Is there any wonder our national debt is pushing $20 trillion? An Inspector General’s report just revealed that the Pentagon spent an extra $28 million over the last decade in providing the Afghan Army special uniforms with a “forest color pattern,” instead of camouflage schemes. The pattern was chosen from a website by the Afghan
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
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
The Dow Industrials approaching 20,000 is all the rage on financial channels. Most commentators seem to be more cheerleaders than news reporters. I wonder if their optimism about higher stock prices is misplaced.
All year, members of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) have made speeches and given interviews where they have hinted at raising rates at the next meeting, but the meetings came and went without rate hikes despite what some economists call improving economic indicators such as the lower unemployment rate. Now, they’re strongly suggesting a
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently changed its projection for fiscal year ending September 30 to show a deficit of $506 billion. Despite the national debt now being north of $17.6 TRILLION and having doubled since Obama took office, statist economists, columnists and apologists immediately praised the $506 billion number. The LA Times; “. .
The demand for gold is largely driven by people’s desire for jewelry and artistic creations from the pure, soft metal. This is particularly important in Asian countries such as India where it plays a strong role in the culture and religion. But as we also know, from the reports by Vietnamese “boat people” who escaped
The US Justice Department recently announced–with much bravado–that BNP Paribas, a major French bank, had agreed to pay a record penalty of $8.9 BILLION for transferring money on behalf of Sudan and other countries sanctioned by the United States. The fine is more than triple the amount paid collectively by six other banks for similar
For most investors, the primary reason for buying gold is to hedge against currency debasement, which, of course, comes about because of excessive money creation by central banks and via fractional reserve banking. At times, gold investors stand alone, even being ridiculed by mainstream investors. Now, though, one of Wall Street’s famed names, Merrill Lynch,