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Copper, Gold and the Looming US Deflation

Ratio says disinflation flipping to recession...
I HAVE NOT posted the monthly chart of the Copper/Gold ratio probably since last year, says Gary Tanashian in his Notes from the Rabbit Hole.
That's because 2023 has been all about disinflationary Goldilocks recovery, rather than a deflationary liquidity crisis.
However, as Goldilocks matures into old age, it is worth keeping tabs on the original thesis, which is Inflation > Disinflationary Goldilocks > Deflation scare/liquidity crisis.
I realize that everybody now knows that a recession is coming, which would argue against one coming any time soon. But the chart is the chart and it has been the chart for about 18 months.
The chart, in this case, is a gauge of a counter-cyclical environment, and though the stock market has rallied on cue in 2023, and commodities – with the help of OPEC+ oil price manipulation – have rallied to a lesser degree, the counter-cyclical signal is not only still in place, it has become more pronounced.
To many inflationists, commodity super-cyclers and supposed "metals" experts, there is little difference between the macro characteristics of gold and copper, because to understand and manage the differences requires difficult as opposed to easy to understand (by the herd) analysis.
But aside from illustrating the clownery of Copper/Commodity promoters who've remained steadfast bullish the whole while, the signal is right in line with the 2023 Goldilocks 'disinflation' view and it is burrowing southward looking ahead to the next link in our chain, deflation and/or liquidity crisis.
In the event this analysis expires in favor of an inflationary option sooner than currently expected, the Copper/Gold ratio (along with other indicators we use in NFTRH) should give a signal well ahead of time.
Meanwhile, regardless of whether the stock market's Goldilocks flavored rally continues on to test or even marginally exceed the 2021 high, the negative signal by Copper/Gold is intact and waiting.

Gary Tanashian successfully owned and operated a progressive medical component manufacturing company for 21 years, through various economic cycles. This experience gave Gary an understanding of and appreciation for global macroeconomics as it relates to individual markets and sectors. Along the way, Gary developed an almost geek-like interest in technical analysis (TA), to add to a long-time interest in human psychology. Various unique macro market ratio indicators were also added to the mix, with the result being a financial market newsletter, Notes From the Rabbit Hole (NFTRH) that combines these attributes.

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