Let's take a look at these choppy equities.
Mr Market appears to be confused. The positive jobs number last week (which was actually pretty impressive) really threw a wrench into the Fed's plans.
I find it interesting that the market sold off on the news. You would have thought the bubble boys would have taken the market higher after a -11k jobs print vs. the -150k or so that was expected.
Following the quick bounce after the announcement the market nervously closed pretty flat. Why?
There are a variety of reasons. As I explained in my last post, the banksters on Wall St really don't want to see an economic recovery. The reason for this is higher interest rates would soon follow because inflation would begin to start rearing its ugly head.
This would then flatten out the yield curve which in turn results in a less profitable environment for the banking system. I mean think about it folks: Borrowing at 0% right now and then lending at 5% is a pretty sweet gig for the banks. Any moronic banker can make money in this environment.
An even sweeter gig for these criminals is being able borrow at zero while charging 30% annual interest on a credit card balance. When you see this type of thing, you really gotta wonder if any of these people have anything that resembles some type of conscience. I already have my answer.
I sometimes ask myself: Should this type of pillaging be regarded as criminal? IMO yes, but it's legal nonetheless. It's pretty sad when you can get a better deal lending money from the Sopranos instead of a bank!
I think it's absolutely disgusting that these arrogant banking gangsters have the gonads to charge 30% on credit cards after we bailed their behinds out! Where are the torches and pitchforks?
I guess I shouldn't be surprised after watching Wall St basically extort $700 billion from Congress in the form of TARP. Arghhh...I could go on and on about this but I feel my blood pressure rising so I better stop.
The bottom line here is this:
If the economy recovers, interest rates will eventually rise: Banking profits on lending would then shrink as a result. Housing prices would then drop because buyers will be forced to borrow at a higher interest rates.
Making matters worse, rising rates would lower the value of the bankers bloated mortgage bubble assets(MBS, etc.) that they continue to hold on their balance sheets. Banks would also have to pay higher interest rates on CD's.
So you see, an economic recovery isn't very profitable for the banksters. It could actually be very painful, especially if they borrowed at near zero and then bought 30 year bonds at 4+% and pocketed the spread. This is a great trade as long as interest rates stay low!
Many banks went under during the last economic crisis when they got caught on the wrong side of the interest rate trade like the one I described above as rates soared in the late '70's/early '80's.
A reminder to all:
Don't ever be fooled by these snake oil salesmen when they cheer about an economic recovery. They will tell you over and over on CNBC that things are getting better in an attempt to pump up stocks. However, behind closed doors, a floundering economy with zero interest rates is what the banks really want because they can make a fortune. They will never admit this of course.
Market Volatility and Gold
In the short term I expect a lot of volatility. Currencies are bouncing all over the place as a result of recent worldwide economic events. The Dubai debacle continues to rattle the world markets(this one ain't over folks).
We also face the threat of sovereign defaults of countries like Greece. Germany's production number was also very poor yesterday.
All of this worldwide turmoil is forcing capital back into the dollar. If we have learned one thing in the past few weeks, the world still flocks to the US when things look shaky.
This surge in the dollar has taken its toll on the short dollar/long gold trade. Longer term I still remain bullish on gold because I think the US dollar will continue to drop as our own economic skeletons continue to come out of the closet.
Remember folks, history repeats itself so let's take a look at gold back in the 1970's:
As you can see above, we saw a lot of volatility is the gold market as the world panicked about deflation, inflation, and the value of paper currencies. Inflation adjusted, gold would have to reach $2176 in order to match its highs in the early '80's.
We have done MUCH more damage to the dollar this go around as a result of our ridiculous spending deficits so I expect to see gold at least reach the previous inflation adjusted high of the early '80's.
Get used to the volatility! I expect to see see some serious wild swings in gold before we get there. You could see currencies bounce all over the place in the near term as various countries(including the US) teeter on the brink of disaster.
I continue to believe that its a good idea to hold gold because I think everyone should have "economic insurance" from the dollar in a market like this. If you are looking for a hedge your gold holdings, shorting the S&P at these levels makes a lot of sense.
The Bottom Line:
The market could get real choppy here in the near term. The jobs number threw everyone for a loop. The Fed will most certainly become more concerned around inflation if continue and see continued signs of an economic recovery.
Short term, keep an eye on the bond market. Rates may begin to rise if the economic numbers continue to improve.
Don't misread me here folks, I am still extremely bearish longer term (shocker eh?). My point is the market will begin pricing a recovery in if the numbers continue to improve regardless if they are accurate or not.
Never underestimate the government and their ability to spin the numbers positively. I am highly skeptical of that jobs print. I bet that number would have looked pretty ugly if you took out the part time holiday workers and added the unemployed that have ran out of benefits.
I don't expect to see a sustained recovery anytime soon. IMO, The chances of seeing any consistent economic growth in the next few years are between slim and none.
That being said, the volatility should continue in the shorter term because the economic numbers continue to come in mixed.
Author's Disclosure: Long gold and silver via GLD and SLV in longer term accounts. Short treasuries via TBT in longer term accounts.