Inflation Reaches Peak Narrative

11:32 a.m., EST:

Just like ‘peak oil’ back in the summer of 2008, now it looks like we’ve reached ‘peak narrative’ for inflation.

‘Narrative’, because the markets are a game of manipulation.

If you don’t know who’s being manipulated, then that person is you (slightly changing a Buffett quote).

Bolstering the assessment, is this report from ZeroHedge.

Looks like everybody’s on board and reporting higher prices. Just like they were on board last year with: “We’re all in this together”.

The exact same tag-line for every major U.S. corporation … with ready made (like they knew ahead of time) banners to boot.

The problem is, the markets are not following along.

Reported two days ago, senior gold miners are testing their reversal.

Yesterday, was an upward push that wound up being an ‘out-side-down’ bar (GLD, GDXJ, SLV) … a reversal in itself.

That’s not in the script. Or, is it?

At this point, the public’s literally redirected, manipulated, at will. It’s a sick game being played by all who control the media.

From a personal standpoint, I’d rather make some popcorn, take my red wagon full of fiat, go camp down around $800/oz., and wait.

The gold ice cream man may never show up. If he does, great.

If not, there’re other opportunities; at least I’ll not be one of the manipulated masses screaming inflation hyperbole if/as/when gold ratchets all the way down.

Stay Tuned

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Senior Miners (GDX), Testing

11:27 a.m. EST:

With price action similar to the Amgen reversal, senior mining index GDX, is testing resistance.

As if taking a cue from yesterday’s report on gold heading lower, today we have gold and the miners deciding to head higher.

All is not what it seems however.

The GDX chart above, shows we’re already in up-thrust condition. There has been a sign of supply (selling overwhelming the buying) and now we’re heading up into a test.

Going back to this report on Amgen, it’s a near exact replica of price action; except it’s (apparently) taking place quicker.

Note the bottom of the ‘Sign of Supply’ is a Fibonacci 8-Days from the high posted on April 21st.

That would naturally lend itself to expect testing action to complete on Fibonacci Day 13, which is this coming Friday.

Remember, that as soon as everyone’s got it figured out (Fibonacci time frame) it changes to something else. So, if no one is really paying attention and still in the hyper-inflation bull camp, they’ll look at this action as a bull move; missing the reversal (when or if it comes).

Tests can fail as well. GDX could push through the resistance and negate the up-thrust.

As stated many times before, the gold market’s too crowded with too many rabid bulls.

This may be a good test and reversal set-up but we’ll stick with shorting biotech (not advice, not a recommendation).

By the way … biotech’s doing very well on the short side today … 🙂

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Gold, The Big Picture

The bottom line for gold is: Retrace, lower

No-one in the inflation camp wants to hear that … it’s uncomfortable to face the potential of being so wrong.

Albeit wrong in the short term but probably right later … after it’s too late. More on that farther down.

Just like the lazy (and complicit, we might add) financial journalist publishing the standard (speck blaming) propaganda for the day, so too are the hyper-inflationists, jumping on the most popular bandwagon in town.

Not even considering the potential for a retrace; admittedly, which could be short and sharp but significant nonetheless.

This site has presented several times, we’re in a situation similar to that of Genesis 41. It’s the corn and grain first … then gold and silver.

Just to back that up a bit before getting to the charts, we have the following:

Crop failures world-wide

Systematic destruction of the food supply chain

Systematic elimination of farms and viable (for millennia) ranching practices.

Solar minima activity (decreased sun-spots) causing erratic weather patterns, shifting growing zones; even as far as sub Sahara, Sudan.

Those so focused on stacking metals will likely be using that stack to pry much needed food, food staples, seeds and fertilizer out of the hands of those not willing to sell … at any price.

Why are the oligarchs not worried about the ‘little guy’ stacking metals?

Because there’re going to make it irrelevant … at least for just long enough to completely bankrupt, starve or ‘inject’ the middle class.

Moving on to the charts:

The title header said ‘big picture’. Here we are with monthly gold charts going back to the 1950s, time-frame.

It’s been a long … long bull market. It appears to have made a top at ~1,972 and is retracing … if only just a bit.

The second chart is the one that gives us pause. Consider the potential for a more substantial pull-back.

Markets like to retrace and test. It’s what they do.

That second chart is scary. It’s plain, the 760 – 780 area is a long time (monthly) support level that goes all the way back to 1980.

Absolutely no-one expects, or is planning for gold to get back to $800/oz, or lower.

Think of the irony. The ‘stackers’ (and maybe the rest of us), having to exchange actual money, gold and silver, for worthless fiat just so they/we can buy food to stay alive.

After the middle class stackers have exhausted their metals hoard, that’s when gold and silver will launch into the next bull phase.

It has been done this way (keeping the peasants under control), literally for millennia. The method works … why change?

Summary:

The intent here, is to at least recognize the possibility for the above scenario. It’s clear and becoming more clear every day, food is the weapon of choice.

The objective is to have enough food ahead of time; be in position to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime metals prices should that opportunity be presented.

Stay Tuned

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The 38.2%, Retrace

The last update contained the following statement:

“Such a shallow retrace is rare. More typical is at least a 38.2%, level being tested before price reverses and heads lower. “

Back in the days of my engineering work (see About), when making a statement or conclusion, other engineers (or science professionals) would immediately expect some kind of proof or supporting documentation.

It’s just the way their brains worked; it’s somewhat an implied (unspoken) requirement of the industry and a good thing as well.

A good engineering team (along with technicians) functioned more like a select military unit than a civilian office.

Very heady stuff; especially if you’re on a major project like aircraft flight test and certification.

So, after observing and working thirty-plus years of price action, the empirical observation of 38.2%, retrace being more common than 23.6%, had become my own mental note. Filed away with the other mental notes of price action.

That note’s easily supported … even on the fly as we’ll see below.

We have three charts of equities in the silver/gold mining sector that are currently all in a retrace.

Two of those went straight to 38.2%, while one of them hit 23.6%, first and then went on to 38.2%.

Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) retraces to 38.2% and stalls.

Seabridge Gold (SA) retraces to 38.2% and stalls.

Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) retraces first to 23.6%, and then moves on to 38.2% … and stalls.

Reading price action is partially an art-form and partially a science. The one thing that can’t (ever) be leap-frogged is experience.

Dr. Elder said it himself when he said ‘trading is an old man’s game’.

If you don’t have (but want) the experience, it’s best to get started now. Start racking up the hours … days … weeks and years.

Market Summary:

Steven Van Meter in this update (time stamp 1:39) shows the Rydex Bull/Bear ratio (courtesy of northmantrader.com). That indicator, along with what seems like everything else, is at a never before extreme.

Margin debt too, is literally off the charts.

To end on a more sober note, this link supports the prior statement about how many have received so-called ‘speck’ protection.

This video hints at what may be a likely outcome.

More from the source itself.

Stay Tuned

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Gold (GLD) Hits Target … 166

Bring out the usual suspects.

Last month, March 13th, had this forecast for GLD, to retrace at least to 166-area; a Fibonacci 23.6%, level.

So, here we are.

GLD closed last Friday, at 166.35 … close enough.

Before we get to the chart analysis, we have the following summary from the video link in the header line:

‘We were seeing some noticeable improvement in the economy … especially in the U.S. as the [speck protection] took hold.’

(time stamp 5:03).

‘Taking hold’, indeed.

We can see just how well that’s going, here, here and here … adding to a very long list.

Before we leave this topic, we have entire school districts being shut down from speck protection reactions.

Let’s extrapolate that into ‘entire grocery chains shut down’, or ‘entire air transport companies shut down’ and the picture is clear.

By now, anyone with two lipids rubbing together can see the false narrative has reached beyond absurd into a completely different realm.

We’ll just have to call it the ‘Twilight Zone‘ for lack of a better description.

All of this will affect the markets … gold included; probably in ways unknown at this point.

Analysis:

So, here we are at the 23.6% retrace. What’s next?

First off, 23.6% is very weak. It’s not typically seen as the final (upside) reversal point in general market behavior.

However, if GLD does reverse from here, posting new daily and weekly lows, it’s in serious trouble.

The next chart has GLD in a downward channel that’s been in-effect since last August.

Pulling out to a longer time frame … the monthly; using a Fibonacci projection from these levels we have some interesting price targets.

Frist, is the 1:1, or 100.0% – 100.0% on the Fibonacci tool that projects GLD down to about 130 (129.64). This just happens to be the area Steven Van Metre has been discussing (as a potential target) for months.

Moving on lower to the 69.25 area for GLD, are targets mentioned by Harry Dent … albeit, years ago (actually, it was below $400).

We should keep in mind, a Fibonacci retrace of 76.4%, from all time high to cycle low, 1999/2001, is the 64-area on GLD.

Getting below $400 at this juncture seems unlikely.

Summary:

A downside reversal off 23.6% retrace would signify substantial weakness.

GLD would have to push below last week’s low of 161.81, to increase probabilities of a sustained downside move.

Stated many times on this site, precious metals are a crowded trade.

Operating at the same time, adverse reactions (and death) being caused by speck protection. A massive number of the population is subject to being permanently debilitated.

That could feed into the availability of all items; gold included but more importantly, the food supply.

To wit, CORN has just pivoted to the up side in a new trend; rising at over 437%, annualized.

More on that, later.

Stay Tuned

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Silver: Sunday & Overnight

It’s about 9:37p.m. EST, on Sunday. Price action in the futures markets (SIK21) has silver up about +0.40%.

Projecting that action onto the regular daily session of silver, has it within the black box; located right up against the blue trend line.

At this juncture, the down-trend is still in effect.

In others markets … real estate:

A report just out by Uneducated Economist has ‘boots on the ground’ reports lumber inventory (for housing construction) is piling up at mills at levels never before seen … ‘stacked to the rafters’.

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Technical Discussion: Silver

This is going to be one of those technical discussions that are tedious and long-winded (also to include at least one boring anecdote).

If desired, go to the Summary for the CliffsNotes wrap up.

For the rest, let’s get into it:

A quick look at the news and financial sites has the inflation narrative still raging.

This link to an article on ZeroHedge offers a slightly different perspective than one-way hyperinflation.

At least it says deflation is a possibility.

Back in the day, I used to read as many of these press releases as possible; combine them, put them in a spreadsheet, develop a ‘voting’ system (with variable adjusted algorithmic weighting), look at buy and sell recommendations, try to figure out if MACD, RSI and Stochastics could predict the next move … and then, I would watch Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser.

It’s a frustrating, unprofitable exercise that was ultimately abandoned while the search for market truth carried on; only to be found much later in 2007; that’s a story for another time.

There’s nothing wrong with Rukeyser. In fact, I did use his program (once) in what was at the time, a trade of pure intuition.

During his opening monologue (probably May 19th, 1989), Rukeyser talked about gold reaching multi-year lows.

At the time, I had been monitoring the gold miners and specifically Echo Bay Mines (ECO). Echo is now part of Kinross Gold.

The sense was ECO had slowed its decline and seemed ready to move higher. Gold also felt like it might retrace part of its decline.

The trade result is on the chart below:

The entry date for going long ECO was May 22, 1989, a Monday.

That would seem to follow if Rukeyser’s gold statements were on his (prior) Friday broadcast.

As the chart shows, gold bounced and then went slightly lower before going into a sharp (but short) rise.

The exit came on January 23rd 1990, right at the top of the brief move.

Once again, it was from intuitive feeling that gold had reached some kind of stopping point.

What solidified thinking ‘we’re at a top’, was Joe Granville coming out in his newsletter that he was going “all-in” on gold.

At the time, Granville was not making good market calls. This one seemed like a stab for attention as by now, gold was in the news.

To add to the nostalgia (looking at the confirmations), commission for going long (100 shares) was $47.60 and for getting out, $49.00

Many decades later and in retrospect, the trade worked because it was sentiment based.

After declining steadily for two years, gold sentiment was negative. At the top in January ’90, it had tuned positive.

What does all that have to do with today?

Looking at the chart of gold above, you’ll note a sharp rise in price from June of ’86 to October ’86. In effect, it’s a wide price bar.

From Wyckoff analysis, markets tend to come back to wide areas for a test. That’s exactly what we see from December ’87, onward.

Now, let’s look at the monthly close of silver (SLV):

The chart shows how each wide bar has (ultimately) been tested. Price action either rises to test or declines … but it does test.

This is how markets behave. It’s what they do.

Looking at the current situation for silver, one would think it’s time to exit (if long); anticipating a retrace or go short (not advice, not a recommendation).

There’s a wide bar from the March 2020, low to the August 2020 high, that has not been tested.

That (test) thinking is bolstered further, by the chart below:

On a monthly closing basis, SLV has pivoted (down) off the 38.2% Fibonacci retrace level when looking at the entire decline from April 2011, to march 2020.

In addition, it tagged the 23.6% level as a pivot to the upside which led into the now famous, but fading fast, ‘short-squeeze’.

It’s important to note, the short squeeze was so weak, it could not even register a new closing high on the monthly chart.

Summary:

It’s not important or profitable to figure out whether it’s inflation or deflation. The important part (and the hard part) is to read the price action itself.

That price action … at least for silver, is saying we’re at a juncture (Friday’s close) where SLV’s in position to retrace and test the wide trading area created from March – August, of last year.

A retrace is possible because that’s what markets do. Our anecdote example from 1989, shows that markets do not change.

If silver, SLV opens lower on Monday, it weights the probability we’re on our way to the 17.50 – 18.00 level and/or a test the March ’20 lows.

If it opens higher, the market’s in spring position (ready to head higher) as described in this link.

Stay Tuned

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Market Duality: Silver

Silver, SLV’s at a juncture where it can either go sharply higher or continue lower from here

Punching through support puts SLV at the danger point.

Whenever price action penetrates support and hesitates, it’s in Wyckoff spring position; poised to move higher.

Because we’ve got a weekly MACD bearish divergence in addition to a huge volume ‘changing of hands’ on February 1st, probability would favor downside action … continuing on to 17.50 – 18.00 area.

Nonetheless, SLV could rally from here … even in the midst of a longer term bearish (deflationary) environment.

The precious metals sector is a crowded trade and one to be avoided (not advice, not a recommendation).

An interesting post on the current inflation/deflation scenario is here.

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Dollar Rally

Wasn’t the dollar supposed to crash … go to zero … implode?

This is the flip side of the hyperinflation narrative.

Dollar implosion like hyperinflation, not happening.

Way back in 1921, Livermore said to Wyckoff that his assessment of the markets was, ‘it’s all about deception’.

Nothing has changed.

It’s in the best interests of those controlling the narrative to have as many as possible (always) on the wrong side of the trade.

We haven’t posted this link in a while … the video keeps getting deleted but re-appears every so often. This is how it really works … Period.

Note the date stamp on the comments. The video’s at least 13-years old and it’s still relevant today.

So, the dollar’s in a rally.

Not only that, momentum indicators, MACD, on the monthly, weekly, daily, all point higher. It’s in a rally and a sustainable one.

It’s completely opposite the accepted narrative.

You can feel the tensions building.

Bonds could be reversing but have already pushed rates high enough (long enough) to choke-off critical sectors of the economy like here and here.

Now we see the dollar has bottomed as well.

It looks like a strong multi-month (or year?) rally. Correspondingly, gold is weak. The overall markets are stretched to ever-livin’ extremes; never before seen.

Whenever this baby pops, try logging on to chaos, or exit any position (except maybe for the long bond).

Our approach then (not advice, not a recommendation), is continue work on positioning short. So far, the ‘project’ is taking small hits in those attempts. We’ll see how basic materials (SMN) works out today.

Stay Tuned

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Gold To Rally ~ $1,660

If that happens, expect the usual suspects to ‘Go Postal’ on the hyperinflation narrative.

Johnny Bravo put it best when he said (to the effect) months ago:

We’re going to get hyperinflation. The question is “When?”

Looking at it a different way and in ‘Oligarch speak’.

The time for hyperinflation, is when the proletariat have exhausted their supplies of precious metals … most likely using it to buy food.

An engineered famine is being constructed; in process, as we speak.

Judging from comments on the financial sites, the public still thinks food prices are rising because of inflation.

There are exceptions (thankfully) like the comment area on ZeroHedge articles. Those few but growing number, understand exactly what’s happening.

So, what’s all of this got to do with the price of gold?

It’s perfectly natural and maybe expected that gold, GLD, after breaking support will rally back to test the 166 (~ $1,660) area.

Just like the incessant narrative on “The Speck“, which is drilled into the collective consciousness day after day (except maybe in South Dakota and Texas) so too, is the hyperinflation Weimar Republic narrative.

A Black Swan (as explained by Nassim Taleb) is a major unexpected event.

The flip side, a Black Swan is also a major expected event, that does not happen. That second definition is not commonly discussed.

What if hyperinflation never happens? What if there’s some kind of ‘transition’ before it has a chance to take hold?

If GLD tests 166, and reverses, downside targets are now 133 and then even lower at 110.

If that happens, there could be a market crash to go along with it.

With margin debt levels the highest in history, most if not all participants will be wiped out long before gold at $1,100 (or lower).

Silver and gold at fire sale levels and the public will be on the other side of the fence, turning in their precious metals hoard in exchange for worthless fiat dollars … just to survive.

It’s an oligarch’s dream come true.

Stay Tuned

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