After their obvious and deliberate attempt to manipulate the bond market these past 48 hours, I think it has become clear that The Fed does, indeed, intend to raise the Fed Funds rate when they meet in two weeks. Why they are doing this and what they hope to accomplish is what we attempt to explain in this podcast.
I've claimed all along that The Fed CANNOT raise the FF rate, if anything because they would flatten the yield curve and worsen the economy even more. This manipulative move in treasuries is quite clearly an attempt to raise long rates in order to give The Fed "room" to raise short rates...so, when taken together, there is no discernable change to the slope of the curve. The move to raise long rates also helps the BoJ and the ECB, as we explain in this podcast.
The proof is in the pudding and you can see what is happening in these three charts:
But The Fed is playing a VERY dangerous game in their attempts to manage EVERY market. They've attempted to directly and indirectly influence the stock market since February 11 of this year. We'll have to see now if their gamble pays off.
And with rising rates and a rising POSX/USDJPY, you can be assured that the metals are going to continue to feel considerable pressure. Gold might/should hang in there better than silver as it will begin to receive some "safe haven" bids. I think a tradable low is coming again soon. Silver on the other hand may soon see $18.50 fail in a test of $18.00. IF THAT HAPPENS...and it doesn't necessarily HAVE TO, it's just a possibility...the chart below shows that we might have a tradable low there, too.
Anyway, this is all VERY complex and I don't know if I did a decent job of explaining myself. If you find all of this confusing, we can always try again on Monday. In the meantime, there are those out there that have claimed that any further rate hikes will bring about financial catastrophe and derivative failure and market collapses. At this point, given what we've observed over the past 48 hours, I'm afraid we're about to find out if those people are right.
Have a nice weekend.