Tag Archive: gold

Leading Indicators Decline

According to a report by marketwatch.com, leading indicators declined by .1% in December in what may be viewed as another sign of a slowing U.S. economy. Of note is the fact that the index fell in two of the final three months of 2018, quite possibly due to the current slowdown gathering steam. The latest disappointing economic report is just another in what has seemingly become the trend of late. Several key components of the economy, especially in the manufacturing sector, have been showing weakness... Continue Reading

A Great Example

When discussing the numerous potential benefits that come with gold ownership, the topic of gold being the only true form of money is always a focal point. The yellow metal has been regarded as such for centuries and does not carry the risks that come with fiat currency. The notion of gold being the only real form of money that exists is evident in the U.K. currently. With a March 29 deadline for a Brexit deal quickly approaching and the potential for a hard Brexit... Continue Reading

Could Another Round of QE be in the Cards?

Markets have been wrestling with numerous issues in recent months. The ongoing war on trade, rising interest rates, Brexit, the continuing government shutdown and other geopolitical concerns to name a few. During that time, stock markets have come under pressure and recently flirted with bear market territory. A sharp rise in volatility didn’t help matters either, and investors have been left wondering if a market top has been reached. Much has been made of the mixed messages from the Fed. Not long ago, Fed chief... Continue Reading

Fed Chief Jerome Powell Acknowledges Debt Problem

The U.S. is running massive deficits as the nation’s indebtedness continues to grow. Speaking at the Economic Club of Washington D.D., Fed Chairman Jerome Powell recently acknowledged the issue. In a piece by cnbc.com, Powell was quoted as saying “I’m very worried about it. From the Fed’s standpoint, we’re really looking at a business cycle length: that’s our frame of reference. The long-run fiscal, nonsustainability of the U.S. federal government isn’t really something that plays into the medium term that is relevant for our policy... 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

The Message is Clear

Yesterday was a busy day for the Fed. Several central bank officials gave speeches throughout the day that were then followed by the release of the latest FOMC meeting minutes in the afternoon. Some of the speeches appeared to provide differing opinions on the economy and how the central bank should proceed. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans alluded to the Fed’s previous plans for another three rate hikes in 2019. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic provided his take on the central bank’s plans going forward,... Continue Reading

Risk is to the Upside

When it comes to managing investments, risk management is everything. Knowing the potential risk on any position is imperative to success. Risk is not always to the downside, however, and oftentimes markets will exhibit behavior that warrants upside risk. The gold market may currently be displaying such upside risk. After spending much of 2018 probing the recent lows, the selling pressure eventually began to run dry. Try and try as they might, the bears were simply unable to push prices to significant new lows. In... Continue Reading

Uh Oh

Recent revelations from Apple showed that sales of its iPhone products were way slower in China than many had anticipated. The poor sales data along with reduced guidance from the company sent its stock down by nearly 10% on Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed over 600 points. Bad news from Apple was not the only issue weighing down the markets, either. A recent string of manufacturing data has clearly shown a slowdown in activity. After the Apple announcement on Thursday, the latest... Continue Reading

2019 to Pick up Where 2018 Left-off

On the first trading day of the New Year, stocks are set to once again tumble at the open. Premarket trading points to around a 400-point decline for the Dow Jones Industrial Average right out of the gate while the tech-heavy Nasdaq is set to drop over 140 points. An ugly start to the new trading year to say the least. The selling is being fueled by many of the same factors that has fueled selling in recent weeks: The potential for a global economic... Continue Reading

Get Ready for Some Serious Bumps

The markets are ending the year on what can only be called a sour note. Stocks are either in or on the verge of entering bear market territory and the potential downside could be just getting started. Measures of market volatility are also highly elevated and could potentially be indicative of further selling pressure in the months ahead. The potential risks facing the economy and global stock markets are immense. The ongoing war over trade, the potential fallout from a hard “Brexit,” higher interest rates... Continue Reading