There are certain major trends, be it in finance or governance, that only go in one direction, until they can’t. For anyone paying attention to the behind the headlines maneuvering of the central banks and their indebted governments, 2012 was a year of great clarity. There is simply no political will anywhere in the world
Regarding the December Fed’s meeting, the Financial Times chose to report on the dissent within the ranks about whether QE3 will end December 2013. To waste news print on what might happen twelve months from now indicates the little understanding that financial reporters have regarding the politics in Washington. If Congress’ ten-year “solution” to our
Hyperinflation could happen overnight is how Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, describes a future when the rest of the world no longer sees the dollar as a viable store of value. “All of a sudden, people walk into Walmart, as usual, and they think they’ve walked into
Uncharted Territory, LRC podcast #331 Bill Haynes and Lew Rockwell discuss why the US has avoided hyperinflation and why the dollar may long be the world’s reserve currency, despite the Fed’s promises of unlimited money creation. The Fed, as Lew notes, came into existence after major bankers met on Jekyll Island, Georgia, and formulated
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
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is the classic text from 1841 by Charles Mackay that addresses the mass psychology that enables financial bubbles and their inevitable collapses. The entire book is available here as a free pdf in the Essential Readings section of the site. Grant Williams follows this theme
With the price of gold climbing, we are once again starting to hear the clarion cries warning us of a gold bubble. But how does one objectively evaluate that claim? The first step is to understand what a bubble means. A bubble occurs when there is a large disconnect between something’s price and its worth.