Bloomberg News admitted that it is aware of the Fed’s “hidden” mandate to control the price of gold when it published an article last Sunday titled, “Yellen Can’t Halt Trump Gold Rally That Funds Bet Against” – Bloomberg/Yellen/Gold.
That title, combined with the content of the article, implied that the journalists and editors at Bloomberg are aware that the Fed actively manipulates the price of gold. It’s hard to know if this admission was put forth intentionally or unwittingly. But the headline outright acknowledges that the Fed’s goal with respect to the price of gold is to prevent it from moving higher. The Fed’s current tool for this purpose is the “good cop/bad cop” routine played out on a daily basis between the Fed Governors who purport the need for more interest rate hikes and the Fed Heads who advocate waiting until the economy improves.
Lost in the smoke of Orwellian propaganda is the absurd notion that the two “rate hikes” were a mere quarter of a percentage point in magnitude. This can hardly be described as “raising interest rates.” It certainly is not even remotely close to the concept of “interest rate normalization,” whatever that is supposed to mean. In mid-2007, about a year before the financial system nearly collapsed, the Fed Funds rate was 5.25%. A little more than a year later it had been dropped to near zero.
If the financial analyst “Einsteins” define “rate normalization” as the 5.25% level in 2007, it will take about about 20 years using the speed of rate hikes by the Fed over the last two years. On the other hand, going back to 1954, which is as far back as the Fed’s database takes us for the Fed funds rate, the median level for the Fed Funds rate is somewhere around 7%. Is THAT level how one would define “normalized rates?” You can do the math on how long it would take thereby to achieve “normalized interest rates” if 7% is the goal.
Since mid-December 2016, when gold appears to have bottomed out from the manipulated price “correction” that began in August, gold has been trading in defiance of the Fed’s attempts at price control. Yesterday’s (Wednesday, Feb 22nd) trading action is point in case. Gold was slammed for about $9 right after the paper trading market on the Comex floored commenced. This is standard operating procedure. But about 5 1/2 hours later, when the Fed released the minutes from its last meeting, gold spiked up and reclaimed the full $9 price take-down. Today gold has soared another $16.
At the Shadow of Truth, we suspect both Yellen and the editorial staff at Bloomberg News are mumbling to themselves. In today’s episode, we discuss the trading action in gold and the potential more interest rate hikes this year: