It’s A Jobs Jamboree Friday for 12/04/2009!
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In This Issue..

* Commodity Currencies rebound...                             
* Gold sees profit taking...                                 
* Canary in a coal mine...                                       
* It's Moving Day!                                                                                              

And Now... Today's Pfennig!

A Jobs Jamboree Friday!                                   

Good day... And a Happy Friday to one and all! It's Moving Day for us here in the EverBank St. Louis office, as we will pick up our belongings and walk next door, to a larger, space, with some incredible views! We moved into this space 5 years ago, and we've been busting at the seams, with the threads holding on to dear life, for over a year now... So, this move is welcomed. Like I said the other day, in 1999, I sat in an office that we rented from the kind folks at Paylinx, and that was the beginning... From that tiny office to this! WOW!

It's a Fantastico Friday for me, I've got the CD player playing a set of CD's that are titled Singer/ Songwriters of the 70's... It doesn't get any better than that folks!

OK... Yesterday I told you how the overnight markets were selling dollars, and the NY traders were buying them, causing these swings in the currencies. The trading ranges aren't huge in any sense of the imagination, but, they cross significant levels each time... For instance, the euro has crossed back and forth through the 1.51 level 4 times this week, and the Swiss franc has crossed back and for the through parity a few times this week...

Yesterday was no different than the trading theme we've seen this week... When I signed off yesterday morning, it was a full Risk On Day... But the NY traders saw differently, and took profits. In the overnight markets, the Commodity Currencies have rebounded...

The main event today is the Jobs Jamboree... The forecasters are pretty adamant that the job losses will show that they are dwindling... And the media will be all over that like a cheap suit... But what they will fail to see is the fact that there probably aren't that many jobs left that can be cut! Not without the U.S. having soup lines... So, it won't be as if things are getting better as the media will try to shove down our throats... Instead it will be simply a rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic... We've gone from 600,000 job loss months to 125,000 job loss months... When did 125,000 job loss months bring about parades and confetti? Expect the Jobless rate to remain at 10.2%, and that should tell you all you need to know...

If the trading theme remains in place that has sent the dollar to the woodshed whenever there is good data, because it tells traders and investors that the global recovery is on better terra firma, and that the paltry yields in the U.S. should be thrown to the side of the road, and higher yields found in countries like Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Norway, etc.

Wait, I started a thought there, and went off on a tangent... If the trading theme remains in place, and the Jobs Jamboree prints as expected, and the media begins throwing confetti, the dollar will end the week getting sold... But... That all remains to be seen...

I told you yesterday that the markets were waiting for European Central Bank (ECB) President Trichet's, statement following the rate announcement. It was thought that Trichet would keep rates unchanged and then announce that stimulus was being removed from the economy, Which, in essence is about the same as a rate hike, for it will slow the economy, just the same...

Well, Trichet did leave rates unchanged, and then went about discussing the end of the long-term emergency loans and tighten the terms of its final 12-month tender... Let me explain that... You see, the ECB had fixed the 12-month loan rate at 1%... But now the rate will go back to being tied to the ECB's key interest rate... So... When rates do begin to rise in the Eurozone, the 12-month loan rate will rise too...

I think this is the groundwork for tighter rates in the Eurozone... But, as a prudent Central Banker would do... Trichet will take it one step at a time, and see what the affects of this move have on the economy, before the key interest rate gets moved upward. Providing price stability... Wouldn't that be nice to have a Central Bank that provided price stability? I mean if a Central Bank isn't going to provide price stability, what good are they?

I had better stop there, I get going on the Cartel, Fartel, Fed Reserve, and you never know what might come out of my head!

You know how I always chastise the U.S. officials for blaming China for the global imbalances? Well, China has begun to fight back... They have in previous statements told the U.S. to fix their own problems and leave China alone... But now, a Chinese newspaper ran an article that quoted Chinese officials claiming that the U.S. dollar and not the renminbi is to blame for the global imbalances, saying that sustained U.S. dollar weakness was to a considerable extent, holding back the recovery, and policy adjustment of other countries...

WOW! That's an arrow to the heart of the problem right there, folks! But what else can the U.S. do? They know all too well that the deficit spending requires a cheap dollar, so it provides a discount for foreign purchasers of Treasuries with those paltry yields!

When you spend what you don't have, you have to finance the spending... I'm reminded of a book that's titled: Debt is Slavery... And other things I Wish My Father would have taught me... A Great quick read, and one that every young person should have to read!

But... The U.S. Gov't? Well, they're Big Boys, they don't need no stinkin' book to tell them that spending what they don't have causes problems!

Gold took a hit yesterday, falling about $10... But it remains above $1,200, so no wink and nod from me... Remember, the dips below $1,200 should be looked at as buying opportunities... Of course we could very well see a "correction" at any time, which could knock off 20% of Gold's price, but Shoot Rudy, you could get old, and gray waiting for that correction! But it will come one day... Will it come when the Gold gets to $1,300 or $1,400? Or will it come now? That's the question you have to sort out for yourself... I can't help you with that one!
Oh! By the way, I just came up with the $1,300 and $1,400 figures, I have no idea if Gold is going that high... It should... But, that remains to be seen also!

Once again, a writer is pointing a finger in the wrong direction... The Wall Street Journal printed an article by a writer that claims the deficits in the Eurozone countries like Greece, Italy, and Belgium are dangerously close to causing the Eurozone recovery to fail... Yes... That's true... But...

Ahem... Have you looked in your own backyard? How about the deficits in California? The ARE THE 8th LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD! But we have New York, Illinois, and others that are far bigger than Greece and Belgium for crying out loud! Why isn't someone other than me, writing about this?

Big Ben Bernanke is groveling on Capital Hill this week, as he tries to show lawmakers that he did in fact "save the world"  and that the "financial crisis would have been worse without the Fed"... I guess that's to each person's opinion... I know that I get letters slamming me whenever I say that if the Fed wasn't around we would have been in bad shape, which we were, but we would have reached a bottom and recovered without running our national debt to the brink of bankruptcy... But that's OK... That's my opinion, and in no way, shape, or form will you get me to change it, especially when you attack me for that position! I'm pretty stubborn, ask my beautiful bride, who, won't admit it, but is even more stubborn then me!

Are you following the stories around the emails that the scientists sent back and forth to each other that basically rips the global warming idea apart? Pretty amazing stuff... And to think we've spent billions on this, and the President is going to Copenhagen to still discuss this what we now call "Climate Change"... They dropped the global warming title, because, well... Oh, never mind, the point I was trying to make is that once again, Billions of tax payer money was spent on this... 

Ok.. Back to the task at hand... For about 7 years now, I've been telling you about how the U.S. seems to be following Japan... I've told you about the stimulus and deficit spending that Japan instituted in the 90's to get their economy "back on track", with no positive results to date... The yield curve moves through time almost mirror each other between Japan and the U.S. and so on... A reader sent me a note on Japan that I won't go into except the intro, which is so true... Here goes...

This came from an article written by the famous Ambrose Evans-Pritchard... "Miners used to keep canaries in coal mines as an early warning device. If the air was so bad that it killed the canary, the miners would soon be next. Japan may be the canary for the out-of-control
deficit spending policies now being pursued in the United States and the United Kingdom."

Yes... That's so true... And... I've been telling readers that for 7 years!

I recently received a new book, written by Keith Fitz-Gerald, called, "Fiscal Hangover" I met Keith last spring, in St. Petersburg, and had lunch with him... A very good investment mind indeed! You can check the book out here... <

Then there was this... The National Zoo has scheduled a press briefing for Friday morning, where officials seem likely to announce that Washington's beloved teenaged Giant Panda is leaving his place of birth and being sent to China.

To recap... The Jobs Jamboree holds all the cards today... If it plays out like I think it will, then the dollar will end the week getting sold... The Commodity Currencies have rebounded overnight from the U.S. session selling yesterday. And China is turning the blame finger around to the U.S. for the global imbalances...

Currencies today 12/4/09: American Style: A$ .7255, kiwi .7255, C$ .9555, euro 1.5075, sterling 1.6660, Swiss .9960,  European Style: rand 7.3335, krone 5.6315, SEK 6.87, forint 178.60, zloty 2.7150, koruna 17.1440, RUB 29.29, yen 88.30, sing 1.3805, HKD 7.75, INR 46.28, China 6.8265, pesos 12.56, BRL 1.7050, dollar index 74.63, Oil $75.82, 10-year 3.38%, Silver $18.88, and Gold... $1,206.70

That's it for today... The other night, my little buddy, Alex, decided to buzz all his hair off his head! He had been stylish for a few years now with the "longer hair", which didn't bother me, as I had very long locks of wavy thick hair when I was playing in the band in my younger days... But, he decided to just buzz if off! Man, he looks different! The new building has two awesome EverBank signs that can be seen from the West and the East! Which works out well since we're right next to a main artery highway of St. Louis, that runs east and west! The signs are quite impressive, and something that I take a lot of pride in seeing them... I can't imagine the pride that the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, gets when he sees them, for it was Frank, David Galland, Rob Foregger, and Vinnie Amato, that were the "founders" of EverBank ( I was the 5th Beatle!) And on that note... I'll close out the last Pfennig from 8328 Eager Road... The next one will be from 8300 Eager Road! I sure hope you all are enjoying the beginning of the Christmas / holiday season... The houses are lighting up, people just seem to be more kind, and that, my friends is like manna from heaven! I hope you have a Fantastico Friday, and Wonderful Weekend! Bye!

Chuck Butler
EverBank World Markets

Posted 12-04-2009 10:18 AM by Chuck Butler