Keep Watching The Bond Market

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Tue, Mar 20, 2012 - 11:21am

The past week has seen some rather sharp selloffs in the U.S. treasury market. Is "Operation Twist" failing? Will we soon see a resumption of overt quantitative easing?

Diligent Turdites will recall that we've been discussing this possibility for months. For me, the key to correctly anticipating the resumption of overt QE is found in watching movements of long-term interest rates. As often stated here, The Federal Reserve cannot allow interest rates to rise. Keeping rates low and funding the federal budget deficit are the two, primary goals of quantitative easing. Therefore, dropping bond prices (higher interest rates) signal that more QE (Fed buying on bonds) is necessary.

Well, what to make of these charts? We know from reviewing the long-term charts of the 10-year and the Long Bond that previous drops in price preceded the announcement of QE1 and QE2. We're almost there again. The 10-year is now perched precariously above the all-important 127.50 level and the Long Bond just had it's initial test-and-hold of support at 135. Note that, prior to these latest drops, the bond and the note had been in rather tight ranges since the Fed began "Operation Twist" in September of last year.

With bond prices being near these critical levels and having gotten there so quickly, we almost have to expect a rally here. The question then becomes: What happens next? I'd expect 127.50 and 135 to hold for a while longer but, if those levels fail, QE3 should be right around the corner. Already, there are some folks out there who think that The Fed will announce QE3 in April or June. https://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-10-05/probability-map-morgan-stanleys-vincent-reinhart-still-says-75-chance-fed-qe3 If rates keep rising, those pundits will be proven correct.

The current beatdown in the metals began inexplicably last evening. Whenever you see gold drop seven or eight bucks, out of the blue, on no news, at 9:00 pm EST, you know that a raid is coming. Lo and behold...we got one. Gold reached all the way down to $1640 overnight and silver touched $32. That the selloffs ended there should be no surprise to anyone as those are currently our two main, short-term support levels. For now, the pressure is off but there's really no reason to get excited just yet. The metals remain in their recent ranges. Gold between $1640 and $1670, silver between $32 and $33. Once the metals pop UP and out of those ranges, the bottoms will be set and we can begin to get excited again. Until then, I'm waiting patiently just in case one more leg down toward $1625 and $31 develops.

I hope you have a fun and stress-free Tuesday. TF

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  218 Comments

Apples
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:33pm

Glad some folks could make

Glad some folks could make use of the SilverTowne promo, it is not often you see really nice promotions in the bullion dealer space so you have to take advantage when you see them.

beardeus
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:34pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

Just permanently deleted my Facebook.

zilverreiger
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:37pm

@beardeus

you have to block all access to FB for atleast two weeks in order to be removed from the frontend now.

recaptureamerica
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:38pm

Major EQ in Mexico near where

Major EQ in Mexico near where presidents daughter is..

beardeus
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:40pm

@ zilverreiger

I read that. I'm not sure what that means exactly. I know that I can't log in for two weeks or it comes back. I don't own s smart phone or iPad. The only thing I am worried about is maybe viewing an online article where I've commented and it automatically logging on?

Number 47
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:46pm

@beardeus

Welcome back to normality, I did mine some time ago, they sure don't make it easy, do they?

Patrancus
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:47pm

Exbroker

Are we kidding ourselves if we think we are in control of any of this? I think so, Peace

Blue Sky
Mar 20, 2012 - 2:52pm

Sandstorm Gold

Commons and warrants both brave salmons touching new highs for both today. Stop complaining about your miners and buy some of this terrific stock stillin its infancy. Once they make it to the AMEX all bets are off.

Silver Meddler
Mar 20, 2012 - 3:00pm

Silvertowne

I took advantage of the SilverTowne "spring" sale today too. The 10 pc "our choice" medallions seemed like the best deal for the amount I wanted.

ActionFive
Mar 20, 2012 - 3:13pm

Trolling in the air

But this article says something comes after April 1st.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/are-big-crude-price-swings-coming

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