Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 MST

Modi paper money cancellation crushes gold

Tuesday last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 86% of the money in circulation, except for special uses. Ostensibly, it was a move to check black money, i.e., counterfeit money, money that was gotten through graft or corruption and money on which taxes had not been paid. In the four trading days following the Modi move, the price of gold collapsed $60.

What the market realized was that gold buying in India makes up about 20% of the world’s demand and that much of the gold purchased in India was with black money. However, since Friday’s drop, the price of gold has stabilized.

A major danger of paper money: Rupees cancelled

The biggest problem with paper money is that it can be created at will; and history shows that whenever paper money is disconnected from gold, it is eventually printed until it is worthless.  Sometimes its destruction comes quickly,  some over decades. The second biggest problem with paper money is that it can be cancelled by

Overriding of veto could be good for gold

Congress’ historic overriding of Obama’s veto of the bill that will allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attacks — intentional or inadvertent — has potentially dangerous ramifications for the US but could result in a really positive effect for the price of gold.

Still another debt problem

The official federal government debt now stands just a tad over $19.5 trillion.  Yet few talk about it, and even fewer are concerned. Off-balance sheet liabilities (commitments that have been made but funds not set aside for) are some where north of $100 trillion dollars.  Rarely talked about.

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