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  • Greece Is Back On The Front Page.

    In This Issue.

    * FOMC to meet this week.

    * Losing credibility?

    * Gold doesn't stay below $1,800 for long!

    * Getting ready for Operation Twist.

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  • Greece Dominates Markets' Focus.

    In This Issue.

    * Currency mini-rally continues.

    * Gold falls well below $1,500 but recovers.

    * Home prices to continue to fall?

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  • Questioning China... Again!

    In This Issue..

    * Risk Aversion takes over...
    * Gold fails to reach all-time high...
    * Debasing is good?
    * Treasury yields plummet!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, it looks like the hurricane in the Gulf will veer left, and avoid the 'spill area'... So, those guys working in the Gulf finally catch a break! The bias to sell dollars didn't last too long yesterday, about as long as it takes for an Albert Pujols home run to leave the park! This back and forth stuff is really beginning to give me a rash, folks...

    Yesterday, the selling of the currencies and metals began with Gold... The shiny metal had climbed to just above $1,260, but could not go further, and apparently, traders threw in the towel because Gold couldn't go past its all-time high of $1,266... Gold began to sell off and in the blink of an eye, it went from being up $8, to being down $14! OUCH!...
  • Bank of Canada Is First in G-7 To Hike Rates!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro's rally fizzles out...
    * Rates hikes are not over in Australia!
    * Japanese PM quits!
    * Brits offer advice to Greece.

    OK... Yesterday, I told you that the Bank of Canada (BOC) would meet today, and raise rates... Well, I got that 1/2 right! UGH! The BOC did raise rates, but they did it yesterday! Yes, the BOC became the first Central Bank in G-7 to raise rates, 1 1/2 years after the financial meltdown. The BOC tried to play down the move, by saying that they were not entering a rate hike cycle that would yield rate hikes meeting after meeting... But, with GDP, as reported here yesterday, running at 6.1% annualized, there are more rate hikes to come... It just won't be meeting after meeting... The BOC will sprinkle the fairy dust here, and a little there, some for themselves, and a little for us... A little more for them... HA!...
  • Now It's Spain...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro drops 2-cents overnight...
    * All Risk is taken off the table today...
    * Geopolitical problems steady Gold...
    * The Budget Cuts just keep coming!

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, it was almost a "perfect ride" to work this morning, as I hit all the green lights until the very end! UGH! See, it doesn't take much to make me happy!

    The euro's green light ended last night too, as 'Now It's Spain' (NIS)... As I was packing up to go home yesterday afternoon, the euro had moved beyond 1.24, and I said, 'I wonder what's got the euro so perky this afternoon'... Well, that 'perky' feeling the euro had at that time was wiped out and more by fears that Spain's problems are now going to take center stage... Greece is an afterthought at this point, now it's Spain......
  • The Hits Just Keep Coming...

    In This Issue..

    * Merkel sends the euro lower...
    * Gold Sells off again!
    * Bond Vigilantes...
    * Aussie Confidence falls 7%...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! The rain stopped, the sun came out, I got to sit outside and listen to the ballgame on the radio, all was right in Chuck's world again yesterday... The rain is supposed to come back tonight though... UGH! My little river town is watching the river rise to the top of the banks now...

    The hit songs just keep coming for the euro... As often as the Beatles put them out from 1963 to 1970, or Elton John put them out in the 70's...

    Well... It's the same for the euro... Just when it looked as though the euro might survive a day without being taken to the woodshed... The Eurozone officials just couldn't stand the prosperity! ( and I use that word loosely!) German Chancellor Angela Merkel made some proposals to gain control over 'destructive' financial markets... Her first move was to place a ban on naked short-selling......
  • The Twilight Zone...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro bounces off 4-year low...
    * Gold Sells off again!
    * Greek receives first installment...
    * RBA to take a summer vacation...

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! I think the rain has stopped, for now at least! I feel like someone picked up St. Louis, and moved it to Seattle! Hey! It rains there a lot, but they know it is going to do so! Me? I begin to feel like I have cabin fever, not having the sunshine... So... Hopefully today, eh?

    OK... The price action in the euro yesterday, which has dominated the currency trading for a month now, was something out of the Twilight Zone... Help I'm slipping into the Twilight Zone, The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned... Yes... That Twilight Zone... While the other currencies from Norway and Australia, were getting hammered, for no apparent reason I must add, the euro rallied in the early morning to near 1.24... Then turned on a dime, and by the time my turkey sandwich on wheat arrived at my desk, the single unit was back to trading below 1.23... But... Then, by the time I packed up to go home, the euro was back to 1.24... The strange thing about this swing, was that there was nothing, nada, zero, zilch, a big goose egg of news, data, or official slant to trade off of......
  • Waiting On The Norges Bank...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro continues to get sold...
    * Will Norges bank get confused?
    * Thoughts on China...
    * Gold gets dragged down by euro...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! It's getting quite ugly out there in the investing world. Yesterday I tried to draw a line of comparison from the near collapse of Bear Stearns to the problems of the Eurozone... That line became quite a bit more clear yesterday and in the overnight markets... Let's go to the tape!

    Well... It was another day of selling the euro and dragging other currencies along for the ride... This time, Gold and Brazilian real could no longer resist the pull / drag of the euro selling... It has actually become a rout on the single unit, as now, we're not only dealing with the sovereign debt risk of Greece (which I still contend is not that big in the whole scheme of the Eurozone) but now, the euro is sailing into technical trading rough waters......
  • Greek crisis is sooo yesterday...

    In This Issue..

    * Merkel urges action on Greece...
    * Brazil raises rates...
    * Sterling rises on UK election polls...
    * Precious metals continue to climb...

    Good day, and what a glorious day we had here in St. Louis. The sun was shining yesterday afternoon as the Cardinals completed their 4 game sweep of the Braves with a big 10-4 win. The day was capped off for Chuck and a bunch of his parrot-head friends with an outdoor concert from one of his faves - Jimmy Buffet. I'm sure they had a great time, as it is hard not to when the weather is perfect and Buffet is up on stage. Investors worldwide seemed to be in a better mood also. The worries of Greek sovereign defaults were in the past, and traders rushed back into currencies which could give them a yield advantage....
  • FOMC Day – 04/28/2010...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro goes into a tailspin...
    * Portugal gets downgraded...
    * Germans talk with IMF today
    * Aussie CPI indicates rate hike...

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you... Today marks 1-week since I've been back writing the Pfennig... I simply love writing the Pfennig each day, and boy did I miss it when I was unable to write... Vacation is one thing, those are well deserved breaks, but to not be able to write is another. So... I'm thankful that I'm able to write again...

    Well... The euro went into a tailspin yesterday, and for once it wasn't Greece so much... This time it was a little Greece, and a lot Portugal. The ratings agencies downgraded Greek debt to junk... And they downgraded Portugal's debt from A- to A-2, with a negative outlook. The fear that Greek's debt problems would spread, is coming to fruition... The euro fell to a 1-year low during the day, and the selling didn't stop in the U.S!...
  • Germany Talks Tough!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro's big rally stalls...
    * Problems with Greek Aid Package?
    * A U.S. debt update... (you're not going to like it!)
    * What about the $53 Billion?

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! It was a wet, and sometimes dangerous weather wise weekend here in St. Louis, as a couple of tornados touched down on Saturday. It's still raining outside, and even though the euro got to get out of the rain for a bit on Friday, it's raining on the euro's parade once again this morning.

    Yes... As I left you on Friday, Greece had announced the activation of an aid package, and momentarily, things looked up for the beleaguered Eurozone. The euro continued to gain throughout the day on Friday, and well, looked like it was about to 'break out'... But that was Friday, and today is Monday... And all the euphoria surrounding Greece on Friday has been thrown out with the bathwater, and it's back to euro bashing this morning......
  • Counting Flowers On The Wall...

    In This Issue..

    * A non-movement day in currencies...
    * Euro gets hit again by Greek debt levels...
    * Asia is bellwether for global growth...
    * Gold rallies!

    Good day... And a Thunderin' Thursday to you! I hear that the "rains" are coming today, and will be around until next Tuesday! We'll be water logged, eh? I want to thank everyone who sent along the 'welcome back' notes yesterday. I need to make something clear... I'm not at the office... Not yet, they won't let me... So, I'm writing from home, and I have to pat myself on the back because I didn't complain one iota about writing from home yesterday! HA!

    Talk about counting flowers on the wall, playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of 51, and all those other things that fall under the category of being bored, and dull... That was the day in currencies yesterday......
  • Germany's Merkel gets her way...

    In This Issue..

    * Germany's Merkel gets her way...
    * Confidence in the US ebbs lower...
    * China to stick to renminbi policy...
    * Gold stops sliding...

    Good day, we had another strong day for the dollar yesterday, with the greenback gaining against all of the majors. But overnight, the Asians and then the Europeans sold the dollar and moved money back into the currencies. So after another rollercoaster ride, we are basically right back where we were at this time yesterday morning. These volatile markets are likely to continue, as investors try to figure out if the global economy will recover or if we will slide back into recession. With all of this uncertainty, you would think investors would be moving into 'hard assets': Gold and Silver. But the markets for these two precious metals have been surprisingly quiet this year. More on the metals a bit later, first I will try to figure out these currency markets....
  • Another roller coaster day in the US...

    In This Issue..

    * Another roller coaster day in the US...
    * TIC data shows China and Japan losing their appetite...
    * Eurozone members support Greece...
    * Precious metals rise...

    Good day... We had a pretty busy day in the currency markets yesterday, with the dollar rising sharply in the morning only to sell off again after lunch. The selling continued in Asian trading, and the dollar index is back down to levels it was at this time yesterday morning. These roller coaster rides will probably continue as the markets just don't seem to know where to take the currencies. Short term moves will continue to be exaggerated, but the long term dollar continues to be in place.

    As I pointed out yesterday, this is a very busy week for data here in the US, and yesterday started us off with a bang. The volatile Empire manufacturing number showed a slight tick up but pretty much came in where it was expected. The more important Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization numbers followed, and both confirmed the US economy is continuing to recover; albeit at a slow pace. Industrial production increased .1% in February, and Capacity Utilization also increased to 72.7%. This data got the day started off right for dollar bulls, and the greenback shot up.

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  • Loose Lips, Sink Ships...

    In This Issue..

    * Greek PM stops currency rally...
    * Will Fed stop mortgage buying program?
    * Aussie jobs report is strong!
    * The history of a Pfennig For Your Thoughts...

    Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! The monsoons are coming to the Midwest... I believe I saw the weather report for this area showing rain today and the rest of the week... I should leave my car outside, to get a 'wash'! HA!

    Well... During World War II, there was a saying, that, 'loose lips, sink ships'... I think Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, should have taken those words to heart yesterday... You see, the currencies, led by the beleaguered euro, were rallying, and the single unit was nearing 1.37, when Papandreou made a statement that sunk the rally's ship... He said that 'Greece's debt problems could soon spread to the rest of Europe and mean a weaker euro'...