As I mentioned a couple of days ago…this is UNREAL. Let’s see the bank that has multiple lawsuits against it for silver price manipulation is the custodian of SLV and now for COMEX silver. What does this tell you about both entities? Full story below. As a friend said: “This JPM vault is unreal. Like OJ owning CSI firm and investigating his own murder.” God Bless America! (now who else can we go bomb)
JPMorgan Holding 30,844 Ounces of Silver for Clients (Update1)
2011-03-24 19:05:17.451 GMT
(Updates with comments from Comex spokesman in second and sixth paragraphs, closing silver price in fifth paragraph.)
By Pham-Duy Nguyen
March 24 (Bloomberg) — JPMorgan Chase & Co., which accepts physical gold as collateral for trading securities, has become a custodian of Comex silver inventories, according to the owner of the New York exchange.
JPMorgan became a depository on March 17, according to Chris Grams, a spokesman for Comex owner CME Group Inc. The bank had 30,844 ounces of silver eligible for delivery as of March 22, exchange data show. Total holdings in Comex-monitored warehouses were 104.27 million ounces.
Silver prices have more than doubled in the past year and gold reached a record today as investors bought precious metals as a hedge against inflation and turmoil in financial markets.
New York-based JPMorgan said last month it expects to accept additional precious metals and commodities as collateral later this year.
“This is further indication that gold and silver are being treated more like a currency,” said Matt Zeman, a market strategist at Kingsview Financial in Chicago.
Silver futures for May delivery rose 17.7 cents, or 0.5 percent, to settle at $37.375 an ounce at 1:51 p.m. on the Comex, after touching a 31-year high of $38.18. The price reached a record $50.35 in 1980.
JPMorgan has also been authorized to hold gold, platinum and palladium for delivery against precious metals contracts traded on the Comex and Nymex, according to Grams, the exchange spokesman.
Jennifer Zuccarelli, a JPMorgan spokeswoman, declined to comment on the inventories.