It is too early to call it a confirmed breakout, but the Bank index has popped above cyclical bull market highs. Weekly MACD and RSI both look good.
I have always liked Ben Bernanke, in that I think he is a soft-spoken, nice guy who took the hand off from Alan Greenspan in stride, heroically making chicken soup out of the chicken excrement he was left with. He kept his dignity and calm demeanor during the days when inflationist gold bugs codified the term “Helicopter Ben” and turned it into just another accepted way of saying “Ben Bernanke”.
It was bad enough that a numbered bullet point, (!) using tout has been lathering the gold “community” lately with an amazing fundamental consideration he calls “the Chindian love trade” (you know, in China they buy gold for love and as their economy grows gold will go way up in price). Never mind that he promoted gold for Indian Weddings and China demand all through the bear market or that as recently as last week he predicted that the US ‘jobs’ number would be huge and gold would sky rocket due to panicked institutional demand in the face of rising inflation.
There are many more details and indicators that inform well balanced ongoing analysis, but the three scenarios below are the general options before us. Excerpted from this week’s edition of Notes From the Rabbit Hole, NFTRH 342:
- Inflation signals do change their trend, long-term yields continue upward, the [yield] curve continues upward, oil continues upward, copper breaks massive resistance at $3/lb., stock markets remain aloft but under perform and silver out performs gold in a new ‘inflation bull’ as the promotions for everything from REE to Uranium to ‘Peak Oil’ would be back on. We could make money in that environment; in commodities, precious metals and stocks (with a global view).
- Inflation signals fail, long-term yields drop again, the curve continues upward, stocks get hammered, commodities resume their bear market and gold eventually grinds out an outperformance, much like it did on the 2014 up leg of the Gold-CRB chart below. We should preserve capital in that environment while positioning for the next bull market in the gold stock sector.
- Inflation signals fail, long-term yields remain stable or decline but the yield curve resumes its decline as short-term yields firm up vs. long-term yields. This would return Goldilocks to the picture. Stocks would like this scenario and precious metals and commodities would not. This would be an extension of what has gone on post-2011. We might not like or agree with it, but we would have to respect it.
The world is getting hyped up about bond yields lately with bonds of all stripes declining, as if we are in the midst of a debt Armageddon (we are and have been in the midst of a decades-long and still intact ‘debt for growth’ Ponzi operation). Here is some perspective…
It is disgraceful. Every time Bob Dole would introduce legislation that would have America simply acknowledge the atrocity that was the 20th Century’s first genocide (of the Christian Armenians by the Muslim Turks) it would get shot down. Bob kept trying and other voices cried out but America – across generations and political parties – just continues to put its fingers in its ears and go ‘la la la la la… I can’t HEAR you… la la la la la…’
US should recognize Armenian genocide –Boston Globe
The sheer scale of the murders in Turkey was so overwhelming that Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin later devised the word “genocide” to grapple with the carnage.
There is so much data flying around out there. From the Credit data we reviewed yesterday to weakening manufacturing and exports to employment up nicely one month and down big the next, to frisky consumers (the economy’s ‘back end’, putting it nicely) out there confidently living it up.
Big pictures help us let it all simmer and take out the noise. Here is a big picture for you… and it is an unchanged story; America has eaten its financial seed corn (replacing it with the soft meal known as credit) and financial market analysis is now in the hands of data freaks parsing and quantifying every little twitch on short time frames to draw conclusions and extrapolations based on little more than a black hole (that would be debt).