Headstart With Longer-Range Zoe: Car will be able to travel as far as 400km on a single charge, compared with 240km now.
  • Spanish Socialists Crack Under Pressure to Let Rajoy Rule: Dispute over whether to let acting PM Mariano Rajoy return to office tore apart Spain’s Socialist leadership.

In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.2 percent from its lowest close in more than two weeks. The yen slid 0.7 percent, among the biggest losers of major currencies, as investors favored higher-yielding assets outside of Japan. the ringgit strengthened 0.4 percent, leading gains among the currencies of oil-exporting nations. The Norwegian krone slipped 0.3 percent following a 1 percent jump in the last session. South Africa’s rand lost 0.9 percent and Turkey’s lira declined 0.7 percent. Mexico’s peso retreated from near a two-week high before a monetary policy review on Thursday, with most economists predicting interest rates will be raised.  Taiwan also has a central bank meeting and its currency strengthened 0.2 percent from Monday’s close as trading resumed following a hurricane. Just over half of the economists in a Bloomberg survey forecast the island’s borrowing costs will be left unchanged, while the remainder were looking for a cut.

In commodities, crude oil fell 0.5 percent to $46.83 a barrel, retreating from a three-week high.The lower end of OPEC’s new production target equates to a nearly 750,000 barrels-a-day drop from what the group said it pumped in August. Saudi Arabia and Iran had signaled before the meeting that an agreement was unlikely in Algiers, while all but two of 23 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted there would be no deal. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said OPEC’s agreement to cut output could add as much as $10 a barrel to oil prices, though it remains skeptical along with other banks on how the accord will be implemented. Year-ahead European coal jumped to 20-month high amid increasing import demand from China. The equivalent Dutch gas contract surged to the highest for eight weeks and carbon permits rose to a three-month high. French and German power contracts both advanced to the highest since August 2015 amid reduced availability of French nuclear plants. Tin gained 0.5 percent to trade just shy of $20,000 a metric ton, a level last seen in early 2015. The metal used for solder in electronics has jumped 17 percent this quarter, the best performance on the London Metal Exchange. Lead rose 0.8 percent, heading for the highest since May last year. The LME index of six industrial metals is heading for a third successive quarterly gain for the first time since 2011 helped by an improving economy in China, the biggest consumer.

Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquwk and Bloomberg

  • European equities trade higher as European participants digest the fallout of yesterday’s OPEC announcement
  • Naturally, energy names trade higher across the board with softness in airliners with not much else to report from the session thusfar
  • Looking ahead, highlights include German unemployment, CPI, US GDP, weekly jobless data, as well as a host of speakers from Fed, ECB, BoE and BoJ
  • Long-end Treasuries fall while global equities rally; oil prices drop after yday’s OPEC announcement sparked a rally in WTI.
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said OPEC’s deal to cut output could add as much as $10 a barrel to oil prices, though it remains skeptical along with other banks on how the accord will be implemented
  • Oil analysts, many of whom were surprised by OPEC’s decision on Wednesday to set out the framework of a deal to limit oil production, remain split about the impact of the producer group’s plan
  • BOJ’s Kuroda said in overnight speech that options for further easing include targeting lower rates in yield curve control, boosting asset purchases and increasing the pace of monetary base expansion
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker says U.S. “economy has reached a point where monetary policy has done what it can”
  • Commerzbank AG plans to reduce 9,600 jobs, or about a fifth of the workforce, and suspend dividends as Chief Executive Officer Martin Zielke seeks to shore up profitability at the German lender
  • German unemployment unexpectedly rose in September for the first time in a year, in a sign of concern among businesses over an economic slowdown and the consequences of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union
  • Euro-area economic confidence unexpectedly improved in September in a sign the region’s recovery is maintaining its momentum
  • Institutions face returns that will be lower than historical gains and in some cases less than what they need to meet their liabilities, according to Oaktree Capital Groups Howard Marks
  • India said it attacked terrorist camps just across the border in Pakistan, the biggest military escalation since a standoff in 1999, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi retaliated for a deadly strike against Indian soldiers earlier this month

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

It’s probably fair to say that over the last few weeks and months, markets had become somewhat accustomed to the flurry of jawboning, back-and-forth headlines and general bickering between the major Oil producing nations over whether or not to curb output. It therefore felt like the general consensus was leaning towards a ‘more of the same’ type outcome from the sideline OPEC meeting so when the headlines broke last night reporting that the cartel had agreed to the framework of a deal that will cut production, that was enough to send Oil related assets surging.

Indeed WTI rallied as much as 7% off the intraday lows before finishing the day with a +5.33% gain, the most since April 8th. Brent also rallied +5.92% and closed at the highest level ($48.69/bbl) since August 30th. WTI is up a further +0.20% this morning. The rest of the energy complex got a boost too with Gasoline (+6.03%) and Heating Oil (+5.75%) in particular up sharply. Oil sensitive currencies gained with the Russian Ruble (+1.35%), Norwegian Krone (+1.00%) and Canadian Dollar (+0.89%) coming out top. Unsurprisingly it was energy stocks which dragged US equities up from early session lows. The S&P 500 was down as much -0.38% but swung to a +0.53% gain by the closing bell with the energy sector alone up over +4%. Oil heavyweights Exxon Mobil (+4.40%), Chevron (+3.20%), Schlumberger (+3.56%) and ConocoPhillips (+6.97%) all leading the sector higher. In credit markets CDX IG ended 2bps tighter.

The move by OPEC to a preliminary agreement to cut production to 32.5m barrels per day is the first reduction since 2008 and according to our commodity strategists would lower 2017 production by 1.1m barrels per day based on their assumptions. The early indications suggest that the agreement may follow the outline of an Algerian proposal for a 1.6% reduction from the Jan-Aug averages for all member countries apart from Libya, Iran and Nigeria. Under this proposal, Iran would be permitted to raise production only up to 3.7m barrels per day which is a small increment from its reported August production of 3.64m barrels. The devil is in the detail though and as our colleagues highlight the precise country level production quotas will not be decided until the November 30th OPEC ordinary meeting. As a result countries may not act to reduce output until December. A more complete assessment of the overall impact will likely depend on the eventual shape of the final agreement which we might have to wait until the end of November to get, along with the potential participation of any non-OPEC producing countries.

So there are still the details to iron out and perhaps the greater question is whether or not the market will trust OPEC to follow through with action and actually cut. Waiting until November also brings a kicking the can type element to all this and one would imagine that implementing the individual country quotas could be where the disputes start but to be fair the preliminary agreement is certainly more than most would have expected.

This morning in Asia bourses are off to a decent start and it won’t come as a surprise to hear that the energy sector is leading the way. The Nikkei (+1.42%), Hang Seng (+0.34%), Shanghai Comp (+0.68%), Kospi (+0.81%) and ASX (+0.93%) are all up with energy sectors generally up between 3% and 6%. Emerging market currencies are on the whole stronger this morning while the Yen has weakened -0.60%. Credit indices are also 1-2bps tighter while US equity index futures are also pointing towards to positive start. The only data released this morning came in Japan where retail sales disappointed last month (-1.1% mom vs. -0.6% expected).

Staying in Asia, yesterday our Chief China Economist Zhiwei Zhang published a report titled ‘China’s Property Bubble’. Zhiwei believes that a property bubble is rising in some Chinese cities. After conducting a bottom up analysis of 252 land auctions in ten cities, Zhiwei found that property prices have already risen 23% yoy in these cities, but soaring land auction premiums revealed a very high expectation of further property price inflation. He notes that if property prices stay at the current level, developers in 105 cases may lose money, accounting for 53% of total land sales value. If property prices fall by 30%, these numbers would go up to 181 cases and 81% of total land sales value. Zhiwei and his team also believe that the risk of a bubble is spreading to more cities in China and notes that if the property cycle trends down from here with prices falling 10% nationwide, some 28% buyers in land auctions since July 2015 may lose money. The loss could be around RMB243 billion. To avoid a collapse of the property bubble Zhiwei is expecting the PBoC to cut interest rates in Q2 next year and loosen liquidity conditions. He has also trimmed his 2018 GDP forecast to 6%, but kept his 2017 forecast at 6.5% based on policy easing.

Moving on. Prior to the OPEC headlines last night the latest durable and capital goods orders numbers in the US made for a bit of mixed reading. The preliminary August data was broadly better than expected. Headline durable goods orders were unchanged last month versus expectations for a -1.5% mom decline while the ex-transportation declined a little bit less than expected (-0.4% mom vs. -0.5% expected). Core capex orders (+0.6% mom vs. -0.1% expected) also surprised to the upside. What was disappointing though were the downward revisions to the July data. Headline orders were revised down to +3.6% from +4.4%, ex transportation to +1.1% from +1.3% and core capex orders to +0.8% from +1.5%. As a result the Atlanta Fed trimmed its Q3 GDP forecast to 2.8% from 2.9%.

There was also a reasonable amount of Fedspeak to take stock of yesterday but none of which really moved the dial. The latest to speak was the Kansas City Fed’s George (a renowned hawk) who said that ‘we need to slowly but surely make progress in adjusting that interest rate so we don’t get far behind’. The Cleveland Fed’s Mester – another dissenter – said that ‘at this point, I think there’s a very compelling case to take the next step on a very gradual path’, warning also that any delay increases the risk to having to undertake a considerably steeper policy path later on. The rest of the comments came from the centrist and more dovish camp. The Chicago Fed’s Evans said that the ‘economy is actually doing quite well’ but that ‘if inflation were closer or at our objective then it probably would be closer to the time to be raising rates’. Meanwhile the Minneapolis Fed’s Kashkari said that ‘the economy still has room to run before it overheats’.

Elsewhere, Fed Chair Yellen was also speaking yesterday in a testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. Much of the testimony was focused on Yellen defending the regulatory role of the Fed and addressing accusations of potential conflicts of interest although the Fed Chair also highlighted that monthly job gains are well above a sustainable long run path, although she isn’t yet seeing upward pressure on inflation.

Her colleague at the ECB, Mario Draghi, was also busy defending recent action by the ECB from German lawmakers, saying on balance that savers, employees and pensioners across the Euro area are better off today and tomorrow because of the actions of the ECB. It was a better day for European stocks yesterday with the Stoxx 600 closing up +0.70% and the DAX +0.74%, the latter gaining for the first time since last Thursday.

Looking at the day ahead, this morning in Europe the early data release comes from Germany where the September unemployment rate print is due. Shortly following that we turn our attention to the UK where money and credit aggregates data is due, along with the August mortgage approvals data. We’ll then get various confidence indicators for the Euro area before its back to Germany with the preliminary September CPI report. Across the pond this afternoon the main focus will be on the third reading of Q2 GDP. The market is expecting the reading to be revised up to +1.3% qoq from +1.1% while our US economists have pegged an increase to +1.4%. Also due out is the advance goods trade balance reading for August, wholesale inventories for last month, the latest initial jobless claims print and finally pending home sales data. Away from the data there’s no shortage of Fedspeak scheduled. Harker is due to speak at 10am BST followed by Lockhart at 1.20pm BST, Powell at 3pm BST and Kashkari at 7pm BST. If that wasn’t enough, Fed Chair Yellen is also scheduled to address a minority banking conference tonight at 9pm BST. Away from the Fed we’ll also hear from the ECB’s Praet this morning and Constancio this afternoon, along with the BoE’s Forbes around lunchtime.


i)Late  WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 10.63 POINTS OR .30%/ /Hang Sang closed UP 119.82 POINTS OR 0.51%. The Nikkei closed UP  228.31 POINTS OR 1.39% Australia’s all ordinaires  CLOSED UP 1.09% /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.6672/Oil FELL to 46.91 dollars per barrel for WTI and 48.27 for Brent. Stocks in Europe: ALL IN THE GREEN   Offshore yuan trades  6.6771 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6672 for onshore yuan.THE SPREAD BETWEEN ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE NARROWS A BIT  AS MORE USA DOLLARS ATTEMPT TO  LEAVE CHINA’S SHORES


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c) Report on CHINA

China’s beige book reveals real problems in the Chinese economy.  We have highlighted to you last week that loan demand is down badly (corporate loans) while house loan demand is up  (and thus the huge housing bubble)

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The richest man in China, Wang Jianlin, made his ~$30 billion fortune by developed huge malls and office complexes across China but he now says Chinese real estate is the “biggest bubble in history.”

Certainly, one has to look no further than our post from yesterday entitled “Viral Surveillance Video Reveals A Shocking Scene From China’s Housing Bubble” to get a sense of just how “bubblicious” the China property market has become.  Below is footage from a surveillance camera that caught the moment a new real estate development in east Hangzhou opened for sale on September 24th.

The big problem, according to Jianlin, is that prices keep rising in major Chinese cities like Shanghai but are collapsing in thousands of smaller cities where huge numbers of properties lie vacant.  Per an interview with CNN, Jianlin notes that rising household debt is a major issue fueling the bubble but Chinese officials have been reluctant to restrict leverage due to the fear of the economic consequences.

I don’t see a good solution to this problem,” he said. “The government has come up with all sorts of measures — limiting purchase or credit — but none have worked.”

It’s a serious worry in China, where the economy is slowing at the same time as high debt levels continue to increase rapidly. There are massive sums at stake in the real estate market: direct loans to the sector stood at roughly 24 trillion yuan ($3.6 trillion) at the end of June, according to Capital Economics.

“The problem is the economy hasn’t bottomed out,” Wang said. “If we remove leverage too fast, the economy may suffer further. So we’ll have to wait until the economy is back on the track of rebounding — that’s when we gradually reduce leverage and debts.”

Jianlin has been warning of a bubble in Chinese real estate for a while which has prompted his recentbuying spree of international assets.  So far in 2016, Jianlin has been gobbling up U.S. based media companies including the Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, the movie theater business Carmike Cinemas and he is currently in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions.

Meanwhile UBS China Economist, Tao Wang, says the China real estate bubble isn’t a concern because it hasn’t yet pushed household debt to alarming levels

Not yet a bubble that’s about to significantly damage the economy.  The recent property market frenzy has not yet spread to a great many cities, pushed household debt up to alarming levels, or led to strong construction growth.

Even though her charts seem to paint a slightly different picture.

Property prices seem to be surging across the board…

China Real Estate Bubble

…while buyers are relying on a record amount of leverage to fund purchases

China Real Estate Bubble

…pushing household consumer debt closer to 250% of disposable income

China Real Estate Bubble

…all while there is seemingly 4-5 years worth of incremental residential supply under construction.

China Real Estate Bubble

But we’ll take Wang’s word for it…probably nothing to see here.







Germany’s second largest bank Commerzbank this morning scraps its dividend and fires 20% of its workforce.  And this is Germany, the powerhouse of Europe. The  growth in the economy is just not existent.

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Pain Spreads To Germany’s Second Biggest Bank: Commerzbank Scraps Dividend, Fires 20% Of Workforce

With Deutsche Bank mercifully missing from overnight headlines for the first day in almost two weeks, it is time to bring attention to Germany’s second largest bank which, as we first reported earlier in the week citing a Handelsblatt leak, confirmed it is also going through a historic rough patch. This morning, Commerzbank said it plans a wide-ranging business restructuring that includes scrapping the bank’s dividend for the rest of the year, terminating nearly 10,000 jobs – roughly 20% of its workforce – and merging two large units.

“The focus on the core business, with some business activities being discontinued, and the digitalization and automation of workflows will lead to staff reductions amounting to around 9,600 full-time positions,” Germany’s second-largest lender said.

The plan, according to the WSJ, is a strong sign new Chief Executive Martin Zielke is determined to shrink the partially state-owned bank amid a protracted period of ultra-low or negative interest rates and weak client demand.

While the overhaul and liquidity “shoring” was previously reported in recent weeks, it came as a surprise because the bank portrayed the picture of an institute that is done emerging from an extensive overhaul when former Chief Executive Martin Blessing in November last year said he would leave the bank. However, now the bank is merging its investment bank with the unit that caters to small and midsize enterprises. The renewed efforts to streamline Germany’s second-largest bank mark the first moves Mr. Zielke, who took the helm at Commerzbank in May.

There is a silver lining: the 20% headcount reduction will be offset by the hiring of 2,300 new workers as the bank efforts to make workflows more digital.

The bottom line: the restructuring will cost about €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) and it will book a €700 million loss in the third quarter. It added that it would therefore scrap dividend payments for “the time being.” It paid €0.20 a share in May for 2015, the first dividend since its €18 billion government bailout in 2008, and originally planned to pay a dividend for this year.


Germany Deutsche bank

Major problems with Deutsche bank tonight as hedge funds that deal with DB as counterparties are withdrawing their funds as they fear the worst.  Also there is a huge shortage of dollars similar to what happened with Lehman.European bank have just increased their demand for dollars by 6000%. Short dated CDS (credit default swaps on DB is skyrocketing. Ladies and Gentlemen: I believe we are having a Lehman moment as we are experiencing an old fashioned run on Deutsche bank

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The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash

Deutsche Bank concerns just went to ’11’ as Bloomberg reports a number of funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche Bank AG have withdrawn some excess cash and positions held at the lender, a sign of counterparties’ mounting concerns about doing business with Europe’s largest investment bank.

While the vast majority of Deutsche Bank’s more than 200 derivatives-clearing clients have made no changes, some funds that use the bank’s prime brokerage service have moved part of their listed derivatives holdings to other firms this week, according to an internal bank document seen by Bloomberg News.

Millennium Partners, Capula Investment Management and Rokos Capital Management are among about 10 hedge funds that have cut their exposure, said a person familiar with the situation who declined to be identified talking about confidential client matters.

The hedge funds use Deutsche Bank to clear their listed derivatives transactions because they are not members of clearinghouses. Millennium, Capula and Rokos declined to comment when contacted by phone or e-mail.

Which explains why short-dated CDS is soaring.

“Our trading clients are amongst the world’s most sophisticated investors,” Michael Golden, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank, said in an e-mailed statement.

“We are confident that the vast majority of them have a full understanding of our stable financial position, the current macroeconomic environment, the litigation process in the U.S. and the progress we are making with our strategy.”

Clients review their exposure to counterparties to avoid situations like the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and MF Global’s 2011 bankruptcy when hedge funds had billions of dollars of assets frozen until the resolution of lengthy legal proceedings.

As expected, Deutsche Bank stock in NY is sliding.

If the most sophisticated professionals in the world are withdrawing cash, why are German depositors leaving their life savings at risk… ahead of a long weekend in Germany (Monday is a bank holiday).

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And for those believing that there is no contagion and this is all ring-fenced…

And US banks are sliding…

As a reminder, if the liquidity run forces DB to start unwinding or being forced to novate derivatives, it could get ugly.

Those who have cash parked at Deutsche Bank, and at last check there was about €566 billion, they may want to consider moving it for the time being to a safer bank.

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Earlier this morning, we reported that Europe is experiencing a sudden and acute dollar shortage, which we attributed to Deutsche Bank. It now appears this was accurate. Since Deutsche’s recent highs, the short-end of the EUR-USD basis swap curve has collapsed:

Simplifying – this chart measures the degree of USD shortage
(willingness to spend money just to get USD now) across time – the lower
the level, the more desperate for USDs.

And no, it’s not a quarter-end issue:

Still not sure… Then explain why European banks just increased
their demand for USDs from The ECB’s 7-day lending facility by over

As @Landonthomasjr notes, since 2009: DB shareholders put up 13.5 billion euros in equity. DB has paid 19.3 billion euro in bonuses. Perhaps they should have saved some of that cash eh?

Simply put – trust in the European Banking system is faltering, counterparty risk hedging is accelerating:

And liquidity concerns are exploding, ahead of Germany’s bank holiday on Monday.

On the same subject as above: he is correct on everything he asserts!
(courtesy Dave Kranzler/IRD)

The Financial System Is On The Cusp Of Collapse

DB stock is now in a full panic sell-off as I write this.  It just hit another new all-time NYSE low on by the heaviest volume ever in the stock since its 2001 NYSE listing.  It’s currently down almost 10%.  No doubt the Central Banks will try to bounce it.

Deutsche Bank may well be the scapegoat this time around just like Lehman was the scapegoat in 2008. Central Banks in collusion can prevent just one bank from collapsing. It was the co-collapsing of AIG and Goldman Sachs that prompted then-Secretary of Treasury, ex-Goldman CEO Henry Paulson, to put in motion the bailout of the U.S. and European banking system.

Yesterday it was reported that the rate the Fed charges the banks to borrow collateral surged to its highest rate in 7 yearsLINK. The rush to borrow collateral was no doubt prompted by OTC derivatives-related counter-party collateral calls. A collateral call is like a margin call in a stock account. This occurs when a derivatives trade goes south for an entity that is on the long side of the derivatives bet – a bet that Deutsche Bank won’t default, for instance – and the counterparty to that trade demands more collateral to be posted in order to insure that the bet can be paid off if the “long side” loses.

Now multiply that concept across thousands of derivatives trades involving hundreds of hedge fund and bank counterparties totaling $100’s of trillions. It does not take too many collateral calls before counterparties and Central Banks run out of collateral that can posted against these OTC derivatives margin calls. That’s happening now.

This is 2008 redux – only this time the damage inflicted by derivatives counterparties collapsing will be much worse because the size and scale of the problem is much larger.

Deutsche Bank is at the center of focus, but there’s no question that U.S. Too Big To Fails are in similar financial condition.  If that’s not the case, then why won’t Fed unwind the “QE” that created the $2.3 trillion in bank “excess reserves” sitting at the Fed?  Pull this rug out from under Goldman, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, B of A etc and the entire U.S. banking system will collapse.   But that will happen at some point unless the Fed cranks up the printing press again.

Deutsche Bank may well be the catalyst that throws a “spark” that lights the fuse on $100’s of trillions of financial weapons of mass destruction.  It was just reported that DB’s hedge fund clients are rushing to draw all excess cash held at the bank.  That’s how the run begins.   DB’s stock is down 8% right now on 33 million shares.  This is 3x the 10 day average trading volume and over 6x the 90 day average – with 2 hours left in the trading day. It’s as if someone turned on the light in the kitchen and the cockroaches are running for cover.

Make no mistake, DB is not the only big bank in trouble right now.  I have no doubt the phone wires between the U.S. and European Too Big To Fails are sizzling.  This is also the reason the manipulators have been throwing a “scorched earth” attempt to push gold and silver lower.  Again, this is just like 2008 when the manipulators took the price of gold down from $1020 to $700 – right before the entire banking system de facto collapsed.

Deutsche Bank may well be the “canary” but the “coal mine” is the banking system – European and U.S. – and there will be plenty of dead birds before this is over.




And the last word on Deutsche bank, courtesy of Jeff Gundlach:


(courtesy Jeff Gundlach)

Gundlach: “The Market Will Keep Pushing Deutsche Bank Lower Until It Is Bailed Out”

With stunned investors reliving memories of the 2008 crisis as Deutsche Bank, a bank that is half the size of its host, Germany, seemingly on the precipice, and with Angela Merkel vowing as recently as this weekend not to bailout the bank, the market felt paralyzed: should it BTFD as it always has every time in the past 7 years, or should it wait for more clarity from the bailouters-in-chief before allocating capital to another riskless transaction, which may well be the next Lehman brothers.


Not helping matters was Jeffrey Gundlach, who as part of his weekly chat with Reuters’ Jennifer Ablan said that should tread lightly carefully when trading Deutsche Bank shares because a government bailout is not out of the question. The problem is how does one get to it.

“I would just stay away. It’s un-analyzable,” Gundlach said about Deutsche Bank shares and debt. “It’s too binary.”

Gundlach said investors who are betting against shares in Deutsche Bank might find it futile. Maybe, but not if they cover their shorts before the max pain point, something which the market – where equity/CDS pair trades now allow a “go for default” strategy – will actively seek out.

The market is going to push down Deutsche Bank until there is some recognition of support. They will get assistance, if need be.”

What happens then? “One day, Deutsche Bank shares will go up 40 percent. And it will be the day the government bails them out. That jump will happen in a minute,” Gundlach said. “It is about an event which is completely out of your control.”

Unless, of course, the government does not bail DB out, as Merkel vowed she wouldn’t, in the process painting herself into a corner with only adverse possible outcomes.

What if DB is just the bank that the system will use to teach a world addicted to bailouts a (bail-in) lesson? In that case, being long the CDS would be a far more lucrative option than shorting the stock, or using a straddle to bet on a surge in vol in the coming days.





These bozos are planning ZIRP/NIRP in perpetuity!

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Bank Of England Governor Warns Of ZIRP/QE “In Perpetuity”

ust yesterday we wrote about how central banks are “running out of road” to be able to provide any meaningful incremental “stimulus” to the economy (see “Bridgewater Calculates How Much Time Central Banks Have Left“).  As Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio pointed out, at some point in the not so distant future, the ECB and BOJ will have purchased every eligible security possible.  Even if the central banks do continue to expand the scope of their existing programs, eventually they will simply run out of securities to buy.

Ok fine, central banks are “running out of road”, however at the same time they are terrified to rip (or even peel) the band-aid off. This has put the system in an unstable equilibrium: on one hand, central bankers – as even they admit – need to hand over the growth impulse to governments, yet on the other hand, they are terrified of even the smallest change to the status quo as they know they may undo some 7 years of “wealth effect” creation overnight.

How much longer can this charade continue?

While many would be quick to answer “indefinitely” that is not true, because with every bond, ETF or stock, purchased by central bankers they come to the point where they either monetize the entire lot, or they increasingly impair the functioning of the capital markets (just ask the dozens of marquee hedge funds that have shuttered in recent years).

We concluded that post by summarizing Dalio’s analysis which suggested central banks could continue the party for another 4-5 years.

Which means for those market participants who have already torn most of their hair out from participating in a centrally planned “market” where nothing makes sense, get ready because, the insanity may last another 4 or 5 years longer


But, at least one central banker thinks she can do much better than that.  If Bank of England deputy governor, Minouche Shafik, has her way then interest rates will hover around 0% in perpetuity and other forms of quantitative easing will become the “standard tool of central bankers.”  Per the Telegraph:

Deep structural forces have combined to depress the level of interest rates at which the economy would be in equilibrium, obliging us to rely ever more on monetary policies that were once considered unconventional.”

The neutral rate of interest “is closer to zero than it used to be. You can see from charts that historically, interest rates have always been at around 5pc, going back hundreds of years… even in ancient Babylon,” she said.

“Something has changed in the last decade with big forces of demography, global savings and investment, and the neutral rate has fallen and is likely to stay low for a very long time.

Despite the fact that the Bank of England just cut its base rate to a new record low of 0.25% last month, Shafik expects the next move will be another cut as the Bank tries to combat a Brexit-related economic slowdown.  Yes, because previous cuts have provided such meaningful, measurable economic improvement…why not.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the UK is experiencing a sizeable economic shock in the wake of the referendum. Any reduction in openness or need to reallocate resources will necessarily imply a slower rate of potential growth for the economy,” said Ms Shafik, noting a hit to business investment as well as flows of foreign funds into the country.

It seems likely to me that further monetary stimulus will be required at some point in order to help ensure that a slowdown in economic activity doesn’t turn into something more pernicious.

But if you’re worried about who will ultimately take the BOE reigns and keep the centrally planned bubbles going, infinity is, after all, a long time for any mere mortal to maintain control, we ask you to fear not as Shafik will be leaving the BOE soon to head up the London School of Economics where she can teach a whole new generation of central planners the art of bubble making.




Russia vs USA


What is wrong with these doorknobs:  John Kerry gives Russia an ultimatum to stop bombing Aleppo or else…

nothing will happen

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John Kerry Gives Russia An Ultimatum: Stop Bombing Aleppo Or All Cooperation Ends

In the latest, and most dramatic – if perhaps entertaining – escalation of diplomacy between the US and Russian, earlier today Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry told Lavrov the U.S. was preparing to “suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria,” including on a proposed counterterrorism partnership, “unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo” and restore a cease-fire.

As the AP reported, in the telephone call with Lavrov, Kerry “expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Syria, particularly for continued Russian and Syrian regime attacks on hospitals, the water supply network and other civilian infrastructure in Aleppo,” Kirby’s statement said. Kerry also told Lavrov the U.S. holds Russia responsible for the use of incendiary and bunker-buster bombs in an urban area.

It was unclear what effect Kerry’s words would have. There have been many threats lobbed at Russia over the years for the duration of the Syrian conflict, now in its 6th year, and most warnings have gone unfulfilled, including President Barack Obama’s declaration that the U.S. would take military action if Syrian President Bashar Assad crossed the “red line” of using chemical weapons. Furthermore, Syria has repeatedly stressed that it is in its right to try to retake Aleppo from rebel forces.

“The burden remains on Russia to stop this assault and allow humanitarian access to Aleppo and other areas in need,” Kerry told Lavrov, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby.

According to western-based sources, government shelling and airstrikes landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals in Aleppo on Wednesday. Activists and medics reported several people killed. They said at least one of the medical facilities was no longer operable, leaving the country’s biggest city with only six functioning hospitals.

Ironically, despite Moscow’s military engagement in the war alongside Assad’s government, Washington has been working with its former Cold War foe in hopes of securing a cease-fire and a peace process, most recently a “landmark” ceasefire deal, which however collapse just a week later after US-coalition forces “mistakenly” bombed a Syrian army position. Still, despite the most recent collapse in diplomatic relations, current coordination to ensure U.S. and Russian planes stay out of each other’s way will continue no matter what, the Pentagon said. The U.S. and its coalition partners are flying missions in Syria against IS; the U.S. also has a small contingent of special forces on the ground.

As AP notes, Kerry’s threat aside, the U.S. has few other options beyond engaging Moscow to end the fighting between Assad’s forces and rebels. Obama has made clear he won’t authorize military action against Syria and the presence of Russian air assets alongside Syrian forces makes such a scenario all the more unlikely. The U.S. is similarly uncomfortable ramping up military support for anti-Assad rebels given the close ties even the so-called “moderate” groups maintain with al-Qaida-linked militants.

Making matters worse, peace efforts without Russia are unlikely to win over Assad. And green-lighting Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey or other countries to provide more weapons to the rebels could only make the war deadlier. Already, as many as 500,000 people have been killed.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry presented a different version of the call, which focused on Lavrov’s demand that the U.S. compel opposition forces to separate themselves from extremist groups. He told Kerry that many U.S.-backed groups have merged with the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and said Nusra was getting U.S. weaponry that way. He made no reference to the “ultimatum” showing how seriously Russia is taking it.



This caused gold to rise about 4.00 dollars.  Gold never jumps on anything so this was rather strange:


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US To Suspend Syria Diplomacy With Russia, Prepares “Military Options”

In the most dramatic diplomatic escalation involving the Syrian conflict in the past years, yesterday John Kerry issued an ultimatum to Russia, in which he warned his colleague Lavrov to stop bombing Aleppo or else the US would suspend all cooperation and diplomacy with Russia.

24 hours later, this appears to be precisely what is about to take place, leading to an even greater geopolitical shock in Syria. According to Retuers, the United States is expected to tell Russia on Thursday it is suspending their diplomatic engagement on Syria following the Russian-backed Syrian government’s intense attacks on Aleppo, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity.

Why now and what happens next? According to US officials, the Obama administration is now considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options. According toReuters, the new discussions were being held at “staff level,” and have yet to produce any recommendations to President Barack Obama, who has resisted ordering military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s multi-sided civil war.

However, now that diplomacy with Russia is set to end, this will give the greenlight for Obama to send in US troops in Syria, with Putin certain to respond appropriately, in what will be the biggest military escalation in the Syrian proxy war in its five and a half year history.



Saudi Arabia vs USA


Obama is not a happy camper with the veto overide.

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Obama Responds To Veto Override…

Despite all his cajoling and fearmongery, President Obama lost his veto-override virginity today… and is not happy. Speaking at a CNN town hall this evening, the president said that Congress “made a mistake,” and, as The Hill reports, trotted out the tired old excuse that despte their noble intentions, this elimination of sovereign immunity could have unintended consequences.

As The Hill reports, the override, the first of Obama’s tenure, is a major blow to the president and raises questions about his diminishing sway over Capitol Hill and foreign policy four months before he leaves office. While more stoic than his press spokesperson Josh Earnest’s earlier outrage, Obama’s calm demeanour during tonight’s CNN townhall hid his bitterness which was exposed by his carefully chosen – and well-rehearsed – words…

the measure sets a “dangerous precedent” in international law that could have negative consequences for the U.S.

“It’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard,” he added. “And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard.”

But, he conceded, “I understand why it happened. Obviously, all of us still carry the scars and trauma of 9/11.”

Obama reiterated his longstanding argument that the measure carries serious unintended consequences, despite the noble intentions of its supporters.

The president said the measure could erode the concept of sovereign immunity, leaving  American citizens and assets abroad vulnerable to lawsuits if foreign countries pass reciprocal laws.

“The concern that I’ve had is — has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia per se, or my sympathy for 9/11 families,” Obama said.

“It has to do with me not wanting a situation in which we’re suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we’re doing all around the world.”

As usual his words articulately obscure what he is really saying… between the lines… How dare Americans make me accountable for my actions?!



Saudi Arabia
Huge problems in the kingdom:  the Saudi Riyal fell badly, Saudi bank shares collapse and yields rise suggesting costs rising.
(courtesy zero hedge)

Panic In The Kingdom: Saudi Currency, Bonds, Banks Extend Collapse Despite OPEC ‘Deal’

Following Obama’s 9/11 bill veto defeat yesterday, and despite a surge in oil prices after a ‘deal’ was struck by OPEC, Saudi Arabia’s markets are signaling panic in The Kingdom. Currency forwards are collapsing, default risk is jumping, and bank stocks are hitting record lows

Mint’s Bill Blain, in his Morning Porridge noted that last nights “surprise” OPEC agreement to agree to agree about talks on cutting oil production is fascinating. Not from the likelihood it may not ever happen, (the earliest we will know is the Vienna meeting in November), but what it tells us about how the sands are shifting around Saudi Arabia. Deliberate Saudi over-production caused the oil glut and was a policy designed to take out expensive US producers. Voodoo economics didn’t work – US producers cut and adapted, and the rest of the world hasn’t played along.

Last night’s agreement represents a fundamental shift in Saudi – a wake up and smell the camel-waste moment. The result is the kingdom is suffering rising twin deficits amounting to over 20% of GDP. As global oil revenues have tumbled on the back of crashing prices, Saudi faces a cash and spending crisis for which it’s largely unprepared. Social issues are mounting. The elites “salaries” have been slashed. It’s being forced towards the international debt markets – a massive deal is on the new issue stocks. My colleague Martin Malone expects to see Debt/GDP rise from 15% to 50%.

This is a picture we’ve seen before.

While Saudi won’t become Venezuela overnight.. are there parallels? Perhaps. Meanwhile, last night’s overturn of Obama’s veto on US citizens suing Saudi over 9/11 is very interesting – and potentially further trouble.

However, it does sound like Iran and Saudi are going to try to coordinate on oil supply. Despite the fact these two very different nations will disagree on absolutely everything, it’s in their mutual interest to do so. Oil analysts expecting a $10 rise in prices are pinning their hopes on Sunni/Shia rapprochement.

I’ve been looking at some research suggesting a seismic shift in Middle East investment into the US as a safe-haven on regional fears it won’t happen – meaning Saudi can’t just assume the global investor base will blithely fund its coming debt binge. That adds pressures for them to play nice with other pariah states, including Russia and China. And even the Iranians..

Or, other commentators suggest the big Middle East funds – the SWFs – could be obliged to channel funds to Saudi to preserve regional stability – therefore liquidating current US holdings..

The Saudi riyal fell against the U.S. dollar in the forward foreign exchange market on Thursday after the U.S. Congress voted to allow relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

And as Reuters reports, any legal action could take years to wind through the U.S. court system, and analysts said there might be little if any impact on the Saudi economy or state finances. But the decision by Congress was an unwelcome reminder of political and financial pressures on Riyadh as low oil prices strain its budget.

Saudi Arabia has been preparing to make its first international issue of sovereign bonds next month to raise $10 billion or more, but some Gulf bankers said the issue might now be delayed to give investors time to digest the news.

Similarly, the legal threat could make Riyadh less likely to choose New York for a listing of shares in national oil giant Saudi Aramco. An offer of Aramco shares is expected as soon as 2017, possibly raising tens of billions of dollars, and Saudi officials have said they are considering several foreign bourses.

The Senate and House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation granting an exception to the legal principle of sovereign immunity in cases of terrorism on U.S. soil.

This clears the way for attempts to seek damages from the Saudi government. Riyadh has denied longstanding suspicions that it backed the hijackers who attacked the United States in 2001. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

One-year dollar/riyal forwards – bets on Saudi devaluation – have soared to near 2016 highs…

And long-term forward points (a proxy for borrowing costs and The Kingdom’s stability) have exploded…

Some analysts speculated that trade and investment ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States could be hurt. The kingdom owns $96.5 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds, according to the latest official U.S. data, and is believed to hold at least that sum in other U.S. assets and bank accounts.

“From a Saudi foreign ministry perspective, there will be a review of investment policy and that could move the kingdom down a different path, which could include diversification away from U.S. Treasuries,” the Gulf banker said.

In May, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said the proposed U.S. law “would cause an erosion of investor confidence” in the United States, though he added that Riyadh was not threatening to pull its money out of the country.

Certainly, the fact that the largest bank in Saudi Arabia is crashing to record lows (with brokers citing loss of faith in the 2030 reform plans, rising defaults, and on top of the 9/11 bill blowabck, concerns over a possible new income tax)

h/t @Pierpont_Morgan

Probably nothing!!



none today


The bickering begins as Iraq disagrees with the OPEC method of oil production estimates:This deal has no chance of happening!

(courtesy zero hedge)

The Bickering Begins: Iraq Disagrees With OPEC’s Method Of Oil Production Estimates

The ink on the OPEC “deal” is not dry yet, and in fact it won’t be until November when the actual deal which breaks down the oil production quota for every OPEC member is ratified – if that ever happens – and already the bickering has begun. As Reuters reported moments ago, Iraq questioned one of the two methods OPEC is using to estimate the oil production of its members, signalling the issue could be a problem for the country to join output limits that the group agreed to start implementing this year.

The reason for Iraq’s displeasure is that OPEC uses two sets of figures for output estimates – submissions by the countries themselves and estimates by secondary sources, which are usually lower but are seen as better reflecting real output.

Think of its as GAAP vs non-GAAP production, with OPEC’s number strategically lower for one simple reason: OPEC’s member nations have and always will cheat when it comes to oil production numbers and quotas. The difference, which in Iraq’s case amounts to 284,000 bpd (or the difference between its own estimate of 4.638mmbpd and the OPEC estimate of 4.354mmbd) for the month of August, is substantial.

“These figures (secondary sources) do not represent our actual production,” Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said. He said Iraq’s current production could be as high as 4.7 million barrels per day.

And since Iraq, as well as every other OPEC member who is not given an Iran-like exemption to keep producing more, will try to be pegged to the highest possible exiting production number, the negotiation now shifts to just what is the actual production number.

Incidentally, the nearly 300kbpd delta in August production estimates for Iraq alone is within the threshold of the upper range of the proposed cut which as noted before would be between 32.5 and 33.0mmbpd relative to the existing peak OPEC output of 33.2mmbpds – a spread which is as small as 200kbpd. In other words, unless just Iraq agrees to use the OPEC production estimate and demands that the quota be set on its own number, it means that there is possibility there will be no production cuts at all as Saudi will have to accmomodate Iraq’s greater production estimate.

Incidentally, Iraq is not alone, and if it is given a green light to peg production to its own production estimate, then similar demands will arise from Venezuela, UAE and Kuwait, all of whose self-reported crude oil output is far higher than the official OPEC number and amounts to a grand total of just under 1 million barrels daily. In other words, if OPEC decides to use the self-reported numbers at which to freeze production, the entire cut is automatically eliminated





Then Iraq claims it cannot accept this deal with the wrong Iraqi oil production. Unless changed the deal is off:

(courtesy zero hedge)

Iraq Revolts, Says “We Cannot Accept” OPEC Deal In This Form

While historically the major conflict within OPEC in recent years had been between Iran, whose oil production had been mothballed since 2013 as a result of the US embargo and which is now eager to regain its roughly 4mmbpd in production, and Saudi Arabia, which successfully picked up market share from Iran, a new source of contention within OPEC emerged last night when Iraq disagreed with OPEC’s method of production estimates as reported last night.

And now it appears that Iraq – which in August produced between 4.4mmbpd and 4.6mmbpd depending on whose estimates are used, will not be easily placated. As Reuters details, Iraq, which overtook Iran as the group’s second-largest producer several years ago but kept its OPEC agenda fairly low-profile, on Wednesday finally made its presence felt. “What it did, however, pleased neither Saudi Arabia nor Iran.”

Iraq’s new oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi told his Saudi and Iranian counterparts, Khalid al-Falih and Bijan Zanganeh, in a closed-door gathering in Algiers that “it was an OPEC meeting for all ministers”, a source briefed on the talks said. Luaibi, it turns out, is also the key OPEC member who “didn’t like the idea of re-establishing OPEC’s output ceiling at 32.5 million barrels per day (bpd), according to OPEC sources.”

Continuing the point made first yesterday, Luaibi told the meeting that the new 32.5 mmbpd ceiling was no good for Baghdad as OPEC had underestimated Iraq’s production, which has soared in recent years.

Confusion followed, according to Reuters sources, and after a debate OPEC chose to impose a ceiling in the range of 32.5-33.0 million bpd – a decision dismissed by many analysts as weak and non-binding. OPEC’s current output stands at 33.24 million bpd.

As ministers including Falih and Zanganeh emerged smiling from the room and praised OPEC’s first output-limiting deal since 2008, Luaibi called a separate briefing to complain about OPEC’s estimates of Iraqi output.

“These figures do not represent our actual production,” he told reporters. If by November estimates do not change, “then we say we cannot accept this, and we will ask for alternatives”. Luaibi went even further and asked a reporter from Argus Media – whose data OPEC uses among other sources to compile estimates of countries’ production – to disclose from where Argus’ estimates were coming.

“Your sources are not acceptable. And if there is deviation from the government, then Argus will not work in Iraq,” Luaibi told the Argus reporter.

What Luabi’s was outraged by was the delta shown in the table below, which reveals a nearly 300 barrel difference between Iraq’s self-reported oil production of 4.638mmbpd and that estiamted by OPEC which amounts to just 4.354mmbpd. As we said last night, just this one difference alone is enough to eliminate the lower end of the proposed OPEC production cut of 250kbpd. If one adds other member states such as Kuwait, UAE and Venezuela, the difference between the two sets of numbers rises to nearly 1 million barrels, or well above the proposed upper bound of the production “cut” agreed upon in Algiers.

In other words, unless Iraq (and thus, Kuwait, UAE and Venezuela all relent) to using OPEC production estimates, there will be no production cut unless Saudi Arabia is willing to eat the difference.

As Reuters puts it, “Luaibi’s revolt shows the fragility of the OPEC deal.”

And while the market appears unbothered by the details, between now and November, when OPEC meets formally in Vienna, the group will have to overcome huge obstacles to agree a binding deal.

Key among them will be to establish at least some semblance of country quotas to make sure members limit global oversupply, which has helped halve prices since 2014 to below $50 a barrel. Iran, which has been exempt from the production cut (explaining why it complied with the terms of the deal) insists it wants to raise output to around 4 million bpd as it emerges from European sanctions. The Saudis have proposed that Iran freeze production at 3.7 million bpd.

Riyadh is offering to cut its own production to 10.2 million bpd from 10.7 million but most analysts argue it will fall to such a level anyway as the summer heat eases, reducing the need for cooling. It would have to cut much more if the “outlier” nations demand that their own production estimates are used.

While for some yesterday’s deal is confirmation that the Saudi strategy implemented in November 2014 has been a failure, such as Michael Wittner, head of oil research at Societe Generale, who said that the decision shows Saudi Arabia is turning its back on letting the market manage supply, it remains to be seen what if any actual production cut will actually be reached. For now, OPEC has achieved what it wanted: a spike in oil for the next two months. When the time comes to dealing with the consequences of another disappointed market reaction once OPEC reveals no final deal in Vienna in November, well at least OPEC will have sold a few billion barrels at far higher prices in the interim.

To summarize, as Reuters quoted one OPEC source, The deal is a bit of a farce.”




Goldman Sachs must be long in oil:  They state that the OPEC deal will add 10 dollars to the price of oil:

(courtesy Goldman Sachs/zero hedge)

Goldman Says OPEC Deal May Add Up To $10 To Price Of Oil, Two Days After Cutting Oil Price Target By $7

Goldman has done it again. Two days after the central banker-incubator cut its year end price target from $50 to $43, admitting the previously anticipated rebalancing will take longer to achieve, and now expects “a global surplus of 400 kb/d in 4Q16 vs. a 300 kb/d draw previously”, and followed the next day by a report in which it said that not even an OPEC deal would stop oil going lower, overnight the very same analyst, just 24 hours after saying the opposite, Goldman’s Damien Courvalin said that the OPEC agreement will “likely provide support to prices, at least in the short term” and added that the announced production quota should boost the price of oil by $7/bbl – $10/bbl. Again: this is two days after cutting the 2016 price target by $7, and one day after saying an OPEC deal would have no impact.

Still, trying to avoid looking like a total flip-flopper, Courvalin adds that “at the historical average 4.8% production beat relative to quotas, this target would be 33.7 mb/d, above current production levels. It has historically taken a fall in oil demand to ensure quota compliance, as in that case, production is forced lower by a decline in refinery intake around the world. This is not the case today with resilient demand growth” and said that “we maintain our year-end $43/bbl and 2017 $53/bbl WTI price forecasts given: (1) uncertainty on this proposal until it is ratified, (2) likely quota beats if ratified, (3) potential for production above our cautious forecasts in areas of disruptions (as was the case today in Libya and KRG), and (4) our conservative supply forecasts outside of OPEC for next year.”

Then again, the only thing that will be stuck in algos’ random access memory is that Goldman now expects oil to rebound by up to $10/bbl, which may explain why oil is now rolling over.

Here is Goldman’s full note for those who care:

OPEC buys time

OPEC members agreed to limit output today, although no quotas were formally set. This agreement is the first since the oil bear market started in 2014 and as such will likely provide support to prices, at least in the short term. However, we maintain our year-end $43/bbl and 2017 $53/bbl WTI price forecasts given: (1) uncertainty on this proposal until it is ratified, (2) likely quota beats if ratified, (3) potential for production above our cautious forecasts in areas of disruptions (as was the case today in Libya and KRG), and (4) our conservative supply forecasts outside of OPEC for next year.

OPEC members agreed today in Algiers to reduce production to a range of 32.5 to 33.0 mb/d, down from 33.2 mb/d in August (based on OPEC secondary sources). As of now there are no further details and the agreement is scheduled to be ratified at OPEC’s next official meeting on November 30. This agreement is the first since the oil bear market started in 2014 and as such will likely provide support to prices, at least in the short term. However uncertainty is set to remain high in coming months, with so far no comments from the Saudi minister. Further, the Iraq minister commented that secondary sources for oil production are too low, with his country’s output potentially 300 kb/d higher than such measure implies, a gap of nearly half of the proposed production cut.

If this deal follows the proposal made by Algeria as reported by Bloomberg this morning, it would leave Libya and Nigeria exempt, feature a production target for Saudi Arabia, allow for some growth in Iran and Venezuela and require a 1.6% production cut elsewhere relative to average January-August production levels.

Through 2017, such a proposal would keep production 480 to 980 kb/d on average below our forecast.Strictly implemented in 1H17 and all else constant, the production quotas announced today should be worth $7/bbl to $10/bbl to the oil price. However, at the historical average 4.8% production beat relative to quotas, this target would be 33.7 mb/d, above current production levels. It has historically taken a fall in oil demand to ensure quota compliance, as in that case, production is forced lower by a decline in refinery intake around the world. This is not the case today with resilient demand growth.

We reiterate our year-end $43/bbl and 2017 $53/bbl forecasts given: (1) uncertainty on this proposal until it is ratified especially as it relates to Saudi cuts and Iran caps, (2) likely quota beats if ratified, (3) upside surprises to disrupted production as announced today (Libya, KRG) with potential for more given our cautious forecasts in these countries, and (4) our conservative supply forecasts outside of OPEC for next year. Since we see risks to production from countries not targeted by today’s quota as skewed to the upside, we view a strict implementation of today’s OPEC proposal as normalizing the risks around our projected price path.

  • Today’s proposal does not impact our expectation for weaker fundamentals in the coming months: (1) the deal does not impact current production as it is scheduled to be finalized at the November 30 meeting, and (2) we learned today that production in Libya/Iraq is currently 180 kb/d above our expectation.
  • Longer term, we remain skeptical on the implementation of the proposed quotas, if ratified. Strict implementation of today’s deal in 2017 would represent 480 to 980 kb/d less output than we forecast. However, our forecasts assume little reversal in the c.1.0 mb/d of short-term disrupted production, with recent data for these countries already putting that forecast at risk. Further, we have remained cautious on the delivery of new projects outside of OPEC next year, with a combined 400 kb/d lower forecast vs. guided deliveries. The net of all these risks is close to zero, on our estimates, instead of skewed to higher production before today’s quota announcement. As a result, we reiterate our $43/bbl year-end forecast as well as our $53/bbl for next year.
  • Our conviction that OPEC production cuts will be ineffective long term is rooted in our view that the flattening of the oil cost curve created by shale will lead to a loss of pricing power by low-cost producers, leaving them with only volume growth to sustain fiscal revenues. As a result, if this proposed cut is strictly enforced and supports prices, we would expect it to prove self defeating medium term with a large drilling response around the world. This is what occurred following the January 1987 OPEC production cut which led to a rebound in non-OPEC onshore rigs before prices sold off again setting the stage for a decade long steady increase in OPEC drilling.

Exhibit 1: No formal proposal has been announced except for a headline production level. The below table illustrates the proposal made by Algeria ahead of the meeting.
Crude oil production (thousand barrels per day)

Exhibit 2: Compliance to quotas is historically poor, especially when oil demand is not weak
OPEC production of countries under quota vs. their production target (lhs); Year-over-year change in global oil demand (rhs). In thousand barrels per day


Your early morning currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings THURSDAY morning 7:00 am


Euro/USA   1.1229 DOWN .0003/REACTING TO NO DECISION IN JAPAN AND USA + Deutsche bank problems) 


GBP/USA 1.3027 DOWN .0009 

USA/CAN 1.3081 up .0015

Early THIS THURSDAY morning in Europe, the Euro FELL by 3 basis points, trading now well above the important 1.08 level FALLING to 1.1229; Europe is still reacting to Gr Britain BREXIT,deflation, announcements of massive stimulation (QE), a proxy middle east war, and the ramifications of a default at the Austrian Hypo bank, an imminent default of Greece, Glencore, Nysmark and the Ukraine, along with rising peripheral bond yield further stimulation as the EU is moving more into NIRP, and NOW THE USA’S NON tightening by FAILING TO RAISE THEIR INTEREST RATE / Last night the Shanghai composite CLOSED UP 10.63 OR   0.30%   / Hang Sang  CLOSED UP 119.82  POINTS OR 0.53%     /AUSTRALIA IS HIGHER BY 1.09% / EUROPEAN BOURSES ALL IN THE GREEN

We are seeing that the 3 major global carry trades are being unwound. The BIGGY is the first one;

1. the total dollar global short is 9 trillion USA and as such we are now witnessing a sea of red blood on the streets as derivatives blow up with the massive rise in the rise in the dollar against all paper currencies and especially with the fall of the yuan carry trade. The emerging market which house close to 50% of the 9 trillion dollar short is feeling the massive pain as their debt is quite unmanageable.

2, the Nikkei average vs gold carry trade ( NIKKEI blowing up and the yen carry trade HAS BLOWN up/and now NIRP)

3. Short Swiss franc/long assets blew up ( Eastern European housing/Nikkei etc.

These massive carry trades are terribly offside as they are being unwound. It is causing global deflation ( we are at debt saturation already) as the world reacts to lack of demand and a scarcity of debt collateral. Bourses around the globe are reacting in kind to these events as well as the potential for a GREXIT>

The NIKKEI: this THURSDAY morning CLOSED UP 228.31 POINTS OR 1.39%

Trading from Europe and Asia:
1. Europe stocks ALL IN THE GREEN

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / : Hang Sang CLOSED UP 119.82  OR 0.51%  ,Shanghai CLOSED  UP 10.63 POINTS OR .30%   / Australia BOURSE IN THE GREEN: /Nikkei (Japan)CLOSED IN THE RED   INDIA’S SENSEX IN THE GREEN

Gold very early morning trading: $1321.25


Early THURSDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 1.582% !!! UP 2in basis points from WEDNESDAY night in basis points and it is trading WELL BELOW resistance at 2.27-2.32%. The 30 yr bond yield  2.310, UP 3 IN BASIS POINTS  from YESTERDAY night.

USA dollar index early THURSDAY morning: 95.50 UP 7 CENTS from WEDNESDAY’s close.

This ends early morning numbers THURSDAY MORNING






And now your closing THURSDAY NUMBERS

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 3.31% DOWN 2 in basis point yield from WEDNESDAY  (does not buy the rally)

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: -.080% DOWN 1 in   basis point yield from WEDNESDAY

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD:0.917%  DOWN 2 IN basis point yield from  WEDNESDAY (this is totally nuts!!/

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.21 UP 3  3 in basis point yield from WEDNESDAY 

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 28 points HIGHER than Spain.





Closing currency crosses for THURSDAY night/USA DOLLAR INDEX/USA 10 YR BOND YIELD/2:30 PM

Euro/USA 1.1225 UP .0003 (Euro UP 3 basis points/ represents to DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE/

USA/Japan: 101.17 UP: 0.235(Yen DOWN 24 basis points/POLICY ERROR ON BANK OF JAPAN

Great Britain/USA 1.2978 DOWN 0.0058( POUND DOWN 58 basis points

USA/Canada 1.3120 UP 0.0062 (Canadian dollar DOWN 62 basis points AS OIL ROSE SHARPLY (WTI AT $47.67). Canada keeps rate at 0.5% and does not cut!


This afternoon, the Euro was UP by 3 basis points to trade at 1.1225


The POUND FELL 58 basis points, trading at 1.2978/

The Canadian dollar FELL by 62 basis points to 1.31200, WITH WTI OIL AT:  $47.67

The USA/Yuan closed at 6.6650

the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at -.080%  DOWN 1  IN BASIS POINTS / yield/ AND THIS IS BECOMING BOTHERSOME TO THE BANK OF JAPAN

Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield: PAR IN basis points from WEDNESDAY at 1.5620% //trading well below the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic

USA 30 yr bond yield: 2.78 DOWN 1 in basis points on the day /*very problematic as all bonds globally rose in yield (lowered in price)


Your closing USA dollar index, 95.56 UP 13 CENTS  ON THE DAY/4 PM 

Your closing bourses for Europe and the Dow along with the USA dollar index closing and interest rates for THURSDAY: 2:30 PM EST

London:  CLOSED UP 70.04 POINTS OR 1.02%
German Dax :CLOSED DOWN 32.80 OR  0.31%
Paris Cac  CLOSED UP 11.39 OR 0.26%
Spain IBEX CLOSED UP 55.90 OR 0.64%
Italian MIB: CLOSED UP 116.57 POINTS OR 0.72%

The Dow was DOWN 195.79 points or 1.07%  4 PM EST

NASDAQ  DOWN 49.39 points or 0.93%  4 PM EST
WTI Oil price;  47.11 at 4:00 pm; 

Brent Oil: 48.42   4:00 EST




This ends the stock indices, oil price, currency crosses and interest rate closes for today

Closing Price for Oil, 5 pm/and 10 year USA interest rate:


BRENT: $49.71

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.558%

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 95.52 UP 9 cents

The British pound at 5 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA: 1.2970 DOWN 0.0065 or 65 basis pts.

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: -0.117%




And now your more important USA stories which will influence the price of gold/silver


Stocks Dump As Deutsche Doubts Drum Up 2008 Dread

We had to…

This was how most professionals saw it…

This is how Deutsche Bank and CNBC saw it…

It was all about Deutsche Bank…and contagion...

Deutsche Bank -> US Financials -> US Stock Markets

Everyone blaming the drop on CDS Speculators… which is funny because CDS improved marginally today!!! And if you think DB is all talk… then why did USD liquidity needs explode in Europe?

And then there’s this…

“I would just stay away. It’s un-analyzable,” Gundlach told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“It’s too binary. The market is going to push down Deutsche Bank until there is some recognition of support. They will get assistance, if need be.”

Investors should continue to be defensive on financial markets as market selloff “doesn’t feel like its over”

We don’t blame him…

A v-shaped, VIX-driven, rip off the lows by the machines salvaged VWAP

Notably, the Deutsche-driven dump in stocks decoupled from OPEC’s oilgasm…

When the Deutsche news hit, investors pushed into gold/bonds…

Even Trannies ended weaker Despite Oil squeezing higher but Small Caps led the way down…

Financials were not the worst sector…

Plenty more room to fall on Financials…

On the week, Trannies are the only index green

Post-Fed, bonds are flying as banks are battered…

VIX was heavily used today, driving up to 15.7 before ‘someone’ stomped on its neck…

The USD Index remains flat on the week, but note the huge roundtrip in USDJPY today…

Treasuries were well bid once the DB news hit, with further flattening…

Crude extended its OPEC squeeze gains despite a growing feeling this is total farce…

Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: DB < TWTR…

Bonus Bonus Chart: CNN Fear & Greed Index plunges to “Fear” with the S&P just 2% from record highs!!



Your humour story of the day:

Jobless claims at 40 yr lows:

(courtesy zero hedge)


First it was Samsung phone exploded and now Apple 7 iphone just did the same. Apple’s stock and Nasdaq fell on the news.  Can you imagine how those  central bank’s feel that purchased Apple stock

(courtesy zero hedge)

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