The Economics of Negative Interest Rates Simplified

The Economics of Negative Interest Rates Simplified

Here we assess whether this is a sustainable form of monetary policy for central banks in some countries at risk of a deflationary depression. A negative interest rate policy happens when a country’s central bank lowers the nominal monetary policy interest rate below Zero. In other words, commercial banks must pay to lodge some of […]

Gold Finished Lower in US on Profit Taking

Gold Finished Lower in US on Profit Taking

$GLD $XAU $SLV $XAG Gold prices finished lower Tuesday, giving back some of the prior session’s safe-haven driven gains in a round of profit-taking. Gold for April delivery GCJ20, -0.42%  on COMEX fell 26.60, or 1.6%, to settle at 1,650 oz, while March silver SIH20, -0.69%  dropped 0.685 , or 3.6%, to 18.191 oz. Gold advanced 1.7% on Monday to a 7 yr […]

The ‘Gold Bug’ ETFs Brought the Best August Returns

The ‘Gold Bug’ ETFs Brought the Best August Returns

$RING, $GDX, $GLD, $SLV Investing in gold and silver miners paid off this month for investors in equity ETF (exchange-traded funds). BlackRock Inc.’s iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF, known as RING returned almost 14% in August, more than any other unleveraged stock fund in the US. Close behind, with gains approaching 13%, are 2 […]

Expect Gold to Rally if Fed Starts Rate Cut Talk

Expect Gold to Rally if Fed Starts Rate Cut Talk

$XAU, $GLD, $USD Last week’s price action in gold indicates that buyers know where the value is, but the lack of conviction may be holding them back. This is likely because of the strong USD. But, if you look at the price action on 23 May, you will see just how powerful of an influence […]

Markets Flash ‘Slowdown’, Fed Turns ‘Dovish’

Markets Flash ‘Slowdown’, Fed Turns ‘Dovish’

Markets Flash ‘Slowdown’, Fed Turns ‘Dovish’ $JPM, $USO The Fed is likely to deliver some response to the wave of risk aversion hitting global markets, according to JPMorgan Asset Management’s fixed-income Chief. Policy makers can hardly ignore inversions showing up on the yield curve while a violent sell-off rocks US stocks on trade tensions, European […]

Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) a Safer ‘Bet’ than Italian Government Bonds

Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) a Safer ‘Bet’ than Italian Government Bonds

Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) a Safer ‘Bet’ than Italian Government Bonds $RACE Italy’s iconic luxury carmaker Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) and Exor, the owners of Juventus football club, are among many Italian companies that can now borrow money more cheaply than Rome’s crisis-hit government. Italian sovereign bond yields rose this week to some of their highest marks in years […]

Things Change When Bond Yields Begin to Rise

Things Change When Bond Yields Begin to Rise

Things Change When Bond Yields Begin to Rise $DIA, $GLD, $SLV Last week the DJIA closed at new all-time highs, with Friday’s close being just a whisker from making it 5 days in a row. Looking at the daily closes for the Dow Jones (Blue Plot below) with its 52Wk High Line (Green Plot), since […]

The Market Update for September

The Market Update for September

The Market Update for September $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $GLD, $SLV The Dow Jones (NYSEArca:DIA) made 7 new BEV Zeros (new all-time highs) in the past 3 weeks; it cannot make a decent correction if it continues doing that.  And that’s one thing this market needs to do – make a decent correction.  The Dow Jones […]

Yellen and Draghi Open Jackson Hole Symposium Friday

Yellen and Draghi Open Jackson Hole Symposium Friday

Yellen and Draghi Open Jackson Hole Symposium Friday $USD, $DXY, $EUR The Jackson Hole Symposium is this week’s most anticipated event, in part due to a severe lack of other newsworthy market stories but also because two very important central bankers are scheduled to appear. The Fed and the ECB are not only 2 of […]

Economic Electrical Power Consumption…

Economic Electrical Power Consumption…

Economic Electrical Power (EP) Consumption… US Historical Review: 1929-2017 $DIA, $SPY, $GLD, $SLV Last Friday promised some excitement for this week; what with the much anticipated interest rate increase by the FOMC and the Federal Government hitting its debt ceiling on Wednesday the 15th. Friday evening, it was all much to do about nothing, with […]

The US Stock Market Was Over Valued When the DJIA Was at 19,000, That Continues

The US Stock Market Was Over Valued When the DJIA Was at 19,000, That Continues

The US Stock Market Was Over Valued When the DJIA Was at 19,000, That Continues $DIA, $GLD, $SLV Just when you think you understand the rules of the game, someone changes them.  I’m talking about the relationship between the Dow Jones and its trading volume.  Last week I noted how since January 2000 the Dow […]

But Those Were the Bad-Old Days, Things are Different Today

But Those Were the Bad-Old Days, Things are Different Today

But Those Were the Bad-Old Days, Things are Different Today $GLD, $SLV, $XAU Last Thursday, the DJIA made a new all-time high, its 8th since July 12th. Looking at the Dow Jones with its 52Wk High and Low lines below, we see its 52Wk High Line (Green plot) has been pushed above 18,500. And it’s not […]

Expert Scientists Don’t Agree On Cancer-causing Potential of Glyphosate

Expert Scientists Don’t Agree On Cancer-causing Potential of Glyphosate

Expert Scientists Don’t Agree On Cancer-causing Potential of Glyphosate $MON Tuesday, one of the nation’s scientific bodies said it found no evidence that GMO crops are bad for human health. In its 400-page report the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says its review of Key studies and years of disease data showed no […]