There has been a lot of negative press about
the big banks rigging the silver market, fake silver inventories in large
ETFs and regulators at the CFTC not doing their job by enforcing commodity
laws in the COMEX Silver markets.
Well, I'm here to tell you to BLOCK OUT all
that negativity and sink your teeth into everything GOOD and HONEST about
silver! And there is a lot to sink your teeth into because...
EVERYBODY LOVES SILVER!
Silver is the "FEEL GOOD METAL". Unlike
gold, the world doesn't need to fall apart for silver to be in high demand.
When the economies of the world are ROCKIN' demand for industrial silver
explodes as goods made with silver are flying off the shelves. One of the
biggest problems in Western economies is the burning demand for clean energy
that doesn't rely on Middle Eastern oil. Due to Silver's excellent conductive
properties, Silver plays a significant and increasing role in the new solar
power infrastructure. Silver can be found in everything from flat screen TV's
to washing machines. We ALL use Silver EVERYDAY as it is the most versatile
metal in the world.
Silver also plays a very significant role in
bad times...in times of trouble. This is because silver has a very
established history of being a valuable monetary metal. Silver has been used
as money for more than 6,000 years. When all is said and done there are only
two real monetary metals...Gold and Silver. Over the last 3,000 years Gold
has been the money of bankers and Silver has been the money of THE PEOPLE. As
the banker population represents less than 0.01% of the global population,
99.9% of the human population LOVES Silver more than Gold!
Let me show YOU just how much EVERYBODY loves
THE US FOUNDING FATHERS LOVED SILVER
In 1776 the US Continental Congress
unanimously authorized plans to create a Silver coin due to the rapidly
depreciating "Continental" (America's first failed attempt at fiat
money) but it wasn't until the Coinage Act of 1792 that the first official US
Silver Dollars were coined. The weight and size of the first US Silver Dollar
was based off the widely accepted Spanish "Peaces of Eight" coin.
It was Thomas Jefferson that was the driving force behind the decision to use
Silver as our money. This should not be surprising as it was Jefferson who
"If the American people ever allow
private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and
then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them
will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up
homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Unfortunately, this statement spoken over 200
years ago is looking more and more like a genuine PROPHESY.
Yes, the Founding Fathers LOVED SILVER!
CHINESE LOVE SILVER
The Chinese have used Silver as money going
all the way back to the early 1400's although it was not always a government
sanctioned currency. It wasn't until 1793, in the Qing Dynasty, that Silver
coinage really began to take hold. A trade dispute with the British sparked
the Chinese to only accept Silver in trade with the British Monarchy. Thus
began the British banking establishments long
running war against monetary Silver as they have tried to
"demonetize" it as a form of currency for over 200 years. In 1935
the Chinese could no longer withstand the British monetary attacks and
declared it illegal for Chinese citizens to own silver.
Recently, the Chinese Government has removed
almost all of the restrictions on private ownership of gold and silver and have been actively promoting the purchase of precious
metals to its people. This is clearly a strategy to put pressure on the
Western Governments who continue to steer their populations away from
precious metals in support of their fiat currencies.
Today, almost ALL freshly mined silver
concentrate passes through China in some form or another as China has a
virtual monopoly on the smelting and fabrication of raw Silver. For years the
Chinese smelting operations have offered much better terms (upfront cash,
higher prices for ore) than other smelting operations around the world which
has consequently closed smelting operations around the world leaving China
the only game in town for silver miners. With the majority of electronics
manufacturing located in China it is very convenient to have such easy access
to newly mined silver.
Yes, the Chinese LOVE SILVER!
MANUFACTURERS LOVE SILVER
Although Silver has been a monetary metal for
thousands of years, since the end of WWII silver has developed into a VERY
important industrial metal. The cause of this has been decades of LOW SILVER
PRICES due to the demonetization of 50 Billion oz of physical silver that
were once used as coinage around the world. Thousands of new electronic
devices were made possible by the extraordinary conductive properties of
silver and the world has greatly benefited from these inventions. Silver is
so important to our future technologies that it is the metal most cited in
all new US patent applications.
As such, the list of industrial uses for
silver is getting VERY LONG including cell phones, flat screen TV's,
computers, solar technology, smart bombs, batteries, catalysts, medical
applications, water purification, jet engines and the list goes on and on.
The kicker is that all these applications use silver in very small amounts
which means a large increase in price would not necessarily slow down Silver
demand and consumption. It also means that any large scale recycling
operations (other than photography) is not likely at any price. That silver
is GONE and industrial users must continue to source Silver from new metal
coming out of the ground.
Yes, manufacturers LOVE
ENVIRONMENTALIST LOVE SILVER
The burning of "fossil fuels"
continues to be one of the most hated ways to produce energy. Whether or not
you believe in global warming, the byproducts produced from the burning of
oil and gas are very dangerous to all living things
on the planet. Be it air pollution, water pollution, global warming, geopolitical
conflict or any of the other bad consequences it is time for a change.
Environmentalists are jumping up and down these days about clean solar energy
and they have a lot of pull in with grassroots activists in our society.
Solar energy is coming into its own as a
solution to the fossil fuel dilemma and Silver continues to play an
increasingly important role. Not only are solar energy manufacturers
incorporating more and more silver into their technologies, due to the
unmatchable conductive properties of Silver they are also incorporating
silver into transmission lines, power conversion stations and control
mechanisms. Silver will play an ever increasing part of the solution to
fossil fuel issues.
THE MILITARY LOVES SILVER
One of the closest held secrets in the Silver
market is exactly how much physical Silver is used by the military every
year. Estimates have been made in the range of 10M oz to 400M oz but nobody
has any reliable data to base these assumptions on...until now! May I present
to you a report by the Comptroller General of the United States of America
written in January of 1982 that shows just how important and in what
quantities Silver has been used by the US Military:
National Defense-Related Silver Needs Should Be
Reevaluated And Alternative Disposal Methods Explored
Although this report was originally classified
it has since been released on the GAO website. This report has a treasure
trove of information previously thought to have been considered
"conspiratorial" to the mainstream Silver markets. Basic facts
outlined in this report include:
- Physical Silver is vital part of the US
National Defense policy, and the US is highly dependent upon foreign supplies
of silver for military purposes.
- FEMA is the organization within the US
Government which in charge of the official Silver programs and has long
desired the dumping of all strategic stockpiles of silver(which
was supposedly accomplished in 2002).
- In 1982 FEMA estimated 51M oz of silver per
year would be necessary in wartime but the GAO claimed that figure was
- In wartime strategy Silver was considered as
a potential "medium of payment to foreign troops and workers in areas of
the world where there may be little confidence in paper currency".
- "The US provided almost 441 Million
troy ounces of Silver to allied and friendly countries during World War II
under the lend-lease program."
There is much more in this report but think of
the implications of what is discussed. In 1982, even prior to the mass
introduction of electronics in warfare, the United States estimated it would
use 51M oz of silver in military applications per year in times of war. Today
with smart bombs, electronic guidance systems, high tech infantry equipment
and hundreds of new applications it seems obvious that silver utilization in
military applications have increase in multiples of the 1982 estimate of 51M
Considering the US Defense Budget has grown
from around $200B in 1982 to an estimate $1T in 2010 you can bet there has
been a sizable increase in Military Silver consumption. Possibly 500% considering
all the new electronic military applications. Understanding that the US
Defense Spending represents only 40% of the global defense spending you can
multiply this silver consumption by another 250%. Call me crazy but this
quantity of Silver used in military applications seems to be pointing to the
HIGH END of the estimated range if you ask me.
Yes, the military LOVES SILVER!
HONEST GOVERNMENTS LOVE SILVER
Let's face it...fiat money is a failed
concept. It has failed thousands of times over the course of history and it
will fail on a GLOBAL LEVEL this time as the entire world has bought into the
fiat monetary basis.
History is replete with examples of great
societies that have flourished due to a SOUND monetary system and were then
destroyed by monetary abuse. The Roman empire is a great example. As the
longest surviving of all civilized societies, the Roman Empire reigned for
thousands of years by using pure gold, silver and bronze coins as money. It
wasn't until they began serious "coin clipping" (diluting the
purity of coins) to artificially increase the money supply that the empire
The United States will be the next great
example of this phenomenon. From the very beginning of our great nation until
the establishment of the Federal Reserve there was virtually no inflation or
deflation as Gold and Silver were used as our money. Since the establishment
of the Fed in 1913 and the virtual abandonment of metal used as our currency
the purchasing power of the US Dollar has dropped 98% and we now stand at the
edge of total monetary destruction.
When the final monetary blows come down and all
fiat and electronic wealth are swept out to sea the People of the United
States will DEMAND a return to our Constitutional Gold and Silver money. It
is the basis of our Republic and there are plans to return us to our
Constitutional monetary system already in the works.(see: Hidden Meanings In
The New $100 Bill http://www.roadtoroota.com/public/261.cfm)
Yes, honest governments LOVE SILVER!
WOMEN LOVE SILVER
There is something special about gold and
silver. When you give a gift of gold or silver jewelry to a woman you can see
it in her eyes that she understands that it represents more than just metal.
Jewelry can represent love and trust and caring and beauty. In India, the
largest buyer of gold and silver jewelry, it represents much more. It is a
gift of wealth. A dowry to a new bride, a gift of luck during religious
celebrations and even used to ward off evil spirits.
Interestingly, the recent high price of gold
has turned many buyers away from gold jewelry and towards the next best
thing...SILVER! A prospective buyer who struggles to buy a single gold
necklace can easily afford a much larger and heavier Silver necklace. High
prices in gold have and will continue to drive silver jewelry demand much
Yes, women LOVE SILVER!
MINERS LOVE SILVER
It seems like it would be an obvious statement
that miners of a certain metal would look upon their products very favorably
but over the years executives at mining companies have been very hesitant to
fight for free markets in Silver. Since the introduction of gold and silver
leasing in the late 1980's many of the large mining companies have actually
bet AGAINST their own product by using Bullion Bank hedging strategies. Barrick is the best example as they were the largest
hedger of both gold and silver throughout the 1990's making huge money off
the strategy. Sadly, once the gold and silver bear markets turned into RAGING
BULL MARKETS companies like Barrick lost BILLIONS
trying desperately to close out their underwater hedge books.
But today is much different. Although it was a
painful process almost all miners now have a clean hedge book and the future
is looking very, very bright. Mining a commodity is a great business in the
boom times. As your costs are relatively fixed, every dollar your commodity
rises above your extraction costs is PURE PROFIT. In the good times gold and
silver mining companies are more like MONEY PRINTING MACHINES.
Yes, miners LOVER SILVER!
INVESTORS LOVE SILVER
There is an old adage in gold investing that
goes something like this..."Don't wait to buy Gold, buy Gold and
wait!" This saying rings just as true for Silver if not more. The Silver
bull market began in to get serious in January 2004 when Silver finally broke
free of the $5 price collar that had been strangling investment interest for
Since 2004 Silver investors have been on a
VERY wild ride with swings up to $21 then slams down below $10. Rapid jumps
and rapid crashes are the name of the game in Silver (which one may find
interesting considering the official supply/demand dynamics are one of the
most stable in the commodity sector.) For years people have told me Silver was "In a Bubble" and every time the
rug was pulled out from under the price I heard cries of "I told you
so!" This has been true at $10, $15, $20 and $25. I have no doubt I will
hear the same thing at $30, $50, $100 on past $500 in the coming
But those who have invested in Silver have had
the last laugh and will continue to laugh as the price continues to rise.
Over the past 10 years the bullish reasons for investing in silver have only
INCREASED and will continue to increase until every one of those people who
say that Silver is "In a Bubble" turn into reckless buyers. Then,
and only then, will I consider trading my Silver for something else that has
also has been neglected, denigrated and is massively undervalued. Smart
Silver investors will continue to ride Santa's Silver Sleigh..."LAUGHING
ALL THE WAY!"
Yes, investors LOVE
& SCIENTISTS LOVE SILVER
A little known but very interesting fact is
that Silver is mentioned in more new US Patents than any other metal. Of
course this is due to all the wonderful physical properties that silver has
but it also may be due to the fact that it is incredibly cheap considering it's physical properties and global scarcity. Inventors
around the world are using Silver in electronics, power generation, medical,
antibiotics, clothing and even bioengineering. Every day we are discovering
new and amazing uses for Silver...it's truly a "Wonder Metal".
Although it is no longer a secret, the biggest
and most important scientific discovery in the history of mankind was made
possible due to a 470M oz transfer of Silver out of the US Treasury and
molded into the Silver magnets used in the Manhattan Project. During WWII, in
order for the scientists to enrich enough Uranium for the A-bomb they had to
make the largest electro magnet ever built called a Calutron.
The story goes that since copper was in short supply they had to secretly
borrow the Silver from the US Treasury. Considering Silver is a much better
conductor of electricity, it is likely the copper angle was just a cover
story. That Silver likely stayed in production of enriched Uranium until the Calutrons were finally shut down in the early 1990s. So
it turned out that Silver was a key part in the production of the very first
atomic bomb...and played a key role, for better or worse, in changing our
Yes, inventors and scientists LOVE SILVER!
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY LOVED SILVER
On June 4, 1963 U.S. President John F. Kennedy
issued Executive Order 11110 which delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury
the president's authority to issue silver certificates under the Thomas
Amendment of the Agricultural Adjustment Act. The wording of this Order was:
"issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or
standard silver dollars in the Treasury not then held for redemption of an
outstanding silver certificates, to prescribe the denominations of such
silver certificates, and to coin standard silver dollars and subsidiary
silver currency for their redemption"
In essence Kennedy was trying to circumvent
the Federal Reserve monopoly on printing our money and tried to reinstate a
truly debt free currency that would directly compete with the debt based fiat
On November 22, 1963, barely 6 months after
signing this Presidential Order, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
in Dallas, TX and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson never followed through
with Kennedy's Presidential Order. In 1965 then President Johnson signed a
bill to end all Silver coinage in the United States and thus JFK's dream of
an open and honest US currency died with him.
Yes, President John F. Kennedy LOVED SILVER!
JP MORGAN REALLY LOVES SILVER
I know all about the rumors of JP Morgan's
involvement in Silver manipulation. Most Silver investors can see every day
that the silver price is, at a minimum, controlled by a trader or group of
traders but I'd like to point out that JP Morgan is in "the game"
to win and not to lose.
Let's look at all the ways that JP Morgan can
"win" with their Silver involvement. First, there is the estimated
150M oz COMEX short position. What I hear from Bart Chilton is that JP Morgan
claims this position is merely a hedge of other long positions they control.
This may be a fact but owning and trading on that gigantic position is like
letting a bull loose in a China shop. They have the power to swing the price
of silver any way that profits them. According to the US Office of
Comptroller of Currencies, JP Morgan has Notional Derivative Contracts valued
at $8.4B of "other precious metals" (mostly silver) I'd say their
150Moz COMEX Silver short position, worth only $4.2B today, isn't where their
biggest Silver bets are held. As I said before...JP Morgan is in the Silver
game to WIN.
Having said that their involvement as
"Custodian" in the iShares Silver Trust
leaves me scratching my head. Why would a bank who
is in the Silver game to win be fool enough to GUARANTEE up to 500M ounces of
physical silver when they are only getting paid a relatively tiny sum for
taking on such a gigantic responsibility? The Sponsor of the Trust, BlackRock, makes less than $20M in annual fees from iShares Silver and JP Morgan's fees are paid by the
Sponsor. Let's just say that JP Morgan gets 1/2 of these fees. JP Morgan
would only get $10M per year for a $9B+ responsibility/liability. That sure
doesn't sound like a good deal to me...unless there is more to this
arrangement than is told to SLV Investors...(wink, wink)
Let's face it. The purpose of a publicly
traded bank is first and foremost to MAKE MONEY. I don't believe for one
second that JP Morgan agreed to be the Custodian of over 300M oz of physical
Silver for a mere $10M/year or that they hold their over sized Silver short
position to lose money. Common sense tells us that the large concentrated
COMEX short position continues to suppress the price of COMEX Silver but it
may also serve a more vital purpose to JP Morgan and that is to protect the
entire fiat monetary system.
Let's face it, JP Morgan gains much more value
by using (or abusing)the fiat monetary system than
they can ever gain from their Silver strategy. You see Silver, as a monetary
metal, is the DESTROYER of fiat money...the money of Bankers. Silver is in
the process of reclaiming its rightful position as a MONETARY METAL and JP
Morgan (and friends) are trying to stop this from happening. A few Billion
dollar loss in silver trades is NOTHING compared to their 100's of TRILLIONS
that would be lost if Silver were to trade at it's
true fair market monetary value...whatever that may be. Unfortunately, the
control of the prices of both Gold AND SILVER is
essential in any paper/electronic fiat monetary system.
Yes, JP Morgan LOVES SILVER!
LOVE SILVER TOO
I admit it freely...I AM A SILVER BUG! Like
most Silver Bugs, I started out as a Gold Bug, gained a full understanding of
why gold is valuable and then applied that understanding to Silver and
discovered there are VAST difference between the two
metals. Don't get me wrong, Gold is a great investment but Silver has all the
exact same supporting attributes as Gold BUT ALSO has vastly more bullish
drivers than gold ever will. I've written many, many articles on the reasons
to buy as much physical Silver as you can carry home. Here are only a couple
of them for you to sink your teeth into:
Melt The Witch
$6,000 Silver and ONE BANK
For those of you new to the Silver Story I
highly recommend you HURRY UP and do the necessary research to understand
what is driving the price of Silver higher and higher because there is very
little time left to take a REAL position in investment silver before it the
SILVER ROCKETS take off. Understanding and acting upon the Silver investment
story has the ability to CHANGE YOUR FUTURE. Waste no time because time is
Yes, I LOVE SILVER TOO!
Hopefully, the above examples of people who
LOVE SILVER will help you LOVE SILVER TOO. Truthfully, it has been fairly
difficult for me to write this article because in the past I have tended to
focus on all the "conspiratorial" reasons to buy silver and left
all the mainstream analysis to the myriad of other Silver analysts. As I
explored each of the topics above I had to hold myself back from "going down
the rabbit hole" of Silver Conspiracy Theories like I usually do in my
For those of you who, like myself, enjoy a
good conspiracy story with ample supporting arguments I invite you to check
out my website and sign up for free updates to the Road to Roota Letters (www.RoadtoRoota.com)
For those of you who wish to stick with the
mainstream Silver analysis I think there is enough "non conspiratorial"
facts for you to begin to LOVE SILVER TOO!
May the Road you choose be the Right Road!
Bix Weir is a freelance author and analyst dedicated to exposing the long
term manipulation of the gold and silver markets. He has worked closely with the
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee helping to pull the curtain away from the
Cabal of International Bankers that have taken control of our free market