The ongoing strengthening of the U.S. dollar could shift the FOMC further into dovish territory. While the labor situation continues to improve, the dollar's recent appreciation has contributed to declines in inflation expectations (based on TIPS breakevens) to multi-year lows.
We had an interesting line-up of guests and topics this week for our premium channel: Ross Hansen discussed gold and our slow move towards a cashless society, Urban Carmel talked about the tech bubble and not to expect such euphoria again, Marc Chandler talked about a multi-year bull market in the dollar, and, lastly, Dan Steffens addressed the energy markets.
Gold experienced a spectacular bull market run from its low at $250 an ounce in 2001 to its peak above $1,900 an ounce in 2011. Its long bull market was largely supported by expectations that the Fed’s easy money policies would create spiraling inflation...
In May we started a recurring monthly review of all the main economic data. At the time, the consensus view was that growth in wages and employment were accelerating and that this would lead to a meaningful increase in inflation above the Fed's 2% target. So far, this has been wrong.
All of the money created by the world’s central banks is looking for a home where it will earn a return — without being eroded by inflation. And right now, its best option is to buy assets denominated in U.S. Dollars.
Solar energy could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050, providing more than a quarter of the Earth’s energy, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
In a recent interview with Financial Sense Newshour, John Kosar at Asbury Research said the market has “more pain to come,” with the major averages likely to fall to their 200-day moving averages. He also believes the dollar is overextended on a short-term basis and may weaken, which will provide a good opportunity for gold traders.
Few financial topics elicit as strong an emotional reaction as inflation. That's probably due to a number of factors including its "hidden tax" nature as well as the seemingly ambiguous process of calculating this illusive figure.
While Bill Gross is capturing headlines today, what carries far greater significance to the market is the action in the junk bond markets. Someone in the space yelled fire at the start of the year and investors have been heading for the exits.
Corporate profit data was released today for the second quarter, showing a broad-based rebound from the weather-induced weakness seen at the beginning of the year. Here's a look at the trend from 2009 in addition to prior market peaks.