Saturday, December 10th, 2016 MST

Category: Federal Finances

Paul Krugman vs. gold

Perhaps you’ve noticed that gold was under attack before the $165 price drop 9/22, 9/23. So what, isn’t gold always under attack by the Establishemnt? What’s particularly interesting is that the most recent attack occurred precisely as the the Swiss National Bank announced the peg of the franc to the euro. What should normally be immensely bullish news for gold, is being held in check. Even the illustrious Paul Krugman has joined the fray with his latest blog piece for The New York Times: Treasuries, TIPS, and Gold (Wonkish).

The Sound Money Promotion Act

mckinley hobart sound money buttonOver the last 100 years, Americans have completely lost control of their Constitutional money; to the point where they must pay a tax to essentially make change. Imagine breaking a twenty dollar bill and only getting a ten and a five back, with the other five going to the government. This is the potential problem one encounters when attempting to spend gold or silver money. It’s no accident. The laws are specifically set up to force everyone to use fiat currencies.

Ron Paul calls for fedgov to cancel $1.6 billion debt held by Fed

Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul recently introduced legislation calling for the federal government to cancel the $1.6 trillion debt held by the Federal Reserve. Such a move creates legal challenges, one of which would be that the Fed would openly acknowledge that it is a private entity and that fedgov has no authority confiscate its assets. (Fedgov had no “authority” to call in gold in 1933, but legal tests to that stood up.)

Gold is a port in the debt storm

Clearly a reckless Federal government is good for gold – or more accurately, our collective can kickers in Washington DC are very bad for the dollar.  Contrary to the disinformation campaign of Wall Street, and their Federal Reserve sponsored economists, gold is not a bubble. Central banks are now net buyers of gold, and not because of tradition, as Mr. Bernanke would have you believe.

Fed holdings of US treasuries top China’s

Federal Reserve holdings of US treasuries now exceed China’s, with the Fed owning $1,108 billion and China owning $896 billion, according to data released last Thursday.  Japan holds another $877 billion.  By June, according to one analyst, the Fed will have accumulated $1,600 billion in treasury issues,  a number likely to match China’s and Japan’s combined holdings.  Just how did the Fed come to own all these securities?

Moody’s warns on US credit rating; Standard & Poor’s warns B of A and Citibank.

A recent Financial Times noted that the proposed overhaul of US financial rules threatens the credit ratings of Bank of America and Citibank. Standard & Poor’s, one of the world’s top two credit rating agencies, says that as proposed, the rules would make it less likely that the banks would be bailed out by taxpayers if the bank ran into trouble again.

Zimbabwe defaults; US raises debt ceiling limit

In moves that should have surprised no one, last week Zimbabwe defaulted on debt repayments and the United States raised its debt ceiling limit to avoid defaulting. Zimbabwe owed Caledonia Mining a mere $3 million. Because the debt was in US dollars and could not be printed (at least not by the Zimbabwean central bank),

US debt outlook worsening

In announcing that Ben Bernanke would be reappointed to a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chairman, the White House admitted that the US debt situation continues to worsen. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the US debt outlook is worse than what the White House says. The White House projected that over the next

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