In The Woods

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Thu, Sep 8, 2011 - 9:25am

The overnight action is the PMs is certainly encouraging and it would seem as though the half-life of central bank gold intervention is now about as long as central bank currency intervention. We all know, however, that it is still too soon to let our guards down. The quick recovery in price may only serve to embolden our increasingly desperate adversary, so, much caution is still warranted.

That said, I do not want to minimize the importance of the overnight reaction in price. The SNB attack of early yesterday sent the metals markets reeling. The attacks were timed to have a spillover effect onto the Comex and December gold traded as low as $1794 by mid-morning. In the old days, this would have sent gold into a tailspin as weak-handed longs began to race each other for the exits. They knew they were no match for the central banks and The Cartel.

Note, though, how yesterday was different. Once the Comex was closed, things began to improve almost immediately. Baby steps at first but then a full-blown rally overnight in Asia. Our longs are no longer weak-handed. They are resolute. They are buyers of size and they seem to pounce on discounted prices. This must be very discouraging to The Cartel. They are trapped in an untenable short position and they are being forced to cover at increasingly higher prices. HAHAHA!

To that end, I feel I must state this again. Please be sure you are making note of which "analysts" and "traders" are calling a "bubble". One only needs a cursory understanding of the Commitment of Traders data to deduce that there is no such thing as the CoT data since early August has clearly shown that the primary driver of price to this level has been Cartel short-covering. A bubble presumes retail buying. Average, everyday investors rushing in to buy something. The greater fool theory in action. Think dot com. Think Las Vegas real estate. Cartel short-covering does not create a bubble. As stated ad nauseam, the weekly CoT report is a very important, fundamental statistic. Any serious metals analyst knows this. Accordingly, any serious metals analyst knows that gold is not a bubble. The boneheads calling gold a bubble are, therefore, not serious analysts and should be ignored. Do not forget them, though, as they will most assuredly resurface in the future to once again proclaim an end to the gold bull. Remember who they are so that you can ignore them in the future, too.

The next question we need to ask is: Why are the banks so desperate to cover? Ponder that one for a while. I've got my thoughts on the subject. I'd be curious to hear yours.

Here are your charts for this morning. I see they are already becoming outdated as the metals have continued to rally while I type.

Remember today that my warning of yesterday was not to sell, it was not to buy. I stand by that. With the active central bank intervention of earlier this week, it is still too dangerous to be boldly buying with confidence. For now, I am simply holding my positions. The only trades I made yesterday were to re-cover my October gold calls. You may recall, I have been long October calls but, from time to time, I've been selling some calls against them (creating a spread) whenever I felt that risk was high. I've been taking the "short" side off and "opening up" my calls when I feel that risk is minimal. My current trading portfolio is as follows:

Long Oct 1900 gold calls vs short Oct 2000 gold calls

Long Dec 1900 gold calls vs short Dec 2200 gold calls

Long Dec 50 silver calls vs short Dec 60 silver calls

About 25% cash. Patiently waiting.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't print the chart below. Several Turdites have sent it to me looking for my opinion and I feel it deserves your full consideration.

About the quickest way to go broke trading futures is to go around declaring that "this time is different". However, in this case, I feel this time truly is different.

This chart covers the previous 32 years of Keynesian central banker-dominated thinking. We are at the end of the Great Keynesian Experiment. The current system will not be continuing much longer. A new paradigm will soon be emerging. Therefore, while price will still correct from time to time, historical correlations such as this one are of minimal significance.

I've got lasts of 1862 and 42.42. It will be a very interesting day so try to keep an eye on things. More later. TF

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  312 Comments

Jasper
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:32am

Truely amazing

Gold and silver along with our host is amazing. These horses want to run!

Thank you Turd.

Bull
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:32am

Up

Good Morning.

AU up AG up!

unknownrider
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:33am

Thanks Turd. 

Thanks Turd.

Watcher
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:35am

Thanks TF for the charts and

Thanks TF for the charts and updates.

That chart tells me 'three taps and out'.

beinki
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:39am

If I've said it once...

I've said it a hundred times.

Tesla
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:40am

NO Currency safe havens (re-post)

Looks like NOBODY want their currency to be the safe haven (as this would cause a recession type set up for that nation) Very bullish for our metals ..

I think the SNB currency devaluation is the start of a chain reaction of valuation management in other currencies / nations... Source was a peice on CNBC - interpretation is my own.

Waiting for more news to confirm (G7 is coming up right?) should be VERY bullish for the only real safe havens = gold/silver.

I will search for more dope on this topic and post links when I find it.

(I'm re-posting this because it is IMPORTANT)

chuckscharf
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:43am

This time really is

This time really is different, as the Swiss Franc is no longer the Swiss Franc.

readingalot Watcher
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:43am

To me that long term Swiss

To me that long term Swiss franc chart is superseded by their central bank announcing to the world this week that the franc really is a fiat currency.

Dr G
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:46am

Always nice to start the day

Always nice to start the day with a message from Turd. Nice that more and more often my personal thoughts are echoing the ones that he puts to paper. I appreciate the upward trend we have today, but am still somewhat hesitant.

If pit trading closes above 42.50 for silver, then I'm a buyer.

Agree with the above posters who state that the franc is now the Euro. Therefore, the chart posted has no more relevance other than to point out conclusively (which gold will help us do) that it has no more relevance.

​Nice that the Bernank is speaking today. Undoubtedly to assure us that the Fed has "tools" they can use if they need to. Also nice choice to set the stage for the Manchild's "speech" this evening.

vegasrick
Sep 8, 2011 - 9:49am

It is different this time...

Turd, you asked: "Why are the banks so desperate to cover?" I think you answered your own question when you also said, "However, in this case, I feel this time truly is different." Here's an example:

The other night Paul Krugman, the Keynesian economist and deflationista, found himself wide-awake thinking about gold prices. He says so in his September 6, 2011 New York Times op-ed piece entitled Treasuries, Tips and Gold. In his article Krugman explains how he finally figured out why he has been wrong about gold. His explanation involves the Hotelling Rule, which in effect says that as a resource is depleted its price rises (duh…). Of course, Krugman’s explanation is more long-winded and talks about the “flow demand for gold” and “choke prices”, but this kind of blather is what it takes to convince an intellectual that he’s right. Now this is what is important about Krugman’s Eureka moment: He now has a reason to buy gold, and so do all like minded deflationistas. If a deflationista like Krugman is getting on board the gold train no matter the reason, then things are truly different.

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