Stagflation

Are Rate Hikes Bad For Gold?

Gold does not necessarily rise and fall with interest rates, jewelry demand in India, or any other widely believed nonsense. Rather, gold has moved in conjunction with perceptions as to whether or not the Fed and central banks have everything under control.

Alan Greenspan: Ron Paul Was Right About The Gold Standard

"When I was Chair of the Federal Reserve I used to testify before US Congressman Ron Paul... we had some interesting discussions... We would never have reached this position of extreme indebtedness were we on the gold standard, because the gold standard is a way of ensuring that fiscal policy never gets out of line."

What Catalyst Will Start The Next Bear Market: Here Is Wall Street's Response

When BofA conducted its monthly Fund Managers' Survey, and asked what is the most likely bear market catalysts, the responses were as follows: "protectionism" = 34%, "higher rates" = 28%, "financial event" = 18%, "weaker EPS" = 15%. The "smart money" also said that the best protectionist investment is one: gold.

RBC: "This Is The $1 Trillion Question On Our Clients' Minds"

"The TRILLION dollar question is then reiterated: when does all of this “inflation as a good thing” tip over into “inflation with no growth”—aka STAGFLATION?  This continues to be the chief concern of clients on recent marketing swings."

Carlson Capital: Border Adjustment Tax Would Lead To "Global Depression"

"If the border adjustment mechanism is implemented as proposed we think it will cause a global depression and a major equity market decline. It is still unclear whether it will happen but at the very least we expect that US trade policy will put downward pressure on global growth. When this becomes apparent commodities will correct meaningfully and we will reinvest in inflation beneficiaries."

US Services Industry Stabilizes: Firms Warn "Margins Squeeze Acting As A Brake On Employment"

Business activity in the US Services industry accelerated to its fastest since Nov 2015, according to the 'soft' survey data from Markit, but some firms noted that squeezed margins had acted as a brake on employment growth at their business units in January. ISM Services slipped lower with unadjusted new orders tumbling to their lowest since Jan 2016.

Global Inflation 'Surprise' Index Spikes To Highest Since 2011

The specter of global stagflation is looming ever larger as inflation across the world is beating analysts’ forecasts (even before the potential effect from Donald Trump’s economic policies) but economic growth expectations remain stagnant.

El-Erian Warns "We've Entered The 'Twitchier' Phase III Of The Trump Rally"

The post-election movements of U.S. stocks have been heavily influenced by policy. First they soared, then they traded in a narrow range. Now, Mohamed El-Erian warns, the markets have entered a period of greater volatility underpinned by a tug of war between the expectation of reflationary policies and the risk of stumbling into stagflation. Where we end up will be predominantly a political call.