Each week, the commitment of traders (COT) report gives a snapshot of activity in the futures markets. When it comes to gold, the COT unsurprisingly showed a huge drop in the speculative long positions on gold as prices fell more than $60 per ounce on the week. Although this may seem like a devastating blow […]
There are once again more warning signs that the economy could dip back into a recession soon. For years during the “recovery,” growth has been steady but very slow, creating greater downward risks if any one piece of puzzle falters.
Federal Reserve regional presidents are hitting the talk circuit, pushing an idea that was unthinkable until now: raising benchmark interest rates only days before November’s Presidential election. Who are these ultra-hawks, and how much support do they have within the Fed?
Between the advent of lightning-fast trading algorithms and the increasing use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies like Bitcoin, what the future will look like for the financial markets is in serious doubt.
Volatility is creeping its way back into global trade. The swings up and down were very subdued these past few months, reaching their lowest levels in about two years. While this is typically the cause during the slow summer months, when many traders are away on vacation, the return of volatility should certainly factor into […]
For those analysts who have a sense of perspective about cycles in the markets, we appear to be living in very strange economic times, indeed. There will always be pundits on each side of the argument, the pessimistic bears and the optimistic bulls. (It’s worth stating that if someone’s hedge fund is long or short, […]
The next few months could be a bumpy ride for gold prices, according to analysts at Citigroup.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was fining the giant German bank Deutsche Bank (DB) a staggering $14 billion for fraudulent practices relating to the financial crisis in 2008. In response, Deutsche Bank released a statement saying it “has no intent to settle these potential civil claims anywhere near the […]
We’re nearing the end of another election year. If you haven’t already been exhausted by the wall-to-wall news coverage and attack ads on television, you only have about six more weeks to reach an appropriate level of disgust. More importantly, the clock is running out on getting ahead of the curve to election-proof your portfolio. […]
There is a well-known strategy used by Wall St traders that is also relevant for the gold market: “buying the dips.”
One of the more troubling trends in the markets has been the sky-high valuations for companies on Wall St despite a number of reasons to be cautious. Corporate earnings and the broader economy have both been characterized by weakness thus far this year.
By now, you’re probably a bit fatigued by the nonstop coverage of this year’s presidential election. While the campaigns have devolved into a constant sideshow on the cable news networks, the financial markets have been subdued during the slow trading of the “summer doldrums.” Volatility has been particularly low. However, markets may starting to pay […]
If you follow the financial news, you know that everyone is talking about rate hikes (or the possibility thereof) right now. It would seem to the casual observer that everything is tied to whether or not the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates.
One important dynamic that investors would do well to pay attention to is the ratio of the money supply to gold. Although it doesn’t seem incredibly important on its face, this can be one of the most important measures for evaluating the health of the economy.
There are a number of troubling signs for the global economy: out-of-whack interest rates, rising geopolitical tensions, a corporate earnings slump. Overall, uncertainty reigns supreme around the markets, no matter where you look.
When an asset gains 25% to 30% over the course of seven months, it’s tempting to say that the bulls in the market are running out of steam. This has frequently been said of gold this summer. Adding to this perception has been the range-bound and largely flat trading for the gold market since prices […]
Ed D’Agostino of Hard Assets Alliance quickly sums up the state of geopolitics at the moment: “The U.S. election is rapidly approaching. Brexit looms large over the European economy. Rogue terrorists attack without warning and the migrant crisis continues to threaten Europe’s security. In the face of such volatility, it’s more important than ever to […]
Throughout their history, the Swiss have cultivated a long-standing reputation as an authority in the area of gold—both in their refining skill and in the wisdom of their monetary policy.
As the immediate jitters over the Brexit vote in the U.K. began to subside as the calendar turned to July, the equities markets in the U.S. have been on fire. Stocks keep on rising to successive all-time highs, but how long can this continue?
One of the blockbuster hits of 2015 was the film The Big Short, an equal parts dark and comical tale by director Adam McKay that chronicles three small groups of investors who foresaw the collapse of the real estate market in 2007-2008.