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.
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.