Before we wrap up today, let's put the finishing touches on yesterday.
The chart below was posted in the comments last night. It pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Cartel's raid in silver yesterday. Overwhelming evidence such as this can only lead you to two conclusions about those that deny the existence of The Evil Empire and their detrimental effects/actions:
1) They are hopelessly naive and uninformed and therefore have no credibility. Frankly, these people should refrain from commenting on the PMs altogether and should stick to something about which they have some expertise.
2) They are simply a paid agent of disinformation. Get away from these people. Fast.
Whether the intention was simply to trim price or start a cascade like early May, it doesn't matter. Open interest in silver is currently 25% less than it was in late April. Once the waterfall starts, there simply are not enough weak-handed longs around to promulgate the decline. At this stage of the nascent rally/recovery from May-June, The Cartel can only hope to occasionally frighten. The likelihood that they can start a massive C/C/C (Cartel/Comex/CME) long liquidation similar to May is minimal.
And don't forget to make a mental note of the timing of the raid yesterday. By delaying until after the Comex close, not only did The Cartel make their transactions in the thinly-traded Globex, thus having greater effect, they also were able to place 50,000 new shorts that won't show up on this week's CoT report! They've now got until next Tuesday to cover their tracks. Definitely all part of their devious master plan.
OK, enough of that. Onto today. Very nice FUBMs have left us with a very clear technical picture. The charts below are self-explanatory. Yes, we could drop again as Blythe and The Monkeys are certainly capable of anything but I don't think we will. I think, instead, we'll be back above 1600 and 40 before the close on Friday.
Below is a chart I lifted from Trader Dan. It's such a great chart that you should print it and keep it as a roadmap for the move until year end. (By the way, Dan still posts on his blog from time to time so you should be sure to check it daily.)
I've mentioned repeatedly that strength in crude and copper will continue to reinforce the bid in the PM pits and nothing has changed in that regard. Despite yesterday's nonsense, ole DrC continues to impress and crude seems extremely resilient, much to the collective chagrin of The O'bottom Regime.
Lastly, I found this last night through another site but I don't remember which one. I don't know who this guy is and, frankly, I don't trust anyone from Colorado. However, Harvey likes to cite his work and this missive is certainly compelling.
"MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
What To Look For In Advance Of The Big Collapse
I'm a bit short on time today and a commenter asked my views in the comment section about what "signs" in the market to look for in order to try and anticipate a systemic/dollar collapse in this country. He was referencing a view by "Another," an anonymous individual who started writing views on the global financial system back in the late 1990's. This person and a "friend of Another" were mapping out the demise of fiat currencies and the eventual collapse of the global financial system long before most of us even knew how to spell "gold" and "banking cartel." Anyway, you can read the inquiry comment in the comment section of yesterday's post and I kind of like what I wrote in the comment section in response, so I polished up that response and decided to post it:
I'm not sure if there will be definitive signs that will tell those watching for them that "it's over." Right now everything is in a slow-motion state of collapse dating back to probably the 1970's "oil crisis," but really to the closing of the gold window. Since then, starting with the junk bonds/S&L crisis, we've have successive bubbles and blow-ups, each one getting bigger and more vicious - each one a catalyst to transfer massive wealth from the middle class to the political and business elite.
I truly believe Clinton could have turned things around after the Long Term Capital collapse, but Rubin and the other puppet-master bankers/oil barons/defense industry magnates already had their hooks too deep into the Oval Office. Ironically, and I'm not the only one out "there" to remark on this, it was during the populist Clinton's Presidency that the extreme and blatant corruption we see on Wall Street and DC seems to have accelerated. Hell, Clinton himself barely had a pot to piss in when he entered the White House and now he's worth $100's of millions. I don't recall that ever happening to Harry Truman...You think that Clinton "self-made" that wealth? LOL
In terms of predicting "THE Event," I dunno. How many really wealthy people in Germany with billions in marks in the bank on November 13, 1923 thought they would wake up on November 14 to see their paper wealth literally incinerated? Surely "insiders" were looking for signs that the mark would collapse. The revaluation was 1 billion to 1. On November 13, 1923 if you had a billion marks in the bank when you went to bed, the next day when you woke up you had 1. Although the process of collapse is accelerating, the actual "Event" historically seems to happen all at once. And you have to be prepared a long time in advance in order to set up your plan of protection and you have to be prepared for the insanity to drag on a lot longer than you truly believe that it can.
I think this situation has more time to play out and I've stopped putting out timeframe predictions. For sure our country won't last as it is until 2020, probably not even 2015. But then again, I thought in 2002 that where we are now is where would be by 2006/7. They have run out of assets to bubble up, so now I think you'll eventually see wealth confiscation via retirement fund confiscations in the form of exchanges for "Government guaranteed" Treasury annuities. In fact, I said back in 2002 that our system would not collapse until the ruling elite (bankers/politicos) had swept every last crumb of middle class wealth off of the table. That "last crumb" of wealth most people have left is their retirement assets. We will also see the Government implement stronger totalitarian control over the citizens (that's happening already).
Think I'm nuts? The concept of the Government taking over the retirement fund system has already been discussed in Congress, including an academic presentation to Congress back 2008. They'll need those assets to pay for the Government spending and they'll issue Treasury bonds in exchange. Most States have already done that with State employee pension plans and the Federal Government has already done that with the funds in the Social Security Trust and they started doing that a few weeks ago with the Federal pension assets (to the tune of a couple hundred billion). Expect that gameplan to eventually expand into all retirement asset plans public and private. As they lose control of the ability of the global financial system to finance the Government and lose control of the value of the dollar and the value of precious metals, the Government will impose its political will more forcefully on the citizens. The ability to make all of this happen has already been legislated via the Patriot Acts (1 and 2), the Homeland Security Act and the Detainee Bill.
The only way to avoid this is to leave the country, which people are doing in record numbers every year. Owning gold and silver will help a lot if you stay here, because you want to move as much as you can out of paper assets and out of "the system" and into gold and silver and out of the Government's ever-expanding "reach." We could well see the black market scenario to which Another refers because once the dollar/system actually collapses, there won't be much gold/silver for sale, as those who don't have it but have goods to offer will only accept gold/silver in exchange and those who do own it will hold onto it to trade for things they need. In the best-case scenario after the collapse, a new system of gold/silver-backed currency will quickly fill in the "vacuum" left by the collapse and that will help restore a more "normalized" system of commerce. The worst case scenario? Read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.
Before that, I bet we see at least $10k gold and $500 silver..."
That's likely it for today. Keep the faith. We are winning! TF