Fears of financial crises aside, the primary reason for owning gold is as a hedge against inflation, inflation being defined as an increase in the money supply. As more money is printed, the dollar loses value and prices rise. A excellent example of this principle is the menu at an iconic restaurant in Phoenix, Durant’s.
In July 2012, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, steadied European money markets simply by saying, “. . . the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.” Apparently, simply promising to do whatever it takes was enough because the ECB had
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently changed its projection for fiscal year ending September 30 to show a deficit of $506 billion. Despite the national debt now being north of $17.6 TRILLION and having doubled since Obama took office, statist economists, columnists and apologists immediately praised the $506 billion number. The LA Times; “. .
In “Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere” John Mauldin says he’s not predicting a stock market top but offers strong evidence that stocks look “toppy.” Excerpted from the piece: Humans Never Learn
The words “anarcho capitalism” probably scare most people. After all, doesn’t “anarchy” mean an absence of order, and who would want to live in a world without “order”?
The Left is making “income inequality” a cause célèbre , even trying to make it a campaign issue for this election cycle. Academicians and theorists present many reasons for why the “top one percent” earn so much more than the middle class, but lost in the discussions is why wealth is created by some people
European Central Bank president Mario Draghi recently suggested (again) that quantitative easing would revitalize the Eurozone’s economies. Robert Blumen, physicist and Austrian economics advocate, thinks that Europe’s’ problems are systemic and that the system is unsustainable.
Central planners and their minions rarely–if ever–admit the failures of their programs. In fact, they rationalize and even support their continuations when the schemes fail, laying blame on “the markets” or someone else’s inability to recognize the brilliance of their interventionist schemes. Martin Wolf, the Financial Times chief economics commentator, recently lamented the lack of
Europe’s economy remains in the doldrums, and central planners there are hinting at fundamental Keynesian moves to weaken the euro, which, in their thinking, would stimulate growth in the eurozone by making European goods cheaper on the world market and foreign goods more expensive for Europeans.
For years, reports that China’s banking system is at risk mostly have been ignored. Now, though, investors are listening as Chinese officials have admitted to problems in the Chinese banking system and its economy. From March 14’s Financial Times: China warning on defaults sparks fears over growth Bad debts on rise * ‘Lehman moment’ concerns