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Frank Shostak
Why Gold-Backed Money Doesn’t Bring Booms and Busts
According to popular thinking, not every increase in the supply of money will have an effect on economic activity. For instance, if an increase in supply is matched by a corresponding increase in the demand for money, we are told, then there won’t be any effect on the economy. The increase in the supply of money is neutralized, so to speak, by an increase in the demand for money, or the willingness to hold a greater amount of money than before.What do we mean by demand for money? And how does th
Monday, December 11, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Federal Reserve Created Bitcoin and Other Percolating Bubbles - Michael Carino, Greenwich Endeavors
The Federal Reserve’s tools for achieving its dual mandate of low inflation and full employment manipulate interest rates and therefore markets.  This manipulation of rates reverberates globally. Their manipulation historically had been more light handed and invisible to most of the public.  However, over the last decade, their impact on interest rates and yield levels have been the most dramatic in the history of the Federal Reserve.  Whenever you have policies that are extreme, it is best to
Monday, December 11, 2017
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Inflation v Deflation – State Finances
There is a general belief, and that is all it is, that state finances fare better in an inflationary environment than a deflationary one. This perception arises from the transfer of wealth from lenders to the state through a devaluation of the currency, which occurs with monetary inflation, compared with the transfer of wealth from the state to its creditors through deflation. The effect is undoubtedly true, even though it is played down by governments, but it ignores what happens to continuing
Friday, December 8, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Mystery Markets, Bubbles and Less Risky Gold
Consider graphs of three markets from the past. These are well known and important markets, but the names, prices and time scales are not shown. They are plotted on linear scales. Note: Structure: Each market moved progressively more vertical before crashing. Bubble: Each market bubbled upward to an unsustainable level and collapsed. Timing: Few predicted the dates or prices for these bubble tops, but many observed their bubble characteristics. The Public: The charts show that each market moved
Friday, December 8, 2017
Egon von Greyerz - Matterhorn AM
SELL CRYPTOS – BUY GOLD
During the 2006-9 financial crisis, a collapse of the global financial system was avoided by massive money printing, guarantees and allowing banks to value assets at cost rather than market, as well as a panic lowering of interest rates from as high as 6% in the US to zero or negative. Bonds issued by eight major countries currently have negative interest rates from 1 & 2 year debt for Italy up to 15 & 30 year debt for Japan, Germany and Switzerland. GLOBAL LIABILITIES OF $2 QUADRILLION Whateve
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Gary Christenson - Sprott Money
Rig For Stormy Weather - Gary Christenson
What storm? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) reached another all-time high. Interest rates in the U.S. are yielding multi-decade lows, some say multi-century lows. Trillions of dollars in global sovereign debt have negative yield and European junk bonds yield less than 10 year U.S. treasuries. “Official” unemployment is low. Borrowing is inexpensive. Things are good, so they say! I Doubt It! Do you believe the above is a fair and accurate representation of our economic world? If so,
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Chances Are Exactly Zero
Financial sanity and stability may not return, but we can protect our assets and learn from the discussion. The DOW, S&P500, NASDAQ and other markets sell at all-time highs. However, we know many imbalances exist within our financial world. This is not new – things have been crazy before, are now, and will be again. But to regain financial sanity we need: From “Doug Casey on the New Fed Chair” “In an ideal world there would be some radical changes. The best thing for the US in the (famous) long
Monday, December 4, 2017
Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
What’s the Point
A reader emailed us, to ask a few pointed questions. Paraphrasing, they are: Who cares if dollars are calculated in gold or gold is calculated in dollars? People care only if their purchasing power has grown. What is the basis good for? Is it just mathematical play for gold theorists? How does knowing the basis help your readers? Is it just a theoretical explanation of what has already happened? Prove that if someone has known the basis for the last four years, he has benefitted. He also added
Monday, December 4, 2017
Michael Ballanger
The True Meaning of Bitcoin's 'Success'
In the year 301 AD, the Roman unit of barter was the denarius, which had originally been 95% pure silver when introduced by Augustus at the end of the first century BC but by the time of Diocletian's rule, it had moved to 50,000 denarii to a pound of gold. Ten year later, it took 120,000 denarii to buy a pound of gold and by 337, that figure was 20,000,000. What had occurred in a mere 400 years was that a slow and agonizing erosion in the purchasing power of the Roman currency accelerated to ful
Friday, December 1, 2017
Jason Hamlin - Gold Stock Bull
Gold and Silver versus Twilight Zone Bubbles
Every bubble inflates, rises vertically, excites the masses (get rich now – don’t be left behind), appears unstoppable and crashes. The sun rises and sets. Twilight emerges. Empires, markets, and ideas enter their twilight zone where huge changes occur. Those changes may not happen next week or next month, but soon. Expect the bubbles in stocks and bonds to burst, as they inevitably must, and precious metals to rise – finally! Consider the following bubble examples: Amazon, Apple and Bitcoin.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Wizard of Oz – 2017 Version
Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” over a century ago. The story charms readers on several levels. The books and movie have been exceptionally popular. This interpretation describes the symbolism: Emerald City: Greenbacks – paper money Yellow Brick Road: The gold standard backing money Dorothy’s Silver Slippers: Silver standard backing money (changed to Ruby color in the movie) Scarecrow: Populist Midwestern farmers, perceived to be brainless by northern bankers Tin Man: Dehumanized
Friday, December 1, 2017
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Monetary update for the dollar
A dispassionate look at the quantities and flows of fiat dollars tells us much about the current state of the US economy, and therefore prospects for the dollar itself.This is a starting point for understanding the dynamics likely to affect the dollar’s purchasing power after the next credit-induced crisis, which are now beginning to clarify. That is the purpose of this article, which starts by updating the most recent developments in the quantity of fiat money (FMQ), the greatest of all monetar
Friday, December 1, 2017
Frank Shostak
Inflation Is Not About Price Increases
There is almost complete unanimity among economists and various commentators that inflation is about general increases in the prices of goods and services. From this it is established that anything that contributes to price increases sets in motion inflation.A fall in unemployment or a rise in economic activity is seen as a potential inflationary trigger. Some other triggers, such as rises in commodity prices or workers’ wages, are also regarded as potential threats.If inflation is just a genera
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Thorsten Polleit -
The Fed's Great Unwind: Will It Sink Us?
In the eyes of many people, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is an indispensable institution. We are told it supports growth and employment, fends off the negative shocks, and fights inflation. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Fed’s fiat money regime is economically and socially highly destructive — causing far-reaching societal and political consequences that extend beyond what most people would imagine.Fiat money is inflationary, it debases the purchasing power of money; it benefits a few
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Soaring Deficits Force Treasury into Foolish Gambl...
As mentioned last week in Part I, the U.S. National debt is now at a record $20.5 trillion. And the first month of fiscal 2018 showed a deficit increase of nearly 38% over fiscal 2017.  The total amount of Non-Financial Debt is up nearly $15 trillion during the 2007-2017 timeframe. In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that household debt totaled $13 trillion in the third quarter ended September 30th, which is a record high and the 13th straight quarterly increase. And, CNBC
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Frank Shostak
What Determines a Currency's Rate of Exchange?
Currency rates of exchange appear to be moving in response to so many factors that it makes it almost impossible to ascertain where the rate of exchange is likely to be headed. But rather than paying attention to the multitude of variables, it is more sensible to focus on the essential variable.As far as the currency rate of exchange determination is concerned, this variable is the relative changes in the purchasing power of various monies. The relative purchasing power of various monies sets th
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Mike Maloney - Goldsilver
  First Hand Account - How Gold Jewelry Can Save Your Life 
In 1981, a 10-year-old Vietnamese girl, her parents and nine brothers and sisters began preparing for a perilous journey, a journey they knew they might not survive. Since the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975, life had been hard for the little girl’s family. The Communist government of North Vietnam inherited a country deeply divided, devastated by war, and on the verge of economic collapse. In an attempt to unify the country, the government instituted a centrally p
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Robert Blumen - 24hgold
  Is Gold Money 
Is Gold Money ? Many would say so, but is it so ? The answer the question of whether Gold is money requires a definition
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Gary Christenson - Sprott Money
Rob From The Middle Class Economics - Gary Christenson
Much of our financial world functions as a “Rob from the Middle Class” economy. The system robs from the middle class and poor via “money printing” and inflation of the currency supply! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Little benefit comes from complaining about the process or fighting it. Understand the process, work around it, and use it constructively. Explaining Our Rob from the Middle Class Economy: Governments, individuals, pension funds and corporations are increasingly
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Bitcoin Fiat Paper Dollars
This past week on Bloomberg Television, I referred to bitcoin as "a fraud decorated with technology."  The fraud comes about because the exchange of a fiat legal dollar for a token, to use the kind description adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, seems unfair and frankly incomplete.  But since the dollar itself is a product of government fiat, the subject seems open to debate. The fact that a growing crowd of people have decided to speculate in this modern day version of tulip bulb
Saturday, November 25, 2017
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