John Williams, president of the Fed’s San Francisco bank, is the most recent Fed Board member to call for further easing of Fed policy. He joins Dennis Lockhart, head of the Fed’s Atlanta branch, who last called for more quantitative easing. Both men cited the dismal jobs outlook, and both are voting members of the
Recently, on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Paul Krugman ran into some surprisingly strong skepticism about his calls for more government spending. It was clear from the onset that no one was buying into the Keynesian philosophy that infinite government spending will save us all. It wasn’t easy, but the interviewers finally managed to tie him down as to how much spending is too much.
It’s almost cognitive dissonance the way the financial markets go about their business. Everyone knows that the United States is bankrupt. Everyone knows that US Treasuries are a bubble. Yet, it’s the first place everyone runs to when things start to get messy.
In addition to the classic reverse head and shoulders pattern forming in silver, there is another very interesting bullish indicator currently. But first, credit to where credit is due. This is not my observation, but that of poster SRSrocco over on the TFMetals boards.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the precious metals world over the last couple of years is well aware of the circumstantial evidence of price manipulation. None of which is particularly surprising, as all the way up through the gold pool of the late 1960s, it has been the open policy of the US and UK governments to control the dollar price of gold.
If you’ve watched the news for any length of time you’ve probably heard mention of speculators and how they seem to be responsible for much of what ills us. Last week, Japan’s Finance Minister Jun Azumi said that a massive intervention in the Yen market was necessary as there were signs of speculation. Much of the price inflation in commodities over the last decade has been…
Various reports coming out of last week’s G20 meeting in Cannes are suggesting that some member countries had proposed Germany use its gold reserves as collateral for a Eurozone bailout fund. This brought a series of quick and unequivocal responses:
Asahi recently posted a story about Japanese pensioners who are selling their gold. Remarkably the perception of gold has been quite a bit different in Japan than around the rest of the world. The country as a whole has been a net exporter of gold since 2006 and according to the World Gold Council, Japan is the only major economy where the demand for gold is decreasing.
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.)
The sad history of paper money is that it is printed until it is worthless. This is to say that whenever paper currencies are de-linked from gold or silver (made no longer redeemable in gold or silver), politicians print those currencies until they are worthless. The most infamous destruction of a paper currency occurred in