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POSTED ON December 3, 2022  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

Breaking Down the Balance Sheet

The Fed has a targeted balance sheet reduction of $95B a month. Up until this point, the Fed had failed to reach its target almost every month since QT began.

In the latest month, the Fed made up for their recent shortfall with a big balance sheet reduction of $139B, exceeding their target by 50%! Despite the larger-than-expected reduction, the Fed still missed its target on Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS).

POSTED ON December 2, 2022  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

According to the BLS, the economy added 263k jobs in November with a modest revision up in October from 261k to 284k but a revision down in September from 365k to 269k. October was a beat against median expectations of 200k. The employment rate (black line) stayed flat at 3.7% while the labor force participation ticked down from 62.2% to 62.1% This is the weakest labor force participation since December of last year.

POSTED ON November 21, 2022  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

The price analysis last month suggested that more time was needed for a sustainable rally. It concluded:

It looks like this market will turn sooner or later. Still, though, support has become resistance so the market has some work ahead of itself. Medium to long-term investors should feel very confident buying at current prices, even if the price action remains choppy in the short-term.

POSTED ON November 20, 2022  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

Gold and silver continue to flow out of the COMEX vaults.

This analysis focuses on gold and silver within the Comex/CME futures exchange. See the article What is the Comex? for more detail. The charts and tables below specifically analyze the physical stock/inventory data at the Comex to show the physical movement of metal into and out of Comex vaults.

POSTED ON November 10, 2022  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

The perception is that CPI cooled significantly in October, but the data doesn’t quite bear this out.

The latest seasonally adjusted inflation rate for September came in at 0.44%. The YoY rate was 7.7%, or 7.8% when adjusting for Household Ops. which has not been consistently reported over the last year. The increase was actually above the previous month of 0.38%, but the YoY number fell because last October was 0.87% and fell off the report this month.

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