But if the Fed news is the main driver of gold's move, why didn't gold take off yesterday, after the minutes came out?
The Fed may have something to do with it. But I believe the main answer lies in China.
China’s exports unexpectedly fell in March -- down 6.6% from a year earlier. Imports fell 11.3% at the same time.
And remember, this is on the heels of a terrible month in February. China’s exports fell 18.1% in February from a year earlier, the biggest drop since the global financial crisis.
So obviously, China is in a slump. The question becomes, what will China do about it?
Premier Li Keqiang said the nation will roll out more policies to support growth while avoiding stronger stimulus.
But what many suspect is that the central government will slash the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for banks, and tell them to start lending -- or else!
In other words, we could see a flood of liquidity come on to the market. And that could be tremendously bullish for commodity prices.
The Russian Part of The Equation
One more thing. The Russian central bank has changed its logo into a Golden Ruble, according to articles on Silver Doctors and In Gold We Trust.
Officials stated: Golden Badge of the Russian national currency, officially adopted by the Central Bank of Russia, will symbolize a sign of stability and security of the ruble gold reserves of the country.Why did this happen? Part of the US response to the Russian takeover of Crimea is sanctions on Russian banks. This included Visa and Master Card refusing to conduct non-cash transactions through Russian credit cards. It worsening outlook on the banks and raised the potential of suspension of rating actions.
This ticked off the Russians the way cutting off anyone's credit cards would.
So, on friday, Russia's Central Bank announced that it will only work in Russia, and only with rubles. Russia now set on creating a new national payment system (NPS) to replace Visa and MasterCard.
And it's brandishing gold as its symbol. That's a big F-U to the Western powers, and to the New York banking elite in particular.