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Edward Harrison’s Ten Surprises for 2014, Update 2

Edward Harrison’s Ten Surprises for 2014, Update 2

This is an abbreviated post from our subscription series at Credit Writedowns Pro. Today is the time to update you on how my 2014 surprises are faring and why. Just to remind you, the surprise list is based on Byron Wien’s list of ten surprises which he has been conducting for the last thirty years. Surprises are events to which […]

Economic and market themes: 2014-03-14

Economic and market themes: 2014-03-14

US data have been better

European periphery market access continues to improve

Dollar weakness may be China-related

Gold continues to get safe haven bid

China’s slowing more likely to be abrupt

Ukraine has become a military issue; contagion will increase

A full-blown emerging markets crisis is now likely

The move to safe havens may have begun

The move to safe havens may have begun

While the emerging markets are getting a bit of a reprieve today, it bears noting that the move to so-called safe haven assets and currencies has begun. This suggests to me that George Magnus’ warning about this emerging markets crisis must be heeded. I believe a key component to the selloff’s ending will be better economic data out of China as the interest rate hikes taken in several EM countries have not had a beneficial effect. Bonds will continue to rally until the EM crisis has been decisively dealt with. More thoughts below.

Now Is the Time to Buy Gold

Now Is the Time to Buy Gold

China’s plan seems to be to acquire a total of 6,000 tonnes of gold to put its holdings on a par with developed countries and to elevate the international appeal of the renminbi. Meanwhile in the futures market, the basic problem is that there are many more transactions that could put a claim on gold than there is gold registered for delivery in the COMEX warehouses. There are 107 times more open-interest positions than there is registered gold.

How’s gold doing?

How’s gold doing?

The chart on gold is not looking very good. And it seems that retail investors have lost interest in the precious metal. Is this a correction within the longer-term gold bull market or is it a new secular bear market for gold? I have some thoughts below?

How is the eurozone periphery doing?

How is the eurozone periphery doing?

With Spain posting its first gains in GDP in over two years, every media outlet I have seen is trumpeting this as the end of the eurozone recession. I called it early, yes. However, one quarter’s GDP growth does not make recovery. Let’s look at how Europe’s periphery is actually doing.

On the crash in gold

On the crash in gold

Gold is breaking down in a big way right now. We are well into bear market territory here. Marc Faber thinks it could fall to $1300… before rebounding. A number of noted goldbugs are talking about a Fed conspiracy. So what is going on here? Personally, I like the way Pawel Morski puts it. Gold – unlike bank deposits, equity […]