http://silverseek.com/commentaries/rss/111 Goldseek Commentaries en Great Frauds Require Darkness http://silverseek.com/commentary/great-frauds-require-darkness-17280 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No doubt you’re aware of the massive fraud uncovered at Theranos, the high tech medical startup purported to be able to run any number of diagnostic tests from a single drop of blood. Theranos was a Silicon Valley upstart valued at $10 billion at its peak and headed by an attractive young woman modeled after the late Steve Jobs. Theranos’ diagnostic machines didn’t work as advertised and the whole fraud, said to be the largest since Enron, was uncovered by a sharp and determined reporter at the Wall Street Journal. The reporter, John Carreyrou, was instrumental in the fraud’s demise. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 31st</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'; color: #000000; font-size: 10pt;">No doubt you’re aware of the massive fraud uncovered at Theranos, the high tech medical startup purported to be able to run any number of diagnostic tests from a single drop of blood. Theranos was a Silicon Valley upstart valued at $10 billion at its peak and headed by an attractive young woman modeled after the late Steve Jobs.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/great-frauds-require-darkness-17280" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 31 May 2018 14:57:22 +0000 Theodore Butler 17280 at http://silverseek.com Avoiding the Obvious http://silverseek.com/commentary/avoiding-obvious-17229 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new interview by James McDonald, Director of Enforcement for the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), on Friday makes it clear that neither he nor the Commission has any intent to address the obvious manipulation of the silver market, conducted principally by JPMorgan. As a reminder, preventing manipulation is the primary mission of the CFTC. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, April 23rd</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%; color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">A new interview by James McDonald, Director of Enforcement for the U.S.</span></span></span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/avoiding-obvious-17229" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:57:28 +0000 Theodore Butler 17229 at http://silverseek.com An Interesting Anniversary http://silverseek.com/commentary/interesting-anniversary-17209 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Please keep in mind that I am openly accusing the nation’s largest bank of criminal market activity and the federal commodities regulator of willful malfeasance. It’s beyond remarkable that neither can address such public accusations. That’s one big reason why more have become convinced that silver is manipulated in price. In no way should any of this be taken to be at odds with my strong belief that the next move up in silver could and should be the big one. In fact, it enhances that setup in more ways than ever before. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, April 12th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; line-height: 107%; color: #000000;">A year ago, I took the occasion of new appointments at the CFTC as an opportunity to try once again to persuade the agency to step up to the plate and address a silver manipulation that had been in place for more than 30 years.&nbsp; James McDonald was the newly installed Director of the Enforcement Division.&nbsp; I made the letter I wrote public –</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/interesting-anniversary-17209" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:58:35 +0000 Theodore Butler 17209 at http://silverseek.com Bear Stearns – A Different Opinion http://silverseek.com/commentary/bear-stearns-%E2%80%93-different-opinion-17161 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No doubt that the ten-year anniversary of the failure of the prominent investment bank, Bear Stearns, and its takeover by JPMorgan is cause for reflection. Bear Stearns was a force to be reckoned with and held a storied past on Wall Street and its fall was a seminal financial event. To that end, there have been any number of retrospective articles, most often offering the perspective of the major players involved and what the takeover meant to the acquirer, JPMorgan. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, March 20th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; line-height: 107%; color: #000000;">No doubt that the ten-year anniversary of the failure of the prominent investment bank, Bear Stearns, and its takeover by JPMorgan is cause for reflection.&nbsp; Bear Stearns was a force to be reckoned with and held a storied past on Wall Street and its fall was a seminal financial event.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/bear-stearns-%E2%80%93-different-opinion-17161" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:30:17 +0000 Theodore Butler 17161 at http://silverseek.com JPMorgan’s Motivation http://silverseek.com/commentary/jpmorgan%E2%80%99s-motivation-17141 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To be sure, there are many who reject, out of hand, my allegation that JPMorgan has accumulated a massive amount of physical silver over the past seven years, amounting to 700 million ounces or more. That’s completely understandable, since I can’t document and point out all 700 million oz and few have taken the time to review the basis of my claim. It doesn’t matter that I first picked up on JPMorgan’s quest to acquire physical silver four years ago, by which time it had already accumulated 300 million oz and have been monitoring and reporting on it ever since – if I can’t show every ounce belonging to JPM, some will remain skeptical. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, March 8th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; line-height: 107%; color: #000000;">To be sure, there are many who reject, out of hand, my allegation that JPMorgan has accumulated a massive amount of physical silver over the past seven years, amounting to 700 million ounces or more. That’s completely understandable, since I can’t document and point out all 700 million oz and few have taken the time to review the basis of my claim.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/jpmorgan%E2%80%99s-motivation-17141" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:39:43 +0000 Theodore Butler 17141 at http://silverseek.com No Manipulation, After All? http://silverseek.com/commentary/no-manipulation-after-all-17103 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the never-ending search to either verify or rebut one’s own findings, I’d like you to consider something different today. I’m going to ask you to set aside my highly specific allegations of wrong-doing in the silver and gold markets, mostly centering on JPMorgan, and focus instead on whether if what I allege is really wrong or even matters much. Even though my allegations are based upon data published by the CFTC and CME Group, I would ask you to put that aside and consider that I may have been making a mountain out of a molehill about silver (and gold) price manipulation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, February 15th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; line-height: 107%; color: #000000;">In the never-ending search to either verify or rebut one’s own findings, I’d like you to consider something different today. I’m going to ask you to set aside my highly specific allegations of wrong-doing in the silver and gold markets, mostly centering on JPMorgan, and focus instead on whether if what I allege is really wrong or even matters much.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/no-manipulation-after-all-17103" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:08:44 +0000 Theodore Butler 17103 at http://silverseek.com Unfinished Business http://silverseek.com/commentary/unfinished-business-17082 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The big news this week was the filing of charges and settlements for price manipulation and “spoofing” brought by the CFTC, in conjunction with the DOJ and FBI, against three banks and a half dozen individual traders; mostly involving illegal trading activities in COMEX gold and silver futures. The announcement set off a debate about whether the filing proved the allegations that gold and silver prices were manipulated as many, certainly including me, have maintained. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, February 1st</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-family: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000;">The big news this week was the filing of charges and settlements for price manipulation and “spoofing” brought by the CFTC, in conjunction with the DOJ and FBI, against three banks and a half dozen individual traders; mostly involving illegal trading activities in COMEX gold and silver futures.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/unfinished-business-17082" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:23:28 +0000 Theodore Butler 17082 at http://silverseek.com The Last Great Silver Buy http://silverseek.com/commentary/last-great-silver-buy-17047 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the annals of silver in the modern age, there have been two well-known instances of very large investor accumulations of the metal. First came the purchase by the Hunt Brothers and their associates in early 1980, followed by the purchase by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, 17 years later. The Hunts were said to control around 100 million ounces of actual metal (plus another 100 million ounces in long paper futures contracts), while Berkshire held as many as 129 million ounces. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, January 12th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; mso-line-height-alt: 1.0pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; color: #000000;">In the annals of silver in the modern age, there have been two well-known instances of very large investor accumulations of the metal. First came the purchase by the Hunt Brothers and their associates in early 1980, followed by the purchase by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, 17 years later.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/last-great-silver-buy-17047" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:44:26 +0000 Theodore Butler 17047 at http://silverseek.com A Ten Year Deal? http://silverseek.com/commentary/ten-year-deal-17017 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s a thought that I fully acknowledge didn’t originate with me, but from a close associate, even though it incorporates many of my findings. If it does come to fruition, I will gladly reveal my associate’s identity to give him his proper due; but in case it doesn’t, I’ll spare him any embarrassment for an incorrect premise. As I think you’ll see, I can’t deny that my friend’s premise seems to tie up all the loose ends about the silver manipulation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, December 21st</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: 'Verdana', sans-serif; color: #000000;">Here’s a thought that I fully acknowledge didn’t originate with me, but from a close associate, even though it incorporates many of my findings. If it does come to fruition, I will gladly reveal my associate’s identity to give him his proper due; but in case it doesn’t, I’ll spare him any embarrassment for an incorrect premise. As I think you’ll see, I can’t deny that my friend’s premise seems to tie up all the loose ends about the silver manipulation.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/ten-year-deal-17017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:53:10 +0000 Theodore Butler 17017 at http://silverseek.com Life Under Manipulation http://silverseek.com/commentary/life-under-manipulation-16971 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-snippet"> <div class="field-label">Snippet:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We as individuals have little or no control over the state of markets, all we can do is adapt to market realities. In the case of silver, the reality is that it is in the grip of a price manipulation. History shows that various world governments have often artificially set the price of silver and gold in connection with official monetary policies. However, for the past 35 years a specific type of price manipulation has existed in silver via futures contract positioning on the Commodities Exchange, Inc. (COMEX). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-article-published-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, November 24th</span> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-line-height-alt: 1.0pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN;">We as individuals have little or no control over the state of markets, all we can do is adapt to market realities. In the case of silver, the reality is that it is in the grip of a price manipulation.</span></p><p><a href="http://silverseek.com/commentary/life-under-manipulation-16971" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:07:51 +0000 Theodore Butler 16971 at http://silverseek.com