Will Bailout Part II Unleash The Mother Of All Gold Rallies?

Back in November 2007, I wrote the blog post below about Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch all being on the verge of bankruptcy.

“Are Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch All Bankrupt?”


And less than one year later, Bank of America was forced to save Merrill, Citi required 2 emergency capital injections, and Goldman a capital injection from Warren Buffett and TARP.

And now 4 months after Hank Paulson threatened America with “Martial Law” and flip-flopped from buying bad assets to injecting capital, the banking system is still in collapse.

Here’s a chart of the XLF Financial ETF since Paulson’s October TARP plan.


The XLF Financial ETF has lost 62% of it’s value since Bernanke & Paulson’s original TARP bailout. 

And while October, November and December were brutal for gold and gold stocks with the deleveraging of hedge funds and the massive withdrawls from mutual funds; gold has now  recovered all of it’s losses, and has broken out against virtually all major currencies, including the US Dollar!


And it’s been even better for gold stocks. Here is the HUI Gold Bugs Index for the same period.


The God Bugs HUI Index has now “doubled” from it’s October lows, while the S&P is down over -25% and the XLF Financial ETF is down over -62%!

Get ready for the Mother of All Gold Rallies, because its coming.

Michael Cerulean


Ron Paul & Words of Wisdom on the Bailout

On curing the debt crisis, with more debt:

 “When we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people through their representatives, to correct the mistake, not to continue the mistake.”

– Rep. Ron Paul


“An error doesn’t become a mistake. until you refuse to correct it.”

– John F. Kennedy


“America you are too arrogant. If you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power. And I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I am God.”

– Rev. Martin Luther King 

 Michael Cerulean

Main Street Fights Back And Says No To The Bailout!

I read this blog post and and had goose bumps, because it perfectly expresses the rage, the anger, and the mistrust that Main Street now has for Wall Street and our politicians in Washington. This is from internet gold trading guru “SliderOnTheBlack” who is sort of an online urban legend, and who has had some of the alltime great rants over the years.

Go Slider!


 Bailout: Main Street’s Message to Wall Street & Washington…

We don’t believe you.

Not a single word you say.


Do the words “read my lips – no new taxes” ring a bell?

We didn’t believe you when you said – “the credit crisis is well contained.”

We didn’t believe you when you said – “the worst is now behind us.”

We didn’t believe you when you told us the bill would be – “$150 billion.”

We didn’t believe you then and we don’t believe you now.

And how dare you!?!

How dare you trot out a bumbling, stumbling, stuttering, slickster like
the former CEO of Goldman Sachs who personally profited to the tune
of a $700 Million Dollar personal fortune by sending our jobs to China
so some fat cat Wall Street CEO could double the value of his stock options,
grab some lobbyist created tax credits, and drop .09 cents to his bottom line.

Not to mention that he, his former firm, and his ilk, were the ones who created
and profited from dumping all this toxic Wall Street paper on Main Street in
the first place!

Any coincidence that Paulson tried to “bum rush” us into a bailout, right
after Goldman Sachs started to collapse?

Bear Stearns – no problem.

Fannie & Freddie – no problem.

Lehman Brothers – no problem.

Merrill Lynch – no problem.

WAMU – no problem.

Goldman? – problem.

We all know there are no coincidences on Wall Street.

And now you want to keep your $40 million dollar apartment in Manhattan,
your $10 million dollar vacation home in the Hampton’s, and the windfall
profits you sucked out of America, just before you collapse it?

You want us to bail you out of bankruptcy, right before you send us
(and America) into it?

You want bankruptcy reform for you – after you locked us into serfdom
with the bankruptcy reform act of 2005 – right at the peak of the credit,
and housing bubble?

You want a bailout – AFTER you locked us, our children, and America
into debtors prison?

Relief, reform, and a bailout for you… and the bill & debtors prison for us?

You must really think we’re a bunch of chumps.

Well guess what Wall Street & Washington, while “this sucka may go down”
this time YOU’RE going down with us.


Main Street

Gold shines in it’s “Moment of Truth” technical breakout!

On June 8th I posted this chart on gold, calling it — “gold’s moment of truth.”


In my opinion, this is the most significant technical move that gold has made since the December bottom last year, held at the November highs, and led gold to new all time highs in March.

Here is gold’s “moment of truth” technical breakout.

gold chart - moment of truth breakout!

gold chart - moment of truth breakout!

With the ECB calling out Ben Bernanke to defend the dollar, by hiking rates; this sets up a situation where Bernanke’s hands may be tied through the November elections, given the weakening US economy.

And that is going to set the stage for the next major rally in gold, in which my price target is

$1270 Gold will also coincide with what I feel is a realistic 10:1 ratio of gold to oil. Oil is overdue for a technical correction to the mid $120’s. The correction in oil will also free up speculative capital which will re-enter the gold market.

While gold bears argue that the Fed has ceased cutting rates, and that the global economy is slowing, which will cap the commodity plays. I believe, that the key for gold is the negative real rates that exist in the U.S.

I also feel that Ben Bernanke may shock markets, and actually continue with 2, if not 3, or 4 more interest rate cuts, as the US banking crisis is poised for another seizure, and perhaps the failure of a major bank. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has just warned the European banking community of a coming major bank collapse, and is preparing the markets for a non-bailout of the next failure.

Lehman Brothers is experiencing a “Bear Stearnsesque” run on the bank, and Citicorp is virtually bankrupt, and will need to raise yet more capital. With Oil reaching speculative extremes, I believe that gold will soon resume it’s flight to safety haven status in times of economic, or geopolitcal turmoil – of which the world has both in spades.

Buckle up, and get ready for the next major rally in gold, because gold has shined in it’s moment of truth, and the technical & fundamentals couldn’t look any better.

— Michael Cerulean

Is this Gold’s Moment of Truth?

While the long term trend for gold still looks positive. The HUI Gold Bugs Index chart since the March highs is clearly in a downward trend.


But I think that gold and gold stocks are going to reverse this trend very soon. And I may be in the minority with this opinion, but I think that Ben Bernanke is NOT done cutting rates. I predict that Bernanke will take the Fed Funds rate down to 1% before he’s done.

Housing is the key to the Fed’s rate cut decisions. Stocks are way off the DOW 14,000 highs from last fall. The US consumer is deeply in debt and has a negative savings rate. What’s different about this recession is that there is no savings nest egg, cushion for the consumer to fall back on.

Unemployment is rising and will continue to do so. Real incomes have been falling since 2000, and with a negative savings rate in the US, the Fed must prop up consumer assets (housing, and stocks), or consumer sentiment, and spending (2/3rds of US GDP) are going to collapse further.

I think that Congress, the Treasury, the Fed, and the CFTC are going to do what ever they need to do to bring oil prices down. And once they near $100, I think Bernanke will cut, and continue to cut rates down to a 1% Fed Funds rate, as long as oil stays near $100.

Here’s an interesting chart.

Most people feel Oil is in a bubble. But, this chart shows that it’s really just now catching up with gold!

The long term trend line for Gold is still very bullish, but that first chart above for the HUI Gold Bugs Index has me worried, because in my opinion, gold stocks must lead the metal, if gold is going to new highs.

What’s scary is that this corrective phase in gold and gold stocks could get really ugly, with gold correcting all the way back down to the $630 range – and STILL be in a long term bull trend!

While most believers in gold are long term investors and not traders. It is very difficult to take a correction from $1,000 down into the $600’s and still hold on to one’s gold.

I think that gold is a “hold” right now, and only with minimum core positions. I want to see the gold stocks lead the metal. And I want to see the HUI break out of it’s cascading downward trendline shown in my first chart, before I would move gold back to a “buy.”

Hold core positions strongly. If you’re a trader – you may want to study this chart from internet trading guru SliderOnTheBlack. Here is a link to an incredible chart on his Silicon Investor Forum Board that shows the HUI gold bugs index consolidation and breakout patterns for this cycle.


We may just be experiencing another consolidation phase in gold stocks, and the HUI may very well be a spring that is getting tightly compressed, just prior to it’s next major breakout. And I believe that the fuse that is going to launch gold is Mr. Ben Bernanke, because I do NOT think that he’s done cutting rates.

Given the choice between inflation, and a housing collapse pushing the US into a very severe recession, I have no doubt that Bernanke is going to choose inflation.

Here’s another great chart. This one is called – “Ben Bernanke’s Report Card”

And guess who his teacher is?


Another great chart in this post.


Hang tough gold bugs. I think that the US stock market, housing market, jobs/unemployment, retail sales, auto sales, and the banking/credit crisis are going to get worse – and Mr. Bernanke is finally going to do what he proclaimed he would do if he ever faced a deflationary crisis – drop money from helicopters!

Good Luck all, hold tight and wait for the breakout shown on my first chart above, because it’s coming soon!

Michael Cerulean

Ben Bernanke (a.k.a. Edward Scissorhands) Bogeymen and Gold.

On Tuesday January 22nd, with  global markets tanking and DOW futures set to open down 500 plus points, Ben Bernanke once again blinked, caving in to an unknown “bogeyman” that turned out to be Jerome Kerviel, a junior level trader at French bank, Societe General.

Bernanke delivered an emergency stop-gap rate cut of .75 basis points, but the markets weren’t happy with that, and Ben Bernanke doing his finest impression of Edward Scissorhands – caved in once again, and gave the markets another .50 basis points at the Fed’s regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday.

So much for standing alongside U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen just months ago and talking tough about the U.S.’s “strong dollar” policy. And so much for talking tough about fighting topline inflation.

Inflation be damned when there’s Wall Street bankers to be bailed out!

All the market has to do is call, and Edward Scissorhands will cause rates to fall.

So what does gold think about our new Fed Chariman, Mr. Bernanke?

Well, they say a picture is often worth a thousands words, and this one is no exception.        


So why would Bernanke cut rates 125 basis points over the span of just 7 trading days, with Oil climbing towards $100 and Gold towards $1,000?

 First of all, because the collapse of the housing bubble and subprime mortgage paper is only just the beginning of  the derivatives meltdown that is spreading like the ebola virus through global markets.

Swiss banking giant UBS stunned markets last week with it’s third round of subprime writedowns – that now total a staggering $18.4 billion dollars.

And now the bond insurers are in meltdown, needing an estimated $200 Billion Dollars of capital infusions just for the industry to maintain their AAA credit rating. Barclay’s just issued a report on the bond insurance crisis, stating that over banks hold over $800 billion in bonds and would incur losses on the ratings downgrades that would require additional capital infusions of $143 billion dollars.

 By the time this recapitalization of U.S. banks is done, OPEC and Asian souvereign wealth funds will control the U.S. banking system.

 This is not the same as when the Japanese were buying up trophy property and gold courses in the 1980’s. We have just transfered control and influence over our financial system (and fiscal policy) to foreigners.

This is an unprecedented and historic transfer of wealth.

Wall Street has extracted obscene pay levels and bonuses while gutting the infrastructure of the U.S. financial system that is now being sold off piece-meal to our creditors.

And do not for a minute – buy into these temporary relief rallies in the U.S. market, because the credit contagion is not over. Quie the contrary – as it’s just getting started.

Lying dead ahead is the securitized credit card, and auto loan paper to worry about, just as the U.S. economy stands poised to rollover into a deep recesion. And then there is the next shoe to drop — commercial real estate.

 This recession is occuring during a housing collapse and when the U.S. consumer with his “0” savings rate – has nothing to fall back upon – except a pile of debt. And banks now battered by mountains of worthless subprime paper, will find rising deliquencies in auto and credit card loans and a potential collapse of yet another bubble in commercial real estate.

Bernanke by slashing rates and injecting liquidity, is  placing a huge bet that a slowing U.S. economy will ease inflation pressures,  and that oil and commodity prices will ease.

But, given the proposed $150 billion dollar U.S.  stimulus package that’s a cinch to pass both houses – I’d suggest that traders take a look at what gold did off the last stimulus package proposed after the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005:

Now I know gold traders expected more of a rally off of Bernanke’s double rate cuts. But, you have to acknowledge that much of the recent move to new all time highs in both gold and gold stocks, along with oil’s run to $100 dollars – was in expectation of these cuts.

I believe that gold will build a brief and solid base here and is set to explode through triple digits as Bernanke will undoubtedly deliver yet another cut that the market is now pricing in.

This past Friday, traders bid up base metal companies like BHP and RTP, who have greatly lagged the gold plays into Bernanke’s rate cuts. I believe that gold and gold stocks will build a solid base over the next few weeks, and then will explode to new highs as the Bush stimulus package becomes reality, and as Edward Scissorhands is called on once again to cut rates and appease market angst. So hold on tight and get ready to enjoy an incredible ride.

Are Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch – all bankrupt?

 Any card-carrying gold bug worth his salt knows that gold is money. It has been since the origins of time. And has continued to be – even into the face of mass dumping and manipulation by global Central Banks.

While it’s price may fluctuate – it’s role as money – never will.

Unquestionably gold’s role as money, and as a barometer of inflation and reckless behavior among  bankers has once again emerged – directly into the face of every effort to silence it.

The one place where gold’s voice is always ultimately heard – is in the global currency markets. The beauty of the currency markets is that it’s the only market too large for central banks to manipulate for any prolonged period of time.

Yes, Central Bankers can and do intervene in the currency markets from time to time. But, the bully-pulpit, not actual intervention is their main weapon, for no Central Bank has the currency reserves to manipulate any major currency for any prolonged period of time.

Over the last year and a half, both gold and gold stocks have been stuck in a trading range. But, a few months ago, this writer began to see action in the currency markets – specifically in the Euro Dollar, that signaled that gold was not just “alive and well” – but, also ready to soon launch to new highs.

 Back in July this blog cited the “Euro Dollar:Gold Ratio” as the key indicator to watch, in confirming that Gold and Gold stocks were about to enter a new rally phase:


 And “rally” they have!

HUI Index Sets New Highs!

Gold has finally entered it’s most profitable and perhaps it’s most parabolic stage as the ultimate flight to safety currency:

“Gold as the only safe, true, and honest form of money.”

Over the last few weeks we have seen more cracks develop in the global financial system. Stanley O’Neil was forced to resign as the CEO of Merrill Lynch as the firm wrote off $8 Billion Dollars in subprime credit derivative losses. Citibank’s CEO looks to be the next casualty as Citi’s stock crashed over 20% in the past week. And speculation swirls over “Level 3 Off the Books” assets that are still valued at the banks own “market to model” valuations. Goldman’s “Level 3 Assets” which are valued at their own “mark to model” valuations are said to be $72 Billion – over twice the firms capital base of $36 Billion.

Goldmans entire existance relies upon the valuation of those “off the books” Level 3 assets.

The “books” of America’s largest banks and investment houses are now being exposed as another — “Enron.”

No wonder the U.S. Dollar has collapsed to all time lows, and no wonder Gold is exploding to new highs.

If you have any questions about gold as money, or about it’s role as a safe haven in times of crisis – here’s your answer!

Gold is MONEY!

Just look at that chart – what a thing of beauty!

That chart holds up as a self-evident truth, even into the face of all the lies and manipulation that the Fed, the Treasury and the Investment Banks can muster.

No spin-meister can change these facts:

Just since August:

– Gold is up 33% against the U.S. Dollar

– Gold is up 23% against the Euro Dollar

– Gold is up 17% against the Swiss Franc (the “other” ultimate safe haven currency!)

– Gold is up 16% against the Japanese Yen

Make no doubt about it – Gold is the answer!

And the questions it may be answering are these:

Are Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Countrywide Financial and Fannie Mae – all bankrupt?

Have the “books” of the entire U.S. Financial & Banking System  become – one giant “Enron”?

Are we about to see the largest bailout in modern history – dwarfing the S&L crisis and the post September 11th reflations?

And the final question:

 If so – how high can Gold go?

Michael Cerulean