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Wednesday, 12 December a.d. 2012 Browse the commentary archive

The comrades on the Federal Open Market Committee announced a boon for the printer's union: more "accommodation." This comes in two forms, (1) the Fed buying Mortgage Backed Securities to the tune of $40 billion a month, and, after December, buying $45 bn a month in long term US treasuries. (Apparently the banks' balance sheets have not been fixed up yet, so the Fed must continue soaking up their bad paper.)

Using my lightning mathematics skills, I make that $85 billion a month of new money the Fed will create, or $1.02 Trillion in 2013.

FOMC also promised "more accommodation" (translation: "creating more money") and that it would keep the Fed Funds rate between zero and one-quarter percent till unemployment (now 7.5%) drops below 6-1/2%.

Now quick! Tell me what $1.02 trillion in new dollars will do to the value of already-existing dollars? There! I see that hand! Yes, it WILL lower the value of all those existing dollars. So all you trembling silver & gold investors who were fretting that the Fed might stop inflating, just rest easy. They just told you they will be inflating away all next year. I keep telling y'all, the Fed & Ben Bernanke are the best friends silver & gold have.

But maybe not stocks' best friends. Dow reached a high of 13,329 today (!), but finished the day nearer its 13,227 low. Dow gained 11.17 (0.08%) to close 13,259.61. S&P500 rode the same roller coaster, ending up only 2.79 (0.2%) at 1,430.63.

Technically, that performance can be explained another way. The Dow & the S&P500 both hit significant overhead resistance today, at 13,300 & 1,440. Both have reached that "pull the fuse or throw the dynamite" stage, & 'tain't clear to me which choice they'll make. Given the time of year I suspect both will rally further. Besides, both are above all their moving averages, so momentum is up. There's more: both have scratched out unbroken uptrends since mid-November. However, momentum indicators are warning that there's a limit to this rally -- not yet, but shortly.

Naturally the dollar fell like a mule had kicked it in the jaw. Dropped through support at 80 like a man walking into a manhole and lost 23.2 basis points (0.3%) to end at 79.821. Given the FOMC's announcement, I'm surprised it wasn't worse. Gives you an inkling how brain-scrubbed the public is.

What about the other two scrofulous, scabby, no-good, low-down trashy, sorry-as-gully-dirt fiat currencies? Makes little sense: euro rose 0.49%, yen fell 0.77%. At $1.3067 the euro bumped its head plumb against the overhead resistance. If it can break thru, it will sprint for $1.3400. Yen, on the other hand, lost a huge 0.77% to end at 120.26c/Y100. Gapped down again. Now I don't know, but if I were the Japanese Nice Government Men & I saw the dollar dropping & the Fed announcing plans to inflate like a puffer fish, I'd be selling yen & buying dollars to push down the rates. Especially if I ever wanted my economy to export to the US again.

US$1=Y83.15=E0.7653=0.029 667 oz Ag=0.000 583 oz Au.

Silver & gold have slapped me so many times I'm beginning to look like that little girl in "The Exorcist," but I'm going to try again today. I don't reckon I'll ever learn.

Gold gained $8.40 (0.5%) to $1,716.60 while silver added 76.6 cents (2.33%!) to close Comex at 3370.7c. Once again, it begins to look like both metals have bottomed.

Today gold scored a higher high ($1,722.50 v. $1,714.30 yesterday) & a higher low ($1,708.55 v. $1,705.45 yesterday). This leaves behind a double bottom at $1,672.50 in early November & $1,684.10 last week. Stayed well above that $1,705 support.

What's missing? Confirmation by closing over $1,725. However, that's liable to come in a one day jump.

Gold could only gainsay my interpretation that the bottom is in by closing below $1,705. Otherwise, it will move higher from here.

That silver was jumpy today, and all toward the ceiling. Low came at 3292c in European trading (about midnight NY time). By 9:00 a.m. silver had reached 3325c & was tugging at the leash. Somebody hit it, it fell back instantly to 3300c, then took off for the clouds, gapping & leaping to 3373.2. Rest of the day it backed off, but stayed mostly above 3340c.

'Twas a good day. Great day, matter of fact.

On the 4 month chart silver broke out upside from an even- sided triangle, & stands above its 50 (3298c) and 20 (3335c) day moving averages. Momentum indicators have turned or are turning up. 3400c may snag its feet for a minute, but silver should be headed for 3550c -- SOON.

Just to show you that no matter how healthy an animal or country is, the parasites are always ready to pounce, on 12 December 1791 the First Bank of the United States opened. It was part of the statist Alexander Hamilton's plan to create a central bank. Jefferson & Madison had beaten back the plan a year earlier, claiming the bank was unconstitutional & that it benefited merchants and investors at the people's expense. The bank lasted until its charter expired in 1811. The First Bank of the US was the SECOND attempt at foisting a central bank on the country, after the Bank of North America.


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Gold, $/oz 1,716.60 8.40 0.49%
Silver, $/oz 33.71 0.77 2.33%
Gold/Silver Ratio 50.927 -0.929 -1.79%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0196 0.0004 1.82%
Platinum 1,644.90 6.40 0.39%
Palladium 699.65 4.35 0.63%
S&P 500 1,430.63 2.79 0.20%
Dow 13,259.61 11.17 0.08%
Dow in GOLD $s 159.68 -0.63 -0.40%
Dow in GOLD oz 7.72 -0.03 -0.40%
Dow in SILVER oz 393.38 -8.81 -2.19%
US Dollar Index 79.82 -0.23 -0.29%
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