What to make of all this interest rate stuff?

Gold Survival Gold Article Updates:

19 March 2015

This Week:

  • What to make of all this interest rate stuff?
  • The Rule of 3 – 7 days to go
  • Gold miner bankruptcy – sign of the times?

Prices and Charts

Spot Price Today / oz Weekly Change ($) Weekly Change (%)
NZD Gold $1564.48 – $24.54 – 1.54%
USD Gold $1173.20 + $18.30 + 1.58%
NZD Silver $21.49 + $0.11 + 0.51%
USD Silver $16.11 + $0.57 + 3.66%
NZD/USD 0.7499 +0.0231 + 3.17%

Big moves in precious metals as well as in the dollar this morning. All because of one little word in (or rather not in) the Fed statement presumably.

We’ll come back to that after the charts.

The NZ dollar has been the biggest impact on prices this week.

With local prices of gold and silver falling while US dollar prices are up for the week.

Gold in NZ dollars has dipped down to its 200 day moving average as we thought it might. While in US dollars it got close to last years lows but then bounced sharply higher on the Fed announcement.

NZD Gold Chart

Silver did much the same…

NZD Silver Chart

But it was the NZ dollar bouncing a giant 2 cents from 0.7295 to 0.7499 that had the biggest impact on local gold and silver prices.

NZ dollar Chart

The US Dollar had gotten too popular so it’s not surprising to see it moving lower from here and the Kiwi bouncing higher. Although we think the bigger overall trend of a rising US dollar might still be in play for a bit yet.

So what caused all these sharp movements in exchange rates, stocks and precious metals prices?

From the mouth of the Fed head came the words:

“Just because we removed the word patient from the statement doesn’t mean we’re going to be impatient,”


The Fed is no longer patient but they’re not impatient about raising interest rates either?

We’re not sure what the word for that is then. mid-patience maybe?

Don’t you find it hilarious how much importance is placed on these utterings?

But it seems the mainstream take away has been that the Fed is still a little way off raising rates. One article said:

Liftoff suspended

A recent spate of disappointing US economic data, such as lower retail sales and consumer sentiment, has led some economist to call for a rate rise to be delayed even further.

“The Fed is in no rush,” said Ward McCarthy, chief US economist at Jefferies.

“At the current juncture, the timing of the liftoff is still indeterminate and will depend upon the inflation data. The policy statement eliminated the use of ‘patient’ in forward guidance, but the FOMC also described the new forward guidance as being “consistent” with the prior forward guidance.”

He added: “The word ‘patient’ was removed, but the meaning of patient remained.”

However we couldn’t find too many reasons given for why gold moved so sharply higher.

Here’s a CNBC article that was titled “Gold surges after Fed removes ‘patient’ from statement”.

However it makes no comment as to why the surge in gold occurred. In fact it just has commentary from a swiss private bank that is negative on gold:

“We have a bearish view, especially longer term, as the global economy is incrementally improving and growth risks are reduced, which means that there are simply fewer reasons to buy gold as a safe haven.”

But there is other data that is starting to point lower and show that the rest of the world is beginning to slide.

See this chart from BondVigilantes twitter feed:

Bad Economic Data

As the chart shows historically this weaker economic data leads to rate cuts not rises. But no one in the mainstream expects this.

Adrian Ash from BullionVault makes a good point that:

“a small, one-off rise from zero is all the Fed might manage this summer. And losing its patience today…just as the data urge more cheap money for the cheap-money addicts…would certainly fit BullionVault’s in-house model of public policy. It’s based on nothing but irony and banana skins.

Either way, everyone says the end of patience…never mind a rate hike…would be awful for gold and silver prices. [GSG: this was written before the Fed announcement]

So just for the record, here’s what happened to Dollar gold prices last time the Fed boxed itself into raising interest rates….back to “normal” levels…after an “emergency” low.

Interest Rates vs Gold Price

Silver did the same. Only with bells on.”

That chart from the St Louis Fed shows that gold actually rose from 2004-06 when the Fed “normalised” rates from low levels after the 2001 tech crash.

So perhaps todays “surprising” rise in gold and silver is just doing what they did last time round?

Something else spotted by the National Inflation Association was that:

“The 15 FOMC participants who anticipate rate hikes to begin this year, project a median year-end Fed Funds Rate of only 0.625%. Only three months ago in its December 17th FOMC statement – those same 15 participants projected a median year-end 2015 Fed Funds Rate of 1.25%!

Over just the last three months, FOMC forecasts for the year-end 2015 Fed Funds Rate have been cut in half! The new projected year-end Fed Funds Rate of 0.625% would require a miniscule 2015 rate hike of only 50 basis points, which means the Fed isn’t serious about raising rates – and could soon change its mind and not raise rates at all!”

So what to make of all this interest rate stuff?

What will be the impact for gold and silver?

We see a couple of scenarios as possible:

Scenario 1: The Fed raises interest rates soon.

This would send even more money rushing back to the US from emerging markets in particular.

Insider Jim Rickards outlined this morning what this would mean in the Daily Reckoning:

“The Federal Reserve now is setting the stage for interest rate increases. This will make the dollar even stronger than it is already and cause capital to flee emerging markets, putting enormous downward pressure on those currencies and setting the stage for massive defaults by dollar-denominated corporate borrowers in those countries.”

These defaults could eventually set off the dreaded derivative time bomb. That would not be a good thing in case the name “time bomb” wasn’t a big enough hint for you.

[See here for a previous article of ours: A Beginners Guide to Derivatives]

Scenario 2: The Fed continues to pretend but leaves rates as they are.

The easy money will continue to inflate the various bubbles worldwide in stocks, bonds, and real estate. So we’ll see prices continue to rise for some period of time longer – until…

They don’t anymore. Things would get very messy. Any fall will likely see more intervention by Central banks with different forms of helicopter drops.

So what impact of both of these scenarios on precious metals?

You might think the first scenario (interest rates rising) would mean gold and silver would fall.

However remember that chart we showed you earlier, taken from the St Louis Fed database, of gold and rising interest rates in the mid 2000’s?

Yes gold rose along with rates.

Read more: Interest Rates and Gold: If Interest Rates Rise What Happens to Gold?

However we think the second scenario remains more likely.

With other financial assets continuing to rise, this could well see gold and silver head a little bit lower first. But we think if a bottom is not yet in we are very close.

It could be we need one more flush out to really get to maximum pessimism.

Also remember this is in US dollars we are talking about. As shown in the charts above gold in NZ dollars is still over $100 per ounce above its lows of last year. So we’ve got some room to fall without NZD gold hitting new lows.

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Lots of Upside in Gold, Silver and the Shares of Miners

The 3 articles we’ve got posted on the website this week, all delve into the upside that exists in gold and silver, along with their accompanying shares. You’ll find links to these at the end of this email.

We learnt last week that Franco-Nevada co-founder and chairman Pierre Lassonde has been buying mining stocks for his own portfolio again since last October: “[The] gold stocks—just like in 2001—are at absolute rock bottom. In fifteen years, they have not been so low. So I think there’s a historical opportunity, a once-in-a-generation opportunity, right now.”

And Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments, says in a few years, “people will call this the good old days.”

What they—and the other six guest stars of Casey Research’s just aired online event GOING VERTICAL—agree on is that it’s time to prepare your portfolio if you want a shot at vertical gains once the mining sector recovers.

Even the major gold producers are so undervalued that they could rise 150% – 200%. But the best of the best junior miners, the survivors of the bloodbath, are poised to generate returns of up to 1,000% or more.

Click here to watch the video recording of GOING VERTICAL, with its all-star cast: Pierre Lassonde… Bob Quartermain… Ron Netolitzky… Doug Casey… Frank Holmes… Rick Rule… Jeff Clark… and get one of Louis James’ favorite stock picks with vertical potential.


Don’t confuse the Franco Nevada company mentioned above with Allied Nevada Gold.


Because Allied Nevada Gold announced bankruptcy last week. Chiefly due to too much debt. It could well be the first of others to follow. But this could also be a good indicator that we are are at or near the bottom in gold and silver prices.

Maybe we need a few more mining bankruptcies to come first?
Another Sign of the Times

Attendees and exhibitors at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference aren’t having as much fun as they used to:

Bruce McDonald, executive vice-president at analytic services provider ALS Ltd., said he found this year’s gathering “a little bit depressing,” but a sign of the times. “Flat is the new up,” he said.

The article goes on to run through how many mining companies are slashing all sort of costs, including using AirBNB to find accommodation at the conference for staff instead of hotels.

“Another indication of tough times is the relative dearth of news from Canadian miners leading up to PDAC. In the first seven weeks of the year, miners typically issue streams of press releases about exploration results and fund-raising efforts ahead of the busy spring drilling season.

But data from a top Canadian press release service indicated the news flow from Canadian miners has dropped by more than half in the last four years.

“Everyone is pretty damn depressed,” Aston Bay’s Cox said. “I moved my company into a basement in Vancouver, Washington. This is a recession, I have no pride.”


We’re not 100% confident that the bottom is in for gold and silver. But we reckon we are pretty close. It’s very tough to bottom pick, but these levels are likely to be close in the long run. So a good chance to take a tranche now and keep some powder dry just in case. Let us know if you’d like a quote.

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There’s a particular gold company that is one of the few that have been worth having a share in over the past few years. Discover which one it is and why its Chairman is likely worth paying attention to… Why You Should Listen to This Man About Gold By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst Would you like your […]

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Gold and silver mining shares have been incredibly beaten down. But here’s some interesting numbers from the past that show even if you held them before the fall, many do eventually still make significant gains. We take heart ourselves from looking at this evidence… Reality Always Wins… But Never on Schedule By Louis James, Chief Metals & […]

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