Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR . (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on Bitcoin Market Manipulation. (See the Cryptos section.)
First up, at Zero Hedge: Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March – Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves
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Michael Ballanger: Whither Silver From Here? 
Stocks and Bonds:
I warned readers that rising interest rates would cause some big market drops. Well, here they come: Dow drops over 500 points after 10-year Treasury yield touches 3% 
Cryptos (Bitcoin Market Manipulation):
It is noteworthy that the U.S. Dollar trade value of Bitcoin (BTC)  has been bouncing around $9,300 but then it regularly gets pushed back down below $8,850. This definitely smacks of automated sell orders that are in place. As I’ve mentioned before, only 50 individuals and entities hold more than half of all of the Bitcoin now in existence. One of those entities is the U.S. Government. It does so, because the Justice Department made a few high-profile seizures of Bitcoin. Most notorious was their “tackle in the public library” seizure of more than 144,000 BTC from Silk Road manager Ross Ulbricht (aka The Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR) in 2013 . At the time, that chunk of BTC (then worth $130 per BTC) was valued at just $28.5 million. But at $9,000 USD each, that 144,000 BTC equates to nearly $1.3 Billion USD!
As long as an automated sell order remains in place, Bitcoin will have market ceilings. I suspect that $10,000 may be the currently-manipulated ceiling. Let’s face facts, folks: A lot of market manipulation power is now in the hands of just a few individuals and entities. And since the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve banking cartel are deathly afraid of private cryptos gaining a foothold in global commerce, they have a strong motivation to keep a ceiling on Bitcoin. They probably also slam it down, with large Bitcoin sales, from time to time. I believe that the goal of the western Central Banks is to suppress private opaque cryptocurrencies until they have the opportunity to release their own transparent cryptos, and dominate the market. They dread private, anonymous cryptos. Instead, they want government-issued and fully tracked (and taxable) cryptos. Governments and their cohorts Bankers don’t want Justice. No, they want “Just Us” in control. Count on it.
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At a recent Rock Island Auction , a cased Colt Walker revolver set a world record for the auction of a single firearm: $1.6 million! At the same auction, a Singer Manufacturing-produced Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol sold for $414,000. My old buddy Conor’s comment on this hammer price: “Not Shabby.”
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