CFTC's evasion after 3 years investigating silver is answer enough

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    5 November, 2011

    Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

    Under renewed pressure by Commissioner Bart Chilton to account for itself, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued a statement about its 3-year-old investigation of manipulation of the silver market, asserting only that the investigation continues.

    Those who have been taking the CFTC investigation seriously may wax indignant over the delay in resolution. But the delay speaks for itself, and eloquently: Thanks to the complaint about market rigging by London silver trader Andrew Maguire and GATA's publicizing it at the CFTC's March 25, 2010, hearing and agitating about it afterward, the CFTC has probably realized that the rigging of the silver market is, like the rigging of the gold market, a U.S. Government operation conducted through intermediaries, primary dealers in U.S. Government securities, and thus can't be examined in public without crashing the operation and impugning the whole government of which the CFTC is a part.

    The CFTC well may expect that the silver business can be resolved by a confidential settlement of the class-action lawsuit brought against the main silver market manipulator, JPMorganChase, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. (See the lawsuit's consolidated complaint here: Updated silver lawsuit IDs Morgan trading mechanisms, traders, 'spoof' trades | Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee.)

    If the lawsuit survives a summary judgment dismissal motion by JPMorganChase, which seems likely, insofar as such a motion must presume that everything alleged in the complaint is true, the lawsuit may be worth a few hundred million dollars to the investment bank just to prevent any hostile law firms from inspecting its books and interrogating its traders and managers in court-ordered discovery and deposition. Such a settlement will make the plaintiffs' lawyers very rich and let the CFTC off the hook even as it leaves the public with no formal finding of what actually happened.

    Will it end the manipulation of the silver market, or will that manipulation be ended by whatever futures market position limits the CFTC eventually decides to enforce? Maybe -- or maybe JPMorganChase will find intermediaries through which it can continue to enter the market in disproportionate size and thus continue to control it.

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