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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Gold to Remain Well Supported

This week, investors have gotten the latest FOMC meeting minutes and have also been hearing Congressional testimony from Fed Chief Jerome Powell. Stocks are making record highs as Powell’s commentary has been deemed to be dovish. Markets are now expecting a rate cut this month and even additional rate cuts in the months ahead. The gold market is likely to remain on the offensive with or without higher stocks. An environment of falling interest rates and lower yields could force an increasing number of investors... Continue Reading

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All Eyes on the Fed

This week features the release of the latest FOMC meeting minutes as well as testimony before Congress by Fed Chief Jerome Powell. The minutes will be released on Wednesday, while Powell’s remarks will begin Wednesday and conclude Thursday. The latest meeting minutes will likely take a back seat to Powell’s comments, and investors are hoping that the Fed Chief will provide some clarity about the central bank’s plans regarding rates going forward. Expectations for an interest rate cut have been dialed back in recent days... Continue Reading

Focus on the Long Haul Buying Opportunities

The gold market is seeing some solid selling pressure today after the latest non-farm payrolls data cast some doubt on a Fed rate cut this month. Prices have dipped back down to the $1400 per-ounce area and the selling appears to have run its course. Sharp dips like that being seen today can potentially provide excellent buying opportunities. A dip of $20, $50, even $100 per-ounce is inconsequential over the long run and may provide investors with an opportunity to dollar-cost average. The bigger picture... Continue Reading

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Three Reasons Now is the Time

The gold market has been garnering more headlines in recent weeks as the metal has been trending higher and seemingly staged an upside breakout from its previous trading range. With the metal trading solidly above the $1400 level, a test of resistance around $1450 could be the next major tipping point. Analysts are citing numerous reasons for gold’s recent upside, including risk aversion and a stronger technical posture. Below are three reasons that gold may continue higher, and these issues could potentially push the metal... Continue Reading

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