Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before. We are like those who, though beholding frequent flashes of lightning, still find themselves in the thickest darkness of the night."Maimonides
16 December 2014
Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Once We Were Good
Today was a volatile day in the markets to say the least. And gold and silver in particular had been taken out and beaten over the last two days by the triumphant US dollar.
US equities are probably the best example of this volatile market. Stocks plunged on the open, rallied back to triple digit gains in the Industrials, and then sold off again into the close.
The continuing drop in Oil is creating quite a few concerns with funds, companies, and even nations.
There is almost no doubt in my mind that this is the result of a gameplay with the US and Saudi Arabia, coupled with slack demand from emerging economies like China. Saudi Arabia is more than happen to maintain high supply levels to spank Putin for the US, and they are also cleaning out the investments in oil production in the more marginal explorations and fracking that depend on higher prices.
The big news all day was the plunging Russian rouble, which is under assault on the forex markets by the Western banks, assisting with plunging oil revenues. Reminders of the Russian default in 1998 were being broadcast, although given that Russia has about 10% debt to GDP that is not much of a sovereign threat.
More likely we would see Russian investments fail and corporate bonds default in emerging market portfolios. In other words a commercial rather than a sovereign failure which we saw the last time in 1998 when the rouble failed and was reissued. In contravention to the theories of MMT I might add, as short and selective as their memories seem to be.
Jeb Bush is apparently going to be running for President in 2016. Oh joy, Bush v. Clinton. Come mister tally man, tally me bananas.
FOMC tomorrow. With the dollar this strong I seriously doubt the Fed will be raising rates anytime soon. But they might make some noises.
This is a currency war. Never forget it when you are attempting to find sense and surety in this. And we are not necessarily the good guys this time.
I am not sure what is more disheartening. The shamelessness of the neoliberal thugs, or the pettiness and selfish grasping of the so called intellectual class, utterly lacking in any moral compass or principle except their own howling in subjective wells of dwindling power, as visions of progressive reform swirl down the sink of forgotten dreams, into the maw of the Beast.
Have a pleasant evening.
Posted by Jesse at 4:16 PM