A stronger dollar and higher treasury yields are keeping a cap on the price of gold this morning.
It seems to be intermission time in the war of words between President Trump and Kim Jung Un, so many of the Wall Street Traders are on the sidelines waiting the next shoe to drop.
Gold ETFs have seen inflows in the last couple of days reversing a flat to lower trend seen in the last couple of weeks.
Investors are waiting to hear the minutes from the Fed’s last meeting, today at 2 pm EDT, with hopes of getting some sense to when the Fed is expected to raise rates again. Their two percent inflation target rate seems to be the barometer for the next rate hike. I expect that there will be differences of opinions between the members on whether the weak inflation numbers are temporary or a sign of a weakening economy.
Over The Pond
Is the Brexit deal in jeopardy of failure? No one seems to know if Brexit will come to fruition.
In the meantime, the British Government is saying they will impose new VAT and custom duty fees if a Brexit deal can’t be reached by the March 2019 deadline.
Government officials are under a lot of pressure to map out plans for both Brexit and non-Brexit scenarios. Ministers are going forward to publish a customs bill and trade bill to establish UK law and EU trading rules.
UK companies are also scrambling to gather information under both scenarios despite the government’s pledge to make the Brexit as seamless as possible, but the government has acknowledged that the possible two different options on the table will probably bring further confusion for UK companies.
Some hope for business groups came on Monday when the ministers announced that they will seek a two or three year transition period to help with any rules and regulations that are put into effect.
However, the European commission said yesterday they were in no hurry to discuss the UK agenda, despite British business executives’ desires to stay ahead of the game. Their current plan is to start negotiations before the end of the year, because they need to discuss the issues of citizens’ rights and the status of Northern Ireland.
Under the EU’s rules, during the transitional period of the Brexit negotiations with the EU, Britain will still be able to negotiate and sign new trade deals with other countries, but cannot start any actions on the terms of the agreements until Brexit is finalized.
Just reading all of what has to get done seems to be an overwhelming task for all involved. I question if it will all be worth it in the end. I guess there is a majority in the UK that says it is.
Some Food for Thought
I thought I would resurrect a song released by the Temptations in 1971. It seems to fit right in. It’s called Ball of Confusion. Here are the lyrics:
People movin’ out, people movin’ in.
Why, because of the color of their skin.
Run, run, run, but you sho’ can’t hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Vote for me and I’ll set you free
Rap on, brother, rap on.
Well, the only person talkin’ ’bout love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
humiliation, obligation to our nation
Ball Of Confusion that’s what the world is today (yeah, yeah)
The sale of pills is at an all time high
young folks walkin’ ’round with their heads in the sky
Cities aflame in the summer time, and oh the beat goes on
Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
City inspectors, bill collectors,
That’s what the world is today, and the beat goes on.
As a country I wonder how much we have learned in the past 46 years? I’ m afraid to say, NOT MUCH…
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
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