9/28/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…
We have taken a small breather here at The Mint. What has occurred in the past week simply boggles the mind. Precious metals have taken a beating and it is our guess that they will continue through tomorrow. The most interesting reasoning for the drop in Gold and Silver that we have heard is that there will be an announcement on October 4th limiting short positions on the COMEX.
Guess who has a huge short position in silver that needs to be covered this week? JP Morgan, to the tune of 121 million ounces. We can only guess at the machinations but needless to say, it would be very convenient for them to be able to cover their positions at a discount. Hence the increase in margin requirements at the COMEX last Friday which has shaken out the weak long positions this week.
Across the board in commodities, current prices reflect a rush to cash, not changing fundamentals.
Some interesting reading on the current, sorry state of employment in the US from US News:
15 Stunning Statistics About the Job Market
It is much worse than most imagine.
Other than that, chaos is reigning as the dollar funding markets for banks in Europe are apparently non-existent. As September 30, 2011 approaches, banks are holding on to cash in the absence of clear direction from the Eurozone as to how they intend to bail out their large institutions.
In the meantime, the FED has apparently opened up swap lines (read printing presses) to provide dollars to these banks. According to a report that we saw from Bloomberg, the FED has gone from its role as the lender of last resort to a role as the lender of ONLY resort.
We take this to mean that nobody is willing to lend US Dollars at any price to the largest banking institutions in the world.
Does this indicate that, at long last, the US Dollar system has technically collapsed?
Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.
Key Indicators for September 28, 2011
Copper Price per Lb: $3.21
Oil Price per Barrel: $79.95
Corn Price per Bushel: $6.30
10 Yr US Treasury Bond: 2.00%
FED Target Rate: 0.08% ON AUTOPILOT, THE FED IS DEAD!
Gold Price Per Ounce: $1,610 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY
MINT Perceived Target Rate*: 2.00%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Inflation Rate (CPI): 0.4%!!! UP UP UP!!!
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 11,011
M1 Monetary Base: $2,010,000,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base: $9,541,800,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!