The Real Risk of Inflation

The fallout from COVID-19 may be reversing the long-term trend of low inflation, which has dominated the U.S. economy for decades.

Key Takeaways:

  • The CPI surged almost 1% in June, the fastest rate in 13 years. Consumer prices have risen 5.4% over the last year.
  • Two variables that have helped suppress inflation for decades might be reversing, which will create major problems for a financial system that runs on cheap money.
  • As global markets face the risk of exorbitant public debt combined with rising interest rates, investors are starting to reconsider portfolio allocation strategies.
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Bullish Indicators Balance the Bad

In both the stock market and the precious metals markets, investors face a paralyzing collection of bearish and bullish evidence. Everyone is looking for the asset that will emerge as the winner in this new era of finance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gold continues to show some weakness following its recent drop. It looks like it might be headed to retest the March lows, but several indicators are signaling a bullish reversal when or before it gets there.
  • The stock market is as white-hot as the housing market, but some money managers worry equity valuations are in a dangerous position. Stocks look priced to perfection, meaning any shock to the system could trigger a major correction.
  • The next couple of weeks will provide some excellent entry points for gold investors. Precious metals are providing a rare pocket of value in today’s extremely expensive financial ecosystem.
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Gold Marches Higher Amid the CPI’s Shocking Jump

Gold is continuing its short-term bullish pattern as year-over-year consumer inflation reached a shocking 4.2%.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gold is up $30 since last week, showing steady gains off its double bottom in March.
  • Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 4.2% increase in prices year-over-year, surpassing expectations and prompting a 3-day stock market selloff.
  • The U.S. Dollar Index bounced off 90 and remains half a point below last week’s level.

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Gold’s Moment of Truth

Gold bounced off a key support level last week, and continues to hold its gains after the Fed’s announcement to maintain easy money policies.

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Triggering Gold’s Next Leg Up

Gold is continuing its lackluster short-term performance, but the fundamentals are now shaping up to trigger the second phase of its massive bull market.

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