Jan 18/GOLD DOWN $11.85 FINISHING AT $1327.15/ WITH GOLD DOWN, THE GLD STUNNINGLY ADDED 11.85 TONNES TO ITS INVENTORY/SILVER IS DOWN 23 CENTS AT $16.94/COMEX EFP ISSUANCE: 6902 CONTRACTS/SILVER EFP ISSUANCE: 1273 CONTRACTS/LOOKS LIKE A USA GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TOMORROW/MORE SWAMP STORIES/

 

 

GOLD: $1327.15 DOWN $11.85

Silver: $16.94 DOWN 23 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1327.25

silver: $16.94

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1334.02 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1326.00

PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $8.02

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1337.38

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1326.50

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$10.88

SHANGHAI REJECTS NY /LONDON PRICING OF GOLD

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1329.75

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1329.00

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1332.20

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1330.85??

For comex gold:

JANUARY/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR JANUARY CONTRACT: 19 NOTICE(S) FOR 1900 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 468 FOR 46800 OZ (1.4556 TONNES),

For silver:

jANUARY

58 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

290,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 625 for 3,125,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $11,712/OFFER $11,812  UP 609 (morning)

 Bitcoin: BID   11,490/OFFER  $11,590 UP  $364(CLOSING)

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY A SMALL  88 contracts TO 196,511 FALLING TO 196,423 WITH YESTERDAY’S 3 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING.  WE HAD TINY COMEX LIQUIDATION. WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE:  1273 EFP’S FOR MARCH AND ZERO FOR OTHER MONTHS  AND THUS TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 1273 CONTRACTS. HOWEVER THE MOVEMENT ACROSS TO LONDON IS NOT AS SEVERE AS IN GOLD AS THERE SEEMS TO BE  MAJOR PLAYERS WILLING TO TAKE ON THE BANKS AT THE COMEX. STILL, WITH THE TRANSFER OF 1273 CONTRACTS, WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/ STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF JANUARY:

32,827 CONTRACTS (FOR 13 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 32,827 CONTRACTS OR 164.135 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 2525 CONTRACTS OR 12.625 MILLION OZ/DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR THIS MONTH:  164.135 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 23.4% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION

RESULT: A SMALL SIZED LOSS IN OI COMEX DESPITE THE 3 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICE WHICH USUALLY INDICATES ANOTHER FAILED BANKER SHORT-COVERING. WE ALSO HAD A HUGE SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 7310 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS. SPECULATORS CONTINUED THEIR INTEREST IN ATTACKING THE SILVER COMEX . FROM THE CME DATA 1273 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR TODAY  FOR A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. WE REALLY GAINED 1185 OI CONTRACTS i.e. 1273 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A DECREASE OF 88  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER OF 3 CENTS AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $17.17 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.9820 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 140% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT JANUARY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 58 NOTICE(S) FOR 290,000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE 8865 CONTRACTS UP TO 591,198 WITH THE SMALL  RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING ($2.20).  IN ANOTHER HUGE DEVELOPMENT, WE RECEIVED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED TUESDAY FOR WEDNESDAY AND IT TOTALED A GOOD SIZED  6902 CONTRACTS OF WHICH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SAW 6902 CONTRACTS AND APRIL SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 0 CONTRACTS   The new OI for the gold complex rests at 591,198. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN GOLD COMEX OI  TOGETHER WITH  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY COMEX. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD. THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO APPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER (BIG RISE IN BOTH GOFO AND SIFO) AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES. IN ESSENCE WE HAVE ANOTHER MONSTROUS GAIN OF 15,767 OI CONTRACTS: 8865 OI CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND AN GOOD SIZED  6902 OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 23,183 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S/ GOLD(EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY STARTING WITH FIRST DAY NOTICE: 128,850 CONTRACTS OR 12.885 MILLION OZ OR 409.04 TONNES (13 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 9911 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 991,100 OZ/DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :   SO FAR THIS MONTH IN 13 TRADING DAYS: IN  TONNES: 409 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2017, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 2200 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 409/2200 TONNES =  18.59% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN JANUARY ALONE.

Result: A STRONG SIZED INCREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE SMALL  RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD TRADING ON YESTERDAY ($2.20). WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 6902. THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE ALSO OBSERVED A HUGE DELIVERY MONTH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES. IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 6902 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN IN OPEN INTEREST OF 15,767 contracts ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:

6902 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND  8865 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the gain in total oi equates to 49.04 TONNES)

we had: 19 notice(s) filed upon for 1900 oz of gold.

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

GLD

WOW!!, with gold down  $11.85, the GLD people added a whopping  11.80 paper tonnes/ there is absolutely no way that they were going to obtain almost 12 tonnes of physical gold overnight.

Inventory rests tonight: 840.96 tonnes.

SLV/ 

a BIG CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/A WITHDRAWAL OF 848,000 OZ FROM THE SLV/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 315.500 MILLION OZ/

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

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY A SMALL 88 contracts from 196,511 UP TO 196,423 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE  THE  FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER TO THE TUNE OF 3 CENTS WITH RESPECT TO  YESTERDAY’S TRADING.   OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER GOOD 1273 PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM) AND 0 EFP’S FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS .  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. WE HAD SOME COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. IF WE TAKE THE  OI LOSS AT THE COMEX OF 88 CONTRACTS TO THE 1273 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S WE OBTAIN A GAIN OF 1185 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS.  WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN JANUARY (SEE BELOW). THE NET GAIN TODAY IN OZ ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 5.925 MILLION OZ!!!

RESULT: A TINY SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE SMALL FALL OF 3 CENTS IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER 1273 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE GOOD  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS MAJOR BANK SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN GOFO AND SIFO RATES INDICATING SCARCITY.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY: Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 30.08 points or 0.87% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 138.53 pts or 0.43% / The Nikkei closed DOWN 104.94 POINTS OR 0.44%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.06%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed WELL UP at 6.4227/Oil UP to 64.05 dollars per barrel for WTI and 69.33 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED ALL RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.4227. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.4201//ONSHORE YUAN MUCH STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS  MUCH STRONGER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS VERY  HAPPY TODAY.(GOOD MARKETS )

 

 

3a)THAILAND/SOUTH KOREA/NORTH KOREA

i)/South Korea/North Korea/USA

 

b) REPORT ON JAPAN

3 c CHINA

China’s latest GDP numbers beat the street but retail sales are slumping.  There is renewed fears that much of the data is fake

 

( zero hedge)

4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

i)Germany

We have discussed at length Japan’s demographic problems of an aging population and low fertility rates. Germany will be the second nation to have a demographic aging population

( zerohedge)

ii)An excellent commentary on the Euro disaster and why it will fail especially when the ECB will stop purchasing bonds (QE) in September
( zerohedge)

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

i)Russia is not going to like this:  Tillerson pledges an open ended military presence in Syria to counter Iran. Israel is happy with this

( zerohedge)

ii)USA engages in double speak as USA ally Turkey attacks USA ally Syria’s Kurds in Syria
( zero hedge)

iii)USA will not like this:  Syria vows to shoot down Turkish jets as Erdogan orders Putin not to engage.

Erdogan is nuts
( zerohedge)

6 .GLOBAL ISSUES

i SWEDEN

ii)Horseman Capital are really smart guys.  It;s chairman Russell Clark has a stunning theory as to what is going to happen next to the USA dollar and it is not pretty.

a must read…

(Russell Clark/Horseman Capital)

7. OIL ISSUES

Opec oil production rose in December despite a huge plunge in Venezuelan production

( zerohedge)

8. EMERGING MARKET

9. PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)The dollar weakness is unsettling many central banks

( Roger Blitz/London’s financial times)

ii)Dave Kranzler highlights reasons why 2018 will be a good year for both gold/silver

( Kranzler/IRD/GATA)

10. USA stories which will influence the price of gold/silver

i)Soft data Fed Philly Manufacturing index slumps to its weakest level in over a year. The hope category tumbles

( zerohedge)

ii)Morgan Stanley beats but joins its fellow peers in faltering bond revenue

( zerohedge)

iii)Trump backtracks again:  the USA will not be moving its embassy to Jerusalem this year

( zerohedge)

 

iv)it does not look good as the Republicans are running out of options even with the Continuing Resolution Bill as the Democrats are holding out for a immigration deal  e.g. DACA

(courtesy zerohedge)

 

v)Is American Express suspending its buyback because they are worried about defaulting consumers?

(courtesy zerohedge)

vi)SWAMP STORIES

a)Now the FBI is investigation millions of dollars funneled from the Australian government to the Clinton foundation

( zerohedge)

b)Trump fires back at Kelly saying he is not backing down on any issues on the “Wall”
( zerohedge)

vii)ICE plans the largest raid on Northern California illegals immediately after the state passed sanctuary legislation.  The next few weeks should be interesting( zerohedge)

Let us head over to the comex:

The total gold comex open interest ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE  8865 CONTRACTS UP to an OI level of 591,198 WITH THE  RISE IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($2.20 GAIN WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING).   WE HAD ZERO COMEX GOLD LIQUIDATION.    WE ALSO WITNESSED ANOTHER STRONG COMEX TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE. THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS. THE CME REPORTS THAT A GOOD SIZED 6902 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR FEBRUARY , 0 EFP’s  FOR APRIL, AND 0 FOR DECEMBER:  TOTAL  6902 CONTRACTS. THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS ON THESE TRANSFERS. THE COMEX IS NOW AN ABSOLUTE FRAUD!!

ON A NET BASIS IN OPEN INTEREST WE GAINED TODAY: 15,767 OI CONTRACTS IN THAT 6902 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE GAINED 8865 COMEX CONTRACTS. NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 15,767 contracts OR 1.5767 MILLION  OZ OR 49.04 TONNES

Result: A CONSIDERABLE  INCREASE IN COMEX OPEN INTEREST WITH THE RISE IN THE PRICE YESTERDAY’S GOLD TRADING ($2.20.) WE HAD NO GOLD LIQUIDATION AT THE COMEX. HOWEVER WE,  NO DOUBT WE HAD ANOTHER FAILED BANKER SHORT COVERING .. TOTAL OPEN INTEREST GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 15,767 OI CONTRACTS…

We have now entered the active contract month of JANUARY. The open interest for the front month of JANUARY saw it’s open interest RISE by 6 contracts RISING AT 46.  We had 0 notices served upon yesterday so we gained 6 contracts or an additional 600 oz of gold will stand AT THE COMEX in this non active month of January AND QUEUE JUMPING INTENSIFIES.

FEBRUARY saw a LOSS of 7083 contacts DOWN to 312,806.  March saw a GAIN of 68 contracts UP to 553.  April saw a GAIN of 13,615 contracts UP to 164,221.

We had 19 notice(s) filed upon today for 1900 oz

PRELIMINARY VOLUME TODAY ESTIMATED; 332,362

FINAL NUMBERS CONFIRMED FOR YESTERDAY: 437,065

comex gold volumes are RISING AGAIN

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And now for the wild silver comex results.

Total silver OI FELL BY A TINY 88  CONTRACTS FROM 196,511 UP TO 196,423 WITH YESTERDAY’S  3 CENT FALL.   NOT ONLY THAT, WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED 1273 EMERGENCY EFP’S FOR MARCH ISSUED BY OUR BANKERS (AND ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS)  TO COMEX LONGS WHO RECEIVED A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON: THE TOTAL EFP’S ISSUED: 1273. IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THE SILVER BOYS HAVE STARTED TO MIGRATE TO LONDON FROM THE START OF DELIVERY MONTH AND CONTINUING RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL FIRST DAY NOTICE JUST LIKE WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY. USUALLY WE NOTED THAT CONTRACTION IN OI OCCURRED ONLY DURING THE LAST WEEK OF AN UPCOMING ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH. THIS PROCESS HAS JUST BEGUN IN EARNEST IN SILVER STARTING IN SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER, IN GOLD, WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSING THIS FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS. WE HAD TINY LONG COMEX SILVER LIQUIDATION BUT A RISE IN TOTAL SILVER OI. WE ARE ALSO WITNESSING A FAIR AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR COMEX METAL IN THIS NON ACTIVE JANUARY AS WELL AS THAT CONTINUAL MIGRATION OF EFPS OVER TO LONDON. ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS THERE ARE MORE EFP’S ISSUED FOR GOLD THAN SILVER.  ON A NET BASIS WE GAINED 1185 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS:

88 CONTRACT LOSS AT THE COMEX COMBINING WITH THE ADDITION OF 1273 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATING OVER TO LONDON.

NET GAIN TWO EXCHANGES: 1185 CONTRACTS

We are now in the poor non active delivery month of January and here the OI GAINED 6 contracts RISING TO 68.  We had 52 notices served upon yesterday, so we GAINED 58 contracts or an additional 290,000 oz will  stand for delivery

February saw a GAIN OF 39 OI contracts RISING TO 222. The March contract LOST 673 contracts DOWN to 139,496.

We had 58 notice(s) filed for NIL 290,000 for the January 2018 contract for silver

INITIAL standings for JANUARY

Jan 18/2018.

Gold Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz
 nil
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz nil oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz
324,357.372 oz
JPMORGAN
(10 TONNES)
No of oz served (contracts) today
19 notice(s)
1900 OZ
No of oz to be served (notices)
27 contracts
(2700 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
468 notices
46800 oz
1.4556 tonnes
Total accumulative withdrawals of gold from the Dealers inventory this month NIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month xxx oz
we had one kilobar transaction/
We had 0 inventory movement at the dealer accounts
total inventory movement into the dealer accounts:  nil oz
we had 0 withdrawals into the customer account:
total withdrawal: NIL oz
we had 1 customer deposit AND IT WAS A DANDY!!
i) Into JPMORGAN: 324,357.372   oz
(OVER 10 TONNES OF GOLD)
total deposits:  324,357.372 oz
we had 0 adjustments
total registered or dealer gold:  586,501.473 oz or 18.242 tonnes
total registered and eligible (customer) gold;   9,477,089.916 oz 294.77 tones

For JANUARY:
Today, 0 notice(s) were issued from JPMorgan dealer account and 0 notices were issued from their client or customer account. The total of all issuance by all participants equates to 19 contract(s) of which 8 notices were stopped (received) by j.P. Morgan dealer and 4 notice(s) was (were) stopped/ Received) by j.P.Morgan customer account.

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To calculate the INITIAL total number of gold ounces standing for the JANUARY. contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (468) x 100 oz or 46800 oz, to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of JAN. (46 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (19 x 100 oz per contract) equals 49,500 oz, the number of ounces standing in this active month of JANUARY

Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the JANUARY contract month:

No of notices served (468 x 100 oz or ounces + {(46)OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (19 x 100 oz which equals 49,500 oz standing in this active delivery month of JANUARY (1.5396 tonnes). THERE IS 18.245 TONNES OF REGISTERED GOLD AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY SO FAR.

WE GAINED 6 CONTRACTS OR AN ADDITIONAL 600 OZ WILL STAND IN THIS NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF JANUARY

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ON FIRST DAY NOTICE FOR JANUARY 2017, THE INITIAL GOLD STANDING: 3.904 TONNES STANDING

BY THE END OF THE MONTH: FINAL: 3.555 TONNES STOOD FOR COMEX DELIVERY AS THE REMAINDER HAD TRANSFERRED OVER TO LONDON FORWARDS.

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I have a sneaky feeling that these withdrawals of gold in kilobars are being used in the hypothecating process and are being used in the raiding of gold!
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 at MF Global.

IN THE LAST 14 MONTHS 60 NET TONNES HAS LEFT THE COMEX.

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And now for silver

AND NOW THE DECEMBER DELIVERY MONTH

DECEMBER FINAL standings

Jan 18 2018
Silver Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
 676,194.099 oz
Brinks
CNT
DELAWARE
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
nil
oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory
 635,396.900 oz
JPMORGAN
No of oz served today (contracts)
58
CONTRACT(S)
(290,000 OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
11 contracts
(55,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 683 contracts

(3,415,000 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

we had no inventory movement at the dealer side of things

total inventory movement dealer: nil oz

we had 1 inventory deposits into the customer account

 

i) JPMorgan continues to add silver to its inventory:

Deposit:  635,396.900 oz

total inventory deposits: 635,396.900 oz

we had 3 withdrawals from the customer account;

i) out of Brinks; 1989.100 oz

ii) Out of CNT: 669,015.527 oz

iii) Out of Delaware:  5188.972  oz

total withdrawals;  676,194.099 oz

we had 0 adjustments

total dealer silver:  45.456 million

total dealer + customer silver:  246.311 million oz

The total number of notices filed today for the JANUARY. contract month is represented by 58 contract(s) FOR 290,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in JANUARY., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at 683 x 5,000 oz = 3,415,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of JAN. (69) and the number of notices served upon today (58 x 5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

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Thus the INITIAL standings for silver for the JANUARY contract month: 683(notices served so far)x 5000 oz + OI for front month of JANUARY(69) -number of notices served upon today (58)x 5000 oz equals 3,470,000 oz of silver standing for the JANUARY contract month. This is VERY GOOD for this NONACTIVE delivery month of JANUARY.  WE GAINED 58 CONTRACTS OR AN ADDITIONAL 290,000  OZ WILL  STAND FOR DELIVERY IN THIS NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF JANUARY

ON FIRST DAY NOTICE FOR THE JANUARY 2017 CONTRACT WE HAD 3.790 MILLION OZ STAND.

THE FINAL STANDING: 3,730 MILLION OZ

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ESTIMATED VOLUME FOR TODAY: 92,605

CONFIRMED VOLUME FOR FRIDAY:   105,638 CONTRACTS

YESTERDAY’S CONFIRMED VOLUME OF 105,638 CONTRACTS EQUATES TO  528 MILLION OZ OR 75.4% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION OF SILVER

COMMODITY LAW SUGGESTS THAT OPEN INTEREST SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 3% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION. THE CROOKS ARE SUPPLYING MASSIVE PAPER TRYING TO KEEP SILVER IN CHECK.

The record level of silver open interest is 234,787 contracts set on April 21./2017 with the price at that day at $18.42
The previous record was 224,540 contracts with the price at that time of $20.44

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NPV for Sprott 

1. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): NAV FALLS TO -0.95% (Jan 17/2018)
2. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV RISES TO -0.51% to NAV (Jan 17/2018 )
Note: Sprott silver trust back into NEGATIVE territory at -0.95%-/Sprott physical gold trust is back into NEGATIVE/ territory at -0.51%/Central fund of Canada’s is still in jail but being rescued by Sprott.
Sprott WINS hostile 3.1 billion bid to take over Central Fund of Canada

3. SPROTT CEF.A FUND (PURCHASED FROM CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA

NAV $13,85 CDN/TRADING: $13.45 : DISCOUNT TO NAV 2.02%

(courtesy Sprott/GATA)

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And now the Gold inventory at the GLD

Jan 18/SHOCKINGLY A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 11.80 TONNES WITH GOLD DOWN ALMOST $12.00/INVENTORY RESTS AT 840.76

Jan 17/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 828.96 tonnes

Jan 16/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 828.96 TONNES

Jan 12/no changes in inventory at the GLD despite the rise in gold price/inventory rests at 828.96 tonnes

Jan 11/ANOTHER IDENTICAL WITHDRAWAL OF 2.95 TONNES FROM THE GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 828.96 TONNES

Jan 10/with gold up today, a strange withdrawal of 2.95 tonnes/inventory rests at 831.91 tonnes

Jan 9/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 834.88 tonnes

Jan 8/with gold falling by a tiny $1.40 and this being after 12 consecutive gains, today they announce another 1.44 tonnes of gold withdrawal from the GLD/

Jan 5/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.32 TONNES

Jan 4/2018/no change in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 836.32 tonnes

Jan 3/a huge withdrawal of 1.18 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests at 836.32 tonnes

Jan 2/2018/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 837.50 tonnes

Dec 29/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 28/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 27/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/ INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 26/no change in gold inventory at the GLD

Dec 22/ A DEPOSIT OF 1.48 TONNES OF GOLD INTO GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 21′ NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.02 TONNES

Dec 20/DESPITE THE GOOD ADVANCE IN PRICE TODAY/THE CROOKS RAIDED THE COOKIE JAR TO THE TUNE OF 1.18 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.02 TONNES

Dec 19/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.20 TONNES

Dec 18 SHOCKINGLY AFTER TWO GOOD GOLD TRADING DAYS, THE CROOKS RAID THE COOKIE JAR BY THE SUM OF 7.09 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.20 TONNES

Dec 15/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY/RESTS AT 844.29 TONNES.

Dec 14/a good sized gain of 1.48 tonnes of gold into the GLD/inventory rests at 844.29 tones

Dec 13/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 842.81 tonnes

Dec 12/SURPRISINGLY NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 11/SURPRISINGLY NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD DESPITE THE CONSTANT RAIDS ON GOLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 8/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 7/A BIG WITHDRAWAL OF 2.66 TONNES FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 6/No changes in GOLD inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 845.47 tonnes

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Jan 18/2018/ Inventory rests tonight at 840.76 tonnes

*IN LAST 311 TRADING DAYS: 100.19 NET TONNES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GLD
*LAST 246 TRADING DAYS: A NET 57.12 TONNES HAVE NOW BEEN ADDED INTO GLD INVENTORY.

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Now the SLV Inventory

jan 18/A WITHDRAWAL OF 848,000 OZ OF SILVER FROM THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 315.500 MILLION OZ/

Jan 17/no changes in silver inventory at the SLV/inventory rests at 316.348 million oz/

Jan 16/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 316.348  MILLION OZ

Jan 12/no changes in silver inventory at the SLV/inventory rests at 316.348 million oz/

Jan 11/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 316.348 MILLION OZ/

Jan 10/with silver up again, we had a huge withdrawal of 1.227 million oz from the SLV/inventory rests at 316.348 million oz

Jan 9/a withdrawal of 848,000 oz from the SLV/Inventory rests at 317.575 million oz/

jan 8/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 318.423 million oz/

Jan 5/DESPITE NO CHANGE IN SILVER PRICING, WE HAD A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 2.026 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.423 MILLION OZ.

Jan 4.2018/a slight withdrawal of 180,000 oz and this would be to pay for fees/inventory rests at 320.449 million oz/

Jan 3/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.629 MILLION OZ.

Jan 2/WITH SILVER UP DRAMATICALLY THESE PAST 4 TRADING DAYS, THE FOLLOWING MAKES NO SENSE: WE HAD A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.83 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV

INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.629 MILLION OZ/

Dec 29/no changes in silver inventory at the SLV/inventory rests at 323.459 million oz/

Dec 28/DESPITE THE RISE IN SILVER AGAIN BY 13 CENTS, WE LOST ANOTHER 1,251,000 OZ OF SILVER FROM THE SILVER.

Dec 27/WITH SILVER UP AGAIN BY 17 CENTS, WE LOST ANOTHER 802,000 OZ OF SILVER INVENTORY/WHAT CROOKS/INVENTORY RESTS AT 324.780 MILLION OZ/

Dec 26/no change in silver inventory at the SLV./Inventory rests at 325.582

Dec 21/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.227 MILLION OZ/

Dec 20/INVENTORY REMAINS CONSTANT AT 326.337 MILLION OZ (COMPARE WITH GLD)

Dec 19/SILVER INVENTORY REMAINS CONSTANT AT 326.337 MILLION OZ

Dec 18.2017//SILVER INVENTORY CONTINUES TO REMAIN PAT./INVENTORY REMAINS AT 326.337 MILLION OZ/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.337 TONNES

Dec 15/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.337 MILLION OZ/

Dec 14/a small withdrawal of 377,000 oz and that usually means to pay for fees./inventory rests at 326.337 million oz/

Dec 13/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 326.714 million oz/

Dec 12/WOW!ANOTHER STRANGE ONE: SILVER HAS BEEN DOWN FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, YET THE SLV ADDS ANOTHER 1.415 MILLION OZ TO ITS INVENTORY. IN THAT 10 DAY PERIOD, SLV ADDS 9.584 MILLION OZ/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.714 MILLION OZ

Dec 11/WOW!! ANOTHER STRANGE ONE: SILVER DESPITE BEING DOWN FOR 9 CONSECUTIVE TRADING DAYS ADDS ANOTHER 944,000 OZ TO ITS INVENTORY. FROM NOV 30 UNTIL TODAY SILVER HAS BEEN DOWN EVERY DAY. HOWEVER THE INVENTORY OF SILVER HAS RISEN 8.169 MILLION OZ.

Dec 8/A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 2.642 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 324.355 MILLION OZ/

Dec 7/strange!! with the continual whacking of silver, no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 321.713

Dec 6/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory remains at 21.713 million oz.

Jan 18/2017:

Inventory 315.500 million oz

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6 Month MM GOFO
Indicative gold forward offer rate for a 6 month duration

+ 1.78%
12 Month MM GOFO
+ 2.08%
30 day trend

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Major gold/silver trading /commentaries for THURSDAY

GOLDCORE/BLOG/MARK O’BYRNE.

GOLD/SILVER

Digital Gold Flight To Physical Gold Coins and Bars

‘Digital Gold’ Bitcoin Flight To Safe Haven Physical Gold

– Latest bitcoin, crypto crash causes gold coin and bar demand to surge
– Bitcoin down 40% from high, Ripple down 50% and Ethereum down 30%
– Ripple and ‘Digital gold’ Bitcoin fall past key psychological price levels
– $300bn wiped from cryptocurrency fortunes in just 36 hours
– New research says that there is ‘Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem’
– Savvy crypto buyers converted their short term gains into physical gold bars, coins
– Bitcoin and Ripple sellers bought gold both for delivery and storage from GoldCore
– Gold ETF holdings rise – Assets in iShares Gold soar to $10.7 b, highest in 5 years
– 95% of cryptocurrencies will go to zero …

Editor: Mark O’Byrne

30% to 50% price drops in a matter of days and the loss of $300 billion in value is quite a knock for a market that was not meant to be in a speculative bubble.

In just 36 hours the cryptocurrency market has managed to make a fair few people feel very nervous as they watched crypto currency prices fall very sharply.

The two most popular cryptocurrencies (as measured by market cap) saw the biggest losses over Tuesday and Wednesday, this week. Digital gold bitcoin dropped below it’s key psychological level of $10,000, whilst ether also made a drop below the all-important level of $1,000.

The crypto market has been on a tear for the last few months. We are frequently asked by people about bitcoin and whether or not they ‘should’ be getting into it.

Gold is the best way to secure value from crypto volatility

Unsurprisingly many cryptocurrency buyers or investors have been looking at how they can secure their gains. Since early December and continuing in recent days, we are seeing numerous existing and new clients who had seen massive gains in bitcoin, ripple etc diversifying into physical gold. They have been buying both gold coins and bars, for both delivery and storage.

One high net worth British entrepreneur involved in tourism sold a substantial amount of bitcoin and bought kilo bars (gold) for storage in Zurich. Another tech entrepreneur told us he was selling Ripple after having very large profits and a “nine bagger” meaning his initial punt on Ripple had surged nine times. He bought a substantial amount , over 100, of gold maple leaf coins for insured delivery.

Ripple lost 50% of value in one day

It’s not just digital gold bitcoin gains that have people diversifying into gold. In the last two weeks, we have had a few clients who had seen huge short term gains in Ripple diversify back into gold.

They told us they were concerned that the massive price appreciation was unsustainable and they got nervous about it and decided it was a good time to sell and take some profits. This was a fortuitous move given XRP (the Ripple currency) lost 50% of its value on Tuesday alone.

Source: Coinmarketcap.com

This price action (along with the other major cryptocurrencies) has got many asking as to where the value in a cryptocurrency really is. Some in the newly rich crypto community are recognising that it is about realising real value when you cash out and place it into real assets such as gold and silver.

Those we have spoken to and have assisted in recent weeks are selling a very overvalued asset and putting it into a still undervalued asset. Gold prices remain quite depressed, especially from where they were compared to six or seven years ago, and sentiment is still quite poor.

There is a definitely a trend there and we think that trend is likely to continue given the overvaluation of crypto currencies and the undervaluation of precious metals.

This trend is already playing through the price of gold which has been on a winning streak just as cryptos begin to fall out of favour (see chart above).

It is also being seen in a sharp increase for gold coins and bars as reported by Bloomberg overnight.

There are people in the cryptocurrency industry that have been trying to position cryptocurrencies as alternatives to gold and indeed as “digital gold.” We think increasingly people are realizing that these digital assets have much higher risk levels than the traditional safe haven asset – gold.

Risk of manipulation 

As we explained earlier this week, there are some dodgy dealings and market manipulation going on in the world of precious metals namely silver but also gold. Whilst it is a disconcerting prospect, the beauty of it is that precious metal investors can take advantage of it and secure physical silver and gold at relatively low prices, in preparation for the coming bull markets.

However, when it comes to the manipulation of digital or ‘paper’ assets then it doesn’t work out so well for the average investor. One of the reasons so many of the early adopters took to bitcoin wasn’t just because it was a cheap punt but also because it was supposedly more secure and offered a more honest form of exchange than those currently seen in the wider financial world.

Yet it has been victim to a number of security breaches and even price manipulation scandals. A new paper by researchers at Tel Aviv University and the University of Tulsa finds that bitcoin has been victim to price manipulation.

In a paper entitled ‘Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem’ , they find that ‘Suspicious trades on a Bitcoin currency exchange are linked to rises in the exchange rate.’

Making particular reference to the infamous Mt Gox debacle they analyse:

 the impact of suspicious trading activity on the Mt. Gox Bitcoin currency exchange, in which approximately 600,000 bitcoins (BTC) valued at $188 million were fraudulently acquired. During both periods, the USD-BTC exchange rate rose by an average of four percent on days when suspicious trades took place, compared to a slight decline on days without suspicious activity. Based on rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks, the paper demonstrates that the suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.

So bitcoin might be vulnerable to manipulation and not be as unbreakable after all.

From digital gold to real physical gold

As we have explained repeatedly, bitcoin (or any other crypto) is not a substitute for gold or silver. But, they can have a complementary relationship as we are seeing today.

Bitcoin and crypto currencies are digital assets. Most are no more secure in terms of value or pricing than any other form of digital gold, stock or ETF. However, many of those who choose to hold cryptocurrencies do so for the same reason many choose precious metals – because they wish to diversify outside of the global monetary and financial system.

Physical gold and silver bullion that is allocated and segregated in your name is the best way to guarantee the securing of the profits achieved from and wealth created by cryptocurrencies.

Most crypto currencies have little real value whatsoever other than to make hard and fast profits from – or indeed hard and very large losses.

The lesson here is to take profits on overvalued assets – be they cryptos, stocks, bonds or property. Sell over valued assets and buy undervalued assets. Rebalance investments and diversify into undervalued assets such as gold bullion – the proven safe haven.

Related Reading
Here’s Why Bitcoin Won’t Replace Gold So Easily

Up to 95 Percent of Cryptocurrencies ‘Will Drop to Zero’ – GoldCore

Goldnomics Podcast – Gold, Stocks, Bitcoin in 2018. Everything Bubble Bursts?

Gold On The Blockchain – For Now Caveat Emptor

News and Commentary

Gold Rally May Have More Room to Run – GoldCore (Bloomberg.com)

Bitcoin’s Nouveau Riche Run to Gold as Cryptocurrency Crashes (Bloomberg.com)

Gold treads lower as dollar gains on stronger U.S. data (Reuters.com)

Fed’s Beige Book finds muted reaction to Republican tax plan (MarketWatch.com)

Homebuilder Sentiment in U.S. Cools in January From 18-Year High (Bloomberg.com)


Source: Sputnik

Did Bitcoin Just Burst? How It Compares to History’s Big Bubbles (Bloomberg.com)

Wall Street Has a $1.7 Billion Bet on the Rising Risk of Grid Attacks (Bloomberg.com)

This is What Happened to Sales & Prices of Manhattan Office Buildings as Chinese Buyers are Suddenly “Absent” (ZeroHedge.com)

VIX Surges To Highest Since 2015’s Flash-Crash Versus Europe (ZeroHedge.com)

Collapse of Construction Giant with 43,000 Employees Globally Sparks Fear and Mayhem (WolfStreet.com)

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

18 Jan: USD 1,329.75, GBP 961.14 & EUR 1,088.40 per ounce
17 Jan: USD 1,337.35, GBP 969.45 & EUR 1,092.48 per ounce
16 Jan: USD 1,334.95, GBP 970.38 & EUR 1,091.32 per ounce
15 Jan: USD 1,343.00, GBP 971.93 & EUR 1,092.93 per ounce
12 Jan: USD 1,332.90, GBP 978.75 & EUR 1,099.78 per ounce
11 Jan: USD 1,319.85, GBP 978.14 & EUR 1,104.45 per ounce
10 Jan: USD 1,321.65, GBP 976.96 & EUR 1,103.31 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

18 Jan: USD 17.09, GBP 12.31 & EUR 13.96 per ounce
17 Jan: USD 17.21, GBP 12.49 & EUR 14.10 per ounce
16 Jan: USD 17.10, GBP 12.43 & EUR 13.99 per ounce
15 Jan: USD 17.12, GBP 12.58 & EUR 14.14 per ounce
12 Jan: USD 17.12, GBP 12.56 & EUR 14.12 per ounce
11 Jan: USD 17.01, GBP 12.64 & EUR 14.24 per ounce
10 Jan: USD 17.13, GBP 12.64 & EUR 14.27 per ounce

Recent Market Updates

– Gold and Silver Bullion Are Only “Safe Investments Left” – Stockman
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– Gold Bullion Up 1% In Week, Heads For 5th Weekly Gain As Bonds Sell Off
– Gold Prices Rise To $1,326/oz as China U.S. Treasury Buying Report Creates Volatility
– Gold Hits All-Time Highs Priced In Emerging Market Currencies
– World is $233 Trillion In Debt: UK Personal Debt At New Record
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– Gold, Bitcoin and the Blockchain Replaces the Banks – Realists Guide To The Future

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The dollar weakness is unsettling many central banks

 

(courtesy Roger Blitz/London’s financial times)

Dollar’s weakness unsettles central bankers

 Section: 

All they have to do is rig gold down some more.

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By Roger Blitz
Financial Times
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The persistent weakness of the U.S. dollar is forcing global central bankers to step up their efforts in warning about the cost of currency appreciation on their economies.

The dollar’s decline has extended into 2018, with the index measuring the currency against its leading peers touching a three-year low. The decline in the global reserve currency matters greatly for other economies that have rebounded thanks to stronger exports, such as Europe and Japan.

The euro, which rose by as much as 2.7 percent since the start of the year, dropped sharply from an intraday high of $1.2322 today after Vitor Constancio, European Central Bank vice president, became the latest policymaker to take issue with the single currency’s sharp rise against the dollar.

“I am concerned about sudden movements [in the euro] which don’t reflect changes in fundamentals,” he said.

Ewald Nowotny, fellow ECB member, added that the euro’s rise was “not helpful.” The euro was trading 0.4 percent lower today. …

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.ft.com/content/23dbe094-fb79-11e7-9b32-d7d59aace167

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Dave Kranzler highlights reasons why 2018 will be a good year for both gold/silver

 

(courtesy Kranzler/IRD/GATA)

Dave Kranzler: 2018 should be bullish for the precious metals sector

 Section: 

By Dave Kranzler
Investment Research Dynamics, Denver
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Usually I’m loathe to stick out price targets on the markets, especially gold and silver, because of the undeniable market intervention of the central banks — market manipulation that is so blatant now that it is denied only by card-carrying idiots.

Gold and silver had a sharp run-up in the last two weeks of 2017. But the abrupt move in gold was accompanied by a rapid rise in the gold futures open interest on the Comex. The “commercial” net short position in Comex gold futures — that is, the position of “the banks — has increased by 100,000 contracts (from 120,000 net short to 220,000 net short) in just four weeks through the most recent commitment-of-traders report. That’s a net paper gold short of 22 million ounces, or 623 tonnes of paper sold short.

As of yesterday the open interest in gold futures increased another 27,000 contracts, most of which, based on the trend in the COT positions, can be attributed to a continued increase in bank short interest.

To put this paper gold short position in perspective, the Comex reports that its warehouses “safekeep” 9.2 million ounces of gold. (This number is unaudited.) That’s 11 million ounces less than the bank net short position. However, only 586,000 ounces of gold are reported to be “registered,” or available for delivery. The ratio of the paper gold short to deliverable gold is 37:1.

In other words, each ounce of deliverable gold has been “hypothecated” and resold 37 times. …

… For the remainder of the commentary:

http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/2018-should-be-bullish-for-the-pre…

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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/9 AM EST

 

i) Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/CLOSED UP AT 6.4227 /shanghai bourse CLOSED UP AT 30.08 POINTS 0.87% / HANG SANG CLOSED UP 138.53 POINTS OR 0.43%
2. Nikkei closed DOWN 104.94 POINTS OR 0.44% /USA: YEN FALLS TO 110.73

3. Europe stocks OPENED MIXED   /USA dollar index FALLS TO 90.54/Euro RISES TO 1.2235

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: FALLS TO . +.084/ GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 110.73/ THIS IS TROUBLESOME AS BANK OF JAPAN IS RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY./JAPAN 10 YR YIELD FINALLY IN THE POSITIVE/BANK OF JAPAN LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR YIELD CURVE AS THEY PURCHASE ALL BONDS TO GET TO ZERO RATE!!

3c Nikkei now JUST BELOW 17,000

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

3e WTI:: 64.05  and Brent: 69.33

3f Gold DOWN/Yen UP

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 UP for WTI and UP FOR Brent this morning

3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10yr bund RISES TO +.577%/Italian 10 yr bond yield UP to 1.983% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD DOWN TO 1.483%

3j Greek 10 year bond yield FALLS TO : 3.781?????????????????

3k Gold at $1328.75 silver at:17.06: 6 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $18.50

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble UP 22/100 in roubles/dollar) 56.63

3m oil into the 64 dollar handle for WTI and 69 handle for Brent/

3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation. 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/

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP. THIS MORNING THEY SIGNAL THEY MAY END NIRP. TODAY THE USA/YEN TRADES TO 111.22 DESTROYING JAPANESE CITIZENS WITH HIGHER FOOD INFLATION

30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning 0.9601 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.1746 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.

3p BRITAIN VOTES AFFIRMATIVE BREXIT/LOWER PARLIAMENT APPROVES BREXIT COMMENCEMENT/ARTICLE 50 COMMENCES MARCH 29/2017

3r the 10 Year German bund now POSITIVE territory with the 10 year RISING to +0.577%

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 2.607% early this morning. Thirty year rate at 2.8830% /

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

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

All Eyes On The 10Y Treasury Which Is Blowing Above 2.60%, Nears Gundlach’s ‘Redline’

The meltup continues: European stocks edged higher as Asian shares traded mixed, while U.S. equity futures point to another open in record territory. However, today’s story may not be stocks, but rather rates as U.S. bonds extended the Wednesday selloff with the 10-year Treasury yield climbing above 2.6% for the first time since March to help the dollar hold Wednesday’s gain.

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The catalyst for the ongoing selling in the rates complex was China, and specifically the barrage of Chinese data reported overnight.

For the better part of the past decade, “bad news was good news” for stocks as it meant more central bank support. Now, good news is even better news – at least until central banks realize they can’t withdraw – and the push into new record highs across global risk assets overnight is being attributed to the latest set of stronger than expected Chinese economic data released overnight, which beat across the board with the exception of retail sales.

China GDP YoY BEAT: +6.8% vs +6.7% exp (+6.8% prior)
China Industrial Production YoY BEAT: +6.2% vs +6.1% exp (+6.1% prior)
China Retail Sales YoY MISS: +9.4% vs +10.2%% exp (+10.2% prior) – lowest since Feb 04
China Fixed Assets Investment YoY BEAT +7.2% vs +7.1% exp (+7.2% prior)

However, as we said yesterday, despite the occasional blip the trend remains all too clear.

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/20180117_chiona.png

As a result, and as Bloomberg confirms, the Treasury curve is in focus as 10Y yield breaks above the key 260bps level – which Jeff Gundlach last week dubbed as a red line for not only an accelerated selloff but the level above which it will start hurting equities – leading curve steeper as Apple repatriation announcement remains in focus with speculation the firm may have to sell some Treasuries to pay the tax liability.

Treasuries also retreated amid hopes that U.S. lawmakers will strike a deal to avert a government shutdown before temporary funding runs out on Friday, after Chief of Staff Kelly said the GOP has the needed votes to pass the stopgap bill. China’s better-than-expected data only added to the narrative of synchronized expansion, which – alongside upbeat profit expectations – could mean the bull run in stocks going until 2019 or beyond, according to a Bank of America survey of fund managers.

In response to the push higher in US yields, Germany’s 10-year bond yield, the benchmark for the region, was near a 5-1/2 month top at 0.52%.

Away from the bond reaction, most Asian equity bourses were closing when the Chinese data landed but had briefly set a new an all-time record after the U.S. bluechip Dow Jones Industrial index had closed above 26,000 points for the first time.Australia’s ASX 200 (Unch.) and Nikkei 225 (-0.7%) both gained at the open in which the Japanese benchmark briefly rose above the 24000 level for the first time in around 27 years, although both then pared gains with Japanese stocks sliding into the close, while commodity-related stocks in Australia were dampened by disappointing production updates from Whitehaven Coal and Woodside Petroleum. Elsewhere, Hang Seng (-0.1%) and Shanghai Comp. (+0.5%) were varied in anticipation of tier-1 China data releases including GDP in which officials including Premier Li had suggested the economy grew 6.9% for 2017. China’s yuan finished at its highest since December 2015.

Europe’s main FTSE, Dax and CAC40 stock markets then ticked higher though moves were choppy in the cross currents of rising euro and bond yields. The euro strengthened while European stocks were mixed, with the technology sector lifted by Infineon (+4.5%) after upgrade by Goldman. The FTSE 100 was struggling thus with the index dragged down by the likes of Whitbread after a soft earnings report

“The likelihood we have higher inflation data in the big economies is well over 50 percent so that is the next turning point for the markets,” SEB investment management’s global head of asset allocation Hans Peterson told Reuters. He added there were now two big questions. How will central banks respond and will the rise in bond yields happen at such a pace that it impacts optimism around assets like equities?

We are going to change the regime probably within the next 2-3 months,” he said. “Will it be accompanied by rising producer prices then we can live with higher bond yields, otherwise it is a problem for us.”

In FX, the break higher in U.S. yields, supposedly launched by news of Apple’s cash repatriation even if as Morgan Stanley explained the market reaction was wrong, helped the dollar rise from a three-year low hit earlier in the day in Asia. The euro last stood nearly 1.225 but below a peak of $1.2323 set on Wednesday, the euro’s strongest level since December 2014.

A number of top ECB policymakers were due to speak in Frankfurt. Some may have been caught off guard by the speed of the euro’s appreciation, said Lee Jin Yang, macro research analyst for Aberdeen Standard Investments in Singapore. “Maybe they are trying to manage volatility or slow down the rise,” Lee said referring to Austria’s Ewald Nowotny who told reporters on Wednesday that the euro’s recent strength against the dollar was “not helpful.”

Emerging markets were gearing up meanwhile for a number of key interest rate meetings including in Turkey where last year’s 18 percent slump in the lira versus the euro has got inflation back in double digits. South Africa’s central bank also meets. After being sickly for much of 2017, a sounder political backdrop has seen the rand surge. ZAR is one of the best performing currencies in the world so far this year, fuelling talk of a possible rate cut.

“The South Africa meeting is the big show today. People are in it, they want to like it they want to own it,” said UBP’s EM macro and FX strategist Koon Chow. “So any dovishness or a cut would be another trigger for another leg higher.”

The rising U.S. bond could cause turbulence for EM debt markets, however. As well as the gains for benchmark Treasuries, The two-year yield US2YT=RR hovered at a nine-year high of just over 2 percent. “In emerging markets we are trained like dogs,” Chow said about the rising yields. “When we hear that bell ring we want to just run,”

In commodities, crude oil prices rose earlier on data showing a decline in U.S. crude inventories and as rebels in Nigeria threatened to attack the country’s petroleum infrastructure, before trimming their gains.  U.S. crude futures were 2 cents higher at $63.99 a barrel have hit a three-year high of $64.89 on Tuesday. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,327.56 an ounce, with the dollar’s bounce pulling it back from a four-month high of $1,344.43 set on Monday.

IBM, Morgan Stanley and American Express are among companies scheduled to publish earnings. Economic data due include housing starts and jobless claims.

Top overnight news from BBG

  • A small shift is taking place in internal discussions among Bank of Japan policy makers, with a minority raising the need to eventually start discussing policy normalization, even though they agree the current stimulus program must continue unchanged for some time, according to people familiar
  • Republicans are betting Democrats won’t risk forcing the government to shutter during an election year to press their demand for a deal on immigration by Friday’s funding deadline.
  • Theresa May’s hopes of thawing frosty relations with Donald Trump at a meeting on the slopes of Davos next week look to be fading, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • China’s holdings of Treasuries fell to a four-month low even as its foreign-exchange holdings increased in November, in a potential sign the world’s second-largest economy is curbing its appetite for U.S. government debt
  • Barclays Plc is eliminating as many as 100 senior staff at its underperforming investment bank division; cutbacks will fall mainly at the managing director and director levels and are evenly split between Europe and the U.S., according to people familiar with the decision

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures down 0.09% to 2,801.25
  • Brent Futures down 0.09% to $69.32/bbl
  • Gold spot up 0.1% to $1,328.76
  • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.2% to 90.71
  • STOXX Europe 600 up 0.07% to 398.25
  • MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.3% to 182.18
  • MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan up 0.2% to 595.48
  • Nikkei down 0.4% to 23,763.37
  • Topix down 0.7% to 1,876.86
  • Hang Seng Index up 0.4% to 32,121.94
  • Shanghai Composite up 0.9% to 3,474.75
  • Sensex up 0.5% to 35,258.78
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 0.02% to 6,014.57
  • Kospi up 0.02% to 2,515.81
  • German 10Y yield rose 2.2 bps to 0.584%
  • Euro up 0.3% to $1.2218
  • Brent Futures down 0.09% to $69.32/bbl
  • Italian 10Y yield rose 2.9 bps to 1.732%
  • Spanish 10Y yield rose 0.5 bps to 1.507%

Asia stocks were mixed as the region faltered in late trade and gave up the momentum from Wall St. where the S&P 500 and DJIA closed above 2800 and 26000 respectively amid earnings optimism, as well as reports that Apple is to repatriate some of its cash holdings and invest in the US. ASX 200 (Unch.) and Nikkei 225 (-0.7%) both gained at the open in which the Japanese benchmark briefly rose above the 24000 level for the first time in around 27 years, although both then pared gains with Japanese stocks sliding into the close, while commodity-related stocks in Australia were dampened by disappointing production updates from Whitehaven Coal and Woodside Petroleum. Elsewhere, Hang Seng (-0.1%) and Shanghai Comp. (+0.5%) were varied in anticipation of tier-1 China data releases including GDP in which officials including Premier Li had suggested the economy grew 6.9% for 2017. Finally, 10yr JGBs were flat uneventful with early short-covering seen in prices after yields rose to a 6-month high of above 0.08%. Furthermore, mixed 30yr auction results and source reports that some at the BoJ were said to see a need for future normalization talks, failed to garner a reaction, as they also agreed that current stimulus was needed for the time-being.

Top Asian News

  • Some at BOJ Are Said to Flag Need for Future Normalization Talks
  • Pimco, Goldman Asset See China as Threat to Emerging Bonds
  • Celebrity Eye Clinic Quintuples in Four Days After Hong Kong IPO
  • Battle of K-Pop Stocks: ‘Twice’ Girl Group Agency Now No. 2
  • India Steel Ministry Seeks Abolition of Met Coal Import Tax
  • ‘Terminator’ Lourenco Proves He’s No One’s Puppet in Angola
  • China Banks Boost H-Share Gains as GDP Growth Comes in Strong

European equities are inching higher this morning following on from the bounce back seen on Wall Street, which had stemmed from reports that Apple are to pledge a USD 350bln contribution to the US economy. Additionally, optimism over a potential passing of a stop-gap funding bill to prevent a government shutdown also buoyed demand for equities. Elsewhere, encouraging Chinese GDP data helped aid sentiment with China reporting the fastest growth in 2yrs. IT names outperforming in Europe with Infineon shares rising some 4% after a positive note out from Goldman Sachs. FTSE 100 struggling thus with the index dragged down by the likes of Whitbread after a soft earnings report. Meanwhile, more downside pressure in the debt markets, and US Treasury led as the 10 year benchmark yield inches another basis point closer to the 2.63-64% area that many chartists and cash traders have been flagging if not targeting. Bunds have now been down to 160.32, -1/2 point on the day and just 2 ticks shy of tech support that stands in front of the January low so far at 160.11. Accordingly, 10 year German yields are within a whisker of 0.6%, albeit on the relatively new 2028 bond.

Top European News

  • BP Signs Iraq Deal to Help Increase Oil Output at Kirkuk Fields
  • Weidmann’s Fiscal Ideas May Cap German Yields
  • Countrywide Tumbles on Warning; Foxtons, Rightmove Also Drop
  • UBS Rises; Credit Suisse Sees UHNW Boost, Says Buyback Likely

In FX, the USD Index extended recovery gains to just over 91.000 overnight, but quickly backed off again despite supportive impulses via data, rising Treasury yields and another solid Fed Beige Book. The Greenback is now relatively mixed within ranges vs G10 counterparts, around 1.2200 against the Eur, 111.25 vs the Jpy and with Cable back down between 1.3800-50 after a spike to 1.3942 (new peak since the Brexit vote). Back to Usd/Jpy, and some large option expiries could well provide some direction today, with 1.4 bn at the 111.00 strike and 1.5 bn at 110.80, while on the upside there is key chart resistance at 111.74 (200 DMA) and 111.97 (50% Fib). For Eur/Usd, if 1.2200 is breached again on the downside then stops are reportedly seen below 1.2150, while 1.2119 is tech support ahead of the next big figure. Aud and Nzd both firming up again vs their US counterpart towards 0.8000 and 0.7300 after the former traded in a volatile fashion on mixed jobs data. In terms of crosses, Eur/Gbp has seen offers around 0.8830 filled, but bids at 0.8800 and strong chart support around 0.8792 are forming a base.

In commodities, WTI and Brent crude futures marginally lower despite last nights wider than expected drawdown in the latest API crude report. Price action in oil largely dictated by the mild recovery seen in the USD-index. Saudi Aramco is to boost refining capacity to 8mln-10mln bpd from 5mln bpd. US API weekly crude stocks (12 Jan, w/e) -5.120M vs. Exp. -3.500M (Prev. -11.190M).

Looking at the day ahead, there’s no data due in Europe, however the Bundesbank’s Weidmann and ECB’s Coeure are due to speak at a joint conference with the IMF in Frankfurt. In the US, December housing starts and building permits are due along with the January Philly Fed business outlook and latest weekly initial jobless claims numbers. Morgan Stanley is due to report Q4 earnings, along with IBM and American Express.

US Event Calendar

  • 8:30am: Housing Starts, est. 1.27m, prior 1.3m;
  • 8:30am: Building Permits, est. 1.3m, prior 1.3m
  • 8:30am: Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook, est. 25, prior 26.2
  • 8:30am: Initial Jobless Claims, est. 249,000, prior 261,000; Continuing Claims, est. 1.9m, prior 1.87m
  • 9:45am: Bloomberg Economic Expectations, prior 47; Consumer Comfort, prior 53.5

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

The only train running last night was the bulled up express with the S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq up +0.94%, +1.25% and 1.03% respectively – their best day since late November for the first two and 2nd January for the Nasdaq. Within the S&P, all sectors were up with gains led by the tech, energy and consumer staples stocks. Apple’s share price rose 1.65% after announcing it will repatriate some of its offshore cash reserves, with plans to spend $30bn on capex in the US over the next five years, even after paying $38bn of taxes. Elsewhere, reactions to corporate earnings were a little mixed, Bank of America’s 4Q result was above market but the share price dipped 0.19%, following a c36% rally since mid-September, while Goldman Sachs fell 1.86% after its annual fixed income trading revenue fell to the lowest since the GFC.

Staying with US tax cuts and economic growth, the Fed’s Mester noted the risks are still balanced, but in terms of her estimates for the impact from fiscal policy, she thinks “there are some salient upside risks”, although this will be guided by how firms and households react in their spending. Elsewhere, the Fed’s Evans noted the US economy is strong and tax cuts “should add to business investments”. Our US team noted that if these fiscal changes only provide demand-side stimulus, they could quicken the arrival of the next recession by pulling forward demand and causing the Fed to move more aggressively on rate hikes. Refer to their note for a detailed assessment of how tax reform will impact the economy in 2018 and beyond.

Turning to Fed speak on inflation, the Fed’s Evans said “I’m confident we are going to be on a path” to the 2% target, although the Fed’s Kaplan believes that while “inflation pressures are building…they are being offset to a great degree by technology enabled disruption”. On the rates outlook, Ms Mester noted “a gradual pace of interest increase over the course of this year will be appropriate” and that she is “not concerned” the US is nearing a recession. Mr Evans reiterated his dovish view and noted that “something less than three (hikes) is probably appropriate” and it’s better to wait till June where if growth and inflation readings are robust, then “we would have time for three hikes in the year”. Conversely, the Fed’s Kaplan doesn’t want to get in a situation where the cyclical inflationary forces are getting stronger “….to the point where the Fed feels it needs to move much more rapidly to address it”, so the Fed   should be “acting sooner rather than later” on rates.

In China, its 4Q17 GDP stats (6.7% expected), retail sales and IP are expected to be out just after we go to print at 7am UK time. Ahead of the data dump, our China economists have published a timely presentation outlining their  views on China’s opportunities and risks in 2018-2020. Amongst the key messages, they believe the tightening of fiscal policy is the most underestimated risk in 2018, in part as fiscal spending was a key driving force behind the  economic cycle in 2014-17. So growth is set to slow in 2018. Further, the team is more worried about inflation than consensus. Refer to their report for more details.

This morning in Asia, markets pared gains to be modestly lower, with the Nikkei (-0.1%), Kospi (-0.05%) and Hang Seng (-0.02%) all modestly down. Elsewhere, Bloomberg reported a minority within the BOJ are raising the need to  eventually start to discuss policy normalisation – as per unnamed sources.

Now recapping other markets performance from yesterday. European equities weakened with the Stoxx 600 down 0.10%, weighed down by telco and health care stocks. Across the region, key bourses fell c0.4% (CAC -0.36%; FTSE -0.39%; DAX -0.47%) while Italy’s FTSEMIB rose marginally. Core European 10y bond yields were little changed (Bunds +0.1bp; Gilts +0.4bp) but UST 10y rose 5.2bp, partly weighed down by concerns of a potential government  shutdown, increasing US bond supply (partly on concessions to get a deal done) and US Treasury Department’s data showing China’s holding of Treasuries fell to a four month low in November (-1.1% mom to $1.18trn). This morning, UST 10y is c0.6bp lower.

Turning to currencies, the US dollar index rebounded slightly (+0.16%) from its three year low, while Euro dropped 0.60% post the various ECB speak (more below). Sterling jumped to an intraday high of 1.394 before stabilising to end the day 0.28% higher – a fresh post Brexit high. In commodities, WTI oil rose 0.38%, partly reflecting solid compliance to OPEC production cuts, which was 125% in December. Elsewhere, precious metals weakened (Gold  -0.86%; Silver -1.12%) and other base metals also fell, but losses are moderating (Copper -0.54%; Zinc -0.36%; Aluminium -0.17%).

Away from the markets and onto other central bankers commentaries. There appears to be more jawboning on the stronger Euro, with the ECB’s Nowotny noting the recent strength is “not helping” and must be observed. Further, the ECB’s Constancio noted “I’m concerned about sudden movements” in the exchange rate “which don’t reflect changes in fundamentals” and that looking at the fundamentals “inflation declined slightly in December”. Elsewhere on policy guidance, he noted that while we see the need for a gradual adjustment of all the elements of our forward guidance, “this does not mean that changes will be immediate”.

Continuing with the theme of ECB’s guidance, DB’s Mark Wall argues that given the strength of the Euro economy, relatively easy and stable financial conditions (despite recent market moves), he expects a change to forward guidance within the next few months. The team has set out a base time line for this change, including: i) At the press conference on 25 January, they expect Mr Draghi to prepare the ground for changes to forward guidance. ii) In March/April, they expect the ECB to redefine the reaction function within forward guidance, weakening the direct link between economic/financial shocks and QE. iii) In June, they expect the ECB to announce a tapering of QE net purchases to zero over the course of Q4 and finally iv) In Q4 they expect the ECB to adjust rates guidance to manage expectations for the timing and pace of policy rate hikes in 2019. Overall, we see the less hawkish strategy as being more likely, but one way or another, exit is in train.

Back in the UK, the BOE’s Saunders reiterated his slightly hawkish stance, noting that the unemployment rate could drop below 4% in 2018 and that with “….labour market tightness and signs of higher growth…(then) I consider it likely  that interest rates will need to rise further over time”. Elsewhere, on Brexit, the EU side have continued to offer reassuring rhetoric if the UK changes its mind on Brexit. Yesterday, the Head of the EU executive arm noted the UK can always re-apply for EU membership after departing. Conversely, PM May’s spokesman responded “we have been absolutely clear…that we are leaving the EU….I’m not sure how much clearer we can be”.

Before we take a look at today’s calendar, we wrap up with other data releases from yesterday. In the US, the December IP was above market expectations at 0.9% mom (vs. 0.5%), although the prior month was revised down by 0.3ppt. In the details, most of the growth in December was due to a 5.7% mom increase in utility production and a 1.6% mom increase in mining production. Elsewhere, capacity utilisation also beat at 77.9% (vs. 77.3%) while the January NAHB housing market index was in line at 72, following a 5pt improvement to a 17- year high back in December. Finally, the Fed’s latest Beige book painted an upbeat picture. It noted 11 Districts reported “modest to moderate gains” in activity and Dallas reported a “robust” increase. Further, the outlook for this year remains optimistic for a majority of the Fed’s contacts across the country.

Most Districts cited on-going labour market tightness and most Districts said that wages increased at a “modest” pace.

In Europe, the final December reading for the Euro area CPI was unrevised, with headline CPI at 1.4% yoy and core CPI at 0.9% yoy, which was steady for the third consecutive month.

In Canada, the central bank lifted the cash rate by 25bp to 1.25% as widely expected. Looking ahead, the BOC seems a bit dovish and noted that “while the economic outlook is expected to warrant higher interest rates over time…… some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed…. (and) the Governing Council will remain cautious in considering future policy adjustments”. The Bank also pointed to uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Looking at the day ahead, there’s no data due in Europe, however the Bundesbank’s Weidmann and ECB’s Coeure are due to speak at a joint conference with the IMF in Frankfurt. In the US, December housing starts and building permits are due along with the January Philly Fed business outlook and latest weekly initial jobless claims numbers. Morgan Stanley is due to report Q4 earnings, along with IBM and American Express.

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 30.08 points or 0.87% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 138.53 pts or 0.43% / The Nikkei closed DOWN 104.94 POINTS OR 0.44%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.06%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed WELL UP at 6.4227/Oil UP to 64.05 dollars per barrel for WTI and 69.33 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED ALL RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.4227. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.4201//ONSHORE YUAN MUCH STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS  MUCH STRONGER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS VERY  HAPPY TODAY.(GOOD MARKETS )

3 a NORTH KOREA/USA

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/USA

 

Six Chinese ships have been secretly breaking North Korean sanctions

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

Despite Beijing’s Denials, 6 Chinese Ships Are Observed “Secretly” Breaking N.Korean Sanctions

China officials denied reality in December despite being “caught red handed” selling sanctions-defying oil to North Korea.However, the denials might be harder to justify, as WSJ reports citing satellite photographs and intelligence gathered by U.S. officials, at least six Chinese-owned or operated cargo ships violated UN sanctions against North Korea.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. compiled the information from Asian waters as part of the Trump administration’s strategy to pressure North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

The effort identified the ships by name and tracked their movements.

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The ships entered ports in North Korea and transported what U.S. officials said was illicit cargo to Russia and Vietnam or made ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

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Additionally, U.S. evidence shows the ships made extensive maneuvers designed to disguise the violations.

WSJ reports that declassified intelligence reports, photos and maps shared with the U.N. by American officials asserted multiple instances of Chinese ships violating Security Council resolutions banning North Korean coal exports and ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum bound for North Korea. The Journal reviewed much of that evidence.

Within days after the complete U.N. ban was passed, the Glory Hope 1, a Chinese-owned vessel, entered the Yellow Sea near North Korea under a Panamanian flag. The ship crossed the Yellow Sea, entered North Korea’s Taedong River and then turned into the North Korean port of Songnim, according to the information presented to the U.N.

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The vessel turned off its Automatic Identification System, or AIS, a transmission device that discloses a ship’s position to other ships, satellites, and land-based tracking systems.

“When AIS is off in a vast sea, you are basically invisible,” said Ioannis Sgouras, a veteran Greek captain of crude-oil carriers. “You can still be picked up by other ships on radar if you are in range, but they can’t tell the ship’s name, cargo or destination.”

U.S. intelligence officials used satellite photos to monitor the Glory Hope 1 as it took on a load of North Korean coal Aug. 7. The ship then proceeded toward the coast of China, with its AIS still turned off.

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China’s foreign ministry said in a statement to the WSJ that it abides fully with Security Council resolutions and deals with violations in accordance with the law

In December, The Chinese delegation to The UN provided the sanctions committee with no formal explanation of why China was willing to allow some ships to go on the list but not others. Some U.S. officials believe the goal was to avoid the embarrassment of ships with Chinese ties being found in breach of U.N. sanctions.

Ironically, President Trump was bashing Russia yesterday for its ship-to-ship sanctions violations, and praising China for its help on North Korea.

Today’s intel release may make that a little harder to defend.

Can you get caught red-handed-er?

Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!

The U.S. is likely to keep pressuring for tough enforcement of the sanctions. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, warned in December that owners of ships that violate sanctions risk severe reprisals.

At a conference hosted by the Policy Exchange, a British think tank, Mr. McMaster said:

“A company whose ships would engage in that activity ought to be on notice that that might be the last delivery of anything they do for a long time, anywhere.”

That seems to sum things up pretty well!

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3 b JAPAN AFFAIRS

c) REPORT ON CHINA

 

China’s latest GDP numbers beat the street but retail sales are slumping.  There is renewed fears that much of the data is fake

 

(courtesy zero hedge)

China GDP Beats, Retail Sales Slump (Amid Renewed Fake Data Fears)

China bond yields rose ahead of the macro data avalanche tonight (following a leaked upside surprise print for GDP). GDP, Industrial Production, and Fixed Asset Investment all beat expectations but Retail Sales missed dramatically – growing at its slowest since Feb 2004.

As a reminder, these numbers are landing amid some renewed concern over the integrity of Chinese data, with a nationwide audit of city and county governments last year finding a slew inflated fiscal revenues.

 

The last couple of months have seen upside surprises for Chinese data…

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Before the data release, an official at the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, said GDP rose 6.9% in 2017, according to financial information website Hexun.com.

And the data deluge tonight printed as follows…

  • China GDP YoY BEAT: +6.8% vs +6.7% exp (+6.8% prior)
  • China Industrial Production YoY BEAT: +6.2% vs +6.1% exp (+6.1% prior)
  • China Retail Sales YoY MISS: +9.4% vs +10.2%% exp (+10.2% prior) – lowest since Feb 04
  • China Fixed Assets Investment YoY BEAT +7.2% vs +7.1% exp (+7.2% prior)

Visually…the trend is clear…

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Offshore Yuan has trod water for the last 3 days, albeit with some volatility within that range…

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Chinese stocks have been divergent in the last few days but overnight saw a panic bid rip through CHINEXT (China’s small caps and tech index) as crypto-carnage sent many stocks limit down but The National Team appeared to have other ideas…

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Stocks in Hong Kong, which have been strong all day, are taking a bit of a leg up after the dat, led by banks.

Notably, PBOC pumps in net 90b yuan through reverse-repurchase operations, taking total injections since Jan. 11 to 720b yuan.. which might help explain the rebound.

Finally, now that we have all the data in from 2017, Bloomberg’s Chris Anstey reminds us that the consensus forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg is for a 2018 growth rate of 6.4%. To get there, it means we’ll need to see a step down in the monthly data for China to decelerate somewhat. Assuming that exports and consumption continue to expand rapidly, that puts the onus on the slowdown potentially on production and investment.

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4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

 

Germany

 

We have discussed at length Japan’s demographic problems of an aging population and low fertility rates. Germany will be the second nation to have a demographic aging population

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

Over The Next Year, Germany Will Hit A Scary Demographic Milestone

In Europe, the economy is humming along at its fastest pace in 10 years.

According to the European Central Bank, the most recent forecast for the eurozone pegs growth at 2.3% for the year ahead, a significant upgrade from the central bank’s previous estimate of 1.8%.

But as Europe regains its economic mojo, Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, a key part of the machine is seeing demographic reality take shape.

A Scary Milestone

It’s been no secret that Germany, which has a reputation as the economic engine of Europe, is in a troubling demographic predicament. With one of the oldest populations in Europe, and a low fertility rate of just 1.5 births per woman, it is only a matter of time before the rubber hits the road to affect growth in the country.

That time may be finally creeping in, and the country is poised to hit a dubious milestone in the next year that really crystallizes concerns around the demographic composition of Germany’s population.

By 2019, there will be fewer Germans under 30 years old than there are Germans that are 60+ years:

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This ratio is certainly extreme on a global level – after all, 24.4% of the world population is under the age of 14, and only 12.3% is older than 60 years.

However, it’s also pretty extreme in comparison to other developed countries. The U.N., for example, recently estimated that the 60 and older population made up an average of 22.1% of the total for all high-income countries.

Conversely, the last time the 60+ group made up the same proportion in the German economy was in 1997.

A Closer Look at Germany

For a closer look at this trend, here’s an animated and interactive chart of Germany’s population pyramid. Notice that by 2020, the shape starts to represent the negative population growth pattern that we showcased in a previous post.

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Use the “lock” button to save an imprint of particular year, and then use the play button to animate future years.

VISUALIZING NEGATIVE GROWTH

With more people in the 60+ age bracket than in the younger generation, it’s inevitably a prelude to population decline in the native population.

Here is this negative growth projection shown, using a more conventional graph:

German population growth

Based on these United Nations projections, the German population is likely to decline by over 10 million people as we move towards the end of the 21st century.

This is a stark contrast to other parts of the world, such as the booming megacities in Asia and Africa, that will soon dominate the world’s future demographic landscape.

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EU
An excellent commentary on the Euro disaster and why it will fail especially when the ECB will stop purchasing bonds (QE) in September
(courtesy zerohedge)

The Euro Disaster: Failed Monetary Unions, Past & Present

A glance at history

The beginnings of monetary union can be traced back to attempts to unify the coin standard. Emperor Augustus successfully unified the coins in the Roman Empire – for over 400 years the gold coins were minted almost exclusively with the seal of the Roman Emperor.

 

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The fall of the Roman Empire, caused among other things by its multiculturalism and multinationality, led to the disintegration of the state and to the deterioration of the coin value through a lower proportion of gold or silver.

Until the 19th century, the fragmentation of the right to mint coins to the regional rulers led to the fact that the profit resulting from the creation of money from the difference between metal value and production costs and the value of the coins issued was no longer allocated only to a feudal ruler. In the 19th century, completely new methods of creating money emerged for the ruling classes – paper standards were gradually introduced. The paper standard should no longer be based on gold or silver parity, but should be secured by appropriate policy of the central bank, especially by influencing interest rates.

In the 19th century, monetary unions were developed, on which the idea of the euro was based. All failed.

In 1865, the Latin Monetary Union unified the currencies of France, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Switzerland. A French franc corresponded to an Italian lira, which corresponded to a Belgian franc, etc. Greece and Italy were then as now debtor countries. The Union’s objectives were similar to those of the euro zone today: to simplify trade and make countries more competitive on world markets. Although the value of the coins in the Latin Union was based on a fixed gold or silver standard, paper money were not based on the precious metal parity, so that the member states’ central banks were able to print as much as they wanted. Coins minted in accordance with regulations were allowed to circulate freely throughout the Union. Since the relatively stable ratio of silver to gold gradually changed in the nineteenth century to the disadvantage of silver, silver coins flowed in from the south to settle the debts of the southern European states. The obligation to redeem the silver coins in gold at the official parity led to considerable losses in the “North”.

In 1893 Greece became insolvent and, just as it is today, a two-speed Europe emerged of the prosperous states in the north and the debtor states in the south. The French and Belgians financed Greeks and Italians because they were afraid that otherwise all coins would have to be withdrawn from circulation. As it is today, a non-working Union existed until the First World War. What must happen to make us put an end to the madness of the euro?

The same happened with the Scandinavian Coin Union of 1872: the different pace of economic development in Denmark, Sweden and Norway led to the flow of gold to Sweden. The Union also ended with the outbreak of the First World War when the obligation to convert the money into gold was lifted.

A glance at the present

The cost of saving the banks during the last financial crisis was borne by the citizens. Later, politicians led by Merkel saved Greece hand in hand with international bankers. Also at the expense of citizens of other EU countries. What was the point? Despite the Troika measures, Greece is actually bankrupt. Its debts are now higher than they were before the “debt reduction” imposed by the Troika, because the country does not have its own currency, which it could devalue and thus cope with its debts.

The huge sums of money pumped to Greece did not create any new jobs, no consumption and therefore no new tax revenue.

The ECB decides on interest rates in the euro area and they have remained low for years. In Germany, low interest rates led to a revival of the real estate market, some people are already talking about a real estate bubble, prices of apartments and houses are rising, while savings – whether on bank accounts or in the form of investments – are falling, as they earn a de facto negative interest due to the rising inflation. A gloomy future for future pensioners, if such interest rates persist for longer. Whether the introduction of the euro was favourable for German citizens remains therefore questionable. It stimulated the German economy, that’s right.

However, the introduction of the euro also made southern European economies less competitive.

“With its introduction, the Southern Europeans have recognised the increase in their purchasing power, which could take place due to the fact that the euro is worth more than their national currency; the perception of a better purchasing power created by the euro has led the Southern Europeans to increase imports, but also to raise the prices of their goods (…) The economies of France and Italy were both net exporters before the introduction of the euro and became net importers, whereas Spain, Portugal and Greece have increased the size of their trade deficits”.

Slovakia was the only country in the Visegrád Group to introduce the euro. The consequences?

Eight years after the introduction of the euro, food prices in Slovakia are ten percent higher than in Czechia or Hungary. Compared to Poland, they are even one-third higher. Although wages in Slovakia would have come closer to the Czech average by 2014, they are now far from each other again.

The purchasing power of the Slovaks, due to their lower wages and higher prices, is significantly lower than that of the Czechs.

In summary, we have a monetary union without a common fiscal, tax, social and defence policy that has failed and continues to failGreece’s bankruptcy, Brexit, Catalonia, high unemployment in Italy, Spain and Slovakia, to name but a few disasters.

Neither does political union exist; it is an idée fixe, a mirage of sick minds of Brussels bureaucrats who do not learn from the history of monetary union and ignore facts.

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SPAIN/CATALONIA

 

Rajoy gets a huge slap in the face as Catalonia elects a Pro independence speaker and no doubt in two weeks, the president Puigdemont will be elected again President

 

(courtesy Mish Shedlock/Mishtalk)

Rajoy Slapped In The Face: Catalonia Elects Pro-Independence Speaker

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy received a well-deserved slap in the face today. Independents again rule Catalonia.

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In October, prime minister Mariano Rajoy took direct control of Catalonia, jailing its leaders and dissolving its parliament after Catalan president Carles Puigdemont declared independence in October. Puigdemont is now in exile in Belgium.

Rajoy forced a new election, but the results are the same.

Catalan Parliament

 

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Back in Control

Today, in a well-deserved slap in the face to prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Pro-Independence Groups Take Back Control of Catalonia’s Parliament.

 

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Pro-independence parties took control of the Catalan parliament on Wednesday in what they hailed as the first step towards restoring the regional government after almost three months of direct rule from Madrid.

Celebrations erupted among flag-waving supporters in Barcelona as Roger Torrent, of the pro-independence Republican Left (ERC), was voted head of the speaker’s committee, the chamber’s decision-making body.

Addressing the chamber, Mr. Torrent denounced the legal proceedings against much of the pro-independence leadership. He said the imprisonment of three parliamentarians – including Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president and ERC leader – was “absolutely unjustified, and impedes them being able to freely exercise their rights”.

Opposition parties had tried to thwart the election of Mr. Torrent with a request – swiftly denied – that the parliament reject delegated votes from the three jailed politicians, whose empty seats were marked with yellow ribbons. Mr. Puigdemont and four former cabinet members in self-imposed exile in Brussels dropped their attempts to vote via delegates after Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, warned he would appeal such a move at the Constitutional Court.

Parliament Reconvenes Pro-Independence Groups Win

The BBC reports Catalonia MPs Elect Separatist Speaker as Parliament Reconvenes.

Separatist lawmakers secured control of parliament on Wednesday with the election of Mr. Torrent, a member of the left-wing separatist ERC party. He beat an anti-independence candidate by 65 votes to 56.

The session was broadcast to a flag-waving crowd outside.

ERC’s leader, Oriol Junqueras, is among three Catalan MPs in prison awaiting trial over the independence push. But they were allowed to vote to select a parliamentary speaker via proxies. Five others in self-imposed exile in Belgium did not assign proxies. Yellow ribbons were placed on their empty seats.

The MPs also met to select a board who will decide who gets the first chance to form a government.It will have two weeks to pick a president. It is likely to nominate Mr. Puigdemont to lead the region, and his supporters say he could potentially do so via video link from Belgium.

Mr Puigdemont’s spokesman, Joan Maria Piqué, told the BBC’s Gavin Lee that it was perfectly plausible for him to be president remotely. He pointed to how Donald Trump uses Twitter as a prime source of interaction in the US.

But lawyers for the Catalan parliament council, an advisory body, have said it would not be legal or within the Spanish constitution to allow for a president in exile.

Silence

Mainstream media, Mariano Rajoy, and the EU are silent.

The only news is from the BBC, the Financial Times, and The Telegraph.

Real Vote

The real vote was 70-56 as five in exile did not vote.

To the dismay of Rajoy, the non-aligned Comu-Podem sat the vote out. Comu-Podem does not favor independence but they do favor an honest vote on the matter.

The people have spoken, again. I am quite pleased with this result.

Catalonia Si!

 

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6. GLOBAL ISSUES

 

Sweden has had enough as they are preparing for a civil war as they are now going to enter the “no go zones”

(courtesy zerohedge)

Sweden Is Preparing For A “Civil War”: PM Wants To Deploy Army In No-Go Zones

For the first time since World War II, Sweden is preparing to distribute a civil defense brochure to some 4.7 million households, warning them about the onset of war.

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The booklet will serve as a manual of “total defense” in case of a war, and provide details on how to secure basic needs such as water, food, and heating, the FT reported. The manual also covers other threats such as cyber attacks, terrorism, and climate change.

All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defense or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, head of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.

The survivalist manual or better known by some as a preppers guide is called “If Crisis or War Comes,” will be published by the government in late spring. Its publication comes at a time when the threat of war from Russia is high, well, possibly, but that is what the mainstream media has conditioned many to believe.

What if the threat is not from Russia, but one that is domestic?

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that Sweden would do whatever it takes, including sending in the army, to end the wave of gang violence situated in the no-go zones around the country. Sweden’s murder rate has been relatively low over the years, but thanks to the migrant crisis, police are powerless in many areas across the country.

Swedish PM: We could “DEPLOY THE ARMY” to tackle gang criminality in Sweden.

This is a serious admission that something is very wrong in Sweden.

Could this be why they sent out leaflets to 4.7 million households warning people what to do in case of war?https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/lofven-utesluter-inte-att-satta-in-militar 

It’s not my first action to put in a military, but I’m prepared to do what it takes to ensure that the seriously organized crime goes away,” Lofven said after the party leadership discussion in parliament.

“But it is also obvious that there are social problems. Last year 300 shootings occurred, 40 people were killed. The new year has begun with new launches. We see criminals with total lack of respect for human life, it’s a terrible development I’m determined to turn around,” he added.

Even the Swedish Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson “declared war” against organized crime and suggested that Sweden should deploy the military to no-go zones to counter the out of control violence.

People are shot to death in pizza restaurants, people are killed by hand grenades they find on the street,” Akesson said in parliament on Wednesday.

“This is the new Sweden; the new, exciting dynamic, multicultural paradise that so many here in this assembly … have fought to create for so many years,” he said sarcastically.

Peter Imanuelsen, an independent journalist in Sweden, summed up the recent developments in a timeline:

    • Government sends out leaflets to 4.7 million households telling them how to prepare for war
    • Leader for Swedish Democrat party says “A war is being waged on Swedish society”
    • Swedish PM is considering deploying the army in no-go zones

 

I think I am starting to figure out what’s going on here…

The Swedish government just talked about the possibility of putting the army on the streets to deal with the no-go zone criminal gangs.

We might be heading for some kind of “civil war” in Sweden. https://twitter.com/PeterSweden7/status/953408002379407360 

To sum up, the Swedish government is preparing for a destabilizing event, while the mainstream media continues to use Russia as the scapegoat. Meanwhile, high ranking government officials in Sweden have echoed in unity that military intervention in dozens of no-go zones across the country is a high probability. At the same time, the government is preparing to hand out millions of survival manuals to their citizens indicating a destabilizing event is nearing.

Late on Wednesday we reported of even more chaos in Sweden when a hand grenade was tossed at a police station in Malmo, resulting in a “huge explosion” according to local media reports.

And lastly, while the three biggest political parties in Sweden urge for a military intervention in the no-go zones, the Swedish civil contingencies agency is frantically trying to print millions of survival manuals to protect the citizens for what appears to be a turbulent future in 2018.

The leaders for all 3 biggest political parties in Sweden have today talked about war in parliament.

Specifically about a war with the criminal gangs from the no go zones.

This comes shortly after the government sent out leaflets to 4.7 million households of prepping for war

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Horseman Capital are really smart guys.  It;s chairman Russell Clark has a stunning theory as to what is going to happen next to the USA dollar and it is not pretty.

a must read…

(Russell Clark/Horseman Capital)

The “World’s Most Bearish Hedge Fund” Has A “Stunning” Theory What Happens Next To The Dollar

After a rollercoaster year, the clients of Horseman Global, which in 2016 we dubbed  the world’s most bearish hedge fund when its net exposure hit over -100%…

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… finally got some good news when in his December letter, CIO Russell Clark announced that after returning 5.54% for December, the month emerged back in the green for the full year, up a modest 2.27%.

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However, what caught our attention was not the fund’s performance, which after a -24% 2016 barely closed in the green in 2017 (and suffered a dramatic plunge in AUM as a result), but Russell Clark’s comments on the plunging USD, a topic which seemingly everyone has an opinion on.

Specifically, we found his comments notable because if he is right, the dollar slide will only accelerate, and will have profound consequences not only for assets, but for the US and global economy in the not too distant future.

Here is Clark’s “fascinating” – as he puts it – theory about the source of dollar weakness, and more troubling, why what is about to happen next will make the recent collapse in the USD seem like a walk in the park.

Since the financial crisis, I have tried to apply the Japanese Quantitative Easing (‘QE’) model to the world as more and more central banks moved to zero or negative interest rates and asset purchase programs. In Japan the practical effect of QE has been for Japan to export capital, and this creates credit bubbles in the recipient countries. The country receiving the capital then has to deal with the credit bubble by devaluing and exporting deflation back to Japan. In my view, Japanese QE was the cause of the Asian Financial Crisis, and played a role in the Global Financial Crisis and the Eurocrisis. In Japan QE has meant my strategy has been to always be bullish JGBs, and short Japanese equities whenever they attempt to exit QE, and short the currencies of countries that had accepted QE capital flows. From 2013 to 2016, shorting various emerging markets, and being long developed market bonds was a winning strategy for the Fund.

However, in 2016 Chinese policy changes seemed able to reverse this trend, mainly through government mandated capacity cuts. I have seen many fund managers and economists hold on to investment and economic ideas long after they have been proven wrong, so given this break in the model, I thought it wise to question many of my investment ideas, particularly on bonds.

It is very easy to get bearish on bonds. With Chinese growth improving, and commodity prices rising, inflationary pressure is building. Furthermore, Chinese bonds currently offer 4%, substantially higher than developed market bonds. In addition, in a break with the Japanese experience of QE, the Federal Reserve has managed 5 interest rate increases, rather than only the one or two that Japan has been able to achieve since the bursting of the bubble. The refrain that I have heard these days is that QE works, and the US will be able to easily exit QE policies, followed by the ECB and the BOJ, and that bonds are a sell.

* * *

December tends to be quiet, so I have had time to reflect on market views on QE. Looking at how the US dollar has traded, and the performance of bonds, I am beginning to think that the model is not broken, but needs to be adjusted for the fact that QE is now undertaken by various central banks simultaneously, rather than just by Japan. The big increase in QE from the ECB and the BOJ that we saw in 2016, has seen capital move from Japan and Europe to the US. This has meant that even as the US has raised rates, credit conditions have remained very favourable. This combined with a recovery in China has created an extremely favourable market for all assets in 2017. But what does it mean for 2018?

Well, if the QE model still holds, then the capital flows from Europe and Japan to the US are beginning to slow and even reverse. The implications of this is that the strategy is to be bearish US dollars and bearish on US corporate credit. It also implies being bearish on European and Japanese banks, and buying of bunds and JGBs, however this remains to be seen.

Intriguingly, all these assets are already beginning to move this way. The full implications of thinking this way are fascinating.

And here is the conclusion, where – if Clark is right – better hold on to your hats, because it’s about to get very volatile:

The worst-case scenario would be profound dollar weakness forcing the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates much more quickly than expected. Dollar weakness would cause Japanese and European exporters to suffer, forcing money into JGBs and bunds. This would be like the capital flight market in the US we saw in the late ‘70s. For reference, Swiss bonds yielded only 2% in the late 1970s, even as US rates went to near 20%.

Naturally, it would be poetic justice if the payback for the world’s biggest (and really only) globally coordinated episode of QE which injected some $15 trillion in QE in capital markets, was a just as rapid, and accelerating episode of rising interest rates, starting with the US, in the process crushing US stock first and then spreading like a tsunami around the globe.

Maybe mean reversion is not dead after all, maybe it’s just waiting for the right reversal to remind the economist PhDs in the Marriner Eccles building that there is no such thing as a free lunch… or free all time highs in the stock market.

And incidentally, for those who are wondering, Horseman “remains long emerging markets, short developed markets.”

7. OIL ISSUES

 

Opec oil production rose in December despite a huge plunge in Venezuelan production

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

8. EMERGING MARKET

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

Euro/USA 1.2235 UP .0035/ REACTING TO MERKEL’S FAILED COALITION/ SPAIN VS CATALONIA/REACTING TO +GERMAN ELECTION WHERE ALT RIGHT PARTY ENTERS THE BUNDESTAG/ huge Deutsche bank problems + USA election:/TRUMP HEALTH CARE DEFEAT//ITALIAN REFERENDUM DEFEAT/AND NOW ECB TAPERING BOND PURCHASES/JAPAN TAPERING BOND PURCHASES /USA FALLING INTEREST RATES AGAIN/HOUSTON FLOODING/EUROPE BOURSES MOSTLY MIXED

USA/JAPAN YEN 111.22 DOWN  0.135 (Abe’s new negative interest rate (NIRP), a total DISASTER/SIGNALS U TURN WITH INCREASED NEGATIVITY IN NIRP/JAPAN OUT OF WEAPONS TO FIGHT ECONOMIC DISASTER/

GBP/USA 1.3868 UP .0044 (Brexit March 29/ 2017/ARTICLE 50 SIGNED

THERESA MAY FORMS A NEW GOVERNMENT/STARTS BREXIT TALKS/MAY IN TROUBLE WITH HER OWN PARTY/

USA/CAN 1.2442 DOWN .0001 (CANADA WORRIED ABOUT TRADE WITH THE USA WITH TRUMP ELECTION/ITALIAN EXIT AND GREXIT FROM EU/(TRUMP INITIATES LUMBER TARIFFS ON CANADA)

Early THIS THURSDAY morning in Europe, the Euro ROSE by 55 basis points, trading now ABOVE the important 1.08 level RISING to 1.2235; / Last night the Shanghai composite CLOSED UP 30.08 POINTS OR 0.87% / Hang Sang CLOSED UP 138.53 POINTS OR 0.43% /AUSTRALIA CLOSED DOWN 0.06% / EUROPEAN BOURSES ALL MIXED  

The NIKKEI: this THURSDAY morning CLOSED DOWN 108.94 POINTS OR 0.44%

Trading from Europe and Asia:
1. Europe stocks OPENED MIXED 

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / : Hang Sang CLOSED UP 138,53 POINTS OR 0.43% / SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 30.08 POINTS OR 0.87% /Australia BOURSE CLOSED DOWN 0.06`% /

Nikkei (Japan)CLOSED DOWN 108.94 POINTS OR 0.44%

INDIA’S SENSEX IN THE GREEN

Gold very early morning trading: 1328.65

silver:$17.06

Early THURSDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 2.607% !!! UP 3 IN POINTS from WEDNESDAY night in basis points and it is trading WELL ABOVE resistance at 2.27-2.32%. (POLICY FED ERROR)/ALSO GETTING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO 2.70%

The 30 yr bond yield 2.883 UP 3 IN BASIS POINTS from WEDNESDAY night. (POLICY FED ERROR)

USA dollar index early THURSDAY morning: 90.542 UP 0.1  CENT(S) from YESTERDAY’s close.

This ends early morning numbers THURSDAY MORNING

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And now your closing THURSDAY NUMBERS \1 PM

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 2.017% down 2  in basis point(s) yield from WEDNESDAY/

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: +.084% DOWN 6/10   in basis points yield from WEDNESDAY/JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.5493% DOWN 1  IN basis point yield from WEDNESDAY/

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.989 DOWN 1  POINTS in basis point yield from WEDNESDAY/

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 50 points HIGHER than Spain.

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: +.573%  UP 1 IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR THURSDAY

Closing currency crosses forTHURSDAY night/USA DOLLAR INDEX/USA 10 YR BOND YIELD/1:00 PM

Euro/USA 1.2242 UP.0062 (Euro UP 62 Basis points/ represents to DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE/

USA/Japan: 110.89 DOWN 0.457 Yen UP 57 basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.3887 UP .0064( POUND UP 64 BASIS POINTS)

USA/Canada 1.2435 DOWN  .0009 Canadian dollar UP 9 Basis points AS OIL ROSE TO $63.91

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This afternoon, the Euro was UP 62 to trade at 1.2242

The Yen ROSE to 110.89 for a GAIN of 46 Basis points as NIRP is STILL a big failure for the Japanese central bank/HELICOPTER MONEY IS NOW DELAYED/BANK OF JAPAN NOW WORRIED AS AS THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY AS BOND YIELDS RISE

The POUND ROSE BY 64 basis points, trading at 1.3887/

The Canadian dollar ROSE by 9 basis points to 1.2435/ WITH WTI OIL RISING TO : $63.89

The USA/Yuan closed AT 6.4200
the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at +.084% DOWN 6/10  BASIS POINTS / yield/
Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield UP 5 IN basis points from WEDNESDAY at 2.605% //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic USA 30 yr bond yield: 2.881 UP  2  in basis points on the day /

Your closing USA dollar index, 90.52 DOWN 2 CENT(S) ON THE DAY/1.00 PM/

Your closing bourses for Europe and the Dow along with the USA dollar index closing and interest rates for THURSDAY: 1:00 PM EST

London: CLOSED DOWN 24.47 POINTS OR 0.32%
German Dax :CLOSED UP 97.47 POINTS OR 0.74%
Paris Cac CLOSED UP 0.94 POINTS OR 0.02%
Spain IBEX CLOSED DOWN 41.90 POINTS OR 0.40%

Italian MIB: CLOSED UP 116.14 POINTS OR 0.49%

The Dow closed DOWN 97.84 POINTS OR 0.37%

NASDAQ WAS DOWN 2.23 Points OR 0.03% 4.00 PM EST

WTI Oil price; 63.91 1:00 pm;

Brent Oil: 69.42 1:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN ROUBLE CROSS: 56.42 DOWN 44/100 ROUBLES/DOLLAR (ROUBLE HIGHER BY 44 BASIS PTS)

TODAY THE GERMAN YIELD RISES TO +.573% FOR THE 10 YR BOND 1.00 PM EST EST

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This ends the stock indices, oil price, currency crosses and interest rate closes for today 4:30 PM

Closing Price for Oil, 4:30 pm/and 10 year USA interest rate:

WTI CRUDE OIL PRICE 4:30 PM:$63.80

BRENT: $69.16

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.62%   THE RAPID ASSENT IN YIELD IS VERY DANGEROUS/ANYTHING OVER 2.70% AND THE ENTIRE DERIVATIVES BLOW UP

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 2.900%

EURO/USA DOLLAR CROSS: 1.2243 UP.0063  OR 63 BASIS POINTS

USA/JAPANESE YEN:111.04 down 0.306/ YEN UP 31 BASIS POINTS

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 90.53 DOWN 1 cent(s)/

The British pound at 5 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA: 1.3895 : UP 71 POINTS FROM LAST NIGHT

Canadian dollar: 1.2425 DOWN 15 BASIS pts

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: +0.573%

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

TRADING IN GRAPH FORM FOR THE DAY

Crypto Comeback Continues As Stocks, Bonds, Dollar Sink

Just seemed appropriate somehow…

 

The biggest story of the day is the resurgent rally in crypto-currencies with Ripple up 80% off yesterday’s lows…

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Bitcoin traded above $12,000 (up 32% off yesterday’s lows), Ethereum back above $1000…

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The Dow closed lower – late-day slam hit as Democrats made headlines proclaiming they had the votes to cause a govt shutdown… Trannies managed to scramble back into the green to close…

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VIX continues to rise…closing at 12 today as The Dow was desperately held above 26k..

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Banks were mixed with MS topping GS in market cap for the first time since 2007…

 

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Treasury yields rose on the day, bear steepening (30Y +4bps)…the belly of the curve is worst this week so far though…

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10Y broke above 2.62% intraday (pushed up at the end by Dem headlines)..

 

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Just shy of the Dec 15th 2016 intraday highs of 2.6394%… (10Y is up 30bps since The Fed hiked rates in December)…

 

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The Dollar Index continued the same patter for the 7th day in a row – being dumped after AsiaPac markets closed…

 

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WTI Crude was lower (on a big draw) and RBOB was higher (on a big build?)…

 

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Gold and silver were both down (despite a weaker dollar)…

 

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Early trading N.Y. this morning;

Stocks, USDJPY Tumble After McConnell Reportedly “Planning For Govt Shutdown”

While it has been clear that the government shutdown deadline is looming, stocks haven’t cared.. until now. Politco reports that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is making contingency plans for the growing possibility of a government shutdown.

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USDJPY, and therefore stocks, tumbled on the headlines…

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As Politico detailsthe Senate majority leader intends to keep the chamber in session through the weekend and stage a series of votes designed to put Democrats from conservative states on defense, according to two Republican sources familiar with his plans and an email sent by McConnell on Thursday and obtained by POLITICO.

The goal would be to place the blame for a shutdown squarely on 10 Democratic senators up for reelection this fall in states won by Donald Trump in 2016, and make them the face of a government closure.

The strategy is risky for Republicans, considering that they control the White House and Congress Washington. Should funding lapse at midnight Friday, McConnell would keep the Senate in session and try to force Democrats to repeatedly vote against funding for children’s health care money and government spending.

This comes after President Trump warned that a shutdown is likely.

In brief remarks made during a visit to the Pentagon, Trump told reporters it’s possible that a government shutdown “could happen, we’ll see what happens,” adding it’s “up to the Democrats.”

Trump added that the military would “lose big” in a partial govt shutdown, “and we’re never letting our military lose at any point”

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Soft data Fed Philly Manufacturing index slumps to its weakest level in over a year. The hope category tumbles

(courtesy zerohedge)

Philly Fed Slumps Near Weakest Since Dec 2016 As ‘Hope’ Tumbles

Having reached its highest since 2014 in mid 2017, Philly Fed has slid notably since and printed 22.2 in January – equaling the weakest since Dec 2016.

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‘Hope’ took a big hit, dropping from 52.70 to 42.2, as new orders and employees weakened.

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Price increases were more widespread this month.

On the cost side, nearly 33 percent of the firms reported increases in the prices paid for inputs; no firms reported paying lower prices. The prices paid index edged 5 points  higher. With respect to prices received for firms’ own manufactured goods, 27 percent of the firms reported higher prices, while only 2 percent reported lower prices. The prices received index increased 13 points to its highest reading in 12 months.

“nearly 33% of the firms reported increases in the prices paid for inputs; no firms reported paying lower prices”

The index for current new orders, however, decreased 18 points. 

“Nearly 36 percent of the firms reported an increase in new orders this month, but 26 percent reported declines.

Both the delivery times and unfilled orders indexes decreased this month: – The unfilled orders index was negative for the first time in 16 months, and the index of delivery times fell to its lowest reading in 10 months.

Again – blame the weather?

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Morgan Stanley beats but joins its fellow peers in faltering bond revenue

(courtesy zerohedge)

Morgan Stanley Beats, Joins Peers In Plunging Trading, Debt Revenue

Morgan Stanley just became the latest bank to announce a major tax hit to Q4 earnings, while beating on both the top-line and adjusted EPS (net of tax charge), even as debt and trading revenues tumbled, offset by rising investment banking fees.

In 4Q, Morgan Stanley recorded a net discrete tax provision of $990MM, including $1.2BN provision due to tax law, primarily from remeasuring deferred tax assets (DTA), partially offset by $168MM benefit for remeasuring reserves and related interest relating to status of multi-year IRS tax examinations.

Tax charge aside, James Gorman’s bank announced that in Q4 it made $9.5BN in revenue, up from $9.02BN a year ago and above the $9.24BN expected, earning $686 million, or $0.29 GAAP EPS, a number which however rose to $0.84 when adding back the $1 billion tax provision, above the consensus estimate of $0.77. Full year 2017 revenue was $37.9BN, up 10% from the previous year.

Just like Goldman, the bank reported strong Investment banking revenue, which rose to $1.55BN, up 12% from a year ago and beating estimates of $1.3BN. However, and just like Goldman again, the problem was the company’s FICC, or mostly fixed-income trading, a former problem division that Morgan Stanley sharply cut two years ago in an effort to improve profitability and focus, where revenue tumbled 45%, failing for the first time in nearly two years to clear a $1 billion bar set by CEO James Gorman: FICC was only $808MM, below the $1.03BN estimate, and down from $1.5BN a year ago. By comparison, Goldman was down 50% in FICC, plunging to the lowest level since the financial crisis.

Overall trading revenue was $2.246BN, a sharp 19% lower than the $2.789 reported one year ago this time.

Unlike Goldman, however, and some of its peers, Morgan Stanley held its ground in stock-trading, where it remains Wall Street’s market share leader: equities sales & trading revenue dipped to $1.92b, however above the ext. $1.89b

Also unlike Goldman, which remains reliant on trading, Morgan Stanley’s key contributor remains its giant retail brokerage, which oversees $2.4 trillion for some 3.5 million American households. Revenue in that business rose 10% to $4.4 billion. As the WSJ notes, the division’s profit margin, once in the high single digits before Mr. Gorman embarked on a multiyear turnaround that included the purchase of Smith Barney, ticked up a percentage point to 26%.

Just like a hedge fund, the business gets a growing chunk of its revenue from steady fees. These are assessed as a percentage of client portfolios whose value has marched higher with the stock market rather than those that charge commissions, which have dwindled as investors favor passive indexing strategies.

And here, Morgan Stanley is quietly becoming the world’s largest discount hedge fund: assets in accounts on which Morgan Stanley earns management fees hit $1.05 billion, a record percentage of total client assets.

The market clearly liked the results, and MS shares are up 2% pre-mkt, outperforming other banks with pre-mkt gains, including JPM +0.2%, C +0.3%, BAC +0.4%, GS +0.1%

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Trump backtracks again:  the USA will not be moving its embassy to Jerusalem this year

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

 

Trump Says Moving US Embassy To Jerusalem Won’t Happen This Year

In a stunning report that could anger some of the foreign policy hawks who have been among Trump’s most staunch supporters since taking office, BI reported Wednesday that Trump denied that moving the US’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem would happen within a year.

This represents a break with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said he expected the controversial move, which has been condemned by members of the United Nations, would take place within that time frame.

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According to Israeli reporters traveling with their president on a trip to India,

Netanyahu said Wednesday that “my solid assessment is that it will go much faster than you think – within a year from now.”

Asked about Netanyahu’s comment, Trump told Reuters in an interview that this time frame isn’t set in stone:

“By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.“

In an announcement that triggered protests in the Palestinian territories, in Beirut and across the Muslim world, Trump stunned the world in early December by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordering the State Department to begin the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv. Critics of the move, which included the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, said it would disrupt the Middle East peace process.

Other Trump administration officials had previously expressed doubt that the move would happen so quickly. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last month the embassy move was “probably no earlier than three years out, and that’s pretty ambitious,” a timeframe that administration officials have attributed to the logistics of finding and securing a site as well as arranging housing for diplomats.

Jerusalem is famously home to holy sites for the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally, as the capital of their future state.

Many of Trump’s predecessors, including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W Bush, had promised to recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there at some point during their terms.

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it does not look good as the Republicans are running out of options even with the Continuing Resolution Bill as the Democrats are holding out for a immigration deal  e.g. DACA

(courtesy zerohedge)

 

Republican Leaders Are Running Out Of Options As A Shutdown Looks Imminent

Update: The House now expects to vote on the stopgap bill around 7 pm Thursday.

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With barely 36 hours left until funding for the federal government expires at midnight Friday, Republican leaders are scrambling to whip up support for a continuing resolution – what would be the fourth since September – that would keep the lights on until mid-February. However, with Democrats holding out for an immigration deal, and conservative Republicans refusing to play ball, Republican leaders are rapidly running out of options to prevent what both parties fear might be a politically ruinous government shutdown during a crucial election year.

NBC News is reporting that House Republicans are confident they have the votes to pass the funding stop-gap before the deadline, according to anonymous “leadership aides.” But the measure’s prospects in the Senate remain much dimmer.

 

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And while Speaker Paul Ryan has said he plans to bring the plan up for a vote Thursday regardless of the whip count, it looks like Republicans in the House might still be a few votes short.

Meanwhile, Freedom Caucus head Mark Meadows took to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning to bash the continuing resolution, arguing that Americans are “fed up” with one short-term government spending bill after another – a sentiment that was echoed by Senator Lindsey Graham.

 

Mark Meadows ‘Critically Important’ We ‘Start Running the Government Like You Would Your Household: http://youtu.be/Ja-94c28fho?a  via

 

Yesterday, Graham dramatically declared that he would not vote for any continuing resolution. Without Graham and Sen. John McCain, who is absent for medical treatment, Senate Republicans will need 11 of their Democratic colleagues to break ranks and support the bill, a scenario that looks increasingly unlikely.

As of now, no Democrats publicly support the continuing resolution. With DACA talks stalled due to what Democrats characterized as the Trump administration moving the goalposts, Democrats have said they will steadfastly oppose any spending plan sought by the Republicans unless an immigration compromise is reached.

Even Republicans are divided on the stop-gap. In a fruitless attempt to lure votes, Republican leaders attached a few popular provisions – like reauthorizing a popular children’s health insurance program and scrapping some health-care related taxes – to the continuing resolution, but opposition from Meadows’s Freedom Caucus could still sink the vote, which is expected Thursday morning.

Meadows told reporters Wednesday that he does not believe Republican leaders have enough votes to pass the plan because of internal divisions, but he also did not rule out supporting the measure at that time.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators led by Graham are trying to rally support for their compromise immigration plan. So far, they’ve gotten at least four Republican senators to sign on. However, President Trump made clear in an interview with Reuters published Wednesday that he feels the compromise plan is “very, very weak”. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring any immigration bills up for a vote until he understands exactly what the White House wants. The White House, meanwhile, has asked for $18 billion in funding to begin construction on 700 miles of border wall – something Democrats oppose.

Trump is also reportedly asking for additional measures like curbs on refugees and asylum seekers and other legal immigrants that Democrats also see as a bridge too far.

With the two sides at an impasse, a shutdown is looking almost unavoidable. Although, with equities set to open higher again Thursday and T-bill yields stable, markets have apparently not taken notice.

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Is American Express suspending its buyback because they are worried about defaulting consumers?

(courtesy zerohedge)

 

American Express Suspends Buybacks “To Rebuild Capital”, Stock Slumps

American Express shares are down at one-month lows in the after-market following its announcement that the firm will suspend its share buyback program for the first half of 2018 to rebuild capital after the Tax Act.

As previously disclosed, the quarter reflected a substantial charge related to the Tax Act. The $2.6 billion charge represents our current estimate of taxes on deemed repatriations of certain overseas earnings and the remeasurement of U.S. deferred tax assets and liabilities. For 2018, the company expects an effective U.S. tax rate of approximately 22 percent before discrete tax items.

“The upfront charge triggered by the Tax Act reduced our capital ratios and, as a result, while we will be continuing our quarterly dividends at the current level, we plan to suspend our share buyback program for the first half of 2018 in order to rebuild our capital.

“Overall, we believe the Tax Act will be a positive development for both the U.S. economy and American Express. Given the momentum in the business and the anticipated benefit of a lower tax rate, we now expect to invest up to $200 million more in 2018 than we originally planned for customer-facing growth initiatives. We’ve also made an incremental contribution to our employee profit-sharing plans to support the long-term financial well-being of our employees. And, for shareholders, we expect to use the remaining anticipated benefits to build capital and support earnings growth in 2018.

Amex additionally cut guidance: Sees FY adjusted EPS $6.90 to $7.30, estimate $7.38 (range $6.89 to $7.88) (Bloomberg data)

Which also did not help the stock…

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Of course there is another reason why Amex may need to “build capital”… if a consumer credit bust is around the corner?

SWAMP STORIES

Now the FBI is investigation millions of dollars funneled from the Australian government to the Clinton foundation

(courtesy zerohedge)

FBI Investigating Millions Of “Mishandled” Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette

“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Smith told LifeZette.

Of note, the Clinton Foundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 – which was coincidentally (we’re sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s last year in office.

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Hillary Clinton and former Australian PM Julia Gillard 

Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials – including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course).

Within hours of the NYT publication, the paper was immediately shredded as the information Papadopoulous told Downer was already public

The materials Smith is giving to the FBI focus on a 2007 memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI) and the Australian government.

Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception” as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australia’s minister of foreign affairs.

Also included in the Smith materials are evidence he believes shows “corrupt October 2006 backdating of false tender advertisements purporting to advertise the availability of a $15 million contract to provide HIV/AIDS services in Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Australian government after an agreement was already in place to pay the Clinton Foundation and/or associates.”-Lifezette

As a reminder, the Australian government announced that they would stop pouring millions of dollars into accounts linked to the Clinton charities in November of 2016 – right after Hillary Clinton lost the election.

The federal government confirmed to news.com.au it has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.

The Clinton Foundation has a rocky past. It was described as “a slush fund”, is still at the centre of an FBI investigation and was revealed to have spent more than $50 million on travel.

Despite that, the official website for the charity shows contributions from both AUSAID and the Commonwealth of Australia, each worth between $10 million and $25 million.

(Norway, coincidentally, also reduced its $20 million / year donations to the Clinton Foundation right after Hillary’s loss.) 

A third complaint by Smith revolves around a “$10 million financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception between April 1, 2008, and Sept. 25, 2008, at Washington, D.C., New York, New York, and Canberra Australia involving an MOU between the Australian government, the “Clinton Climate Initiative,” and the purported “Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Inc.”

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When asked why the Clinton Foundation was chosen as a recipient of Australian taxpayer dollars, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that all funding was used “solely for agreed development projects” and Clinton charities have “a proven track record” in helping developing countries.

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Trump fires back at Kelly saying he is not backing down on any issues on the “Wall”
(courtesy zerohedge)

Trump Rebukes Kelly: “The Wall Is The Wall, It Has Never Changed Or Evolved”

In a rare rebuke to hiw Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, President Trump Thursday morning repudiated claims Kelly had reportedly made during a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the president’s views on the wall had “evolved” since taking office.

The details from the closed-door meeting were reported by the Washington Post yesterday, prompting Kelly to take to Fox News to offer a few clarifications. After being quoted as describing the president’s original vision for the wall as “ill-informed”, Kelly explained that, after meeting with experts from the Border Patrol, the administration had decided that building a wall across the entirety of the southern border would be inadvisable.

As Kelly explained, Trump’s views on the wall have “evolved”, as have his views on DACA, because Trump, like any other politician, has seen his views “evolve” since the days of the campaign.

“…Even the wall. Once we briefed him and told him the real experts…came in and did a survey of the border and there are places where hydrographically or geographically a wall would not be realistic…there are other parts of the southwest border that are so wild or untamed that no traffic that goes through them.

“But there’s other places we think about 800 miles additional wall, to include the 600 miles of fencing in place, would suffice. This president is very very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible.”

Today, Trump appears to have taken issue with Kelly’s phrasing, insisting that “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.” Trump added that the wall had never been meant to be built in an area where natural borders already exist.

“Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water,” he added,

The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water…..

Kelly confirmed that the administration was exploring ways to get Mexico to pay for the wall, including funding it with the proceeds from visa applications. But Trump took the opportunity to criticize Nafta, insisting that $20 billion for the wall is “peanuts” compared with Mexico’s trade surplus of $70 billion, adding that the wall would be paid for “directly or indirectly” by Mexico.

“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!”

….The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!

Trump said during an interview with Reuters  that was published last night that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of US interests.

Trump has, of course, used Twitter as a cudgel to push errant members of the administration back in line (a tool he frequently employed when Steve Bannon was still prowling the halls of the West Wing) but Kelly, with his role as gatekeeper to the Oval Office, has typically been above the fray, thanks to his militaristic discipline and unyielding loyalty to Trump.

Could this be the first sign of a major rift between the chief of staff and his boss?

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iNTERESTING:  RYBICKI certainly has knowledge of the drafting of the exoneration of Hillary and the famous tarmac meeting:  he is testifying in front of Jim Jordan’s group

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

 

Comey’s Former Chief Of Staff Testifies On Clinton Email Investigation, Her Exoneration, And More

House committees sat down with former FBI Director James Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki Thursday morning in conjunction with an ongoing probe into the bureau’s conduct while investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.

The scope of discsussion will be limited to how the bureau handled the Clinton email investigation, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and will likely avoid conflicting with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-morphing Trump-Russia investigation.

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James Rybicki

Congressional Republicans have sought Rybicki’s testimony for months on the hope that he can provide key information supportive of President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, while Democrats have called the GOP investigation an effort to undermine the ongoing Mueller probe.

Last fall, Senate Republicans released a partial transcript of an interview with two FBI officials – one of whom Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Graham (R-SC) believe to be Rybicki. During the interview, investigators were told that Comey decided in early May 2016 to draft his exoneration of Hillary Clinton.

Rybicki, as it turns out, was involved at some level in the crafting of Hillary Clinton’s exoneration – which downgraded Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and use of a private server from the legally consequential phrase “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” – not a legal term of art.

Moreover, the edits to former FBI Director James Comey’s original draft went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a letter from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray, which revealed specific edits made by senior FBI agents to Comey’s draft after Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey’s statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok’s direct supervisor, E.W. “Bill” Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) – in what would ultimately decriminalize Clinton’s conduct, allowing them to recommend against prosecuting then-candidate Hillary Clinton.

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and was removed from the Mueller probe after an internal investigation found a trove of anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page while they were both investigating Hillary Clinton’s email case.

Last year, the Justice Department sought to block Rybicki from appearing before Congress – defying requests from Senate Judiciary heads Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who were willing to keep the testimony to matters outside the scope of Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

The DOJ refused, “consistent with the Department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters” – pointing to the “confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters,” as well as the ongoing Mueller investigation.

Tarmac Meeting? 

Six days before James Comey conveyed the FBI’s recommendation that the DOJ not prosecute Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton had an (almost) clandestine 30-minute “tarmac” meeting in Phoenix on June 27, 2016 Lynch had previously said was ‘unscheduled’ – described as an ‘ambush’ and that she ‘wouldn’t do it again.’

Emails released in December by the FBI reveal an internal effort by FBI officials to figure out who tipped off the media.

series of emails show one FBI official, whose name and email are redacted, fuming over leaks to the media about the meeting and what happened on the tarmac. The official received an email from a “layman” alleging a local Phoenix police officer who may have talked to a reporter “sounds like a security threat.”

Officials went back and forth about finding out if the officer was SWAT or simply worked the motorcade and that “at a minimum” he should never work another detail again. One asked if local law enforcement assisting the FBI on motorcades should sign non-disclosure agreements in the future. Another official called an Observer article about the meeting, with details about how President Clinton got to Lynch’s private plane, “infuriating.” –Townhall

And in emails obtained by the ACLJ, we learned that Jim Rybicki was involved in the FBI’s damage control efforts.

Per the ACLJ:

One with the subject line “FLAG”was correspondence between FBI officials (Richard Quinn, FBI Media/Investigative Publicity, and Michael Kortan) and DOJ officials concerning “flag[ing] a story . . . about a casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.” The DOJ official instructs the FBI to “let me know if you get any questions about this” and provides “[o]ur talkers [DOJ talking points] on this”. The talking points, however are redacted.

Another email to the FBI contains the subject line “security details coordinate between Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton?”

On July 1, 2016 – just days before our FOIA request – a DOJ email chain under the subject line, “FBI just called,” indicates that the “FBI . . . is looking for guidance” in responding to media inquiries about news reports that the FBI had prevented the press from taking pictures of the Clinton Lynch meeting. The discussion then went off email to several phone calls (of which we are not able to obtain records). An hour later, Carolyn Pokomy of the Office of the Attorney General stated, “I will let Rybicki know.” Jim Rybicki was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to FBI Director Jim Comey. The information that was to be provided to Rybicki is redacted.

Between Jim Rybicki’s involvement in the Hillary Clinton exoneration – six days after the infamous “tarmac” meeting he would later help contain the fallout from, Congressional investigators should have much to catch up on with James Comey’s old Chief of Staff.

 

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ICE plans the largest raid on Northern California illegals immediately after the state passed sanctuary legislation.  The next few weeks should be interesting

 

(courtesy zerohedge)

ICE Plans Largest Raid On Northern California Illegals After State Passes Sanctuary Legislation

U.S. immigration officials plan to conduct a “major sweep” in San Francisco and other Northern California cities over the next few weeks in the recently-minted “sanctuary state,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Centered in the Bay Area, the campaign has its sights set on over 1,500 undocumented individuals – sending a message that federal immigration policies will still be enforced in the ‘defiant’ sanctuary state. According to The Chronicle, ICE will be flying immigration enforcement officers in from around the country to assist with the raids – which will include worksites believed to be harboring illegal employees. The raids could take several days, according to an unnamed source.

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The sweep would be the largest of its kind under the Trump administration, a source told the Chronicle – and would be the first such operation since California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation enacting statewide “sanctuary” laws last October – vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can detain, question and transfer at the request of federal authorities.

It also forbids police officers from making arrests for civil immigration warrants, as well as joining federal task forces intended to enforce immigration laws.

Acting ICE Director Homan slammed Jerry Brown and the state of California for passing SB54, which he said undermined public safety.

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In an appearance earlier this month on Fox News, Homan accused California Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown of placing “politics ahead of public safety,” adding that California “better hold on tight,” as ICE would “significantly increase” pressure on the state.

They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California,” said Homan.

The operation would go after people who have been identified as targets for deportation, including those who have been served with final deportation orders and those with criminal histories, the source said. The number could tick up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests. –SF Chronicle

When asked for comment on Tuesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was outraged, saying that immigrants “must not be targeted in raids solely because they are Californians,” adding that a large-scale enforcement operation would suggest that “the administration is carrying out its enforcement actions to make a political point and not based on the security of the country.”

Last week, a group of politicians including Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting a meeting with her and Homan to clarify the remarks he made on Fox News about stepping up enforcement in California.

“The statements are a direct threat to Californians,” the letter read. “These statements are reprehensible and the department’s change in policy will instill fear in our communities. … Acting Director Homan’s attack on sanctuary cities is not only an infringement of state rights but a direct assault on communities of color.” –The Chronicle

Jerry Brown and other California Democrats would be wise to watch this…

 

I will  see you FRIDAY night

HARVEY

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