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Fri, Sep 16, 2011 - 9:46am

Gold is recovering today and is actually green on my screen. Wow! How unusual! Let's see if we can rally today and crawl back above 1800 before we call it a week. There's been some very interesting "news" rolling around for the last 24 hours and I wanted to take a minute to give you my non-educated opinion.

The crux of the matter is summarized quite well below:

https://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ambroseevans-pritchard/100011987/china-to-liquidate-us-treasuries-not-dollars/

Between these comments and the wikileaks cables, one can quickly conclude that the Chinese are considering (if not already actively engaging in) further "diversification" of their vast U.S. treasury holdings. In the article above, Mr. Pritchard makes this sound as if there will be some happy and pleasant side effects of these moves. "Don't worry", he seems to say, "those dollars will flow into hard assets like stocks, land and gold". As if it's a zero-sum, no-big-deal event. On this point, he is dreadfully wrong.

As you know, I have long maintained that the real purpose of Quantitative Easing is not to promote economic growth. It is to promote low interest rates. Remember how rates on U.S. treausries are set...through auctions. Simply stated, if you need to borrow $50B and there are no takers at 2%, then you have to try 3%. If no one wants your bonds at 3%, then maybe they'll take them at 4%. Low or no demand means higher interest rates. Period.

With U.S. borrowing needs at all-time high levels, the rest of the world must be induced to buy treasuries. But, rates cannot be allowed to rise. As Mark Steyn points out in his new book, if long-term rates were to return to 5.7% (the average for the period 1990-2010), debt service projections for 2015 would increase from $290B to $850B! Additionally, the only "way out" of our current fiscal disaster is to magically increase tax revenues through economic growth. A return to higher rates would stifle and crush any potential "recovery".

So, what's a Boy Wonder to do? The answer: MORE QE MORE QE MORE QE.

The U.S. has managed to cover its necessary funding needs since June by managing the headlines. Have you noticed that nearly every time a treasury auction arises or the POSX moves down toward critical support, some type of intervention takes place. Whether it's a foreign central bank devaluing their currency or a rash of suddenly scary headlines out of Europe, events seem perfectly timed to keep money flowing into treasuries. This can work in the short-term and it obviously has. The yield on the 10-year note has actually declined since the end of QE2 in June. This won't and can't continue. A recent study from the University of Wisconsin showed that, by 2020, U.S. funding needs will soak up nearly 20% of the total annual global GDP! Do you really think that that is possible? There can be no world GDP when world economic growth is crushed under that type of debt burden.

But, that's in the future. What about the near term? Eventually, rates will rise when buyers (like China) disappear. Faced with an immediate funding crisis, QE will resume with vigor. Left with no other government funding option, the Federal Reserve will be forced into creating trillions of new greenback, simply to keep the social security checks flowing, the doctors paid and the military shooting. The dollar will resume its long-term decline into obscurity.

In the end, all of the central bank intervention in the world will not be able to suppress the global demand for true safe haven financial protection. Gold will rise to heights that even you, my dear reader, may currently think are unattainable. Silver will most certainly come along for the ride. Therefore, do not be fearful. If you use the time left to prepare...mentally, financially and spiritually...you will survive, and even prosper, in the days ahead.

Here are your updated charts. Unfortunately, both have taken on the appearance of range-bound markets. This can be managed as it affords us the clear opportunity to buy at the bottom of the range and sell at the top but it certainly isn't as much fun as runaway efforts to the upside. For today, don't get too excited until/unless either metal is able to firmly trade through the blue trendlines I've drawn inside the ranges.

I'm going to be away and unavailable for most of the day today so, just as John said to Yoko, "looks like you're on your Ono". I will be monitoring things from afar, however, and will attempt to update if conditions warrant. Have a great day and a relaxing weekend! TF

p.s. Another preparatory move for the opening of PAGE:

https://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/16/cjina-gold-idUSL3E7KG1IG20110916

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  520 Comments

reefman
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:52am

IMHO we are going to start

IMHO we are going to start the next ascent very soon - especially since the FOMC is meeting next week. Look for higher prices SOON!

Shill
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:53am

Sloppy thirds :)

Sloppy thirds :)

Hoping to learn
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:57am

first

Could it be

It has been a long time reading and thinking about the wonderful and insightful advice shared on this board, and from time to time I feel like contributing only to see my views and thoughts display by a post further down the list. Sometimes I re-read my post and delete because it is not worthy, But today I at least accomplished a milestone of sorts for me......FIRST

Thank you turd for all you do and keep up the great work !

ewc58
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:57am

I'm going Mano a Ono

Ok, for some levity, you just knew Stewart would pick up on Solyndra, right?

Jon Stewart Brings Solyndra Mainstream: "That Custom Tailored Obama Scandal You Ordered Is Finally Here"

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/16/2011 - 09:47 Fox News Goldman Sachs goldman sachs Jon Stewart White House

The biggest scandal to rock the White House since Bill Clinton needed a refresher on the definition of the word "the" has gone fully mainstream after Jon Stewart dedicated his segment last night to "That Custom Tailored Obama Scandal You Ordered." His summary: "Fox News call your doctor, because the erection you currently have is going to last longer than 4 hours." Spot on. One thing is missing, however: someone should advise Jon that the missing link, Goldman Sachs, is also, and quite naturally, involved.

madgstrader
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:58am
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Sep 16, 2011 - 9:58am

Say Hi to Santa for us in Tanzania...

Just guessing that's where you're headed. How cool would that be?

Someday, someday.

beinki
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:58am

Protect your silver from zombie bankers

Hiding your family and silver from the ZOMBIE BANKERS
Shill
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:58am

9:57a September UMich

  1. 9:57a

    September UMich consumer sentiment rises to 57.8

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Sep 16, 2011 - 10:01am

Obama is toast...

...if the MSM shows turn on him. It's starting by the looks of it.

Jon Stewart, Colbert, Letterma, Kimmel etc. can't be underestimated. And then we have El Rushbo starting to pound away. Love it!

Shill
Sep 16, 2011 - 10:03am

http://www.marketwatch.com/st

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/september-umich-consumer-sentiment-ris...

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- A gauge of consumer sentiment rose to 57.8 in the preliminary reading for September after tumbling to a nearly three-year low 55.7 in August, according to Friday reports on the gauge from Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a slight rise to 57.3 with stock volatility and weak employment maintaining downward pressure on consumers' sentiment. In August, sentiment had reached the lowest level since November 2008 with Washington's protracted debt-ceiling negotiations taking a toll on consumers. The sentiment reading, which covers how consumers view their personal finances as well as business and buying conditions, averaged about 87 in the year before the start of the most recent recession.

From 55.7 to 57.8...nothing to get to excited about here. NOW GO SHOPPING! :)

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