Massive Inflows Into GLD

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Fri, Mar 4, 2016 - 11:24am

I was already planning to write a public article today about the massive additions to GLD "inventory" in 2016. But now, with news hitting about Blackrock's gold ETF, writing this post has clearly become a priority.

So, before we get started, be sure to review this: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/blackrock-suspends-gold-etf-is...

Here's the full press release from Blackrock: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160304005402/en/Issuance-IAU-Go...

As ZH states: "It appears the huge demand for physical gold (and lack of supply) is finally catching up with the manipulation of paper prices. If this is anything other than a brief technical suspension, it could well unleash panic buying and as we already pointed out - there is no physical gold!"

I guess we'll just have to see what happens next. However, as we've maintained for years, all it will take is ONE delivery failure and the entire Bullion Bank confidence scheme will come crashing down. While this news today is not technically a delivery failure, all of this surging demand for gold certainly seems to be pushing The Banks to the brink.

To that end...the topic of today's post...

We've long maintained that the GLD is nothing but a bank-sponsored vehicle for syphoning away investment demand from actual, physical gold. Allegedly, the GLD saw massive inflows of "gold" up until 2012 and then it saw its "inventory" cut in half between 2013 and 2015. We've wondered from where the GLD and its custodian, HSBC, would source new gold WHEN investment demand for gold finally returned. It now appears that we are in the early stages of getting our answers.

To that end, please consider the incredible alleged inflows of "gold" into the GLD in 2016.

As noted above, the GLD stated that it held 1,349.92 metric tonnes (mts) of "gold" in its "inventory" on January 1, 2013. As price was smashed lower over the next three years, the GLD "inventory" moved lower, too, reaching a low of just 630.17 mts on December 17, 2015. Now let's stop right there for a moment and consider the significance of the date, December 17, 2015. What happened on that date? Why does that sound so familiar?

Oh, yah. I remember now. December 17, 2015 was the day following the announcement from Mother Fellen that her Federal Reserve was raising the Fed Funds rate for the first time in nearly 10 years. What did the chart look like on that day? See below for one from the archives:

So, what happened the day after that, Friday, December 18? Not much. Gold rallied back a little and closed higher at 66. N0t much to get excited about. Price was barely off the lows of 50 seen the day before and every purported "analyst" was projecting triple digit gold prices for 2016.

But not us at TFMR. In fact, we'd already been calling for a January rally and something else happened on December 18 that really got our attention. For the first time in nearly two months, there was an addition to the GLD "inventory" that day. And we weren't talking just a few ounces. That day, December 18, saw a GLD addition of 18.74 metric tonnes, growing the alleged "inventory" by nearly 3%. Here are c&ps of two comments we added to that evening's podcast thread:

WOWOWOWOWOWOW!

Submitted by Turd Ferguson on December 18, 2015 - 4:57pm.
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That has to be just about the largest one day addition of "gold" ever seen!

Maybe an AP paying back a big short?

More significantly, maybe another sign of the possible bottom discussed in this podcast???

And

I'm looking back over my notes from the past few years

Submitted by Turd Ferguson on December 18, 2015 - 5:04pm.

Today's HUGE dump of gold INTO the GLD is a very good sign of an impending rally. Back in January, the GLD added 9.56 mts on Jan 15, 13.74 mts on Jan 16 and 11.35 mts on Jan 20.

Other significant additions occurred in April and September. Nothing even close to 18.74 mts in a single day. And how about the timing? Big final washout yesterday following the rate hike. Price recovers 1.5% today and GLD "inventory" grows by 3%. Hmmmm.....Will be chewing on that over the weekend.

So, now, he we are on March 4, 2016 and price is $1275 as I type. That's up $225 or 21.4% from the lows December 17. And what has happened to the GLD "inventory"?

  • It added 4.76 metric tonnes just yesterday
  • This brings the total addition for just this week to 30.93 mts
  • For all of 2016, the GLD "inventory" has now grown by over 150 mts
  • And since the low of December 17, total "inventory" has now grown by 163.16 metric tonnes

(Leaving aside that it will take Germany over seven years to repatriate 300 metric tonnes and the GLD has allegedly dug up more than half that amount in less than ten weeks...)

And now let's look at an updated chart with the addition of just one, simple notation:

At a time when global demand continues unabated, with China, Russia, India and others all importing gold on a monthly basis, the GLD has managed to add 163.16 metric tonnes to its "inventory". How much gold is that? About 5,246,000 troy ounces. How much is that? Well, there are 400 troy ounces in every London Good Delivery bar so we're talking about more than 13,000 of these:

And if you stack 192 of those bars onto a pallet, you'd fill over 68 of them:

That's A LOT of gold...again, all at the same time as Russia and China both import about 20 mts per month: https://smaulgld.com/russia-increases-gold-reserves-by-ounces-in-january... and India imports up to 100 mts per month: https://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/gold-import-bill-up-12...

Where the heck do you suppose all of this gold is coming from???

Look, if you can't see that the Bullion Banking Confidence Scheme is seemingly hanging by a thread, then I'm not sure there's much I can do to help you. Additionally, if you continue to own ETFs as a proxy for the real thing, the day is coming when you're going to find yourself supremely frustrated and angry. When the music stops, you're going to be left standing without a chair to sit on.

All signs point to 2016 indeed being the "year of consequence" that we forecast. Perhaps The Banks can keep their scheme going a bit longer, perhaps not. Just yesterday, they added nearly 26,000 contracts of open interest (paper obligations of 2.6MM ounces or an additional 81 metric tonnes) to the Comex in a seemingly desperate attempt to contain price and, by extension, suppress sentiment and physical demand. Will it work? Will they soon be able to play their old tricks of reversing and smashing price, thereby "calming the storm"? Or, instead, will price continue to rocket forward with increasing speed as The Banks get squeezed for once? We're likely not going to have to wait too long to find out.

For today, let's just leave it here:

Continue to prepare accordingly by stacking physical metal, not paper certificates.

TF

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brolgaboy
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:57pm

That's fine because it was the prudent thing to do

I didn't sell everything that day and I've averaged into some sizeable positions since. Though that little IRA isn't up 60%, it IS up near 20% and that's not too shabby, given that I'm only very recently more than 2/3 invested.

Super_DoucheBollocks
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:53pm

Don't worry

I think most of us were stacking in 2011, but over the next few years I highly doubt that we will regret buying PM's. At least you have something physical and not just some numbers stored on a banks hard drive.

tyberious
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:52pm

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Mar 4, 2016 - 2:50pm

No, you can call him "Sir Bollocks"

When he finally sells that stack for 10x what he paid for it. Not next week, probably not next year, but he will. Even sweeter when you factor in the crap and price action he (and all of us) have had to put up with in the in-between times. Only the strong survive, and to quote my man SurvivalWStyle "When U know what U got, and why U got it, U cannot be bought."

Wait for it. Waaaaaaait for it..........

Nephi
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:49pm

Turd and others

Question for you, would you rather be buying precious metal or miners at this moment? Thinking of pulling the trigger for a little purchase of Gold or First Majestic stock.

imfd
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:44pm

Bollocks

I think we should call you "Sir Bollocks" in light of that.

jaw777
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:36pm

@ landplanner and Bollocks

Landplanner - Agree with you on Sinclair. He has given nothing but good advice. Spec plays are just that.

Bollocks - 400 oz.! Holy shit my friend! I thought I had a rough 4 years.

Bollocks
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:31pm

Nah, it IS over for gold...

Gold will plummet like a stone next week.

How can I be so sure?

I'm about to buy a couple of oz's. It always gets hammered whenever I buy. Every time.

In fact, I think it was me that caused gold to start its descent in 2011. I bought 400 oz then (yes, 400 ounces. No joke).

Oops.

James CrightonAngry Chef
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:31pm

@Angry Chef - taking delivery of PM - do it.

Angry - I have / had a fair percentage of my phyz stored in Hong Kong, Singapore, "Switzerland" and London with GoldMoney.com and TheRealAsset.co.uk. I decided to take delivery a few days ago and am finding that I have been, to a certain extent, duped. To cut a long story short - TheRealAsset.co.uk were dodging around until I got out of them that they "could not" deliver my silver. I had to sell on Wednesday (at $14.98) and am repatriating the money. In the meantime phyz is rockting. Similar story with GoldMoney.com - all sorts of excuses as to why there were "special circumstances" and that they could not deliver the silver from HongKong and London - would have to sell and repurchase in Switzerland where I would have to register the bars and then "apply for a quote to have it sent to me in the UK". You can see - they are putting up all sorts of hurdles to prevent one taking delivery. Now, what does that tell you???? Well, what I have learned from this is that, never again, will I trust ANYONE to store my phyz. My advice: TAKE DELIVERY OF YOUR PHYZ - in their vaults, it is not yours. Period.

jc

amarula4
Mar 4, 2016 - 2:30pm

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