A short-term bear
By Dr Jerome
I recall back in the wild days leading up to May of 2011 that a number of regulars on the old blogspot site began to warn of a downturn in silver. They were nearly shouted off the discussion boards with some blunt words. This place was a bullish as it gets and I watched the AG price rise up through the 40s with greed and glee.
But the bears were right, and those who took the warning seriously and hedged their stacks did not regret it. I suspect that some of you have been hedging all the way down to $14 last year. I wish I had, but my own bullish bias has prevented me from hedging. Even when I opened up an account to trade futures in order to hedge my stack, I blew out the account by getting all excited that gold was rising and putting on bullish positions. I try to douse my bullishness with the reality of the charts these days.
Back in October, I noticed a pattern that I want to share.
Gold has been trading in a downward channel from its highs at 1370 last August. I first noticed the channel when it bounced off of 1245 after a large orchestrated manipulative takedown through the 200 day MA. Election night is the anomaly, briefly breaking out of the channel. The banks quickly demonstrated their control by morning. Today, we are back at the bottom of the channel, riding the channel down for the past 7 days, and now supported by the 100 week Moving Average that Turd has brought to our attention.
I suspect another Banker-orchestrated takedown approaching.
By year’s end, gold cannot be seen as a better investment than stocks.
We began this year at $1120 in gold. Can you imagine the turmoil if gold had held $1370 to the end of the year, closing with a 22% gain? Meanwhile, the S&P only rising from 2037 to 2200 or so? A gain of a mere 8%?
What would all the portfolio managers, hedge funds and other investors do for 2017? Buy some gold!
Money must NOT flow into gold, not even a little bit, especially with the degree of leverage that is present. Thus, the levels must once again be manipulated, giving stocks the advantage, enabling financial headlines to argue that stocks outperformed gold, once again, as they have for the past several years. Hence, we have seen anti-fundamental moves in gold and stocks since August.
What needs to happen to achieve the results that the Banker-orchestra wishes to have? Higher stocks and lower gold. If gold were to close at the bottom of this channel ($1180), Stocks would need to close at 2290. Raising the S&P up 90 pts from here is possible, but it still shows gold with a nice 11% gain on the year.
If the S&P stays flat the rest of the year, gold will need to be lowered a mere $60 to $1140. This seems more likely to me. The orchestra can do that overnight, when they want to. And with gold sitting on its 100 week moving average, can we expect the bankers to NOT take advantage of this and kick gold down through, then keep the pressure on?
Also, the USD/JPY is challenging resistance at 111.10, a level that served as support three times earlier in the year, then held as resistance two more times. This will be the dollar’s third try to break back up. If so, it brings further pressure on gold.
Edit 9am: Gold was decisively shoved down through support of the 100 week MA as the USD/JPY broke through $111 resistance. Crap! We’ll watch to see if it stays down, or bounces back up…
And why should the Bankers not try for an additional $80, down to $1060 to show a loss on the year for gold? But, only an evil, slimy crew of career criminals would do a thing like that.
OK then. That is my thesis–the return on gold must be less than stocks for 2016. The probability of it being correct is high enough, in my view, that I thought it would be worthy of discussion, debate, and even refutation. I hope I am wrong. But if not, and we break down below the 100 week MA, I’ll be shorting gold in my trading account and have some dry powder waiting for the late December lows.
But after the lows are in, I think we are off to another 20% gain for gold into 2017—as long as this doomed economy holds together.
Now, on to socio-economic politics and a fifty-cent word: Consubstantiality
Several years ago I had two job interviews. My teaching position at the time was raising my blood pressure as well as my weight. The silver slam of 2011 sure didn’t help matters. I learned about real stress for the first time in my life as the department grew and responsibility for administering it was dumped on my desk.
Time for a new job and a change of life.
My first interview was for my dream job in the town where I was born in Colorado, where my grandparents lived (deceased) and many relatives still do. I just knew that God had ordained my position there.
Ooops. These college teacher interviews take all day and you never know how things will go.
During the interview, somebody took me on a campus tour and we walked into a fancy new building and he said “This is the Paul Wubbin Science building.” Oh, I replied, trying to show my connection with the community, “He was my family doctor when I was a kid—sewed up my busted lip after I fell on my grandmother’s porch.” No response. By the end of the day, after several more “strike outs,” I realized that every single person I had talked to came from out of state. By showing my deep connections to the local area, I was showing the faculty that I was quite different from them. I didn’t get the job.
A few weeks later, I interviewed for a position in AZ. Most of our immediate family lives within two hours. If I had a second choice of a dream job, this would be it.
I approached the interview more professionally. I bought a new suit and chose a shirt that matched the school colors. Got a haircut, shined up my shoes, even brushed my teeth. The interviews went well—nothing stands out except one thing. In the afternoon, we had an “open session” where anyone who wanted to meet me and ask questions sat down at a conference table and fired away. It was supposed to be social, but the questions were serious. At one point someone asked me, “Which one of our discipline’s theorists has had the most impact on your research?” “Hmmmm…” I mused, “well, the older I get, the more I appreciate Kenneth Burke.” This brought a round of professorial chuckles from the group.
In that one comment, I revealed to the faculty that we had “consubstantiality.” Literally, the term means “made of the same stuff.” Everyone on the faculty was from out of town and studied at a major Midwest university where Burke’s theories were taught—even highlighted. Ironically, in this case, Burke taught that you persuade a person inasmuch as you are consubstantial with them. My comment about Burke showed this consubstantiality. Their laughter confirmed it. I got the job.
I feel a high degree of consubstantiality here, on this blog, with the other members.—even with Libero. We all come from very diverse regions and families, different levels of education and status in life. But we have been growing in a shared experience that touches our intellect, our understanding, and the deepest aspirations we have for our lives and families. We recognize together that a Keynesian monster feasts upon our community’s wealth, wrecking the likelihood of future prosperity for our children and grandchildren. We all are persuaded that this globalist monster will burn the world down in its demise. We have all concluded that investments in real commodities is the best path to survival We all seek to avoid being destitute upon reaching the other side of the disaster. We are being transformed into the “same stuff” as we discuss, argue and rant on this blog, becoming educated, informed, and increasingly civil in our differences. Not much flaming lately… Had you noticed also?
I have met with three different members of this blog, all of whom I hope are still readers—CpnScarlet, Silverwood, and Geofarmer—an electronic engineer, a restaurant owner, and a farmer. I felt an instant connection with each, and as we talked, I recognized each of these men fully understood and shared the beliefs and reasons that set me on the path that led here. They each had much to teach me. Even our wives seemed to share that connection. We are made of the same stuff. I only wish we were neighbors. I have also privately corresponded with a few dozen of you out there over the past 5 years, sensing that same connection.
Unfortunately, as life progresses, I sense that the consubstantiality I have shared with members of my own family is diminishing. Several close relatives are Trump haters—and they have a problem with me. I am not a Trump hater alongside of them. As Scott Adams explained, it was not enough to simply not vote for him, you had to be “anti-Trump” to be acceptable to progressives.* I expected the resentment from my liberal colleagues at the University, but not the spite from my flesh and blood—people with whom I should have had the highest degree of consubstantiality.
I invest in gold and real estate. They invest in mutual funds. I oppose the Keynesian monster. They worship its masters and serve its social ideals. And they, unknowingly, support a fascist/socialist, centralized economic governmental system that will oppress us all. I see it coming. We all do here. But my efforts are casually dismissed when I attempt to educate my relatives on the reality of this socio-economic threat. Our consubstantiality is diminishing. It’s not just families that are moving apart, rifts in our society are deepening. And soon, I believe we will face the “Fourth Turning” revolution that may bring violence between people who ought to love one another. People that have been persuaded by different narratives–one false, and the other sensible.
I chose to study rhetoric in graduate school so I could understand and recognize such situations when they asserted themselves, so I could call it out and expose the sophistry that empowers propaganda. But alas, even though I have a PhD in the subject, my loved ones think they know more, and that they are immune to the effects of the polemical mass media.
The worst thing about being deceived is that you are deceived.
So, I’ll be driving to Phoenix later today to see family for a bit. Hopefully, I’ll find that their anger is waning, that their hatred for all things Trump is diminishing and that our consubstantiality is recovering as they come to their senses.
Thank you for this community.
* Adams (creator of Dilbert) mentioned this in the final seconds of an interview: