Post-Bernank Post

Wed, May 22, 2013 - 4:04pm

Sure. Fine. Whatever. Taper this, you lying sack of MOPE!

I think it's pretty funny that in The Bernank's "prepared remarks", there was language that caused the metals to rally...all the way up to a London PM fix of $1408.50. Then, because of some political posturing Q&A, the metals immediately turned around and headed back to unchanged. And then went lower. And lower still. And when the FOMC minutes were released at 2:00, you'd have thought that The Bernank had personally reneged and decided to in fact sell $85B in bonds every month going forward.

The only "tapering" I saw today was the shiny point on the top of LIESman's head. Other than that, nothing has changed. But, of course, that doesn't matter. What matters is that the HFTs and the EE are in charge and the paper price of metal is all over the place. What's next? Well, as posited yesterday, there remains a possibility for a stop-running drop through the $1320 lows of April 15. IF that can be pulled off, we'll see $1280-1290 real quick. The key level to watch is $1350. Price has rebounded from there several times in the past 5 weeks as it seems to be a level of considerable physical demand. Watch $22 in silver, too. It was support, then resistance and now it is support again. If it falls, we'll see $21 again before you can say "unallocated ponzi scheme".

Providing some hope is copper but, in this age of total reality disconnect, who can say for sure that a rally from DrC really means anything at all?

We have another CoT report due on Friday and we now have the numbers upon which the report will be based. For the reporting week, gold was down $47 and, though open interest fell by 7,000 just yesterday, total OI still managed to grow by about 2,300 contracts. In silver, though price fell about 93¢ for the week, OI also rose by nearly 4,000. It certainly would appear that this week's CoT will once again paint an increasingly bullish picture. We'll see.

Speaking of the CoT, one of our resident experts on the subject is JakeBlues. Jake posted a different sort of comment to the earlier thread and I thought it deserved attention here. Read this and note the very interesting correlation Jake discovered between the yield of the 10-year note and silver prices.

Lastly, just a few words about this "tapering" nonsense. First of all, as you know, the Fed cannot and will not end QE. They can't do it without driving interest rates well beyond untenable levels and, by doing so, they would bring about the rapid downfall of the current political/government and banking system. For example, if the current interest on the national debt is $445B/year at 3% interest and a 5-year average maturity, what would be the interest cost at 6%? Or 8%? And how much additional borrowing would be needed to carry these costs and offset the drop in tax revenues that would come with the slowing economy that higher rates would bring?

Furthermore, all of the "tapering" discussion centers upon the overall QE number of $85B/month. It must be noted, however, that the current QE plan is divided into two parts:

  • $40B/month directly funneled to Primary Dealer banks through the 100¢ on the $1 purchase of near-worthless Mortgage Backed Securities, left dying on their balance sheets from the Great Financial Crisis of 2008.
  • $45B/month of direct monetization of U.S. Treasury debt.

What if the "tapering" that is being mentioned only applies to the corporate welfare MBS purchases? What if the Fed were to scale these back a little? They could cut the MBS purchases in half and claim "monetary prudence", all the while the direct monetization effort would continue unabated. Sure, there'd be less money left over each day to pump into the ES but there would still be $65B/month or almost $800B/year to prop up the treasury market. That sure sounds precious metal-negative, doesn't it?

Anyway, the moral of the story is: DON'T FALL FOR THE SPIN AND MOPE. Use your brain and your God-given gift of good sense. The End of The Great Keynesian Experiment continues to unfold in front of us. Keep using this time to prepare accordingly.


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May 22, 2013 - 4:09pm

Riff-Raffle update

We are now up to an impressive list of over 30 prizes, including not one but two 1-ounce gold coins. Pretty cool stuff.

May 22, 2013 - 4:11pm

2nd? or is it 1st

Turd is always first. I'll take the second.

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May 22, 2013 - 4:15pm

Oh my God Oh my God!!!

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May 22, 2013 - 4:15pm

Regarding Tapering /TF

Edit: Just posted this in previous thread before this one. (figures)


Couldn't agree more regarding your comments

It wouldn't take much to spin and satisfy the markets/ politicians/ citizens and the MSM with MOPE about billons in reductions in Fed spending even if it wasn't a significant or a vital reduction.

It's all about MOPE.

The flip side of that is the USD will get stronger if the perception is US belt tightening and budget/deficit reduction etc.

They might reduce and gradually taper QE/MBS with one hand while doing something different or unnoticed with the other hand.

Like reducing the MBS by $15-20 Bln yet increase the UST monetization by $5-10 bln for a net overall MOPE reduction of approx $120 annually if the MBS reduction nets out to $10 bln/month.

They'll spin the big number hard one way while giving quiet reasoning on the other hand for the UST purchases.

MOPE magicians.

May 22, 2013 - 4:16pm

5 ?




The Watchman
May 22, 2013 - 4:16pm
May 22, 2013 - 4:17pm

top ten!!

Yeah baby.

May 22, 2013 - 4:18pm


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May 22, 2013 - 4:22pm

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May 22, 2013 - 4:23pm

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