Tag Archive: central bank

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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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

Wait, What?

The highly anticipated Fed policy meeting has now come and gone, with Fed Chief Jerome Powell set to deliver his press conference. The central bank voted by a margin of 9-1 to hold the Fed Funds rate steady. The central bank did, however, still hint at the potential for rate cuts should conditions warrant such a move. The FOMC removed the word “patient” from its outlook, in a move that could signal a large degree of flexibility by the central bank. Some analysts have suggested... Continue Reading

U.S. Hardline Stance May Cause Dominos To Fall

The current state of geopolitics and the global economy warrant caution. Stocks are moving slightly higher in early action on Monday as the markets seem to be pinning their hopes on the Fed and another series of rate cuts. The Fed will be meeting this week, and although no action is expected on Wednesday, the central bank could lay the groundwork for the first rate cut in over 10 years next month. There are currently several issues at work, however, that could potentially set off... Continue Reading

Three Reasons Another Recession is Inevitable

Some analysts in recent months have suggested that the U.S. could be headed for another recession. The ongoing U.S./China trade war, fading effects from tax cuts and government spending and an aging expansion are just a few of the reasons cited. Other analysts have suggested that recent economic weakness and market declines are normal and simply some bumps in the road. Whether the next recession hits this year, next or in the next few years, it will arrive. Here are three simple reasons that a... 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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The Mueller Report Has Come and Gone… Now What?

The highly anticipated Mueller report has now come and gone. What could have resulted in significant market volatility and a major sell-off has ended up more like a whimper, having little to no impact on markets today. To be clear, however, the report could lead to additional political fighting as Democrats seek to see and release the full report and as other investigations continue. With the special counsel investigation now over, however, investors may again focus their attention elsewhere. The inverted yield curve caught the... Continue Reading

EU Slowdown May Be Worse Than Expected

It’s no secret that the Eurozone continues to struggle with a slow economy. The EU has seen many of the ups and downs that have been seen in the U.S. in recent years while also having to contend with numerous other issues such as massive sovereign debts and policy disagreements. Now, the ECB has slashed its growth and inflation forecasts for the year while also lowering the outlook for 2020 and 2021. This would seemingly acknowledge the fact that the slowdown being seen in Europe... Continue Reading

What Can the Fed Do?

The Federal Reserve has been the topic of considerable debate in recent months. The central bank has continued its course towards policy normalization over the last couple years but has recently run into a brick wall. The Fed has hiked several times over the last year, drawing the ire of numerous analysts and even the President of the United States. The central bank recently followed through on its plan for another 25-bps rate hike in December. The recent release of the latest FOMC meeting minutes,... Continue Reading

Any Day Now

The gold market is trading slightly higher to kick off the new trading week. This week will likely see lighter trading volumes due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with many investors taking off Friday as well. The gold market appears to be in consolidation mode and could be getting ready for a significant upside breakout. The market has passed an important test in recent sessions, as the recent dip down to the $1200 level found willing buyers. The catalyst for the next major move higher could... Continue Reading