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Welcome to Money Metals Exchange's weekly market wrap podcast. Helping precious metals investors during these treacherous times. Now, here's this week's market wrap with commentary and analysis from the fastest growing precious metals dealer in America, Money Metals Exchange.
Welcome to this week's market wrap podcast, I'm Mike Gleason.
Well, despite the best efforts of the media, the Obama Administration, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to portray the partial government shutdown as some kind of dire threat to the nation's economy, financial markets didn't buy the narrative.
Bond yields have barely budged over the past few days, suggesting investors don't believe there is any serious chance of an actual default on U.S. government debt.
Even if the debt ceiling doesn't get raised this month, the Treasury Department still has ways to pay interest on its bonds for some time to come. But it appears increasingly likely that the debt ceiling will soon be raised.
On Thursday, House Republican leaders proposed a temporary increase to the nation's borrowing limit. The move drew praise from President Obama.
Investors cheered the hopeful signs for a deal to get ironed out by buying stocks and selling the ultimate safe-haven asset, gold. The yellow metal gave up $20 on Thursday, breaking back below the $1,300 level and has fallen another couple of percent today. It's down almost 4% on the week as of this Friday morning recording, and currently is at $1,266 an ounce and now trades at a 3-month low.
The white metals are faring a bit better. Palladium is actually showing a gain of better than 1% on the week and now trades at $713 an ounce. Both platinum and silver are coming in with losses around 2 to 2.5%, most all of that resulting from this morning's selloff. For silver, until today it was looking at a weekly close of about $21.75 for the third week in a row, but with the drop this morning is now down to $21.25 per ounce.
The precious metals markets seem to be doing everything they can to try to wear out investors. Silver analyst David Morgan talks about the "scare-you-out and wear-you-out" phases of these markets. Many people got scared out by the violent downside action this spring. And now that prices have retracted and stalled, some are getting worn out.
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Now back to the news this week, and we got a big announcement from the White House. As expected, Janet Yellen was nominated to be the next head of the Federal Reserve Board.
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If her nomination passes in the Senate, and it is likely to, Yellen is expected to continue the easy money bond-buying stimulus policies championed by Ben Bernanke. That's exactly what a lot of people on Wall Street want.
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Yellen also somewhat broke with her predecessor Ben Bernanke by striking a more populous tone today, pledging to address the concerns of average Americans through the Fed policy.
The mandate of the Federal Reserve is to serve all the American people, and too many Americans still can't find a job and worry how they'll pay their bills and provide for their families. The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively.
Yellen's call for a more touchy-feely Fed that helps Americans find jobs and pay their bills echoes previous statements she's made recommending that the nation's central bank pursue ultra-dovish policies.
For example, she once said that "a wise and humane policy is occasionally to let inflation rise even when inflation is running above target." She has also said she'd be willing to set interest rates below zero if she could.
That's right, negative interest rates! That means savers would have to PAY THE BANK to hold their money, not the other way around. The goal of this would be to make it painful to hold dollars – you'd be incentivized to spend it or invest it. This is what the Fed wants.
That's why investors should be bracing for even more of the Federal Reserve's "punish savers and print money" insanity when Janet Yellen replaces Ben Bernanke in January. When Bernanke took the helm of the Fed in 2006, gold was selling for about $600 per ounce. Prices got as high as $1,900 by mid 2011.
Will precious metals prices perform as well or better under inflation-dove Yellen? Well we don't know for sure, but there's no reason to doubt that more inflation is headed our way in 2014 and beyond.
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Well that will do it for this week's market wrap podcast, thanks for listening. This has been Mike Gleason with Money Metals Exchange reminding you that remain fully committed to getting you the most value for your depreciating dollar... with speed, with accuracy, and with top notch service. Have a great weekend everybody.
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