Despite recents price declines, gold and silver remain in long-term bull markets. The primary driver of prices is the expansive monetary policy of the US since President Nixon closed the gold window in 1971. Having absolutely no links to gold enabled the Fed to create trillions of dollars in the wake of the panic of 2008. Massive monetary inflation is followed by massive price inflation.
Political pundits remain amazed at 76-year old Ron Paul’s appeal to America’s youth. When he goes to college campuses, students show up in groves. A couple of years ago, his flight from Houston to Phoenix was weather-delayed for hours, but when he arrived at ASU thousands still waited to hear him speak.
In the GOP presidential debates, when Ron Paul talks about economics he is a giant among pygmies. None challenge him. The best his opponents can come up with is to rail about the need to balance the budget. But, when he brings up the issue of the business cycle, the other candidates look like they want climb under the podium. Further, no moderator has ever sought to question his economic positions.
In 1954, Darrell Huff wrote his classic book How to Lie with Statistics, which covered many popular ways people use and abuse statistics to make them say anything they want. Well, it appears that our good friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are no stranger to these techniques. Last Friday they released their
The issue of where a central bank stores its gold remains on the forefront. The Dutch people want to know where the Dutch gold is stored. Venezuela called home some 160 tons that previously was held in the US, London and Canada. China has made it clear where its gold is to be with the
Fractional reserve banking is one probably the least understood aspect of money; further misunderstood is how fractional reserve banking—when it is used to expand the money supply—impacts our economy and causes the business cycle, which, if it runs to extremes, results in recession at best, depression at worst. People who want to protect savings and
A paradigm shift in silver could result in explosive price moves to the upside. Steve St. Angelo predicts such a paradigm shift.
ell, here’s an interesting tidbit from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee (TBAC) compliments of Zerohedge. Their latest letter to Timothy Geithner contained the following paragraph: “There was a lengthy discussion regarding the bid-to-cover ratios…
It’s little wonder that so few people in the United States and Europe can think straight about basic economics with the constant flow of misinformation coming from the media and universities. Here’s an interesting piece out of Scotland from an Oxford and Harvard trained editor titled “When inflation could be good for you”.
Gold serves as the basis of the global monetary system for the simple reason that it exists as a finite, physical store of value. And unlike every issuance of debt or piece of printed money, there is no counter party risk – unless, of course, you don’t actually have the physical gold in your possession. Then it’s no more a basis of one’s reserves than all of the digital money created with a keystroke.