Yesterday I mentioned that stress in emerging markets was providing strong safe haven flows into bonds and into gold. The Commodity currencies were generally under pressure as a result with Europe benefitting as well as the Japanese Yen. The Dollar is not getting much of a safe haven flow, which coming on the heels of this sort of thing is rather remarkable. US Treasury yields are sinking once again.
The Turkish Lira was a big event yesterday; today it is the Argentinian Peso. Ukranian credit markets, etc,. The list could go on. This is where the bid in gold is coming from especially as equity markets weaken.
This is one of those events where things can spiral out of control very quickly, especially in this age in which huge leveraged bets have been placed.
We will keep a close eye on this but one thing is certain - at least for now - gold is responding like one would expect it to do during times of economic uncertainty.
I am also noticing the VIX is rising once again. It is by no means in "fear/panic" territory but some of the complacency that has marked the US equity markets for so long is having some second thoughts.
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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