Guest Post: " Shanghai Silver Stocks Plummet", by Steve St. Angelo

All sorts of anecdotal evidence out there of growing physical silver shortages from Mint shutdowns to unusually heavy Comex deliveries. Today, our pal SRSrooco writes about the drawdowns occurring in Shanghai, too.


by, Steve St. Angelo

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There seems to be more evidence indicating the beginning stages of a global run on silver.  How so?  Well, ever since the middle of June, something significantly changed in the silver market.  Physical silver investment demand skyrocketed.  Why June?  This was at the time Greece was voting on whether or not to remain in the European Union.

Since the middle of June, investment demand for silver has increased considerably.  Matter-a-fact, the U.S. Mint suspended sales of the Silver Eagle for two weeks starting on July 12th.  When Silver Eagle sales resumed on July 27th, over 2.5 million were sold over the next two days.

Furthermore, the Royal Canadian Mint has put its Gold and Silver Maple Leaf sales on allocation to its Authorized Participants.  In addition, India has imported a record 3,824 metric tons (mt) in the first six months of the year.  This is up 35% compared to the same time last year.  And according to the July 28th press release:

Generally, as far as market observation goes, silver imports rise in the second half of the year. The rise in demand in August, is a result of the jewellery making and silverware industry, just before the festive season in Autumn as well as supplying for exports before Christmas.

So, if India imported a record 3,824 mt in the first half of the year, this will only increase in the second half as jewelry and silverware demand pick up considerably due to the festive season in the Autumn.

Another factor in a rise in global silver demand is the recent decline in silver stocks at the Shanghai Futures Exchange.  Some of my readers have sent me emails stating, “Whatever happened to the silver stocks at the Shanghai Futures Exchange?”  Well, let’s first look at my last update from September, 2014:

Shanghai Silver Stocks 2013-2014 SEP

Shanghai silver stocks peaked in May of 2013 at 1,143 mt and fell to a low of 81 mt in September of 2014.  Since the last update, silver stocks at the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) continued to slowly build until they reached a peak in the middle of June:

Shanghai Exchange Silver Stocks Jan-Aug 2015

As we can see, SHFE silver warehouse stocks increased from 176 mt at the end of January to a peak of 394 mt on June 15th.  However, silver stocks began to decline at the latter part of June, then plummeted in July falling 34% to 261 mt by the beginning of August.

And then we had this from a Money Metals Exchange article, Investment Silver Demand Draining COMEX Vaults:

One or more major players “jumped the queue” and took delivery of about 6.5 million more ounces of silver out of COMEX warehouses than anticipated at the beginning of the month.

The July data should send a shiver down the spine of anyone with a naked short position on silver, i.e. anyone who doesn’t have physical silver to deliver if a counter-party demands it. Short sellers are counting on being able to settle in cash – or grab silver bars from exchange vaults if necessary.

Mints Scouring America for Raw Silver

The big spike in investment coins, rounds, and bars is almost certainly behind the unusual delivery activity at COMEX warehouses.

Our sources indicate mint and refinery demand is largely responsible for this “jumping [of] the queue” and offtake of 1,000-ounce bars. The silver is needed for manufacturing into smaller retail products currently in very short supply.

Some major precious metals depots around the country, such as those in Los Angeles, completely ran out of all forms of pure silver last week, and mint owners are scouring the country to lock up the silver they need to keep production running.

Folks, we have to remember, this huge spike in physical silver demand is still from a fraction of investors.  The only folks buying silver are either a few wealthy individuals (some who are finally waking up) and the diehard precious metals investors that make up 1-2% of the total investment market.

What happens when more wealthy individuals, institutions and the masses finally get on board?  There just isn’t enough silver if any of these individual classes of investors wanted to purchase physical silver.

Lastly, physical silver investment demand continues to get stronger every year… even as the price declines.  Savvy investors realize the Fed and Central Banks haven’t fixed anything so the day of reckoning is still coming.  The situation today is is much different than the two and a half decade lull in silver prices after its meteoric rise in 1979.

The Fed and Central Banks had 35 years of rising global oil production to increase paper leverage and debt.  Now that the world has plateaued in conventional oil production (U.S. shale oil peaked months ago), the peak and decline will wreak havoc on the world’s highly leverage paper Ponzi Scheme.

Investors better take notice in the huge increase of physical silver investment demand and market shortages as this will likely to only get worse in the future.  Better to have your silver now, then wait until it’s nearly impossible to acquire.


proformatrillionaire's picture

First again!!

Always like reading articles from Steve .

God forbid that supply/demand would ever factor into the price of a precious metal.

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philly's picture

Back in the top 3

THURD! ...and now I can actually read the post. If I'm lucky it'll be about juvenile behavior and maybe I'd learn enough to stop trying to be one of the first five to post in each thread....FAT CHANCE!!! :^)

Marchas45's picture


I'll Take It. I Don't See No Shortages As I Have Plenty. Keep Stacking

lakedweller2's picture


Down some more.  Miners and oil stocks.

4 oz's picture

I Re-Read These Words EVERY Day!

“We should be buying silver…..It’s an amazing story what’s happening……We are on Silver fumes! And people don’t realize it."

---Steve St Angelo (SRSrocco)  End of April 2015

Markedtofuture's picture

TRX Update posted at Comet Gold

Santa update...not caving on low metal prices.

4 Aug 15, 14:54

BillD: OK GANG.... BIG UPDATE FROM JIM ON TRX FOLLOWS ... I asked him if there were anything I could post on cometgold... and this is what I got...

Bill: Review the pictures on the web site on the ongoing progress. Every barrel with a government seal on it represents gold in wool. The pregnant pond represents gold is leachate. I believe at the meeting Peter estimated that there are 4000 ounces on 3 of the 4 pads. None of that will be lost We have made gold. Even if I was running 2 plants full bore which I will be I would not sell gold at these levels unless the money was required for survival. If we make money at these prices, and lower, but what is the point? 

We recently got a $1.5 million dollars bullion loan. The entire gold stock field is under historic pressure never before seen anytime in history. Significant pours now would invite more shorts at somewhat, but not magic better prices. The second you smelter the gold in wool you owe the government 4% of its value on the spot in the gold room. No pours by any company ever occur by law without 3 federal agencies present in the gold room. Gold in leachate or in wool is hard to impossible to steal. Gold in dore is easy to steal No one in their right mind stores gold dore in the bush at a mine. Dore is shipped when poured by first a helicopter parked less than 200 feet from the gold room and the cost of total logistic is about $20,000 per load to Zurich refinery, insured all the way from the moment it enter the helicopter until custody is taken by the Swiss refinery. There is absolutely no point right now. 

If gold goes under $500 the entire industry shuts down. I do not believe this will occur. If gold goes up $1000 to above $2000 which I believe it will from the bottom TRX will be a very large holder and producer of physical metal. All published gold bulls yell own bullion so this strategy should be a win/win for TRX stockholders assuming we dividend in kind, once in the black. When nobody is building plants would not building another plant cheaply and promptly to expand capacity be a good idea? If I am wrong on gold well then we are royally screwed. If I am right on gold then it is the big kahuna. I do not look for a short term bounce in gold at the bottom as I do look forward to a resumption of the gold bull market to significantly new highs. That is the story! 

Ry, Jim

glenno321's picture

Lucky seven

FOR MEEEE! Edit. Or even eight

GuerrillaCapitalist's picture

I See the Writing on the Wall

All I can say to the criminals operating in the financial sphere is: Thanks for driving metal cheaper than the cost of production for most miners. You are subsidizing my purchases.  This allows my family to buy far more metal than we could reasonably expect to purchase.

Once the powers that are about to be no more, lose control of the markets the crimes will be exposed and metal will revert to a market driven price. There have been many guesses as to the price of silver and gold once the Great Re-set occurs. I couldn't possibly care less because I know the price of metal will be many multiples of today's prices in current buying power. Then we'll buy premium farm land, forests and other bulletproof assets.

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