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CFTC: Obey Your Plaque!

(Stop the Fraud!)

Silver Stock Report

by Jason Hommel, April 1, 2010

I swear this is NOT an April Fool's joke.  But maybe this is a long standing joke on the American people, ever since 1975

The Plaque reads:

THE MISSION OF THE CFTC IS TO PROTECT MARKETUSERS AND THE PUBLIC FROM FRAUD, MANIPULATION, AND ABUSIVE PRACTICES RELATED TO THE
SALE OF COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTIONS, AND TO FOSTER OPEN, COMPETITIVE, AND FINANCIALLY SOUND COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTION MARKETS

CFTC, obey your plaque!

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Answering the Skeptics

Recently, I was contacted by a reporter for the Financial Times of London. He was looking to write a story about the CFTC’s upcoming hearing on precious metals. I could tell in my conversations with him that he was skeptical about my claims of a downward manipulation in the price of silver. As a result, the story he wrote reflected his skepticism, which was rooted in how could such a manipulation exist for as long as I alleged and how could silver be manipulated if it doubled in price over the past five years?

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It’s the Message, Not the Messenger

When I first learned that I would not be invited to the March 25 CFTC public hearing on precious metals position limits, I admit that I was more than a bit surprised and disappointed. After all, this was my signature issue, one on which I had pressed the CFTC and the exchanges for more than 20 years. In fact, until very recently, I was virtually alone in having advanced the issue of establishing legitimate speculative position limits in silver, along with the enforcement of bona fide hedge exemptions to those limits.

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