Has the Next Race to the Bottom Begun?

There is certainly no shortage of complex issues plaguing global financial markets currently. The ongoing U.S./China trade war and recent unrest in Hong Kong have fueled a sharp rise in market volatility in recent sessions, and that volatility expansion could potentially be indicative of a long-term topping process in stocks. Has the next race to the bottom begun? Global central banks appear willing to ride to the rescue once again, however, and could take significant measures to combat the accelerating global economic slowdown. The U.S.... Continue Reading

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$2000 Gold is on the Way

The recent breakout above the $1450 level could potentially set the stage for a run higher to previous all-time highs near $2000 per-ounce or far beyond. Although the market may be susceptible to a near-term pullback, such a correction is not only healthy but would be welcomed by eager buyers. The upside breakout in gold is gathering steam just as the stock market looks ready to fall through the floor. Recent volatility spikes in equities could be just the tip of the iceberg, and markets... Continue Reading

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The Case for Gold Has Never Been Stronger

The last few days have shown what can happen as investors get nervous and even start to panic. Yesterday’s declines in equity markets, which were over 3 percent, were the largest drop so far this year and showed just how seriously investors are taking the ongoing U.S./China trade war. the case for gold has never been stronger. As President Trump implements additional 10 percent tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods, China has responded by devaluing its currency. The yuan moved past the key... Continue Reading

Rates Will Be Back to Zero in No Time

The past trading week has been an interesting one. The highly anticipated FOMC meeting has now come and gone, with the central bank cutting the Fed Funds rate by 25-basis points as expected. The Fed did not, however, seem to provide the type of dovish message that the stock bulls were looking for. Stocks sold-off hard following the Fed’s decision. On Thursday, stocks were set to stage a significant rebound and looked poised to retake all the declines from the previous day. That was until... Continue Reading

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Could the Fed Reserve Cut Mark the Top for Stocks?

The Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds rate today by 25-basis points in a move that was widely expected. Markets had been increasing calls for a rate cut from the central bank, and President Trump has made it no secret he thinks the Fed is on the wrong track and wants lower rates. Over the last nine years, markets have become increasingly accustomed to the Fed or other central banks riding to the rescue at any sign of market volatility or significant risk aversion. Central... Continue Reading

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A Busy Week Ahead

The gold market is slightly higher in early action Monday as the markets await several key pieces of economic data. Highlights of the week will include the conclusion of the Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday, the latest non-farm payrolls data due for release Friday and any developments from trade talks taking place in Shanghai. The Fed is widely expected to cut its key interest rate by 25-basis points at the conclusion of its two-day meeting on Wednesday. Market expectations for a 50-basis point cut had dwindled... Continue Reading

A Lot Going On

Stocks have been on the rise in recent days as investors look forward to a rate cut by the Fed at the end of the month. Although expectations for a 50-basis point cut have declined significantly, such a move may still be on the table. If the Fed decides to cut by 25-basis points, that cut could be just the first in a series of cuts the Fed may have to make in the months ahead. Regardless of what the Fed does or doesn’t do,... Continue Reading

6-Year Highs Just the Beginning

The gold market recently powered to a 6-year high as the notion of a dovish Fed and easy money policies gained further steam. The market saw a buying frenzy take prices straight to the $1450 region, a level which, if breached, could signal a much more significant upside rally. The market may simply be getting started in the early stages of the next great bull market which could take prices back to all-time highs near $2000 per-ounce and well beyond. There are numerous factors that... Continue Reading

Central Banks Keep Buying

Global central banks have continued to keep buying gold, adding even more of the metal to their portfolios in June. The month reportedly saw reserves climb by 8 percent, the largest monthly increase in three years, as trade and geopolitical tensions heated up. Countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey all added more of the metal to their reserves, while China also previously reported another large increase in its holdings. The recent trend in additions could be set to continue, especially against the current backdrop... Continue Reading

New Highs May be Seen

The gold market is slightly lower in early grade Monday, but remains firmly above the key $1400 level. The market may simply be taking a breather before it begins another leg higher. Overnight, fresh GDP data out of China showed the slowest growth in the country in 27 years. The market reaction has been muted thus far, however, as some key data points for June were more encouraging than expected. The significant slowdown in GDP is clearly a cause for concern, especially at a time... Continue Reading

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