by Chris Marcus, Miles Franklin:
Last week a fund called OptionSellers.com blew up. Primarily because they aggressively shorted an asset and left themselves with virtually unlimited risk. Which when the market moved against them, not only wiped out all of their capital. But left some customers actually even owing additional money.
Which is worthwhile to take note of for those involved in the silver market. Where there is an unbacked paper short position that cannot be covered with physical metal. And has left many exposed to an outcome potentially quite similar to what the investors of the OptionSellers.com fund just experienced.
For a long time it was the bullion banks that owned the majority of the short position. Although in recent years that has amazingly been unwound, and passed off to the technical hedge funds that now own it. Which means that the investors of these funds are short an asset with virtually unlimited upside whenever the paper vs. physical imbalance is resolved.