From Gonzalo Lira:
People are freaking out that gold has fallen to $1,650, from its lofty highs above $1,800 -- they are freaking out something awful. "Gold has fallen 10%! The world is coming to an end!!!" I myself took a shellacking in gold --
-- but copper is what has me worried.
Copper fell from $4.20 to $3.25 -- close to 25% -- in about three weeks. Most of that tumble has happened in the last 10 days, and what's worrisome is that, as I write these words over the weekend, there is every indication that copper will continue its free fall come Monday.
From the numbers that I'm seeing -- and from the historical fact that copper tends to fall roughly 40% from peak to trough during an American recession -- there is every indication that copper could reach $2.67 in short order. And even bottom out below that -- say at $2.20 -- before stabilizing around the $2.67 level.
But we'll see. The price of copper is not the point of this discussion. The point of this discussion is what the price of copper means.
What it means for monetary policy.
We all know the old saying: "Copper is the only commodity with a Ph.D. in economics," or words to the effect.
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