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…Same Dollar ‘Rampage’

By Alhambra Investment Partners

July Closes With Same ‘Dollar’ Rampage

The “dollar” has ended the month much the way it started. Despite headlines suggesting the dollar is “down” today, it is very much proving to be disruptive across every proxy. Gold was down to $1,080 at the AM fix before rebounding. Commodities were sold broadly, with copper back near $2.359, down almost $0.02 at some parts of the futures curve; oil is down too, with WTI in the front back close to $47.

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Dollar’s Grand Masterpiece…

By Alhambra Investment Partners

The ‘Dollar’s’ Grand Masterpiece Almost In Full View

When US retail sales jumped in May on seasonal adjustments alone, economists and mainstream commentary lost all composure as they were certain that meant the “slump” was over and the dominant narrative would continue. The same occurred in Europe over a slight pickup in overall lending, not even in the household or business sectors, which was proclaimed as nothing but the beneficence of QE already working. Neither of those “certainties” lasted more than a month, as US retail sales in June were “shocking” and lending in Europe quickly fell back to its normal flatline (which the ECB has really not been able to affect through its entire five years of deep experimentation).

This is nothing new, of course, as every uptrend is extrapolated into the recovery while at the same time every bit of weakness is qualified “temporary” or “anomalous.” The result over time is the regular saw-toothed monthly variation steadily sinking on that “unexpected” but somehow persisting downtrend. If you don’t observe the overall context beyond those shortest variations you might actually expect a domestic or global recovery intact.

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US Dollar’s Wave 3…

By Elliott Wave International

The US Dollar’s 2014-2015 Rally: Wave 3 in Action

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Large Investors Can’t Buy US Dollars

By Steve Saville

I was recently sent an article containing the claim that during the next financial crisis and/or stock-market crash there will be a panic ‘into’ the US dollar, but that unlike previous crises, when panicking investors obtained their US$ exposure via the purchase of T-Bonds, the next time around they will buy dollars directly. This is wrong, because large investors cannot simply buy dollars. As I’ll now explain, they must buy something denominated in dollars.

If you have $50K of investments in corporate bonds and stocks, then you can sell these investments and deposit the proceeds in a bank account. You can also withdraw the $50K in physical notes and put the money in a home safe. In the first case you are effectively lending the money to a bank and therefore taking-on credit risk, but the deposit will be fully insured so the credit risk will be close to zero. In the second case you have no credit risk, but there will be the risk of theft. The point is that it is feasible for an investor with US$50K to go directly into US$ cash.

This is not true, however, for an investor with hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.

If you have $1B of investments and you want to ‘go to cash’ you can, of course, sell your investments and deposit the proceeds in a bank account. The bank will certainly be glad to receive the money, but less than 1% of the deposit will be covered by insurance. This means that more than 99% of the deposit will be subject to credit risk (the risk that the bank will fail), which can be uncomfortably high during a financial crisis. In effect, depositing the money at a bank will be risking a loss of almost 100%. Not exactly the safety you were looking for when you shifted to cash!

Also, if you have a huge sum of money then removing the money from the banking system will not be an option. First, you probably won’t be permitted to convert such a sum to physical notes, but even in the unlikely event that you are permitted you will have the cost of transporting, storing, insuring and securing the cash. This cost will be large enough to preclude the exercise. Furthermore, accumulating a physical cash position of that magnitude will have the undesirable side effect of drawing greater government scrutiny to your business dealings.

Therefore, if it’s US$ exposure that you want and you are looking for a place to safely park a large quantity of dollars for a short period, you really have no choice other than to lend the money to the US government via the purchase of Treasury notes or bonds. That’s why a panic ‘into’ the US dollar will always be associated with a panic ‘into’ the Treasury market.

Around the Web

By Biiwii

Market Analysis & News From Around the Pipes…

 

Silver-Gold Ratio & USD

By Biiwii

Okay, one last precious metals short-term micro management exercise before moving back to a more generalized market view.

Actually, this one is pertinent to many other items as it is our gauge for the probabilities of an anti-USD ‘inflation trade’ bounce.  Silver-Gold ratio is still alive despite silver’s hard down this morning, and Uncle Buck is still below his MA 50 despite today’s strong bounce.

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Anti-USD & Euro QE ‘Me Too!’ Trades Updated

By Biiwii

Hey, I know I always seem to need to give these things nicknames (Armageddon ’08, Fiscal Cliff Kabuki Dance, etc.).  Maybe that is a reflection of how non-seriously I take modern finance on a fundamental level.  What we have here are policy and media driven hysterias, both to the positive side and the negative, swaying an emotional collection of players to and fro.  It is more of a game than a science or well heeled, buttoned down profession.

So currently, on an interim basis we are working the ‘Anti-USD inflation trade’ (a bounce in inflation expectations and associated ‘hard’ assets) and the Euro QE ‘Me Too!’ trade, with its template being the US QE that has worked to hyper boost (stock) asset prices.

It appears that the mealy mouthed Fed, still refusing to bail out any savers that are left (both of them), has kicked another leg out from under the US dollar, which had for some reason been discounting a Fed that would begin raising the Funds Rate by now like a normal entity in a normal post-crash bailout environment would have done upon achievement of its objectives.

‘But no, we just need to tweak a few more positive data points out of it or wait until we see the white’s of inflation’s eyes’ implies the Fed.  Whatever, the dollar is down this morning and the anti-USD inflation trade should get a bounce in its step, in line with one of our main themes.  If the May low is violated, Uncle Buck could take a pretty deep correction.

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By Biiwii

Market Analysis & News From Around the Tubes…

  • Banks, Gold & Yields  –NFTRH.com [biiwii comment: so i start a post simply to update the mostly inverse situation in bkx and gold, and i get into a whole ball of wax before it’s done.  check it out.]

 

Gold Miners ETF Bullish?

By Biiwii

This gold miners ETF has a bullish (bottoming) look to it.  Unfortunately, it is the 3X bear fund DUST.  The key level is 15, because if it breaks that it targets 19.  As of now, it lurks below so the target is not active.

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Here is the miner ETF, GDX with its equivalent support.  A loss of that support targets the March low around 17.50.

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There have been plenty of reasons to be cautious on the precious metals on the short-term.  CoT data, Treasury yield relationships (long-term trends), gold vs. the stock market and gold stocks rising with commodities (and against the USD), which is not a preferred long-term bullish backdrop for the miners.

Now if only someone would write an article telling us about how gold is going to rocket on inflation fears by institutional money based on a strong jobs report (next one is on Friday) and we should buy buy buy the miners.  Oh wait, someone already did that before the last jobs report.

Hey look, the above patterns could become invalidated at a moment’s notice.  Happens all the time.  But the actual fundamentals that matter are not yet in line.  Interestingly, gold and USD are both down today, and when it is time for a real bullish stance, they will correlate more often than people might think.

Grab the Reins on the Dollar, Part 2

By Michael Ashton

I hadn’t meant to do a ‘part 2’ on the dollar, but I wanted to clear something up.

Some comments on yesterday’s article have suggested that a strong dollar is a global deflationary event, and vice-versa. But this is incorrect.

The global level of prices is determined by the amount of money, globally, compared to global GDP. But the movements of currencies will determine how that inflation or deflation is divvied up. Let us look at a simplified (economist-style) example; I apologize in advance to those who get college flashbacks when reading this.

Consider a world in which there are two countries of interest: country “Responsible” (R), and country “Irresponsible” (I). They have different currencies, r in country R and i in country I (the currencies will be boldface, lowercase).

Country R and I both produce widgets, which retail in country R for 10 r and in country I for 10 i. Suppose that R and I both produce 10 widgets per year, and that represents the total global supply of widgets. In this first year, the money supply is 1000r, and 1000i. The exchange rate is 1:1 of r for i.

In year two, country I decides to address its serious debt issues by printing lots of i. That country triples its money supply. FX traders respond by weakening the i currency so that the exchange rate is now 1:2 of r to i.

What happens to the price of widgets? Well, consumers in country R are still willing to pay 10 r. But consumers in country I find they have (on average) three times as much money in their wallets, so they would be willing to pay 30 i for a widget (or, equivalently, 15 r). Widget manufacturers in country R find they can raise their prices from 10 r, while widget manufacturers in country I find they need to lower their price from 30 i in order to be competitive with widget manufacturers in R. Perhaps the price in R ends up at 26r, and 13i in I (and notice that at this price, it doesn’t matter if you buy a widget in country R, or exchange your currency at 1:2 and buy the widget in country I).

Now, what has happened to prices? The increase in global money supply – in this case, caused exclusively by country Ihas caused the price of widgets everywhere to rise. Prices are up 30% in country R, and by 160% in country I. But this division is entirely due to the fact that the currency exchange rate did not fully reflect the increased money supply in country I. If it had, then the exchange rate would have gone to 1:3, and prices would have gone up 0% in country R and 200% in country I. If the exchange rate had overreacted, and gone to 1:4, then the price of a widget in country R would have likely fallen while it would have risen even further in country I.

No matter how you slice it, though – no matter how extreme or how placid the currency movements are, the total amount of currency exchanged for widgets went up (that is, there was inflation in the price of widgets in terms of the average global price paid – or if you like, the average price in some third, independent currency). Depending on the exchange rate fluctuations, country R might see deflation, stable prices, or inflation; technically, that is also true of country I although it is far more likely that, since there is a lot more i in circulation, country I saw inflation. But overall, the “global” price of a widget has risen. More money means higher prices. Period.

In short, currency movements don’t determine the size of the cake. They merely cut the cake.

In a fully efficient market, the currency movement would fully offset the relative scarcity or plenty of a currency, so that only domestic monetary policy would matter to domestic prices. In practice, currency markets do a pretty decent job but they don’t exactly discount the relative changes in currency supplies. But as a first approximation, MV≡PQ in one’s own home currency is not a bad way to understand the movements in prices.

US Dollar Becomes the Enemy…

By Alhambra Investment Partners

Now The ‘Dollar’ Becomes The Enemy; A Cycle Indication?

If there is some small gain to be had from current economic circumstances, it might be a lesson in what the dollar is and what it is not. Just a few months ago the idea of the “strong dollar” was almost ubiquitous, scarcely any shaky economic commentary could be found without mentioning that as the trump to the upside. It didn’t matter if consumers were seemingly stingy, the dollar defied that potential and supposedly meant that even financial markets had finally relented from the “fear bubble.”

Now, a matter of only a few months later, the “strong dollar” has disappeared from service, an apparent apparition that no longer serves to bolster those weakened by crashing reality. As if a switch were flipped, the dollar is now the accursed along with everything else that somehow continues to be classified “unexpected.”

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