Hawaii Six O - Gary Wagner
COVID-19 continues to ravage the global economy
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As of 5:07 PM EST gold futures basis the most active April contract is currently trading up $6.10 (+0.37%) and fixed at $1639.50. Although gold opened slightly above yesterday’s close, today’s close was below today’s opening price. Also noteworthy is gold continues to have an exaggerated price range, as today’s pricing created a lower low, and a lower high, when compared to yesterday’s price action. Gold traded to a low of $1611 and a high of $1672.50 today.
However, the real picture is not the move in gold, but rather incredible U.S. dollar weakness which is a direct result of this morning’s weekly jobless claims report which indicated an enormous rise of 3.2 million claims. Currently the dollar is down 1.48% which is equivalent to 1.492 points taking the index below 100 and is currently fixed at 99.505.
According to Reuters, “The dollar dropped broadly on Thursday after an unprecedented rise in jobless claims led investors to anticipate that the U.S. government and Federal Reserve would take new steps to stimulate the economy. The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits surged to a record of more than 3 million last week as strict measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic brought the country to a sudden halt, unleashing a wave of layoffs that likely ended the longest employment boom in U.S. history.”
After the release of today’s unemployment claims the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the United States “may well be in recession” but progress in controlling the spread of the coronavirus will dictate when the economy can fully reopen. This statement by the Fed Chairman was rare because his statement came before he had data to support that assumption.
However, one fact is absolutely clear, the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue to negatively impact the global economy, as the virus continues to affect more individuals globally raising the number of infected individuals as well as the number of deaths tied to this virus. This is the leading to a major contraction of global GDP. Most alarming is the fact that most medical experts predict this pandemic will get worse before it begins to diminish.
That fact has caused central banks worldwide including the Federal Reserve to take emergency actions. It is also why the Senate passed a $2.2 trillion financial aid package for businesses and individuals residing in the United States. The financial aid package still needs to be voted and approved by the House of Representatives, and then signed off by the president of the United States before it becomes enacted.
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