Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Gold Price Trend Forecast, Where are the Gold Traders? - Bob_Loukas
2.Stocks Bear Market of 2017 Begins? Shorting the Dow At its Peak! - Nadeem_Walayat
3.Betting on President Trump Leaving Office Early, Presidency End Date - Betfair Market - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Why Stock Market Analysts Will be Wrong About 2017 - Clif_Droke
5.Is This The Best Way For Investors To Play The Electric Car Boom - OilPrice_Com
6.Silver Price 2017 Trend Forecast Update - Video - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Gold Price Set For Very Bullish 2017, Trend Forecast - Austin_Galt
8.10 Things I learned From Meetings With Trump’s Transition Team - - John_Mauldin
9.How Investors Can Profit From Trumps Military Ambitions - OilPrice_Com
10.Channel 4 War on 'Fake News', Forgets Own Alt Reality Propaganda Broadcasting - Nadeem_Walayat
Last 7 days
Why EU BrExit Single Market Access Hard line is European Union Committing Suicide - 22nd Feb 17
Gold: Short End US Rates Matter More Than Long End Real Yields - 22nd Feb 17
CONTINENTAL RESOURCES: Example Of What Is Horribly Wrong With The U.S. Shale Oil Industry - 22nd Feb 17
Here’s Proof Rising Rates Are Good for Gold - 21st Feb 17
Gold and Silver Weekly Update - 21st Feb 17
US Dollar and Gold Battle of the Cycles - 21st Feb 17
NSA and CIA is the Enemy of the People - 21st Feb 17
Big Moves in the World Stock Markets - Big Bases - 21st Feb 17
Stock Market Uptrend Continues - 21st Feb 17
Brent Crude Oil Price Technical Update: Low Volatility Leads to High Volatility - 20th Feb 17
Trump’s Tax System Could Spark The Wave Of Self-Employment - 20th Feb 17
Here’s How to Stay Ahead of Machines and AI - 20th Feb 17
Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia - 20th Feb 17
Warning: This Energy Investment Could Wreak Havoc On Your Portfolio - 20th Feb 17
The Mother of All Financial Bubbles will be Unimaginably Destructive when it Bursts - 19th Feb 17
Gold’s Fundamentals Strengthen - 18th Feb 17
The Flynn Fiascom, the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper - 18th Feb 17
Not Nearly Enough Economic Growth To Keep Growing - 18th Feb 17
SPX Stocks Bull Market Continues to make New Highs - 18th Feb 17
China Disaster to Trigger Gold Run, Trump to Appoint 5 of 7 Fed Governors - 18th Feb 17
Gold Stock Volume Divergence - 17th Feb 17
Gold, Silver, US Dollar Cycles - 17th Feb 17
Inflation Spikes in 2017, Supporting Gold Prices Despite Increased Odds of March Rate Hike - 17th Feb 17
Roses Are Red... and So's Been EURUSD's Trend - 17th Feb 17
Gold Trade Note Sighted - 17th Feb 17
Gold Is Undervalued Say Leading Fund Managers - 17th Feb 17
NSA, CIA, FBI, Media Establishment 'Deep State' War Against Emerging 'Trump State' - 16th Feb 17
Silver, Gold Stocks and Remembering the Genius of Hunter S. Thompson - 16th Feb 17
Maps That Show The US’ Strategy In Asia-Pacific - 15th Feb 17
The Trump Stock Market Rally Is Just Getting Started! - 15th Feb 17
Tesco Crisis - Fake Prices, Brexit Inflation Tsunami to Send Food Prices Soaring 10% 2017 - 15th Feb 17
Stock Market Indexes Appear Ready to Roll Over - 15th Feb 17
Gold Bull Market? Or was 2016 Just a Gold Bug Mirage? - 15th Feb 17
Here’s How Germany Buys Time From China - 15th Feb 17
The Stock Trader’s Actionable Guide to Trump - 15th Feb 17
Trump A New Jacksonian Era? The Fourth Turning (2) - 14th Feb 17
Stock Market Yet Another Wall Street 'Witch's Brew' - 14th Feb 17
This Is Why You Don’t Own A Lot Of Stocks - 14th Feb 17
Proposed Tax Reforms Face Enormous Headwinds - 14th Feb 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

State of Global Markets 2017 - Report

Gold Price Manipulation- Bear Stearns Murdered at the Golden Gates

Commodities / Market Manipulation Oct 10, 2008 - 03:01 AM GMT

By: Rob_Kirby

Commodities

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMuch has already been written about the untimely demise of investment bank Bear Stearns. Most, if not all, that has been written to date – deals with issues related to equities / expiring options – or the share price.

Recently, new information has come to light which allows us to forensically examine the demise of Bear Stearns from a completely different angle – GOLD .


No-one should be surprised by this development. Up until the untimely demise of Bear Stearns, the most celebrated and at the same time misreported and misunderstood financial collapse in American History was that of Long Term Capital Management [LTCM] back in 1998. The treatment – or more properly stated, the decision to bail-out LTCM – was all motivated by GOLD. For a primer on the LTCM / GOLD nexus, readers can gain a nuts-and-bolts background in these two articles:

•  The Anatomy of a Fictional Hedge Fund Collapse

•  LTCM Revisited - A Forensic Account

That Bear Stearns and LTCM should be mentioned in the same breath should also come as no surprise for another reason; Bear Stearns was the only major player invited by the NY Fed / Treasury to participate in the “then bail-out of LTCM” who refused to participate. Not participating, or bearing a portion of the financial burden, in the suppression of the gold price effectively made Bear Stearns “an enemy of the State”.

So, it's an ironic twist of fate that while LTCM's demise was cloaked because they were secretively and nefariously “short gold”; Bear Stearns was brought to heel [assassinated, more likely] because they were “long” – at a minimum - roughly 12 billion dollars worth of gold derivatives [futures].

At Their Demise, Bear Stearns Was Categorically “Long” Gold

That Bear would be “long gold” would only be consistent with the utterances of their former senior economist, Conrad DeQuadros – who on Jan. 12, 2008 stated,

“Approaching $900 an ounce does cause us to be significantly concerned about the inflation outlook, particularly because there doesn't seem to be a lot of concern from [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben] Bernanke”

and,

“…recent statements from Bernanke suggest the Fed has put inflation on the backburner as it frets about the possibility the United States is slipping into recession.”

Bear Stearns was clearly bullish on gold.

Contrast this to the [cough] official line [or double talk, perhaps?] at J.P. Morgan back in Dec. 14th, 2007,

JP Morgan analysts Steve Shepherd expects gold to trade around $820 an ounce in 2008 if its “intrinsic value remains unchanged” but considers it not “best of class” as a hedge except in the debasement of paper money.

Pretty gutsy call, eh, considering gold was already trading at 815 bucks per ounce two days before this article was published:

But it is not until one analyzes the gold derivatives [futures] positions of J.P. Morgan – comparing Q4/07 versus Q1/08 versus Q2/08 – that the true picture of the extent to which Bear Stearns was involved in the gold trade truly emerges.

Here's the relevant timeline that encompasses Q4/07 [baseline reference], Q1/08 and Q2/08 [capturing the closing/co-mingling/netting of Bear – Morgan assets in April 08].

“In accordance with the NYSE rule providing that exception, the Audit Committee of Bear Stearns' Board of Directors has expressly approved, and the full Board of Directors has unanimously concurred with, Bear Stearns' intended use of the exception.   The closing of the sale of the 95 million shares is expected to be completed upon the conclusion of a shareholder notice period required by the NYSE, which is expected to occur on or about April 8, 2008.”

A full forensic reconstruction of the events surrounding the collapse / bail-out of Bear Stearns has not been possible until recently, with the passage of time and the recent release of Q2/08 derivatives report from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Here is the progression of J.P. Morgan's gold derivatives position from Q4/07 [baseline] through to Q2/08:

The 12 billion drop in J.P.Morgan's 1 – 5 yr. maturity is representative of the “netting effect” from co-mingling Bear Stearns derivatives book.

What folks need to realize is that a 12 billion injection [long or short] into the ‘relatively illiquid' medium-term gold futures complex [1 – 5 yrs.] – has much more market influence than 9 billion notional [or a like amount] in < than 1 yr. - as occurred in March 08. Cumulatively, the shorts added by J.P. Morgan over a very short period of time, like days or a couple of weeks, is utterly mind numbing – akin to having an elephant jumping through a key-hole. That the gold market was able to absorb this almost unthinkable, intentional, premeditated “criminal shellacking” at the hands of J.P. Morgan Chase is a testament to how enormous global investment demand really is for GOLD .

That J.P. Morgan Chase – an institution with historic and deep links to the Federal Reserve – acted in a criminal fashion is beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt. They are and have unquestionably engaged in “ INSIDER TRADING ” and completely desecrated the COMMODITIES TRADING LAW BOOK.

Not surprisingly, the financial world is now waking-up to the fact that high-stakes games are being played in the “paper” [futures] gold arena. This is why the fraudulent futures prices of gold and silver have become bifurcated from the physical markets.

Sadly, when this criminal experiment fails completely – which it will - the perpetrators are going to “wrap themselves in the flag” and claim that they were conducting these operations in the name of NATIONAL SECURITYbut in reality to save the bankers and “un-savable” U.S. Dollar.

Bear Stearns and its employees got in the way of this criminal enterprise – largely because they were long gold.

Absolutely pitiful.

Just remember, you heard it here first.

The J.P. Morgan Chase / Federal Reserve edifice is being run like a CRACK-HOUSE . For the sake of humanity, it needs to be shut down - NOW .

By Rob Kirby
http://www.kirbyanalytics.com/

Rob Kirby is the editor of the Kirby Analytics Bi-weekly Online Newsletter, which provides proprietry Macroeconomic Research. Subscribers to Kirbyanalytics.com are benefiting from paid in-depth research reports, analysis and commentary on rapidly unfolding economic developments as well as recommendations on courses of action to profit from chaos. Subscribe here .

Copyright © 2008 Rob Kirby - All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any trading losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors before engaging in any trading activities.

Rob Kirby Archive

© 2005-2016 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Comments

Anam Qayyum
16 Oct 08, 10:56
Gold Price Manipulation- Bear Stearns Murdered at the Golden Gates

Well, I am only learning to do online DEMO trading of Gold for last one year. I did short sell of GOLD at 901$.

After going through your article, I consider it will fall to 750$ by October end. Right now its trading at 795$.

I personally think, JP Morgan is the force on reducing gold prices, beside it the ideal time of GOLD as safe investment in these times of economic instability.

I think it will be trading between 630$~665$ by Q1 2009, and JP Morgan will go for heavy buying and by Q2 2009, you will see gold going up and up at least $1000.

If you have some data about Q3 2008 of OCCs Quarterly Report on Bank Derivatives Activities, please update us and throw some light on it as well.


John
17 Oct 08, 21:52
send this to the cftc and the media

Your strong analysis needs to be published in the media and sent to authorities, if there are any that will act on it.

Very well researched, and very interesting.


larry
11 Nov 08, 12:50
U.S. FED

We must abolish the fed and jail all the FED traitors immediately, if they won't follow the law, then pick up your arms, ammos, and revolt! Make citizens arrest on bernanke, paulson, all the members in the house and senate that voted against the constitution, and of course bush n co.


KRISHNA
11 Nov 08, 23:40
REVOLUTION

SO FAR THERE IS ONLY TALK , TALK AND TALK .. WE ARE MAKING NERO LOOK LIKE A GOOD BOY ..( AT LEAST HE WAS FIDDLING ??) ..ARE WE WAITING FOR A HUGO CHAVEZ OR A CASTRO ..? KEEP BAILING BUDDY THE SHIP IS SINKING ...A COUPLE OF MONTHS BACK WE WERE MAKING FUN OF ZIMBABWE AND THEIR INFLATION RATE .. WE ALREADY HAVE MUGABE PAULSON_GOLDMAN_OLIGARCHY.. GOD BLESS AMERICA..


Roland
13 Nov 08, 14:33
RE: U.S. FED

I'm with you, Larry...


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife