What’s Draghi Have Up His Sleeve For Us Today?

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts  

 July 20, 2017

* Euro traders get cold feet…

* But they’ll be back!

* Gold down, Oil up… 

 

  Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! It’s an infusion day for me, and I’m feeling this morning like I already had the infusion! UGH! So, no Tub Thumpin’ for me today. Shoot, I’ve started this letter 3 times already this morning, and stopped, as my mind raced someplace else… UGH! I sure could use something crunchy to eat this morning, maybe that would help!  OH well, quit your whining Chuck! OK… Simon & Garfunkle greet me this morning with their song: America…  

Well, today is the day, and in fact, the European Central Bank (ECB) is meeting as I write…  The euro halted its 3-day rally yesterday, as traders began to get nervous about what ECB President, Mario Draghi, will say when the meeting concludes, and has a press conference to discuss what the ECB talked about. I explained this all yesterday, so if you missed class yesterday, simply go to www.dailypfennig.com  and see the past copies for your reading enjoyment! 

I have this picture in my mind of currency traders and the euro getting married, and the currency traders getting cold feet, and bolting out the door…  You see, they were shaken, not stirred, by some words that came from the euro’s relative, the ECB… But the traders will be back, and eventually the wedding will take place!

So, the Big Dog, euro has returned to the porch, for now, that is… And depending on what Draghi has to say this morning, will determine if the Big Dog and all the little dogs will get to leave the porch and chase the dollar down the street, or not.   I should have just slept longer this morning and gotten up to write after the ECB meets!  But, that would be cheating, Chuck! Besides there’s always tomorrow…  I know, I know today is all that’s promised us, but there will be a tomorrow…  

There were 142,000 contracts traded in Gold yesterday, and the price movement was basically no movement at all, as Gold ended the day down $1.00 from the previous day to close at $1,241.00. Unfortunately, Gold is down $5.30 in the early morning trading today…  Just when it appeared that Gold had gotten through the gauntlet of “the boys in the band” and their short paper Gold Trades, the shiny metal takes a step back… NO! Don’t do it! Sort of like a horror film, and man or woman decides to open the door to another room, where they’ll meet their fate, and you’re sitting there, yelling at the TV, don’t do it, don’t do it, you’re gonna die! But they open it anyway, and well, you slump back in your chair, and say, “I told you not to do it”…

The price of Oil bumped higher yesterday and now trades with a $47 handle, and the Russian ruble was able to carve out a small gain, but the winner, winner, chicken dinner of the night was the Brazilian real. The real has really been on a strong run for the last two weeks, and it’s good to see, after all the selling that went on with the real previously…  I told you last week what the other driver, besides the price of Oil, that was moving the real, and nothing has changed there, so it’s Party On Wayne, Party On Garth!  

The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday had the June report of Housing Starts and Building Permits, and I told you yesterday that the data would OK, since 1/2 of the month took place before the Fed hiked rates…  Well, Housing data have been up and down and are now back up as both housing starts and permits easily beat the estimates. Starts jumped 8.3 percent in June to a 1.215 million annualized rate with permits up 7.4 percent to a 1.254 million rate.

Both April and May saw very weak Housing Starts, and you have to go back to that period to think about what was going on that would cause the weak months back-to-back, belly-to-belly… Well, if you recall, those months followed the March rate hike by the Fed, and at that point, the markets were believing the spiel by the Fed that more rate hikes were coming, so higher rates, means reduced buyers of homes…

But the thought that the Fed is going to keep hiking rates every three months is long gone with the wind, folks…  I told you yesterday that what was once thought to be the next meeting to hike rates, September, is no longer being thought of, and neither is Rocktober, or November! I’ve said this so many times in the past few months that I think I’m feeling like a broken record… (Hey! I hear vinyl is making a comeback, so I won’t sound so much like an old fuddy duddy when I say that! YAHOO!) 

But, here goes… A Central Bank should never hike rates into a weakening economy, and a Central Bank should never hike rates when they are looking for higher inflation… But, OUR Central Bank has done both of those things, and what are these rate hikes going to cause?  The economic train in the U.S. is pulling into Recessionville…  And that will bring us another round of Quantitative Easing, and maybe even negative rates, depending on how deep a recession it is, which I figure it will be very deep, because The Fed has circumvented the previous recessions here in the U.S. and never allowed the economy to fully clean out the excesses of the boom, so there’s a lot of, let’s say, pent up frustration that will be released with this next recession…

And all that will cause the Fed to lose what credibility they have left, and the dollar will be taken to the woodshed for a long period of time!  Of course that’s all my opinion, and I could be wrong, which I’m sort of hoping I am, but not too much, because I know that my Gold & Silver will shine even brighter if all that comes to fruition…  

To recap…  The dollar wins back some lost ground, but in reality it’s all about what Mario Draghi tells us today, which should be about ready to be told to the markets…  Gold lost $1.00 yesterday, but is down more than $5 in the early morning trading today, and the price of Oil bumped higher to a $47 handle…  Besides those things, there’s not much else going on.

For What It’s Worth… I saw this article this morning and thought, Hey! I’m not part of a bank any longer, so I can take shots at the CFPB all I want! So, this was on the WSJ, and if you don’t have a subscription you won’t get to read it all, but here is the link anyway… https://www.wsj.com/articles/republican-lawmakers-aim-to-kill-cfpbs-arbitration-rule-by-mid-august-1500490229?mg=prod/accounts-wsj    

Or, here’s your snippet: “Congressional Republicans by mid-August hope to overturn a rule put in place by a consumer regulator that could make it easier for consumers to band together and sue banks to resolve disputes.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) said he is working to get enough Senate votes to kill the arbitration rule under a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act.”

Chuck again… Boy do I have some horror stories about the CFPB that I could share with you, but only on the Butler Patio!  And that’s all I’m saying, other than… You go Tom! 

Currencies today 7/20/17… American Style: A$ .7902, kiwi .7337, C$ .7916, euro 1.1505, sterling 1.2959, Swiss $ .9579, … European Style: rand 12.9669, krone 8.0887, SEK 8.3201, HUF 265.84, zloty 3.6608, koruna 22.6089, RUB 59.03, yen 112.36, sing 1.37, HKD 7.81, INR 64.39, China 6.7536, peso 17.64, BRL 3.1513, Dollar Index 95.04, Oil $47.12, 10yr 2.27%, Silver $16.17, Platinum $916.21, Palladium $855.87, and Gold…. $1,236.70   

That’s it for today…  I feel like Mike Leake this morning.. (Cardinals fans know what I’m talking about)… Day baseball today, but I’ll be in the infusion center. I should get out in time to see the last few innings… Went to local establishment last night with friend, Duane, and we listened to a guy play his guitar and sing. He asked me who I wanted him to play, and I said, “Hank Williams” and he did it… Fun time, singing along to: Your Cheatin’ Heart… Jet takes us to the finish line today with their song: Are You Gonna Be My Girl? And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today… I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday… And Be Good To Yourself!  

Chuck Butler

 

 

What Lola Wants, She Surely Gets!

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

  July 19, 2017 

* Currencies await ECB tomorrow…

* Krone outperforms other Petrol Currencies

* Chuck goes crazy in the FWIW section!

 

Good Day… And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! How are you today? I hope you’re having a great day so far! I ventured outside yesterday, and found it to be too hot to enjoy sitting out to watch the ballgame, so I returned to the house to watch it there, and the next 3 days should be even hotter! But that’s OK… I’ll take it over the cold, ice, snow, wind chilled days of winter any time! Neil Young and Crazy Horse greet me this morning with their 17 minute live version at the Fillmore East, of: Down By The River… 

OK, I had lots to say yesterday, and said it, which made yesterday’s Pfennig quite long… I’m thinking that today’s version won’t be so long, as there has been little movement in the currencies in the past 24 hours. We did see some slippage during the day, probably profit taking, but the currencies quickly recovered and appear to be trading in yesterday’s clothes today. 

I do believe that the markets are now waiting to hear what Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), has to say when the ECB meets tomorrow. I told you on Monday that this was going to be a BIG meeting, as the markets are expecting to hear that at least the ECB is thinking about a shift in monetary policy, from uber-accommodating to something less “uber”…  Of course, they would love to see some definitive statements about tapering and the removal of negative deposit rates, but I think they’ll be happy just getting a bone thrown to them, which gives the ECB more time under the uber-accommodating umbrella… 

Remember last week, when I told you that Lola aka Goldman Sachs had told their clients that they preferred Japanese yen over Swiss francs as a safe haven currency? Well, once again, what Lola wants, Lola gets, as yen has gained more than 2 whole figures in the past week, while the Swiss franc has lost 2-cents…  I shake my head in disbelief of this whole scenario, and for my next submission for letters for the Dow Theory Letters (www.dowtheoryletters.com) I’m going to do a deep dive into Japan’s economy and show why I think that believing that yen is a safe haven currency is a real stretch of the imagination! 

Kiwi tried to play catchup yesterday, as it lagged the strength of the Aussie dollar (A$)) rally the previous day. I had wondered yesterday morning what the governor was on kiwi, but wonder no more, as a good strong move by kiwi has me forgetting about the governor! 

Speaking of the A$, I mentioned yesterday that it appeared that it was setting its sights on 80-cents… And then out of the blue, an article appeared on Bloomberg titled: A$ sets its sights on 80-cents…  Monday’s BIG move by the A$ can be attributed to two things… 1. the selling of the U.S. dollar, and 2. the markets believe that they read real optimism in the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) minutes that printed Monday night (Tuesday morning for them)…  I do believe that the RBA has their finger on the rate hike gun’s trigger, but are waiting for further signs of Global Growth revival before moving their rates higher.  And that rate move could come before year-end.. That would be HUGE for the A$, since the rate differential to the U.S. had narrowed, with the Fed rate hikes, which now appear to be on hold… 

About a month ago I was having an email exchange with former colleague, Antione Lawrence, and he was questioning something I had said in the Pfennig that morning about how the Fed might have hiked rates the last time, in this cycle…  He asked, “so no rate hike in Sept.?” And I said, no rate hike for Sept.  As by then the recession will be setting in and the Fed will have to begin to talk about reversals of their rate hikes…

And now the Fed Funds Futures are confirming my thoughts, as the odds of a rate hike in July, August, Sept. Oct, Nov. are basically nil… And December only has a 50% odds of a rate hike at this point, which will most likely move downward as we go along this summer. And I think Janet Yellen’s two speeches on Capitol Hill last week, drove the nails in the rate hike’s coffin… 

The price of Oil has been stuck in a range of $46.20 and 46.80 so far this week, and while that might seem boring to some, I find it to be refreshing… I read an article yesterday where the writer believes that the most recent rise in the price of Oil was more of a result of speculators moving the markets, and not supplies…   Well, I don’t know if speculators were moving the markets or not, but I’ll stick to my guns on this one and continue to say that the supplies dictate the direction of the Oil price!  

So, with the price of Oil stuck in a range, the Petrol Currencies, that include: Russian rubles, Brazilian real, Norwegian krone and Canadian loonies, all have to trade on their own fundamentals other than Oil… And the Norwegian krone is the doing the best at that of these 4 currencies. But then the krone has the euro’s coattails to grab hold of that is an extra “helper” that that other currencies don’t have.  But even with that extra “helper”, the krone is releasing some pent up frustration that’s been held in for too long! 

Gold saw another day of gains yesterday, closing at $1,242, after gaining $8.30 on the day. The early morning trading this morning has Gold down $2.60, but that looks like pure profit taking to me folks, so this could turnaround quickly today…   I’d like to talk about Silver more today, as I give some love to the everyday man’s Gold…   In Ed Steer’s letter this morning (www.edsteergoldandsilver.com) he highlights an article on the Bloomberg site, and like I always say, if Ed thinks its worth highlighting, then I should too!  So, here’s the gist of the article that can be found here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-17/silver-extreme-pits-big-investors-versus-small-as-holdings-surge?utm_content=commodities&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-commodities      

“Silver, known for being a market of extremes, is living up to its reputation this year.

Prices rallied 17 percent in the first four months of the year, only to reverse and wipe out those gains. Despite the selloff, investors are pouring money into exchange-traded funds, and assets have reached a record 21,211 metric tons, valuing the holdings at $11 billion. At the same time, the picture is bearish in the futures market, where hedge funds now hold the first net-short position in two years.

Different kinds of investors are driving the opposing trends, according to George Coles, an analyst at research firm Metals Focus Ltd. Large, active hedge funds shorted Comex futures because of the risk of higher U.S. interest rates, driving silver prices lower, he said. ETF buyers tend to be smaller traders that use silver for long-term diversification of their portfolios. They’ll be rewarded for their bullishness as slower U.S. economic growth spurs demand for haven assets, Coles said.

“This may be a case of the smaller investors versus the big guys,” Coles said in a phone interview from London. “In this case, the smaller guys may be right.”

Chuck again I had to laugh when Ed sarcastically pointed out that George Coles had called for a rally to $20 for Silver… As, Ed, and Chuck, and many others think Silver should be trading much higher than $20!

The U.S. Data Cupboard has been quite quiet this week, and today we’ll see Housing Starts & Building Permits for June… Should be OK data, given that 1/2 of the month took place before the Fed hiked rates again… tomorrow’s Data Cupboard is just as weak with data, and then on Friday there are no data prints scheduled… So, a real nothing week for data, which should have been good for the dollar, but wasn’t… 

To recap… The currencies gyrated a bit yesterday, but in the end they were right back where they started the day, and are still trading in those clothes this morning.  Lola is getting what she wanted… AGAIN!  And the markets seem to be waiting for tomorrow’s ECB meeting for further direction… I sure hope Draghi doesn’t disappoint tomorrow…  And Gold gained $8 yesterday… 

For What It’s Worth… THIS IS BIG FOLKS! And I hope you read it and begin to boycott any business that goes completely cashless! Because, going completely cashless will be the end of our civil liberties (what we have left, after the Patriot Act), our freedoms, and a lot of our money, because, well, the Gov’t will now have control of it… Don’t believe me? Well, so be it, I can lead a horse to water but I can’t make it drink the water! Anyway, thanks to reader Tom for sending me this first… It can be found on NBC News site, or here: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/war-cash-intensifies-visa-offers-restaurants-10-000-go-cashless-n782276

Or, here’s your snippet: “Visa has declared war on cash and its “opening salvo” is to start paying restaurants $10,000 to go completely cash free.
The credit card giant is this week announcing a new plan to hand out thousands of dollars to up to 50 small food and restaurant vendors if they agree to stop taking cash.

Visa will also upgrade the restaurants’ checkout terminals so they can accept contactless payments, like Apple Pay, and invest in some of the stores’ marketing costs. When you pay at one of the stores you would only be able to do so with a credit or debit card, or via mobile payment. The program participants will be picked from an online application that starts in August.

It’s all part of the trend of moving towards a “cashless” society. Sweden is leading the pack, with that nation already predicted to become the world’s first truly cash-free society; over half the banks there already do not keep any cash on hand.

But the U.S. is catching up: Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail stores only accept credit cards and mobile payment methods; Facebook recently added a peer-to-peer payment option with its Messenger service; and Apple’s iOS11 will include an upgrade to its ApplePay system that allows users to send money to each other via text message. This is all in addition to services like Venmo, a popular way for consumers — especially the younger generation — to send money to each other easily and quickly. 

Chuck again… I guess that maybe it’s too late baby now, it’s too late, though I really did try to stop it… I’m dead serious about this folks… just think about that for a minute…  Sure it makes things convenient, but at what cost? Well, I think I spelled that out for you at the top of this section…  But when you give someone else complete control over your money, guess what happens?  It seems to end up in their hands… Well, I don’t need to be getting all riled up, so boycott the businesses that go completely cashless and let the millennials eat there!  For soon, mom and pop aren’t going to pay for their meals any longer!  

Currencies today 7/19/17… American Style: A$ .7935, kiwi .7369, C$ .7914, euro 1.1535, sterling 1.3032, Swiss $ .9538, … European Style: rand 12.9224, krone 8.0612, SEK 8.2908, HUF 265.70, zloty 3.6476, koruna 22.5678, RUB 59.17, yen 111.95, sing 1.3677, HKD 7.8086, INR 64.29, China 6.7538, peso 17.52, BRL 3.1705, Dollar Index 94.76, Oil $46.55, 10yr 2.27%, Silver $16.19, Platinum $922.54, Palladium $863.61, and Gold… $1,239.30    

That’s it for today… A nice job of pitching last night by the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha… A month ago, I was ready to send him to the bullpen… Good thing I’m not the manager! HA!  After reading the Visa article featured above, I think I need Bob Marley’s 3 little birds singing their sweet song at my doorstep… Don’t worry, about a thing, cause every little things is gonna be alright…  One day closer to my summer vacation, I’m getting excited… Jimmy Buffett takes us to the finish line today with his song: Son Of A Son Of A Sailor…  And with that, it’s time… I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday, and remember to… Be Good To Yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Ready For “This”?

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 18, 2017

* Dollar gets sold like…

* The strong dollar trend…

* Is over…  are you ready?

 

Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Are you ready for this? I know, I have to tell you what “this” is, right? Well, I’ve been talking about it for a couple of months now, come on, you know it, it’s on the tip of your tongue, right? Of course I’ll tell you, but you’ll have to wait a minute, because first Al Stewart greeted me this morning with his song: The Year of the Cat…  And I love Al Stewart’s music, so it comes first! HA!

Well, I turned on the laptop this morning, and went to the currencies, and saw what I’ve been talking about for a couple of months now… The end of the strong dollar trend!  The Big Dog euro is trading well into the 1.15 handle, and the Aussie dollar (A$) has its sights set on 80-cents! Oh, and the Dollar Index has fallen below 95 to 94.65 this morning. And the A$ has not been this strong since May 2015! And then it was going in the opposite direction! And no one out there in newsletter land is talking about an end to the strong dollar trend, but little old me…  Like I said a couple of weeks ago, they call me: Lone Wolf…  (I know you were thinking more like they call me Looney Tunes!) 

So, what has catapulted the Big Dog, euro well into the 1.15 handle? That’s simple… The selling of dollars. Always, always I tell you, be yourself, no wait! I always tell you that the euro is the offset currency to the dollar, so dollar weakness will be seen in euro strength. What was I thinking, tailing off into Mr. Wizard? But, I see it now… My mind was thinking that the dollar is like Tooter Turtle, and in trouble once again, and looking for help from Mr. Wizard… I know, my mind is a strange place to live… 

So, why were dollars being sold? Because they were supposed to be, given the outlook for the U.S. economy… But that’s just me being plain and simple with my answers… The pundits out there will tell you that the dollar got sold when two more Republican lawmakers decided to not go along with everyone else regarding the Health Care re-write. That decision pretty much deep-sixed the vote on the re-write, because if you don’t have the votes to pass something, don’t bring it to a vote!  

I’m on the other side of the fence on this thought, because the dollar has been getting sold in bits and pieces for 6 months now. Sure it has seen a day or two of rallies, but if you look at the euro 6 months ago, it was 1.0630…  And this is where I get up on my soapbox and begin to talk about Trends… 

You see trends are long sweeping moves in asset classes, like currencies, and they begin for a fundamental reason, and don’t end until they do… Trends are the reason, in this case, that currencies move stronger VS the dollar, and all the other stu, ff that goes on, like technical, and jocular attempts to move currencies, are just things that happen inside the Trend.  A Trend is NOT a One-Way Street, as there can be volatility inside the Trend…  The current strong dollar trend began with the discovery of Europe’s debt problems in 2011, and looks to be on its last legs…

There have been 4 completed Trends and one near completion since Gold was removed from backing the dollar by Richard Nixon in 1971… Remember that? it was supposed to only be a “temporary move”, and here we are 46 years later, and we’re still dealing with his “temporary move”…   Ok, I’m getting away from the discussion of Trends here, but you get my point… A Trend is a powerful thing for asset, either way, good or bad… 

And one of the things that points to the this being the end of the strong dollar trend is that all the currencies are on the rally tracks, and we also have Gold with multiple days on the rally tracks. I told you yesterday that the currencies each have their own “stories” as to why they are on the rally tracks, but those just explain what’s happening inside the Trend, which in my opinion is now a weak dollar trend.  There… I said it! And it began 6 months ago… 

Currencies like the Norwegian krone that play follow the leader, are really moving stronger, not being affected by the small drop in the price of Oil in the past 24 hours.  And now that Big Dog euro, has established its place as the leader, the currencies will all be singing: We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader, We’re following the leader, wherever he may go! 

The price of Gold gained $5.30 yesterday to close at $1,233.70, and at last check this morning it was up another $2.30 in the early morning trading.

I was doing some reading yesterday when I received an email from the GATA people. I always stop to at least see what it is they have to say, and in doing so yesterday, I read a report from securities lawyer and markets analyst, Avery Goodman, who was telling everyone that in his recent Examination of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s reports, he explained how the bullion banks continue to close huge volumes of short positions in the monetary metals that they have been carrying for years. “If the bullion banks know what they’re doing, Goodman writes, this foretells a major rise in metal prices in coming months.” WOW! I wondered what was up with that $11 gain on Friday, and then yesterday Gold gaining momentum as the day went on…

Have the “boys in the band” decided to take their instruments and go home? Now, wouldn’t that just be a shot to the heart for the dollar, if Gold is allowed to run up? I guess at this point we can only hope the “boy in the band” have left the building, because I’m tired of their “songs”! wink, wink… 

Let me take you back to what I was telling you a couple of months ago now… And that is that the sentiment toward the dollar was changing, as traders were growing leery of the Fed’s claims that the economy would surge in the 2nd Half of this year, and that’s why the Fed rate hikes were warranted. As the sentiment continues to change from buying dollars to selling dollars, it will build momentum, and by the end of summer, things will look quite different…  Well, it appears that the timetable has moved up a bit, but who cares? If you listened to what I was telling you months ago, and bought euros when they were trading with a 1.06 handle, then you really don’t care that the timetable has move up! 

So, now I’m going to climb back up on my soapbox and give a speech, are you ready for this?  Fill up the coffee cup, because I’m loaded for bear this morning! 

Quite a few of you longtime readers were with me when the last Financial Crisis hit the U.S. in 2007… And all the time that Ben Bernanke, then Fed Chairman, kept saying that, well, let me let you see what he had to say before all Hell broke loose in the economy… Here are some quotes from Big Ben, before and in the early stages of the Financial Crisis…

When asked about a housing bubble Big Ben said, “Well, I guess I don’t buy your premise. It’s a pretty unlikely possibility. We’ve never had a decline in house prices on a nationwide basis. So what I think is more likely is that house prices will slow, maybe stabilize: might slow consumption spending a bit. I don’t think it’s going to drive the economy too far from its full employment path, though.” – July 2005

And then in Feb. 2007 as things were beginning to heat up Big Ben has this to say, “Our assessment is that there’s not much indication at this point that subprime mortgage issues have spread into the broader mortgage market, which still seems to be healthy. And the lending side of that still seems to be healthy.” – Feb. 2007

I could go on all day with these quotes, that indicated that the Fed Chairman, nor the Fed in general had any inkling of a coming disaster… And this wasn’t the first time this had happened… Shoot Rudy, you can go back to 1999, and hear Big Al Greenspan talk about how productivity was behind the stock market rise, and we all know what happened next, right? Or, you can go all the way back to right after the Great Depression, when Fed members and Senators, etc. were pounding their fists, and saying that all was well once again, only to have the economy fall right back into another recession a year or so later…

So, when Janet Yellen gets up in front of lawmakers last week, and says that the economy is doing fine, she expects stronger growth and inflation in the second half of the year, and that she truly believes that we, as a country, will never experience a Financial Crisis again, should you believe her? Or… should you run for the hills, because the past record of talking up the economy right before we have a major breakdown is right there before us… I don’t really hear people say this any longer, and I’m glad, but if there was a time and place for a Fed member to say it… “this time will be different”, now would be that time, you know, just to help them save face a little longer…

OK, I’ll get down now… I know that some of you like it when I get up on my soapbox and get all riled up… So, there you go! I hadn’t really done that since leaving my old employer, and it felt good to shake the dust off! My former colleague and longtime friend, soccer legend, Ty Keough, likes to call me: ChuckGambo..  in reference to the Great Mogambo Guru! And I love it when people think of me and the Great Mogambo Guru in the same way… 

To recap…  Well, it appears that from the look of things this morning that Chuck has decided to call it official… The end of the strong dollar trend, and the beginning of a new weak dollar trend… He believes it started 6 months ago, but has really gained momentum in the last couple of months. He explains Trends, and how powerful they can be. The Big Dog euro is trading well into the 1.15 handle this morning, the A$ has its sights set on 80-cents, and Gold has booked 3 consecutive days of gains!

Before I head to the Big Finish today… OK, I’m sure some of you noticed last week that I did some tweaking to the Pfennig each day, by making the font for the email larger, and with Bold type, so it would be easier read, and many of you sent me notes of thanks for doing that. But yesterday, I received a note asking me to un-bold the type… I laughed out loud, and said, “you can’t make everyone happy, Chuck!” Oh well, I’ll keep it as is, as it is easier to read on a mobile device than it was before.

For What It’s Worth…   Here’s another, “Mom, he’s doing it again” thought… This time we’re talking about card debt loans and delinquencies…It can be found on the Bloomberg here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-17/new-u-s-subprime-boom-same-old-sins-auto-defaults-are-soaring

   Or, here’s your snippet: “It’s classic subprime: hasty loans, rapid defaults, and, at times, outright fraud. Only this isn’t the U.S. housing market circa 2007. It’s the U.S. auto industry circa 2017.

A decade after the mortgage debacle, the financial industry has embraced another type of subprime debt: auto loans. And, like last time, the risks are spreading as they’re bundled into securities for investors worldwide.

Subprime car loans have been around for ages, and no one is suggesting they’ll unleash the next crisis. But since the Great Recession, business has exploded. In 2009, $2.5 billion of new subprime auto bonds were sold. In 2016, $26 billion were, topping average pre-crisis levels, according to Wells Fargo & Co.

Few things capture this phenomenon like the partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Banco Santander SA. Since 2013, as U.S. car sales soared, the two have built one of the industry’s most powerful subprime machines.

Details of that relationship, pieced together from court documents, regulatory filings and interviews with industry insiders, lay bare some of the excesses of today’s subprime auto boom. Wall Street has rewarded lax lending standards that let people get loans without anyone verifying incomes or job histories. For instance, Santander recently vetted incomes on fewer than one out of every 10 loans packaged into $1 billion of bonds, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The largest portion were for Chrysler vehicles.”  

Chuck again… OMG! Haven’t we seen all this stuff before? Well, I guess it’s a good thing that auto loans aren’t as big a slice of the pie as housing was, right?  Uh-Oh! I just remembered, that the average car loan now is more than $18,000, and the length is 66 months… My parents first home was $13,000 and a 30-year mortgage… I’m just saying… 

Currencies today, 7/18/17… American Style: A$ .7937, kiwi .7350, C$ .7927, euro 1.1552, sterling 1.3031, Swiss $ .9550, … European Style: rand 12.9485, krone 8.0977, SEK 8.2808, HUF 265.02, zloty 3.6377, koruna 22.5760, RUB 59.20, yen 112.16, sing 1.3669, HKD 7.8040, INR 64.28, China 6.7722, peso 17.57, BRL 3.1802, Dollar Index 94.65, 10yr 2.30%, Silver $16.10, Platinum $925.88, Palladium $866.15, and Gold… $1,236.00  

That’s it for today, I read in the paper yesterday that we’ll see temps above 100 the rest of the workweek… Times like this is when I was glad I worked inside… For when I was a young man I worked one summer in the heat of Oklahoma, building in-ground swimming pools, nothing like dealing with that every day! Yes, I worked outside doing manual labor during the day, and played my guitar with the band at night… I don’t have the energy now to do either! The grandkids, Delaney, Everett, and Braden all swim in the prelims early this morning, good luck to all of them! I tell them all the time, you’re not racing the person next to you, you’re only racing the time clock… they look at me like I’m from outer space! HA! Head East takes us to the finish line today with their song: Never Been Any Reason… And with that, it’s time… I hope you can go out and make this a Tom Terrific Tuesday! And.. Be Good To Yourself!

  Chuck Butler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong Chinese Data Gives Currencies A Boost!

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 17, 2017

* Another day of weak U.S. data!

* Gold gains $11.10!

* Jamie Dimon tells us his thoughts!

Good Day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! Another grand weekend here in the St. Louis area, but hot, hot, hot! But that’s OK, as long as the skies are blue, and the sun shines too! I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with two of my best pals yesterday, as Duane and Rick dropped by to say hi. Those are always good times when friends just stop by to say hi! Charlie Daniels Band greets me this morning with their song: The South’s Going To Do It Again… 

Well… We have a some things to discuss this morning, but the BIG THING I want to get out there, Front & Center this morning, is that next week starts my summer vacation, and while I don’t expect any entries for the Pfennig while I’m gone for 2 weeks,  there might be a re-run of a recent Pfennig for your reading enjoyment… I’ll remind you again on Friday, but you’ll have to do without me for two weeks. I can’t imagine how in the world you’ll get by! HA! 

The other BIG NEWS this morning is that China reported some very good data this past weekend, and that has given the currencies an extra boost to start the week. China’s 2nd QTR GDP printed 6.9%, better than expected at 6.8%… Industrial Production for June beat the estimates with a 7.6% growth print VS last year. Expectations for IP were for 6.5% growth. And to round out the data prints from China, their June Retail Sales grew 11% VS a year ago. The 11% print beat the estimates, which were 10.6%… 

There was strong domestic demand, and with the first QTR’s GDP print also at 6.9%, it does appear that even with all the bad stuff going on in the Chinese economy, that it will have enough momentum to beat their annual estimate for 2017, which is 6.5%…  The Chinese renminbi, in case you haven’t been following it in the currency roundup, has been allowed to appreciate quite often in recent weeks, and with these data prints, the renminbi moved stronger VS the dollar again. 

Well, last Friday was a “data day” here in the U.S. and I told you last week before the data prints began coming in, that I didn’t expect the dollar to get any buying from those reports, as they’ll be weak, negative, or just plain miss the expectation. And… it didn’t! In fact, the data prints were so weak last week, that by Friday afternoon, when the color of CPI (consumer inflation) and Retail Sales were known, the Dollar Index was trading at a level last seen last Rocktober… One data print after another shows the rot on the economy’s vine, and yet the Fed Heads continue to say we’re going to see stronger growth in the second half, along with inflation… Ahem, let me clear my voice here… Yes, you’re on the air with Chuck, what’s on your mind? Thank you for taking my call, I’m a longtime listener, first time caller… I wanted to point out Janet Yellen did mention that inflation was slowing the other day, just wanted you to recall that… thank you I’ll hang up and listen to your response on the radio.. Ahem… Thank you for your call and comment… Yes, she did express concern that inflation isn’t growing and she claims that the Fed Heads can’t figure it out… You mean to tell me that with the thousands of economists they have at the Eccles Building and in each of the district home offices, that they can’t figure this one out? I can… and I’m just a country bumpkin, but I did learn a lot of my economics from the great Hyman Minsky!

So, here it is… I didn’t want to front run an interview print that will be coming soon with good friend, Dennis Miller, the Retirementor, But,,, what in the world do you expect inflation to do, when you’re hiking rates? Don’t you hike rates to cool down an economy and tamp inflation? Why, yes Chuck, that’s what you do! Seems like a layup to me… If you hike rates, inflation comes down… So, don’t go hiking rates when you’re  looking for inflation to get stronger! I shake my head in disbelief that I’m the only one in this conversation with the Fed that can figure that one out!

Oh, and by the way, CPI was flat as a Pancake (Head East), and therefore the year-on-year inflation growth is just 1.6%…

And the Butler Household Index (BHI) was bang on again, as Retail Sales disappointed with a negative -0.2% print…

And Industrial production was both fair and bad at the same time… The June prince was up 0.4% which was fair, but it was all driven by more Oil drilling… And the bad was the manufacturing component of the index, which was down again in June, and marks several months now where this component is down…

In fact, my friend, and publishing guru, Bill Bonner, had this to say about employment gains here in the U.S. “What interests us are the influences that have reduced the labor participation rate for working-age men from 76% in 1990 to only 69% today.

That represents about 6 million men who would otherwise be contributing to growth and output. Instead of adding valuable goods and services, they are consuming them.

Altogether, there are said to be about 102 million working-age people without jobs. Since there are only about 200 million working-age people, that means that more than 1 out of 2 is unemployed.
What’s worse, more and more of those who do have jobs work in “low-productivity” fields – such as government, leisure, education, and health.” – Bill Bonner from Bill Bonner’s Diary 7/14/17

OK… that was a long winded run through the gauntlet of U.S. economic data, eh?  let’s move on to something else. Like I mentioned above, the currencies are getting an extra boost from the Chinese data this morning, after the US. data prints on Friday started the currencies on their way to the rally tracks. The Big dog, euro, has been the leader of these gains VS the dollar for the currencies, but the Global Growth currencies like the Aussie dollar (A$), which I’ve always maintained was the Proxy for Global Growth, are really pushing the currency appreciation envelope across the table this morning. 

All the currencies have their own story as to why they are rallying… The Singapore dollar (S$) is rallying because it keeps pace with the Chinese renminbi. The Norwegian krone is rallying because not only did the price of Oil retain its $46 handle through the weekend, but the euro is rallying, and that is a sign for the krone to push the rally further.  The Canadian dollar / loonie has really gotten a lot of movement from the rate hike last week, and then the fact that the price of Oil retained its $46 handle. 

“It” all appears to be coming together, folks…  What’s “It”? I’m talking about the end of the strong dollar trend, that I’ve been talking about for a couple of months now, as sentiment changes from the love of dollars to the love of the euro…  Well, this will be a BIG week for the euro, and give us some real understanding of whether or not this overall currency rally is on terra firma or not… 

The European Central Bank (ECB) meets this week on Thursday, and the markets are all thinking that ECB President, Mario Draghi, will start the conversation about how and when some accommodation will be removed… IF that actually happens, we could see the euro really start to move higher… Remember, the technical chartists’ said that 1.1428 was the level the euro needed to trade past, and once there, its next stop would be 1.17…  

About a month ago, I wrote for the Dow Theory Letters (DTL) (www.dowtheoryletters.com) about this change of sentiment in favor of the euro, and said then that I thought we were seeing signs that the strong dollar trend was over, as the dollar can’t get love when it prints a good data report (not that often) , and gets the snot knocked out of it when it prints a weak data report. For those of who were around at the beginning of the last weak dollar trend, (Feb. 2002) will recall how everyday was a new record level for the euro VS the dollar… This time we won’t see any new record levels, but, we’ll revisit some old ones that sure looked good back “in the day”… 

On Friday, Gold was allowed to gain $11.10 to close at $1,228.40, and is up a couple of bucks in the early morning trading today. I just finished off my most recent piece for the DTL and it was on Gold… I have a very important point to make in that letter about Gold and the “boys in the band”… I realize that a DTL subscription costs money, which is pretty tight these days, so once it has printed and been out there for readers for a period of time, I can talk about it here… So, you have that to look forward to! HA!

Have I told you lately, that I love you… No wait! Have I told you lately that… I truly enjoy the writings of Grant Williams and his Things That Go Hmmmm, letter that arrives in my email box every other Sunday? This past Sunday had a quote in it that I thought just supported what I’ve been telling you for some time now … That the U.S. Consumer has tapped out! This was taken from iNet and is investment analyst, Jim Chanos speaking on this very thing…

“(iNet Economics): We’re seeing weak consumer spending numbers in both auto and housing, which are big drivers of the economy. With unemployment so low and the expansion where it is, these figures should be better than they are. There are portents of even worse things when you look at state and federal tax receipts, which are down, and other leading indicators.

It could all just be a soft spot in an ongoing expansion — time will tell. But the narrative we were told is that animal spirits would take us to the next level of economic activity. That clearly is not happening in mid-2017. We’re 8 years into an economic expansion, and economists say that the modern U.S. economy has never gone more than 10 years without a recession. So as recoveries go we are well into it.
People have bought their cars and remodeled their houses and done a lot of things that one does in an economic recovery. I think incremental spending [spending based on increased disposable income] is going to be harder and harder to come by as time goes on.” – Jim Chanos

And all I have to say about that is… Right arm, farm out, and out of state! HA! I guess that should be: right on, far out, and out of sight! Just some old hippie sayings from the early 70’s… 

To recap… Friday’s data day in the U.S. was a disaster, and the dollar got put on the selling blocks right away, and stayed there in the overnight markets, but then saw more sliding after China printed 3 strong, better than expected, data reports this morning, 2nd QTR GDP, Industrial Production and Retail Sales. The currencies are all on the rally tracks this morning, led by the BIG DOG, euro… And Gold gained $11 on Friday!

For What It’s Worth… I received this in my email box over the weekend, and immediately thought this is good stuff for the FWIW…It’s a tirade by JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon, and can be found on MarketWatch here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dimon-says-bad-policies-are-hurting-the-average-american-2017-07-14

Or, here’s your snippet: ” Tell us what you really think, Jamie Dimon.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s outspoken CEO on Friday broke into an impassioned, expletive-tinged rant on the state of Washington politics and its impact on the U.S. economy during one call to discuss second-quarter results.

Dimon said U.S. growth was held in check by a lack of policy momentum in D.C. that has failed to deliver a spate of pro-growth legislation that could help to boost an otherwise sluggish economy. “We have to focus on policy that is good for all Americans,” Dimon said, speaking Friday morning on a call with reporters to discuss earnings.”

Chuck again… Well he goes on and on about this stuff in the article, so if you want to read his tirade in full, click on the lick above… 

Currencies today 7/17/17… American Style: A$ .7824, kiwi .7332, C$ .79, euro 1.1463, sterling 1.3060, Swiss $.9629, … European Style: rand 12.97, krone 8.1719, SEK 8.3311, HUF 266.94, zloty 3.6764, koruna 22.7669, RUB 59.03, yen 112.45, sing 1.3683, HKD 7.8032, INR 64.30, China 6.7708, peso 17.54, BRL 3.1782, Dollar Index 95.21, Oil $46.67, 10-year 2.31%, Silver $16.01, Platinum $926.10, Palladium $857.98, and Gold.. $1,229.60

That’s it for today… I told you I had a lot to discuss with you, and I kept my word, eh? Cardinals are licking their wounds after losing 2 of 3 to the Pirates to start the second half of the season, and now head to the Big Apple.. I received my new letter from Grant Williams last night, and am looking forward to reading it when I get a chance today. While I’m on vacation, little d, Delaney Grace will turn 10.. Can you believe that? She was born right after I had my first two major cancer surgeries, and so I’ll always know how old she is going to be! There used to be this cute little couple that were Pfennig Readers, and every time they saw me at a show, they would ask to see a recent picture of Delaney… Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel take us to the finish line today with their song: Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing… And with that, it’s time… I hope you have a Marvelous Monday, and Be Good To Yourself!

Chuck Butler 

 

Today’s The Day… Are You Ready?

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 14, 2017

  • A Big Day for data here in the U.S.
  • Gold gives back Wednesday’s gains… 
  • What the heck is Denmark thinking?
  • Another hazy, lazy, crazy day of summer… 

 

Good day… And a Happy Friday to one and all! With the way I’ve been feeling this week, I’m ready to attempt to make this a Fantastico Friday! Who’s with me? Baseball gets started again today, YAHOO! Some very loud storms rolled through in the middle of the night here. Our power went out just briefly, but they were so loud they woke me up… The Byrds greet me this morning with their song: Turn, Turn, Turn… 

Well, today’s the day… the day that I give you the details on the Gold price suppression that I’ve been promising you… I’m not going to tell you where you can find it in the letter, so that you’ll read the whole letter… See how tricky I am? First we need to go through the normal process… So, with no further ado, here we go!

It was another hazy, lazy, crazy day of summer yesterday for the currencies, which saw little movement during the day, and only saw some minor gains in the overnight markets. I think that the markets are waiting to see the color of today’s U.S. Data prints before taking any further risks. But as of now, before the data prints here in the U.S., the dollar has a weekly loss… 

And I don’t think it will find any solace in the data prints today that include the stupid CPI and Retail Sales…  I can tell you that the BHI (Butler Household Index) indicates that Retail Sales will reflect the hazy, lazy, crazy, days of summer, but they won’t be negative like in May…  And while I refuse to give two hoots about the stupid CPI, the markets continue to think it’s the Cat’s Meow, and therefore we have to cover it…  And in my opinion, we’ll see CPI (consumer inflation) continue to reflect slowing inflation, which was a concern of Janet Yellen’s this week as she gave two prepared talks to lawmakers. 

And with inflation continuing to slow down, the markets believe that the Fed will have to back off deviate from the “dots”…  Don’t know that is? Ahhh, grasshopper, the Fed uses a graph with dots that are projections of where the Fed Funds interest rates will be. To me, their “dots” are ridiculous… And no one organization, such as the Fed, should be allowed to set market rates… The markets should set their own rates! 

OK, enough on the Fed, before I go down a rabbit hole and don’t ever come back! I’ve got other things to get to today! 

The price of Oil moved higher in the past 24 hours and now trades with a $46 handle… And the Petrol Currencies are taking that move and getting on the rally tracks this morning, led by the Russian Ruble. But the Norwegian krone and Brazilian real are far behind! I told you earlier this week what was pushing the real to higher ground, but now with the price of Oil moving higher, the real has really taken to the higher ground. 

And Gold… I look at yesterday’s trading and just laugh… Not a funny-ha-ha laugh, but more of a cynical laugh, for on Wednesday, Gold gained $2.80 and yesterday it lost $2.70…  But the real short selling came in Silver as the every day man’s Gold, got whacked good!

So, I wrote about this quite a few years ago, long before there was a “change” in my writing…  So, are you ready?  OK, here goes…  Let’s say your job here in the good old USA is to be the guy who’s supposed to protect the value of the dollar. (you’ve done a horrible job, by the way!) And you’ve taken your eye off the ball a couple of times in the past 40 plus years since Gold has freely traded. But when you get you eye back on the ball, you realize that something has to be done to stop the bleeding in the dollar, and it’s all that darn Gold & Silver’s fault! 

So, you devise a plan to short the metals using brokerage houses to execute the trades, and assure them that the regulators will never find their dealing illegal, wink, wink.   I’m not saying that this is what actually goes on, I’m saying it’s a possibility, eh?  So, please keep that scenario in mind as you read this next part…

Well… In lieu of a FWIW today, I have this for you, as promised… this is a memo regarding how the U.S. needed to suppress the price of Gold back in 1974… Well, if it was done then, who’s to say that it isn’t being done now? Read on, or hit the link at the bottom to see the office letterhead, etc. that the memo was written on… Here it is, as promised…

A long memorandum written in March 1974 by a U.S. State Department official for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and copied to future Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, then the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for monetary affairs, describes the desire of the United States and its options to prevent European countries from increasing the use of gold in the international financial system.

The memo, titled “Gold and the Monetary System: Potential U.S.-E.C. Conflict,” was recently discovered in the State Department archive by GoldMoney Vice President John Butler and brought to GATA’s attention this week by GoldMoney research chief Alasdair Macleod. It emphasizes the longstanding U.S. government policy of subverting gold as a reserve currency in favor of the Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund, an agency then and now largely controlled by the United States.

The memo’s author, Sidney Weintraub, deputy assistant secretary of state for international finance and development, wrote:

“To encourage and facilitate the eventual demonetization of gold, our position is to keep the present gold price, maintain the present Bretton Woods agreement ban against official gold purchases at above the official price, and encourage the gradual disposition of monetary gold through sales in the private market.

“An alternative route to demonetization could involve a substitution of SDRs for gold with the IMF, with the latter selling the gold gradually on the private market, and allocating the profits on such sales either to the original gold holders or by other agreement.”

Weintraub copied his memo to Volcker just a month before Secretary Kissinger met with his assistant undersecretary of state for economic and business affairs, Thomas O. Enders, to hear a similar argument. Whichever nation or group of nations controls the most gold, Enders explained to Kissinger, can control the currency markets by changing gold’s value periodically. Thus, Enders said, replacing gold as an international reserve with SDRs was in the interest of the United States.

See memo here: http://www.gata.org/files/WeintraubMemo-03-06-1974.pdf

Well, how about that? There’s another memo from Kissinger around that same time, regarding the need for Gold suppression, out on WikiLeaks, that I used to have, but have misplaced it, and when this one came across my desk, I figured it was as damaging as the other one. And did you see the mention above about the used of SDR’s? (Special Drawing Rights) A recent Economist magazine even had a cover story on how they believe that very soon, everyone in the world will be using the same currency… Brother! I shake my head in disbelief and disgust! 

Before I head to the Big Finish today, minus a FWIW, Did you hear about how Denmark has predicted it’ll be the first country in the world to get rid of notes and coins altogether. They’ll be replaced by plastic and tap and go technology as soon as next year.

And Australia might not be far behind…   Wanna know what will be the biggest loss of individual and financial freedom IF it ever takes place here? Moving to a cashless society… But don’t get me started on that! I’m having a good Friday morning so far, and don’t want to ruin it!

But just take a minute and think about that cashless society, sure it will be convenient, but… Imagine all the fees that everyone and their brother will now be able to charge you each month, because they have control of your bank account?  Come on Chuck, move on, you said you were going to!

To recap… it was another hazy, lazy, crazy day of summer again yesterday and it was just too hot, for the currencies to move further against the dollar, but they did see some minor gains in the overnight markets…  I remember when Alex was little and played baseball one game he was told to go the field, and he refused to go, saying that “it was too hot”….  I took him home, and he was not allowed to play baseball again that year.. 

Currencies today 7/14/17… American Style: A$ .7760, kiwi .7315, C$ .7714, euro 1.1415, sterling 1.2965, Swiss $.97, … European Style: rand 13.1889, krone 8.23, SEK 8.3436, HUF18 268.45, zloty 3.6964, koruna 22.8529, RUB 59.91, yen 113.21, sing 1.3744, HKD 7.8087, INR 64.41, China 6.7826, peso 17.65, BRL 3.2080, Dollar Index 95.68, Oil $46.36, 10-year 2.33%, Silver $15.66, Platinum $908.11, Palladium $863.59, and Gold.. $1,218.60

That’s it For today… Little d (Delaney Grace) and brother Everett were at the house last night. Little d as I call her, is so sweet to me. She always runs to give me a hug when she first gets here, and always asks me how I’m feeling, and if I’m alright. And then gives me a kiss when she leaves…  Baseball gets started again tonight after the ASG break, my beloved Cardinals have two weeks to prove that they shouldn’t be broken up as a team… They have the ability get it done, I don’t know if they have the “want”…  Reminds me of one of my fave comedian’s lines.. From Ron White: “I had the right to remain silent… I didn’t have the ability”…  The late great Alvin Lee takes us to the finish line today with his song: Choo, Choo Mama… And with that, it’s time to get off this bus this week, and head to a place where I can have a Fantastico Friday!  Please join me! And Be Good To Yourself!

Chuck Butler

 

And Now She’s Concerned About Our Debt Path?

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 13, 2017

  • Yellen speaks & the markets move!
  • Dollar index on the slippery slope…
  • Terry Duffy talks about Gold & Silver…
  • A$ & Kiwi kick some tails!

 

Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! And I’m ready to do some Tub Thumpin’! I’ve got quite a few things to get to this morning and I don’t want to go on as long as I have lately, so I’ll get right to the meat of the market moving stuff, have some opinions, and more… Loggins & Messina greet me this morning with their song: Nobody But You.. This was from their live double album, that I wore out, years ago… 

Monday, I highlighted the “Mom, he’s doing it again” commercial in reference to the BLS, and their hedonic adjustments…. And today, I have to change a word, to say, “Mom, she’s doing it again!” And of course the “she” is Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who did the first of her two stops on Capitol Hill yesterday, with the second coming today. In her first production of: “things that I’ll tell the lawmakers to get them on my side.” She bobbed and weaved, did a little rope-a-dope, and said her piece and left without any major incidences… I’ll let Yahoo Finance take it from here with their description of her testimony…

“In what may be one of her last appearances before Congress, Yellen depicted an economy that, while growing slowly, continued to add jobs, benefited from steady household consumption and a recent jump in business investment, and was now being supported by stronger economic conditions abroad.

The Fed “continues to expect that the evolution of the economy will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate over time,” Yellen said in her prepared testimony. Reductions in the Fed’s portfolio of more than $4 trillion in securities are likely to begin “this year,” she said.
But she also noted that given current stoestimates, the federal funds rate “would not have to rise all that much further” to reach a neutral level that neither encourages nor discourages economic activity. The Fed still feels the economy needs loose, or accommodative, monetary policy, so a lower neutral rate means the Fed may feel compelled to slow the pace of rate hikes down the road.”

See what I mean?  But… she did have this grenade to toss at the lawmakers…. “Let me state in the strongest possible terms that I agree” the U.S. federal debt trend is unsustainable, may hurt productivity, and living standards of Americans.”   Hello? Testing, one, two, is this microphone on? Can you hear me in the back? Good, because I want to make a point here… Where has all this concern about our debt path been for the past 8 years when the debt was doubled?  Come on, inquiring minds want to know!

Well, the Fed Chair did turn a little dovish when she talked about how the Fed Funds rate “would not have to rise all that much further”… And that set the dollar down the slippery slope…  Stocks rallied, currencies rallied, Gold rallied, bonds rallied, and all because she slipped up and sounded a bit dovish.  The Dollar Index feel through the 96 handle and is trading with a 95 handle this morning, with the big mover being Japanese yen, Swedish kroner, and a little help from the euro.  Last fall (Sept.) we saw this type of move in the Dollar Index and it proved to be a false dawn. I thought then that the strong dollar trend was ending, but had to cool my jets for 3 months and wait for the next round of dollar weakness to make that call…

Well, it wasn’t all about Janet yesterday, The Bank of Canada (BOC) did raise their internal rate 25 basis points (1/4%) just like I told you they would do yesterday. The thing I didn’t like about the statement following the rate hike was that the BOC seemed to be content that this hike would tamp the housing bubbles… Hmmm…  seems like a strange comment to make, given this is the first rate hike since 2010!  But then it BOC Gov. Poloz, who as I pointed out the day he was named BOC Gov. and I’ve pointed out several times since, and that is, that he’s from the Trade side of the Gov. the people always whining about how they need a weaker currency to help exports.  And that’s why he’s dragged his feet through a mile of broken glass to keep from hiking rates, but given the recent strong data prints in Canada, this rate hike had to be made… Knowing that a rate hike could push the loonie higher, he had to do/ say something…  And that’s why I think the questionable statement was in the statement.. 

So, yesterday, I talked about Lola, aka Goldman Sachs, sending out a note that they preferred Japanese yen as a safe haven currency over Swiss francs…  Personally, I don’t care for either one of them, the only safe haven currency I know of is Gold (&Silver of course!) , but I digress there… I wanted to point out that Lola says something, and then voila! Things happen! And Japanese yen rallied like the Bank of Japan (BOJ) had just hiked rates 200 Basis Points (2%)!  As recent as Tuesday this week, yen was trading 114.35, and this morning it is trading 112.96. I told my good friends, Kevin and Duane yesterday, while we cooled off at our local watering hole, that apparently, Lola was long yen, and needed to get investors to buy to run up the price so they could unload their long position at a profit… Now, I don’t know if that’s reality or not, but in my years of following currencies, it sure seems like that’s the scenario that exists any time a large Investment House comes out with a statement on a currency out of the blue! 

The three of us also had a long conversation about Gold… I was pleasantly surprised to hear friend Duane, explain the store of wealth story. I thought, “Hey, at least someone is listening to me!”  Well, Gold found a way to carve out a tiny gain yesterday of $2.80, to close at $1,220.00. The shiny metal is up $2.50 in early morning trading today… I told you last week that I had a piece on Gold suppression for you this week, and we’re getting pretty late in the week, aren’t we? Well, I’ll have it for you tomorrow, for sure, promise… 

In Ed Steer’s letter this morning (www.edsteergoldandsilver.com) he has a link to a videoed interview between Neil Cavuto and Terry Duffy who is the CEO of the CME, and instead of having to watch the whole video, he highlighted a comment by Duffy that I think is important for us… Let’s take a listen…  OK, let me set this up… Cavuto asks Duffy why the price of Gold & Silver aren’t higher given all the problems in the world today, and Duffy blurts out, “that with all the problems in the world, people will wake up and precious metals, gold and silver, will be substantially higher — and they will wonder why, and then they will realize that an event does impact the precious metals positively.”

What this a wink, wink that metals prices are about to move “substantially higher”?  I think so, folks… And here’s why I think that… Then Duffy will be able to say, “I warned you!” 

Two HUGE movers overnight, but not part of the Dollar Index, is the A$ and kiwi… I told you previously that these two were not as much in demand given their positive rate differential with the U.S. dollar was narrowing, but when Yellen turned dovish yesterday, these two took off! 

So, the European Central Bank (ECB) will meet next week, and right now, there are so many thoughts going around about how the ECB will announce that they are ready to begin to withdraw accommodation… In other words, dismantle their monetary policy that has them putting negative deposit rates in the banks, and buying so many bonds, that now they have run out of bonds eligible to buy.  These thoughts have helped the euro, but let’s face it, the ECB and president Mario Draghi have disappointed us before, and they could very well do it again next week. 

Either way, I don’t think the sentiment toward the euro will change that much, because by then we’ll have seen more weak U.S. Data, and the Fed’s words about growth picking up in the second half will ring hollow…  The euro wasn’t able to keep above that line in the sand figure of 1.1428, so as I explained yesterday, the euro’s move above the figure didn’t constitute a “complete take out” as it couldn’t hold above the figure for more than a day. The single unit is bouncing back and forth around the 1.14 figure this morning… 

Speaking of data… Here In the U.S. yesterday, the Data Cupboard was dominated by the Janet Yellen show… And she’s scheduled to do an encore today on the other side of the Hill, but it will be a rinse and repeat from yesterday, so unless someone asks her to elaborate further on her thoughts on the debt being “unsustainable”, I doubt we’ll hear much from the speech. 

Today’s Data Cupboard will have the June PPI (wholesale inflation) which won’t do much for the dollar, and the Federal Budget print… And THAT most definitely won’t do much for the dollar, especially given Yellen’s thoughts on debt are fresh on the markets minds right now… 

To recap… It was all about Janet yesterday, well, sort of that is, because the Bank of Canada also made news by hiking rates for the first time since 2010 yesterday. Lola said it liked yen over francs, and yen rallied almost two whole figures! Gold found some scraps at the metals gains table and added $2.80, and CME CEO Terry Duffy gives us a warning about Gold prices… 

For What It’s Worth… I thought this would lighten up the mood a little this morning and it can be found on the Washington Post site here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/07/12/german-police-are-searching-for-a-stolen-gold-coin-its-the-size-of-a-manhole-cover-and-worth-3-9-million/?utm_term=.d545f8e14851

Or, here’s your snippet: “Brother, can you spare a gigantic gold coin?

Hundreds of special German police officers executed raids across several buildings across southern Berlin early Wednesday, nabbing four suspects in the hunt for a 220-pound gold coin valued at about $3.9 million. It was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum in March, where it had been since 2010.

The police, who conducted the raids wearing masks and strapped with heavy weapons according to the Associated Press, are questioning nine others in connection with the missing coin. The four main suspects are related and between 18 and 20 years old.

The coin was not recovered in the operation.

“We assume that the coin was partially or completely sold,” Carsten Pfohl of the Berlin state criminal office said at a news conference. Police are picking apart clothes and vehicles used by the suspects to find traces of gold left behind.”

Chuck again… A Gold coin the size of a manhole cover? WOW! I have a phrase I use when talking about someone who’s cheap.. I say, he throws around quarters like they’re manhole covers…  HA!  Well, I guess this manhole cover sized Gold coin, would make that phrase not very funny any longer!

Currencies today 7/13/17… American Style: A$ .7738, kiwi .7333, C$ .7741, euro 1.14, sterling 1.2918, Swiss $ .9652, … European Style: rand 13.1777, krone 8.2721, SEK 8.3601, HUF 269.24, zloty 3.7120, koruna 22.8954, RUB 60.34, yen 112.96, sing 1.3788, HKD 7.8104, INR 64.42, China 6.7891, peso 17.72, BRL 3.2347, Dollar Index 95.73, Oil $45.36, 10-year 2.31%, Silver $15.92, Platinum $919.60, Palladium $872.77, and Gold.. $1,221.60

That’s it for today… No baseball last night or tonight, as my beloved Cardinals get ready to start the second half of the season in Pittsburgh on Friday night… Carlos Santana was in town last night, and it reminded me of a few years ago, when he was here, and I tool Alex to the concert, and Alex, being an excellent guitar player, wasn’t that impressed with Carlos Santana… I was shocked! And told him that was blasphemy! All 3 grandkids were here yesterday to swim in the pool, as it reached 102 degrees here yesterday! I love it when they are here! And the great Steely Dan takes us to the finish line today with their song from the album of the same name: Aja…  (Steely Dan’s best album in my opinion too!)  OK… Now let’s go out and do some Tub Thumpin’ Today! And Be Good To Yourself!

 

Chuck Butler

 

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Janet Yellen & The Bank of Canada Today…

Chuck Butler’sA Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 12, 2017

 

Good day… And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Hot, Hot, Hot… And for all you 80’s music lovers out there (Hi Rick!) I’m not talking about the 1987 hit song, I’m talking about the weather outside! But after spending a majority of the day right here at my writing desk in the air conditioning, it felt real good to go outside and “warm up”! The Outlaws greeted me this morning with their song: Green Grass and High Tides… Now that song will get your motor started in the morning!

The currencies rallied VS the dollar yesterday, but in the overnight markets, there has been some profit taking. UGH! One of the first things I learned as a young trader was: It’s not a profit until you take it!  So, here we are on this Wonderful Wednesday, with the dollar having “bounce days” recently, but for the most part, the sentiment is in the process of switching from the love of dollars to the love of the currencies. 

Last night I was checking the currencies in the Asian markets and saw that the euro was getting very close to climbing above 1.15, but I guess that signaled a sell for profit taking, and the single unit is 1.1457 as I write this morning. Remember when I told you that the chartists / technical traders said that 1.1428 was the last line of defense for the dollar, and if that level was completely taken out, that the next stop for the euro was 1.17?  Well, it sure looks to me as though the 1.1428 level has been completely taken out, or is in the process of doing so… I’m just saying… wink, wink… 

So, what does “completely taken our” mean? Well, it’s really one of those “moving targets” if you will. I view it as the level was taken out, and the asset continued to move above it, and then stayed above the level for a day or two… These brief breaches above a level don’t count in my book! 

Well, today is the day Canadian rates might be raised for the first time since 2010, as the Bank of Canada (BOC) meets. The Canadian bond guys seem to think that the rate hike is in the bag, as they’ve driven bond yields up 26 basis points in the last month.  IF the BOC does hike rates today, and I believe they should, should have, and will be real dolts if they don’t, it will be a 25 basis point (1/4%) move to bring their internal rate to 75 basis points or 3/4’s of a percent… Still pretty darn low, eh? 

I said this a few weeks ago, but that might have been before the email version of the Pfennig was being sent, and it was only being posted on the website: www.dailypfennig.com, which remains the first place you’ll see the Pfennig in case the email version is being delayed. Anyway, getting back to what I was saying, I said this a few weeks ago, and it is really showing up this morning… 

The Norwegian krone is finally getting of its duff, and dusting off its old, strong currency clothes, to see if they still fit! The krone has been held down by the falling Oil price, and the fact that the euro was in the doldrums… But now that the euro is picking up the pace with a strong rally of its own, the krone can take hold of the euro’s coattails and rally too.. It also doesn’t hurt the krone for the price of Oil to not be slipping and sliding down the slippery slope! 

A currency that I don’t talk about often, is also on the rally tracks, and is doing it very quietly, as to not wake up those around it… The Hungarian forint is also grabbing hold of the euro’s coattails and pulled itself up on the rally tracks.  The Hungarian forint (HUF) was once a part of a trio-of- currencies that I called the “Euro Wannabes” that also included the Polish zloty, and the Czech Republic koruna. These three were all in the ERM (exchange rate mechanism) that the currencies had to trade in for a period of time before being accepted into euro club. But one by one they began to have problems with their financials and didn’t meet the criteria of the Maastricht Treaty, which most of the other euro countries didn’t meet either, but this caused each country to eventually pull their currencies out of the ERM, and live for another day. 

And now they sit outside of the euro/ Eurozone, and wait for the day that their financials are better, and their respective currencies are ready for that trip to the ERM.. 

I told you on Monday that the Brazilian real was rallying and I would find out more… Well, here you go! Real traders were anxiously awaiting the voting returns from the Brazilian Senate on a new set of laws on labor… And then yesterday they got their wish, and the Senate approved the law that  aims to reduce costs for businesses and allow firms to negotiate contracts freely with employees.

It was deeply unpopular with unions, who say it will reduce job security and called two general strikes in protest

The vote is expected to give President Michel Temer a boost before Congress’ lower house decides if he should be suspended to face corruption charges. The bill will now be sent to President Temer to be signed into law.

And the real is still on the rally tracks this morning! Overall, the currencies look much healthier this morning as evidenced, sort of, by the drop of the Dollar Index below 96…

I have a friend, Sean Hyman, who is a technical guru when it comes to charts, and he sent me a note the other day, saying that he thought the Dollar Index looked vulnerable and could fall to the 93 region…  I thought, “hmmm, that sure would be good for euros, & Gold”

Speaking of Gold… The shiny metal was allowed to gain $3.10 yesterday and close at $1,217.20.. It lost some ground in the “after hours” trading, but has gained back $2.90 so far this morning in the early trading to sit at $1.216.90..  Did you see this news?>>>>  The Trump administration has taken a key step toward paving the way for a controversial gold, copper and molybdenum mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, marking a sharp reversal from President Barack Obama’s opposition to the project.”

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed withdrawing its 2014 determination barring any large-scale mine in the area because it would imperil the region’s valuable sockeye salmon fishery. The agency said it would accept public comments on the proposal for the next 90 days.  Very interesting don’t you think? It’s all politics, and apparently the politics have changed..  But you won’t see me get in the middle of this! I’m just here to report the news! 

The price of Oil has rebounded to trade above the $45 handle this morning.. I have more on this in the FWIW section today, so keep reading to get there! HA!

Yesterday’s U.S Data Cupboard had a couple of interesting prints… Wholesale Inventories and the NFIB Small Business Index. Not exactly what I call “real economic prints” but things to keep an eye on anyway… The NFIB Small Business Index fell in June, and notably the gauge of expected business conditions fell 6 points last month, and the NFIB says that 6 points is “significant”!    We also saw Wholesale Inventories, and for that information I’ll turn this over, ever-so-briefly to the folks at zerohedge.com… 

“Well they “built it”, but in May, “no one came.” Wholesale Inventories rose a better-than-expected 0.4% MoM but sales tumbled worse-than-expected 0.5% (the 3rd monthly decline in a row).
Inventories reversed April’s decline…but sales keep falling…and accelerating…

Automotive inventories rose 0.7% MoM (against April’s 1.4% drop) but Automotive sales dropped 0.5% in April.

Wholesale Inventories are still marginally lower for Q2 so far (-0.13%) providing a modest drag on GDP, but sales are down 0.77% in Q2 with the biggest 3-month decline since March 20.”

Today’s Data Cupboard has the return of the Janet Yellen show for us! The Fed Chair, will make the trip up to the Hill to visit with members of the House one day, and the Senate the next day, in what used to be called the “Humphrey / Hawkins Bill” that required the Fed Chairman to report to Congress the state of the economy twice a year. That bill expired a very long time ago, but Fed Chairmen and now the Chair have continued to give their reports… 

This will be important for the dollar, currencies, Gold and bonds today folks… Because even though she has been wrong since she took over the leadership of the Fed, but continues to rinse and repeat the same line about how the Fed sees a pick up of growth and inflation in the second half this year, the markets will react to what she says..  Why? you ask, since her previous forecasts have as bad as, well, they’ve been bad? 

You’ve got me on that one, Joe… They should get a good belly laugh and then sell dollars if you ask me… But that’s not what they’ll do, IF she rinses and repeats again today. 

It’s a good thing Congress doesn’t request Paul Craig Roberts to give them his report on the economy’s progress… You may recall that name, as Paul Craig Roberts was the Treasury Sec. for President Reagan, and yes that was a long time ago, but he has become a real pain in the side for the Government, as he calls them out all the time..  Here’s a recent tirade from him about the BLS… 

“It is very easy for the government to report a low jobless rate when the government studiously avoids counting the unemployed.

Now, let’s do what I have done month after month year after year. Let’s look at the jobs that the BLS alleges are being created. Remember, most of these alleged jobs are the product of the birth/death model that adds by assumption alone about 100,000 jobs per month. In other words, these jobs come out of a model, not from reality.

Where are these reported jobs? They are where they always are in lowly paid domestic services. Health care and social assistance, about half of which is “ambulatory health care services,” provided 59,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality provided 36,000 jobs of which 29,300 consist of waitresses and bartenders. Local government rose by 35,000. Manufacturing, once the backbone of the US economy, provided a measly 1,000 jobs.”

His tirade can be found in its entirety here:   http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47417.htm

Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to highlight something that made me scratch my balding head… Lola, aka Goldman Sachs, has issued a report calling for Japanese yen to become the better safe haven than Swiss francs..  Wait! What? Japanese yen? You’re kidding me right? And don’t tell me I’m your favorite goat! Come on Lola what have you been smoking? Japanese yen? YIKES!  I have to steer clear of that one folks, otherwise I’m going to get in trouble with the folks at Lola… 

And one more thing… some folks ask me from time to time why I call Goldman Sachs, Lola.. Because you know the song, “what Lola wants, Lola gets”, and that describes Goldman to a T… 

To recap… The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer found some shade yesterday, and cooled off, which allowed the currencies, for the most part to rally VS the dollar. The currencies were stronger last night before some profit taking took place. The Bank of Canada meets today and are expected to hike rates 25 basis points, their first rate since 2010. And more weak data for the U.S. yesterday.. 

For What It’s Worth… I mentioned above that the price of Oil had gained a bit yesterday, and there are two reasons for this… And both of them are discussed in this article that can be found here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-10/oil-holds-gains-above-44-as-u-s-crude-stockpiles-seen-falling

Or, here’s your snippet: “Oil rose the most in more than a week after the Energy Information Administration cut its U.S. crude output forecast for next year and as investors focused on the pace of rebalancing.

The EIA cut its 2018 crude output forecast to 9.9 million barrels a day from 10.01 estimated in June. It’s the first time the EIA lowered its forecast for 2018 production since the agency started posting the estimates in January. The market earlier shrugged off a report that Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, told OPEC it raised output above its agreed-upon limits.

“This pull-back in production is kind of wake-up call to people who thought that shale was going to be viable no matter what OPEC did,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago, said by telephone. If output doesn’t rise as much as previously anticipated, “then it’s time for the bears to start questioning their religion again.”

Chuck again… Boy, do I wish I had read this article before sending off my most recent piece for the Dow Theory Letters website (www.dowtheoryletters.com) for I wrote about Oil… and the what moves the price, etc. And called for Oil to remain range bound in price… I used to tell this joke, about a dumb guy, who is a comedian, and he says, “I’m a dumb comedian ask me what the hardest part of my job is” and before the respondent can finish his response, the comedian says, “timing”…
That’s how I feel this morning… timing is everything, especially when you mistimed something!

Currencies today 7/12/17… American Style: A$ .7650, kiwi .7233, C$ .7738, euro 1.1457, sterling 1.2851, Swiss $.9628, … European Style: 13.3798, krone 8.2616, SEK 8.4149, HUF 268.38, zloty 3.7037, koruna 22.7881, RUB 60.61, yen 113.44, sing 1.3844, HKD 7.8119, INR 64.55, China 6.8019, peso 17.89, BRL 3.2512, Dollar Index 95.72, Oil $45.77, 10yr 2.35%, Silver $15.80, Platinum $906.75, Palladium $859.01, and Gold… $1,216.90

That’s it for today… Well, I tried to stay awake for the All-Star Game last night, but didn’t quite make it. I did see Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, hit a home run though!  But the NL lost 2-1, UGH! Growing up, I don’t recall seeing the AL win an All-Star Game, but as an adult, they’ve won quite a few! Cardinals pitcher, Carlos Martinez pitched very well for his 2 innings. And I’ve gone on too darn long today, sorry… I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday, and remember to be Good To Yourself!

Chuck Butler

 

The Swiss National Bank Is Doing What?

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 11, 2017

  • A Hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer…
  • Will the BOC hike rates tomorrow?
  • What are Gold sellers thinking?
  • A thought from Frank Trotter!

Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, I wasn’t that interested in taking time to watch the Home Run Derby last night, but I did tune in for a bit of it, and that rookie, Aaron Judge sure did put on a show, hitting 47 total home runs with 4 over 500 feet! Someone turned up the thermostat outside! Reminds me of the words to a  song… Oh, it’s a hot one, like 7 inches from the midday sun!  And I was greeted this morning by Shooting Star playing their song: Last Chance…

Well, it was one of those “lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer” yesterday, with little movement in anything… The Big Dog, euro remained on the porch all day, just sleeping the day away, and all the little dogs followed the Big Dog… Gold gained $1.90, and Oil bumped up to the $44 handle, from $43.88 yesterday.  Nobody wanted to take a flyer on a currency, metal or commodity yesterday… What’s up with that?

So, with that, no movement, in place yesterday, that gives me an opportunity to rail on somebody, something, or I could be nice and talk about sunshine, lollipops and rainbows with regards to the U.S. economy… What shall it be? Hmmm… How about I do a little of both? Well, not talk about sunshine, lollipops and rainbows regarding the U.S. economy, but maybe I should? I think not!

I have received a few emails from readers in the past week, with very nice thoughts about me and the Pfennig, so I thank you all very much for sending those along…  OK… let’s see.. I’ve also had a few readers want to know what’s going with the Swiss franc, as it is not participating in the change in sentiment from dollars to euros, et. al.. So, we’ll start there this morning…

The thought with the Swiss franc is simple… They are the only Central Bank in Europe still stressing that the franc is overvalued, and that they will keep their negative rates and current monetary policy, while the other Central Banks of Europe are at least hinting that they are ready to pull the plug on their accommodating monetary polices.  So, traders, being, astute, and forward looking, see this as a reason to sell francs… I would too, given these facts and adding  that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) is still buying U.S. stocks for its reserves..

What are they (SNB), thinking buying U.S. stocks? The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has been buying stocks too, but they keep their stock buying confined to  Japanese stocks… Recall a few months ago, I told you that the BOJ had become the largest buyer of Japanese stocks…  I don’t like Central Banks supporting any market, much less the stock market, but at least the BOJ is keeping things close to home, while the SNB has reached out and added a ton of U.S. stocks…  What happens IF the stock market has a correction?

So, that’s what’s going on in Switzerland and with the franc. Another currency that readers ask me about is the Indian rupee… It was a big mover against the dollar earlier this year, but that move appears to have been capped, and now the rupee just range trades, in a very narrow range, I might add! Indian PM Modi has really ruffled a lot of feathers in India, with his removal of currency denominations, and now the tax on undeclared Gold… And the Gov. for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that I really liked, Rajan, left last year… So, unless Modi can pull a rabbit from his hat, or the RBI has a trick or two left up their sleeve, I suspect the rupee will remain a range bound currency…

And finally, the last currency that readers ask about a lot, is the Canadian dollar/ loonie… Recall that I kept saying that the loonie was rising and traders were scratching their collective heads trying to figure out why, given that the price of Oil had stumbled?  Well, now those same traders are saying that the loonie has risen too far, too fast…

Well, we now know what was behind the loonie’s move and that was the thought that the Bank of Canada (BOC) will hike rates soon, and that thought was made stronger last month, when BOC Gov. Poloz hinted that he was ready to hike rates… Well, now the futures are pricing in a rate hike at tomorrow’s BOC meeting, and given the fact that last Friday, their version of a Jobs Jamboree, showed strong employment gains to back up a rate hike…  So, the initial reaction to a rate hike in Canada would be good for the loonie, but at this point I would have to think that the rate hike has all been priced in for the loonie…

I’ve been harping on Poloz to hike rates in Canada for a couple of years now, pointing to the housing bubbles in Toronto and Vancouver as reasons for the need to hike rates.. But nooooooooo! Poloz couldn’t pull the trigger until he saw the U.S. Fed go for the gusto and hike rates 3 times in the last 7 months…

I had to laugh out loud at something that  I read from a writer that was talking about how this was the week the dollar was going to turnaround… Here are his thoughts: (not mine let me remind you!) “With no expectations for any fiscal stimulus this year, plus a market-implied probability of March 2018 being the next period for a 25-bps rate hike, and US economic data momentum already at a six-year low, how much worse could it get? Not much more, if at all, it would seem.”

Well, I’ve go news for this guy! Things could get a lot worse, and that will if my thoughts play out… Of course that’s his opinion, and I have mine, which could be wrong… But, when we get to Friday, we’ll know for sure! Yesterday, I told you that on Friday, we’ll see Retail Sales, and Industrial Production, along with Capacity Utilization…

Retail sales need to rebound in June to help second-quarter consumer spending but the  consensus isn’t calling for much strength, at a gain of 0.1 percent vs an outright 0.3 percent decline in May. Unit vehicle sales proved flat in May which is not a positive indication for the autos component of this report which has posted 4 monthly declines so far this year.  And while Industrial Production is going to attempt to come out of the red numbers with a 0.3% gain in June, but… The manufacturing component, which has been in sizable contraction in 2 of the last 3 reports, is expected to post a more limited gain, at a consensus 0.2 percent.

So, I don’t see anything there that would turnaround the current sentiment toward the dollar do you?  We will have Fed Chair, Janet Yellen give a testimony to Congress tomorrow regarding the Fed’s thoughts on the economy and so forth… This is where the sunshine, lollipops and rainbows will be evident, folks… But today, is more of the same lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer in store for us..

And what do I always point to when talking about the U.S. or England, or Japan’s inability to generate strong economic growth? Debt levels… I have always maintained that an economy can’t grow at a pace that would be considered to be strong, as long as they have to deal with financing debt…

I keep telling you about my new face economist, Danielle DiMartino Booth, author of the book: Fed Up, and a former advisors to Dallas Fed president, Richard Fisher… Well this is what she recently had to say about global debt levels….  “Rather than address the underlying over-indebtedness that detonated systemic risk and culminated in a full-blown catastrophe, [central bank] policy had simply catalyzed further indebtedness…From a starting point of the end of 2007 through mid-year 2014, global debt rose by $57 trillion to $199 trillion. As a percentage of global gross domestic product (GDP), global debt had risen to 286 percent from 269 percent. — Danielle DiMartino Booth

I told you above that Gold gained a whopping $1.90 yesterday… but is down $3.60 in early morning trading.  What ARE these people thinking that are selling their Gold?  I have this feeling in my bones that these sellers of Gold will rue the day they sold their store of wealth!  I guess these sellers think that the Fed is going to aggressively hike rates here in the U.S. I can’t think of any other reason they would be selling, can you?

I had a dear reader send me a note yesterday, in which he told me that he thought that I hadn’t cut my apron strings from my former employer yet, because I said, “I had better stop there” on something…  I responded to him that I had cut the apron strings, and that “sometimes there are things that are better left unsaid”…  The point of this is to simply say, I don’t have anything holding me back, except my inner thoughts on what is right and wrong…

Speaking of Debt… The U.S. Data Cupboard had the May Consumer Credit (read debt) for us yesterday, and apparently, U.S. consumers went hog-wild with their credit cards or taking out loans, as the debt level for May was a whopping $18.4 Billion, VS $12.9 Billion in April..  Granted, $18.4 Billion is not the plus $20 Billion prints we saw a couple of months last year, but is still a very large amount of debt to be taking on by consumers in a month…

All this debt is going to end up with tears being cried… At least that’s how I see it…

Before I head to the Big Finish… I was going through my email box yesterday, because it had grown in size by too much! And I came across an email from my good friend, and former Big Boss, Frank Trotter. He quoted some lyrics from the Mrs. Robinson song by Simon and Garfunkel…
Here they are:
Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates’ debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you’ve got to choose
Every way you look at it you lose”

Still true, or maybe more true today

Ah, that Frank… always willing to stir up the pot!

To recap… it was a nothing day in the currencies and commodities yesterday, and today looks to be another day of lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… Gold added $1.90 but is down $3.60 in early trading today. Chuck cleans out his email box, and gives us updates on: francs, rupees and loonies.. And then talks about some debt stuff..

For What It’s Worth… Since I asked the question above (in the franc update) about what happens if the stock market has a correction?  I thought that this piece on the Bloomberg was apropos…  And it can be found here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-10/odey-says-drunken-markets-ready-to-topple-as-bearish-bets-pay

Or, here’s your snippet: ”

Crispin Odey, who made money for a second straight month by sticking to bearish equity bets, said the chance of a market crash is rising as growth slows and the Federal Reserve normalizes interest rates.

The credit cycle boosted by loose monetary policy has peaked and there’s a widespread slowdown in the auto, commodity, industrial and retail sectors, Odey wrote in a letter to investors. Unlike previous dips since the financial crisis, central banks aren’t responding by printing more money.

“This time they are doing the reverse,” which is likely to exacerbate the negative trend, the London-based hedge fund manager wrote. “All this sits very uncomfortably with the fun being felt in the stock markets. When I look at the move up since Trump’s election as president, I detect the walk of a drunken man.”

Chuck again… Yeah, but what about the Plunge Protection Team? Will they sit idly by as the stock market crashes? I don’t think so…

Currencies today 7/11/17… American Style: A$ .7610, kiwi .7218, C$ .7741, euro 1.1396, sterling 1.2909, Swiss $.9693, … European Style: rand 13.5032, krone 8.3581, SEK 8.4335, HUF 270.50, zloty 3.7218, koruna 22.9355, RUB 60.30, yen 114.33, sing 1.3843, HKD 7.8115, INR 64.57, China 6.8011, peso 18.04, BRL 3.2699, Dollar Index 96.12, Oil $44.15, 10-year 2.39%, Silver $15.47, Platinum $895.47, Palladium $840.76, and Gold… $1,209.90

That’s it for today…  So, did you watch the Home Run Derby? I’ll tell you that I was more interested in it when Albert Pujols played for the Cardinals and was in the Derby! The Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina is an All-Star for the 8th time! Of course Stan Musial, the greatest Cardinal was an All-Star 24 times! Baseball people forget about Stan Musial, and how great a player he was. When he retired he held 17 major league records, 29 National League marks and nine All-Star Game records. Well, I’m hearing one of my top 5 songs right now, so, the Blue Jays take us to the finish line with their song: I Dreamed Last Night… and with that, it’s time to go! I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! And Be Good To Yourself!

 

 

 

Mom, He’s Doing It Again!

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

July 10, 2017

 

Good Day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! Another absolutely beautiful weekend, weather-wise here in the St. Louis area this past weekend! WOW! We sure have had our share of good weather so far this summer, but it appears that it’s going to really ratchet up the temps this week, so hot, humid days will return! The great Al Stewart greets me this morning with his song: Song On The Radio.

Mom… He’s doing it again! OK, let me explain… There’s a classic rock-n-roll station here in St. Louis that’s been on the air since the late 60’s… And about 30 years ago, they ran a TV commercial, with the Rolling Stones song, Brown Sugar playing those very recognizable guitar chords… And a dad in his study, with the radio turned up real loud, playing the air guitar to the song. The daughter opens the door to the study, and see’s her dad, playing the air guitar, and she shouts… “Mom, He’s doing it again”! The TV commercial was way more funny than I just described it, and the reason I brought this up today is simply that, every month, when the BLS reports the jobs created in the previous month, I quickly go out to their website and see how many jobs they added out of thin air to the surveys, and I think of this TV commercial… Folks, they’re doing it again….

So, the total jobs created in June, according to the BLS was 222,000… Of which 102,000 were added by the BLS after their surveys were finished, and only showed job creation at 120,000… Now, we can’t have that can we? Not according to the BLS, who probably got their marching orders from… Well, it’s better that I not go there… But they got them from someone, and voila’. 222,000 jobs were “created” for June! Ain’t it a shame that we have to put up with this nonsense? I’m so fed up with the BLS that if I were President, they’d all be fired!

My oh my, the games people play, every night and every day. I could go on, but what’s the point, we all know that the BLS cooks the books each month when it comes to the Jobs report…  I sent out a Tweet on Friday after the numbers printed, and said, “BLS says 222,000 jobs added in June, but 102,000 of the jobs were added by the BLS with hedonic adjustment.”

And like most days when the jobs numbers are printed, the dollar wasn’t able to significantly move higher, even though the number looked strong. The dollar did gain a bit, pushing the euro back below 1.14, and the Aussie dollar (A$) back below 76-cents, but those moves were very small on Friday, and in the overnight markets, there hasn’t been much movement at all, so we start the week, with the currencies itching to move against the dollar on an upward path, knowing that this week is chock-full-o-data here in the U.S, which normally isn’t good for the green/peachback…

I don’t like hitting you right out of the starters blocks like that with my thoughts on the Jobs #’s but the BLS has got to be stopped!  The ADP Employment Report, which is what I’ve always said should replace the BLS report, because, ADP does the payrolls for almost every business in the U.S. so, they KNOW how many new payrolls were added, and how many were taken off each month, without guessing the number, print last Thursday and said that only 158,000 jobs were added in June…  That’s a 64,000 difference, a subtle little difference that makes all the difference in the world!

Oh and the things I told you to actually pay attention to.. The Average Hourly Earnings grew at a 0.2% clip in June, and May’s data was revised downward from 0.2% to 0.1%… So, no wage inflation here… The Average Workweek was 34.5 in June, up from 34.4 in May… No great shakes here! And the Labor participation rate ticked up in June to 62.8%…  this is not a good level folks..

And like I’ve always said, traders swallow the BLS report, hook, line and sinker, and buy dollars on a strong report, and that shouldn’t take place… There’s also something going on that I discussed in my weekly article for the Dow Theory Letters website (www.dowtheoryletters.com) a few weeks ago, and that is that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has been buying U.S. Stocks with their reserves, which is another bump upward for the dollar, since the SNB has to buy dollars to buy U.S. Stocks…  I really drove the point home about Central Banks buying stocks in the article… I know it’s a paid for subscriber newsletter, but given the other writers that contribute to it, and of course my stuff, I feel it’s well worth the cost.

OK…  Well, let’s see, what’s in the news… The G-20 summit came and went without any surprises in the communique’.  The U.S. and Russia did agree to a ceasefire in Syria, which can only be a good thing. But besides that, there were no market moving items this time… And THAT, can only be a good thing too! Because these market moving items that DO come from the G-20 usually don’t have any staying power in them.

So I was doing some research this past weekend (early morning, didn’t want to miss going outside!) and came across a forecast for the euro that caught my eye…  While most analysts are forecasting the euro to remain around the 1.13-1.14 area for the next year, The analyst at German Bank DZ Bank AG,  which had the best estimate for the second quarter for the euro, says the euro will reach 1.15 by year-end, and move to 1.18 in 2018…

I think he’s being too conservative, myself…  I don’t think he’s seeing what I’m seeing, which is an end of the strong dollar trend, which would bring about dollar selling, and we all know what dollar selling brings us don’t we? That’s right! Euro buying! But my momma didn’t raise no fool! I’m not going to say the euro is going to X.XX, I just think it will be stronger as we go along in the change of sentiment from dollars to euros.

But let’s not forget that the euro has already gained 8% VS the dollar this year, and has marked up gains against all of its G-10 peers…

I mentioned above that the Aussie dollar (A$) fell back below 76-cents on Friday, and is trading around .7555 this morning. 76-cents seems to be sort of a line in the sand for the A$, as it has reached that level a couple of times in the past couple of weeks, and has failed to hold it. The A$ still enjoys a positive yield difference VS the dollar, euro and yen, and its mother-land’s currency, pound sterling. And Australia continues to do a good job weaning itself from a dependence on the mining sector…  A good diversified economy is as important to a country’s outlook, as a good diversified investment portfolio is for an individual investor!

Sure when China was growing at a better than 10% clip all those years, it made sense for Australia to ramp up the mining sector, but now that China’s economy has cooled its jets, things must change, and they are!

I received an email from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) this past weekend, telling me that this is the 50-year anniversary of the introduction of the decimal dollar…  So, kiwi is turning 50 this year, just like the Summer of Love, and the release of the Beatles Sgt. Peppers album! I remember when I first was trading foreign bonds for the World Markets group at the old Mark Twain Bank, and was charting currencies, and noticed that kiwi was really moving higher, and mentioned it to one of the “seasoned” guys on the trade desk, and he told me, “don’t waste your time with kiwi, it’s too small of a market”…

A year later, he was writing to his clients about how great kiwi was and how he found this great currency! I about came over the desk to grab him and shake him, but, I thought, oh well, it’s all good for the investors! Well, I like kiwi again… I told you a couple of weeks ago, I’m all about euros and kiwi these days…

What’s gotten into the Brazilian real lately? After months of weakness due to a Political scandal and the falling Oil prices, the real turned on a dime last week and began rallying. I’m going to have to look into this, as I had just written off the real because of those two items just mentioned that pushed it down.  So, more on this maybe tomorrow.

I’m going to switch gears here because there are a couple of things I need to get off my chest…

Well, I’m calling this the “Recovery That’s Not For Everyone”… Why? You ask… Because of this recovery that supposedly began in 2009, has left some states out in the cold… Yes, that’s right, Arizona, Connecticut, Mississippi, Nevada and Wyoming have not yet recovered… These 5 states still haven’t regained their levels of gross domestic product from before the financial crisis, more than five years after the country as a whole hit that milestone. Eight states are below prerecession levels of employment. And 15 have home prices that have yet to rebound fully.

Oh but the BIG Metro city areas are doing just fine, right? The problem is, that there’s just not enough Big Metro City areas to make up for the rest of the country that is still mired in a recession…

And as I said above, Eight states are below prerecession levels of employment! Wyoming, West Virginia, Connecticut, New Mexico, Mississippi, Vermont, Maine and Alabama… And there are more problems…

15 states have home prices that have yet to rebound fully.. They are: Connecticut, Nevada, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Arizona, Illinois, Florida, New Mexico, Virginia, New Hampshire, Alabama, Maine, and New York.

Even with this information, Robert Hall, a Stanford University economics professor, and the man who heads of the National Bureau of Economics, the folks that make the “official call” on when a recession starts and ends, says that, “The National Recovery is absolutely complete!” Wait, what? You’re telling me/ us, that the recovery is completed, but this is all we get out of it? Less than 2% growth, and an economy that can’t seem to get out of its own way? Wasn’t there supposed to be more from a recovery? Especially one that had zero interest rates for most of it, Trillions of bonds being bought by the Central Bank for the most of it, and easy credit? This is it? Say it ain’t so, Joe! (Or Robert Hall!)

Gold lost $12.80 on Friday… The short Gold paper traders and the naysayers to manipulation, will point to the trumped up BLS jobs report as the reason Gold took a hit on Friday… But I say hogwash!  Well, Gold is down another $2.40 in the early morning trading today… The short sellers won’t be happy until the drive the price below $1,200… Again, these trades have got to be stopped!

Speaking of Gold… I saw a graph on Friday of the Gold exports by the U.S… They have increased this year so far, VS last year’s exports to the same date… (Jan through April)… This just reinforces my thought that I’ve had for years now… That here in the U.S. investors look at Gold as a commodity that should go up or down, and in the East (Asia, Russia, etc.) they view Gold as a “store of wealth”… Here in the U.S. we lament when the price of Gold goes down, in the East, they rejoice, for they get to continue to add to their storage of wealth at cheaper prices… Sort of like the: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.. And that’s why, even though I get upset when the price of Gold gets “whacked by Da Boyz”, I don’t get that caught up in the price of Gold… To me, it is what it is, and eventually it will go higher in my opinion. But while it doesn’t go higher, it gives me opportunities to add to my stash of Gold (& Silver of course!) at cheaper prices… I guess, I think like someone in the East, eh? For I look at it, simply as a store of wealth, a store that has never gone to zero, and never will!

Well, I’ve built up the Data Cupboard’s print this week a couple of times in the past few days, so with no further ado, here’s the “real economic data” that’s scheduled to print this week…

We start the week slowly and build to a crescendo! Today we’ll see the color of May’s Consumer Credit (read debt)… Tomorrow we’ll see May’s Wholesale Inventories… Wednesday, Janet Yellen will speak… this ought to be good, that is as long as someone asks here the question, “why are you hiking rates when the economy is weakening, and don’t give me any of that “we see the economy growing strong in the second half stuff, because you’ve told us that the last 3 years!”

Thursday, we’ll see PPI (wholesale inflation) and the Federal Budget numbers… And then finally on Friday, we start with the stupid CPI (consumer inflation) and then move to Retail Sales for June, and then finish off the week with Business Inventories, and two of my fave prints, Capacity Utilization and Industrial Production.  Whew! I’m tired out after all that!

To recap… The Jobs Jamboree was interesting in that the BLS added 102,000 jobs to their surveys… And the traders swallowed the data hook, line and sinker, thus pushing the dollar higher, not by much, but higher nonetheless!  Chuck talks about the euro, the A$, kiwi, the uneven economic recovery in the U.S. and that the U.S. was net negative with Gold exports last month… That and more!

For What it’s Worth… Since the world was watching G-20 for something special this past weekend, I thought this was worth a shot for a FWIW section article today…  It’s about how China and Russia are teaming up to deal with the President… You can read it all here: https://www.unz.com/article/the-great-power-shift-a-russia-china-alliance/

Or, here’s your snippet: ”

Top Russian and Chinese leaders are busy comparing notes, coordinating their approach to President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend. Both sides are heralding the degree to which ties between the two countries have improved in recent years, as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visits Moscow on his way to the G20. And, they are not just blowing smoke; there is ample substance behind the rhetoric.

Whether or not Official Washington fully appreciates the gradual – but profound – change in America’s triangular relationship with Russia and China over recent decades, what is clear is that the U.S. has made itself into the big loser.

Gone are the days when Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger skillfully took advantage of the Sino-Soviet rivalry and played the two countries off against each other, extracting concessions from each. Slowly but surely, the strategic equation has markedly changed – and the Sino-Russian rapprochement signals a tectonic shift to Washington’s distinct detriment, a change largely due to U.S. actions that have pushed the two countries closer together.”

 

Chuck again…  OK, G-20 has come and gone, let’s move on too, eh?

Currencies today 7/10/17… American Style: A$ .7555, kiwi .7269, C$ .7738, euro 1.1393, sterling 1.2873, Swiss $.9668, … European Style: rand 13.3350, krone 8.3460, SEK 8.4387, HUF 270.37, zloty 3.7155, koruna 22.91, RUB 60.35, yen 114.20, sing 1.3855, HKD 7.8138, INR 64.55, China 6.8045, peso 17.94, BRL 3.2795, Dollar Index 96.15, Oil $43.87, 10yr 2.36%, Silver $15.25, Platinum $900.98, Palladium $836.81, and Gold.. $1,207.30

That’s it for today.. Cards take two of three from the Metropolitans this past weekend and head into the All-Star Break under .500 for the first time in 10 years! That’s unacceptable, and when they come back they’ll have 2 weeks to change things or some changes will be made for them! Had a great day yesterday, with friends, and partial family in the backyard, watching the ballgame from the pool!  Son Andrew commented that “you know it’s hot when dad’s in the pool” Ambrosia takes us to the finish line today with their song: Holdin’ On To Yesterday… And with that, It’s time to go… I hope you have a Marvelous Monday, and Be Good To Yourself!

 

 

 

 

It’s A Jobs Jamboree Friday!

Chuck Butler’s: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

7/7/17

  • Currencies continue to rebound…
  • G-20 begins today…
  • Former RBI Gov talks about Gold…
  • What will the BLS have for us today?

 

Good Day… And a Happy Friday to one and all! My infusion confusion isn’t that bad today, so I’ll carry on in normal fashion this morning… The summer heat has arrived! There are a few things that I like about the summer heat, but only 2 that I should talk about here… 1. It’s not cold!, and 2. the sun normally shines!  The Gin Blossoms greet me this morning with their song: Until I Fall Away…

It’s been a strange week with two Mondays and all, and in the currencies we had Monday and Tuesday with dollar strength, and then a recovery of the currencies the rest of the week. I told you that the “dollar day” wouldn’t last long, and it didn’t! You see, the sentiment has changed toward the dollar, and traders are no longer believing what the Fed is telling them, that the economy is ready to take off and inflation will rise…

So, the sentiment toward the dollar has or is being switched to the euro, and soon a new weak dollar trend will be in place. I say that with full conviction because if you’ve watched the dollar’s reaction to data prints, you can see it all there…  The dollar has failed to gain (except on Monday with the strong ISM report) most days when it should have because of data prints that aren’t weak, but when weak data does print, the dollar gets sold…

The currencies are being led to higher values by the Big Dog, euro, which has climbed back above the 1.14 level this morning. The little dogs (other currencies) are all ready to jump off the porch and join the Big Dog in a chase the dollar down the street game…

Today is a Jobs Jamboree for June…  I told you yesterday that the forecast for the report is 177,000 jobs created in June…  No great shakes, and no reason to write home about it! And the dollar will most likely get sold, because in 9 of the 10 last Jobs Jamboree Fridays the dollar has gotten sold, even when the jobs report was better than expected!

Maybe currency traders have gotten the memo from me that the BLS Jobs report is trumped up by hedonic adjustments to the survey, with the Birth/ Death Model the biggest and worst hedonic adjustment there is! And I’m the only analyst/ newsletter writer that talks about this stuff… They call me: Lone Wolf, HA! (actually they call me Looney Tunes! HA!)

For those of you new to class, I don’t care about the BLS jobs report any longer, because it’s not even close to being right. But there are things that I’ve always pointed out as more important parts of the Jobs Jamboree than how many jobs the BLS “created”… And that is the Average Hourly Earnings, the Avg. Hourly Work Weeks, and most important of all … The Labor Participation Rate…

The G-20 summit begins today in Europe…  This ought to be an even more interesting summit because President Trump is attending it! We’ll find out on Sunday when the communique’ is issued that tells us what G-20 ministers decided on… I have to say that more comes from the G-20 meetings than the G-7 meetings, so maybe we’ll see something about how to deal with N. Korea…

I’m afraid though that they will spend an inordinate amount of time attempting to get the U.S. to return to the Paris Climate Accord…  We’ve said we’re leaving, can’t they just leave it at that?

You know… I had a dream last night that I was a car’s muffler…  and I woke up exhausted! HAHHAHAHAHA!

OK, enough on G-20, let’s talk about Gold… The shiny metal saw a “nothing day” yesterday, with little volume and a price change of only $1.70 to the downside, and close at $1,225.00l. Gold is down another $2 in the early morning trading today, and I’m still scratching my balding head and trying to figure out how in the world Gold didn’t rally on Monday when the antics of N. Korea were confirmed!  And then all the saber rattling that’s going on since N. Korea successfully fired an ICBM..  Where’s the bid?

I saw a graph on Ed Steer’s letter this morning that showed the Gold demand from the Silk Road countries of: India, Turkey, Russia and China… and it’s quite impressive…  I tried to move the graph here, but it exploded my letter and I had to start all over again! UGH! So, I’m guessing it was “user error” and not software, so I’ll have to find out from the guy who created the site how to do that!

And the price of Oil slipped further in the past 24 hours… This would be very telling about the future of the price of Oil, should this slide continue before the price of Oil was able to rebound to $50… I’m worried about the financialization of Oil… All those junk bonds issued to finance the debts of the Shale Producers…

The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday, had the Trade Deficit for May, and came in at $46.5 Billion deficit…  And get this… the ADP Employment Report only showed 158,000 jobs added in June…  The ADP report is supposed to be the appetizer for the Jobs Jamboree, so if that holds true, the Jobs report would show less than the forecast 177,000 jobs created in June…  Uh-Oh!  But fear not, for Dudley Do-Right is here! No wait! I mean the BLS is here to add jobs to their surveys out of thin air, so there will be no “bad employment report”, not on the BLS’s watch!

Today’s Data Cupboard is all about the Jobs Jamboree, but… not to worry.. next week’s Data Cupboard is stocked to the brim with data prints!

Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to highlight this quote by the former Gov. of the Reserve Bank of India, Y.V. Reddy…  He comes out and states that Central Banks fear Gold…   Let’s listen in to his comments… “Gold has the characteristics of a currency, competing with the official currency as a form of savings or a store of value. It is a commodity by definition — but its links with the financial sector provoke central bank concerns.”

I’ve got something for you on this for next week folks… You’ll want to make sure you come back and read it, because it’s going to blow the doors off the naysayers regarding Gold manipulation…

For What It’s Worth…  I saw this on MarketWatch, and thought, why not highlight it in the FWIW section today? it’s about how even low-income families spend money on luxuries… It can be found here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/low-income-families-spend-40-of-their-money-on-luxuries-2017-06-28?link=MW_popular

Or, here’s your snippet: “It turns out that all Americans, regardless of income, spend a large percentage of their income on what economists categorize as luxuries.

Even the lowest income families (the bottom 5th of earners) spend 40% on luxuries and 60% on necessities, according to the study’s author: Torsten Slok, chief international economist for Deutsche Bank Securities.”

Chuck again… Pretty interesting don’t you think?

Currencies today 7/7/12… American Style: A$ .7588, kiwi .7281, C$ .7743, euro 1.1415, sterling 1.2913, Swiss $ .9620, … European Style: rand 13.4360, krone 8.3860, SEK 8.4355, HUF 269.92, zloty 3.7097, koruna 22.8709, RUB 60.07, yen 113.67, sing 1.3818, HKD 7.8107, INR 64.67, China 6.8015, peso 18.22, BRL 3.2941 Dollar Index 95.92, Oil $44.30, 10-year 2.38%, Silver $15.83, Platinum $905.77, Palladium $838.50, and Gold… $1,221.10

That’s it for today…  A nice day game win for my beloved Cardinals yesterday… I was wishing I was there yesterday, instead of in the infusion center! Do we have another swimming prodigy in the family? Little Braden Charles sure has taken to the water and his dad (the swim coach) has him swimming in races, and he’s doing quite well! Way to go Braden! Of course that could all change tomorrow, when his interests change… I’m well aware of how this all works, with three kids having gone through it all before. Little Delaney Grace is in a community play’s rendition of Fiddler On The Roof, I’ll be there to watch her, I just love her to pieces!  OK… I don’t know how this worked out like it did, but we ended yesterday with a Johnny Rivers song, and look who’s taking us to the finish line again today… Johnny Rivers singing his song: Poor Side of Town…  And with that it’s time to get off the bus this week, and send you on your way to having a Fantastico Friday! Be Good To Yourself!