Today’s writing will be review of something Jim has talked about MANY TIMES going all the way back to 2004-05. Back then (and ever since) he stressed a couple of items pertaining to those of you who own stocks. His advice was centered on “you” and how to protect yourselves. The entire concept was simple, DO NOT let your broker hold your shares of ANY stock you hold unless you are very actively trading.
He suggested this for two separate but connected reasons. First, if your broker holds your shares and the broker goes belly up, good luck in getting access to your shares. You would probably eventually get access but it may take years as your broker goes through the bankruptcy courts. Can you imagine owning shares in a company that explodes in value but you do not have access to selling ANY of the shares?…Not even an odd lot to buy food with! This is no joke nor a crazy hypothetical, you should have learned back in 2008 just how close to this reality we came. Shares either in hand or held at your transfer agent are the best way to “GOTS” (get out of the system).
There is also another reason to not let your broker hold your shares. When you first purchased your stock, you “bought” it which means you were “demand”. In a real world of supply and demand, your purchase acted to push the stock up. If you leave your stock with your broker, especially in a margin account, your broker will lend these shares out to short sellers who will sell the stock and negate your demand. In effect, your broker via lending the shares will negate your purchase and to put it bluntly, TRADE AGAINST YOU!
Legally, your broker cannot lend shares that are not in a margin account, or in a retirement account. We have seen just in the last few days where brokers are requesting clients with retirement account to borrow their shares. THIS IS 100% illegal! The only way to assure your bought and paid for shares are not used against you is to either hold them in physical form or have the transfer agent hold them, end of story.
Now, why do we remind you of this now? Because many of you own TRX and other mining shares. There are some very large short positions broadly across the mining share spectrum. We also believe there is a large “naked” and thus illegal short position that is prevalent. As we told you on this weekend’s call, Jim checked with two separate clearing facilities and found they are offering 72% and 95% to holders of TRX to lend their shares. If you wanted to borrow IBM or Apple, it might cost you 5-6%. There is NO REASON to offer such unbelievable terms unless someone is very short and needs shares to cover the position?
Bluntly, there has been a concerted effort to damage the mining industry via short sales to depress share pricing. Financing has been nonexistent since 2011 and depressing share prices has worked to make it difficult to finance via the equity markets. The good news is that gold and silver have bottomed (along with the mining shares) and these short positions are beginning to hurt. The old saying “he who sold what isn’t his’n, buys it back or goes to prison” truly applies here!
Bottom line? If you own TRX or other mining shares (including physical gold and silver), DO NOT hold these at a broker because as sure as the Sun will rise tomorrow, your broker will lend to short sellers what you fully bought and paid for if you let them. Help yourself and help the industry by not giving them ammo that you paid for to shoot holes in your investments!
I will be travelling for the rest of the week so there will not be a writing from me later in the week. I will be checking in and posting items of interest. I will be spending the day Wednesday with Jim as it is his birthday. He is smiling ear to ear with the action in TRX and eagerly awaiting drill results. He has put his life, heart, soul and net worth into this project, don’t help short sellers impede his efforts…get your SHARES OUT OF THE SYSTEM!