Is The Economy At The Cusp Of The Next Recession…Or Maybe Worse? (Part II)

By Burt Coons (AKA the Plunger) – Re-Blogged From

http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

Part II takes a look at the macro economic backdrop for the trade of the year. Spoiler alert- its not a pretty picture, but don’t think doom and gloom, instead embrace crisis and opportunity! With our understanding of the history of oil we now focus on the macro backdrop for our Big Trade.

When the tide goes out you find out who has been swimming naked”– Warren Buffet

“This time around everything gets revealed in the next recession”-Plunger

In the next recession those leaning the wrong way… the levered players, will be forced to heave out their non-productive assets at fire sale prices. Commodity producers with entrenched costs will have to increase production as lower prices beget even lower prices since insufficient cash flows can only be recovered through higher volume production.

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Depression, Stagflation, Stag-Depress-Flation

By Gary Christenson – Re-Blogged From The Deviant Investor

The United States suffered through a deflationary depression in the 1930s. Stock prices crashed, currency in circulation declined, commodity and real estate prices fell hard and human misery prevailed.

President Roosevelt revalued gold from $20.67 to $35.00 per ounce in 1934 – a substantial devaluation of the dollar. Make-work and government spending programs were implemented. War followed the depression. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Reserve_Act )

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How Prices Get Set

By Ted Butler – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

In the quest to explain something that may be complex into something easily understood, please allow me to reference a recent issue most in the US are now familiar with: i.e. the shocking rise in price for EpiPens, produced by the Mylan drug company. An EpiPen is a life-saving medicine in injectable form for those suffering a food allergy attack. Since many of the victims are children unknowingly ingesting what to them is poison, Epipens are prevalent in schools and have become a vital part of life for many families.

Shocking and persistent price increases of many hundreds of percent over the past several years for a drug that hasn’t changed much had finally reached the boiling point of public and political consciousness and all manner of discussion has erupted. This is not a matter, by any means, limited to Mylan, as there have been many recent cases of skyrocketing prices on a variety of drugs. Having gotten my interest, I was sure that when I looked into the matter, I would discover a case of unbridled greed on the part of Mylan. While I wasn’t disappointed by my preconceptions, I also came away with the opinion that it wasn’t quite as simple as that.

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Silver’s New Bull Market

By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

Silver officially entered a new bull market this week, decisively crossing the necessary +20% threshold.  Speculators and investors alike are returning as awareness spreads of how radically undervalued silver is compared to prevailing gold prices.  When silver awakens to a new bull market after a long bearish slumber, massive gains are usually unleashed.  Silver’s tiny advance so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

This Tuesday, silver surged 4.4% higher on strong Asian bidding in parallel with gold.  The catalyst was fascinating, China finally launching its long-awaited yuan-denominated gold benchmark.  China is the world’s largest gold producer, importer, and consumer, a commanding position that should grant it much bigger say in the gold industry.  The new yuan gold price will ultimately challenge London’s century-old hegemony.

The prospects of more Chinese with their deep cultural affinity for precious metals having easier price discovery and access catapulted silver into bull-market territory.  Its previous best close of 2016 about a week earlier was only 18.5% above its 6.4-year secular low in mid-December leading into the Fed’s first rate hike in 9.5 years.  Tuesday’s big Chinese silver rally boosted this young upleg’s gains to 23.7%.

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Gold Stocks’ Spring Rally

By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The red-hot gold stocks have spent most of March in consolidation mode, grinding sideways near their 2016 highs.  Interestingly this month’s rally pause is par for the course seasonally in gold-stock bull markets.  Like gold itself, this sector tends to slump to a seasonal low in mid-March before embarking on a strong spring rally in April and May.  With gold stocks back in a bull, their seasonality warrants consideration.

Seasonality is the tendency for prices to exhibit recurring patterns at certain times during the calendar year.  While seasonality doesn’t drive price action, it quantifies annually-repeating behavior driven by sentiment, technicals, and fundamentals.  We humans are creatures of habit and herd, which naturally colors our trading decisions.  The calendar year’s passage affects the timing and intensity of buying and selling.

Gold exhibits high seasonality, which seems counterintuitive.  Unlike grown commodities like crops, the mined supply of gold is constant year-round.  But supply is only half of the fundamental supply-demand equation that drives pricing.  Gold’s investment demand happens to be highly seasonal, and that’s what sets gold prices at the margin.  Investors favor gold buying far more at some parts of the year than others.

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Massive Gold Investment Buying

By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Gold’s powerful surge in 2016 has been driven by utterly massive investment buying.  This is a marked sea change from recent years, where investors relentlessly pulled capital out of gold.  But with that dire sentiment reversing, they are rushing back in with a vengeance.  Major investment capital inflows into gold are an exceedingly-bullish omen, as they are what transform a mere gold rally into a new bull market.

With gold enthusiasm growing, it’s easy to forget how radically different things looked just a few months ago.  Back in mid-December the day after the Fed hiked rates for the first time in 9.5 years, gold dropped to a miserable 6.1-year secular low of $1051.  The popular level of antipathy towards this asset class by investing professionals was mind-boggling.  They universally believed it was doomed to keep spiraling lower.

But with gold so epically out of favor and loathed, it was a dream buy for the rare contrarians.  On the final trading day of 2015 as gold still languished at $1060, I published an essay titled “Fueling Gold’s 2016 Upleg”.  In it I explained what was going to “fuel a mighty new gold upleg in 2016”, drawing much ridicule.  And that usual pattern of early-upleg gold buying has indeed played out exactly like I forecast.

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US Mint Reports Astounding Gold And Silver Demand

By Frank Holmes – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Strengths

  • In a down week for most markets, silver fared the best, falling only 0.11 percent.  There was no particular story supporting the move, but note that silver really didn’t fully participate in the precious metal rally last week and perhaps had less to lose.
  • Over the past five days investors bought 26.8 metric tonnes of bullion through exchange-traded products backed by the metal, according to Bloomberg, the most since January 2015 as seen in the chart below. In addition, Reuters says gold and silver demand is off the charts; the U.S. Mint sold nearly as much gold on the first day of 2016 as in all of January 2015, with silver sales equally as astounding.

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