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Financial Insanity: Good Job Numbers Bad, Weakening Economy Good - Nathan McDonald (12/07/2019)

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July 12, 2019

The DOW Jones hit its all-time high on July 11th and is still trending strongly near the 27,000-point mark, indicating that the economy is booming and all is right in the world. Nothing is wrong, nor does anything look like it could go wrong in the short- or medium- term.

This spike in price comes on the heels of last week’s amazing jobs numbers, which blew away market expectations of 160,000 positions to be added throughout the month of June. However, this was vastly outperformed, as the economy added 224,000 positions instead.

But wait! You say that the markets actually threw a tantrum and were upset over these numbers last Friday, sending the markets lower on Monday? Surely, this defies all common sense!

Of course it doesn't make sense, as sanity was long ago abandoned in this new age of Quantitative Easing to infinity and perpetually low interest rates. Who needs basic economics anymore? That's a barbarous relic of the past!

You see, strengthening job numbers means that the FED may pull back the punch bowl and not lower interest rates, putting a damper on the raging low-rates, easy-money party. What was once good is now bad, and what was once bad is now good. This is the economic madness we currently live in.

Fortunately for Wall Street, they had little to fear and were simply overreacting, as we would quickly discover.

The rally resumed as the printer-in-chief, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testified before the House Committee on Financial Services regarding the monetary policy and the state of the United States economy, making some incredibly dovish comments in his opening remarks.

A strong indication was given that he would be quite comfortable with cutting rates at this month’s FED meeting, which is scheduled to take place on the 30th-31st.

This was all the green light the markets needed to resume the party and end their temper tantrums, as odds for the chances of FED rate cut at the end of this month once again shot back to their previous 100% odd level, as according to the CME Group FedWatch tool.

This also caused gold bullion to resume its trend higher, once again moving above the critical $1400 price level, with a number of closes above this price point.

Once again, gold bullion appears to be the only rational, sane asset in the house, performing as it should by adjusting for an increased chance of interest rate cuts and dipping lower when the positive jobs report was released.

Meanwhile, smart Central Banks around the globe are not playing into this nonsense and are continuing to purchase precious metals, with one of the key players being China, who once again added to their gold reserves throughout the month of June, adding 10.3 tons.

Poland has also continued their accumulation in the face of this insanity, stating that they have more than doubled their gold reserves over this year and last, making them the largest holder of the yellow metal in central Europe and a possible financial powerhouse within the region in the future.

In conclusion, the future for gold and thus precious metals in general remains bright. As predicted, I believe it will continue to rally throughout the remainder of this year and next.

This asset class will be an anchor in the coming storm, as sanity and reality are forcibly injected back into the markets, as they always have been and as they always eventually will be.

Until then, keep stacking.

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About the Author

Nathan McDonald is a libertarian, entrepreneur and precious metals enthusiast. He has always taken a keen interest in free markets and economics since an early age, which naturally led him to become a true believer in precious metals and all that they stand for.

Nathan served eight years in the Royal Canadian Navy as an electronics technician, seeing the true state of the world, before starting his first successful business. He has since gone on to create a number of businesses, all of which are still in operation and growing.

In addition to this, Nathan runs a network of successful precious metals blogs, and a growing newsletter that has attracted readers from all around the world. He is a regular and highlighted writer for the highly respected Sprott Money Blog, which covers world events, geopolitics and of course precious metals.

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