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  • One In 5 Households Now On Food Stamps.

    In This Issue.

    * U.S. GDP disappoints.

    * Currencies & metals rally.

    * Kiwi gains VS dollars U.S & A$.

    * PIMCO likes Norwegian krone fundamentals..

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  • The dollar holds on..

    In This Issue..

    * The Dollar holds on...
    * Pimco is buying Brazilian bonds...
    * Surprising data from the Economist...
    * Chuck's thoughts from Orlando...

    Good day... Chuck spent an extra day in Florida, so he stayed home to recuperate today. I made it home Saturday night, and was a bit shocked by all of the ice and snow which covered my truck at the airport. I heard so much about the winter storm which rocked the east coast that I forgot to check the weather here at home. I am a bit behind this morning, as I stayed up a bit celebrating the Saints victory with friends.

    The dollar bulls were celebrating again on Friday, as the dollar rally continued. The recent strength in the US$ will probably continue this week, as it looks like it will be fairly uneventful as far as data releases. We won't have any reports out in the US today, and tomorrow will only bring the wholesale inventory number. Wednesday we will see December's trade balance along with the monthly budget statement for January. Both of these numbers will likely reflect an ever-growing deficit here in the US, with a 50 billion dollar monthly budget deficit, and a trade deficit just below 35 billion....
  • Housing stats show more rot on the housing vine....

    * US$ continues to be propped up... * SEK moves up vs. the US$... * Japanese yen falls.... * Gold prices come down ... ** Housing stats show more rot on the housing vine.... It has been a while since Chuck turned over the reigns of the Pfennig to me, so I'm a bit out of practice. But there was a lot of movement in the currency markets over the last 24 hours, giving me plenty of Pfennig fodder. I'll get right to it. The 'Safe Haven' status of the US$ continued to prop it up yesterday as bad housing data in the US scared investors. Sales of previously owned homes fell 5.3% in January, after rising slightly last month. And even worse for US homeowners, the median price of a home fell to $170,300, down nearly 26% from its peak in July 2006. These numbers reflect a worsening housing market which will weigh on the US economy through most of 2009. The inventory of unsold homes did fall, but still stands at 3.6 million. At the current rate of sales, it would take 9.6 months to exhaust the excess supply of homes. And this is assuming no more homes come into the market. The housing downturn will continue well into 2010, and will likely keep the US economy in the doldrums....