There are many dangers–not to mention moral issues–of money created out of “thin air.” One of the dangers is that it distorts the markets and results in bad investments during “booms,” which inevitably turn to “busts.” During the busts, the bad investments wash out. Another is that it is easy to use. The economy slows,
In Thursday’s post, I noted that central banks are adding approximately $2 trillion a year to the world’s money supply. Most of that freshly-created money goes into government bonds. However, some of it goes into equities. That’s right, stocks, like those traded on the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The Swiss National Bank and the Bank
One of the reasons that gold and silver are safe investments is that today central bank printing of paper money is widely accepted. Additionally, there are no limits on how much money central banks can create. The graph shows the balance sheets of the European Central Bank, the Fed and the Bank of Japan. Note
This is the slowest precious metals market in decades. The good news is that slow markets often are signs that bottoms are being put in. But, let’s consider the causes of this lackadaisical market. The primary cause is that the many stock indexes are making new highs, with the most watched, the Dow Industrials, only
Just looking at the increased number of “HELP WANTED” signs hanging in business windows and the rising prices on restaurant menus, I suspected that inflationary pressures were building. Then I validated my suspicions by looking at Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Central banks to the rescue Just as the world’s central banks moved to rescue the banking system during the 2008 World Financial Crisis, they are now moving to rescue gold and silver investors, albeit the central banks are not rescuing gold/silver investors wittingly. Nonetheless, they are doing it just the same.
I’m not fond of recommending videos, especially long videos. However, this video interview of David Stockman, Budget Director during the Reagan Administration, is well worth the time. Stockman reminds us of problems and developments that are being ignored. For example, Obama and Congress made a deal years ago to suspend the debt limit until March
At the height of the 2008 World Financial Crisis, Greece was in the headlines daily because of its inability to make its debt payments. Now, Greece is seeking a third bailout of €30 to €50 billion, and it’s barely in the news.
The primary reason for owning gold and silver is the expectation of price inflation. Inflation, of course, comes from money creation at the Fed. However, as what is now often called the World Financial Crisis showed, gold and silver do well in times of financial crises. Here, though, let’s look at a very good indicator
The official federal government debt now stands just a tad over $19.5 trillion. Yet few talk about it, and even fewer are concerned. Off-balance sheet liabilities (commitments that have been made but funds not set aside for) are some where north of $100 trillion dollars. Rarely talked about.
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