Understanding The Latest Bank Participation Report

Wed, Jul 9, 2014 - 9:37am

If you look at it in the proper context, it makes perfect sense.

Again, in December of last year, Ken Hoffman of Bloomberg Industries inadvertently told us all that we needed to know about 2014. Rather than subject you to another lengthy dissertation on "the empty vaults of London", I invite you to review this post from last week if you need a refresher:


So if, as I and Mr. Hoffman contend, the vaults of London are empty, it becomes critical in 2014 for The Bullion Banks to do everything in their collective power to dampen price and momentum, thereby crushing sentiment and investment demand. And their strategy has worked! Even though price has surged over 10% YTD and gold is the top-performing asset so far this year, you'd never know it by listening to the financial "news". Instead, we're subjected to the constant drumbeat of sell-side recommendations and bullion bank scare tactics. Some examples:




Again, quoting Mr. Hoffman:

"So the most interesting thing, especially as we look in to 2014, is if there is interest in gold again, and I'm not saying there is or isn't, that gold is just not there anymore."

If, indeed, the primary goal of The Bullion Banks for 2014 is to control price and lessen physical demand, then we should expect heavy Bullion Bank selling on the monthly Bank Participation Reports and that is exactly what we have.

First a quick review...The monthly Bank Participation Report is a summary of the positions of the 24 "largest" banks, with the survey taken on the first Tuesday of each month. The report is broken down into two categories:

US Banks: The four largest but this is 70-80% JP Morgan. Each month it might also include Goldman, MS, Citi and others

Non US Banks: The twenty largest but this is primarily HSBC and Scotia with a little Barclays, DB, UBS and CS thrown in

On 10/2/12, with the onset of QE∞ and the subsequent, counter-intuitive and bank-rescuing price raid down from $1800, the BPR looked like this:


10/2/12 $1800

US Banks 40,625 146,809 -106,184

Non US Banks 34,881 113,445 -78,564

TOTAL 75,506 260,254 -184,748

As documented here ad nauseam, The Banks used the price raid from 10/1/12 - 6/28/13 to dramatically alter their short position. Into all of the speculator selling, The Banks were buying and covering and by the BPR of 6/4/13, their combined NET SHORT position had flipped to a NET LONG position for the first time in memory. This position then grew and shrank through the balance of 2013 but, but by the BPR of 1/7/14, it looked like this:


1/7/14 $1229

US Banks 59,291 20,032 +39,259

Non US Banks 26,128 32,492 -6,364

TOTAL 85,419 52,524 +32,895

The difference is startling. After being NET SHORT 575 metric tonnes of paper gold on 10/2/12 at $1800, The Banks were now NET LONG 102 metric tonnes at $1229. A remarkable bit of prescient trading, wouldn't you say?

Well, not so fast. It quickly became clear as the calendar flipped to the new year, that The Banks had built up this "war chest" for the sole purpose of suppressing price in 2014. Again, why? Let Ken Hoffman tell you:

"So the most interesting thing, especially as we look in to 2014, is if there is interest in gold again, and I'm not saying there is or isn't, that gold is just not there anymore."

And don't forget this chart. It is the single-most important chart you'll see for gold this year:

As the chart clearly shows (note the blue arrows), anytime price has risen thus far in 2014, The Banks have stood ready to sell longs and add shorts, thereby maintaining price below the trendline. This serves to reinforce the downtrend, maintain "the bear market" and suppress sentiment. Can we see evidence of this Bank scheme in the BPRs? You bet!

On the initial rally from The Double Bottom low of 80 on 12/31/13, price reach the main trendline in late February. There was a BPR taken on 3/4/14 and look at the dramatic changes that had already occurred:


3/4/14 40

US Banks 56,272 30,669 +25,603

Non US Banks 17,526 54,385 -38,859

TOTAL 73,798 85,054 -11,256

As you can see, in their vain attempt to suppress price and sentiment, The Banks had already flipped back to NET SHORT, adjusting their position by a NET of 44,151 contracts or 137 metric tonnes of paper gold. And it worked! Just two weeks later, momentum was halted and price was driven back by 0 in just two weeks. As the chart above shows, though, through April and May there were repeated attempts made to cross back above the main trendline and each attempt was rebuffed by The Banks. How do we know this? Let's look at the BPR from 90 days later.


6/3/14 44

US Banks 42,075 33,093 +8,982

Non US Banks 18,990 51,808 -32,818

TOTAL 61,065 84,901 -23,836

The BPR certainly bears this out, does it not? As price kept trying to rally back above the trendline, The Banks kept selling. You can see this on the chart and now you can see it on the BPR, too.

So, let's now look at the latest BPR, from the survey taken last Tuesday and released late yesterday. Price rallied through the four week period from 44 to 26. That's or about 6.5%. In doing so, it broke the main trendline again but then stalled.

And why did price stall? Because The Banks are desperately trying to keep price in check and near the main trendline. Can we see evidence of this Bank selling on the latest BPR? Of course.


7/1/14 26

US Banks 35,848 48,182 -12,334

Non US Banks 16,450 78,549 -62,099

TOTAL 52,298 126,731 -74,433

So, in just the past four weeks and in a desperate attempt to suppress and contain this latest paper price rally, The Bullion Banks have added 50,597 new net shorts or over 157 metric tonnes of paper gold.

Does this conclusively prove my theory that The Vaults of London are empty and that the increasingly-desperate Bullion Banks will be willing to go to great lengths to contain any price rally that might improve sentiment and increase Western physical demand? I believe so. It certainly fits the pattern and it is precisely what you would expect them to do.

And again, why are they doing this? They had successfully extricated themselves from an historically huge short position at the onset of QE∞ and were actually positioned LONG at The Double Bottoms of 2013. Why would they work themselves right back into the same short trap? And don't give me that laughable excuse of "hedging". Reuters and GFMS just reported yesterday that total producer hedging increased by just 9 metric tonnes in Q1 2014. The total 24 bank net position changed by 180 metric tonnes in Q1 2014! https://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/04/gold-hedging-idUSL6N0PF2J8201...

Nope. There is simply no other, logical conclusion. It looks like this:

  • To eliminate their excessive short position at the onset of QE∞, The Bullion Banks schemed the counter-intuitive selloff from $1800 to $1200 in 2013.
  • This allowed them to flip their position by 677 metric tonnes, from net short 185,000 contracts to net long 33,000.
  • What they didn't anticipate was the record physical demand that stemmed from the huge price discount. This demand drained the vaults of London and left The Banks without the metal needed to supply fresh demands from investors, should price, sentiment and demand return in 2014.
  • As price inevitably rallied, The Banks have been liquidating their long positions and printing new naked shorts, all in the hoped of containing the rally and maintaining the downtrend from April 2013.

What will they do next? Sell more, of course! It's what they do! They are trapped and, like any trapped animal, they will fight for their very survival. We must therefore expect continued raids and price pressure as the Banks desperately attempt to get price back below the main trendline. Will they be successful? Frankly, who cares? At this point, it doesn't matter. Both higher AND lower prices only serve to exacerbate their problem which is physical demand.

The Bullion Bank hold on the global gold price is breaking and it is tenuous at best. As Ken Hoffman told us, The Vaults of London are empty and there is no gold should Western demand return. The end of the fractional reserve bullion banking system is, most assuredly, coming as the connection between paper and physical price finally breaks. All you can do is...prepare accordingly.


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Jul 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

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With the unavoidable impending financial crisis looming over the shadow debt markets x 10. The putrid stinking grandiose missile of hidden monstrosity mutating rotten sausage being rolled into place. While the piling of ground up paper pulp fiction sits now poised readying to launch. You can't help but know the next we never saw it coming ploy, will send guillotine investment over the edge among the masses. When mkts lose their heads as is insanely present today, there's hell to pay for those who have hidden behind the fried froth for decades. Can't say the top EEE global power brokers come to trial but there will be plenty of upper level bankstering ponzi heads offered upon the alter of paper pulp fiction daily in the coming 2nd half of 2014. When it rains it pours in bankster pavement body slamming and couldn't happen to a nicer set of ASSets among the former teflon crowd. Only those with kevlar long underwear will avoid the peoples court.

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