Posted at 12:54 AM (CST) by & filed under Trader Dan Norcini.

Dear Friends,

Linked below are a few charts for you to examine.

Also, I am monitoring the delivery process for the December Comex gold contract. Here is what we have for first notice day:

We had a total of 8,600 issued and stopped – to put it into perspective, the entire month of October was 11,554 deliveries. November, an off month, had 1,288 if my data is correct. What is curious is that Bank of Nova Scotia was the big stopper in the month of November but the first notice day for the December shows them as issuing 2,327 but stopping 3,523. It is hard to figure out what they or their customers are doing there but on balance they are still taking more than they are issuing. They are still the LARGEST STOPPER.

Credit Suisse is the largest issuer.

Have a great weekend!
Trader Dan


Click here for today’s Monthly Gold charts with commentary from Trader Dan Norcini

Click here for today’s HUI, XAU/Gold Ratio and Gold/Bond Ratio charts with commentary from Trader Dan Norcini

Posted at 11:55 PM (CST) by & filed under In The News.

Dear CIGAs,

Pakistan is the world’s most serious problem. As 2011 approaches so does the fragile nature of the international geopolitics focus on oil.

RED ALERT – Possible Geopolitical Consequences of the Mumbai Attacks

If the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Islamist militants as it appears, the Indian government will have little choice, politically speaking, but to blame them on Pakistan. That will in turn spark a crisis between the two nuclear rivals that will draw the United States into the fray.

At this point the situation on the ground in Mumbai remains unclear following the militant attacks of Nov. 26. But in order to understand the geopolitical significance of what is going on, it is necessary to begin looking beyond this event at what will follow. Though the situation is still in motion, the likely consequences of the attack are less murky.

We will begin by assuming that the attackers are Islamist militant groups operating in India, possibly with some level of outside support from Pakistan. We can also see quite clearly that this was a carefully planned, well-executed attack.

Given this, the Indian government has two choices. First, it can simply say that the perpetrators are a domestic group. In that case, it will be held accountable for a failure of enormous proportions in security and law enforcement. It will be charged with being unable to protect the public. On the other hand, it can link the attack to an outside power: Pakistan. In that case it can hold a nation-state responsible for the attack, and can use the crisis atmosphere to strengthen the government’s internal position by invoking nationalism. Politically this is a much preferable outcome for the Indian government, and so it is the most likely course of action. This is not to say that there are no outside powers involved — simply that, regardless of the ground truth, the Indian government will claim there were.

That, in turn, will plunge India and Pakistan into the worst crisis they have had since 2002. If the Pakistanis are understood to be responsible for the attack, then the Indians must hold them responsible, and that means they will have to take action in retaliation — otherwise, the Indian government’s domestic credibility will plunge. The shape of the crisis, then, will consist of demands that the Pakistanis take immediate steps to suppress Islamist radicals across the board, but particularly in Kashmir. New Delhi will demand that this action be immediate and public. This demand will come parallel to U.S. demands for the same actions, and threats by incoming U.S. President Barack Obama to force greater cooperation from Pakistan.

If that happens, Pakistan will find itself in a nutcracker. On the one side, the Indians will be threatening action — deliberately vague but menacing — along with the Americans. This will be even more intense if it turns out, as currently seems likely, that Americans and Europeans were being held hostage (or worse) in the two hotels that were attacked. If the attacks are traced to Pakistan, American demands will escalate well in advance of inauguration day.

There is a precedent for this. In 2002 there was an attack on the Indian parliament in Mumbai by Islamist militants linked to Pakistan. A near-nuclear confrontation took place between India and Pakistan, in which the United States brokered a stand-down in return for intensified Pakistani pressure on the Islamists. The crisis helped redefine the Pakistani position on Islamist radicals in Pakistan.

In the current iteration, the demands will be even more intense. The Indians and Americans will have a joint interest in forcing the Pakistani government to act decisively and immediately. The Pakistani government has warned that such pressure could destabilize Pakistan. The Indians will not be in a position to moderate their position, and the Americans will see the situation as an opportunity to extract major concessions. Thus the crisis will directly intersect U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan.

It is not clear the degree to which the Pakistani government can control the situation. But the Indians will have no choice but to be assertive, and the United States will move along the same line. Whether it is the current government in India that reacts, or one that succeeds doesn’t matter. Either way, India is under enormous pressure to respond. Therefore the events point to a serious crisis not simply between Pakistan and India, but within Pakistan as well, with the government caught between foreign powers and domestic realities. Given the circumstances, massive destabilization is possible — never a good thing with a nuclear power.

This is thinking far ahead of the curve, and is based on an assumption of the truth of something we don’t know for certain yet, which is that the attackers were Muslims and that the Pakistanis will not be able to demonstrate categorically that they weren’t involved. Since we suspect they were Muslims, and since we doubt the Pakistanis can be categorical and convincing enough to thwart Indian demands, we suspect that we will be deep into a crisis within the next few days, very shortly after the situation on the ground clarifies itself.


Who’s Behind the Mumbai Massacre?
By SIMON ROBINSON Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Even as the siege of Mumbai was still going on, the finger-pointing began. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said "external forces" were behind the attacks, a thinly veiled reference to India’s neighbor and longtime foe Pakistan. Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee went further, telling reporters that "elements with links to Pakistan" were involved. But Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister both condemned the attacks and rejected any talk of Pakistani involvement. Pakistani officials also announced that the head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence organization (ISI) often accused of orchestrating terrorist assaults on India would travel to India to offer assistance in investigating the Mumbai massacre.


India blames "elements" in Pakistan for attacks
By MUNEEZA NAQVI 4 hours ago

NEW DELHI (AP) India pointed the finger of blame at Pakistan on Friday, saying preliminary investigations into the bloody attacks on its commercial capital showed that "some elements" inside the rival nation were responsible.

The coordinated series of attacks, which began Wednesday night, targeted 10 sites across Mumbai, including an iconic hotel and a landmark train station. More than 150 people were killed in the rampage, including at least 16 foreigners four of them Americans.

Local media speculation quickly settled on Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, a Pakistan rebel group that has fought troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but newspapers and TV channels have offered little evidence for the suspicion.

Indian federal home minister Jaiprakash Jaiswal said a captured gunmen had been identified as a Pakistani while R. R. Patil, a top official in Maharashtra state, said, "It is very clear that the terrorists are from Pakistan. We have enough evidence that they are from Pakistan."

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed "external forces" for the violence a phrase sometimes used to refer to Pakistani militants, whom Indian authorities often blame for attacks.


Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

NEVER say never.

Al Qaeda’s Goal: Cripple Amtrak’s N’east Corridor

Heightened Security In Place At Penn Station; Attack Could Paralyze Transit Between Boston, Washington…Cops, Feds Armed With M16s On Patrol For Forseeable Future
Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBS)  The world’s economic fears were violently pushed aside on Wednesd ay by another global threat — terrorism.

A massive coordinated attack was launched in Mumbai, India just hours after the FBI warned that Al Qaeda may be targeting New York’s subways and railroads.

If Al Qaeda terrorists have their way there will be chaos and mayhem here this holiday season, a mass transit bomb plot that would probably affect all the subway and train lines at Penn and Grand Central stations.

"The threat is serious, the threat is significant, and it is plausible," said Congressman Peter King, R-Long Island, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Uniformed officers, including this NYPD Counter Terrorism Squad members and Amtrak cops with M-16s, flooded Penn Station Wednesday after the FBI said it had received a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report that Al Qaeda operatives discussed a plan two months ago to bomb New York City’s mass transit system.



Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The naked and pool short sellers who have decimated people seeking safety by illegal means should focus on a harsh but accurate insight of an early economic theorist known as "The Prince"

"Kill a man’s father, and he will hate you. Take away a man’s property, and he will kill you."

The power-tripping Toronto cliques should consider that what they have done has in truth taken more property from people than most wars in history and all crimes since the Jurassic Age.

So far they have practiced their demonic craft with impunity, but things are turning. Everything has it’s season, and I assure you that theirs is over here and now.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

We have gone through plans A to J and are now on K.

It is starting to look like children in a panic.

Which PR hack makes up all these names?

Treasury Adds Two Programs to Financial Rescue Plans
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It’s been 60 days since Congress gave the Treasury Department authority to launch a massive rescue of the financial markets — and in those 60 days, the plan has changed three times.

When the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, was first authorized, the idea was to use the lion’s share of the funds to buy toxic assets on financial companies’ balance sheets. That quickly morphed into the Treasury instead opting to buy equity stakes in financial companies and backing off buying the bad assets. Now the Treasury has done an about face and over the past weekend announced it will indeed by toxic assets at least from Citigroup.

But wait — there’s more.

On Tuesday, the Treasury Department posted on its Web site details of another new program to save the financial institutions called the Systemically Significant Failing Institutions Program and a third unnamed program to provide the financial institutions with government cash.

A Treasury spokesperson told Fox Business Network’s Peter Barnes the $20 billion in capital infusion to Citigroup on top of the $25 billion it got when the government bought stakes in the banks, did not come from the Systemically Significant Failing Institutions Program, but the third, unnamed program. The spokesperson said details of the new unnamed program will be forthcoming.

“It’s a separate program — neither the capital purchase program or the program AIG was under,” said Treasury spokesperson Brookly McLaughlin in an email to Fox Business Network.  American International Group’s (AIG) $40 billion investment by the Treasury Department fell under the Systemically Significant Failing Institutions Program. When asked for detail on the third program, McLaughin said: “the law required reporting on all that after the transaction closes.”  Based on the timing for when the Treasury posted details on the program used to help AIG, details on the third program could come in about two weeks.


Posted at 4:20 PM (CST) by & filed under In The News.

Dear CIGAs,

Soon the power tripping Toronto short of gold shares clique may get a surprise. This is also a good basis for taking delivery of the paper gold COMEX contract, therein putting an end to their bearish manipulation every day.

Structural deficit’ in gold supply could send prices higher
Wellington West Capital Markets analysts suggest that investors “revisit investing in the junior and intermediate gold producers.”

Author: Dorothy Kosich
Posted: Thursday , 27 Nov 2008

Based on the assumption that current strong physical gold demand highlights an existing supply deficit, Toronto’s Wellington West Capital Markets forecasts that, "if the increased structural deficit in gold supply continues, gold prices should adjust higher."

Wellington metals analysts also advised, "Given the potential change in market fundamentals, we believe it is time investors revisit investing in the junior and intermediate gold producers."

The analysts said their data indicates that a Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA) signatory "has become a gold buyer, putting further pressure on the existing supply deficit in the bullion market." In their analysis, Wellington suggests that China is building a strategic gold reserve.

Meanwhile, possible Russian, Ecuadorian and Iranian gold liquidation in the face of internal credit woes "has not fazed the market," the analysts advised.

Analysts Catherine Gignac, Paolo Lostritto, John Miniotis, and Ryan Walker also noted that investment demand for physical gold increased by 179% in the third quarter of this year.

"Severe stock shortages of bars and coins were reported among bullion dealers in many parts of the world. A continuation of strong gold investment demand has been seen so far in Q4/08, leading to the Perth Mint being forced to suspend orders until January," they said. 


Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

USSR payback time? A little extreme, but we are on the fast path to dollar perdition. That is a fact!

Russian Professor Says U.S. Will Break Up After Economic Crisis
By Robin Stringer

Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — A professor at the diplomatic academy of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the U.S. will break into six parts because of the nation’s financial crisis.

“The dollar isn’t secured by anything,” Igor Panarin said in an interview transcribed by Russian newspaper Izvestia today. “The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche; this is a pyramid, which has to collapse.”

Panarin said in the interview that the financial crisis will worsen, unemployment will rise and people will lose their savings — factors that will cause the country’s breakup.

“Dissatisfaction is growing, and it is only being held back at the moment by the elections, and the hope” that President- elect Barack Obama “can work miracles,” he said. “But when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles.”


Posted at 10:56 PM (CST) by & filed under General Editorial.

Dear CIGAs,

If this can happen in Bombay (Mumbai) it can happen in NYC, LA, Toronto or anywhere.

This is a city under siege. This is no minor event. It is an unthinkable kind of war and Westerners are the major hostages at the 10 locations this is taking place.

These hotels presently under attack were hosting meetings for major international corporations at the times of the attacks.

The government of India and the government of Pakistan just announced mutual assistance plans to fight terrorism.

This was well planned and well executed. This is not a small thing but rather ratchets up the geopolitical risk the world faces everywhere.

Don’t kid yourself for a second. This is a city as vibrant as NYC but larger. There is no place there presently under attack that I have not stayed or gone to.

When the story is finally told you will see the terrorists in Pakistan have a major hand here. I have warned you that Pakistan is the greatest problem the world has.

Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks
Thursday, 27 November 2008

Gunmen have carried out a series of co-coordinated attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), killing at least 80 people and injuring 200 more.

At least seven high-profile locations were hit in India’s financial capital, including two luxury hotels where hostages were reported to be held.

A fire is sweeping through the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai’s most famous hotel, which is now ringed by troops.

Police said four suspected terrorists have been killed and nine arrested.

Flames and black smoke billow from the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Mumbai

The situation is still confused but the city’s main train station, a hospital, a restaurant and two hotels – locations used by foreigners as well as local businessmen and leaders – are among those places caught up in the violence.

There are reports of gunfire and explosions taking place elsewhere in the city, and reports of a hostage situation at a hospital.

Commandos have now surrounded the two hotels, the Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi Trident, where it is believed that the armed men are holding dozens of hostages.

One eyewitness said that the attackers had singled out British and American passport holders.


Posted at 3:38 PM (CST) by & filed under In The News.

Dear CIGAs,

Note that the Fed herein confirmed that they will print as many dollars as required. That sounds like infinity if you ignore the most recent BIS figures on derivatives going back one reporting period at one quadrillion, one thousand one hundred and forty-four trillion.

U.S. Details $800 Billion Loan Plans
Published: November 25, 2008


WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve and the Treasury announced $800 billion in new lending programs on Tuesday, sending a message that they would print as much money as needed to revive the nation’s crippled banking system.

The gargantuan efforts — one to finance loans for consumers, and a bigger one to push down home mortgage rates — were the latest but probably not the last of the federal government’s initiatives to absorb the shocks that began with losses on subprime mortgages and have spread to every corner of the economy.

In the last year, the government has assumed about $7.8 trillion in direct and indirect financial obligations. That is equal to about half the size of the nation’s entire economy and far eclipses the $700 billion that Congress authorized for the Treasury’s financial rescue plan.

Those obligations include about $1.4 trillion that has already been committed to loans, capital infusions to banks and the rescues of firms like Bear Stearns and the American International Group, the troubled insurance conglomerate. But they also include additional trillions in government guarantees on mortgages, bank deposits, commercial loans and money market funds.

The mortgage markets were electrified by the Fed’s announcement that it would swoop in and buy up to $600 billion in debt tied to mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell almost a full percentage point, to 5.5 percent, from 6.3 percent.

But analysts said the program would do little to reduce the tidal wave of foreclosures. That is because most of the foreclosures are on subprime mortgages and other high-risk loans that were not bought or guaranteed by government-sponsored finance companies like Fannie Mae.



Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

If anyone knows it should certainly be these fellows.

Citigroup says gold could rise above $2,000 next year as world unravels

Gold is poised for a dramatic surge and could blast through $2,000 an ounce by the end of next year as central banks flood the world’s monetary system with liquidity, according to an internal client note from the US bank Citigroup.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 4:48PM GMT 26 Nov 2008

The bank said the damage caused by the financial excesses of the last quarter century was forcing the world’s authorities to take steps that had never been tried before.

This gamble was likely to end in one of two extreme ways: with either a resurgence of inflation; or a downward spiral into depression, civil disorder, and possibly wars. Both outcomes will cause a rush for gold.

"They are throwing the kitchen sink at this," said Tom Fitzpatrick, the bank’s chief technical strategist.

"The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have done. When the dust settles this will either work, and the money they have pushed into the system will feed though into an inflation shock.

"Or it will not work because too much damage has already been done, and we will see continued financial deterioration, causing further economic deterioration, with the risk of a feedback loop. We don’t think this is the more likely outcome, but as each week and month passes, there is a growing danger of vicious circle as confidence erodes," he said.



Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

There are social implications when a currency totally tanks in the midst of stinking business conditions and excessive liquidity.

A near-riot and parliament besieged: Iceland boiling mad at credit crunch
Published Date: 24 November 2008
By Omar Valdimarsson

THOUSANDS of Icelanders have demonstrated in Reykjavik to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Geir Haarde and Central Bank governor David Oddsson, for failing to stop the country’s financial meltdown.

It was the latest in a series of protests in the capital since October’s banking collapse crippled the island’s economy. At least five people were injured and Hordur Torfason, a well-known singer in Iceland and the main organiser of the protests, said the protests would continue until the government stepped down.

As crowds gathered in the drizzle before the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, on Saturday, Mr Torfason said: "They don’t have our trust and they are no longer legitimate."

The value of the Icelandic krona has been cut in half since January.



Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

I wonder if a gold junior could take over a few banks, obtain access to the Begging Bowl Loan window and some TARP, plus a little Quantitative Easing funds…

I am kidding of course.

FDIC Expands Process To Allow Bidders Without Bank Charters
Wednesday November 26th, 2008 / 22h36

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., grappling with an unprecedented number of bank failures, will allow parties without bank charters to bid on the deposits and assets of failed institutions.

The FDIC said it will also consider abbreviated information submissions and applications, noting time constraints, but said interested investors must have conditional approval for a charter and meet FDIC standards.

Last week, the FDIC finalized its policy to temporarily back debt issued by banks and thrifts, which government officials hope will shore up confidence in the banking sector.

Twenty-two banks in the U.S. have failed this year, including three more that failed Friday as government officials scrambled to contain the spreading financial turmoil. The failures have hit financial institutions of all sizes this year, from $18.7 million Hume Bank in Missouri to $307 billion Washington Mutual Inc.’s banking operations.


Posted at 3:19 PM (CST) by & filed under Trader Dan Norcini.

Dear CIGAs,

There was a disconnect between the Comex gold price action and the action of the mining shares. Comex went one way – down – while the shares went the other way – up.

Rollovers are occurring in the Comex world as February is getting ready to take its place as the lead contract with December going into the Delivery process. Remember, if you want to secure gold in size and want to avoid the high premiums currently being charged on the one ounce bullion coins, buy the December and take delivery of the gold and then keep it out of the warehouses.

Comex gold was taken lower today in front of the holiday period particularly with the dollar showing some signs of strength as dollar longs are attempting to prevent the technical price chart of the USDX from turning ugly. You can tell that the funds are doing the buying in the USDX because it bounced EXACTLY at the 40 day moving average level, a favorite level for this particular group to play at. Still, the bearish divergence on the USDX chart is a warning to the bulls that unless they quickly can push that index back above the 87.20 level, reinforcements for their side are going to be hard to attract. Stay tuned on this one…

The commodity markets were generally a mixed affair today with the energies all higher, particularly natural gas, while the metals were mostly lower with the exception of copper. Grains too were mixed. Generally, reading too much into the price action near a holiday is pretty much a waste of time so I am going to avoid that today as too many traders look to even up and take some time off.

Technically gold has met resistance near the 100 day moving average level that it has so far not been able to best while dip buyers continue to make their presence felt near the $805 level, which is right in the middle of the former resistance zone. Below this level, stronger support comes in near the $790 level and then the $770 level. I suspect that we will see very good buying should gold drop down to $770.

I should also point out that once again open interest saw another sharp drop in yesterday’s session. We are now down to a piddly 276,567 contracts as both longs and shorts continue to move out. Generally speaking, trading conditions begin to thin out from this point forward as we go into December and the year winds down with a corresponding lack of liquidity which tends to greatly exaggerate price moves. I can already see the effect in the spread between the bids and offers.

The HUI and the XAU charts are looking much improved. The HUI has now seen the 10 day moving average make an upside bullish crossover of the 20 day with both of those moving averages now trending higher. Those are a sign that the trend has now turned up. The actual index itself is fighting at the 50 day moving average which is near the 235 level. A close above that will get some of the specs excited. Also, the index managed to close above horizontal resistance near 225 and is closing in on downsloping trendline resistance which comes in near 250. One more thing, the bullish divergence that had been showing up in the technical indicators has now been fully confirmed. All in all, a lot of bullish signs are lining up technically.

To our American readers, enjoy your Thanksgiving Day holiday with your family and loved ones. We all have much to be thankful to God for! To those of our readers who abide outside our country – we will make sure to have an extra helping of pumpkin pie just for you!


Click chart to enlarge today’s 12 hour action in gold in PDF format as of 12:30 pm CDT with commentary from Trader Dan Norcini.


Posted at 12:20 PM (CST) by & filed under General Editorial.

Dear CIGAs,

As you know, it was Chairman Volcker who predicated the Hunt loan on my presence to advise on liquidation of the Hunt metal position.

I know him to be a brilliant realist.

In 1979 he had a totally different situation and the full backing of the Administration.

This time his job is the absolute opposite of what it was in 1979–1980.

This time I know his advice will be friendly to gold and most certainly on the subject of FRGCR. This I know!

Gold was a major items used in the 30s for many reasons, one of which was an attempt to take the deflationary perspective out of the public mind.

1. His assignment is to fight DEFLATION.

2. Obama spoke profusely of differences of opinion in his economic communication today.

3. There is no chance Obama will listen to Volcker other than when it supports administration goals and policies

4. After 7.1 trillion dumped into the economy there is no chance anyone can avoid the consequences.

5. Don’t be a fool and worry.

6. Worry only if you are not protected and insured against what is to come.

Volcker issues dire warning on slump
Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, has warned that the economic slump has begun to metastasise after a shocking collapse in output over the past two months, threatening to overwhelm the incoming Obama administration as it struggles to restore confidence.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 10:39PM GMT 17 Nov 2008

"What this crisis reveals is a broken financial system like no other in my lifetime," he told a conference at Lombard Street Research in London.

"Normal monetary policy is not able to get money flowing. The trouble is that, even with all this [government] protection, the market is not moving again. The only other time we have seen the US economy drop as suddenly as this was when the Carter administration imposed credit controls, which was artificial."

His comments come as the blizzard of dire data in the US continues to crush spirits. The Empire State index of manufacturing dropped to minus 24.6 in October, the lowest ever recorded. Paul Ashworth, US economist at Capital Economics, said business spending was now going into "meltdown", compounding the collapse in consumer spending that is already under way.

Mr Volcker, an adviser to President-Elect Barack Obama and a short-list candidate for Treasury Secretary, warned that it is already too late to avoid a severe downturn even if the credit markets stabilise over coming months. "I don’t think anybody thinks we’re going to get through this recession in a hurry," he said.

He advised Mr Obama to tread a fine line, embarking on bold action with a "compelling economic logic" rather than scattering fiscal stimulus or resorting to a wholesale bail-out of Detroit. "He can’t just throw money at the auto industry."

Mr Volcker is a towering figure in the US, praised for taming the great inflation of the late 1970s with unpopular monetary rigour. He is no friend of Alan Greenspan, who replaced him at the Fed and presided over credit excess that pushed private debt to 300pc of GDP.

"There has been leveraging in the economy beyond imagination, and nobody was saying we need to do something," he said. "There are cycles in human nature and it is up to regulators to moderate these excesses. Alan was not a big regulator."

Even so, he said the arch-culprit was the bonus system that allowed bankers to draw forward "tremendous rewards" before the disastrous consequences of their actions became clear, as well as the new means of credit alchemy that let them slice and dice mortgage debt into packages that disguised risk.


Posted at 3:02 AM (CST) by & filed under General Editorial.

Dear CIGAs,

Numerous members of the community have reported dealers asking $100 or more above spot price for gold!

1. Coin dealers are in the main all related to Pirate Pete and Black Beard. There are no Mother Theresa’s there.
2. If you can afford 100 ounces you never need to pay even one cent above spot.
3. You can buy the COMEX gold contract in the delivery month at the first notice day for delivery.
4. You take delivery of the gold, which will be hallmarked and registered, saleable ANYWHERE WITHOUT RE-ASSAY, EXCEPT THE COMEX.
5. That quirk is only to dissuade you from taking delivery.
6. 100 ounce bars taken delivery of can, if you wish and in the light of day, legally be shipped to a Swiss free zone depository. I will have more information on costs, segregation and so on shortly.
7. You do not need gold certificates or mints anywhere. You do it all yourself therein eliminating all financial agents or certificates.
8. The only way to remove paper gold manipulation is to remove gold from the COMEX warehouse.
9. I am sure that the gold dealer asking $100 or more above spot for gold will not buy any at even $5 above gold’s quoted bid. If they did you could take delivery and with some effort and proper procedures sell to the coin dealer.

"Nothing will unnerve the paper gold shorts more quickly and do more to undercut their confidence than to strip them of the real metal and force them to come up with more hard gold bullion to make good on deliveries. "Stand and Deliver or Go Home" should be the rallying cry of the gold longs to the paper gold shorts." –Trader Dan Norcini


There were 11,554 deliveries for the month of October. Thus far for November there have been 1228 deliveries. November is a rather unknown quantity as a contract so I expect to see a very significant number of deliveries as December goes into its delivery period.

Total registered category ounces – 2,804,270

Total eligible ounces 5,713,922

Trader Dan

Dear CIGAs,

To make the taking of delivery meaningful, it must be removed from the COMEX warehouse.

Harry Schultz once told me I was a general without an army because of the principle that you cannot herd cats.

I replied to Harry that I felt that in the main the gold gang were not pussies.

Are you, those who can afford 100 oz?