CFTC Hinders the U.S. Mint and the Free Market
(Government Agencies at War with each Other)
Silver Stock Report
by Jason Hommel, June 7th, 2008
There has been a shortage of silver ever since the
world abandoned using silver as money. The reason why we have paper
money, is that there was too much paper money being printed, and not
enough silver and gold to cover all that was printed. So anyone who
denies there is a shortage of silver ought to have their head examined, or
they just don't know what the word shortage means, or they just don't know
how I'm using it to describe reality, or they have their own pet
definition of the word "shortage".
Now, when there is a shortage of
anything, there are two basic and conflicting ways to allocate the
scarce resource. The first is by rationing, and the second is by
price. Rationing is a sign of communism or government controls that
thwart the free market process. When things are allocated by price,
then that's a sign that the free market is working.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is
thwarting the U.S Mint and the free market.
When the world
abandoned silver and gold as money, futures markets sprung up for trading
the precious metals, which took place in 1975. This
happened because the prices for precious metals became highly variable,
and the inherant scarcity of the precious metals was self evident
in a world filled with paper money, and thus, more people with more
money became more capable of cornering the market in the scarce precious
metals, actions which would be called "manipulation".
the CFTC was set up, specifically, to prevent market manipulation, both
long and short. The CFTC is supposed to help make sure that the
market remains free and fair.
But the problem is paper
money, which is incompatiable with free market principles, because
paper money is a monopoly and requires legal tender laws to keep it
alive. Paper money also ends up giving many people more buying power
than is "fair". After all, there are over 1000 billionaires who
could each corner the market in silver.
In the mid 1980's, the US Congress did what it could to make sure
that the U.S. economy could survive the demise of paper money, after the
debacle of the price rise in the precious metals in 1980. So, the
U.S. Congress created the gold and silver American Eagle coin
programs to insure that precious metals would be available to all who
wanted them, and to ensure that precious metals would be available based
on the free market price, and not by any form of rationing.
However, in our crazy world,
the U.S. Mint buys silver based on the price of silver
in the futures market!
SEC. 3. PURCHASE OF SILVER BY THE SECRETARY OF THE
(a) PURCHASE OF SILVER-
(1) IN GENERAL- Section 5116(b)(2) of title
31, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the second sentence
the following: `At such time as the silver stockpile is depleted, the
Secretary shall obtain silver as described in paragraph (1) to mint coins
authorized under section 5112(e). If it is not economically feasible to
obtain such silver, the Secretary may obtain silver for coins authorized
under section 5112(e) from other available sources. The Secretary
shall not pay more than the average world price for silver under any
circumstances. As used in this paragraph, the term `average world price'
means the price determined by a widely recognized commodity exchange at
the time the silver is obtained by the
One problem is that futures markets are
manipulated to prevent large purchases, as is evidenced by the limits in
place by the NYMEX, which are a form of rationing.
4.47, "Position Limits"
(bold indicates additions; strikethrough
(b) Applicable Limits. The maximum number of
futures contracts, options on such futures contracts, or any combination
thereof (collectively referred to as "position") which any person may own
or control is as follows:
Commodity Spot Month Limit Net
Futures Equivalent Limit
Gold 3,000 Subject to Position
Silver 1,500 Subject to Position
1500 contracts of 5000 ounces is a limit of
7.5 million ounces.
Another problem is that futures markets
are for a different product, 1000 oz. COMEX bars, not 1 oz. blanks.
Another problem is that the U.S. Mint is facing a
shortage of silver blanks. But there are not supposed to be any
shortages, as the Mint is supposed to purchase freely available
silver and allocate silver to investors based on free market prices,
as required by law, and not by any form of rationing!
believe another problem is that the CFTC is not making sure
that the largest 8 traders in silver are not selling phantom
silver that does not exist that would be suppressive of the real silver
price, and would lead to shortages and rationing, which we are seeing
throughout the world at coin shops and mints, such as the Northwest
Territorial Mint, which has 8 week delivery delays or more, and the
Johnson Matthey refinery which has 6-8 week delays, and the Perth Mint,
which has 4 week delays to 6 month delays.
The rationing of Silver
Eagles by the U.S Mint is thus making a mockery of the recent CFTC report
that says there is no manipulation in the futures markets, and shows that
the CFTC is working in opposition to the legal requirements of the U.S.
See my two recent articles on the CFTC report:
A Further Warning to the CFTC! May
Four Proofs of Silver Manipulation
May 14, 2008
Here's the proof: US Eagles are being
rationed, more than ever!
Eagle rationing gets tighter
market commentators noted the many lies in the recent CFTC report denying
Open Lawyer's Letter to Bart Chilton, CFTC
to Roota VI: CFTC Silver Manipulation Investigation...6 Strikes and yer
CFTC needs to insure that financial entities are not manipulating
the market prices of silver too low, which cause shortages and
Shortages, in the free market, are supposed to be
alleviated and fixed through rising free market prices, not by
delivery delays and rationing.
The essential problem is
what Lew Rockwell called on June 3rd, "The Cause that Won't Go Away",
which is an essay showing that the real problem is our paper money system,
which can only be fixed by a return to using gold and silver as
I don't expect the CFTC to admit the truth, that the silver market is
manipulated too low and that they are paid to "look the other way"
and deny manipulation. Maybe the U.S. Mint will do something, as
they seem to be trying their best to follow the law. Maybe the U.S.
Mint will stop outsourcing silver blanks, and will start taking delivery
of COMEX bars to make into coins to comply with the
Regardless of what any government agency does, you ought to
take advangate of the situation, and buy cheap silver while it is still
available. Shortages stand to get worse as silver prices rise,
because increased investor demand is sure to follow.
The beauty of
silver is that you cannnot eat it. This means that higher silver
prices will not cause anyone else to starve to death, which is the current
result of too many investors buying commodities like grains, rather than
the commodity of silver becuase it's not available due to the stupid
policies of rationing.
Rationing food ends up killing people.
Because many people cannot wait 8 weeks to 6 months for food.
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