SEPT 28/GOLD UP $8.70 TO $1192.40 BUT IT WAS SILVER THAT STOLE THE SHOW: UP 41 CENTS TO $14.68..UP A GOOD 3%/A VERY STRONG 13.69 TONNES OF GOLD STANDING AT THE GOLD COMEX/CHAOS IN ITALY AS BRUSSELS REJECTS ITALY’S BIGGER DEFICIT THAN ALLOWED AT 2.4% OF GDP INSTEAD OF ONLY 2%/ARGENTINIAN PESO PLUMMETS TO OVER 41 TO THE DOLLAR COUPLED WITH THE CENTRAL BANK RAISING RATES TO 65%/A SMALL DELAY IN THE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF KAVANAUGH AS THE FBI WILL DO A LIMITED BACKGROUND CHECK WITH MARK JUDGE AGREEING TO A FULL ANSWERING OF QUESTIONS/

 

GOLD: $1192.40 UP  $8.70 (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSINGS)

Silver:   $14.68  UP 41 CENTS (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

 

Closing access prices:

Gold $1192.50

silver: $14.66

 

OPTIONS EXPIRY IS NOW OVER AT LBMA/LONDON /OTC MARKETS

 

 

 

For comex gold and silver:

SEPT/ and OCT

 

 

 

 

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT:  0 NOTICE(S) FOR nil OZ 

Total number of notices filed so far for Sept:  627 for 62700 (1.9502 tonnes) and this is final

 

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR  OCT CONTRACT:  1 NOTICE(S) FOR 100 OZ 

Total number of notices filed so far for OCT:  1 for 100 OZ  (.003 TONNES)

VERY STRANGE..13.69 TONNES OF GOLD STANDING AND ONLY ONE NOTICE FILED?

 

 

For silver: 

Sept

 

 

490 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

2,450,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 7901 for 39,505,000 oz

AND THIS IS FINAL

FOR OCTOBER

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30 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

150,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 30 for 150,000 oz

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Bitcoin: OPENING MORNING TRADE  $6664: DOWN  $34

 

Bitcoin: FINAL EVENING TRADE: $6630  DOWN $68 

 

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First Shanghai gold fix comes at 10 pm est

The second Shanghai gold fix:  2:15 pm

First Shanghai gold fix gold: 10 pm est: $1192.26

NY price  at the same time:$1184.50

 

PREMIUM TO NY SPOT: $7.76

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Second gold fix early this morning: $ 1192.72

 

 

USA gold at the exact same time:$1183.00

 

PREMIUM TO NY SPOT:  $9.72

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China is controlling the gold market

WE WILL NOT PROVIDE LONDON FIXES AS THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME FRAME.

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total OPEN INTEREST FELL BY A TINY SIZED 840 CONTRACTS FROM 204,196 DOWN TO  203,356 WITH YESTERDAY’S  10 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX. TODAY WE  MOVED A LITTLE  FURTHER FROM LAST MONTH’S RECORD SETTING OPEN INTEREST OF 244,196 CONTRACTS.

WE HAVE ALSO WITNESSED A LARGE AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL METAL STAND FOR COMEX DELIVERY(WELL OVER 30 MILLION OZ AT THE COMEX FOR JULY , 6 MILLION OZ FOR AUGUST AND NOW JUST LESS THAN 31 MILLION OZ STANDING IN SEPTEMBER. AS WELL WE ARE WITNESSING CONSIDERABLE LONGS PACKING THEIR BAGS AND MIGRATING OVER TO LONDON IN GREATER NUMBERS IN THE FORM OF EFP’S.  WE WERE  NOTIFIED  THAT WE HAD A STRONG SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP:

EFP’S FOR OCT.  1552 EFP’S FOR DECEMBER AND ZERO FOR ALL  OTHER MONTHS  AND THEREFORE TOTAL ISSUANCE: OF 1552 CONTRACTS. WITH THE TRANSFER OF 1552 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 24-48 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. THE 1552 EFP CONTRACTS TRANSLATES INTO 7.76 MILLION OZ  ACCOMPANYING:

1.THE 10 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICE AT THE COMEX AND

2. THE STRONG AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES WHICH STOOD FOR THE JUNE/2018 COMEX DELIVERY MONTH. (5.420 MILLION OZ);  30.370 MILLION OZ  STANDING FOR DELIVERY IN JULY, FOR AUGUST: 6.065 MILLION OZ AND  39.505 MILLION  OZ STANDING  IN SEPT. AND 1,105,000 OZ STANDING IN OCTOBER.

 

 

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/J.P.MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES, / STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF SEPT: 

33,410 CONTRACTS (FOR 19 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 33,410 CONTRACTS) OR 167.050 MILLION OZ: (AVERAGE PER DAY: 1758 CONTRACTS OR 8.792 MILLION OZ/DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR THIS MONTH OF SEPT:  167.05 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 23.86% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION (EX CHINA EX RUSSIA)*  JUNE’S 345.43 MILLION OZ IS THE SECOND HIGHEST RECORDED ISSUANCE OF EFP’S AND IT FOLLOWED THE RECORD SET IN APRIL 2018 OF 385.75 MILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION IN YEAR 2018 TO DATE SILVER EFP’S:           2,204.84    MILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION FOR JAN 2018:                                              236.879     MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR FEB 2018:                                               244.95       MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR MARCH 2018:                                        236.67       MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR APRIL 2018:                                           385.75        MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR MAY 2018:                                             210.05        MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR JUNE 2018:                                           345.43         MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR JULY 2018:                                            172.84          MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR AUGUST 2018:                                      205.23          MILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018:                                 167,05          MILLION OZ

RESULT: WE HAD A TINY SIZED DECREASE IN COMEX OI SILVER COMEX CONTRACTS OF 840 WITH THE 10 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX YESTERDAY. THE CME NOTIFIED US THAT WE HAD A GOOD SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 1552  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 FOR PHYSICAL SILVER (SEE COMEX DATA) .

TODAY WE GAINED A FAIR SIZED: 712 TOTAL OI CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:

i.e 1552 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS HEADED FOR LONDON  (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH DECREASE OF 840  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS DEMAND HAPPENED WITH A 10 CENT FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER  AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $14.27 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE HAD A GIGANTIC AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX FOR DELIVERY IN THE BIG JULY DELIVERY MONTH OF SLIGHTLY OVER 30 MILLION OZ, IN AUGUST ANOTHER BIG 6.065 MILLION OZ IN A NON ACTIVE MONTH AND NOW IN SEPTEMBER AN INITIAL MONSTROUS 39.505 MILLION OZ OF SILVER STANDING FOR DELIVERY… NOBODY IS PAYING ATTENTION TO THE HUGE NUMBER OF PHYSICAL OUNCES STANDING FOR SILVER THESE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

 

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.017 MILLION OZ TO BE EXACT or 145% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT AUGUST MONTH/ THEY FILED AT THE COMEX: 30 NOTICE(S) FOR 150,000 OZ OF SILVER

IN SILVER,PRIOR TO TODAY, WE  SET THE NEW COMEX RECORD OF OPEN INTEREST AT 243,411 CONTRACTS ON APRIL 9.2018 AND AGAIN THIS HAS BEEN SET WITH A LOW PRICE OF $16.51.  

AND NOW WE RECORD FOR POSTERITY ANOTHER ALL TIME RECORD OPEN INTEREST AT THE COMEX OF 244,196 CONTRACTS ON AUGUST 22/2018 AND AGAIN WHEN THIS RECORD WAS SET, THE PRICE OF SILVER WAS $14.78 AND LOWER IN PRICE THAN PREVIOUS RECORDS.

ON THE DEMAND SIDE WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. HUGE AMOUNTS OF SILVER STANDING FOR DELIVERY  (MARCH/2018: 27 MILLION OZ , APRIL/2018 : 2.485 MILLION OZ  MAY: 36.285 MILLION OZ ; JUNE/2018  (5.420 MILLION OZ) , JULY 2018 FINAL AMOUNT STANDING: 30.370 MILLION OZ   )  FOR AUGUST 6.065 MILLION OZ. , SEPT:  AN INITIAL HUGE 39.505 MILLION OZ./AND NOW OCTOBER:1,105,000 oz
  2. HUGE RECORD OPEN INTEREST IN SILVER 243,411 CONTRACTS (OR 1.217 BILLION OZ/ SET APRIL 9/2018) AND NOW AUGUST 22/2018:  244,196 CONTRACTS,  WITH A SILVER PRICE OF $14.78.
  3. HUGE ANNUAL EFP’S ISSUANCE EQUAL TO 2.9 BILLION OZ OR 400% OF SILVER ANNUAL PRODUCTION/2017
  4. RECORD SETTING EFP ISSUANCE FOR ANY MONTH IN SILVER; APRIL/2018/ 385.75 MILLION OZ/  AND THE SECOND HIGHEST RECORDED EFP ISSUANCE JUNE 2018 345.43 MILLION OZ

AND YET, WITH THE EXTREMELY HIGH EFP ISSUANCE, WE HAVE A CONTINUAL LOW PRICE OF SILVER DESPITE THE ABOVE HUGE DEMAND.  TO ME THE ONLY ANSWER IS THAT WE HAVE SOVEREIGN  (CHINA) WHO IS ENDEAVOURING TO GOBBLE UP ALL AVAILABLE PHYSICAL SILVER NO MATTER WHERE, EXACTLY WHAT J.P.MORGAN IS DOING. AND IT IS MY BELIEF THAT J.P.MORGAN IS HOLDING ITS SILVER FOR ITS BENEFICIAL OWNER..THE USA GOVERNMENT WHO IN TURN IS HOLDING THAT SILVER FOR CHINA.(FOR A SILVER LOAN REPAYMENT).

IN GOLD, THE OPEN INTEREST ROSE BY A HUMONGOUS SIZED 7491 CONTRACTS UP TO 460,678 DESPITE THE DROP IN THE COMEX GOLD PRICE/YESTERDAY’S TRADING (A FALL IN PRICE OF $10.90). THE CME RELEASED THE DATA FOR EFP ISSUANCAND IT TOTALED AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED 16,786 CONTRACTS: ALWAYS, ON THE WEEK PRIOR TO FIRST DAY NOTICE IN ANY ACTIVE MONTH WHETHER GOLD OR SILVER THE OI COLLAPSES.  IT IS HERE THAT THE MIGRANTS RECEIVE THEIR FIAT BONUS FOR ENGAGING IN THIS EXERCISE. THE OPEN INTEREST BEGINS TO RISE ON THAT FIRST DAY NOTICE AND THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT US TONIGHT.

OCTOBER HAD EFP’S ISSUED AND, DECEMBER HAD AN ISSUANCE OF 16,786 CONTACTS  AND ALL OTHER MONTHS ZERO.  The NEW COMEX OI for the gold complex rests at 460,678. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S.  THE BANKERS REMOVE LONG POSITIONS OF COMEX GOLD IMMEDIATELY.  THEN THEY ORCHESTRATE THEIR PRIVATE EFP DEAL WITH THE LONGS AND THAT COULD TAKE AN ADDITIONAL, 48 HRS SO WE GENERALLY DO NOT GET A MATCH WITH RESPECT TO DEPARTING COMEX LONGS AND NEW EFP LONG TRANSFERS. . 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  AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES.

IN ESSENCE WE HAVE AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED OI GAIN IN TOTAL CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES OF 24,277 CONTRACTS:  7491 OI CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND 16,786 EFP OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON. THUS  TOTAL OI GAIN:  24,277 CONTRACTS OR  2,427,700 OZ = 75.51 TONNES.  AND ALL OF THIS HUGE DEMAND  OCCURRED WITH A FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD/ YESTERDAY TO THE TUNE OF $10.90???

 

 

 

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 10993 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S GOLD AT J.P. MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES: (EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF SEPT : 151,312 CONTRACTS OR 15,131,200 OZ OR 470.64 TONNES (19 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 7963 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 796,300 OZ/ TRADING DAY),,

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :  THIS MONTH IN 19 TRADING DAYS IN  TONNES: 470.64 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2017, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 2555 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 470.64/2550 x 100% TONNES =  18.45% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN JULY ALONE.***

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S YEAR 2018 TO DATE:     5,667.57*  TONNES   *SURPASSED ANNUAL PROD’N

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR JANUARY 2018:           653.22  TONNES (21 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR FEBRUARY 2018:         649.45 TONNES  (20 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR MARCH 2018:             741.89 TONNES  (22 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR APRIL 2018:                 713.84 TONNES  (21 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR MAY 2018:                   693.80 TONNES ( 22 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP FOR JUNE 2018                      650.71 TONNES  (21 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP FOR JULY 2018                       605.5 TONNES     (21 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP FOR AUG. 2018                      488.54  TONNES  (23 TRADING DAYS)

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP FOR SEPT 2018                       470.64 TONNES   (19 TRADING DAYS)

 

WHAT IS ALARMING TO ME, ACCORDING TO OUR LONDON EXPERT ANDREW MAGUIRE IS THAT THESE EFP’S ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO WHAT ARE CALLED SERIAL FORWARD CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS AND THESE CONTRACTS ARE LESS THAN 14 DAYS.  ANYTHING GREATER THAN 14 DAYS, THESE MUST BE RECORDED AND SENT TO THE COMPTROLLER, GREAT BRITAIN TO MONITOR RISK TO THE BANKING SYSTEM.  IF THIS IS INDEED TRUE, THEN THIS IS A MASSIVE CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD AS WE NOW WITNESS A MONSTROUS TOTAL EFP’S ISSUANCE AS IT HEADS INTO THE STRATOSPHERE

Result: A HUMONGOUS SIZED INCREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX OF 7491 DESPITE THE LOSS IN PRICING ($10.90 THAT GOLD UNDERTOOK YESTERDAY) /.  WE ALSO HAD AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 16,786 CONTRACTS AS THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN NEGOTIATED AND CONFIRMED.   THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX.  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 16,786 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD AN OUT OF THIS WORLD  GAIN OF 24,277 CONTRACTS IN TOTAL OPEN INTEREST  ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:

16786 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND 7491 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the GAIN in total oi equates to 75.51 TONNES). ..AND ALL OF HUGE DEMAND OCCURRED WITH A LOSS OF $10.90 IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING AT THE COMEX.???

 

 

we had: 1 notice(s) filed upon for 100 oz of gold at the comex.

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

GLD...

WITH GOLD UP $8.70  TODAY: / 

NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD:

 

 

 

 

 

 

/GLD INVENTORY   742.23 TONNES

Inventory rests tonight: 742.23 tonnes.

TO ALL INVESTORS THINKING OF BUYING GOLD THROUGH THE GLD ROUTE: YOU ARE MAKING A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AS THE CROOKS ARE USING WHATEVER GOLD COMES IN TO ATTACK BY SELLING THAT GOLD.  IT SURE SEEMS TO ME THAT THE GOLD OBLIGATIONS AT THE GLD EXCEED THEIR INVENTORY

SLV/

WITH SILVER UP A HUGE 41  CENTS TODAY

 

 

STRANGE. WE HAD A HUGE CHANGES FOR SILVER : A WITHDRAWAL OF 0.517 MILLION OZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

/INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.046 MILLION OZ.

 

NOTE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GLD AND SLV: THE CROOKS CAN RAID GOLD BECAUSE THEY DO HAVE SOME PHYSICAL.  THEY DO NOT RAID SILVER PROBABLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO REAL SILVER INVENTORIES BEHIND THEM

 

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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 TINY SIZED 840 CONTRACTS from 204,196 DOWN TO  203,356  AND MOVING A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET LAST  MONTH AT 244,196 WITH A SILVER PRICE OF $14.78/(AUGUST 22/2018)..THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SET ON APRIL 9/2018 AT 243,411 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS WITH THE SILVER PRICE AT THAT DAY: $16.53). AND PREVIOUS TO THAT, THE RECORD  WAS ESTABLISHED AT: 234,787 CONTRACTS, SET ON APRIL 21.2017 OVER  1 1/3 YEARS AGO.  THE PRICE OF SILVER ON THAT DAY: $17.89.  AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE RECORD HIGH OPEN INTERESTS IN SILVER  ACCOMPANIED BY A CONTINUAL LOWER PRICE WHEN THAT RECORD WAS SET…..

 

.

OUR CUSTOMARY MIGRATION OF COMEX LONGS CONTINUE TO MORPH INTO LONDON FORWARDS  AS OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE:

 

 

1552 CONTRACTS FOR DECEMBER AND  AND ALL OTHER MONTHS: ZERO. TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE: 1552 CONTRACTS . EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  IF WE TAKE THE  OI LOSS AT THE COMEX OF 840 CONTRACTS TO THE 1552 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S,  WE OBTAIN A GOOD NET GAIN OF 712 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS.  THUS IN OUNCES, THE GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 3.560 MILLION OZ!!! AND YET WE ALSO HAVE A STRONG DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL AS WE WITNESSED A FINAL STANDING OF GREATER THAN 30 MILLION OZ FOR JULY, A STRONG 6.065 MILLION OZ FOR AUGUST..  A HUGE 39.505  MILLION OZ  STANDING FOR SILVER IN SEPTEMBER…AND NOW 1.105 million  OZ STANDING FOR THE NON ACTIVE MONTH OF OCTOBER.

 

 

RESULT: A SMALL SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE 10 CENT PRICING LOSS THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN PRICING YESTERDAY.BUT WE ALSO HAD A GOOD SIZED 1552 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE STRONG  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR SEPTEMBER, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY AS WE WITNESS SEVERE BACKWARDATION IN SILVER IN LONDON.

 

 

(report Harvey)

.

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) FRIDAY MORNING/ THURSDAY NIGHT: Shanghai closed UP 29.57 POINTS OR 1.06% //Hang Sang CLOSED UP 72.85 POINTS OR 0.26%//The Nikkei closed UP 323.30 POINTS OR 1.36%/ Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.42%  /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN  at 6.8829 AS POBC RESUMES  ITS HUGE DEVALUATION  /DELEGATION COMING TO THE USA TO SEE TRUMP IN NOVEMBER CANCELLED/Oil UP to 72.11dollars per barrel for WTI and 81.64 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED RED EXCEPT//.  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AT 6.8829 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.8771: HUGE DEVALUATION/PAST SEVERAL DAYS RESUMES// TRADE TALKS STOPPED   : /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW A FULL TRADE WAR COMMENCED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3A/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA

i)North Korea/South Korea/USA/

 

 

 

b) REPORT ON JAPAN

3 C/  CHINA

4/EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

a)Italy in chaos today as the Italian government is taking on Brussels.  Italian stocks crashed the most in two years while the 10 yr Italian bond yield soared to 3.21%

( zerohedge)

b)Europe launches war on Italy’s fiscal plans as they will probably sanction Italy.  They are extremely worried about their debt explosion and they also warn Italy that the ECB is the only buyer of Italian debt

( zerohedge)

 

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

IRAN.ISRAEL, USA, SAUDI ARABIA ,UAE//

More war of warns from Iran after 25 were killed in a military parade last week.  Iran has now threatened Saudi Arabia, UAE Israel and the USA

(courtesy zerohedge/)

 

6. GLOBAL ISSUES

this could be deadly: a 7.7 earthquake just off the coast of Indonesia setting off tsunami warnings

( zerohedge)

 

 

 

7. OIL ISSUES

 

8 EMERGING MARKET ISSUES

 

i)ARGENTINA

As the Argentinian Peso plummets to 41.54, the Central Bank of Argentina skyrockets to 65% which should kill the country.

( zerohedge)

 

 

9. PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)Simon Black outlines how gold has retained its value even from 1000 years ago.  He explains why we should have gold (physical) backing our wealth.

( Simon Black/SovereignMan)

ii)Peter Hambro is now returning to the Russian gold mine; Petropavlovsk

( Sanderson/London’s Financial times/GATA)

 

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

 

 

MARKET TRADING

 
ii)Market data

a)Another favourite indicator of the Fed shows disappointment as spending is growing faster than incomes for the 7th straight month.  It means that spending is occurring because of credit card financing to spend for things they need

( zerohedge)

b)Soft data PMI disappoints  and its value is the lowest since April

( zerohedge)

 

iii)USA ECONOMIC/GENERAL STORIES

a)Former Fed Governor Yellen is sounding the alarm bell on the huge amount of leveraged loans out there
( zerohedge)

iv)SWAMP STORIES

a)Last night:

after a powerful opening remarks and after an extremely emotional day, Kavanaugh secures the committee votes.  It will now go to the full senate where he should be confirmed.

( zerohedge)

b)This ought to be good: The house Oversight Committee chairman subpoenas the documents detailing Rosenstein’s attempted “palace coup” .  Also requested are the Fisa court warrants initiating the whole farce on Carter Page and the genesis of the Russian/Trump election collusion Mueller probe

( zerohedge)

 

b  2.

Not only have the House Judiciary Committee issued a  subpoena for the McCabe Rosenstein “palace coup”

but now they wish to talk to him and he refuses, that they will subpoena him

( zerohedge)_

 

c)The Democrats game plan is already set:  they are plotting to impeach not only Trump but also Kavanaugh

( zerohedge)

 

d)MORE SWAM STORIES FOR YOUR TONIGHT COURTESY OF THE KING REPORT

Let us head over to the comex:

 

The total gold comex open interest ROSE BY A HUGE SIZED 7491 CONTRACTS UP to an OI level 460,678 DESPITE THE FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($10.90 LOSS/ YESTERDAY’S COMEX TRADING). FOR TWO YEARS STRAIGHT WE HAVE NOTICED THAT ONE WEEK PRIOR TO FIRST DAY NOTICE OF AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS AND EFP’S NOTICES EXPONENTIALLY INCREASE AS WELL AS WE WITNESS THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST COLLAPSE. ONCE WE GET TO FIRST DAY NOTICE, THEN THE OPEN INTEREST RISES AND AGAIN THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT US.

 

 

WE ARE NOW IN THE ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF OCT..  THE CME REPORTS THAT THE BANKERS ISSUED AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED COMEX TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE AS THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS., THAT IS 16,786 EFP CONTRACTS WERE ISSUED:

OCTOBER: 0 EFP’S AND DECEMBER:  16,786 AND  ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS:

TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:  16,786 CONTRACTS.

THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS ON THESE TRANSFERS. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT A HUGE DELAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S AND IT PROBABLY TAKES AT LEAST  48 HRS AFTER LONGS GIVE UP THEIR COMEX CONTRACTS FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THEIR EFP’S AS THEY ARE NEGOTIATING THIS CONTRACT WITH THE BANKS FOR A FIAT BONUS PLUS THEIR TRANSFER TO A LONDON BASED FORWARD.

ON A NET BASIS IN OPEN INTEREST WE GAINED THE FOLLOWING TODAY ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES: A 24,277 TOTAL CONTRACTS IN THAT 16,786 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE GAINED  7491 COMEX CONTRACTS.

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:  24,277 contracts OR 2,427,700 OZ OR 75.51 TONNES.

Result: A HUMONGOUS SIZED INCREASE IN COMEX OPEN INTEREST DESPITE THE LOSS IN PRICE/ YESTERDAY (ENDING UP WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF $10.90). THE  TOTAL OPEN INTEREST GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:  24,277 OI CONTRACTS..

We are now in the active contract month of OCTOBER. For the October contract month, we lost only 2011 contracts and thus the number of  open interest contracts standing for gold in this front month is an unusually large 4403 contracts.  Thus by definition, the initial amount of gold standing for the front October contract month is as follows;

4403 contracts x  100 oz per contract  =   440,300 oz or 13.695  tonnes which is extremely high for October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEXT NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH IS   NOVEMBER AND HERE WE SAW A 85 CONTRACT GAIN TO STAND AT 512. DECEMBER SAW ITS OPEN INTEREST RISE BY 8,893 CONTRACTS UP TO 378,546.

 

WE HAD 1 NOTICE FILED AT THE COMEX FOR 100 OZ.

 

FOR COMPARISON BETWEEN LAST YR AND TODAY:

 

FOR THE OCTOBER CONTRACT MONTH: OCTOBER IS THE WEAKEST OF ALL DELIVERY MONTHS IN GOLD.

FOR THE COMEX OCT 2017 GOLD CONTRACT MONTH: WE INITIALLY HAD 300,600 OZ STAND FOR DELIVERY OR 9.349 TONNES. (VS 13.695 TONNES OCT 2018)

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE OCTOBER/2017 TRADING MONTH: 333,300 OZ OR 10.367 TONNES FINALLY STOOD FOR DELIVERY

 

 

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And now for the wild silver comex results.

Total silver OI FELL BY A TINY SIZED 840 CONTRACTS FROM 204,196 DOWN TO 203,533 (AND FURTHER FROM TO THE NEW RECORD OI FOR SILVER SET ON AUGUST 22.2018.  (THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SET APRIL 9.2018/ 243,411 CONTRACTS) AND TODAY’S OI COMEX LOSS OCCURRED WITH A 10 CENT LOSS IN PRICING.

 

WE ARE NOW INTO THE NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF OCTOBER AND, WE WERE  INFORMED THAT WE HAD A STRONG SIZED 1552 EFP CONTRACTS:

 

FOR DECEMBER: 1552 CONTRACTS AND ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS.  THESE EFPS WERE ISSUED TO COMEX LONGS WHO RECEIVED A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  THE TOTAL EFP’S ISSUED: 1552.  ON A NET BASIS WE GAINED 712 SILVER OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS AS WE OBTAINED A 840 CONTRACT LOSS AT THE COMEX COMBINING WITH THE ADDITION OF 1552 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATING OVER TO LONDON.

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:   712 CONTRACTS…AND ALL OF DEMAND OCCURRED WITH A 10 CENT LOSS

 

 

 

 

We are now in the non active delivery month of October and here we had surprisingly a drop of only 20 contracts to stand at 221 contracts.  Thus by definition the amount of silver standing in this non active delivery month of October is as follows:

 

 

221 contracts x  5000 oz per contract  =   1,105,000 oz which is a pretty good showing for a very weak delivery month.

November saw a GAIN of 27 contracts to stand at 468.

After Nov., the next big delivery month is December and here the OI FELL by 522 contracts down to 172,568 contracts.

We had 30 notice(s) filed for 150,000 OZ for the SEPTEMBER 2018 COMEX contract for silver

 

Trading Volumes on the COMEX

 

PRELIMINARY COMEX VOLUME FOR TODAY: 292,355 contracts

 

CONFIRMED COMEX VOL. FOR YESTERDAY:  369,793 contracts

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND NOW COMPARISON FOR OCTOBER:

 

FOR THE OCTOBER 2017 CONTRACT MONTH WE HAD 4.205,000 OZ OF SILVER INITIALLY STAND FOR DELIVERY.

BY MONTH’S END WE HAD 5,475,000 OZ FINALLY STAND AS QUEUE JUMPING IN SILVER WAS ALREADY IN THE NORM.

OCTOBER IS A NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH FOR SILVER BUT AS YOU CAN SEE OCT 2017 DELIVERIES WERE PRETTY

GOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

INITIAL standings for  OCT/GOLD

SEPT. 28-/2018.

Gold Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz
 2039.696 oz
BRINKS
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz 1,157.426 oz

Brinks

Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz  

881.860

 

oz

 

JPMORGAN

 

 

 

No of oz served (contracts) today
1 notice(s)
 100 OZ
No of oz to be served (notices)
4402 contracts
(440,200 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
1 notices
100 OZ
.003 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

today we had tiny activity at  the comex as a small amount of gold enters

and leave the comex.

we had no dealer entry:

 

total gold entering dealer:  nil oz

total gold withdrawing from the dealer; nil oz

 

we had 0 kilobar transaction/
we had 1 withdrawal out of the customer account:
i) Out of Brinks:  2039.696 oz
total customer withdrawals:  2039.696 oz
we had 1 customer deposit
i) Into JPMorgan: 881.860 oz
total customer deposits: 881.860 oz
we had 1 adjustments
i) Out of Brinks:  96.10 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account and this is usually a settlement  (one contract)

FOR THE OCTOBER 2018 CONTRACT MONTH)

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 1 contract(s) of which 0 notices were stopped (received) by j.P. Morgan dealer and 0 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 OCT/2018. contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (1) x 100 oz or 100 oz, to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of OCT. (4403 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (1 x 100 oz per contract) equals 440,300 OZ OR 13.695 TONNES) the number of ounces standing in this non active month of OCT

 

Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the OCT/2018 contract month:

No of notices served (1 x 100 oz)  + {4403)OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (1x 100 oz )which equals 440,300 oz standing OR 13.695 TONNES in this active delivery month of OCTOBER.

 

 

 

 

 

THERE ARE ONLY 4.544 TONNES OF REGISTERED COMEX GOLD AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY AGAINST 13.695 TONNES STANDING FOR OCTOBER  

 

 

 

total registered or dealer gold:  145,041.066 oz or   4.544 tonnes
total registered and eligible (customer) gold;   8,331,574.891 oz 259.14 tonnes

IN THE LAST 25 MONTHS 96 NET TONNES HAS LEFT THE COMEX.

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And now for silver

AND NOW THE AUGUST DELIVERY MONTH

OCTOBER INITIAL standings/SILVER

SEPT. 28/ 2018
Silver Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
 nil oz

 

 

Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
nil
oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory
600,172.978
oz
CNT
No of oz served today (contracts)
30
CONTRACT(S)
150,000 OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
191 contract
(955,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 150 contracts

(150,000 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 0 inventory movement at the dealer side of things

 

total dealer deposits: nil oz

total dealer withdrawals: nil oz

we had 1 deposit into the customer account

i) Into JPMorgan: nil oz

*** JPMorgan for most of 2017 and in 2018 has adding to its inventory almost every single day.

JPMorgan now has 142.435 million oz of  total silver inventory or 48.9% of all official comex silver. (142 million/291 million)

ii) Into CNT:  600,172.978 oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

total customer deposits today: 600,172.978 oz oz

we had  0 withdrawals from the customer account;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

total withdrawals: nil  oz

we had 4  adjustment

i) Out of Brinks:  2,562,492.000  oz was adjusted out of the dealer and into the customer Brinks

ii) Out of CNT:   7,139,750,563 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer of CNT

iii) Out of HSBC: 309,990.100 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account of hSBC

iv) Out of Scotia: 1,052,655.335 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account of Scotia

total oz removed from the dealer:  11.064 million oz and this was for the settlement of silver in September.

 

 

total dealer silver:  72.467 million

total dealer + customer silver:  289.681 million oz

The total number of notices filed today for the OCTOBER 2018. contract month is represented by 30 contract(s) FOR 150,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in OCT., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at 30 x 5,000 oz = 150,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of OCT. (221) and the number of notices served upon today (30 x 5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

.

Thus the INITIAL standings for silver for the OCT/2018 contract month: 30(notices served so far)x 5000 oz + OI for front month of OCT 221) -number of notices served upon today (30)x 5000 oz equals 1,105,000 oz of silver standing for the OCT contract month.  This is a huge number of oz standing for an off delivery month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ESTIMATED VOLUME FOR TODAY:  111,333 CONTRACTS   

 

 

CONFIRMED VOLUME FOR YESTERDAY: 90,083 CONTRACTS..

 

 

YESTERDAY’S CONFIRMED VOLUME OF 90,083 CONTRACTS EQUATES TO 450 million OZ  OR 64.3% 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

end

NPV for Sprott 

1. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): NAV FALLS TO -3.82% (SEPT.28/2018)
2. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV FALLS TO -1.88% to NAV (SEPT 28/2018 )
Note: Sprott silver trust back into NEGATIVE territory at -3.82%-/Sprott physical gold trust is back into NEGATIVE/

(courtesy Sprott/GATA)

3.SPROTT CEF.A FUND (FORMERLY CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA):

NAV 12.22/TRADING 11.68/DISCOUNT 4.47.

END

And now the Gold inventory at the GLD/

SEPT 28/WITH GOLD UP $8.90/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 27/WITH GOLD DOWN $10.90: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 26/WITH GOLD DOWN $6.05: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 25/WITH GOLD UP 0.75: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 24/WITH GOLD UP $3.20: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 21/WITH GOLD DOWN $9.90/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.23 TONNES

SEPT 20/WITH GOLD DOWN $2.80/A SMALL WITHDRAWAL OF .3 TONNES AND THIS IS TO PAY FOR FEES/742.23 TONNES

SEPT 18/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.00: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.53 TONNES

SEPT 17/WITH GOLD UP $5.20: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.53 TONNES

SEPT 14/WITH GOLD DOWN $6.95 TODAY, ANOTHER HUGE 2.65 TONNES OF GOLD WAS REMOVED FROM INVENTORY AT THE GLD..PRETTY SOON WE WILL HAVE ZERO INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 742.53 TONNES

SEPT 13/WITH GOLD DOWN $2.65:NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY REMAINS AT 745.18 TONNES

SEPT 12/WITH GOLD UP $8.00 TODAY:NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY REMAINS AT 745.18 TONNES

SEPT 11/WITH GOLD UP $3.00 TODAY: A SMALL CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD; A WITHDRAWAL OF .26 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 745.18 TONNES

SEPT 10/WITH GOLD DOWN 80 CENTS/ANOTHER HUGE 1.44 TONNES OF WITHDRAWAL FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 745.44 TONNES

SEPT 7/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.75: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY REMAINS AT 746.92 TONNES

SEPT 6/WITH GOLD UP $3.05 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY REMAINS AT 746.92

SEPT 5/WITH GOLD UP $2.30 TODAY, WE HAD ANOTHER WHOPPER OF A WITHDRAWAL:  6.24 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 746.92 TONNES

SEPT 4/WITH GOLD DOWN $2.65: ANOTHER 2.65 TONNES OF GOLD LEAVE THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 755.16 TONNES/

AUGUST 31/WITH GOLD UP $2.15:ANOTHER WITHDRAWAL OF 2.06 TONNES OF GOLD FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 757.81 TONNES

AUGUST 30/WITH GOLD DOWN $6.90: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 759.87 TONNES

AUGUST 29/WITH GOLD DOWN $2.90 (COMEX TO COMEX BUT UP 6.00 DOLLARS FROM ACCESS CLOSING) THE CROOKS RAIDED THE COOKIE JAR ONCE AGAIN TO THE TUNE OF 4.71 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 759.87 TONNES AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL.

AUGUST 28/WITH GOLD DOWN $1.60: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 764.58 TONNES

AUGUST 27/WITH GOLD UP ANOTHER $3.00: ANOTHER SURPRISE WITHDRAWAL OF 2.65 TONNES FROM THE GLD/SHAREHOLDERS OF GLD ARE DUMB OWING THIS CRAP/INVENTORY RESTS AT 764.58 TONNES

AUGUST 24/WITH GOLD UP $18.65 TODAY/A SURPRISE WITHDRAWAL OF 1.53 TONNES FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 767.23 TONNES

AUGUST 23/WITH GOLD DOWN $9.20: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 768.70 TONNES

AUGUST 22/WITH GOLD UP $3.45: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 768.70 TONNES

AUGUST 21: WITH GOLD UP $5.75/A  BIG CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD: A WITHDRAWAL OF 3.54 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 768.70 TONNES

 

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SEPT 28/2018/ Inventory rests tonight at 742.23 tonnes

*IN LAST 466 TRADING DAYS: 188,48 NET TONNES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GLD
*LAST 366 TRADING DAYS: A NET 31.94 TONNES HAVE NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM GLD INVENTORY.

 

end

 

Now the SLV Inventory/

SEPT 28/WITH SILVER UP 41 CENTS, STRANGELY WE HAD A WITHDRAWAL OF .517 MILLION OZ AT THE SLV.INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.046 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 27/WITH SILVER DOWN 10 CENTS: A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 1.457 MILLION OZ AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.563 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 26/WITH SILVER DOWN 9 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 335.020 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 25/WITH SILVER UP 16 CENTS: STRANGE!! A BIG CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SVL: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.645 MILLION OZ/.INVENTORY RESTS AT 335.020 MILLION OZ/

WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY: A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 1.692 MILLION OZ INTO THE INVENTORY OF THE SLV

INVENTORY RESTS AT 336.665 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 21/WITH SILVER UP 2 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 20/WITH SILVER UP 3 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 18/WITH SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 17/WITH SILVER UP 8 CENTS TODAY:NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 14/WITH SILVER DOWN 11 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 13/WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS TODAY: A HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 1.316 MILLION OZ OF SILVER ENTERS SLV INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.973 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 12/WITH SILVER UP 9 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.657 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 11./WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY/WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.657 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 10.WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS TODAY, WE HAD ANOTHER DEPOSIT OF 940,000 OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.657 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 7/WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS (AND DOWN 48 CENTS FOR THE WEEK): WE HAD A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 3.008 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV/

SEPT 6/WITH SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS TO: A SLIGHT CHANGE, A WITHDRAWAL OF 147,000 OZ AND THIS IS TO PAY FOR FEES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.709 MILLION OZ/

 

SEPT 5./WITH SILVER UP 4 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.856 MILLION OZ/

SEPT 4/WITH SILVER DOWN 37 CENTS TODAY/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.856 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 31/WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.856 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 30/WITH SILVER DOWN 20 CENTS TODAY, A BIG CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY: A DEPOSIT OF 742,000 AT THE SLV/  .INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.856 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 29/WITH SILVER DOWN 10 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 28/WITH SILVER DOWN 5 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 27/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 24./WITH SILVER UP 26 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 23/WITH SILVER DOWN 20 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

AUGUST 22/WITH SILVER DOWN 1 CENT/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 329.104 MILLION OZ/

 

 

 

SEPT 28/2018:

Inventory 333.046 MILLION OZ

 

6 Month MM GOFO 2.10/ and libor 6 month duration 2.60

Indicative gold forward offer rate for a 6 month duration/calculation:

G0FO+ 2.10

 

libor 2.60 FOR 6 MONTHS/

GOLD LENDING RATE: .50%

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12 Month MM GOFO
+ 2.51%

LIBOR FOR 12 MONTH DURATION: 2.92

GOFO = LIBOR – GOLD LENDING RATE

GOLD LENDING RATE  = +.41

end

At 3:30 pm we receive the COT report which has no value at all as long as the crooks use a huge number o EFP’s

Gold COT report

Gold COT Report – Futures
Large Speculators Commercial Total
Long Short Spreading Long Short Long Short
192,940 210,588 51,897 167,904 160,824 412,741 423,309
Change from Prior Reporting Period
-4,857 1,947 -4,581 -3,389 -8,778 -12,827 -11,412
Traders
163 98 76 55 50 252 192
Small Speculators   © GoldSeek.com
Long Short Open Interest
47,538 36,970 460,279
3,670 2,255 -9,157
non reportable positions Change from the previous reporting period
COT Gold Report – Positions as of Tuesday, September 25, 2018

OUR LARGE SPECULATORS

those large specs that have been long in gold pitched (transferred) 4857 contracts from their long side

those large specs that have been short in gold added 1947 contracts to their short side.

OUR COMMERCIALS

those commercials that have been long in gold pitched (transferred( 3389 contracts from their long side

those commercials that have been short in gold covered (transferred) 8778 contracts from their short side.

OUR SMALL SPECS

those small specs that have been long in gold added 3670 contracts to their long side

those small specs that have been short in gold added 2255 contracts to their short side.

Conclusions: commercials remove some of their net long positions

end

silver cot

Silver COT Report: Futures
Large Speculators Commercial
Long Short Spreading Long Short
79,198 102,453 15,976 76,039 70,653
-826 -3,087 605 -1,108 2,340
Traders
113 71 48 42 39
Small Speculators Open Interest Total
Long Short 204,508 Long Short
33,295 15,426 171,213 189,082
368 -819 -961 -1,329 -142
non reportable positions Positions as of: 177 140

OUR LARGE SPECULATORS

those large specs that have been long in silver  pitched (transferred) 826 contracts from their long side

those large specs that have been short in silver covered (transferred) 3087 contracts from their short side.

OUR COMMERCIALS

those commercials that have been long in silver added 1108 contracts to its long side.

those commercials that have been short in silver added 2340 contracts from its short side

OUR SMALL SPECS

those small specs that have been long in silver added 368 contracts to its long side

those small specs that have been short in silver covered (transferred) 819 contracts from its short side.

Major gold/silver trading /commentaries for FRIDAY

GOLDCORE/BLOG/MARK O’BYRNE.

 

This Week’s Golden Nuggets – Central Banks, Goldman, Bank of America Positive On Undervalued Gold

News, Commentary, Charts and Videos You May Have Missed

Here is our Friday digest of the important news, commentary, charts and videos we were informed by this week.

We released the Goldnomics Podcast and interviewed the ‘Silver Guru’, David Morgan about how silver and gold have been manipulated lower in the short term, are undervalued and will protect and grow wealth in the coming currency collapse.

Gold and silver prices have fallen again this week and this month and sentiment remains very poor. However, the ‘smart money’ is increasingly positive on gold – including central banks such as the People’s Bank of China and Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs and Bank of America (see below).

Contrarian investors continue to buy cheap financial insurance and are accumulating gold and silver coins and bars on this price dip. Precious metal prices can go lower in the short term but falls to the downside are likely to be mild while the potential upside is very substantial.

At these depressed prices, canny contrarian investors are adopting the investment adage – buy low and sell high.

Enjoy and have a nice weekend!


Market Updates and News This Week

Central Banks Positivity Towards Gold Will Provide Long Term “Support To Gold Prices”

Europe Unveils “Special Purpose Vehicle” With Russia and China To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar’s Reserve Status

Gold Set to Soar Above $1,300 – Goldman and Bank of America

The Good News For Gold

 

Charts This Week

Source: Gold Industry Group

 

Source: Bloomberg

 

Source: GnS Economics via ZeroHedge

 

Videos This Week

 

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

27 Sep: USD 1,196.00, GBP 911.59 & EUR 1,020.91 per ounce
26 Sep: USD 1,198.80, GBP 910.49 & EUR 1,018.86 per ounce
25 Sep: USD 1,199.45, GBP 912.30 & EUR 1,019.77 per ounce
24 Sep: USD 1,198.75, GBP 913.69 & EUR 1,018.70 per ounce
21 Sep: USD 1,207.60, GBP 914.88 & EUR 1,025.25 per ounce
20 Sep: USD 1,203.00, GBP 910.55 & EUR 1,027.72 per ounce
19 Sep: USD 1,203.00, GBP 912.48 & EUR 1,028.44 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

27 Sep: USD 14.42, GBP 10.98 & EUR 12.31 per ounce
26 Sep: USD 14.48, GBP 11.01 & EUR 12.32 per ounce
25 Sep: USD 14.29, GBP 10.86 & EUR 12.15 per ounce
24 Sep: USD 14.32, GBP 10.90 & EUR 12.17 per ounce
21 Sep: USD 14.33, GBP 10.87 & EUR 12.18 per ounce
20 Sep: USD 14.23, GBP 10.75 & EUR 12.14 per ounce
19 Sep: USD 14.18, GBP 10.76 & EUR 12.13 per ounce


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Mark O’Byrne
Executive Director

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ANDREW MAGUIRE’S KINESIS WHICH IS A”BITCOIN’ BACKED 100% BY ALLOCATED GOLD AND SILVER

Andrew Maguire’s Kinesis money which is a “bitcoin” but backed 100% by allocated gold and silver is set to go.

it think it would be a great idea to look at this!

please read at:  https://kinesis.money/#/

(Andrew Maguire)

 Dear Harvey Organ,

Thank you for your participation in our webinar on June 7th with our host and CEO of Kinesis, Thomas Coughlin.

The response we received has been incredible, we appreciate you taking the time to join us and hope you found it to be beneficial.

Due to such a high influx of questions we received we were unable to have them all answered. Nevertheless, if there was anything which requires more clarification, or you have a query which needs to be rectified, we invite you to join our telegram group:

https://t.me/kinesismoney

We apologize for the technical issues we incurred during the webinar which resulted in it running a little over schedule, we hope that the next one we host will run seamlessly.

A video has been put together and uploaded onto our YouTube channel which can be found here:

Kinesis Webinar

Please share and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of all the latest videos as they become available.

The rapid growth that we are currently experiencing has been incredible and with your support, is only going to get better.

We are working behind the scenes very hard to create a better experience for everyone involved! Stay tuned in as we have many more announcements to be released in the upcoming days.

Kind Regards,

Kinesis Money
a:C/O ILS Fiduciaries (IOM) Limited, First Floor,Millennium House, Victoria Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 4RW
    
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The following is self explanatory

(courtesy GATA/Chris Powell and Harvey Organ)

GATA asks bank regulator to check risks of gold

futures maneuver

 Section: 

12:21p ET Sunday, June 10, 2018

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA has appealed to the U.S. comptroller of the currency, who has regulatory authority over banks, to review financial risks certain banks may have incurred through derivatives in the monetary metals markets, particularly through the recent heavy use of the “exchange for physicals” mechanism of settling gold and silver futures contracts on the New York Commodities Exchange.

The appeal was made in a letter sent May 5 to the comptroller, Joseph M. Otting, whose office is part of the U.S. Treasury Department, by your secretary/treasurer and GATA futures market consultant Harvey Organ.

“Exchange for physical” settlements of futures contracts long were considered emergency procedures when a seller was not able to deliver metal from an exchange-approved warehouse and wanted to settle with delivery elsewhere. But now such settlements appear to constitute most gold and silver futures settlements on the Comex. It is a strange development that appears to have been necessitated by the increasing difficulties of central banking’s gold and silver price suppression policy.

GATA has received no acknowledgment of the letter. Its text is below and a PDF copy of it is here:

http://www.gata.org/files/ComptrollerOfCurrencyLetter.pdf

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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May 5, 2018

Joseph M. Otting, Comptroller of the Currency
U.S. Treasury Department
400 7th Street, SW
Washington DC 20219

Dear Comptroller Otting:

Please let us bring to your attention financial risks to major banks involving their possibly unreported exposure to derivatives in the monetary metals markets.

In recent months gold and silver future contracts issued by U.S. banks on the New York Commodities Exchange have been moved off-exchange for delivery through a mechanism known as “exchange for physical” (EFP) contracts. Until recently use of this mechanism was considered an emergency procedure when a seller did not have access to metal for delivery through Comex warehouses. Now the mechanism seems to be in use for a large share of front-month contracts for which delivery is sought.

Here is an example that is happening at the Comex in the front active month of April for gold and the inactive delivery month of April for silver.

In gold, there were 229,436 EFP contracts for 713.64 tonnes, an average of 10,925 contracts and 1,092,500 ounces per trading day.

In silver, there were 77,150 EFP contracts for 385,750,000 ounces, an average of 3,673 contracts and 18,369,000 ounces per trading day.

London Bullion Market Association rules suggest that these contracts may not be reported to regulators. The LBMA’s bylaws say:

“Figures above exclude any contracts not subject to risk-based capital requirements, such as FX contracts with an original maturity of 14 days or less, futures contracts, written options, and basis swaps. Therefore, the total notional amount of derivatives by maturity will not add to the total derivatives figure in this table.”

We are told that these EFP contracts are transferred from the Comex to London as what are called “serial forwards” and their duration is always less than 14 days, which exempts them from being reported.

It is our understanding that in each quarter your office prepares a report detailing risk undertaken by the banks under the comptroller’s supervision.

These risks include derivatives undertaken by U.S. banks and other obligations that may cause a bank to fail. Our concern is that your office may not be aware of large unreported derivative exposure by banks.

Could you review this matter and let us know your conclusions?

Sincerely,

CHRIS POWELL
Secretary/Treasurer

HARVEY ORGAN
Consultant

Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
7 Villa Louisa Road
Manchester, Connecticut 06043-7541

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Finally, they replied and it was a complete brush off

(courtesy zerohedge)

Currency comptroller brushes off GATA’s inquiry on

gold, silver EFPs

 Section: 

11:35a ET Friday, August 10, 2018

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The U.S. comptroller of the currency, a bank regulator, has declined GATA’s request to inquire into the strange explosion of the use of the emergency procedure of “exchange for physicals” in the settlement by banks of the gold and silver futures contracts they have sold on the New York Commodities Exchange.

Your secretary/treasurer and GATA’s consultant about the Comex, Harvey Organ, wrote to the comptroller, James M. Otting, on May 5, calling attention to the recent enormous use of EFPs, which implies derivatives risks being undertaken by U.S. banks that could cause the banks to fail:

http://www.gata.org/node/18303

“Our concern is that your office may not be aware of large unreported derivative exposure by banks,” GATA wrote.

As months passed without any acknowledgment from the comptroller’s office, your secretary/treasurer appealed to his U.S. representative, John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, to ask the comptroller’s office to reply. The congressman’s office made a second inquiry on Monday this week and today the comptroller’s office provided Larson with a copy of a reply written and mailed Wednesday.

The comptroller’s reply, signed by the deputy comptroller for public affairs, Bryan Hubbard, said only that the comptroller’s office has “dedicated examiners” at the largest banks who “continuously evaluate the credit, market, operational, reputation, and compliance risks of bank trading and derivative activities.”

The reply did not say anything about the use of the “exchange for physicals” procedure for settling futures contracts. That is, the reply was a begrudged brushoff and GATA’s letter would have been ignored completely if not for Representative Larson’s repeated intervention.

Of course GATA hardly expected a conscientious reply to its letter, the comptroller’s office being not an independent regulator but part of the Treasury Department, whose mandate includes administration of the Gold Reserve Act of 1934, which, as amended in the 1970s, authorizes the department’s Exchange Stabilization Fund to secretly intervene in and rig any market in the world, directly or through intermediaries:

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/international/ESF/Pages/esf-ind…

But there’s always value in demonstrating government’s lack of candor about what it is doing, especially in regard to the monetary metals.

A PDF copy of the reply from the comptroller’s office is posted at GATA’s internet site here:

http://www.gata.org/files/ComptrollerOfCurrencyReply-08-08-2018.pdf

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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Simon Black outlines how gold has retained its value even from 1000 years ago.  He explains why we should have gold (physical) backing our wealth.

(courtesy Simon Black/SovereignMan)

Look How Well Gold Has Retained Its Value From

1,000 Years Ago

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

On October 12, 929, roughly 1100 years ago, Abd-er Rahman III of the Umayyad Dynasty was proclaimed ruler of Cordova – the Islamic kingdom that comprised most of Spain at the time.

Rahman was just 21 when he ascended to power, and he remained there for nearly 50 years as one of the wealthiest and most powerful monarchs in Europe.

Historians Denis Cardonne and Edward Gibbon calculate his annual tax  revenue at approximately 12 million gold dinars… which was a LOT.

The dinar contained 4.25 grams of gold, so 12 million of them would be worth about $2 billion today.

With Cordova’s population estimated at around 500,000 people back in the early 10th century, that works out to be the modern day equivalent of $4,000 in tax per person.

That’s an eerily similar number to modern day tax figures.

The most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service, for example, shows  that the average individual income tax is just over $4,000 for every man, woman, and child in the Land of the Free.

(Most of the country, of course, pays nothing.)

It’s an interesting data point that shows just how well gold retains its value over long periods of time.

Records from the same period in Islamic history show that the homes of wealthy individuals were worth between 10,000 and 30,000 dinars, and much higher among the ultra-rich.

That’s roughly $1.7 million to $5 million in today’s money– again, eerily similar to what high-end homes cost today.

Day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year, the price of gold can fluctuate inexplicably.

But over the long term, whether you’re comparing loaves of bread, home prices, or government tax revenue, it REALLY holds its value.

This is one of the things that makes gold such an excellent hedge against political uncertainty, macroeconomic challenges, financial crises, inflation, etc.

Said another way, gold is a great insurance policy for all the “I don’t knows.”

Global debt, for example, recently hit an unfathomable level at nearly $250 TRILLION.

Total US national debt is $21.5 trillion; that exceeds 100% of US GDP, and it’s growing rapidly.

Uncle Sam is burning through cash so quickly that even the Treasury Department expects trillion+ dollar annual budget deficits from now on.

Literally just THREE major line items from the federal budget– Social Security / Medicare, Defense spending, and interest payments on the debt– cost more than ALL the tax revenue that the government collects.

They have to go deeper and deeper into debt to fund EVERYTHING ELSE in the federal government– from Homeland Security to national parks to the light bill at the White House.

That’s not good, considering these ballooning deficits are coming at a time when interest rates are RISING.

So the more debt the government accumulates, their interest payments are growing even more rapidly.

Debt is rising so fast that the Congressional Budget Office estimates interest payments will exceed DEFENSE spending within a few years.

Historically speaking, that’s usually the kiss of death for any empire… when it costs more to service the debt than to defend the nation.

And, not to be a downer, but most of these problems are getting much worse.

10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day. And that means ballooning Medicare and Social Security payments.

Meanwhile, there are fewer and fewer young people entering the work force to pay into America’s broken pension system.

In 1960, for example, there was an average of 5.1 workers in the US paying tax into the Social Security system to support every single retiree drawing benefits.

By 2000 that ratio had fallen to 3.4 workers per retiree. Today it’s just 2.6.

Pension funds rely on a steady, growing population and work force to remain stable. So this is pretty much a disaster for Social Security.

The US fertility rate, by the way, is at a record low. So this problem is worsening by the year.

(And the pension / demographic fundamentals in Europe and Japan are even WORSE than they are in the US. . .)

And, remember, all of this is happening at a time when the economy is doing well.

What happens when there’s a major market correction (and people’s retirement savings get wiped out again)? Or there’s a major recession?

Across the water, Europe is drowning in debt with radical political parties taking hold.

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has a debt-to-GDP ratio of 236% – more than double that in the US.

Japan’s debt is so huge that the government has to spend nearly 25% of tax revenue just to pay INTEREST!

So let’s just take a step back and summarize–

The world’s largest economy (the US) has a ballooning debt and an unsolvable pension problem, yet is starting a trade war with the world’s second largest economy (China).

Meanwhile the third largest economy in the world (Japan) has to spend nearly one quarter of its tax revenue just to pay interest…

And most of the other top economies in the world (Italy, France, etc.) are drowning in debt and economic stagnation.

It’s impossible to predict EXACTLY how this is going to play out. Or when.

But it certainly seems sensible to have some insurance.

Gold has been around for thousands of years. And, as we discussed earlier, it has a great track record of maintaining value.

But with nearly every other asset in the world trading at / near record high prices today, gold is on sale.

You can buy an ounce of gold today for less than $1,200– 38% below its 2011 high.

(In addition to a low price, there are supply constraints in the gold sector, which could be a major catalyst for higher prices.)

The time to buy insurance is when it’s cheap. . . and when you don’t need it. Because when your house is on fire, it’s already too late.

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Peter Hambro is now returning to the Russian gold mine; Petropavlovsk

(courtesy Sanderson/London’s Financial times/GATA)

Peter Hambro returns to Russian gold miner

Petropavlovsk

 Section: 

By Henry Sanderson
Financial Times, London
Thursday, September 27, 2018

City veteran Peter Hambro has returned to the Russian gold miner he co-founded, Petropavlovsk, following his ousting after a shareholder revolt.

Mr. Hambro will be president of the company and a senior adviser to the board, the company said today.

Mr. Hambro was ousted as an executive in June 2017 by shareholders, following a motion called by Russia’s Renova Group, which is led by billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. He founded the gold miner with Pavel Maslovskiy, current chief executive, in 1994.

Mr. Maslovskiy as well as Roderic Lyne, a former British ambassador to Russia, and Robert Jenkins were all reappointed to the board of Petropavlovsk in June after a second shareholder revolt led by two offshore funds. They were backed by the company’s biggest shareholder, Kenes Rakishev, who launched his own cryptocurrency last year.

Shares in the group rose 2.5 percent this morning. …

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.ft.com/content/49b81b64-c227-11e8-95b1-d36dfef1b89a

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Quant specialist pens an article telling us what we have been highlighting to you for the past year: the dollar hegemony is now at risk

(courtesy zerohedge)

JPMorgan’s Marko Kolanovic says dollar hegemony is now at risk

 Section: 

By Cecile Gutscher
Bloomberg News
Thursday, September 27, 2018

A backlash against the world’s reserve currency may be brewing as rivals to America look to weaken the dollar’s hold over the global financial system, says Marko Kolanovic, macro-market wiz at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

President Donald Trump’s isolationist foreign policy is a “catalyst for long-term de-dollarization” among countries from Europe and Asia to the Middle East that have long lamented the hegemony of the U.S. currency, he wrote in a note co-authored with Bram Kaplan

“With the current U.S. administration policies of unilateralism, trade wars, and sanctions increasingly affecting both friends and foes, the question arises whether the rest of the world should diversify away from the risks of the U.S. dollar and dollar-centric finance,” said the quantitative and derivatives strategists. …

Gold, which tends to benefit from a weaker greenback, also offers a hedge for any tentative push to de-dollarize. And it’s looking decidedly cheap right now, according to JPMorgan. …

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-27/jpmorgan-s-marko-kola…

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A good commentary from Maria Yavuz of CoinTelegraph.com as she discusses how price stability will be brought to the Crypto world with the introduction of Andrew’s Kinesis

(courtesy zerohedge)

Gold-Based Monetary System To Bring Price Stability

To Crypto

Authored by Maria Yavuz via CoinTelegraph.com,

Gold-based monetary system Kinesis aims to bring price stability to the world of cryptocurrency and to prevent the decrease of its value. The company says it has already attracted interest from key players in the gold industry, which is estimated at $6.8 trillion only on London’s gold market (70 percent of the global trading volume).

 

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

After the gold standard that once defined the value of currencies was abandoned in the 20th century, the monetary system became dependent on central banking policies. The Kinesis team decided to create its own “efficient, secure and fair monetary system” based on two of the most stable commodities in the world — gold and silver.

“There is [approximately] $15 trillion in gold traded every year, creating exceptional but untapped potential for investment and exchange if gold can be remonetized. Adding a yield to this exchange multiplies this potential exponentially,” says Thomas Coughlin, CEO of Kinesis.

Kinesis offers digital currencies based 1:1 on allocated physical gold (KAU coins) and silver (KAG coins). When users purchase Kinesis currencies, they actually purchase real metal. The ownership of the gold is digitized with blockchain technology, which allows the user to hold or transfer currency from their Kinesis e-Wallet.

The Kinesis debit card allows the owner to make the instant conversion of KAU and KAG into fiat currency and spend cryptocurrency all around the world. The company states that, unlike other cryptocurrencies, the transactions through the Kinesis system will take just two to three seconds as a result of their bespoke fork of the Stellar network, which is able to withstand over 3,000 transactions per second. Kinesis believes KAU and KAG currencies could be used in day-to-day purchases  like buying a cup of coffee or even buying a car. Besides paying the bills, the Kinesis Monetary System can be used for managing international payments with lower transfer rates offered by banks and other international payment services.

Another option offered by the network is the ability to trade holdings on the Kinesis Blockchain Exchange. The cryptocurrencies can be transferred back to physical gold or silver as the system generates a 0.45 percent fee when these are transferred between the holders, accumulating in a pool to be distributed back to users of the system in the form of a yield.

Kinesis was founded by the Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX), the world’s first electronic, institutional bullion exchange for physical precious metal. Which gave the new blockchain-based fintech company an exceptional start: extensive infrastructure and a fully operational exchange built for the trade and storage of physical bullion in seven locations around the world. The new — but experienced — startup is able to “bring back a truly decentralized, [digitized] stable asset, based on blockchain technology,” Kinesis says.

ITO Launch

Kinesis is currently in the public sale phase of their Initial Token Offering (ITO) of its Velocity Token (KVT), which will be the first cryptocurrency made available by the startup’s team. KVT is a utility token and is not backed by a physical asset but rather a whole monetary system.

With KVT, investors can get a share of the transaction fees generated by the system (maximum 20 percent). This income is distributed to holders of 300,000 KVT, and company promises there will be no future dilution.

According to Kinesis, there is a high demand of its first tokens. Kinesis says it raised over  $50 million just in their presale period by selling over 55,000 KVT.

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Your early FRIDAY 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 DOWN TO 6.8829/HUGE DEVALUATION FOR THE PAST FOUR WEEKS RESUMES/CHINESE COMING TO USA FOR TRADE TALKS IN NOVEMBER CANCELLED //OFFSHORE YUAN:  6.8771   /shanghai bourse CLOSED UP 29.57 POINTS OR 1.06%/HANG SANG CLOSED UP 72.85 POINTS OR 0.26%

2. Nikkei closed UP 323.30  POINTS OR 1.36%/USA: YEN RISES TO 113.42/

3. Europe stocks OPENED  IN THE RED 

 

/USA dollar index RISES TO 95.32/Euro FALLS TO 1.1582

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES TO. +.13/ !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 113.42/ THIS IS TROUBLESOME AS BANK OF JAPAN IS RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY./JAPAN 10 YR YIELD IS NOW TARGETED AT .11%/JAPAN LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR BOND MARKET

 

3c Nikkei now JUST BELOW 17,000

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

3e WTI:: 72.11  and Brent: 81.64

3f Gold DOWN/JAPANESE Yen DOWN/ CHINESE YUAN:   ON SHORE DOWN/OFF- SHORE: 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 FALLS TO +.470%/Italian 10 yr bond yield UP to 3.21% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD UP TO 1.51%

3j Greek 10 year bond yield RISES TO : 4.21

3k Gold at $1182.75 silver at:14.29   7 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $18.50

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble DOWN 20/100 in roubles/dollar) 65.82

3m oil into the 72 dollar handle for WTI and 81 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/

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP. THIS MORNING THEY SIGNAL THEY MAY END NIRP. TODAY THE USA/YEN TRADES TO 113.42DESTROYING 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 0.9768 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.1314 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 FALLING to +0.47%

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 3.03% early this morning. Thirty year rate at 3.16%

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

6.  TURKISH LIRA:  UP  TO 6.0185

US Futures, Global Markets Slide As Italian Chaos Returns

What started off as a sleepy session after a day in which US traders ignored the market and focused their attention on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, resulting in a 50% drop in Thursday trading volumes, quickly escalated with risk-off and a sea of red dominating the board in reaction to Italy settling on a 2.4% deficit/GDP target, which in turn led to a bloodbath for Italian assets over fears that the Italian government is now on collision course with Europe.

Amid the Italian budget chaos, reports initially suggested that President Mattarella had asked Economy Minister to not resign; Tria then followed up these reports by stating that he will stay in the position to avoid ‘chaos’. Italy’s new budget sees debt/GDP to fall in 2019 as according to League lawmaker Bagnai. Italian Deputy PM Di Maio said that the new budget includes €15BN in investments, and he is not worried about the market reaction and spread. When asked about the EU rejecting their budget Italian Deputy PM Salvini said that “they will press ahead”

Observing Italy’s defiance, Europe’s Stoxx 600 Index dropped, led lower by the Italian FTSE MIB which tumbled -3.8%, the biggest one day drop since June 2016, led by the Italian bank index which plunged by 6.8%.

Italian BTP futures gapped lower, with cash 10y yields higher by ~36bps, the biggest jump in 4 months, with the BTP curve bear flattening.

Italy’s planned fiscal deficit of 2.4% for 2019 is “a much more expansionary budget that not only risks some push-back by the European Commission, but also may risk seeing both ratings agencies and investors question the Italian government’s debt sustainability,” said ING Bank’s Viraj Patel.

While no sharp activity was observed in FRA/OIS to indicate acute risk, and no large widening of credit spreads either, the action in Italy today is certainly concerning and unless the ruling populist coalition finds a way to soothe markets, it will likely continue into October.

Safe haven bunds rallied from the open and accelerate higher after a surprisingly low core euro-zone CPI, while US Treasury futures dragged towards yesterday’s high.

Amid growing fears that Italy could once again jeopardise the future of the common currency, the Euro accelerated its 2-day selloff, pushing below 1.16, a 3-week low.

Meanwhile in Asia, there was a brief spike higher in yuan due to activity in front-end of the forward curve, with quarter-end and upcoming week-long China market closure cited as drivers.

S&P futures fell to session lows as US traders walked in to their trading desks greeted by a sea of red, and observing the chaos in Italy and certainly the dramatic declines in Italian banks, such as the 7.3% beating Intesa Sanpaolo is taking.

Meanwhile, treasuries and the dollar jumped to the highest level since September 12. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was set to post a second straight quarterly increase for the first time since 2015 as month-end flows supported the U.S. currency.

The pound touched a two-week low after U.K. yearly GDP data missed estimates and the current-account deficit widened more than economists forecast.

There was more cheer in Asia, where the yen’s slide to the weakest level this year amid quarter-end portfolio rebalancing weighed on the currency and helped stoke Japanese stocks as Asian equities advanced from Sydney to Shanghai; Mrs Watanabe was happy as the Nikkei hit a fresh 27 year high, if still 38% below its 38,916 all time high in 1989.

Japanese yields rose after the Bank of Japan paved the way to reduce purchases of super-long bonds. Oil remained on course for the longest run of weekly gains in four months as energy giants to Wall Street banks predicted the return of $100 crude on an impending supply crunch.

In Brexit news, former UK Foreign Minister Johnson called on PM May to scrap her Brexit proposals in which he stated it would leave UK “half in and half out” of the EU and proposed a six-part alternative plan for Brexit. Separately, teports in the Times suggests that Conservative policymakers are struggling to figure out how to counter Jeremy Corbyn’s populist message at their upcoming party conference.

In geopolitical news, a senior Iranian Cleric says US regional bases would not be safe if Washington does something wrong.

As Bloomberg summarizes, political risks have returned to the top of investors’ agenda at the end of a quarter dominated by central banks and emerging-market crises. In Italy, populists won their battle to fund costly campaign promises, while infighting over Brexit is embroiling the U.K.’s Conservative Party ahead of a conference next week. In the U.S., the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, has turned toxic amid allegations of sexual assault. Data on consumer spending, income and inflation may return the focus to the American economy later Friday.

Commodity markets were less exciting, with oil trading within a thin range heading into the week’s end, with Brent and WTI hanging just below the USD 82/bbl and USD 72.50/bbl areas. The gold market is also lacking any major catalysts, with the yellow metal languishing around the 6 week lows set in Thursday’s session. The most significant moves in commodities markets has been seen in steel and coke, where Shanghai rebar fell by over 2% and  both materials hit 2 month lows amid speculation that China has shelved blanket production cuts for winter, stoking the flame for more expected output.

Vail Resorts, BlackBerry are due to report earnings. Economic data include U. of Michigan survey, personal spending

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures up 0.02% to 2,920.50
  • STOXX Europe 600 down 0.3% to 385.31
  • MXAP up 0.3% to 165.37
  • MXAPJ down 0.02% to 525.73
  • Nikkei up 1.4% to 24,120.04
  • Topix up 1% to 1,817.25
  • Hang Seng Index up 0.3% to 27,788.52
  • Shanghai Composite up 1.1% to 2,821.35
  • Sensex down 0.5% to 36,133.04
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.4% to 6,207.56
  • Kospi down 0.5% to 2,343.07
  • German 10Y yield fell 2.8 bps to 0.501%
  • Euro down 0.2% to $1.1621
  • Brent Futures up 0.2% to $81.87/bbl
  • Italian 10Y yield rose 2.8 bps to 2.527%
  • Spanish 10Y yield rose 1.4 bps to 1.519%
  • Brent Futures up 0.2% to $81.87/bbl
  • Gold spot up 0.08% to $1,183.81
  • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.2% to 95.09

Top Overnight News

  • China is preparing to issue a sovereign dollar-denominated bond next month, its first in almost a year, according to people familiar with the matter
  • Italy’s bonds may fall at the start of Friday’s trading after the government set next year’s budget deficit target at 2.4 percent, wider than the market originally envisaged.
  • Leading indicators for China’s economy show growth continued slowing in September amid the escalating trade war with the U.S. The data suggest the dispute was weighing on economic activity even before the latest round of tariffs, which took effect this week
  • Nicky Morgan, who chairs Parliament’s Treasury Committee, threatens to explore new regulations for “market-sensitive polling” unless pollsters overhaul their own standards as lucrative polls conducted in secret for hedge funds, revealed by a Bloomberg investigation into the 2016 Brexit vote, “risk damaging the reputation of U.K. financial markets”
  • The U.K. current-account deficit widened more than economists forecast in the second quarter, raising fresh questions about the sustainability of the shortfall as Britain prepares for Brexit
  • Swiss asset manager and commodities trader Tiberius Group AG is stepping into the $215 billion digital coin market by offering a new token backed by seven metals in a sale set for Oct. 1

Asian stocks traded mostly higher following a spur in risk-appetite and an upbeat lead on Wall St where bourses ended the day in the green, and Nasdaq outperformed its peers amid the strength in the IT sector, after Apple rallied on the news that JP Morgan sees a 23% upside in their shares. ASX 200 (+0.4%) was lifted by resources and IT names, while Nikkei 225 (+1.4%) outperformed its peers and breached YTD highs to print levels last seen in 1991 amid currency effects and optimistic retail  sales. Elsewhere, Hang Seng (+0.3%) and Shanghai Comp. (+1.0%) also gained as trade concerns faded and the positive sentiment dominated the region ahead of next week’s National Day Golden Week holiday. Finally, 10yr JGBs were lower amid the heightened risk appetite although found support ahead of 150.00 while the 2yr JGB auction was uninspiring.

Top Asian News

  • How Indian Credit Raters Missed an Epic Fail at a Financier
  • BOJ Paves Way to Cut Purchases of Super-Long Bonds in October
  • China Prepares for $3 Billion Dollar Bond Sale in October
  • Hong Kong Property Shares Decline on Sales Slowdown Concerns

European equities are once again being guided by updates from Italy, where the Government agreed to a 2.4% debt/GDP ratio. Italian stocks are leading the losses, with Italian bank stocks (Ubi Banca -6.0%, UniCredit -6.3%, Intesa Sanpaolo -6.3% and BPER Banca -8.0%) dominating the bottom of the Stoxx 600, as Italian 10 year bond yields continue rising above 3%. This weakness is spreading to banking names in Europe with all of Commerzbank, Credit Agricole and SocGen shares trading at a loss of over 3%, and the financial sector the marked sector underperformer. RSA (-10%) is at the foot of the index as the insurer provided poor Q3 underwriting results. the FTSE is the index outperformer for the second straight session, and is being aided by a weaker GBP.

Top European News

  • U.K. Current-Account Deficit Widens; Business Investment Falls
  • Knorr-Bremse Plans IPO Valuing Brake Maker Up to $16 Billion
  • Buy Europe Value Stocks as Italy Concerns Will Subside, MS Says
  • Germany: U.S. Sanctions on Nord Stream May Come in Early Nov.

In FX, the USD index has extended post-FOMC gains to just over 95.000, but the Greenback is not bid across the board by any means even though some rebalancing models for the end of September are pointing to a mild bid.  EUR/GBP/JPY/NZD – The major laggards, as the single currency continues to bear the brunt of Italian budget concerns that have intensified following the coalitions Government’s decision to test the EU boundaries with a 2.4% deficit for 2019. Eur/Usd is only just  holding around 1.1600 having breached a series of chart supports and the 30 DMA at 1.1646. Cable is also looking precarious close to its 21 DMA and double bottoms all around 1.3055 following a brief dip below on the back of weaker than forecast UK GDP data. Usd/Jpy has broken higher again, and more convincingly through a tech level at 113.24, which could be pivotal on a closing basis given month, quarter and Japanese half year end. The Kiwi looks hampered by ongoing RBNZ policy neutrality and also anchored by a big option expiry at the 0.6600 strike.

In commodities, the oil market is uneventful and trading within a thin range heading in to the week’s end, with Brent and WTI hanging just below the USD 82/bbl and USD 72.50/bbl areas. The gold market is also lacking any major catalysts, with the yellow metal languishing around the 6 week lows set in Thursday’s session. The most significant moves in commodities markets has been seen in steel and coke, where Shanghai rebar fell by over 2% and  both materials hit 2 month lows amid speculation that China has shelved blanket production cuts for winter, stoking the flame for more expected output.

US Event Calendar

  • 8:30am: Personal Income, est. 0.4%, prior 0.3%; Personal Spending, est. 0.3%, prior 0.4%
  • 8:30am: PCE Deflator MoM, est. 0.1%, prior 0.1%; PCE Deflator YoY, est. 2.2%, prior 2.3%
  • 8:30am: PCE Core MoM, est. 0.1%, prior 0.2%; PCE Core YoY, est. 2.0%, prior 2.0%
  • 9:45am: Chicago Purchasing Manager, est. 62, prior 63.6
  • 10am: U. of Mich. Sentiment, est. 100.6, prior 100.8; Current Conditions, prior 116.1; Expectations, prior 91.1

 

 

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i) FRIDAY MORNING/ THURSDAY NIGHT: Shanghai closed UP 29.57 POINTS OR 1.06% //Hang Sang CLOSED UP 72.85 POINTS OR 0.26%//The Nikkei closed UP 323.30 POINTS OR 1.36%/ Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.42%  /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN  at 6.8829 AS POBC RESUMES  ITS HUGE DEVALUATION  /DELEGATION COMING TO THE USA TO SEE TRUMP IN NOVEMBER CANCELLED/Oil UP to 72.11dollars per barrel for WTI and 81.64 for Brent. Stocks inEurope OPENED RED EXCEPT//.  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AT 6.8829 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.8771: HUGE DEVALUATION/PAST SEVERAL DAYS RESUMES// TRADE TALKS STOPPED   : /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW A FULL TRADE WAR COMMENCED

 

3 a NORTH KOREA/USA

 

North Korea/South Korea/USA/China

3 b JAPAN AFFAIRS

 
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3C CHINA

4.EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

Italy in chaos today as the Italian government is taking on Brussels.  Italian stocks crashed the most in two years while the 10 yr Italian bond yield soared to 3.21%

(courtesy zerohedge)

Italian Stocks Crash Most In 2 Years, Bond Yields Soar

Amid Budget Deficit Liquidation Panic

After yesterday’s last minute decision by Italy’s ruling coalition to boost the country’s 2019 deficit to 2.4% of GDP, a number that challenged Brussels and its demands for a deficit no greater than 2.0% and made a mockery of the finance minister’s insistence on a funding hole no greater than 1.6% of GDP, we said that it was only a matter of time before the market freaked out as Italy is now on collision course with Europe, and that time came this morning when traders dumped Italian assets with the bathwater, as Italian equities, bank stocks and bonds all tumbled in unison after deputy premier Matteo Salvini vowed to “press ahead” with the controversial budget plan including a deficit that would be three times larger than the deficit under the previous administration.

Italy’s FTSE MIB stock index tumbled to session lows, down 3.7%, after opening sharply lower and failing to find a floor so far; this was the biggest intraday drop for Italian stocks since June 2016, with several banking stocks halted limit down.

The worst performing sector were Italian banks, with the FTSE Italia All-Share Banks Index falling as much as 5.3%, most since May; the biggest decliners were Banco BPM -6%, UBI -4.7%, UniCredit -3.9%, Intesa -3.5%, with most of them being halted, limit down amid the selling chaos.

The bond market was not spared, and Italy’s 10Y bond was taken to the cleaners as the relentless selling sent the yield some 36bps higher to 3.25%…

… surpassing the peaks hit during the recent two Italian liquidation panics.

Italian debt had been volatile in recent days,but rallied for much of September in anticipation economy minister Giovanni Tria would reel in the government’s spending plans. That failed to happen last night when Tria capitulated to demands by Salvini and Di Maio to boost the deficit to support populist promises for basic income which would cost some €10 billion.

Aberdeen Investments’ James Athey said he did not believe the Italian sell-off would necessarily start to “feed on itself” just yet. Nonetheless, he said investors would need greater compensation for holding Italian debt given the higher borrowing levels implied by the new budget, adding that the mood has clearly changed.

“It’s interesting that the first couple of pieces I read from the sell side today are from people who were bullish Italy and are now looking for bearish Italian trades,” he said. “The next three to six months are clearly going to be challenging. We are short and we’re staying short.”

Alternatively, the next 3 to 6 hours may be just as challenger, because the accelerating Italian selloff sent shockwaves around Europe, and led to an acceleration in the selling of the Euro which hit session lows, down over 200 pips in the past two days.

The key driver behind the market’s panicked response is the unknown of how a furious Europe will respond to the Italian defiance, in which the newly elected populist government is now in open confrontation that could ultimately threaten the existence of the euro.

As the FT notes, with the Continent still reeling from a debt crisis that saw the collapse of the Cypriot banking system and nearly led to rebellious Greeks to abandon the Euro, the European Commission fears that an explosion of debt ushered in by Italy’s ruling coalition – which includes the far-right, anti-immigrant League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement – could lead to international investors losing confidence in the eurozone and – more importantly – its debt.

Meanwhile, far from expressing concern, the budget agreement was celebrated by leaders in the coalition Italian government. Luigi Di Maio, the 32-year-old leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, the largest party in the populist coalition, was greeted by a crowd of cheering party members waving flags after emerging from a cabinet meeting on Thursday night.

Di Maio hailed the agreement as a “historic day”. “We made it!” he said, as he emerged from a balcony at Rome’s Palazzo Chigi, where the meeting took place.

“Today we have changed Italy! For the first time the state is on the side of the citizens,” he added, as ministers and members of parliament from his party hugged each other on the square outside.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the hard-right League, part of the coalition and deputy prime minister alongside Mr Di Maio, also welcomed the agreement on spending, saying he was “fully satisfied with the objectives achieved”, which would include his party’s pledges for tax cuts and a reversal of unpopular pension reforms dating back to 2011.

All eyes were on technocratic finmin Giovanni Tria, who had been pressing for a deficit number as low as 1.6% of GDP going into the meeting. On Thursday night, Tria said that he would not resign, and instead would stay according to newspaper la Repubblica reports: “I won’t quit, just for the good of the country, I will do it for patriotism. Otherwise there would be the risk of a financial storm. We would throw the country into chaos,” Tria said.

Still, “the fact that the final agreement sees spending plans three times the initial projections for 2019 . . . very much suggests that Tria does not command the level of influence he was thought to have had,” wrote analysts at Rabobank.

At the same time, strategists at Commerzbank cautioned that while a 2.4% budget deficit need not trigger a new “escalation” for Italian bonds, the reality is that Tria, a former academic who is widely seen as a moderating force in the government, has been weakened and that the “risk and reward” has shifted for investors.

For now the Italian contagion has been limited, and while yields on Spanish and Portuguese government debt also rose on Friday, the moves were far more muted. The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds edged up 2 basis points to 1.52 per cent as that on the equivalent Portuguese bond rose 2bp to 1.87 per cent. However, should the Italian selling accelerate, it is unlikely that the selling panic will remain within Italy’s borders.

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Europe launches war on Italy’s fiscal plans as they will probably sanction Italy.  They are extremely worried about their debt explosion and they also warn Italy that the ECB is the only buyer of Italian debt
(courtesy zerohedge)

Europe Launches War On Italy’s Fiscal Plans: Warns Of Debt “Explosion”, Threatens Savers

In the aftermath of Italy’s defiant announcement that it would expand its 2019 budget deficit to 2.4% of GDP, above both the initial proposal from finmin Tria which was 1.6%, and also higher than the European “redline” of 2.0%, the question was how would Europe respond to this open mutiny by Italy.

The answers started to emerge on Friday, when European Parliament head Antonio Tajani said that fiscal targets set by Italy’s eurosceptic government were “against the people” and could hit savers without creating jobs.

“I am very concerned for what is happening in Italy,” said Tajani, who is a center-right opposition politician in Italy and close ally to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The budgetary plans “will not raise employment but will cause trouble to the savings of the Italians,” Tajani said.

“This budget is not for the people, it is against the people,” Tajani said, adding that the planned measures “will create many problems in the north (of Italy) without solving problems in the south,” which is the least developed part of the country.

Separately, Pierre Moscovici, EU Economic Affairs Commissioner, said in an interview with BFM television that “Italy, which has debt at 132 percent, chooses expansion and stimulus. It’s “a budget that looks like jaywalking, and out of line with our rules.”

As a reminder, Italy has the most public debt of any European country, surpassing both France and Germany, and its debt/GDP is the second highest in the EU after bailed-out Greece; until recently, Italy had committed for next year to a deficit three times smaller.

The verbal fireworks continued, with Moscovici reminding Italy that the only reason its “explosive” debt hasn’t collapsed is due to the ECB’s purchases, which has been actively monetizing it for the past few years.

“We have no interest in a crisis between the Commission and Italy,” Moscovici said. “But it’s also not in our interest for Italy to not respect the rules and not reduce its public debt, which remains explosive.

In turn, Italy’s Di Maio swiftly brushed away Moscovici, with Bloomberg quoting him as telling reporters at a Rome event that “the concerns are legitimate but the government has committed itself to maintaining the deficit-GDP at 2.4 percent and we want to repay the debt.” Salvini was similarly confident. “Markets will come to terms with the budget,” he said in a Facebook video.

The verbal spat took place amid a broad-based liquidation of Italian assets which saw 10Y Italian yields rise as much as 35 basis points to 3.24%, the biggest increase since a rout in May during the government’s formation. The yield spread over Germany reached a three-week high.

Christoph Rieger, Commerzbank’s head of fixed-rate strategy chimed in, saying that investors are right to be nervous with the budget compromise at the high end of the range that had been talked about before.

“And what weighs more, it has demolished Tria’s credibility,” Rieger said. This underlines the balance of power within the government, and having a lame duck finance minister in this situation will require a higher risk premium.

For now, the European response to Italy’s defiance has been confined to verbal escalation. As Bloomberg notes, Italy has to submit its 2019 budget for approval to the Commission by Oct. 15, at which point Brussels has the power to impose fines of up to 0.2% of GDP on countries that persistently break the bloc’s fiscal rules. What would complicate a crackdown on Italy is that when “push came to shove” in 2016, the Commission opted to not penalize Spain and Portugal – the culprits at the time – and instead imposed symbolic zero sanctions.

The decision was seen at the time as an effort by the EU’s executive arm to not alienate its members amid rising populism and discontent with austerity. But for many EU officials, it tarnished the credibility of the bloc’s fiscal rules.

As such, any sanctioning of Italy will be seen as a personal vendetta against the Mediterranean country.

Additionally, the loosened budget target is seen as a setback for finance minister Tria and President Mattarella, who had “sought to moderate the more extreme instincts of the government” formed in June by Di Maio’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and Salvini’s anti-migrant League according to Bloomberg. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be surprising that a country which has demanded populist policies ends up with just that.

As for the technocratic Tria, who initially brought a sense of calm among investors due to his moderate approach, and whose budget recommendations were trampled, he said said he’ll stay in his job because he has a responsibility to help maintain stability, La Repubblica newspaper reported. One look at the turmoil in Italian markets this morning would suggest that he has failed at that job as well…

5.RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

IRAN.ISRAEL, USA, SAUDI ARABIA ,UAE//

More war of warns from Iran after 25 were killed in a military parade last week.  Iran has now threatened Saudi Arabia, UAE Israel and the USA

(courtesy zerohedge/)

Iran Warns Saudis Of “Red Lines” And Threatens US Bases “Will Not Be Safe”

Iran has issued a number of threats on Friday following official charges made by leaders in Tehran that Saudi Arabia and the UAE funded a terrorist attack on a military parade in a southwest district last Saturday which killed 25 people, including members of the elite Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Iranian military officials declared “red lines” against the two Gulf countries, threatening war, while in a separate statement a senior cleric said US regional bases will not be safe if “America does anything wrong”.

“If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran would not remain secure,” Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency while leading Friday prayers in Tehran.

And simultaneously the Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the IRGC, as saying in reference to the Saudis and Emirates: “If you cross our red lines, we will surely cross yours. You know the storm the Iranian nation can create.”

IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami

IRGC Gen. Salami was also addressing the crowd during Friday prayers in Tehran: “Stop creating plots and tensions. You are not invincible. You are sitting in a glass house and cannot tolerate the revenge of the Iranian nation…We have shown self-restraint,” he said in a fiery speech.

Salami didn’t stop at Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but told the United States to “stop supporting the terrorists or they will pay the price”. The elite IRGC has collectively vowed to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance after some of its members were killed in the Ahvaz attack. During the large funeral ceremony for victims of the attack on Monday, Salami had vowed to strike back against the “triangle” of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.

Iran had previously also accused the US of providing support to the gunmen that carried out last weekend’s attack despite Washington’s firm denials that it has any links to the incident. This follows years of Tehran blaming Washington and its Gulf allies for the rise of ISIS and other radical Sunni terror groups.

There’s been some level of confusion and contradictory claims of responsibility after the incident, however, with both a regional Ahvaz separatist group and ISIS claiming responsibility. Iran now says it has members of those involved in the plot in custody.

The bellicose words on Friday further come after Israeli PM Netanyahu spoke before the UN General Assembly the day before, claiming a new atomic weapons development facility in Tehran; something which US intelligence officials have already publicly doubted, according to statements made to Reuters. 

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6. GLOBAL ISSUES

this could be deadly: a 7.7 earthquake just off the coast of Indonesia setting off tsunami warnings

(courtesy zerohedge)

Massive 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Off Coast Of Indonesia

A massive magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the Indonesia island of Sumatra, prompting tsunami warnings across the Pacific ring of fire, according to USGS. The quake followed a smaller quake killed one person and damaged some homes.

Zach Covey

@ZachWPDE

#BREAKING: A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck just minutes ago 48 miles North of Palu, Indonesia. A tsunami alert, meaning watch for updates and be ready to evacuate, is in effect for the island chain. No Tsunami Warning is in effect for the United States.

The comes after a series of earthquakes in July and August killed nearly 500 people on the island of Lombok, a popular vacation spot southwest of Sulawesi. Back in February, Mt. Sinabung erupted on the island of Sumatra, triggering mass evacuations.

USGS Big Quakes

@USGSBigQuakes

Prelim M7.5 Earthquake Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia Sep-28 10:02 UTC, updates https://go.usa.gov/xPWFd

The quake dredges up memories of the massive 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. Reports of the damage from Friday’s quake have not yet emerged. Tsunami warnings following the quake do not extent to the US.

Earthquake

 

 

7  OIL ISSUES

 

 

 

8 EMERGING MARKET ISSUES.

i)ARGENTINA

As the Argentinian Peso plummets to 41.54, the Central Bank of Argentina skyrockets to 65% which should kill the country.

(courtesy zerohedge)

ARGENTINA Hikes Rates To 65% As Peso Plunges To New Record Low

It appears the market is willing to test BCRA’s mettle as it pukes pesos down to a new record low against the greenback and pushes towards the bottom of its new “no intervention” band.

The new record low is now 41.54/USD…

While not ‘allowed’ to intervene directly until 44/USD, Bloomberg reports that Argentina just hiked its Leliq rate to 65%.

The sharp drop follows Thursday’s 2.8% decline and comes despite the IMF agreeing on Wednesday to increase its bailout package to the Latin American country by an extra $7.1bn.

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

Euro/USA 1.1582 DOWN .0053/ REACTING TO MERKEL’S FAILED COALITION/ REACTING TO +GERMAN ELECTION WHERE ALT RIGHT PARTY ENTERS THE BUNDESTAG/ huge Deutsche bank problems + USA election:///ITALIAN CHAOS /AND NOW ECB TAPERING BOND PURCHASES/JAPAN TAPERING BOND PURCHASES /USA RISING INTEREST RATES /FLOODING/EUROPE BOURSES  IN THE RED

 

 

 

USA/JAPAN YEN 113.42   UP 0.025  (Abe’s new negative interest rate (NIRP), a total DISASTER/NOW TARGETS INTEREST RATE AT .11% AS IT WILL BUY UNLIMITED BONDS TO GETS TO THAT LEVEL

GBP/USA 1.3049 DOWN   0.0027  (Brexit March 29/ 2017/ARTICLE 50 SIGNED/BREXIT FEES WILL BE CAPPED

USA/CAN 1.3013  DOWN .0023(CANADA WORRIED ABOUT TRADE WITH THE USA WITH TRUMP ELECTION/ITALIAN EXIT AND GREXIT FROM EU/(TRUMP INITIATES LUMBER TARIFFS ON CANADA/CANADA HAS A HUGE HOUSEHOLD DEBT/GDP PROBLEM)

Early THIS FRIDAY morning in Europe, the Euro FELL by 53 basis point, trading now ABOVE the important 1.08 level RISING to 1.1762; / Last night Shanghai composite CLOSED UP 29.57 POINTS OR 1.06%//Hang Sang CLOSED UP 72.85 POINTS OR 0.26% 

/AUSTRALIA CLOSED UP  0.42% / EUROPEAN BOURSES ALL RED

 

The NIKKEI: this FRIDAY morning CLOSED DOWN 332.30 POINTS OR 1.36% 

 

 

 

Trading from Europe and Asia

1/EUROPE OPENED ALL RED 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / :Hang Sang CLOSED UP 72.85 POINTS OR 0.26%/SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 29.57 POINTS OR 1.906%

 

Australia BOURSE CLOSED UP 0.42%

Nikkei (Japan) CLOSED UP 323.30 POINTS OR 1.36% 

 

 

INDIA’S SENSEX  IN THE RED

Gold very early morning trading: 1183.80

silver:$14.30

Early FRIDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 3.03% !!! DOWN 1 IN POINTS from THURSDAY night in basis points and it is trading WELL ABOVE resistance at 2.27-2.32%. (POLICY FED ERROR)/

The 30 yr bond yield 3.16 DOWN 2  IN BASIS POINTS from THURSDAY night. (POLICY FED ERROR)/

USA dollar index early FRIDAY morning: 95.32 UP 43  CENT(S) from THURSDAY’s close.

This ends early morning numbers FRIDAY MORNING

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And now your closing FRIDAY NUMBERS \1: 00 PM

 

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 1.88% UP 1    in basis point(s) yield from THURSDAY/

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: +.13%  UP 1 BASIS POINTS from THURSDAY/JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/EXTREMELY VOLATILE YESTERDAY

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.50% DOWN 0  IN basis point yield from THURSDAY/

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 3.14 UP 25   POINTS in basis point yield from THURSDAY/

 

 

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 159 points HIGHER than Spain.

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: FALLS UP TO +.47%   IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY//

 

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR FRIDAY

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

Euro/USA 1.1623 DOWN .0013 (Euro DOWN 13 Basis points/ represents to DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE/

USA/Japan: 113.46 UP 0.068 Yen DOWN 7 basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.3050 DOWN .0026( POUND DOWN 26 BASIS POINTS)

USA/Canada 1.2914  Canadian dollar UP 121  Basis points AS OIL ROSE TO $73.32

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This afternoon, the Euro was FELL BY 13 BASIS POINTS  to trade at 1.1623

The Yen FELL to 113.46 for a LOSS of 7 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 LOST 26 basis points, trading at 1.3050/

The Canadian dollar GAINED 121 basis points to 1.2914/ WITH WTI RISING TO 73.32

The USA/Yuan,CNY closed DOWN AT 6.8688-  ON SHORE  (YUAN UP)

THE USA/YUAN OFFSHORE:  6.8742 (  YUAN DOWN)

TURKISH LIRA:  6.0266

the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at +.13%   UP 1  BASIS POINT FROM YESTERDAY

 

 

Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield DOWN 3  IN basis points from THURSDAY at 3.04 % //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic USA 30 yr bond yield: 3.18 DOWN 2  in basis points on the day /

THE RISE IN BOTH THE 10 YR AND THE 30 YR ARE VERY PROBLEMATIC FOR VALUATIONS

Your closing USA dollar index, 95.05 UP  15 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 FRIDAY: 1:00 PM 

London: CLOSED DOWN 35.24 POINTS OR 0.47%

German Dax : CLOSED DOWN 188.86 POINTS  OR 1.52%
Paris Cac CLOSED DOWN 46.92 POINTS OR 0.85%
Spain IBEX CLOSED DOWN 138.30 POINTS OR 1.45%

Italian MIB: CLOSED DOWN:  799.37 POINTS OR 3.72%/

 

 

WTI Oil price; 72.09  1:00 pm;

Brent Oil: 81.74 1:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN /   ROUBLE CROSS:    65.49/ THE CROSS LOWER BY  0.38 ROUBLES/DOLLAR (ROUBLE HIGHER BY 38 BASIS PTS)

USA DOLLAR VS TURKISH LIRA:  5.9765 PER ONE USA DOLLAR.

TODAY THE GERMAN YIELD FALLS +.47 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, 4:00 pm/and 10 year USA interest rate:

WTI CRUDE OIL PRICE 4:30 PM:$72.54

BRENT: $82.93

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 3.06%

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 3.21%/

EURO/USA DOLLAR CROSS: 1.1602 DOWN .0034 ( DOWN 34 BASIS POINTS)

USA/JAPANESE YEN:113.68 UP 0.291 (YEN DOWN 29 BASIS POINTS/ .

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 94.18 UP 29 cent(s)/

The British pound at 5 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA: 1.3029 DOWN 46 POINTS FROM YESTERDAY

the Turkish lira close: 6.0371

the Russian rouble:  65.54 pu 0.08 roubles against the uSA dollar.(UP 8 BASIS POINTS)

 

Canadian dollar: 1.2916 UP 112 BASIS pts

USA/CHINESE YUAN (CNY) : 6.8688  (ONSHORE)

USA/CHINESE YUAN(CNH):  6.8778 (OFFSHORE)

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: ,0.47%

 

The Dow closed  UP  18.38 POINTS OR 0.07%

NASDAQ closed UP 4.38  points or 0.05% 4.00 PM EST


VOLATILITY INDEX:  12.12  CLOSED DOWN 0.29

LIBOR 3 MONTH DURATION: 2.396%  .LIBOR  RATES ARE RISING/big jump today

(from 2.386 yesterday)

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

TRADING IN GRAPH FORM FOR THE DAY

 

Trade Tantrums & Trump Turmoil Spark Best Quarter For

US Stocks In 5 Years

Summing the quarter up nicely…

nicely…

The World Is Down In 2

The World Is Down In 2018…

STOCKS

US stocks are outperforming the world still in 2018 with China worst…

 

US equity markets close the quarter at their most-expensive in history…

 

Best quarter for US stocks in 5 years… (S&P is up 11 of the last 12 quarters)… Dow Transports (green) and Industrials (blue) were best in Q3, Small Caps (red) were worst…

World Stocks (Ex-US) eked out a modest 1.3% gain in Q3 – the first quarterly gain since 2017 – but Chinese stocks fel lfor the 4th quarter in a row…

 

European Stocks were very mixed in Q3 with France’s CAC outperforming and Italy’s FTSEMIB the worst (collapsing in the last few days as budget headlines struck)…

But in September, Italy was best – despite this week’s collapse – and DAX worst…

 

But September was much more mixed in the US…

But Nasdaq closed September red – breaking its 5 month win streak. Small Caps also closed red in Sept, the first down month since February. S&P, however, eked out gains in September for its 6th straight monthly gain in a row…

 

On the week, only Nasdaq closed green (notice the plunge midweek that was caught perfectly at unch)…

 

“Most Shorted” stocks ended lower in September (first monthly drop since Feb) but soared in Q3…

 

US Tech stocks outperformed financials for the 5th quarter in a row, soaring for 7 straight days (relative to financials) into month- and quarter-end…

 

Despite surging rates, banks were battered in September. Only Citi managed to hold on to any gains in September among the big banks with Wells Fargo down almost 10%…

 

FANG Stocks managed to cling to a gain on the quarter – the 7th quarterly gain in a row – and a small loss on the month, but barely…

Tesla stood out in the month and quarter…

Tesla is down 15% today…

 

US Stocks are in a world of their own…

BONDS

Thanks to a bloodbath in September, bonds ended the quarter notably higher in yield…

 

September saw the biggest 10Y bond yield spike since April…

 

The US yield curve flattened for the 7th month in a row (and 12th of the last 13)…

 

And flattened for the 17th quarter in the last 19…

 

On the week, all but 2Y ended the week lower – especially post-FOMC…

 

HY bonds outperformed IG bonds notably for the 4th month in a row (and 3rd quarter in a row)…

 

FX

The Dollar Index ended Q3 unchanged for all intents and purposes – having traded in a very narrow range basically controlled by the ECB spike in Q2 (narrowest since Q2 2014)…

 

Among the majors, Yen was weakest; cable, aussie, and loonie were strongest (marginally though), however, despite its weighting, it was yuan that warranted most attention… PBOC fixed the Yuan at its weakest since Aug 17th and offshore yuan sits right at critical support from its cycle lows…

 

Emerging Market FX fell for the second quarter in a row led by Argentine Peso, Turkish Lira, Indian Rupee, and Russian Ruble (Mexican Peso was best in Q3)…

Emerging Market FX in September was its best month since January, but was mixed under the surface with Argentine Peso worst (down over 10%) and Turkish Lira best (+7.5%)

Cryptos were mixed in Q3 with Bitcoin and Ripple managing gains and Ethereum crashing 45%…

 

Bitcoin is up on the quarter (first quarterly gain since Q4 2017) but down in September…

 

COMMODITIES

WTI dominated commodity-land in Q3 and silver was slammed (but there was some maniacal bid into the quarter-end)…

 

Gold fell for the second quarter in a row (biggest drop since Q4 2016 and first quarterly close below $1200 since Q4 2016)

 

Silver was ugly too – but bounced off its lowest levels since Jan 2009…back up near its 50DMA…

 

And as Gold and silver drop, specs have plunged to unprecedented positioning…

 

Oil headed for its longest string of quarterly gains in more than a decade as impending supply disruptions threaten to fracture a global market with little margin for error. The current front-month (Nov 18) contract is now up 5 quarters in a row…

 

On the month, Copper and Crude surged (China stimulus hopes?) and Silver spiked into the close to end green…

 

Gold/Silver was crushed on the last day on the month/quarter – the biggest daily drop since Nov 2017…

On the week, Silver and Crude were the best performers…

 

The real PhD in economics – Dr. Lumber – collapsed in Q3 – the biggest drop since 1993! (and September was its worst month since April 2011)

 

Finally, US ‘hard’ economic data fell for the 3rd straight quarter – but stocks don’t care…

 

market trading

 

 

market data

Another favourite indicator of the Fed shows disappointment as spending is growing faster than incomes for the 7th straight month.  It means that spending is occurring because of credit card financing to spend for things they need

(courtesy zerohedge)

Americans Spending Grows Faster Than Incomes For

7th Straight Month

Annual spending growth outpaced annual income growth for the 7th month in a row in August but month-over-month, incomes rose less than expected as The Fed’s favorite inflation indicator modestly disappointed MoM.

Against expectations of a 0.4% rise MoM, income rose 0.3$, and while spending growth MoM rose 0.3% as expected, growth has been slowing for 6 months…

And while growth YoY continues in both, August saw it notably slowing… This is the 7th straight month that spending growth has been at or above income growth…

Wages and salaries rose 0.5% MoM, the most since January, the August report showed. Real disposable income, or earnings adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.2% for a second month.

Private worker wages rose at 5.3% YoY in August, up from +5.1% in July.

Which held the savings rate at its lowest since Dec 2017…

And finally, The Fed’s favorite inflation indicator – Core PCE – slowed modestly back below the mandated 2.0% YoY

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Soft data PMI disappoints  and its value is the lowest since April
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Chicago PMI Disappoints As Economic “Reality Gap” Reaches 11-Month Highs

Ahead of today’s miss on Chicago PMI (60.4 vs 62.0 exp), ‘soft’ survey data has been surging as ‘hard’ real data has been slumping. The ‘reality gap’ is now at its widest in 11 months…

Chicago PMI dropped to its lowest since April… September’s drop is the largest since March…

 

But Chicago’s disappointment bucked the recent trend in ‘soft’ survey data that has pushed the gap between hope and reality to 11-month highs…

 

 

 

USA economic/general stories
Former Fed Governor Yellen is sounding the alarm bell on the huge amount of leveraged loans out there
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Janet Yellen Says It’s Time For “Alarm” As Loan Bubble Runs Amok

The deluge of leveraged loans is getting increasingly difficult to regulate as it takes over Wall Street. A new report brings up a perfect example of this: Bomgar Corp., who just lined up $439 million in loans. It was the company’s third trip to the debt markets this year and estimates have the company’s leverage potentially spiking as high as 15 times its earnings going forward, raising the obvious question of the risk profile of these loans.

As rates move higher like they are now, the loans – whose interest rates reference such floating instruments as LIBOR or Prime – pay out more. As a result, as the Fed tightens the money supply, defaults tend to increase as the interest expenses rise and as the overall cost of capital increases. And because an increasing amount of the financing for these loans is done outside of the traditional banking sector, regulators and agencies like the Federal Reserve aren’t able to do much to rein it in. The market for leveraged loans and junk bonds is now over $2 trillion.

Escalating the risk of the unbridled loan explosion, none other than Janet Yellen – who is directly responsible for the current loan bubble – recently told Bloomberg that “regulators should sound the alarm. They should make it clear to the public and the Congress there are things they are concerned about and they don’t have the tools to fix it.”

Thanks Janet.

As we noted recently, the risks of such loans defaulting are obvious, including loss of jobs and risk to companies on both the borrowing and the lending side.

Tobias Adrian, a former senior vice president at the New York Fed who’s now the IMF’s financial markets chief, told Bloomberg: “…supporting growth is important, but future downside risks also need to be considered.” He also stated that regulators had “limited tools to rein in nonbank credit”.

But you’d never know this by listening to the Federal Reserve. According to Fed chairman Jerome Powell, during his press conference Wednesday, the Fed doesn’t see any risks right now. Powell said that “overall vulnerabilities” were “moderate”. He also stated that banks today “take much less risk than they used to”. We’ll pause for the obligatory golf clap.

* * *

The lenders for the Bomgar deal included Jefferies Financial Group Inc. and Golub Capital BDC Inc., names that are outside the reach of the Fed. The company itself used the astounding defense that its pro forma leverage may only be “about seven times earnings”, which for some reason they seem to think is manageable, despite it obviously being an aggressive amount of leverage.

And since lenders may not ultimately wind up being the ones that pay the piper in the case of a default, the standards are lax on all sides. These types of loans are generally either bought by mutual funds or sometimes packaged into other securities that are sold to investors.

Of course, the harder that regulators squeeze to try to prevent these types of loans, the quicker that the market slips past them evolves. Trying to tighten loan standards has instead resulted in the market shifting to less regulated lenders, including companies like KKR & Co., Jefferies and Nomura. Hedge funds are next.

The history of regulating leveraged loans goes back to 2013, when the Fed and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued guidance that told banks what acceptable leverage was. It restricted traditional banks from participating in the riskiest of these deals. Jerome Powell in 2015 said that this type of regulation would stop “a return to pre-crisis conditions”. Yes, the same Jerome Powell who today doesn’t see any risk.

Of course, Wall Street lobbied against this back then, as did Republican lawmakers, declaring it as an overreach of regulation. And so now that the market has evolved in its wake, the leveraged loan market has started to run amok again.

Joseph Otting, the former banker who leads the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is quoted as stating in February that: “…institutions should have the right to do the leveraged lending they want as long as they have the capital and personnel to manage that.”

Trying to put a favorable spin on current events, Richard Taft, the OCC’s deputy comptroller for credit risk, stated this month: “There isn’t anything going on in the market right now that would cause us to increase our supervision of that because we are always looking at that type of portfolio.”

Increased demand also means that yields won’t rise much even though loan quality has gotten worse. Investors may not be compensated for the risk that they’re taking, as we pointed out recently . We quoted Guy LeBas, chief fixed-income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, who stated: “It’s not a good time to be buying bank loans”.

He also noted something troubling which we have discussed on numerous prior occasions: the collapse in lender protections which are worse than usual as there’s a smaller pool of creditors to absorb losses, and as covenant protection has never been weaker.

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SWAMP STORIES

Last night:

after a powerful opening remarks and after an extremely emotional day, Kavanaugh secures the committee votes.  It will now go to the full senate where he should be confirmed.

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Senate Insider: Kavanaugh Votes Secured

After an emotional day of testimony on Capitol Hill, a late Thursday report from Townhall citing a Senate insider reveals that Brett Kavanaugh has the votes to make it out of committee and will be confirmed on the floor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sens. Flake (R-AZ), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Manchin (D-WV) are expected to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. All the Republicans are voting yes. Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh. That’s the ball game, folks. –Townhall

Thursday’s testimony saw a rollercoaster of emotions from both Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford – who claims he groped her at a high school party in 1982.

Ford was considered compelling, with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) calling her an “attractive, good witness,” while betting sites saw Kavanaugh’s chances of approval drop significantly after she was done.

Kavanaugh, on the other hand, shook the building with righteous indignation – slamming Democrats for smearing his family name and his lifetime of achievements. His opening statement was gripping and emotional – with Kavanaugh breaking down into tears several times, and seething with rage during other pivotal moments – such as when he excoriated ranking minority leader Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for withholding Ford’s letter from the committee for several weeks before it was leaked to the press.

Feinstein was taken aback, and immediately pivoted to a softer tact which was ultimately not convincing. The Democrats attempted several times to corner Kavanaugh on why he hasn’t advocated for an FBI investigation into the allegations against him, to which Kavanaugh stated several times that this would ultimately be unproductive since the agency doesn’t render an opinion, which was the Judiciary Committee’s job.

Kavanaugh’s opening statement has already been made into a commercial:

Erick Erickson

@EWErickson

Kavanaugh’s opening is already in a new commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pC6XJD1AcQ&feature=youtu.be 

Undoubtedly contributing to pro-Kavanaugh sentiment among GOP Committee members was Senator Lindsey Graham’s fiery condemnation of the Democrats for turning the Supreme Court hearing into a circus.

Democrats are now suggesting that Kavanaugh isn’t fit for the Supreme Court because of his emotional testimony over accusations that will hang over his head for the rest of his life, confirmed or not.

With no evidence, no corroborating witnesses, and the timing of the allegation, these allegations against an eminently qualified judge were just too thin to stop the Kavanaugh train. Remember Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) office had Ford’s letter since July. They sat on it for weeks. They kept it from Senate colleagues. And then they dropped it at the 11th hour in the hope of derailing the nomination. It was a Hail Mary pass—and it failed miserably. –Townhall

Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation vote is scheduled for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m

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This ought to be good: The house Oversight Committee chairman subpoenas the documents detailing Rosenstein’s attempted “palace coup” .  Also requested are the Fisa court warrants initiating the whole farce on Carter Page and the genesis of the Russian/Trump election collusion Mueller probe

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House Committee Subpoenas ‘McCabe Memos’ Reportedly Detailing Rosenstein’s Attempted ‘Palace Coup’

Despite the staggering revelations regarding his pre-Mueller probe conduct that came to light a week ago, Rod Rosenstein looks set to keep his job – for now, at least. But while President Trump has insisted that he doesn’t believe the report – which alleges that Rosenstein tried to recruit cabinet members for a palace coup and even suggested surreptitiously taping Trump in the Oval Office – the truth of the matter may soon be exposed thanks to House Oversight Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who on Thursday formally subpoenaed the DOJ to obtain copies of the incriminating memos, and other related materials, purportedly penned by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The NYT and other news outlets cited the memos as the original source for their story, though none of them actually obtained physical copies of the document – instead, they relied on “descriptions” of the memos’ content conveyed by third parties who had reportedly seen them.

According to Fox NewsGoodlatte sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday notifying him of the subpoena, which was issued as part of a joint investigation with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy.Goodlatte is giving the DOJ – which has been notoriously reluctant to comply with Congressional subpoenas during the Trump era – a deadline of Oct. 4 to comply. The initial Times report claimed that McCabe had left copies of his memos at the FBI after he was fired earlier this year.

“Given the Department’s ongoing delays and/or refusal to produce these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel their production,” Goodlatte wrote to Sessions.

In addition to requesting all documents and communications pertaining to the memos, Goodlatte also subpoenaed the file  on the first FISA Court application requesting a wiretapping warrant on Trump Campaign advisor Carter Page, a warrant that was at the heart of the Obama Administration’s suspected conspiracy to wiretap and investigate the presidential nominee of its rival party, according to the Washington Examiner. 

McCabe

Rosenstein has denounced the NYT report as “factually incorrect” while insisting that he never said or did the things he was accused of doing. Other anonymous sources who were reportedly in the room during a meeting between Rosenstein and McCabe where these issues were discussed were quoted saying Rosenstein made the comment about wiretapping the president in jest.

McCabe’s lawyer, Mark Bromwich (who notably made an appearance during Thursday’s Kavanaugh hearing) acknowledged the existence of the memos in a statement last week.

“Andrew McCabe drafted memos to memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions,” McCabe’s attorney Michael Bromwich said in a statement. “When he was interviewed by the Special Counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos – classified and unclassified – to the Special Counsel’s office. A set of those memos remained at the FBI at the time of his departure in late January 2018. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”

The memos, which were taken by McCabe, reportedly include details from debriefing sessions with former FBI Director James Comey about his meetings with Trump. They were intended to preserve details that may have been used in an obstruction case against the president.

Fox News reported that the meeting where Rosenstein purportedly made his comments took place on May 16, 2017. The meeting was attended by several DOJ officials, including McCabe and former FBI counsel Lisa Page, who was famously fired from the bureau after her anti-Trump text messages with former lover Peter Strzok were exposed. Notably, Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller the day after the meeting. The New York Times reported at the time that it had confirmed the details of the memos – the contents of which had been shared with the paper through an intermediary – with multiple people who had been briefed on their content.

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Not only have the House Judiciary Committee issued a  subpoena for the McCabe Rosenstein “palace coup”

but now they wish to talk to him and he refuses, that they will subpoena him

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GOP Leaders Threaten Rosenstein With Subpoena If He Refuses To Testify About McCabe Memos

Roughly nine months after Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he would not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller without “good reason”, House Republicans are again moving to haul him in for questioning following a steady drumbeat of pressure that has intensified over the past week. This comes after they said they would subpoena the memos themselves late Thursday.

Rosie

According to the Washington Post, Rosenstein will be called back to Capitol Hill to testify, and if he refuses, the House will subpoena him, said Rep. Mark Meadows, who tweeted Friday that GOP leadership had agreed on a plan.

Mark Meadows

@RepMarkMeadows

Leadership has agreed to call Rod Rosenstein before Congress, for a closed door hearing with our panel investigating, so he can explain his alleged comments on “wiring” POTUS–as well as other inconsistent statements.

If Mr. Rosenstein fails to show up, we will subpoena him.

The calls for Rosenstein’s testimony have intensified since the New York Times published a bombshell story last Friday alleging that Rosenstein tried to organize an attempt to oust President Trump via the 25th amendment, and that he had suggested surreptitiously recording the president. However, the story, which was drawn from memos allegedly taken by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, has been disputed by some people who attended a meeting with McCabe and Rosie the day before Mueller’s appointment was announced. Since then, reports about Rosenstein’s imminent firing/resignation have proven false, as Trump has said he wants to hear Rosenstein’s side of the story. The two, who met briefly Thursday, will meet again next week.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that the Judiciary Committee “is calling the shots” and that “we support the Judiciary Chairman.”

As WaPo points out, House Republicans attempted to curry the votes to impeach Rosenstein, claiming that his Rosenstein’s DOJ wasn’t complying with an investigation into the genesis of the Mueller probe. But in recent weeks House leaders had changed their tune, saying that Rosie had become cooperative. Trump has also considered firing him at least twice.

An agreement from GOP leaders to call Rosenstein to testify puts to rest any lingering speculation that the House would schedule a vote to impeach Rosenstein during the last few days that lawmakers are in town, before departing Washington for an extended pre-midterm campaign period. Meadows’s tweet did not say exactly when he expected Rosenstein to appear on Capitol Hill, but it will surely be after most lawmakers are scheduled to be away from Washington.

Earlier this week, Meadows said that he wanted Rosenstein to testify next week. On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he thought Republicans were “moving in a good direction as far as getting Mr. Rosenstein to come before Congress,” and that he expected Rosenstein would meet with lawmakers “soon”.

Jordan also added the joint committee plans next week to meet with former FBI general counsel James Baker. Lawmakers also are expected to meet during the third week of October with Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for Fusion GPS, the firm behind a dossier detailing Trump’s alleged personal and business ties to Russia, according to two members. Ohr is married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who met on several occasions with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the information in the dossier.

While it’s unclear exactly when Rosenstein will testify, his testimony will come as Republicans interview several other witnesses in their investigation, including Nellie Ohr, wife of former deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr, who had ties to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired an ex-British spy to compile the Trump dossier, that were not properly disclosed.

Then again, it’s still certainly possible that Trump could change his mind and fire Rosenstein before he has an opportunity to testify.

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The Democrats game plan is already set:  they are plotting to impeach not only Trump but also Kavanaugh

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“He Will Not Serve For Life” – Democrats Are Already Plotting Kavanaugh’s Impeachment

With the Senate Judiciary preparing to recommend that Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to fill the SCOTUS seat recently vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, it’s looking increasingly likely that Kavanaugh will successfully make it through what has undoubtedly been the most bruising Supreme Court confirmation process since Justice Clarence Thomas in the early 1990s. And now that Democrats have played their final card (to no avail), Axios is reporting that Democratic operatives are already scheming to impeach Kavanaugh as quickly as they can.

Indeed, as the Nov. 6 midterm vote draws closer, Republicans expect the impeachment of both Trump and Kavanaugh to be “an animating issue.

Here’s more from Axios, which cited several unnamed Democratic and Republican operatives in its report:

  • A well-known Democratic strategist says the “only question is who calls for it first.”
  • And top Republicans expect President Trump to begin making an even bigger issue of his own possible impeachment as a way of whipping up supporters in the final month of this fall’s midterm campaigns.
  • A veteran Republican close to Senate leaders and the White House: “Impeachment of Trump and Kav will be an animating issue on both sides.”

At the very least, expect Democrats to “question the legitimacy” of his seat.

Be smart: If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could be expected to question the legitimacy of his swing Supreme Court vote. Congress degraded itself yesterday. And the Trump White House of course has serious credibility issues.

Kav

Meanwhile, former Hillary Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon offered a more complete look at how Democrats could push for impeachment in a Thursday night tweet, where he declared that, should Kavanaugh be confirmed (an outcome that is looking increasingly likely) he would “not serve for life.”

Brian Fallon

@brianefallon

If Senate GOP ignores Dr. Blasey Ford and tries to muscle an attempted rapist onto the Supreme Court:
1. They will pay dearly this November.
2. Senators up in 2020 (Collins, Gardner et al) will feel intense heat for next two years.
3. Kavanaugh will not serve for life.

During an interview with France 24, Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman illustrates a scenario where Kavanaugh could be impeached – not because of the sexual assault controversy, but because he’s suspected of lying about stolen memo used to push through Bush-era nominees. It’s also possible that he lied about his role in devising the Bush administration torture memos/

“Let us suppose we learn that there are documents which indicate quite unequivocally that Mr. Kavanaugh was involved with the construction of the torture memos. What will happen is he will be impeached for misrepresenting his position in his testimony both this time and when he was first confirm [to his appeals court judgeship for the Washington DC circuit].”

Earlier this month, former deputy attorney general Lisa Graves argued that Kavanaugh received memos stolen from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee during the Bush era and used them to help push through the administration’s nominees. Then he allegedly lied about it under oath.

Here’s Graves (per Slate):

Newly released emails show that while he was working to move through President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees in the early 2000s, Kavanaugh received confidential memos, letters, and talking points of Democratic staffers stolen by GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda. That includes research and talking points Miranda stole from the Senate server after I had written them for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chief counsel for nominations for the minority.

Receiving those memos and letters alone is not an impeachable offense.

No, Kavanaugh should be removed because he was repeatedly asked under oath as part of his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit about whether he had received such information from Miranda, and each time he falsely denied it.

But assuming Democrats amass enough votes in the House and the Senate to push through an impeachment vote, how exactly would this play out?

Unsurprisingly, Vox has published a handy explainer:

Impeachment and removal of a federal judge, including a Supreme Court justice, requires meeting a high political bar. Just as with presidents, a majority of the House must approve an indictment to impeach, and a two-thirds supermajority of the US Senate must convict for the judge or justice to lose their office.

There is considerable precedent for impeaching and removing lower-level federal judges. For Supreme Court justices, the number of precedents is much smaller: There is one case in which a Supreme Court justice was impeached but not removed, and no other examples.

[…]

As a 2010 report by Elizabeth Bazan for the Congressional Research Service explains, Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution provides for the removal of “the President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States … on Impeachment for and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The term “civil officers” is not defined in the Constitution, and Bazan notes that with one exception (US Sen. William Blount, one of the first two elected from Tennessee in 1796) every person impeached so far has been an executive or judicial branch official. The Senate ultimately decided that Blount was not a “civil officer” and acquitted him on that basis.

By contrast, Bazan writes, “the precedents show that federal judges have been considered to fall within the sweep of the ‘Civil Officer’ language.” The House has, in the course of federal history, impeached 13 judges, and the Senate has convicted and removed eight. Of those convicted, seven were district judges. The other was Robert Archbald, who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the now-defunct United States Commerce Court until his 1913 removal.

Thomas Porteous, a federal judge who was impeached in 2009, was facing criminal charges at the time of his impeachment, as were the other four judges who comprise the five most recent impeachment cases in the federal judiciary.

But as Vox also points out, these situations differ markedly from Kavanaugh’s situation (and Thomas’s as well):

If one takes the five impeachment cases in recent decades as a model, Kavanaugh’s conduct (and Thomas’s) does not appear similar. While Kent’s case involved sexual misconduct, he had also already been criminally convicted, whereas Maryland prosecutors show little interest in pursuing charges against Kavanaugh in the Ford case. There is little indication that federal prosecutors believe he committed perjury in his statements about the judicial memos.

More importantly, both Kavanaugh and Thomas have numerous supporters in the Senate and the House. At the time of their impeachment, these other judges didn’t.

In other words, not only would Democrats need the support of their entire caucus to succeed with an impeachment and removal – they would likely also need the support of most of their Republican colleagues. And unless evidence of some unspeakable act comes to light, it’s unlikely that this will happen.

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This should be fun:  the House Intel Committee is to release 53 Trump-Russia transcripts.
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House Intel Committee Votes To Release 53 Trump-Russia Transcripts

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday voted to release 53 transcripts related to the panel’s Trump-Russia investigation, reports The Hill, “teeing up a massive document dump ahead of the November midterm elections.

The transcripts will include testimony from several current and former key members of Trump’s orbit, including Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., Roger Stone and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. 

Also included will be interviews with former Obama administration officials such as former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper as well as former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

The transcripts — 53 in total — will not immediately be released but will now go to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for a classification review, which could take days or weeks to complete.

The documents are poised to revive discussion about the House panel’s Russia investigation, which dramatically broke down into partisan infighting and culminated in Republicans moving to end the probe in a party-line vote last March. Democrats have accused the GOP leaders of ending the probe prematurely. –The Hill

House GOP released a report on their findings in April which found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Late in the afternoon, after the 11 to 10 vote in the committee, Jeff Flake  (committee voter) and Lisa Murkowski (non committee voter) and both Republicans stated that they will vote no on the senate floor, if there is no FBI limited probe. All of the Republicans agree.  Also Mark Judge will co-operate and answer all questions from the FBI.  This should put an end to this sham
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Kavanaugh Nomination Hits Snag After Republicans Agree To FBI Probe

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination has been stalled on the Senate floor after GOP leadership agreed Friday afternoon to a one-week delay for an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the Supreme Court nominee. Earlier in the day, the Judiciary Committee approved Kavanaugh’s advancement by a vote of 11-10 along party lines.

There’s going to be a supplemental FBI background investigation said Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in a Friday statement, which he said would last no longer than a week. 

Cornyn, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a number of other Republicans had huddled in McConnell’s office Friday afternoon to discuss how to proceed on the confirmation following a call from three key senators to delay the vote. –CNBC

Immediately prior to the Judiciary Committee voted, GOP Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona – who is not running for reelection – attempted to push for a delay pending an FBI investigation, however he was unsuccessful after Chairman Grassley rushed the vote.

Flake then vowed to vote no on the full floor decision, and was joined by GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, just one day after Dianne Feinstein cornered her in a hallway for an apparent “talking to.”

While walking into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a key vote, said “yes,” when asked if she supports Sen. Jeff Flake’s proposal for a delay.

CNN asked: And do you think it should be limited to Ford’s accusations or should it include an investigation into other allegations?

Murkowski responded: “I support the FBI having an opportunity to bring some closure to this.” –CNN

With a slim majority in the Senate of 51-49, the GOP would have been unable to push ahead with a Kavanaugh vote without at least Flake or Murkowski’s support, as Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie in a deadlock.

The move by Flake, a frequent Trump critic who is retiring from the Senate after this year, was cheered by several Democrats, including Sen. Chris Coons (Del.), a fellow member of the Judiciary Committee.

“He and I dont share a lot of political views but we share a deep concern for the health of this institution and what it means to the rest of the world and the country,” said Coons, who huddled with Flake before he announced his position. –WaPo

When asked Friday afternoon what he thought about the delay, President Trump said “I’m going to let the Senate handle that,” insisting that he would not get involved in pressuring the dissenting GOP senators to vote either way.

“I’m going to rely on all of the people including Senator Grassley who’s doing a very good job,” added Trump.

CBS News

@CBSNews

During meeting with the president of Chile, President Trump says he found Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “very compelling.” https://cbsn.ws/2Oj63Rs

CBS News

@CBSNews

During meeting with the president of Chile, President Trump says he found Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “very compelling.” https://cbsn.ws/2Oj63Rs

Meanwhile, CNBC reports that an attorney for Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high school friend said to have been in the room during an alleged groping incident, says that Judge “will answer any and all questions posed to him” by the FBI.

“If the FBI or any law enforcement agency requests Mr. Judge’s cooperation, he will answer any and all questions posed to him,” Judge’s lawyer Barbara Van Gelder told CNBC in an email. –CNBC

Accuser Christine Blasey Ford says that both Judge and Kavanaugh were extremely drunk at a 1982 party that she has scant memories of, when Kavanaugh grinded his body against hers on a bed and attempted to take her clothes off. She testified that it was only after Judge jumped on the bed that the attack stopped.

Of note, four individuals named by Ford have all denied any memory of the party – including Ford’s “lifelong” friend, Leland Ingham Keyser, who says she has never been at a party where Kavanaugh was in attendance.

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Trump orders the very limited..less than one week FBI background check after the Senate requested it
(courtesy the Hill)

Trump to order new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh after Senate request

Trump to order new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh after Senate request
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President Trump will authorize the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding multiple sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee, the White House confirmed Friday.

“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Friday.The Senate Judiciary Committee officially called on the president to make such a move Friday afternoon.

 

Statement from President @realDonaldTrump:

“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”

 

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was the first to call on the FBI to conduct an investigation that was “limited in scope and time,” and said it should focus solely on the accusations and last no longer than a week.

Multiple senators, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkwski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) soon followed.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.

DEVELOPING

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Swamp stories courtesy of the King report
(courtesy King report)
and special thanks to Chris Powell for sending this to us…
Republican Senators Doxxed by Someone in House Shortly after Questioning Kavanaugh
An unknown person located in the House of Representatives on Thursday posted the personal information of Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, as well as Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah…
Kavanaugh confirmation odds as we write: 68%     https://electionbettingodds.com/
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As always, let us close out the weekend with this offering courtesy of Greg Hunter,of uSAWatchdog

Kavanaugh Dem Desperation, Economic Warning, National Emergency

By Greg Hunter On September 28, 2018 In Weekly News Wrap-Ups

Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 354 9.28.18)

The circus that was supposed to be a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh ended this week. It could not be more obvious that the Dems are desperate to stop or delay Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court in the nation. The one fact that shows the entire thing was an act of desperation was the fact that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s own eye witnesses (3) all swore under oath that the alleged sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh never happened. President Trump has called this a “big fat con job” by a Democrat smear campaign. The charges from two other women are also bogus. Expect Kavanaugh to be confirmed soon.

Former Fed Head Janet Yellen has joined the chorus from Wall Street with, yet another, financial warning. This one concerns the “loan bubble that has run amok.” Other big time Wall Street professionals have also been warning. Gregory Mannarino from TradersChoice.net says he can’t remember when he has seen so many warnings come out in such a short amount of time from so many high powered financial professionals. Mannarino says the markets are “all fake.” So, watch out!

This all comes out under the backdrop of there being a declared “national emergency” on multiple fronts. President Trump has declared “national emergencies” and, yet, the mainstream media (MSM) ignores them all. The emergencies are spelled out in detail on WhiteHouse.gov. Is the MSM that stupid? Do White House Correspondents not read the official White House website? Is the MSM hiding something from the public? These are all good questions, but the public remains uninformed and in the dark to the dangers declared by the President.

Join Greg Hunter as he looks at these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

After the Interview:

Gerald Celente, Publisher of The Trends Journal, is out with his own financial warnings. Mr. Celente will be the Early Sunday Release.

Video Link

https://usawatchdog.com/kavanaugh-dem-desperation- economic-warning-national-emergency/

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WE WILL SEE YOU ON MONDAY NIGHT.

AS A LITTLE HEADS UP, I WILL NOT BE DOING  MY USUAL LENGTHY COMMENTARIES NEXT WEEK AS I WILL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. I WILL NOT DO INVENTORY DATA CHANGES FOR GOLD/SILVER

HOWEVER, I WILL DO THE COMEX DATA AND PUT IN THE MAJOR STORIES OF THE DAY.

 

ALL THE BEST

 

 

HARVEY

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One comment

  1. Harvey, great works always but it would be even better if you could get your head out of the sand and stop exclusively watching Fox news.
    Mark

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