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Markets Can’t Have Cake and Eat it Too

The phrase “have your cake and eat it too” is commonly used to describe a situation in which people want the best of both worlds, or perhaps want to have two or more things that are incompatible. It can also be used to describe when people want more than what might be considered reasonable. The phrase simply alludes to the fact that you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Once you have eaten the cake, you can no longer have it. This is... Continue Reading

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6 Reasons We Could See a Weaker Dollar

As a dollar-denominated commodity, the gold market can be heavily influenced by strength or weakness in the greenback. Dollar strength may weigh on gold as it makes the metal relatively more expensive for foreign buyers, while a weaker dollar may boost the price of gold as it makes the metal relatively less expensive. The relationship between gold and the dollar, and all other paper currencies for that matter, is so important that investors often buy the metal as a hedge against a weaker dollar. Although... Continue Reading

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Has a Bottom Finally Been Reached?

Gold is powering higher on Thursday as a number of issues are giving the yellow metal a boost. With gold’s recent strong showing, it begs the question of whether or not the metal has finally found a significant bottom. For the time being, it appears (in our opinion) that the answer to that question is a “yes.” Since being hammered in the immediate aftermath of the November Trump Presidential election victory, the gold market has been trending higher, and in fact got off to a... Continue Reading

The Dollar Index Could Be at the Cliff’s Edge

The dollar index is a measure of the value of the U.S. Dollar versus a basket of other currencies. When the index is rising, the dollar is appreciating. When the index is declining, the dollar is depreciating. The dollar index is currently near a key previous low that, if breached, could potentially see a significant leg lower in the dollar’s value. That’s right. The greenback is precariously close to seeing what could be a significant decline against a basket of other currencies. And guess what.... Continue Reading

What's Next From Central Banks?

Although the Federal Reserve has recently abandoned its policy of zero interest rates and has put an end to (at least for now) its quantitative easing program, the era of QE and ultralow interest rates around the globe may be far from over. This past week, the Fed announced it would hold interest rates at current levels although a hike or two still remains on the table for June and possibly December. In a surprising move, the Bank of Japan elected this week to do... Continue Reading

Today’s Jobs Report Another Sign of Underlying Weakness

It’s the first Friday of the month and today has brought one of the most key pieces of economic data released each month in the employment situation report. The U.S. Department of Labor reported the country added just 160,000 jobs in April as the unemployment rate ticked up to five percent. This jobs number was significantly less than the consensus estimate of 200,000 jobs created. What might this data tell us? Despite much of the positive talk and rhetoric currently being circulated, the economy may... Continue Reading