Back on March 16, a report by Imperial College London forecast 2.2 million Americans would die from the coronavirus and that 81% of the U.S. population would be infected. Consequently, Trump and his team of experts, namely Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, began holding daily press conferences and quickly scared the daylights out
This past Sunday, Scott Pelley interviewed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on 60 Minutes. Below are some excerpts. PELLEY: Fair to say you simply flooded the system with money? POWELL: Yes. We did. That’s another way to think about it. We did.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, which would be the fifth this year. The House is expected to vote on it Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no “urgency.” The package is an 1,800-page document, which offers something for everyone.
Goldman Sachs forecasts a federal deficit of $3.6 trillion for the current fiscal year. Last year’s deficit was a mere $984 billion, for a 3.6- fold increase. Fedgov’s fiscal year ends September 30.
To “save the world’s economy” in the 2008 World Financial Crisis (WFC), the Federal Reserve led the world’s central banks in printing money, hiking its holdings of T-bills and other bonds – some quite specious – from $900 billion to $4.5 trillion, a five-fold increase.
As can be seen in the graph, the world’s central banks were sellers of gold up until the 2008 World Financial Crisis (WFC). After which, they became strong buyers, with the last six quarters seeing significant buying.
2019 was a solid year for precious metals, with gold up $231 (18.5%) and silver up $2.40 (16.4%) since this time last year. Still, not much attention has been paid to the metals on the financial networks.
The US Federal Reserve and the European Union’s central bank recently announced plans to inject massive liquidity into their respective money markets. However, the Fed denies that its buying is another quantitative easing program while the ECB admits that it is.
Not seen in the news, but the national debt rose $621 billion in the 4th quarter. That’s at an annualized rate of nearly $2.5 trillion.
In 2018 the Fed imposed four rate hikes, and stocks were virtually flat for the year. Actually, in the fall of 2018, stocks took a huge tumble.