JPMorgan Chase cornering silver bullion market?

JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, one the largest providers of financial services in the world and one of the most powerful banks in the world has accumulated one of the largest stockpiles of silver the world has ever seen.

The total JP Morgan silver stockpile has increased dramatically in the last four years. In 2011, JP Morgan has little or no physical silver. By 2012, they had acquired 5 million ounces of silver bullion.

Incredibly, in the last 3 years their Comex silver stockpile has increased tenfold and is now over 55 million ounces.

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Here’s a breakdown of the Comex’s recent physical silver deliveries to JP Morgan:

April 7th: 1,110,000 ounces

April 8th: 1,280,000 ounces

April 9th:  893,037 ounces

April 10th: 1,200,224 ounces

April 14th: 1,073,000 ounces

April 15th: 1,191,275 ounces

April 16th: 1,183,777.295 ounces

This is a huge bout of deliveries in a very short space of time. It’s such a large amount, that it even creates a spike on the long-term chart of JP Morgan’s silver stockpile.

JP Morgan has accumulated another 8.3 million ounces of silver in just the past 2 weeks alone.

Is JP Morgan accumulating silver at these depressed levels in anticipation of geopolitical and financial turmoil?

It seems likely. JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in his recent letter to shareholders warned

“Some things never change – there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial market”.

Dimon warned that the trigger for the next crisis may not be the same trigger as the last one – but there will be another crisis.

“Triggering events could be geopolitical (the 1973 Middle East crisis), a recession where the Fed rapidly increases interest rates (the 1980-1982 recession), a commodities price collapse (oil in the late 1980s), the commercial real estate crisis (in the early 1990s), the Asian crisis (in 1997),so-called “bubbles” (the 2000 Internet bubble and the 2008 mortgage/housing bubble), etc. While the past crises had different roots (you could spend a lot of time arguing the degree to which geopolitical, economic or purely financial factors caused each crisis), they generally had a strong effect across the financial markets.”

The preference for silver instead of gold may be explained by the current depressed prices.

In the last two weeks JP Morgan Chase has accumulated more than eight million ounces of physical silver.

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About the Author

Mark O'Byrne is executive director of Ireland-based GoldCore.