A friend sends along this comment from Adrian Douglas:
I have recently described what is going on in the physical market to be the equivalent of a "run on the Bank of the Gold Cartel." There are many factors that are leading to that conclusion and here are just a few:
-- China is a confirmed large buyer of gold, along with Russia.
-- Germany has apparently asked for its sovereign gold stored in New York to be returned.
-- Hong Kong is repatriating its sovereign gold from London and will be the repository for gold to back the Shanghai Futures Exchange.
-- Greenlight Capital sold $500 million of the GLD exchange-traded fund and bought physical bullion.-- The European Central Bank gold sales have dried up to almost nothing.
-- AnglogoldAshanti has reduced its hedges to less than one year of production.
-- Central banks are net buyers of gold for the first time in more than 20 years.
-- China has declared its right to default on commodity derivatives.
-- China is encouraging its citizens to buy gold and silver.
-- The contango on silver and gold has almost disappeared.
-- Gold and silver movements from the COMEX warehouses are inconsistent with the delivery notices.
-- Mine supply of gold continues to contract