What happened in commodities this week?
The commodities I am invested in had a great week. Despite that, the GSCI was flat because of major losses in natural gas (-8.59%) and oil (-8.56%).
- Copper: +4.5%
- Gold +0.35%
- Silver +5%
- Uranium +0.29%
- GSCI +0.14%
The dollar finally had a slap by reality this week, with the Euro gaining strenght.
- DXY -0.58%
What is this week’s show about?
This week’s show is based on three pillars.
The FED’s messiah Jerome Powell spoke at the Cato Institute conference this week and confirmed what other FED officials have been saying throughout the last few weeks; The FED won’t lift its foot off the gas on interest rates until inflation has been defeated.
I discussed that with Lobo Tiggre, who came to the conclusion that hiking interest rates a lot more from the current 2.50% would cause a massive recession. Lobo says we shouldn’t trust the FED and that they will chicken out as they don’t want to go through the pain.
Christine Lagarde contradicted herself by saying that inflation in Europe is not the central bank’s fault, it’s a supply chain issue but she will try to fix that by killing demand through higher interest rates.
The ECB hiked interest rates by 75 basis points this week. This is the highest rate hike the banks has done.
The ECB’s president Christine Lagarde promised that she won’t stop for anybody or anything until inflation is back to their goal of 2%. It might take two to five more rate hikes, she said.
Lobo, once again, says that central banksters should not be trusted.
China proposed a new $44B infrastructure plan, which is seen as positive for commodities.
Chinese imports, exports, and trade balance all came under analysts’ expectations this week, though copper imports are up over 25% YoY.
Lobo is of two minds on the matter as continued lockdowns could hurt China’s economy and therefore commodity demand. On the other hand, their growth story could be a very positive thing for commodity demand over the long run.
Lobo Tiggre is still bullish on commodities, but uranium he calls the “most undervalued”.
Economic Calendar for Next Week
Next week is all about inflation.
- US Consumer Inflation Expectations
- US Inflation (CPI)
- Previous: 8.5%
- Forecast: 8.1%
- UK Inflation (CPI)
- Previous: 10.1%
- Forecast: 10.2%
- US PPI
- Previous: 9.8%
- Forecast: 8.9%
- US Retail Sales MoM Growth August
- Previous: 0.0%
- Forecast: 0.20%
- US Jobless Claims
- Previous: 222K
- Forecast: 225K
- EU Inflation (CPI)
- Previous: 9.1%
- Forecast: 9.1%
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00:00 Important warning
01:20 Lobo on the macro, gold & silver
23:05 Lobo on copper
28:30 Lobo on which commodities he’s most bullish on
32:14 Regular Portfolios Ep. 4
38:10 Economic calendar for next week