One of my favorite sources for information about the economy, the markets, and especially the precious metals market is the Financial Sense Newshour with Jim Puplava who hosted a special series of interviews this week in response to the Leap Year “take-down” of gold and silver on February 29th of this week.
John Doody sees gold stocks as very undervalued and believes it’s the best buying opportunity since 2008. Kathryn Derbes sees a silent army of buyers placing physical gold and silver in stronger hands, as physical metals buying becomes more intense. David Morgan sees paper shorts losing control over the silver market, and also believes the gold/silver ratio will drop from 50 to 35 this year, favoring silver over gold.
At one point during Wednesday’s trading, gold was down more than $100, while silver was trading down $3. Both metals have since recovered approximately 30 percent due to bargain hunters stepping in at the sub-$1,700 and sub-$34 levels, respectively, in the gold and silver markets.
Eric Sprott told King World News that a staggering 500 million ounces of paper silver traded hands during the takedown in the metals this week. Eric Sprott, Chairman of Sprott Asset Management, had this to say about what took place the day of the plunge in gold and silver:
“I can only imagine it’s the same forces that for the last twelve years have been at work in the gold market, trying to keep the volatility very large on the downside. As you are aware, we hardly ever get days when you get an intraday $100 rise in gold. When we look back at what happened (on Wednesday) we saw huge sell orders in gold and silver.”
Eric Sprott continues:
“When I look at the silver market in particular, in a 30 minute span we had sellers of 225 million equivalent paper ounces, in a market that in one year the silver miners only produce 800 million ounces. So again, it’s the paper markets overwhelming the physical market. It’s stunning to me that on a day like Feb. 29th we traded 500 million ounces of silver.”