Guest Post by Elliott Wave International
Robert Prechter: “Charts tell the truth. Let’s look at some charts.”
During QE3, the latest round of the Fed’s quantitative easing, the stock market rose. We all know that.
But did you also know that commodities fell? [ed. errr, a Captain Obvious moment guys?]
That’s right: QE3 had zero effect on commodities — or maybe even a negative effect. In fact, an unbiased observer of the trend might conclude that the Fed drove commodity prices down.
I feel that 2014 is thus far giving hints that my patience, tested so aggressively in 2013 with respect to the big picture macro plan, will be rewarded this year. I find the idea that we are closing a ‘fear gap’ from 2008/2009 to be pretty compelling.
This chart was put up a while back as the USB stabbed down below the supportive weekly EMA 350. With copper, oil and other commodities plunging one wonders about the ‘D’ word. At least this one wonders about it.
The long bond is at a critical point right now. Given some improving technicals on the US dollar and negative ones in commodities (and their currencies; seen the Aussie and the Canada dollar lately?), what the bond does at this juncture will be telling.
Everybody’s ready for the ‘Great Rotation’ out of bonds and into stocks, especially with anticipated Fed QE tapering being Thing 1 to start the year. The title asks whether deflation or inflation lay ahead. Of course we could have more of the same, with Goldilocks eating her just right porridge for another year, but I don’t think that is the most likely scenario.
Guest Post by Michael Ashton
I hope that folks are enjoying the “best-of” re-blogs I’ve been posting over the past week. Here is a summary of what has been posted and the basic topic in each case:
“I Am Become Debt, Destroyer Of Worlds” – the connection between the federal deficit, the trade deficit, and the Fed’s balance sheet.
Guest Post by Michael Ashton
There was a great deal of excitement about today’s Employment Report. The S&P rallied 1.1%, erasing the month-to-date losses at a stroke. And for what? Nonfarm Payrolls were reported at 203k with a net +8k upward revision to the prior months, versus expectations for 185k. That’s a miss that is easily within the standard error. The 6-month average stayed at about 180k and the 12-month average at about 190k. The 3-month average reached 193k, but that is lower than it was in Q1 of this year so no great shakes there.
The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Medical Care Inflation
By Michael Ashton
I haven’t seen anything of note written about the probable effect of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) on Medical Care CPI. This is probably because the calculation of Medical Care inflation in the CPI is confusing to many and because the direct effects of the ACA are still speculative at this point. But this is a potentially dangerous oversight since Medical Care is 7.2% of the CPI, and is after all the part that has recently been dragging Core CPI and Core PCE lower because of its unusual weakness.
#266 had this going on for the first few pages and then proceeded to refine a solid view of the financial markets.
Talking My Book
While awaiting important turning points in the markets it makes no sense to deny current realities. We get it; the Fed is inflating, manipulating and promoting greater moral hazards down the road. NFTRH has done its share of illustrating reasons why what is happening is unsustainable and most likely, very unhealthy.