For gold investors, the major thorn in our side continues to be the USDJPY so we need to discuss it again.
Over the past weekend at TFMR, we had a discussion about how so many well-intentioned people could have been so wrong about “the metals” over the past five years. It included this sentence: “What we failed to predict was the successful, collective manipulation of nearly all “markets” by the CBs, their primary dealers and their willing/sycophant media through HFT.”
That one sentence could be the subject of a full post or podcast but, for now, let’s just focus upon the market manipulation through HFT. As you know by now, the USDJPY is just about the single most important general input for HFT buy/sell decisions. Whether it’s S&P futures, bond futures or Comex Gold, the direction of the USDJPY generally impacts all of these “markets” more than anything else. The chart below plots the inverse of USDJPY (JPYUSD) with gold futures. Note clear correlation that began in 2008.
In observing the central bank market manipulation…when we see the same pattern again and again…and this pattern is followed by the desired equity or bond market reaction…then you know something is up. How many times have we captured screenshots of the BoJ, Fed, SNB or whomever buying the USDJPY in size at just the right moment to create and paint a double bottom on the chart? From there, how many times have we watched a near perfect and uninterrupted, 45-degree angle recovery ensue?
Here are just a couple of egregious examples that I just chose at random from my desktop folder that holds about 40 charts. (I’ve only been keeping them since late summer.)
Well, since we just used the term “egregious”, let’s apply it again to the charts below. Recall that things were sailing along surprisingly well last Monday. Over the previous week, the USDJPY had failed to hold support near 113 and again near 112 and it had fallen to near and just below the very-important 111 level. Then, as we chronicled that day, a sudden spike occurred on NO NEWS and not even any rumors. Just a spike from out of the blue that drove the pair immediately back above 111.
And what followed over the next five days? Well, outside of the sudden plunge on the now disproven stories from Brian Ross at ABC News, the USDJPY has followed the same glide path all the way back to 113. Also, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE where USDJPY reopened Sunday afternoon…RIGHT ON the glidepath. Remove the reaction to Friday’s unexpected headlines and it’s a near-perfect, 45-degree angle for nearly FIVE FULL DAYS.
(And in case you’re wondering which tail wags which dog, note the turn in USDJPY last Monday clearly preceded the turn in the S&P.)
How is this even possible? It’s not…well, at least not in the traditional and “free market” sense…the pre-2008 and pre-2012 sense. All of these things used to move somewhat independently as human, carbon-based traders made rational investment decisions based upon a number of inputs. However, in 2017, where 90% of all trading is now done through HFT….well, the results are pretty clear. The Central Banks and their Primary Dealer trading desks manipulate the key inputs and HFT does the rest. This is why yours truly and so many other “experts and mavens” have been confounded for the past five years. It’s not nefarious intent and it’s not because gold bugs are cruel, heartless charlatans who are intent upon stealing as many dollars as possible from the easily-duped. Instead, it is a failure to anticipate the levels to which The Central Banks would successfully go to keep their system alive.
Understanding this is why you consistently hear me cite the refrain of PHYSICAL DEMAND. It is only through a renewed crisis of confidence that this system can be broken…at least as it pertains to the precious metals. Physical gold demand will bust The Bullion Banks by breaking their just-in-time and unallocated delivery system. Physical demand will force price to be discovered through the exchange of physical metal, not the alcehmized digital garbage that permeates the system today.
We’ll leave you today with stories from each end of The Bank monster. The first, and one that we’ve been following closely since last March, is the continued run-up to renewed war on The Korean Peninsula. WHILE NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND IS CHEERING THIS ON, it is important to be prepared for all of the unknown unknowns that would come with such a catastrophe, one of them being financial calamity that could again shatter confidence in the current system.
And the other story deals with gold alchemy and the continued shunting of physical demand into sham/scam paper investments. It seems the World Gold Council is hungry to increase their fees. They are apparently planning to offer a whole new “gold” ETF, perhaps designed to compete with the IAU. Ask yourself, from where will this fund get the 200-300 metric tonnes of gold needed to fund its “inventory”? Once again, The Banks will simply perform the alchemy of leveraging current unallocated stockpiles into more and more digital “gold”.
Again, true physical gold demand is the only antidote to the poison created by the Central Bankers and the Bullion Banks. Sadly, 2018 promises another surge in war, debt, negative interest rates and de-dollarization. Will these events finally prompt enough physical demand to break The Banks? Only time will tell. – Craig Hemke
The divergence from the USDJPY correlation illuminates The Bullion Bank effort to smash price below the 200-day MA and flush out as many Spec longs as possible before the next rise. We saw this is May and in July and we are seeing it again now.
I have no doubt that what you are about to read is correct.
Since last Monday, when the USDJPY was forcibly rallied from below 111, the total change in this all-important HFT driver is 130 “pips”…from 110.90 to 112.20. After discovering and then closely following the yen-gold correlation for over three years, we’ve learned that a one point move in the USDJPY generally correlates to a $10-12 move in the price of Comex Digital Gold. The current 130 pip move should thus translate into roughly a $15 drop in Comex gold. Considering that price was $1298 last Monday, the current price should be around $1283. Instead, I have a last of $1267. Why the 2X difference?
It’s simple. Over the past several days there has been a concerted and coordinated effort to rig price below the 200-day moving average. And why have The Banks taken this action? In order to engender the same type of Spec long liquidation seen in May and July of this year and displayed on the chart below from October 24:
The CoT survey of last Tuesday gave two alarms that allowed The Banks to trigger this current action.
Judging that the CoT was ripe to be flushed, The Banks took action, striking yesterday at 9:07 am EST. Note the 12,000 contract dump that finally shoved price well-below the 200-day. The selling action that took gold prices another $10 lower in the three hours that followed was brought upon by Spec long liquidation upon seeing price fall below this critical technical indicator.
Today, price continues to meander lower, even though USDJPY is down, because of this continued Spec long liquidation. Just as we saw in May and just as we saw in July.
Given the false pretenses surrounding this current manipulation, I have no doubt that another bounce and rally is coming…in both Comex Gold and Comex Silver.
Let’s start with Comex Gold. Note that the May and July lows came with an RSI of near 30 and price about $40 below the 200-day. A similar low next week would peg price near $1240.
Personally, I have a hard time believing that price will fall that far before bouncing but, if it does, there’s a another good reason to expect a floor there…the 200-week moving average. On three occasions earlier this year, price has fallen to this key long-term indicator and on all three occasions, price quickly reversed.
In Comex Digital Silver, the picture is just as clear. There can be no doubt that the Banks have aggressively capped CDS at it’s own 200-week moving average on every attempt to move higher over the past 18 months. As you can see below, this is clearly NOT random, free, fair and natural price action:
However, another look at the same weekly chart reveals the resilience that CDS has shown every time it reached down toward $16. Additionally, check the massive, long-term reverse head-and-shoulder pattern that is forming:
So, quite obviously, there is another tradable low coming. Will it lead to the final breakout move toward $1400 and $22? Maybe. However, this next low is coming and why wouldn’t it? Consider just this brief list that will impact the demand for gold exposure in 2018:
Given all of the uncertainty that lies ahead for 2018, prices for Comex Digital Metal are headed higher not lower. Prepare now for your next tradable opportunity in both Comex metals and the mining shares. – Craig Hemke
For at least the past decade the behavior of the people who trade gold futures contracts – and thereby determine the metal’s price – has been generally predictable: The “commercials” – big banks and companies that buy gold to do things with it – have suckered the speculators – mostly hedge funds who chase trends – into going very long and very short at exactly the wrong time.
Which means the price action in gold six or so months in the future was broadly predictable. When the speculators were way long, it was going down and vice versa.
But this year the action – as portrayed in the commitment of traders report (COT) – has departed from the script. After taking on near-record long positions early in the year, the speculators have barely scaled them back from levels that are extremely bearish for gold. Meanwhile gold, instead of tanking as recent history says it should, has been treading water.
And now both the speculators and the commercials have started ramping up their current bets, with speculators going from very long to even more long and commercials going from very short to even more short.
Here’s the same data in graphical form. Where historically the silver bars on top (speculator longs) and the red bars below (commercial shorts) would be expected to converge at the middle of the chart, they’ve diverged and stayed far apart. So the speculators have not been washed out and instead are becoming even more bullish.
If history still matters (a big if in today’s world) the COT trends point to a bad six or so months for precious metals. Though – and this might be the rationale for many speculators – the global financial system has become so fragile that betting on a crisis that sends capital pouring into safe havens is now a permanently good idea.
In that case the solution for individuals is easy: Just buy silver and let nature take its course. – John Rubino
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