by David Brady by way of Sprott Cash

We had the final FOMC assembly right this moment, and the Fed raised charges one other 50bp to 4.25-4.50%. This was already priced and was due to this fact a non-event. The accompanying assertion was a shock given the diploma of hawkishness. It mainly said that price hikes would wish to proceed to deliver down still-elevated inflation, brought on by a extra sturdy labor market, larger wages, and the results of the Ukraine conflict. However then Powell did it once more within the convention name, basically reversing the hawkishness within the assertion.

At the very least when Greenspan talked out of each side of his mouth, he did it with finesse. Powell’s confused and contradictory phrase salad made it nearly inconceivable to grasp what he was making an attempt to speak. Maybe that’s the reason markets mainly ended up flat. Nobody is aware of what these guys are going to do subsequent, nothing has modified, or the markets simply didn’t consider what Powell was saying. On the finish of the day, price hikes will proceed however at a slower tempo. Nothing we didn’t already know.

As well as, the mere point out of a proposal to boost the inflation goal from 2% compounded the dovish tilt, though Powell said it was one thing they might solely take into account within the “long-term”.

Deciphering the ramblings of the Fed, we all know they plan to proceed to boost charges however at a slower tempo, with maybe 50bp to 75bp at most earlier than they’re accomplished. However the nugget that caught out to me when it comes to significance was this remark from Powell:

“If markets ease monetary situations, the implicit notion there was that simply means we’re going to should do extra to make monetary situations tight.”

In different phrases, the Fed wants monetary situations to replicate Fed tightening motion, in any other case the Fed loses any shred of credibility it has left. With a view to guarantee this, Powell is saying that he’ll elevate charges even additional or improve QT, or each, if essential to tighten monetary situations. What indicators that monetary situations are tightening? Shares fall and/or bond yields rise.

In abstract, if the Fed is hawkish and shares go up and yields go down, Powell might want to power shares decrease and yields larger. Given the muted response to what was maybe essentially the most hawkish FOMC within the Powell period, this doesn’t bode effectively for shares specifically.

Nevertheless, again on November 2nd, Powell was clearly dovish when he confirmed that the tempo of price hikes going ahead would gradual. The market ended flat again then too, basically ignoring what he stated. However the very subsequent day, November third, shares and treasured metals took off and the DXY accelerated to the draw back. What if the identical delayed response occurs tomorrow or Friday when choices expirations (“opex”) happens?

Timing apart, given Powell’s hawkishness right this moment, the chance is that every thing however the greenback heads decrease and the DXY goes larger over the following couple of days, and if not, the Fed will power it to occur.


The DXY closed under 104 right this moment. That help degree is damaged. This opens up a transfer right down to 102, however we could get a small bounce first. It’s already excessive oversold and positively divergent primarily based on the MACD Histogram in blue. Once more, I consider this indicators a rebound to 108-110 within the subsequent few weeks.


It ought to be no shock that Gold is the mirror picture of the DXY. Overbought and excessive bullish with a negatively divergent MACD Histogram in blue. Whereas DXY has remaining draw back to 102, Gold has upside to 1850-60 earlier than it capitulates. When it does, I’m in search of the overdue pullback to fall to 1750 at a minimal and 1700 most in Wave 2. From there, again up the vehicles for what occurs subsequent: Wave 3!


The Gold:Silver ratio continues to sign that it’s primed to rebound. It’s excessive oversold and positively divergent throughout all indicators. Because of this Gold is getting set to outperform Silver within the subsequent few weeks or months.

Silver is excessive overbought and negatively divergent per the RSI and the MACD Histogram. The MACD Line is at its most overbought situation since Sept 2020 when Silver was at 29! It’s additionally its most excessive bullish for the reason that peak in March at 27.50. It’s ripe for a giant correction however should still go a bit larger. If Gold does make it to 1850-60, Silver may hit 25 or perhaps a little larger earlier than it dumps in spectacular trend. I say this as a result of the Gold:Silver ratio indicators that when Gold falls, Silver will fall a lot quicker.


Miners have lagged the metals lately. GDX continues to be combating the 200-DMA. It’s bouncing round in overbought territory and negatively divergent per the MACD Histogram in blue. Aided by Gold, I nonetheless assume it will probably hit 31-32 earlier than gravity takes over and heads right down to ~26 and the 50-DMA in Wave 2. Then get your procuring record prepared for Wave 3.


Silver is caught in two minds proper now. It’s a coin toss within the very short-term. Momentum is already waning in each the RSI and the MACD Line, whereas SILJ mimics GDX because it struggles with the 200-DMA. In the meantime, the MACD Histogram is clearly negatively divergent signaling decrease ranges to return. That stated, we could have yet one more larger excessive or it goes straight down. Both manner, it’s simply completely different routes to the identical vacation spot: to 10 and the 50-DMA at a minimal, imho. SILJ may be very unstable in each instructions. No matter the following low seems to be, that can doubtless be Wave 2, after which it’s all programs go for a lot larger ranges to return.


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