Tag Archive: rate hike

The Jackson Hole Buy

Gold and silver have been under some decent selling pressure in recent sessions. The selling seen in these markets could, in our view, be primarily attributed to low summer trading volumes and some position squaring ahead of the Fed symposium this week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The question on everyone’s mind appears to be: Will The Fed allude to an imminent interest rate hike? We don’t know the answer to this question any better than you do. What we do know, however, is that it... Continue Reading

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Does a June Rate Hike Really Matter?

Since the beginning of 2016, a debate has been ongoing about the pace and timing of additional rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. The Fed raised rates for the first time in almost a decade back in December, and it was thought that the central bank would embark on a series of further hikes in 2016. Things haven’t quite worked out that way… The Fed has not raised rates again through the first five months of 2016 and has cited numerous reasons for waiting. China’s weakness, a... Continue Reading

Today’s Jobs Report Another Sign of Underlying Weakness

It’s the first Friday of the month and today has brought one of the most key pieces of economic data released each month in the employment situation report. The U.S. Department of Labor reported the country added just 160,000 jobs in April as the unemployment rate ticked up to five percent. This jobs number was significantly less than the consensus estimate of 200,000 jobs created. What might this data tell us? Despite much of the positive talk and rhetoric currently being circulated, the economy may... Continue Reading

Could the Fed Return to Quantitative Easing?

The question of whether or not the Fed would actually raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade was answered in December. After several months of speculation, the central bank stuck to its plan of an initial rate hike by the end of 2015. Was this rate hike justified? Maybe yes, maybe no. Certainly debatable… Now that a new year has begun, investors have been trying to gauge the central bank’s intentions on further interest rate hikes. The generally accepted thought was... Continue Reading