Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 MST

More BS from the BLS

In 1954, Darrell Huff wrote his classic book How to Lie with Statistics, which covered many popular ways people use and abuse statistics to make them say anything they want.  Well, it appears that our good friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are no stranger to these techniques.  Last Friday they released their

Central bank gold storage

The issue of where a central bank stores its gold remains on the forefront. The Dutch people want to know where the Dutch gold is stored.  Venezuela called home some 160 tons that previously was held in the US, London and Canada.  China has made it clear where its gold is to be with the

Fractional reserve banking explained

Fractional reserve banking is one probably the least understood aspect of money; further misunderstood is how fractional reserve banking—when it is used to expand the money supply—impacts our economy and causes the business cycle, which, if it runs to extremes, results  in recession at best, depression at worst. People who want to protect savings and

Where is the Dutch gold?

Gold serves as the basis of the global monetary system for the simple reason that it exists as a finite, physical store of value. And unlike every issuance of debt or piece of printed money, there is no counter party risk – unless, of course, you don’t actually have the physical gold in your possession. Then it’s no more a basis of one’s reserves than all of the digital money created with a keystroke.

Banking and the 1%

The 99% and the 1%. We see it all over the news. There are protest movements in almost every major city focused on it. We all know that something is wrong, but almost no one can put their finger on the root cause. The reason is that the vast majority of people have no idea how banking works or where money comes from.

Eurozone meltdown averted; real problem not recognized

As anticipated, the solution to the banking crisis in the eurozone is the printing of still more fiat money. However, this approach is not a solution at all but a temporary band-aid that will have to be reapplied again unless changes are made in the Europeans’ love affair with socialism. Changing that will be much more difficult than getting six central banks to create more fiat currencies.

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