The price of Gold and Silver under extreme pressure because of a much stronger dollar this morning.
A 25 basis point hike and the indication that there will be three more rate hikes in 2017 has really crushed the longs overnight. Previous strong physical buying in the Eurozone dried up in an instant as more sellers than buyer were reported.
The dollar index overnight reached a 14-year high and the Euro reached its lowest level since 2003.
Much higher bond yields also hitting the metals with a knockout punch. Ten-year yield treasuries hit a high overnight of 2.64 percent.
The gold ETFs yesterday saw very strong redemptions, down almost 400,000 ounces. At this moment our markets just look like a fire sale.
Even Ms. Yellen’s somewhat conservative comments did nothing to calm our markets after the comments were shared with the press. The consensus from the Voting Members of the FOMC seems to be let’s just keep raising rates till we get to normal which the Chairwoman said was a FED fund rate of three percent.
We all know that the Ms. Yellen is a dove and her outlook for future rate hikes will be data dependent. With the strong backlash from her peers, it looks like she will be under the gun to go with the crowd.
Nonetheless. the market is indicating that in 2017 much higher interest rates are in the cards. But if you remember in December 2015, when the Fed raised the rate 25 basis points, some Fed Presidents were calling for 5 rate hikes in 2016 which we all know never materialized.
The difference this year is the “TRUMP PHENOMENA.” It’s really too early to tell how his policies will affect the dollar and interest rates going forward.
The equity market exuberance is something we have never witnessed before. The question is, where will this end? The buying frenzy is at such an emotional point, it seems common sense and fundamentals are being ignored by the majority of equity investors.
So let’s stop, take a breath, remove the emotions and look at the total picture. Where do go from here? First of all, it seems that both the equity market and the precious metal market got ahead of themselves. Now that the Fed decision is out of the way, it’s time to relax and focus on what we can expect from the markets in 2017.
The next Fed meeting is not scheduled till February and the CME WATCH tool gives the chance of another rate hike at only 6 percent. The next meeting after that will be in March and the CME WATCH Tool gives
the possibility of a rate hike then at 25 percent. A possibility of a rate hike in May at 33 percent and I share one more in June at 51 percent.
So my take is, without more definitive information on future rate hikes and what affect Trump’s policies will have on our economy, it’s time for the price of gold and silver to settle down.
We have taken a big blow to the head, now it’s time to shake out the butterflies, settle down at these levels and give the market some time to reevaluate where the price of gold and silver should be.
Have a wonderful Thursday.
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