Gold starts the week as it ended, consolidative within the recent range. The dollar is a little easier, as are stocks, with risk appetite tempered somewhat ahead of this rather busy week.
The first indictments in the Russian collusion investigation are occurring today. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates are supposed to turn themselves in to the FBI today.
The Fed’s two-day FOMC meeting commences tomorrow. No change to policy is anticipated, but markets will be looking for further clarification of the central bank’s intentions for December. The BoJ and BoE meet this week as well.
Today’s U.S. data are a mixed bag. Personal income and consumption jumped in September. However, core PCE inflation was up a scant 0.1%. The Fed still has an inflation problem, which was the primary reason they paused the tightening cycle in September.
Politico is reporting that President Trump will make his nomination for the next Fed chair on Thursday. They reported last week that the field had narrowed to John Taylor and Jerome Powell.