7/18/2011 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…
We are taking the week off here at The Mint. As the world observes the pitched battle between default and inflation, we will be roaming the cornfields of Northeastern Nebraska waiting to attend a cousin’s wedding.
To default or not to default, that is the question. The financial world is on the edge of its seats waiting for the answer. What will congress do?
Regular Mint readers know that once QE started, the US essentially defaulted. Everything that is happening now is a mere attempt to avoid openly admitting it.
There has been a startling graph from Bank of International Settlements that has been circling the internet and is worth a look. You may want to ask the children to leave the room, it is downright scary.
Do you now understand why what happens in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and the US in the coming weeks is of the utmost importance for the bond markets? In a very short period of time, sovereign debt issues have become predominant. The scary part of the chart is that any sane person can tell you that there simply ain’t that much AAA rated paper out there, no matter who issues it or who rates is.
With what is sure to be an action packed week as the financial world braces for the next of its many brushes with Armageddon. Not matter what happens, the only clear winner promises to be the volatility index (which you can conveniently trade as VIX). If there truly is the threat of a default, try TBT, the Ultrashort US Treasuries EFT.
Better yet, head down to your local coin shop, load up on physical Gold and Silver, and come roam the cornfields with us, worry free!
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Key Indicators for July 18, 2011
Copper Price per Lb: $4.39
Oil Price per Barrel: $97.12
Corn Price per Bushel: $7.01
10 Yr US Treasury Bond: 2.91%
FED Target Rate: 0.06% JAPAN HERE WE COME!
Gold Price Per Ounce: $1,594 PERMANENT UNCERTAINTY
MINT Perceived Target Rate*: 2.00%
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%
Inflation Rate (CPI): 0.2%
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 12,479 TO THE MOON!!!
M1 Monetary Base: $2,027,500,000,000 RED ALERT!!!
M2 Monetary Base: $9,265,600,000,000 YIKES!!!!!!!
*See the MINT Perceived target Rate Chart. This rate is the FED Target rate with a 39 month lag, representing the time it takes for the FED Target rate changes to affect the real economy. This is a 39 months head start that the FED member banks have on the rest of us on using the new money that is created.