What’s next for the Dollar and Currencies? Updated Merk Outlook August 2013

In the short to medium term, the U.S. dollar and currencies are heavily influenced by the actions of the Fed. As the Fed may be reading tealeaves as much as anyone else, we may be facing particularly high policy uncertainty that, in turn, reflects on elevated volatility in the bond and currency markets. The good news is that this may yield opportunities for the prudent investor.

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Gold Nears 10% Monthly Gain Ahead of Fed Decision as US Economy Surges, Inflation Flatlines

The price of wholesale gold fell back to $1320 per ounce Wednesday lunchtime in London as new data showed the US economy expanding faster-than-expected. Second quarter GDP rose 1.7% in real terms from a year earlier, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.

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Gold Defies “Key Reversal” as China Launches “Mini-Stimulus”, Miners De-Hedge

Wholesale gold rallied from a drop to $1310 per ounce Thursday lunchtime in London, gaining as world stock markets also cut earlier losses. Trading back above $1322 – a two-year low when hit by April’s gold crash – spot bullion also rallied 1.0% for Euro and Sterling investors.

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Why talk of Fed “tapering” is just talk

Investors expect the Fed to begin reducing QE as early as this summer. However, whether or not the Fed follows through on “tapering” largely depends on whether the US economy can stand on its own two feet without support from the central bank? Our view is that it cannot and this article examines why that’s the case and why talk of “tapering” is just talk.

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Recommended Reading: It’s all one trade

The world’s finances may be reaching critical stress-points, and as Bill Fleckenstein points out in this excellent article, the recent cracks that have started to appear in the Japanese and US bond markets could be as significant as the first payment defaults that occurred during the subprime mortgage meltdown.

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