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In This Issue..

* Pandora's Box of rate hikes is opened!                    
* Is the dollar being removed from oil trades?                   
* Deficits do matter, eh?                                    
* Gold heads toward its all-time high...                                                                                

And Now... Today's Pfennig!

RBA Raises Rates!                              

Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! A Tuesday morning that is seeing a HUGE currency rally VS the dollar on the news that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) opted to go ahead and hike rates now, and not wait for November's meeting, as I had thought they would do! WOW!

The first hike... It has opened Pandora's Box of interest rate hikes around the world... For, if the RBA went this soon, then we can expect Norway's Norges Bank to push their rate hike earlier on the calendar, maybe even later this month! And they won't be the only ones! Look for New Zealand to hike rates this year, and who knows what other country (Brazil?) will follow after that... But I see them coming, and they're marching the death march of the dollar!

OK, that was a little dramatic, while I don't believe, although I have more doubts every day, that the dollar would collapse to nothing, I do believe it has a long way to go when it comes to weakening. How else will the U.S. pay pack their debts in the future? It sure won't be because of a cut in Gov't Spending! That is... Unless all this deficit spending can be reversed and Gov't is cut (in size) to resemble something from 50 years ago! But, that's like asking for the moon and sky, eh?

Let's get back to the Aussie rate hike, that's more exciting and upbeat than talking about what's going to be needed in the future here in the U.S! The statement that followed the RBA rate hike, was very upbeat... So... I totally expect another rate hike next month from the RBA!

OK... The dollar's weakness this morning isn't all due to the Aussie rate hike, and prospects for other rate hikes around the world... In 2001 I wrote a white paper called, "The Demise of the Dollar"... This was the thesis for all the things I talk about almost daily regarding the reasons the dollar would got into a secular bear market... And this was one year, let me repeat that, one year, BEFORE the dollar entered into a weak dollar trend in Feb of 2002!

The reason I bring this up here in 2009, is that there is an article in the U.K. Independent that's making the rounds, that's called... "The Demise of the dollar"! This report though is about secret meetings with the Gulf Arabs along with China, Russia, Japan and France, and they are planning to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.

Uh-Oh... That's serious stuff folks... And that death march I talked about above? Well, if this story is true, that death march just became much louder!

Right now, however, the markets are not taking the story hook, line and sinker, just yet... Yes, the dollar has been sold, but not like you would think, if traders had taken the story to heart... I think some digestion time needs to be had first... I mean the currency traders had the first rate hike and then this story on their plates all at one meal... That's a lot to digest! And Besides.. The Saudi Bank Gov. is denying that any of these meetings took place... Of course to conspiracy buffs like me, that's akin to saying, "These meetings DID take place, and we're just covering up the evidence" HA!

Now... Some might be cursing these countries right now, for dealing this rumored blow to the dollar... But, it's not like the dollar didn't have it coming! The Deficit Spending... For instance, is one thing that people that "know better" realize that the U.S. will not be able to climb out from under the deficit rock... And those knuckleheads who said "Deficits don't matter"? Well... I've said this many times before, but I can't talk about the Deficits don't matter crowd without talking about how these people remind me of a guy... He's standing on top of the Empire State Building, and decides to jump off... As he passes the 56th floor, he says... "So far... So good!"

Well, unfortunately for our "Deficits don't matter" guy falling to the ground, the sidewalk is coming at him very quickly now...

And here's another thing that should just tick you off to no end, but you have to think that the people that have loaned us money, are wondering if they'll ever get paid back... What I'm talking about here is the story from yesterday, regarding the TARP funds... You might want to sit down for this one folks...

Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), says that despite multiple statements on Oct. 14 of last year that these nine banks were healthy and only receiving government funds for the good of the country's economy, federal officials knew otherwise. He went on to say that "the Treasury Dept. and the Federal Reserve lied to the American public last fall when they said the first nine banks to receive government bailout funds were healthy."

That's right... They LIED TO US! Now, doesn't that just tick you off? It sure ticks me off!

So... You can see some of the reasons the countries mentioned above might be thinking about removing the dollar as the pricing mechanism when it comes to oil...

OK... We started up beat, then got brought down, let's get back to upbeat! Hey! How about Gold? When I turned on the screen this morning, Gold was $1,020! You would think that even if the U.K. Independent story is just a rumor, that Gold would gain on the rumors...

I read a story last night, while waiting for the so-called "Epic Battle" between the Vikings and Packers on Monday Night Football, that one analyst was of the belief that Gold was about to return to its link to the price of Oil... Hmmm... Well, I personally hope that's not the case, as I certainly don't want to see the price of Oil rise to the levels I think Gold is going to rise to!

Yesterday, I did a presentation on the DTI network... (I had given you all the link to it last week) My power point presentation didn't work, so I had to just "wing it" (yeah, like talking for 30 minutes on how we got here, what's going on, and why one needs the power of portfolio diversification was difficult for me! HA!) I think they want me to come back next week... DTI educates investors / traders/ and people that just want to know how the markets work, so it's all for a good cause, because... An educated investor, is a good investor!

OK... Let's see... OH! I wanted to talk about this yesterday and totally forgot, but it's not too late today to talk about it...

One thing that we'll begin to see this month is the earnings season...
You might recall that in previous quarter ends I thought that stocks would get taken to the woodshed, because of lousy earnings, only to be surprised at the earnings that were posted... But trying not to be the boy who cried wolf, I'll once again say that I just don't see the earnings to support stock prices. This time I think we'll see that the method used in previous quarters by Corporations to produce the earnings was cost cutting... One would have to think that the Corporations have cut to the bone... And now, we'll get to the cheese that binds for earnings... A lack of revenue...

I really liked the reaction of the non-dollar currencies, led by the Aussie dollar, after the RBA rate hike... It was like "old days"... Uh-Oh, I have a song in my head... "Old days
Good times I remember, Fun days, Filled with simple pleasures, Drive-in movies, Comic books and blue jeans, Howdy doody, Baseball cards and birthdays, Take me back, To a world gone away,
Memories, Seem like yesterday....

Yes, the "old days"... Well, in this case I was talking about currencies trading on "Fundamentals" not stupid trading themes, not flights to safety, not deleveraging, but plain and simple fundamentals, things that ordinary people, like me, can understand, and place a value on a currency based on the fundamentals!

But... We've not really seen a fundamental trend since July of 2008... However, if we begin to see the rate hikes that I think we'll begin to see, it could be the harbinger of a return to fundamentals... And that, my friends, and dear readers would be like manna from heaven for your Pfennig writer!

Well... Since I came in this morning, Gold has gained $5 more, to $1,025! Looks like the all-time high of $1,033.90 that came in March of 2008, could be in jeopardy... My love's in jeopardy, baby... Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh...

Maybe Gold moving higher can get Silver going too! My friend, the Mogambo Guru, reported yesterday that silver analyst, Ted Butler, reports that in the last 10 months, "some 150 million ounces of silver can easily be documented to have been bought by investors.
Undocumented purchases would add tens of millions more ounces."

In fact, when you add it all up, "Investment demand for silver this year is running at a full 25% of world mine production and over 20% of total production (including recycling). This is a remarkable historical turnabout."

Chuck here... Back from a trip to the Mogambo's letter... I just love the way the Mogambo ends his letter each week... He talks about how people should be buying Gold, Silver, and Oil, and then says... "Hey! This investing stuff is easy! Whee!"

OK... To recap... The RBA did raise rates 25 BPS last night, and sounded quite upbeat in their after rate hike statement. Look for other countries to follow now that Pandora's Box of rate hikes has been opened. There's a story going around about countries banding together to remove the dollar as the pricing mechanism for Oil trades... It's being denied, but there's smoke... And you know what I say when there's smoke... And Gold is pushing the envelope on its all-time high of $1,033.90...

Currencies today 10/6/09: A$ .8875, kiwi .7355, C$ .9395, euro 1.4730, sterling 1.59, Swiss .9745, rand 7.4230, krone 5.6920, SEK 6.97, forint 181.15, zloty 2.8370, koruna 17.3360, RUB 29.81, yen 89, sing 1.4025, HKD 7.75, INR 46.99, China 6.8263, pesos 13.56, BRL 1.7593, dollar index 76.35, Oil $71.13, 10-year 3.22%, Silver $16.99, and Gold... $1,025.45

That's it for today... I did get to watch the 1st QTR of the "Epic Battle" last night before going to bed! I don't understand why they start those Monday Night Games so darn late, I mean on the east coast, it would be past my bed time! The New Orleans Investment Conference, also known as the "Granddaddy of Investment Conferences" takes place later this week... The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, will be there to talk on Thursday and Friday night. I'm not going this year... Last year, I had to cancel at the last minute, after finding out my left eye was being taken over by cancer. The cancer in the eye is all gone, but it left me very little vision with the eye... So, if it looks like I'm winking at you, I'm not... Just closing it to keep light refraction from giving me a headache! WOW! The sky just lit up followed immediately by one of the loudest thunder-boomers I've ever heard! Ok... Kristin returns today after speaking last week in Las Vegas, so we've got that going for us! Yay! Time to go... Hope your Tuesday is Terrific!

Chuck Butler
President
EverBank World Markets
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Posted 10-06-2009 9:22 AM by Chuck Butler