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Friday, July 25, 2014

Silver bullion banks accused of manipulation in U.S. lawsuit

Absolutely no effective congressional oversight worthy of the name has been standing guard on these crooks. We learned years ago the banksters are in bed with the regulators and they're all raking in the booty. Common investors can take a hike. We expect nothing significant judicially to develop from this. You certainly don't require  five years to "probe the allegations." We just pass it along for your info.
We would suggest you follow the coin dealer premiums on the 1 oz. eagles to get a general idea on the availability of silver. We are of the understanding that only 5% or so of the 5,000 oz. contracts actually receive silver as settlement. Banksters are settling for the US$ price paid in paper fiat, not bullion. A beginning start for tracking might be here.

​N​EW YORK Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:41pm EDT

A closed branch of Deutsche Bank is pictured in a parking a parking garage in Bochum May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
A closed branch of Deutsche Bank is pictured in a parking a parking garage in Bochum May 17, 2013.Credit: Reuters/Ina Fassbender

(Reuters) - Silver bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused of manipulating prices in the multi-billion dollar market in a lawsuit filed on Friday.

The lawsuit was filed in a New York district court by J. Scott Nicholson, a resident of Washington DC and alleges that the banks, which oversee the century-old silver fix, manipulated the physical and COMEX futures market since January 2007.

Nicholson is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, which was registered in the Southern District of New York.

Deutsche Bank and HSBC declined to comment. Nova Scotia was not immediately available for comment.

The lawsuit comes after a series of separate lawsuits were filed since March, accusing gold bullion banks of rigging the daily gold price.

The five banks in those lawsuits have denied the allegations.

This is the first case to target the silver fix, although the silver market, whose prices have gyrated wildly in recent year, is no stranger to regulatory and legal scrutiny.

In a five-year probe, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigated allegations that some of the world's biggest bullion banks distorted silver futures prices.

The U.S. commodity regulator found no evidence of wrongdoing and dropped the probe last September. A long-running class-action antitrust lawsuit including similar accusations was dismissed at the end of last month by a federal appeals court.

The lawsuit also comes at a critical time for precious metals markets, as regulators investigate trading around the setting of London's daily gold and silver price benchmarks and the industry tries to find alternative ways to price their dealing.

​Source Reuters​