Fed chairman gives clear signal for QE3

English: President Barack Obama confers with F...

English: President Barack Obama confers with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke following their meeting at the White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The much anticipated Jackson Hole, Wyo., speech took place this morning, with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke giving indications that the Fed will soon embark on another round of bond buying, otherwise known as quantitative easing (QE). “It is important to achieve further progress, particularly in the labor market,” Bernanke said. “Taking due account of the uncertainties and limits of its policy tools, the Federal Reserve will provide additional policy accommodation as needed to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context of price stability.” Bernanke cited previous rounds of easing as effective in stimulating economic development and job creation without hastening inflation.

The Gold price has had a turbulent morning. The metal fell immediately after Bernanke’s speech but quickly rebounded, leaving Gold at its highest level since April. “The main catalyst for the reversal in Gold has been that Bernanke used the words “grave concern” and the interpretation is that there’s going to be more QE if he’s using such dire projection for the economy,” said Jeffrey Sica, chief investment officer of SICA Wealth Management. Today’s rise in Gold price could be the first substantial gain in a rally that some analysts predict to breach $1,900 by year’s end.

At 1 p.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, 1,681.20, Up $25.60.
  • Silver, $31.23, Up $0.88.
  • Platinum, $1,535.30, Up $30.60.
  • Palladium, $627.90, Up $11.40.

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Fed chairman set to speak; should eurozone look at Gold differently?

 

U.S. stock futures and Precious Metals are enjoying a boost this morning in anticipation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole, Wyo., set to begin at 10 a.m. (EDT). Many investors are expecting Bernanke to strongly hint about a new round of quantitative easing, if not deliver an outright announcement. Peter Cardillo of Rockwell Global Capital said, “Obviously the market has discounted the fact Mr. Bernanke is not going to announce (a third round of quantitative easing), but he will acknowledge the fact there is a growing possibility that it could happen, so I think that’s what the market is looking at.”

The World Gold Council is suggesting a creative way of looking at Gold in the eurozone. Many pundits have suggested that troubled eurozone countries sell Gold to take care of their debts. This ill advised idea sounds like a simple resolution, but of course it is more complicated than that. The World Gold Council has suggested bonds and loans backed by Gold. Some groups (LCH.Clearnet, Intercontinental Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) have begun accepting Gold as collateral for margin requirements recently. Gillian Tett of Financial Times wrote that this “suggest(s) that a slow evolution of attitudes is under way — not so much in terms of the desirability of Gold per se, but the increasing undesirability and riskiness of other supposedly ‘safe’ assets, such as government bonds.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, 1,662.90, Up $7.30.
  • Silver, $30.79, Up $0.34.
  • Platinum, $1,519.20, Up $14.50.
  • Palladium, $625.80, Up $625.80.

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Metals flat after jobless report

English: A frame from a screencast from the US...

English: A frame from a screencast from the US House Financial Committee full committee hearing “An Examination of the Extraordinary Efforts by the Federal Reserve Bank to Provide Liquidity in the Current Financial Crisis which took place Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 1:00pm, 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. The frame shows Chairmen Ben Bernanke responding to a question posited by John E. Sweeney Full Committee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Precious Metals are mostly flat this morning as the release of the weekly jobless claims report has had little effect on Gold and Silver. The four week moving average of new claims rose by 1,500, while the week to week change was flat. The main focus of the markets continues to be the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, and, more specifically, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech Friday. Daryl Guppy, chief executive at Guppy Traders, said, “We are sitting back on this (long term uptrend) point (in the stock market) so we either see a strong reaction away or a strong break away from this level (in response to Bernanke). And that’s the key factor we’re seeing across the board, because we are sitting on critical levels.”

Europe is clearly taking a backseat to the Fed’s potential monetary easing announcement, but the European Central Bank (ECB) is readying for an ECB Governing Council meeting next week. James Reid of Deutsche Bank said, “For now, Europe is in a holding pattern ahead of clarity surrounding the next move in the great ECB bond buying maneuverings, and the U.S. is in limbo ahead of Bernanke’s Jackson Hole appearance tomorrow. For the latter, speculation mounts that Bernanke won’t say anything overly new in his speech.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,664.70, Up $3.30.
  • Silver, $30.91, Down $0.02.
  • Platinum, $1,526.00, Up $4.70.
  • Palladium, $633.90, Down $2.50.

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Gold, Silver flat as Jackson Hole speech looms

Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole, WY (Photo credit: mf.lane)

Gold and Silver prices are mostly flat this morning ahead of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium to be held later this week.  Though European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has bowed out of the event, all eyes are still on the Federal Reserve and whether chairman Ben Bernanke will announce another round of quantitative easing.  Scott Anderson of Bank of the West said that the Fed has been “like a diver eyeing the pool from the edge of the diving board, but can’t seem to get themselves to move.”

The “will they or won’t they” game that the Fed has been playing in regards to quantitative easing has pushed and pulled the Gold price to highs not seen since Spring.  Many investors are expecting Bernanke to announce such a plan during his speech at Jackson Hole on Friday.  However, there is another Federal Open Market Committee meeting September 12-13 that may serve as the podium for the official announcement.  Danske Bank analyst Christen Tuxen said, “We think that we will see a fairly dovish Bernanke on Friday and that he will commit, if not at Jackson Hole then at the September FOMC meeting, to deliver more easing to the market.”

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,667.10, Down $1.10.
  • Silver, $30.93, Down $0.04.
  • Platinum, $1,520.00, Down $1.40.
  • Palladium, $635.20, Down $6.00.

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Anticipation for Friday grows, affects the markets

 

The dominant news of the week will be speculation as to what will or won’t be announced during the annual Jackson Hole symposium.  Anticipation leading up to those announcements left stocks flat.  David Morrison, senior market strategist at GFT Markets in London, said “There are hopes that the Fed chairman will signal that another round of quantitative easing (QE) is imminent, although it seems more likely that he will keep investors guessing, while assuring them that the Federal Reserve stands ready to intervene further, if required.”

 

The eurozone is in a battle of its own, regardless of what Bernanke says at Jackson Hole.  Spain is being sucked into the center of the eurozone debt crisis.  Spanish consumers have pulled as much as 5 percent of their private sector deposits.  The other side of this coin is that Greek banks are seeing a boost in their deposits since their June elections.  Private sector deposits are up about 2 percent.

 

Official portrait of Federal Reserve Chairman ...

Official portrait of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Gold is riding a three month increase in price, up 3.1 percent.  This is the highest percentage increase since January.  The rising prices are fueled, in part, by expectations for what will come from the Jackson Hole meeting.  Gold’s meteoric rise in price, doubling since 2008, has been fueled by the Fed’s QE tactics.  For those that are risk adverse, gold holds a strong appeal; as currencies inflate, gold will always be a store of wealth as its value is historically independent of any one currency.

 

At 9 a.m. (EDT), the APMEX Precious Metals prices were:

 

  • Gold, $1,665.40, Down $8.70.
  • Silver, $30.90, Down $0.24.
  • Platinum, $1,524.50, Down $29.70.
  • Palladium, $640.40, Down $15.80.

 

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