What’s going on at MF Global?

By Jeremy Holcombe
Contributing writer for Goldco Direct and End the Lie

If you held an account with MF Global, then you are probably losing money faster than anyone else in the precious metals arena right now.

It seems as though that not only has over a billion dollars disappeared from the now bankrupt MF Global, but even bars of precious metals have been shrinking by more than 25%.

How gold bars in a vault are shrinking is anyone’s guess.

It seems that every investor who held an account with MF Global is about to get one of the worst deals ever, as part of the bankruptcy issue that MF Global faces.

The failed brokerage wants to dump all of the remaining customer assets it has into a single pool that would pay customers only 72% of the value of their holdings.

These holdings include gold, silver, cash, options, futures and commodities. Nothing is safe over at MF Global.

So what does this mean for any investor that used MF Global?

This scenario means that investors and traders who have already paid full price for bars of gold and silver – and even have the warehouse receipts to prove it, will have to forfeit 28% of the value of the items the bought through MF Global.

What’s worse, not only do these traders and investors stand to lose a lot of money the way things stand now, but attorney and liquidation trustee James Giddens has frozen all assets.

This means that not only are these traders going to lose this money as it stands now, but they have also sat helplessly since late August while prices for gold and silver have continued to drop.

The final kicker is that investors are still being dealt fees for storage of their commodities through MF Global.

Trustee Giddens could not be reached for any kind of comment related to what is happening, however, even if he could be reached, I am not too sure what exactly he could or would say to make this better.

How is something like this even legal?

To be honest with you, I am not sure it is, however not much is being done right now, mainly because a large portion of MF Global’s commodity clients cleared their transactions through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Comex.

The main question now is whether or not the CME will be liable for all the customer losses suffered at MF Global.

In my opinion they should be.

Someone needs to step up and get these traders and investors their money back.

The way I see it is this: plenty of people lose and gain money in the precious metals arena.

However, you should lose and gain your money based on you investment strategy and based on what the market does. You should not lose a ton of money based on a situation like this where a company goes bankrupt and tries to dump money owed onto someone else, or not pay it at all.

[Editor’s note: unfortunately, even if this is indeed illegal, I doubt that anyone will be held accountable for their involvement. We see time and time again that the people behind these policies and the systemic problems that have infected the banking and investment sectors are let off scot-free while the average people are left to pick up the pieces and attempt to make up for the crimes of the so-called elite.]

The above article is for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation by End the Lie or Goldco Direct.  It is the commentator’s opinion only and not intended for investment recommendations, and does not necessarily reflect the views of End the Lie or Goldco Direct.  Any references to outside sources are believed to be accurate.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.  All commodities involve risk. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

3 Responses to What’s going on at MF Global?

  1. Hal (GT) December 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    “Someone needs to step up and get these traders and investors their money back.”

    Totally agree. This whole thing, I believe is the iceberg that is sinking the whole system.

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  2. Christian S December 25, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    The UBS trader accused of losing $2BB is arrested on the trading floor and collared away in handcuffs, front page above the fold in FT. Corzine steals $?BB in customer segregated funds and nothing. Don’t expect any justice here, except frontier justice. What’s perplexing is why one of these traders hasnt snuffed Corzine already.

    Reply
    • Hal (GT) January 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      I don’t even expect frontier justice which I really wouldn’t encourage it. But I sure would like some real law and order kind.

      Reply

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