The Ten Year Note Interest Rate has been trading in a range between 1.80 and 2.10 or so for the better part of the last three months. Rates would move higher on improving economic data coming out of the US or China but then retreat on any sour news particularly coming out of Europe.
This week saw rates drop on Monday and stay stagnant on Tuesday but for the remainder of the week, they were on a tear higher. This is attributable to changing sentiment in regards to the global economy, especially in relation to fears surrounding the European debt situation. When traders saw French and Spanish debt finding buyers, they dismissed contagion fears and rapidly shifted from risk aversion trades to risk trades. In other words, they dismissed Deflation concerns and began leaning towards Inflation concerns in association with the tremendous amounts of Central Bank liquidity being supplied to deal with these issues.
Note this chart carefully for it is, in my opinion, a roadmap as to where Silver is headed in particular and to a lesser extent, gold. There is the POTENTIAL, (please note the emphasis) for rates to have bottomed. If that is indeed the case, then we are going to see strong rallies in Silver and in gold as the inflation trade (RISK ON) will be back in vogue. I would want to see this chart get a WEEKLY CLOSE above 2.25% to feel that we are now leaving the period of low interest rates behind us. Keep in mind that we could still see eruptions out of Europe at any time and that is going to keep traders on edge a bit but if the investing/trading community becomes convinced that we are now past the debt meltdown stage and will be dealing with INFLATION next, then this chart is going to show it.
Certainly, if we get that weekly close above 2.25%, then precious metals should begin to react accordingly as risk capital, that has been on the sidelines begins coming back into both the gold and silver markets.
As always, time will tell. We do not need to be soothsayers or attempt to divine patterns in those silly wave charts to realize that a changing interest rate environment will signal the onset of a new period of investment factors that will have to be adjusted to.
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