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Gold Price Reversal Could Trigger Speculative Washout

Large speculators have been stocking up on gold futures at a record pace & the gold miners are selling all the forward production they can lock in above $1,220. This could lead to quite the washout as speculators are forced to take losses under $1,280. Commercial trader position is at just over half its record. There really aren’t any speculators left to buy & so odds favor the shorts.

Why So Much Volatility In Oil Prices? Blame The Speculators

Much of the gain was related to speculative movements & decisions of oil traders moving barrels of oil on paper. Speculators had taken a near-record level of short positions on oil, predicting oil prices would continue to fall. They did fall, for about 2 months. However, with such a large preponderance of short positions, the timing was right for a correction.

Silver Prices: Is a 14% Rise Enough for 1 Month?

Having started with a record large speculative short bet against silver prices, June saw the fastest swing in bullish betting on silver, net of bearish contracts, on record. The so-called spec net long rose 150%…swelling over $2bn by value…and growing faster than any week since at least 1986 as silver prices jumped.

A Free Market Approach To Insider Trading

Insider Trading occurs when an individual privy to private information (the insider) attempts to profit on the buying and selling of stocks using non-public information to anticipate the stock’s future price. Those who see abuse in this may advocate for legal controls on such activities.

The Long and the Short of Gold Investing

There are two types of gold investors: those trying to make money on short-term market timing and those looking for long-term asset preservation – Finishing 2013 down 28% seems to have sealed its fate in the eyes of the short-term speculators.

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