Snooze Button in Gold & Silver
The following comments are attributed to Craig Hemke, who deserves credit for being the master of determining where the price of Gold and Silver will end up on opex expiration day. Opex refers to settling of call and put options at the end of the month. Call options with a strike price that is below the closing price on the day of opex expiration result in a gain for the purchaser and a loss for the writer of the call option, which is typically one of the bullion banks. However, if the call option has a strike price above the closing price, the purchaser gets nothing and the option expires worthless. But the bank that wrote the option gets to keep the premium that was paid by the purchaser of the option.
The same goes for a put option that has a strike price below the closing price at opex expiration. It expires worthless, and the bank collects the premium. If the put strike is greater than the closing price, then the purchaser gets paid, perhaps more than the cost of the premium, and then the bank loses out.
Price of Gold and Silver Today
All of this is to say that the bullion banks that write these call and put options want the price of Gold and Silver to close below where the majority call option strikes are at opex and above where the majority of put strikes are too. Simply put, they want the closing price to end up between the two so that they can make massive profits.
Now we are still three weeks out, and where the majority of put and call strikes end up remains to be seen, but Craig was kind enough to share with me that, currently, the majority of call strikes are at 2000 and the majority of put strikes are 1900. So, absent a major event that has a significant impact on Gold and Silver prices, Gold will go sideways for the rest of the month, finishing somewhere between 1900 to 2000. In Silver, it’s 22-23. These ranges happen to be in line with my own prior public forecasts, for many other reasons. The probability that these ranges play out just went skyward.
I consider Craig to be the master of forecasting Gold and Silver prices at opex. He has nailed it to the penny in the recent past.
Another reason why I expect these forecasts to become reality is because it also allows the banks to pare their soaring short position ahead of the next rally to the record high of 2089. They can continue to short Gold when it approaches 2000 and cover their shorts the closer it gets to 1900. There will likely be more retail sellers than buyers, enabling the banks to reduce their shorts to a greater extent than any longs they may add, because if Gold goes sideways for the next three weeks, people will simply get fed up and frustrated, then they give up and sell. It’s just human nature, unfortunately.
Simply put, the banks are likely to try to bore us all to death over the next few weeks, trapping Gold between 1900-2000 and 22-23 in Silver. Many analysts will say up or down because sideways is not sexy, but cash is a position until extremes show up. On the positive side, if sideways action is exactly what happens, then traders could clean up by buying low and selling high until the next opex expiration.
Conclusion on Bullion Prices
Buy low, sell high. What a concept!
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