Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Investing in a Bubble Mania Stock Market Trending Towards Financial Crisis 2.0 CRASH! - 9th Sep 21
2.Tech Stocks Bubble Valuations 2000 vs 2021 - 25th Sep 21
3.Stock Market FOMO Going into Crash Season - 8th Oct 21
4.Stock Market FOMO Hits September Brick Wall - Evergrande China's Lehman's Moment - 22nd Sep 21
5.Crypto Bubble BURSTS! BTC, ETH, XRP CRASH! NiceHash Seizes Funds on Account Halting ALL Withdrawals! - 19th May 21
6.How to Protect Your Self From a Stock Market CRASH / Bear Market? - 14th Oct 21
7.AI Stocks Portfolio Buying and Selling Levels Going Into Market Correction - 11th Oct 21
8.Why Silver Price Could Crash by 20%! - 5th Oct 21
9.Powell: Inflation Might Not Be Transitory, After All - 3rd Oct 21
10.Global Stock Markets Topped 60 Days Before the US Stocks Peaked - 23rd Sep 21
Last 7 days
How Stagflation Effects Stocks - 5th Dec 21
Bitcoin FLASH CRASH! Cryptos Blood Bath as Exchanges Run Stops, An Early Christmas Present for Some? - 5th Dec 21
TESCO Pre Omicron Panic Christmas Decorations Festive Shop 2021 - 5th Dec 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast Into Mid 2022 - 4th Dec 21
INVESTING LESSON - Give your Portfolio Some Breathing Space - 4th Dec 21
Don’t Get Yourself Into a Bull Trap With Gold - 4th Dec 21
GOLD HAS LOTS OF POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE - 4th Dec 21
4 Tips To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Personal Finances- 4th Dec 21
What Is A Golden Cross Pattern In Trading? - 4th Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - Part 2 - 3rd Dec 21
Stock Market Major Turning Point Taking Place - 3rd Dec 21
The Masters of the Universe and Gold - 3rd Dec 21
This simple Stock Market mindset shift could help you make millions - 3rd Dec 21
Will the Glasgow Summit (COP26) Affect Energy Prices? - 3rd Dec 21
Peloton 35% CRASH a Lesson of What Happens When One Over Pays for a Loss Making Growth Stock - 1st Dec 21
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: I Fear For Retirees For The Next 20 Years - 1st Dec 21 t
Will the Anointed Finanical Experts Get It Wrong Again? - 1st Dec 21
Main Differences Between the UK and Canadian Gaming Markets - 1st Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - 30th Nov 21
Omicron Covid Wave 4 Impact on Financial Markets - 30th Nov 21
Can You Hear It? That’s the Crowd Booing Gold’s Downturn - 30th Nov 21
Economic and Market Impacts of Omicron Strain Covid 4th Wave - 30th Nov 21
Stock Market Historical Trends Suggest A Strengthening Bullish Trend In December - 30th Nov 21
Crypto Market Analysis: What Trading Will Look Like in 2022 for Novice and Veteran Traders? - 30th Nov 21
Best Stocks for Investing to Profit form the Metaverse and Get Rich - 29th Nov 21
Should You Invest In Real Estate In 2021? - 29th Nov 21
Silver Long-term Trend Analysis - 28th Nov 21
Silver Mining Stocks Fundamentals - 28th Nov 21
Crude Oil Didn’t Like Thanksgiving Turkey This Year - 28th Nov 21
Sheffield First Snow Winter 2021 - Snowballs and Snowmen Fun - 28th Nov 21
Stock Market Investing LESSON - Buying Value - 27th Nov 21
Corsair MP600 NVME M.2 SSD 66% Performance Loss After 6 Months of Use - Benchmark Tests - 27th Nov 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

Fed Cracking the Whip will no longer work to keep the tiger sitting on its stool

Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2015 Jun 18, 2015 - 05:48 PM GMT

By: Michael_J_Kosares

Stock-Markets

Yesterday’s Fed announcement is a distinct break with the past and a watershed moment for the markets psychologically.  The Fed will no longer be able to simply crack the rhetorical whip in order to keep the market tiger sitting on its stool. We will probably get a taste of what this all means in the near term, but, in my view, the Fed will find itself on the defensive with little left in the quiver, save the ultimate rate hike, to discourage speculative bubbles.  Since it will be hard-pressed to actually snap the whip on Wall Street’s nose (in the form of aggressive rate hikes), the door is open to all sorts of renewed reckless behavior – a hey day for speculators of every description until the bubble ultimately bursts.  The importance of a hedge in gold is now more important than ever.


In the June edition of NEWS & VIEWS, I wrote the following observation on current market behavior – a piece that might be particularly relevant in view of yesterday’s Fed announcement.

On lemming-like algos and distinguishing yourself from the crowd

Back in 2012, I wrote, “It used to be ‘Don’t fight the tape.’ Now it’s ‘Don’t fight the algorithm.’ Well, algos and the madness of machines have become even more entrenched and more influential since those days.

“Real money funds investment people just aren’t playing the gold market. Central banks, the whole lot of them aren’t trading the gold market the way they used to,” says David Govett, head trader at Marex Spectron in a Financial Times article. “It’s created thin nervous markets — the algos can jump in and push it around and make a mess of it.” Of course, Govett is talking about derivative trading, not the acquisition and/or sale of physical metal itself.

Eventually circumstances change. Assumptions are overturned. Algo’s are re-written and we suddenly find ourselves in an entirely different ball game. The algo driven bear can quickly become the algo driven bull. Best way to weather the madness of machines? Own the physical metal, sit back and wait for the lemming-like machine traders to see the light.

While thinking about the algo problem for the gold market, I recalled a story told by an old friend – an engineer who worked at a major engineering firm here in Denver. Our connection was a mutual interest in gold, but that’s another story.

The team had a tight project deadline when all of a sudden a power outage took out the lights, the computers – everything electronic. My engineering friend was old school – the kind of guy that wore a bow tie and kept his pens and a slide rule in the ever-present plastic holder residing in his shirt pocket (Some of you may remember the type).

The younger engineers stood around looking at each other – panic in their eyes. But my engineering friend, like all good engineers, had a back-up plan. He pulled out his slide rule, a number 2 mechanical pencil, found his yellow legal pad, sat by a window and completed the final project calculations without a hitch.

Don’t know why I like this story with reference to algo trading, but I do.

True story, by the way . . . . . .

Epilogue

Bernard Baruch, the famous early 20th century stock speculator, in explaining the behavior of markets:

“Have you ever seen in some wood, on a sunny quiet day, a cloud of flying midges — thousands of them — hovering, apparently motionless, in a sunbeam? …Yes? …Well, did you ever see the whole flight — each mite apparently preserving its distance from all others — suddenly move, say three feet, to one side or the other? Well, what made them do that? A breeze? I said a quiet day. But try to recall — did you ever see them move directly back again in the same unison? Well, what made them do that? Great human mass movements are slower of inception but much more effective.”

This is the same Bernard Baruch who just before the stock market crash of 1929 liquidated his stock holdings and put his money into bonds and cash, and then later, after the crash, dumped a good portion of his fortune into gold. When asked why he would do such a thing by the secretary of the Treasury, Baruch replied that he was “commencing to have doubts about the currency.”

While others banked on the 1920’s stock mania, Baruch’s intuition was telling him that there was something amiss. There are times when it pays to distinguish yourself from the crowd – the midge that flies in the other direction.

____________________________

E-Newsletter sign-up . . . . Receive NEWS & VIEWS when published in your email box. If you are looking for a no-nonsense, bottom-line gold-based analysis, you will appreciate our e-mail newsletter service. It alerts you whenever we publish a new issue. It comes free of charge. You can opt-out at anytime. Last, we will not deluge you with emails. We invite you to join our list of more than 20,000 well-informed subscribers.

P.S.  By signing-up you will also receive access to our timely and important current issue.

By Michael J. Kosares
Michael J. Kosares , founder and president
USAGOLD - Centennial Precious Metals, Denver

Michael J. Kosares is the founder of USAGOLD and the author of "The ABCs of Gold Investing - How To Protect and Build Your Wealth With Gold." He has over forty years experience in the physical gold business.  He is also the editor of Review & Outlook, the firm's newsletter which is offered free of charge and specializes in issues and opinion of importance to owners of gold coins and bullion.  If you would like to register for an e-mail alert when the next issue is published, please visit this link

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in commentary e do not constitute an offer to buy or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any precious metals product, nor should they be viewed in any way as investment advice or advice to buy, sell or hold. Centennial Precious Metals, Inc. recommends the purchase of physical precious metals for asset preservation purposes, not speculation. Utilization of these opinions for speculative purposes is neither suggested nor advised. Commentary is strictly for educational purposes, and as such USAGOLD - Centennial Precious Metals does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information found here.

Michael J. Kosares Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in