Gold and Silver Plunge On Bernanke’s Remarks – What Happens Next?
The price of gold and silver plunged today after investors concluded that the Federal Reserve had no immediate plans for further quantitative easing. In testimony to Congress Fed Chairman Bernanke made positive comments on future U.S. economic growth. When Bernanke gave no indication that further monetary easing would be necessary, a selling stampede began in the precious metals markets.
In New York trading, gold closed down $87.20 for a 4.9% loss on the day and silver declined by $2.29, down 6.2%. Platinum got rocked with a $40 decline to $1,685 and palladium gave up $18 to close at $707.
Why the violent sell off in precious metals when the Federal Reserve and other central banks worldwide are still printing money on a massive scale? For some thoughts on today’s precious metals rout and what’s likely to happen next, here are some links to excellent gold and silver related stories and blog posts:
Explanations from various money managers on why gold and silver sold off. Investors expecting continued monetary easing were disappointed. William O’Neill, partner at Logic Advisors said “Bernanke’s comments seem to have eliminated hope of U.S. quantitative easing coming anytime soon.”
Importantly, the gold and silver futures markets were ripe for corrective, technical and profit-taking pullbacks following recent strong gains that had sent gold and silver prices to multi-month highs. The Bernanke testimony gave many traders and investors an excuse to “ring the cash” register and take some profits. Also, veteran commodity market watchers know these markets can make sudden, unexpected price moves to temporarily roil investors and traders.
Interview with GATA Chairman Bill Murphy on today’s smashdown in the gold and silver markets.
If one basically states that the economy is doing better – not out of the woods yet but better – and all the hedgies are leveraged to the gills because the FED GAVE THEM THE GREEN LIGHT TO DO EXACTLY THAT when it first announced that it would keep this near zero interest rate policy out to the end of 2014, then it is a simple matter of throwing a bit of uncertainty in that regards to generate a bout of selling. Toss in the same permabears as always capping at the highs of the day and the algorithms did the rest of the work as the stops were picked off.
Gold fund manager Jean-Marie Eveillard has just told King World News that he suspects that today’s pounding of the gold price was a matter of central bank intervention:
Eveillard, who manages $50 billion in assets, is among the few respectables in the gold world, and his stunning acknowledgment today is the price the Western central banks must begin paying for their increasingly brazen market rigging. It is a sign that GATA is making progress, however slow.
Progress could be made a lot faster, as Eveillard and a few other respectables might blow the market rigging to smithereens if they mustered a little courage and activism, such as a donation to GATA, which has been documenting, litigating against, and screaming about gold market rigging for years:
Please do not be bothered by today’s intervention. The following news is what creates the absolute need for QE.
It is the thesis of my Formula of 2006 of no major recovery that gives the foundation to my thesis of QE to Infinity.
Has serial money printer Bernanke suddenly converted to become a staunch proponent of a sound dollar? Don’t bet your gold on that one. As noted in a previous post, The Federal Reserve Can’t Produce Oil, Food or Jobs But They Will Continue to Produce Dollars.
Late note – gold is up $20.60 in Asian trading.