Coppock Indicator: An Intermediate Term Bottom For Gold Is In

The data wrangler, Nick Laird from Sharelynx, sent these long term technical charts of gold in US dollars with a note saying, “I like the look of it Jess. It’s a deep cyclical indicator and you can see from it’s past performance how it works for gold.” I have to admit that this is one indicator I am not given to using, probably since I rarely was a long term investor in the past, and this is a cyclical tool although certain chart functions will allow you to utilize it on shorter term charts, and probably incorrectly based on Coppock’s intent. It is an indicator that generates only buy signals by attempting to identify market bottoms after serious declines. The indicator must turn negativeinto a trough. That implies that it had previously been positive. And then it must begin an upturn and sustain it. So if I am reading these charts correctly, the last buy signal we have had was in 2001 with a big bottom buy signal forming in 1998-99. See what I mean about longer term? For a trader, that is glacial.

This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 29 AUGUST 2014.

Personal Spending Suffers First Drop Since January As Consumer Income, Outlays Miss

Judging by the just released personal income and spending data, consumers are already forecasting a long, harsh winter. With incomes and outlays expected to rise by 0.3% and 0.2% respectively, the July data was a big dud, missing on both expectations, and while income rose by a modest 0.2%, far below the 0.5% in June, it was personal spending which in fact declined by 0.1%, a major drop from the 0.4% increase in the prior month, and the first outright decline in spending since January. As CNBC’s Steve Liesman explained the disappointing data: “weather.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

‘Central Banks Should Give Money Directly To The People’ – Gold Bullish CFR Proposal

Last week, a very radical proposal appeared in the pages of the influential ‘Foreign Affairs’ magazine, the publication arm of the equally influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think-tank based in New York.
An article ‘Print Less but Transfer More – Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People’, that has been picked up widely in the media argues that given that monetary stimulus measures such as quantitative easing and near zero central bank interest rates have failed to boost economic growth, a new radical monetary approach is needed. That approach is to print currency and give the cash directly to consumers and households as required so as to remedy insufficient consumer spending and in order to prevent recessions.
The article is authored by Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan. Blyth, originally from Scotland, is an economist at Brown University in Rhode Island. Lonergan, originally from Ireland, is a fund manager of global macro strategies at M&G Investments in London.
Although ‘Foreign Affairs’ publishes various sides of important debates, policy articles in ‘Foreign Affairs’ have tended to influence US economic and political policy over the years, so the ‘cash transfer proposal’ is worth watching.

This post was published at Gold Core on 29 August 2014.

The wages-fuel-demand fallacy

In recent months talking heads, disappointed with the lack of economic recovery, have turned their attention to wages. If only wages could grow, they say, there would be more demand for goods and services: without wage growth, economies will continue to stagnate.
It amounts to a non-specific call to stimulate aggregate demand by continuing with or even accelerating the expansion of money supply. The thinking is the same as that behind Bernanke’s monetary distribution by helicopter. Unfortunately for these wishful-thinkers the disciplines of the markets cannot be bypassed. If you give everyone more money without a balancing increase in the supply of goods, there is no surer way of stimulating price inflation, collapsing a currency’s purchasing power and losing all control of interest rates.
The underlying error is to fail to understand that economising individuals make things in order to be able to buy things. That is the order of events, earn it first and spend it second. No amount of monetary shenanigans can change this basic fact. Instead, expanding the quantity of money will always end up devaluing the wealth and earning-power of ordinary people, the same people that are being encouraged to spend, and destroying genuine economic activity in the process.

This post was published at GoldMoney on 29 August 2014.

Silver and the Unmentionables

The purpose of a taboo is to avoid destruction. Those who do not respect the taboos of a culture endanger the cultural identity.
Therefore, disregarding the taboos produces self-destruction and/or destruction.
Many of you read Jeff Clark’s (of Casey Research) recent piece outlining the reasons why silver prices will likely move higher. It was a great piece from an organization with great reach.
But it missed the unmentionable elephant in the room. Here is a summary in all its bullish glory.
1. Inflation-Adjusted Price Has a Long Way to Go
One hint of silver’s potential is its inflation-adjusted price. I asked John Williams of Shadow Stats to calculate the silver price in June 2014 dollars (July data is not yet available).
Shown below is the silver price adjusted for both the CPI-U, as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the price adjusted using ShadowStats data based on the CPI-U formula from 1980 (the formula has since been adjusted multiple times to keep the inflation number as low as possible).
The $48 peak in April 2011 was less than half the inflation-adjusted price of January 1980, based on the current CPI-U calculation. If we use the 1980 formula to measure inflation, silver would need to top $470 to beat that peak.

This post was published at Silver-Coin-Investor on Aug 28, 2014.

S&P Futures Surge Over 2000, At Record High, On Collapsing Japanese, European Economic Data, Ukraine Escalations

Following Wednesday’s laughable tape painting close where an algo, supposedly that of Citadel under the usual instructions of the NY Fed, ramped futures just over 2,000 to preserve faith in central planning, yesterday everyone was expecting a comparable rigged move… and got it, only this time milliseconds after the close, when futures moved from solidly in the red, to a fresh record high in seconds on no news – although some speculate that Obama not announcing Syrian air strikes yesterday was somehow the bullish catalyst – and purely on another bout of algo buying whose only purpose was to preserve the overnight momentum. Sure enough, this morning we find that even as bond yields around the world continue to probe 2014 lows, and with the Ruble sinking to fresh record lows as the Ukraine situation has deteriorated to unprecedented lows, so US equity futures have once, driven by the now generic USDJPY spike just after the European open, again soared overnight, well above 2000 and are now at all time highs, driven likely by the ongoing deflationary collapse in Europe where August inflation printed 0.3%, the lowest since 2009 while the unemployment remained close to record high, while the Japanese economic abemination is now fully featured for every Keynesian professor to see, with the latest Japanese data basically continuing the pattern of sheer horror as we reported yesterday.
As a result, with the Fed firmly in tapering mode for now, all hopes are once again firmly pinned on Draghi, and as Bloomberg says the European economic crash is “increasing pressure on the ECB to take action to kindle the bloc’s faltering recovery” even as Germany’s finance minister poured cold water overnight on more action out of the ECB, in line with the Reuters headline earlier this week. In short, complete confusion reigns in the Fed’s “Mutant, broken market” in which nothing really matters and where a green EOD print is now a matter of urgent national security and policy.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

The Myth of the Unchanging Value of Gold

According to mainstream economics textbooks, one of the primary functions of money is to measure the value of goods and services exchanged on the market. A typical statement of this view is given by Frederic Mishkin in his textbook on money and banking. ‘[M]oney … is used to measure value in the economy,’ he claims. ‘We measure the value of goods and services in terms of money, just as we measure weight in terms of pounds and distance in terms of miles.’
When money is conceived as a measure of value, the policy implication is that one of the primary objectives of the central bank should be to maintain a stable price level. This supposedly will remove inflationary noise from the economy and ensure that any changes in money prices that do occur tend to reflect a change in the relative values of goods and services to consumers. Thus, for mainstream economists, stabilizing a price index based on a basket of arbitrarily selected and weighted consumer goods, e.g., the CPI, the core CPI, the Personal Consumption Expenditure (CPE), etc., is a prerequisite for rendering money a more or less fixed yardstick for measuring value.
This idea – that a series of acts involving interpersonal exchange of certain sums of money for quantities of various goods by diverse agents over a given period of time somehow yields a measure of value – is another ancient fallacy that can be traced back to John Law. Law repeatedly referred to money as ‘the measure by which goods are valued.’ This fallacy has been refuted elsewhere and rests on the assumption that the act of measurement involves the comparison of one thing to another thing that has an objective existence, and whose relevant physical dimensions and causal relationships with other physical phenomena are absolutely fixed and invariant to the passage of time, like a yardstick or a column of mercury.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Wall Street Admits That A Cyberattack Could Crash Our Banking System At Any Time

Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem. The truth is that our financial system is not nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is. We have become more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a potentially huge downside. An electromagnetic pulse weapon or an incredibly massive cyberattack could conceivably take down part or all of our banking system at any time.
This week, the mainstream news is reporting on an attack on our major banks that was so massive that the FBI and the Secret Service have decided to get involved. The following is how Forbes described what is going on…
The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating a huge wave of cyber attacks on Wall Street banks, reportedly including JP Morgan Chase, that took place in recent weeks.
The attacks may have involved the theft of multiple gigabytes of sensitive data, according to reports. Joshua Campbell, supervisory special agent at the FBI, tells Forbes: ‘We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions.’

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 28th, 2014.

Foreign Custodial Holdings of US Treasuries continuing to Climb

Just a short set of comments this evening. They deal with the usual, “The world is going to move away from the Dollar any day now” chatter. If it is, it sure isn’t showing up in the Foreign Central Bank holdings of Treasuries that are in custody at the New York Federal Reserve. Here is the chart.

Look folks, I am just as concerned about the US Dollar as the next guy but when I look at the competition, I see one set of assorted problems or another. What that means is that the idea that the world is going to drop the Dollar and move to some sort of as of yet undefined currency in which to conduct the bulk of its trade simply does not carry much weight with me at this time.

This post was published at Trader Dan Norcini on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

A Bearish Sign For Treasurys?

It is no secret that throughout 2014 Bank of America has been actively urging its clients to join the most crowded short trade of the year, the 10 Year Treasury, which also happens to be one of the best performing asset classes year-to-date, and one which just hit 2014 highs. However, with the 10Y yield plunging, BofA’s chief technician, which as is widely known is another words for “momentum chaser” who has over the past year been branded as the new coming of the legendary Tom Stolper thanks to the inverse-accuracy of his calls, has changed his tune, to wit: “the trend in yield is lower.” If there was something that could make us nervous about being long TSYs, this is it.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Massive 60% Stock Market Correction Coming: ‘Period Of Extreme Turmoil’

The confidence game is almost up warns Prudent Bear Fund President David Tice. And when the economic recovery and stock market build-up is finally revealed for the conjecture that it really is we’ll have a sell-off of unprecedented proportions.
Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday.
A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch.’ When this happens, he said, markets will face a ‘period of extreme turmoil.’
This crash will be precipitated, he said, by a disillusionment with the Federal Reserve’s ‘confidence game,’ which will then see inflation rise, and the Fed scramble to raise rates…

This post was published at shtfplan on August 28th, 2014.

6 Reasons Why ECB Will Avoid QE As Long As Possible (And Why The Fed Did It)

Yields on European sovereign debt have collapsed in recent months as investors piled into these ‘riskless’ investments following hints that the ECB will unleash QE (at some point “we promise”) and the economic situation collapses. However, Mario Draghi has made it clear that any QE would be privately-focused (because policy transmission channels were clogged) and the appointment of Blackrock to run an ABS-purchase plan confirms that those buying bonds to front-run the ECB may have done so in error. As Rabobank’s Elwin de Groot notes in six simple comments that he expects continued “procrastination” by the ECB over sovereign QE even after dismal economic data – and in doing so, exposes the entire facade behind The Fed’s QE.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts – A Tale of Two Metals Markets – Shout and Feel It

Nothing of particular interest was shown in the Comex reports from yesterday. Tomorrow we bid adieu to the August contract. Time to move our eyes to the September month which is active for silver but not gold. The precious metals are unfortunately very politicized in this currency war. That is both a risk, and an opportunity. There was intraday commentary on the metals here. There are obviously two metals markets, one of paper, and one of real metal delivered and taken. One is most expressed in the overnight market with trading in Asia and Europe, and another that starts after the New York opening bell.

This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 28 AUGUST 2014.

Gold Seeker Closing Report: Gold and Silver Gain While Stocks Fall

The Metals:
Gold rose $14.33 to $1296.33 at about 8:30AM EST before it pared back to $1287.37 in the next couple of hours of trade, but it then bounced back higher in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.57%. Silver surged to as high as $19.851 and ended with a gain of 0.46%.
Euro gold climbed to about 978, platinum gained $6 to $1421, and coper fell 4 cents to about $3.14.
Gold and silver equities rose over 1% at the open before they fell back towards unchanged by midmorning, but they then climbed back towards their opening highs by early afternoon and remained near that level into the close.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 28 August 2014.

The Fed’s “Mutant, Broken Market”

Undermining the Integrity of Financial Markets
Introduction
Financial markets are broken. Fundamental analysis and Modern Portfolio Theory are relics of the past. Investors used to care about maximizing a portfolio’s expected return for a given amount of targeted risk. The goal used to be that prudent diversification through the analysis of security correlations could move the Efficient Frontier Line ‘up and to the left’. In other words, improve returns per unit of risk.
Today, Fed policies have commandeered investor thinking and altered investor behavior. The powerful driver of moral hazard has fueled greed, and imbued more fear of underperforming peers and benchmarks, than fear of downside risks. Some investors are buying the riskiest assets simply because prices have been rising. Some investors say they are buying equities instead of Treasuries because ‘equities have upside, while bonds yields are puny and their prices are capped at par’.
Fed policies have led to (investor) herd behavior that has plunged market volatilities and manipulated asset prices and correlations to lofty levels. The rallying cry has simply become ‘don’t fight the Fed’. Relative return – without regard for risk – is all that matters. As a result, future return expectations have fallen with ever-rising prices; correspondingly, risk levels have risen in parallel. The allure of the Fed’s magic spell has lapsed investors into a soporific state of cognitive dissonance, with them focusing more on trying to justify valuations, rather than on the Upside Downside Capture Ratio.
Markets have thus mutated into one of two possible combustible states. Either financial assets have all transcended into prodigious bubbles, or stocks and bonds are signifying two completely separate outcomes. Either possibility will have dangerous repercussions for the economy, and for portfolios and investors. At the moment, I believe that the Treasury market has it right, signifying concerns about disinflation and future growth.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Why Americans Are So Sensitive To Even The Smallest Increase In Prices

In the last year, even the ‘smartest men in the room’ PhDs with advanced degrees have seen their wages shrink, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. As The WSJ notes, inflation has been low by most measures in recent years, but wage growth for the majority of workers has been even lower.
That means even small amounts of inflation have been painful for vast swaths of the workforce.
In recent years, one thing is clear: Neither monetary policy nor labor market policies nor fiscal policies have been able to boost earnings for most Americans. Only workers in the 80th percentile and up have seen their wage gains outpace inflation, though not by much.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

German Finance Minister Tells EU Leaders: Free Money Party’s Over

Has Germany had enough? Hot on the heels of Mario Draghi’s ‘demands’ that EU leaders undertake “structural reforms” to boost competitiveness and overcome the legacy of Europe’s debt crisis, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble unleashed perhaps the most worrisome statement tonight for all the free-money-party-goers – the music is about to stop. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Schaeuble blasted “Europe needs to find ways to foster growth,” adding that “the ECB has reached the limit in helping the Euro Area.” In a clear shot across the bow of his ‘core’ cohort, Schaeuble said he “understood” Hollande’s demands but shot back that “monetary policy can only buy time.”
As WSJ notes, the French are seeking aid…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Bank of Canada Holds Swiss, Dutch, Swedish Gold As Swiss Repatriation Referendum Looms

Bank Of Canada Holds Swiss, Dutch, Swedish Gold As Swiss Repatriation Referendum Looms
Ex Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, now Bank of England governor, holds up a gold coin at the Royal Canadian Mint to promote the public sale of rare Canadian gold coins previously stored at the Bank of Canada since 1935. Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld Highlights
– Upcoming Swiss vote on gold repatriation could lead to gold repatriation from Bank of Canada
– Bank of Canada only acts as gold custodian to four foreign central banks
– Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden say they hold gold in Ottawa
– Bank of Canada no longer a major gold custodian; Canada has virtually no gold reserves
In just three months, on November 30, the Swiss will vote in a federal referendum on the future of the country’s gold reserves.

This post was published at Gold Core on 28 August 2014.

Silver Pricing Change Takes Effect, Other metals to follow

With the launch in mid-August of a new system to arrive at the price for silver, precious metals investors are dealing with the first in a series of changes in how the market prices of silver, gold, platinum and palladium are reached.
More change is coming, since the other three metals have yet to go through the process, but what’s happened so far is this: Concerns about price fixing after everything from LIBOR to currency were found to have been manipulated led to accusations about the gold and silver markets, and in January of this year Germany’s financial regulator Bafin said that the manipulation of precious metals prices was worse than that occurring with LIBOR.
Deutsche Bank was interviewed by Bafin on the matter before the end of 2013, and in January the bank announced that it would exit the commodities business and abandon its positions in the processes of fixing gold and silver prices. Since Deutsche Bank was one of only three involved in the 117-year-old process of setting the price of silver – the other two were HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia – that meant a new method had to be found before Deutsche Bank departed the scene.
In August, that new method launched. An electronic, auction-based mechanism has taken the place of the traditional conference call among the three banks that had determined how silver would be priced since the time of Queen Victoria. Run by CME Group Inc. and Thomson Reuters Corp., the new system uses electronically entered orders proposing a starting price; if buy and sell orders don’t match up, an algorithm will determine the price to be used for the next bidding round. CME had said in a report when the system went live that each round should take 30 seconds or less, and that participants will be able to view bid and offer volumes, as well as total volumes traded once the price is set.

This post was published at TruthinGold on August 28, 2014.