This week, the Fed announced policies based on the U.S. unemployment rate, the first time a large central bank has ever tied its interest rates to an economy. The goal is a jobless rate of 6.5%. Of interest to precious metals investors is that the Fed has beefed up QE3 to $85 billion a month.
Quantitative Easing – to the unwashed – has a benign ring to it. Say aloud, “Quantitative Easing.” Not frightening at all, right? Nothing like “Default,” which conjures up some really scary potential outcomes. Actually, to many investors who comprehend the nature of the problems the world faces, quantitative easing provides emotional relief. After all, haven’t
Regardless of what you see as the biggest problems facing the US – endless deficits, corporate bailouts, the welfare/warfare state – they are all either enabled by, or exacerbated by, our system of fiat money. By giving a central bank the sole legal right to create new money at its own discretion, and for its
According to a Wall Street Journal article last week, the national debt is not $16 trillion but is closer to $87 trillion because of unaccounted for government liabilities. Bill Archer and Chris Cox, two former member of the House of Representatives and members of President Clinton’s 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, say