Week Ending 11/21/08
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The Commerce Department reported that gross domestic product contracted 0.5% from July through September.
Third-quarter corporate profits fell 0.9% from the second quarter. This is the fifth quarter in a row that profits were down. Consumer spending fell at a 3.7% annual rate.
Consumer spending accounts for two thirds of the economy, so this is a significant loss. U.S. orders for durable goods, which are meant to last several years, slid 6.2% last month after a 0.2% drop in September.
Purchases of new houses dropped 5.3% to an annual rate of 433,000. The median sales price fell to a four-year low. New-home sales were at the lowest level in 17 years. U.S. foreclosures are up 25% from last year.
The New Deal
The latest New Deal has the U.S. government pledging $7.76 TRILLION in bailout funds. This is more than half the GDP the U.S. produced last year. Where does the government get all this money from - ah yes, that would be you and me and all of us.
Unfortunately, what is being pawned off as monetary policy is no different from FDR's New Deal during the 1930's. In other words, national socialism or corporate collectivism is on the rise. For more details click here: Social Security: The Final Conclusion, Part 10.
The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) approved by Congress is a drop in the bucket compared to the above. Latest figures have Federal Reserve lending 1,900 times the weekly average for the three years before the crisis.
When Congress approved TARP Bernanke and Paulson stated that transparency and oversight was needed and would be provided. Recently, however, Bernanke said that to reveal the names of those receiving funds would not be "right"; and refused to do so. This has caused more than a few in Congress to say the Fed should be restrained.
Congressman Scott Garrett, a member of the House Financial Services Committee said:
"The time has come that we consider what sort of limitations we should be placing on the Fed so that authority returns to elected officials as opposed to appointed ones."
What affect has all this had on the economy so far? Thirty-year mortgage rates averaged 5.95% in 2007. Presently, the average is 5.98%.
The Fed has lowered interest rates by 4.25 percentage points to 1%. Players are making a killing in the bond market, but rates on home loans have NOT fallen.
The financial sector is mugging the productive sector of the economy and getting bailed out for doing so.
As stated in earlier reports over the years, the real cause of all monetary and economic ills is paper fiat debt-money. The only way to stop deflation or hyperinflation is to stop the inflation that comes first.
Why did the moneychangers push for paper money? Does the Constitution allow for paper money to be accepted between states as legal tender? No it does not. The Constitution mandates gold and silver coin as money. Why?
Paper fiat debt-money allows non-interest bearing debt (FRN's) to circulate as the currency, with interest bearing debt (T-bonds) "securing" it. Yet, the self-same Federal Reserve Notes are used to buy the Treasury bonds with.
When debt and money are one and the same, the monetary system is nothing more than a wealth transference mechanism.
Debt cannot pay off debt. This is why the Constitution mandates gold and silver coin as money; and disallows bills of credit (paper money) from being accepted as legal tender between the states.
The Constitution is not being adhered to. Paper money has been sold to the American public as a "bill of goods" by the elite collectivists that profit thereby.
The solution is to return to a sound monetary system of gold and silver coin. Click here for further details: Honest Money.
The monetary base is expanding at 75% y/y rate, which makes a strong case for inflation down the road.
With the supply of debt that will be issued to fund the bailout programs monetary inflation will be hard pressed to stop.
The fate of the stock market rests with the yen, as commodities do with the dollar. If the yen falls the stock market will rally; and vice versa.
The chart below shows an ascending right-angle triangle formation on the monthly chart with a retest of the recent breakout presently occurring.
Resistance has turned to support. If support holds, look for stocks to head back down when the yen heads back up. This is the intermediate to longer term trend.
Silver has not been as strong as gold. While gold has broken above its Nov. high, silver has not. Silver has broken above its downward sloping trend line, but it needs to break above horizontal resistance at the Nov. high turning it into support for a sustainable rally to occur.
MACD has put in higher lows but RSI has flattened out as momentum has slowed. RSI is showing a slight negative divergence as well.
The gold stocks have started to act better, as the chart below of the GDX/GOLD ratio shows.
A new short term channel up has developed. This is positive for both physical and the stocks.
Gold has held its value better than any other commodity during the on-going asset deflation.
Gold is in the process of forming a bottom. A symmetrical triangle has taken shape with a gap to the upside. Gold and the gold stocks are starting to look better.
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