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Leading and Lagging

From the November 24, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 261

Things DIDN’T go as expected, with Trump winning the US election and markets embracing the change rather than fearing it.  That has led to a serious breakdown in the gold price.  The next big items are the November payroll report and December Fed meeting.  We’ll have to see how markets react to those events but the odds of a lower for longer gold price shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Elephant in the Room

From the November 7, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 260

I’ve always considered politics a little bit crazy.  “Little bit” doesn’t begin to describe the gong show that passes for an election in the US.  The good news is that it will soon be over.  Good riddance.

The gold sector continues to tread water.   Things look a little better on the base metal side though there are reasons to exercise a bit of caution with some of them as I detail in the editorial. Read More

First, the Bad News

From the October 18, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 259

Gold had another big leg down in October and that has the naysayers out in force.  I’m not that surprised or dismayed. Scepticism is a feature of young bull markets.  We should use it to our advantage rather than agonizing about it.

I think we’re about to start trending higher immanently, for both the gold price and the resource sector.  We may actually see a pattern similar to last year if the Fed makes good on its promise to raise rates in December. Read More

Bait and Switch

From the September 28th, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 258

We didn’t have nearly the excitement I was hoping for during September. A few companies got big reactions to their drill results but they were negative more often than positive.  Reporting also wasn't as quick as I’d hoped in many cases. The silver lining there is that we are still holding a number of lottery tickets and waiting to see if our numbers will come up.

The Fed ducked yet again, to the surprise of very few.  That hasn’t helped gold prices as much as I would have expected.  Traders in the larger markets seem to have gone “risk-on“ again very quickly That didn’t work too well the last couple of times. We’ll see if the third time is the charm. Read More

Hunting Season

From the September 6, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 257

Ok, Happy now?

All you traders that were wringing your hands and calling tops for the sector since PDAC finally got a correction to call your own.  It wasn’t much of one.  I don’t think I’d get it framed or bronzed, but it’s yours.  You can all relax now in the knowledge that you won’t be the one buying the top. That top, at least.

With a correction (of sorts) and a clear interim bottom in the gold price the deck is cleared for the mountain of news releases headed our way.  Expect high volumes and high volatility.  We know traders want to own these companies as they prepare to report but we don’t know yet what sort of results will satisfy shareholders. That will be a company by company decision and management's ability to convey and explain their results will be a big factor. Read More

Legends of the Fall

From the August 16, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 256

New highs for New York and even more new highs across the junior resource space.  We haven't gotten to September yet and we already seem to be staring the Autumn lift off.  It’s nice to be in the sector the rest of the market is jealous of for a change.

The Venture is currently one of the world’s best performing indexes, perhaps THE best performing.  That move continues to be dominated by gold explorers that have captured the attention of traders.  It’s been five years, at least, since I have seen the levels of anticipatory buying we’re getting for some stocks.  That is a great place to be if you’re already in.  That is why HRA keeps looking for situations where the crowd hasn’t arrived yet.

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Central Bank Roulette

From the July 26, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 255

Major equity markets continue to perform well, though the rally is looking a little tired.  We’ll know in hours whether the Fed plays it dovish or hawkish and that in turn will determine if we see near term new highs.  We’re into Q2 earnings season.  There is plenty of the usual cheerleading about “earnings beats”.  Nice, except that the earnings are beating expectations that have been lowered yet again. 

Its early days but already looks like we may get another quarter of declining overall earnings.  That would make six in a row. If you’re wondering when the last time was that we saw this long a string of earnings declines coupled with new highs for the market the answer is “never”.

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ZIRP Über Alles

From the July 12, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 254

Wall St’s doing the happy dance again. You’d think the SPX is well through a massive rally instead of just a couple of percent higher than it was 15 months ago. Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

Traders are pleased about June’s strong payroll numbers and even more pleased that there isn’t more obvious Brexit fallout. I don’t think the Brexit story is over yet.  It may not harm markets further but that will depend on how messy the divorce between Britain and the EU ultimately turns out to be. Read More


From the June 23, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 253

Well, ok then.  Unexpected.

You already know what the big story is this issue.  I ripped out the old editorial and rewrote it in the wake of the Brexit vote.  I hate sounding like I’m making too big a deal out of an issue that is only a few hours old but this is one of those cases where any number of long term effects are obvious.

Risk Off is back.  With a vengeance.  Unlike some recent episodes gold is very much benefiting from the change in tone.  The foundation for that was laid when generalist money started entering the space.  One of the most likely outcomes of Brexit is lower for longer interest rates and vast liquidity injections by central banks.  All of that, for a change, is gold positive.  I don’t think this is a market where gold will be punished or be one of the first assets jettisoned when things get scary.  Read More

Was That It?

From the June 5, 2016 HRA Journal: Issue 252

Well, if that was the correction I’d have to call it underwhelming.  Ok, I admit the payroll report debacle was a bit of a “save” at least where the producers are concerned.  They were down several percent and things clearly could have gotten worse if the payroll number had been a huge beat rather than a huge miss.

It’s a piece of news that is making everyone happy at least for now. Wall St bulls see an accommodative Fed, whatever the reason, as the path to new highs they have been pining for since last May.  They might get their wish if there are enough FOMC members making dovish speeches in the next few weeks.  That said, given how foolish they currently look, said FOMC members might be wise to just clam up for a while. Read More


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