Posts by Kirill Zagalsky

Surprise, Surprise… The Fed Is Stuck

Wednesday afternoon brought the release of the latest Fed meeting minutes. The minutes detailed what some analysts already knew: The central bank is on hold for the rest of the year and will not raise rates further. The Central Bank Is on Hold for 2019 Numerous Issues Cited by the Fed The Fed cited numerous issues that weighed in its decision: A general unease over the U.S. and global economies, the ongoing trade war with China, a lack of inflation and a messy Brexit. Fed... Continue Reading

Buy the Rumor, Sell the Fact

Stock markets have recently put together an impressive string of gains that has taken the benchmark S&P 500 above previous resistance. Stocks could potentially be headed for an attempt at fresh all-time highs as volatility continues to decline. And why shouldn’t they? The Fed has become increasingly dovish; a U.S./China trade deal may be getting close, and jobless claims are at the lowest level in 50 years. Against this positive backdrop for stocks, however, lurk a number of issues that could derail risk assets in... Continue Reading

Central Bank Demand for Gold Surging

Central bank demand for gold reportedly hit the highest levels in 2018 since the end of the Bretton Woods system of dollar convertibility in 1971. With some analysts referring to gold as some type of meaningless relic, this begs the question of why the biggest financial institutions on the planet are looking to acquire even more gold. Store of Value Gold has a very long history as a reliable store of wealth and value. In the post-Bretton Woods era and without a return to some... Continue Reading

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6 Reasons We Could See a Weaker Dollar

As a dollar-denominated commodity, the gold market can be heavily influenced by strength or weakness in the greenback. Dollar strength may weigh on gold as it makes the metal relatively more expensive for foreign buyers, while a weaker dollar may boost the price of gold as it makes the metal relatively less expensive. The relationship between gold and the dollar, and all other paper currencies for that matter, is so important that investors often buy the metal as a hedge against a weaker dollar. Although... Continue Reading

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The Fed’s Towel-Throw Could Spell Trouble for Stocks

At its most recent meeting on monetary policy, the Fed outdid many of even the most dovish expectations. The central bank essentially came out and said – without actually saying it – that trouble for stocks is ahead, and the next recession is approaching. All the Fed’s previous talk about further rate hikes in 2019 and the balance sheet run-off continuing on autopilot were completely wrong. Although the central bank could potentially hike once more in 2020, such a move could be more of a... Continue Reading

It’s a Classic Bull Trap

Stocks have again found their winning ways in recent weeks but it’s likely all a classic bull trap… After a rough end to 2018, the markets have been moving higher even as a U.S./China trade deal remains elusive. The benchmark S&P 500 is once again challenging resistance around the 2800 level, and some investors are hopeful that the market will stage an upside breakout and embark on a fresh leg higher into a new all-time high territory. However, investors may be very disappointed if the... Continue Reading

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U.S. Treasury Taking Steps to Avoid Debt Ceiling

As U.S. debt has soared past the $22 trillion level, the ongoing problem is once again catching some attention. It was recently reported that the Treasury Department is taking some extraordinary measures to avoid violating the debt ceiling as it could have significant effects. Reuters reported that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin sent a letter to House Speak Nancy Pelosi on Monday saying he was suspending investment in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and that a “debt issuance suspension period” would commence on Monday... Continue Reading

Another Explanation for the Rise in Gold

The recent rise in gold has been widely discussed in financial media. There have been numerous issues attributed to gold’s rise including the U.S./China trade war, an increasingly-dovish Fed, a slowing economy and a rising risk of recession. One issue-albeit one you probably have not heard about yet-is the increasing risk of stagflation. The phrase stagflation was first used in Great Britain and today is understood to mean a period in which prices rise without a corresponding increase in demand. During a period of stagflation,... Continue Reading

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More Symptoms of Economic Trouble

Today, the Institute for Supply Management reported that its manufacturing purchasing managers index fell in February to the lowest level since November 2016. Not coincidentally, it is not the only economic indicator to decline to the lowest levels since that time. Could this mean more symptoms of economic trouble? Of course, November 2016 was when Donald J. Trump was elected President in a victory that caught many off-guard. Since he has been in office, Trump has enacted significant legislation. His administration has performed significant deregulation,... Continue Reading

How About 55% Declines for Stocks?

Love him or hate him, President Trump has accomplished a great deal in his first two years in office. Stocks are near record highs, unemployment is near a 50-year low and the economy is seeing real growth. Trump, who has never been one to shy away from voicing his opinions, and he recently tweeted: ‘Had the opposition party (no, not the Media) won the election, the Stock Market would be down at least 10,000 points by now. We are heading up, up, up!’ – President... Continue Reading