Update Jan 17th, 2014:
Rats are running from the sinking ship! Now JPMorgan scale down and sale of its commodity trading businesses are getting the new meaning. Are we close to the final revelations with Record High Leverage at COMEX now!
Deutsche Bank to withdraw from gold fix amid probe
"Deutsche Bank is withdrawing its participation in the gold and silver benchmark setting process following the significant scaling back of our commodities business," the bank said in a statement on Friday.
"We remain fully committed to our precious metals business."
ZeroHedge reports on latest news from Bloomberg about Gold manipulation investigation in Europe. No surprises for us here - it is worse than Libor scandal. Will this news propel Gold above $1270 now to confirm the Double Bottom Reversal in 2013?
Arthur Cutten: COMEX Gold Potential Claims Per Deliverable Ounce Rises to Historical High 112 to 1 GLD, TNR.v, MUX, GDX
"After issuing his Buy Signal on Gold, Arthur reports the new historical all-time-high leverage at COMEX with 112 potential owners for each one ounce of Gold!"
Arthur Cutten: JPM Holds the Whip Hand on the Comex - Gold Buy Signal GLD, MUX, TNR.v, GDX
"Arthur Cutten has issued his Buy Signal on Gold. He has a very conservative approach and his article speaks for itself."GATA: China Gold Chief Confirms Gold Price Suppression by U.S. MUX, TNR.v, GLD, GDX, SLV
Precious Metals Manipulation Worse Than Libor Scandal, German Regulator Says
Remember when banks were exposed manipulating virtually everything except precious metals, because obviously nobody ever manipulates the price of gold and silver? After all, the biggest "conspiracy theory" of all is that crazy gold bugs blame every move against them on some vile manipulator. It may be time to shift yet another conspiracy "theory" into the "fact" bin, thanks to Elke Koenig, the president of Germany's top financial regulator, Bafin, which apparently is not as corrupt, complicit and clueless as its US equivalent, and who said that in addition to currency rates,manipulation of precious metals "is worse than the Libor-rigging scandal." Hear that Bart Chilton and friends from the CFTC?
More on what Eike said from Bloomberg:
The allegations about the currency and precious metals markets are "particularly serious, because such reference values are based -- unlike Libor and Euribor -- typically on transactions in liquid markets and not on estimates of the banks," Elke Koenig, the president of Bafin, said in a speech in Frankfurt today.
Actually, what makes the most serious, is that precisely because they are on liquid markets means they implicitly have the blessing of the biggest New Normal market maker of call - the central banks, and their own "regulator" - the Bank of International Settlements (hello Mikael Charoze).
"That the issue is causing such a public reaction is understandable," Koenig said, according to a copy of the speech. "The financial sector is dependent on the common trust that it is efficient and at the same time, honest. The central benchmark rates seemed to be beyond any doubt, and now there is the allegation they may have been manipulated."
Bafin has also interviewed employees of Deutsche Bank AG as part of a probe of potential manipulation of gold and silver prices, a person with knowledge of the matter has said.
We wonder how long until this particular investigation is stopped based on an "executive order" from above, because Bafin is now stepping into some very treacherous waters with its ongoing inquiry of gold manipulation: what it reveals will certainly not be to the liking of the financial "powers that be."