Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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JP Morgan Covering Silver Short Position
There were reports out today that JP Morgan has now admitted to having their massive naked short position in silver and is taking steps to reduce it. According to the Financial Times in London, "JPMorgan has quietly reduced a large position in the US silver futures market which had been at the centre of a controversy about its impact on global prices for the precious metal." According to a person familiar with the matter, "The decision by JPMorgan was an attempt to deflect public criticism of the bank’s dealings in silver." JP Morgan said in a statement, "It is absolutely incorrect to say or imply that the Nymex, CFTC or any other exchange or regulator has instructed or asked us to reduce our position..."
Throughout world history, there have been 46 billion ounces of silver produced compared to 5 billion ounces of gold. Although gold gets all of the headlines in the mainstream media, silver shares all of the same monetary qualities as gold. Based on historical production ratios, a gold/silver ratio of 10 down the road could certainly be realistic. In fact, considering that most of the silver ever produced has been consumed by manufacturing, a gold/silver ratio of much less than 10 is possible. Worldwide inventories of silver have declined 90% since 1940 from 10 billion ounces down to approximately 1 billion ounces today. NIA believes that a major shortage of physical silver is in the process of developing...
On September 9th, 2010, NIA released an article entitled, "Is JP Morgan's Silver Manipulation Over?". In this article, we discussed how JP Morgan was winding down their proprietary trading desks, which we felt were responsible for the silver manipulation. We stated that we were "hopeful but skeptical that the manipulation is coming to an end" and "cautiously optimistic at this time". Since September 9th, the price of silver has gained over 50% and is holding strong near $30 per ounce. There have been no noticeable manipulative takedown attempts by JP Morgan.
NIA estimates that over the past 30 days, JP Morgan has covered approximately 4,000 silver contracts, which has corresponded with about a $4 per ounce upward move in the price of silver. We estimate JP Morgan to still be short approximately 26,000 silver contracts or 130 million ounces of silver, which equals about 18% of worldwide annual silver production from mining of 709.6 million ounces. If JP Morgan covers their entire silver short position and the price of silver was to continue rising by $1 for every 1,000 silver contracts that JP Morgan covers, silver would rise to $56 per ounce.
JP Morgan appears to be covering its shorts in a very managed and orderly way. We are not yet seeing anything that resembles a short squeeze, although one could occur at any time. If we see a major silver shortage and a real short squeeze, silver could literally rise to hundreds of dollars per ounce overnight. Silver's all time high of $49.45 per ounce adjusted to the CPI equals $139 per ounce in today's dollars. As all NIA members know, the CPI understates inflation through geometric weighting and hedonics. The real inflation adjusted all time high for silver is over $400 per ounce.