John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash of 1929
Here are a few charts that show the rather striking decline in 'registered' gold, that is gold available for those standing for delivery, in the Comex warehouses.
'Standing' by the way means standing around and waiting for someone to choose to fulfill your request for your contract to be fulfilled with actual bullion before the cut off date.
You can see from the first chart that the likelihood of someone actually standing for delivery and receiving bullion has never been less at The Bucket Shop. Real metal is unfashionable amongst our financial sophisticates.
As for delivery and withdrawal of bullion, it is getting stronger and stronger in the East. Second chart. What can one say at such embarrassing behaviour? What a bunch of rubes!
The shills and shrills for the bullion banks will tell you, in hair-splitting and often misleading detail that none of this means anything. And you better listen to them because they are the ascended masters of the universe.
All of these categories and procedures at The Bucket Shop are meaningless. And the holders of these millions of dollars in bullion often change the designations of their metal in new but meaningless ways in their quest to baffle the world. And provide makework for their brokers and clerical staff.
The Bucket Shop is not likely to fall into a hard default. You cannot lose when you own the game and set the rules, and can always force settlement.
Try not to underestimate the skillfulness and determination of market manipulators. And especially their shamelessness. They hate it when you refer to the obviousness of their schemes. Like rigging almost every global market, and selling tailor made toxic instruments which they later bet against. And getting caught, paying a wristslap fine to their cronies, and then claiming that they are the real victims of zealous prosecutors and your envy at their well-deserved success.
So nothing to see here. Better not to look at it or ask any questions. About anything. Just leave your money and move along.