Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 MST

Category: Money

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.

Gaddafi knows gold is superior to dollars

The history I was taught in school never held much interest for me. It seemed like a random progression of names, events, and dates attached to motivations that made little, if any sense. It wasn’t until I began my self study of economics, and particularly the nature of money, that a whole new world was presented to me. This was a world whose history was anything but random. In fact, almost every event throughout the history of Western civilization could be traced along a single thread of motivation: the control of money and resources.

Missing: 8100 tons of gold. Please call 1-800-USTreasury if found.

Perhaps you’ve seen the stories this week about the $6.6 billion in one hundred dollar bills that the US Government managed to “lose” in Iraq back in 2003-4. Apparently, as part of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, plane loads (C-130 Hercules to be exact) of palettes containing shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills were flown in. $22 billion in all. As the Pentagon is attempting to close the books on the operation this week, it was revealed that some $6.6 billion cannot be accounted for.

Obama fails economics. Again.

In an interview on the Today Show yesterday, President Obama again exhibited his woeful lack of economic understanding.

According to Obama, our economic woes are structural problems that have resulted from large increases in productivity – like installing ATM machines and getting rid of bank tellers.

Another central bank apologist pans gold

Alan Beattie, International Economy Editor of Financial Times and former economist at the Bank of England (the UK’s central bank), has produced the latest piece in the disinformation campaign against gold. In his article, “Britain was right to sell off its pile of gold,” Mr. Beattie puts forth the argument that Gordon Brown actually did

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),

Fed + Treasury = Inflation

A long-time client, and successful commodities trader I add, sent the below: The following comments come from a Merrill Lynch publication today. “To repeat our Mantra: 1) Whatever MUST happen, WILL happen. 2) In a debt crisis, inflation is the ONLY solution. 3) The FED + US Treasury can create inflation. 4) As such, there

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