Tag Archive for: naked short

The Gold Futures Open Interest Caper

In the recent Gold Basis Report, we published a graph showing the open interest in gold and silver futures (i.e. the number of contracts held at any given time). At the time of the crash and in subsequent days, the open interest number decreased only modestly in both metals. A number of people asked me […]

What Is Pushing Down the Gold Price?


It has been an increasingly brutal ride for gold and silver, beginning around late March and accelerating through April. The gold price was over $1600 and on Monday April 15, it fell below $1350, a loss of $250. Silver did even worse, falling from $29 to $22. We called for the gold:silver ratio to rise, […]

What Drives the Price of Gold and Silver?

If there is a credible rumor that the Fed is planning to further extend its “Quantitative Easing”, how would you expect the monetary metals to react? Typically, the gold price would rise and the silver price would rise even more. The question is why. Traders read the headlines and they know how the price “should” […]

Debunking Gold Manipulation

Yesterday [Nov 29, as I wrote this on Nov 30], the December gold contract moved sharply into backwardation (it happened in silver also, but let’s focus on gold). This means that one could sell physical and simultaneously buy December to make a profit (please see the graph). So let’s look a little deeper. December basis […]