Gold/silver/copper: every dog has its day
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It was a "risk-on" week for U.S. Equities while commodities remain aggressively oversold. A mental shift is occurring, and investors have been rotating out of inflation (commodities) and into recessionary deflation-type assets. That push drove the U.S. Dollar back to 20-year highs and the Euro to 20-year lows. Year-to-date, Copper, has been the worst-performing metal, down 20%, followed by Silver, down 18%, and while they may be down, they are not out for the count. This week China announced that it is considering a $220 Billion infrastructure bill that would help support the world's second-largest economy, and that's the same playbook I believe the U.S. will use once the recession is here.
Friday's latest June employment data created 372,000 new jobs versus 265,000 expected. The reaffirmed strength in the labor market cements another 75 bps rate hike at the July 27th FOMC meeting. After that meeting, we should see a change in momentum where aggressive interest rate hikes begin to fall, and more consistent smaller hikes remain. The overtightening the Fed will conduct in the back half of the year will ultimately lead to rate cuts in 2023, with 75 bps of cuts already expected.
Daily Copper Chart
Daily Silver Chart
While precious metals have seen their largest weekly outflow in over a year, one must remember that the bigger the outflow, the bigger the inflow when the cycle turns. We expect Copper and Silver to make substantial recoveries once the Fed declares victory on inflation and pivots to stimulating the economy. Therefore, positioning in these metals needs to be considered long-term investments in extreme washouts like what we are seeing now. Any new positioning should be in December 2022 or into 2023 on futures contract purchases.
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Daily Gold Chart
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