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WallStreetBets, The Silver Squeeze And The Bunker Hunts

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Fresh from having hammered a hedge fund or two the Redditors at WallStreetBets have decided to try and take on silver:

Silver prices leapt to a eight-year high on Monday, amid social media calls to buy the metal and emulate the frenzy that drove up shares in US video games retailer GameStop.

Shares in a handful of smaller Australian mining firms surged as small-time traders bought en masse.

Argent Minerals jumped 60% while Investigator Resources was up 47%.

Coin-selling websites also reported unprecedented demand and flagged delays in delivering silver.

Silver rose by as much as 11% to $30 an ounce, its highest value since 2013.

This is one of those markets where a pump and dump might well succeed. It’s also one where any long term attempt to manipulate the price just sin’t going to.

The reason being that same reason the Bunker Hunts went bust when they tried it. There’s just too much silver out there for it to be possible to corner the market.

Sure, there’s only so much in the vaults. The supply of new material coming onto the market is what it is, there can be no ramp up in production in weeks or even months. But there’re vast amounts lying around in peoples’ houses. Get the price up enough and they’ll bring it into jewellers to get the scrap value for it.

To all intents and purposes, in reasonably short time scales and compared to market size the silver supply is infinite.

A silver corner just isn’t going to work in even the medium term fun as it might be in the short.

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  1. I’m not a gambler. When we went to the casino, and my first bet won a dollar, my immediate instinct was to stop. I sat there and read a book while the others spent their money.

    But if you like that sort of thing, and can afford it, I’m sure it’s fun. No doubt seeing if you can screw the hedge funds is even more fun.

  2. Maybe you should actually look at https://www.reddit.com/r/wallstreetbets/ .
    >Don’t listen to them, this is them trying to take focus away from GME
    >The aggressive media campaign to promote silver (worldwide at the same time
    >There is no silver short squeeze happening. NONE. NEVER
    >SEC Intern pls read: False media reports about “Reddit traders” moving into ____ is clear market manipulation
    >Guess who owns tonnes of $SLV options? Fuck Citadel. This shit is co-ordinated
    >Complete lies. Stay away from silver right now

    No one in that place cares about the silver? Seems like bad journalism from all these msm reporters. Need to check their sources.

  3. No idea what you’re on about. Take a look at the place.

    “Don’t listen to them, this is them trying to take focus away from GME”
    “The aggressive media campaign to promote silver (worldwide at the same time”
    “There is no silver short squeeze happening. NONE. NEVER”
    “SEC Intern pls read: False media reports about “Reddit traders” moving into ____ is clear market manipulation”
    “Guess who owns tonnes of $SLV options? Fuck Citadel. This shit is co-ordinated”
    “Complete lies. Stay away from silver right now”

  4. Just to be a pendant: “Bunker” is a middle name, not a part of a compound surname. the brothers are Lamar Hunt, William Herbert Hunt, and Nelson Bunker Hunt. I don’t know why they had different preferences in common use of their middle name.

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