Saturday, August 22, 2009
1. COT report. This report shows that commercial traders -- generally believed to be "smart money" traders involved in day-to-day operations of the commodity in question -- are short gold. The commercial traders are increasingly short while others are increasingly long; in such a scenario, when the non-commercials run out of fuel in their trend, they will start liquidating, and the commercials can see this as an opportunity to add to their short positions and push the market further down.
Below is the chart that illustrates. (more)
It has not particularly alarmed Americans that its growth and prosperity have been built upon debt. The American public is a bit desensitized, particularly since the Y2K threat fizzled. We must wait and see how Americans respond to the upcoming FDIC report.
The following charts tell the story. There are roughly 8400 American banks that set aside a small portion of their profits to aggregately insure bank depositors should their local bank fail. A plethora of bank failures has depleted the FDIC reserve fund from $52.8 billion in 2008 to $13 billion in the 1st Quarter of 2009. (See chart below) (more)
I’ve made no secret about my view on U.S. bonds and the U.S. dollar …
I’ve minced no words, and cut no corners …
Instead, I have given you specific, consistent guidance on those fronts: Namely stay the heck away from long-term Treasuries and hedge yourself against the government’s unofficial policy of trashing the greenback.
It started last year in my December 5 Money and Markets column, when I issued the most strident warning I’ve EVER released on bond prices. I labeled long-term Treasuries “the biggest bubble of all” and warned you that … (more)