As many of you who have read my work in the past know, I expect the eventual endgame to this whole Keynesian monetary experiment that has been going on ever since World War II, to finally terminate in a global currency crisis. I'm starting to wonder if we aren't seeing the first domino start to topple.
I'm talking about the Japanese Yen of course.
I think everyone just naturally
assumes that the Yen is dropping in response to Prime Minister Abe's
intent to imitate US policy and print its way out of its
troubles. The problem with this strategy is of course, eventually Japan will break its currency. Japan is in a particularly tenuous situation
in that their debt to GDP dwarfs most of the rest of the world. The only
hope they have of servicing this debt is for interest rates to stay
basically at zero.
Any move by interest rates above
this artificially low level and Japan's debt becomes unserviceable,
without resorting to a greater and greater debasement of the currency.
Unfortunately that will also result in an acceleration of the collapse
of the currency, which would just cause Japanese bonds to be sold even
more aggressively -a nasty catch-22 situation.
At this point there is no way out for
Japan. The only question is when will the endgame arrive. Japanese bond
bears have been asking themselves that question for almost 2 decades.
The recent move in the Yen has started me wondering if that end game hasn't now begun.
In the chart below I have marked the
successive yearly cycle lows with blue arrows. As you can see this major
cycle bottom tends to arrive between March and May most years. If the
2013 yearly cycle low arrives in the normal timing band, then there may
be a big problem developing with the Japanese currency. The reason I say
that is because the Japanese Yen is basically already in free fall and we may still have another one-three months to go before a final bottom.
Another warning sign is the fact that
this decline cut through not only the 2012 yearly cycle low, but also
the 2011 yearly cycle low and never even blinked. In
an orderly decline both of these levels should have generated at least a
decent bear market rally. In my opinion, it's very worrisome that the
Yen didn't even slow down as it moved through these major support
The next major support level is at the
2010 yearly cycle pivot. If the Yen slices through this support level
also, then I think we have a major currency crisis on our hands.
Needless to say if the world sees a
major currency collapse, which up to this point I think most people
would consider to be an absurd idea, it's going to spark a panic for
protection. Despite stocks entering the euphoria stage of this bull market, stocks are not going to protect one from a currency crisis. Only hard assets will do that, and the two hard assets that are best at protecting one's wealth are gold and silver.
Wouldn't it be fitting that at a time
when gold and silver are about to be most cherished, they are now
completely loathed by the market?
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