At the time of this report early Friday morning, the US Dollar and Treasury yields are flat as they can be, subsequently, so is the price of gold. The price of Gold has been standing still of late, building a foundation in the price.
With the absence of any significant news I expect the price of Gold to remain range bound for the time being between $1,270 and $1,300 dollars.
There are three things I will be watching: the U.S. Dollar, U.S. Treasury yields and the Equity markets. For the price of Gold to break out of the trap it is in, I expect it would take a significant move in any of the three markets I’ve mentioned. Otherwise, I just continue my wait and see posture until some significant news emerges.
Will Janet Yellen be giving her last speech as Fed Chairwoman today at the Central Banks annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? The topic of her speech will be on financial stability and most market watchers don’t expect her to say anything of significance on the economy.
The president hasn’t given any indication of whether she will stay on or step down when her term is up in February.
I’m sure everyone has heard of the card game “Texas Hold’em”. If you will allow me to change the name to “Washington Hold’em, I’ll begin.
First let me share with you the participants at the table.
- The first spot at the table is President Trump with his cabinet behind him in the audience.
- Next to the President in the second chair is Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican Party behind him in the audience.
- In the third seat is Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with the rest of the Democratic Party sitting behind her in the audience.
- In the fourth seat is a representative from the Gold Market with all the Gold Investors behind the representative in the audience.
For our game, Anthony Scaramucci is both the dealer and announcer. Ok, now that we have laid out the landscape, the game begins. But, just as the game starts, an argument breaks out over who should be the first to ante up.
SCARAMUCCI: “Let’s just start the game without the anti.”
Anthony deals out two cards to each player. But just before everyone looks at their cards—
TRUMP: “I raise.”
PELOSI: “You can’t raise! No one has bet yet.”
TRUMP: “I’m the President I can do whatever I want.”
SCARAMUCCI: “Enough already! Let’s just play the game.”
For the audience looking at everyone’s cards through the TV monitor, we see that the President has a pair of aces. Paul Ryan has two Kings. Nancy Pelosi has two Queens. And the Gold market representative has an Ace of Hearts and a King of Hearts.
Up until this point, no one realizes that Chuck Schumer actually provided the deck of cards. Cleverly, on the outside of each card, Schumer has labeled them with the current legislative topics: Tax Reform, Health Care, Debt Ceiling and Infrastructure.
TRUMP: “I’m all in!”
RYAN: “Me, too!”
PELOSI: “Count me in as well…”
GOLD REP: “That makes all of us!”
SCARAMUCCI: “OK, everyone’s all in, so here comes ‘the flop’.”
Scaramucci reveals the three cards on the table to the players. The cards are the Ace of Diamonds, the King of Diamonds and the Queen of Hearts.
From the audience, Chuck Schumer yells out to Pelosi to raise the President.
PELOSI: “I can’t Chuck, I’m all in!”
SCHUMER: “Raise him anyway!”
Scaramucci then yells out some choice words to Chuck Schumer and asks security to remove him. Schumer is escorted out by a guy wearing an “ICE“ t-shirt and the game continues.
Scaramucci deals the next card…it’s a Jack of Hearts. For the first time since the game began, no one says a word.
SCARAMUCCI: “OK, folks–here is the last card, it’s a Ten of Hearts.”
Everyone remains frozen, as no one wants to go first, but each player believes they hold the best hand.
The Gold representative realizes no one can beat his hand, yet says nothing.
SCARAMUCCI: “Come on people, someone has to show their hand.”
President Trump looks at the back of everyone’s cards and sees the four critical issues facing this nation and he simply can’t budge. Speaker Paul Ryan, not wanting to embarrass the President, also doesn’t move. And out of the blue from the audience, Hillary Clinton yells to Nancy Pelosi, “Don’t show them your hand!”
Now, maybe you can see why I changed the name of the game in the first place from Texas Hold’em to Washington Hold’em. This card game represents what Washington is doing. They’re holding all the cards—be it tax reform, healthcare, infrastructure and debt ceiling and nobody is willing to reveal their hands.
In the meantime, the markets believe this as well—because the President thinks he’s holding the winning hand. It will only be when the market realizes he can’t beat the Gold Rep’s hand that everyone will rotate their positions out of stocks and into gold. The game is over, yet we are frozen in time, with everyone hoping they have they hold the best hand. In the meantime, we all know a Royal Flush will trump the President’s hand. That will result in the Gold Rep with a Royal Flush taking the huge pot and winning the game.
Have a wonderful Friday.
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