As the dollar continues to weaken this morning, the price of gold is seen in positive territory, sitting at the higher end of the most recent trading range. A triple top in the gold chart right above the $1,270 level is the next hurtle for the price of gold to surpass.
I believe the market has taken into account that they will raise rates 25 basis points at the next Fed meeting to be held on June 13th-14th. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainaed said Tuesday that a rate hike is “likely appropriate soon,” but slowing inflation could change that. Also joining the ranks of speaking between Fed meetings was Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan who said he does not think the economy is about to take off. According to the CME FED Watch Tool, December which had shown some strength for the next anticipated rate hike is now below 50 percent. The most recent numbers on inflation released yesterday show core inflation at just 1.5 percent, well below the 2 percent target rate that the FED is looking for. So once again the Fed has a way OUT whichever path they choose, as they can now justify raising rates or holding off.
Greece in the news again
Greece Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos warned Brussels that a Greek recovery will not happen if they block a debt deal at the next meeting of the Euro Finance Ministers. Tsakalotos said, “It is incumbent on all sides to find a solution. Currently Greece has over 7.5 billion Euro debt repayments due in July and unless we get some help we will default on our obligations and plunge Greece into a deeper recession.”
The Greek debt problem has been going on for seven years now and even with a triple bailout they still are in need of another. Creditors are calling for further pension cuts and continued austerity measures
as Greek pensions have already been cut by 18 percent. Greek debt continues to increase and is currently at 314 billion Euro or 180 percent of their Gross Domestic product. When will their problems ever end?
Other Euro Zone News
Since the elections in Holland and France are over, most European investors are feeling a lot better that
the chances of any other country leaving the EU have been taken off the table. Nonetheless, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Monday that the EU still needs substantial stimulus. Some EU countries are calling for Draghi to start a strategy exiting the bank’s Bond purchases. Draghi, as well as our Fed President Janet Yellen, still sees a 2 percent inflation target rate needing to be reached before raising interest rates and cutting back on monetary policy.
We continue to share these off shores stories with you because the news that impacts the price of gold
can come from anywhere around the globe and not just here in the US.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
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