Tag - Manipulation
Saturday, September 23 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, September 23 2017, 01:21
Andre Flotron, formerly a senior precious metals trader with UBS, was arrested in New Jersey last week by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). The DoJ has charged Flotron with spoofing gold futures on the CME (COMEX) from July 2008 until November 2013.
A junior trader, who agreed to cooperate with the US government in return for avoiding criminal prosecution, told the DoJ that Flotron demonstrated how to spoof gold futures in July 2008 as preparation for the witness moving to the UBS precious metals desk in Singapore.
Thursday, September 14 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, September 14 2017, 00:19
A former trader at UBS Group AG was charged with conspiracy and fraud over his suspected role in manipulating the price of precious metals.
Andre Flotron, who worked at the bank in Switzerland and Stamford, Connecticut, is the second person publicly charged in the U.S. investigation into the fixing of gold, silver, platinum and palladium prices. Flotron, a Swiss citizen, was arrested while visiting his girlfriend in New Jersey. He was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing. He faces as many as 25 years in prison on the most serious charge.
Friday, September 8 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, September 8 2017, 06:43
Now I must ponder/wonder how those people who sold million/billions short when gold was breaking out.??
It happened twice where it looked like abject manipulation on Aug 18th & Aug 25th - both Fridays - both at similar times of the day.
I must ask them or the entities they represented (as no sane trader or poor person would be worth asking)
Did you get value for your money when you blew it away?
Thursday, August 3 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, August 3 2017, 01:47
However, it was the precious metals 'markets' that went a little turbo. At 1906ET, Silver futures flash-smashed higher, running the day's high-stops, before plunging back to earth...
This would normally be shrugged off as just another example of the utter farce that global capital markets have become. However, a glance back in recent history at the silver market's most recent chaos moment - on July 6th - and a 'funny' thing stood out!!!
Saturday, July 8 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 8 2017, 23:14
The answer is that there really is no true market for gold, just a rigged game consisting of physical gold and paper gold trading side by side as if they were one and the same.
In some ways, this doesn’t matter, because regulators have shown no appetite to enforce the law. The message to manipulators is that this is a big boy’s market and players can do whatever they want as long as it’s not too blatant.
More broadly, where does the price of gold go from here?
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 8 2017, 23:10
“All fundamental factors aside, it does tremendous technical damage to the market,”
“There should be some effort to study this and come to some solution that will make for a more orderly trading pattern. This type of activity is not good for a fair playing field.”
The precious metal struggled to bounce back from its low on June 26 because the transaction pushed the price below the 200-day moving average, triggering automated sell orders set by algorithmic traders, thereby sustaining the slump.
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 8 2017, 02:46
It is my understanding the CME ruled yesterday’s silver flash crash excessive, and repriced all trades below $15.45 to this more fair price. Well ironically enough, although last night silver bounced back to $16, this morning in the aftermath of the flash crash, silver traded down below last night’s adjusted low, proving once again, there is no such thing as a bad tick.
But this doesn’t explain why someone would choose to sell a whack of silver futures at 6pm. It wasn’t like it was a badly traded 100 lot. More than 6,000 futures traded. Why on earth would anyone need to sell almost half a billion dollars of silver at the most illiquid time of the day? It almost makes me sympathetic to the tinfoil hat wearing precious metal bulls who are convinced governments are nefariously conspiring to keep gold and silver down.
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 8 2017, 01:51
Many analysts are calling the flash crash a ‘trading error’ or fat finger.’ However, this is somewhat lazy and ignores a few pertinent facts and context.
The aggressive selling had all the hallmarks of market manipulation as $450 million worth of silver futures were sold in a minute. An entity appears to have wanted silver lower and the massive sell order achieved that goal.
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, July 8 2017, 01:27
Silver futures prices on the COMEX futures trading platform briefly plummeted at approximately 7:06am Singapore time yesterday, with the price for the front month (most active) September silver contract falling from a US$16.06 quote down to a low of US$14.34 all within a 1 minute interval. The futures price then recovered nearly all of its losses in the subsequent 2-3 minute period. High to low, this COMEX silver futures contract saw its price fall by just over 10.7%, before rebounding nearly 11%.
During this time when the COMEX price crashed, there was nothing fundamentally happening in the wider financial markets, or indeed in the physical silver market, to justify these price gyrations in COMEX silver futures prices. Which all goes to show that the COMEX ‘paper’ futures silver prices is completely detached from the physical silver market, and that COMEX silver futures prices have no anchoring in the real silver market.
Friday, July 7 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, July 7 2017, 00:31
Silver dropped from 16.05 down to 14.82 before rebounding to 15.89
Gold dropped 5 - platinum down 11
Tuesday, June 6 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Tuesday, June 6 2017, 12:40
In his court plea, Liew described working with others at his own bank and at two other operations. He refers to “The Legend,” without naming him, at another unidentified global bank. Many details are cloaked. Liew himself is described as a trader for Bank A, which a person familiar with the situation said is Deutsche Bank AG.
According to the documents, at least two senior colleagues taught Liew how small orders could be placed and then quickly pulled, pushing prices in a direction to benefit traders with client orders to fill. Within a couple years, he was teaching newer traders to do the same. In all, according to the filings, he attempted to move prices on Chicago’s CME more than 300 times before he left.
Monday, June 5 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Monday, June 5 2017, 10:22
David Liew, formerly a junior precious metals trader with Deutsche Bank in Singapore, has been permanently banned from trading in CFTC-regulated markets. In court in Chicago last week, Liew pled guilty to charges of fraud for his role in spoofing and manipulating precious metals futures markets - gold, silver, platinum and palladium - between December 2009 and February 2012. His crimes included front-running client orders and trying to trip stop loss orders left with the bank.
Friday, June 2 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, June 2 2017, 23:25
Defendant LIEW's employer, Bank A, was one of the largest global banking and financial services companies in the world. Bank A's primary precious metals trading desks were located in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Defendant LIEW and other precious metals traders, including traders at Bank A, engaged in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and spoofing, in the trading of precious metals futures contracts traded on the CME.
Defendant LIEW placed, and conspired to place, hundreds of orders to buy or to sell precious metals futures contracts that he intended to cancel and not to execute at the time he placed the orders (the "Spoof Orders").
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, June 2 2017, 23:14
A trader who conspired to manipulate futures contracts in precious metals committed those actions while working at Deutsche Bank AG, according to a person familiar with the matter, and he is now cooperating with prosecutors.
The trader, David Liew, pleaded guilty to fraud on Thursday in federal court in Chicago for his role in the spoofing of contracts for gold, silver, platinum and palladium, according to court papers. Along with spoofing
which is placing orders without the intent of executing them in an attempt to manipulate the price he also acknowledged front-running customers’ orders.
Liew’s cooperation suggests more headaches for Deutsche Bank and its traders. Liew worked on his own but also with at least three other traders at the bank to coordinate spoofing hundreds of times, practices he said he learned from his co-workers, according to court documents. Liew’s employer is described as Bank A in the plea agreement and identified as Deutsche Bank by the person familiar with the matter.
Sunday, May 28 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Sunday, May 28 2017, 01:14
Is there gold price manipulation going on? Absolutely. There’s no question about it. That’s not just an opinion.
There is statistical evidence piling up to make the case, in addition to anecdotal evidence and forensic evidence. The evidence is very clear, in fact.
Wednesday, May 3 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Wednesday, May 3 2017, 02:38
Barclays and three other banks told a New York federal court Monday that they didn't waste its time when requesting a second shot at tossing a case over their alleged conspiracy to manipulate the price of gold, saying investors' use of flawed data in the suit justifies a do-over.
Barclays Bank PLC, HSBC Bank PLC, Societe Generale, and the Bank of Nova Scotia again asked the court for permission to renew their dismissal bid, fighting against investors who say their suit still supports allegations of collusive trading even after admitting the complaint included flawed data analyses.
Friday, April 28 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Friday, April 28 2017, 23:02
Simple economics tells us that markets and prices are driven by demand and supply. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case in the silver market. However, the threat of new regulations may be putting a stop to some bullion banks from fiddling the London silver benchmark.
Thursday, April 20 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Thursday, April 20 2017, 02:00
On the afternoon of April 11, London’s daily gold price benchmark fix took a peculiar turn: It was about $12 under the spot price. The auction appeared to be stuck on a descending escalator from an initial $1,265.75, before fixing at $1,252.90.
Saturday, April 1 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Saturday, April 1 2017, 04:05
A U.S. judge on Tuesday significantly narrowed private litigation accusing several big banks and German chemical giant BASF SE (BASFn.DE) of conspiring to suppress platinum and palladium prices.
Sunday, February 5 2017
By GCRU Gold News on Sunday, February 5 2017, 04:44
Based on documents in the public domain to which we refer below, we consider that there are good grounds to believe that members of six well-known financial services groups combined together to manipulate the outcome of the London Gold Fixing between about 2004 and 2014 and that members of four of those groups combined to manipulate the outcome of the London Silver Fixing between about 1999 and 2014. The effect of this was to create false market prices, in particular by artificially depressing prices after the 3pm (London time) Gold Price Fixing and to increase bid-offer spreads in physical gold, physical silver and their respective derivative instruments. The relevant institutions did this to increase their profits from their own activities in these markets at the expense of other market participants who have therefore suffered loss and damage, probably running into hundreds of millions of pounds in aggregate.
If it can be established that these financial institutions participated in price fixing then we consider that there can be little doubt that they have breached section 2 of the Competition Act 1998 and are liable to pay damages to any other market participant that suffered loss and damage as a result.