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No Easy Way Out

Now that new Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has taken the reigns, investors seem to be getting a sense that the central bank is not likely to deviate from its previous course under Janet Yellen. The central bank is still sticking with three possible rate hikes for this year, and the possibility of a fourth or perhaps larger hike are also on the table. The central bank now finds itself in a very difficult, if not impossible, situation. It has to attempt to control accelerating inflation... Continue Reading

Is Gold Waiting on the Fed?

Price action in gold recently has seen some significant whipsaws. Given the numerous bullish issues that could serve as the backdrop for a sustained rally higher, many investors may be wondering what might be driving the current selling pressure and volatile price action. Could it be the Fed? The Trump administration has been moving closer to a decision on who the next Fed Chair may be. Although current Chairwoman Janet Yellen may still be in the running, rumor has it that President Trump is leaning... Continue Reading

Will Tax Cuts Weigh on Gold?

The Senate has voted and passed a budget plan that could potentially pave the way for significant U.S. tax cuts. The House plans to take up the budget blueprint (approved by the Senate 51-49) as early as next week. A quick passage through the House could enable a tax cut plan to move forward expeditiously. The initial reaction being seen on Friday is dollar strength and gold weakness. That’s all it is, however, a knee-jerk reaction. Whether or not tax cuts might weigh on gold... Continue Reading

Did the Fed Leave a Bad Taste in Some Mouths?

In our previous post, we discussed the potential implications of another rate hike from the Fed. The central bank’s decision to raise rates another 25 basis points seems to have left many wondering about the bank’s endgame-and some have even gone so far as to suggest that the Fed needs to unwind the current system of fiat currency. In a recent interview with Kitco.com, Ron Paul stated that Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen should be working with the government to “unwind the system of fiat currency”... Continue Reading

So What if the Fed Hikes?

The idea of rising interest rates has been pondered by markets for some time. Given some recent commentary, it seems that the pace of rate hikes could potentially be even faster than originally anticipated. Speaking on Friday in Chicago, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen reiterated that an interest rate hike “would likely be appropriate” if the economy remained on track. Her comments come after several other central bank officials have also made more hawkish comments about the economy and pace of interest rate hikes. The central... Continue Reading

Rising Inflation

The gold market may potentially be benefiting from rising price pressures, among other things. The yellow metal has performed well in recent weeks, and has been on the stronger side of the ledger even in spite of stocks making fresh all-time highs and the dollar index remaining higher. This week saw some key inflation data that showed price pressures are on the rise. On Wednesday, the latest reading on the Consumer Price Index showed a rise of .6 percent last month, well above consensus estimates... Continue Reading