As a banker on Wall Street, from 2008-2011, I learned a great deal about the way the world turns. You know what they say, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” It proved much different in the real world than my standard college education in economics. Colleges do not teach you how to become a banker, much less how the FOREX market really does business.
Like politics, the banking industry definitely has a seedy side, an underbelly, that I was not comfortable with, ethically, so I heading into the Bitcoin space. This story underscores why many good people in banking have headed for higher ground. Deutsche Bank has settled their market manipulation lawsuit from 2014 for a reported $60 Million USD.
This is not standard industry practice, is it?
Before I get to that, let’s go over what happened here. If you are an investor in precious metals, you may have noticed a disturbing trend in the value of gold and silver over the last five years or so. After peaking at about $1800 USD for gold and about $40 USD for silver back in 2011, the two popular investments have plummeted, causing silver investors to lose more than half of their value and gold to lose about 30%.
Some found it strange that every financial advisor, known as FAs in banking circles, and television investment expert have told people to buy gold and buy silver for the last five years, yet the price has dropped in lockstep with all of this new money. It turns out that these precious metals markets have been controlled for years by banking interests like Deutsche Bank, and other banks.
Deutsche Bank hasn’t even bothered to deny the claims against them in a classaction lawsuit outlining the following offenses against the common investor: employment of manipulative device claims, bid-rigging, and unjust enrichment, price fixing and unlawful restraint, price manipulation claims, and aiding and abetting and principal-agent claims.
You see banks can independently, or collectively, manipulate a global market, or stock on an exchange, by “shorting” the stock or commodity, basically betting that it will lose value. This can be very profitable in a market as large as the global FOREX or gold market, and as you can see from any 5-year price history of Gold and silver, Deutsche Bank has made plenty of money doing this over the years.
They certainly aren’t alone in this level of shadiness. Last year, the United States’ Department of Justice found some of the world’s largest banks guilty of currency and interest rate manipulation. Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS Group AG were found guilty of collusion, aligning positions, and timing transactions. The “short” of this story is that the markets are rigged, from the LIBOR to U.S. real estate, to interest rates, to precious metals like gold and silver.
$60M USD is hardly a fine, as Deutsche Bank has made far more than that, you can be assured. This is a tacit slap on the wrist, and really a wink to keep doing it, maybe in a less obvious manner, and make sure other smaller banks don’t piggyback off their con game. Deutsche Bank made a very nice profit, and no one is going to jail, so what’s the problem?
The only problem is you, the common investor, lost your shirt in their global 3- card Monty game over the last five years. If you think they’re the only bank rigging the precious metals market, you’re just a babe in the woods. This settlement is a farce, and it is meant to give the illusion of the policing of these markets. These are felony crimes where no one goes to jail for theft or embezzlement. No better than what Mark Karpeles did at the Mt. Gox exchange in 2013, just on a much grander scale.
It is important that you understand the relationship between governments and banks, so I’ll wrap it up for you with these couple of paragraphs from “The International Man,” Doug Casey, who explains it better than I ever could. (Get his free newsletter, BTW. Highly reommended.)
So this is something you should keep in mind, going forward. Are you investing in financial systems that are rigged by the banks against you, like FOREX, gold, and silver? Or are you investing in sound money, free-market capitalism markets, like Bitcoin?
If you want a legitimate economic market to invest in, Bitcoin may be “The Last of the Mohicans.”