08/21/2016 Precious metals and miners continued to consolidate last week, with some traders wary of a near-term rate hike. Though the dollar sold off as the July Fed minutes reflected mixed views on raising rates, precious metals traders sold strength and investors took profits. Gold closed $5 up on the week at 1342 after double topping around 1356 on Tue and Wed. Silver was weak, closing 40 cents down at 19.32. The gold-silver ratio rose to 69.5. Miners fell steadily, closing down 3.6% (HUI).
Janet Yellen speaks in Jackson Hole during the annual August Fed symposium on Friday and will perhaps give more clarity on future rate hikes. Until then the consolidation is likely to continue, with lower prices possible this week. Yellen’s talk could trigger a rally or a larger sell-off, though we expect any sell-off would be shallow as would-be buyers show up.
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Why would anyone want a firearm? “Self defense, Locke wrote in his Two Treatises of Government, is a part of the law of nature and in consequence cannot be denied the community, even against the king himself.” Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review
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"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my Country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed." — Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
Is America Headed for Bankruptcy? (July 2016) “America’s exploding deficit is cause for major concern and yet no presidential candidate in the running right now seems to be talking about it.” —Martin Feldstein
The Fed Sets Another Trap
"In these days of froth, the persistence of extraordinary policy accommodation in a financial system flooded with liquidity poses a great danger. Indeed, that could well be the lesson of recent equity- and currency-market volatility and, of course, plummeting oil prices. With so much dry kindling, it will not take much to spark the next conflagration." --Stephen S Roach, Dec 23, 2014
The Fed’s balance sheet is a pile of tinder, but it hasn’t been lit … inflation will eventually have to rise.
Where will the price of gold be in 5 years? Greenspan: “Higher.” How much? Greenspan: “Measurably.” (New Orleans Investment Conference, Oct 25, 2014)
Mercenary Musings: "We should always be cognizant that gold is the only real money and its true value is never subject to the decrees, fiats, machinations, whims, let alone the dreams, fantasies and whimsies of elected and/or autocratic national governments." — Micky Fulp
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SF Fed Pres Says Worse to Come — Admits Policy Failure (August 2016) “The critical implication of a lower natural rate of interest is that conventional monetary policy has less room to stimulate the economy during an economic downturn, owing to a lower bound on how low interest rates can go. This will necessitate a greater reliance on unconventional tools like central bank balance sheets, forward guidance, and potentially even negative policy rates. In this new normal, recessions will tend to be longer and deeper, recoveries slower, and the risks of unacceptably low inflation and the ultimate loss of the nominal anchor will be higher. We have already gotten a first taste of the effects of a low r-star, with uncomfortably low inflation and growth despite very low interest rates. Unfortunately, if the status quo endures, the future is likely to hold more of the same—with the possibility of even more severe challenges to maintaining price and economic stability. To avoid this fate, central banks and governments should critically reassess the efficacy of their current approaches and carefully consider redesigning economic policy strategies to better cope with a low r-star environment.” —San Francisco Fed president John Williams
They’re Coming for your Cash "It might sound like a conspiracy theory spun by right-wing crazies. But judging by the increasing desperation of governments to reboot the world economy, it just might happen. . . If you don’t already own some gold in fully allocated form, now would be a good time to consider buying some." — Mark Nestmann