I read many articles and newsletters about topics that may affect the gold/silver markets. The one I never miss is David Stockman’s Contra Corner. Stockman was Budget Director during Ronald Reagan’s first term. Below is the start of his blog post for Thursday, December 19, 2019. “The Turbulent Twenties begin 13 days from now. It
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.
Few Americans are aware that our federal government does not have a limit on how much money it can spend. It was not always that way. Prior to 1939, Congress had to approve every purchase made by the Treasury. It was then that Congress imposed a debt ceiling, which was watched closely by all. Fiscal
There are lots of reasons for owning gold and silver. The rising federal debt alone and a government that has abandoned fiscal responsibility could cause interest on the national debt to top $1 trillion in ten years.
Both parties are happy with the spending deal reached Tuesday night between the Trump administration and the Pelosi-controlled House. The Trump administration will see defense spending going to $750 billion while the Dems (and, admittedly, some in the GOP) will see an equivalent increase in domestic appropriations.
Herbert Hoover’s name is generally held with derision because he is blamed for the Great Depression. However, here’s one HH statement that all should agree with: “We have gold because we cannot trust governments.” Basically, a gold standard fails as a monetary system because the government is involved.
The U.S. student load system is broken. Borrowers currently owe more than $1.5 trillion, an average of $34,000 per borrower. Over two million of them have defaulted on their loans in just the past six years, and the number grows by 1,400 a day. The federal government now acknowledges that taxpayers stand to lose $31.5
In the first seven months of this fiscal year, the federal budget deficit grew 38% over the same period last year. The Treasury ran a $541 billion deficit from October through April, compared with $385 billion during the same period a year earlier. Part of the increase was attributable to a shift in the timing
Supposedly, the White House is about to promise a balanced budget by 2034. I’ve been down that road many times in my 45 years of monitoring federal budgets, and it never happens. Making this promise even more ridiculous is that it is based on a projected GDP growth of 3% for the next 15 years.
The Fed (specifically, FOMC: federal open market committee) has been manipulating interest rates for decades. David Stockman says since 1973, which was only two years after Nixon “closed the gold window.” With the Treasury no longer having to redeem dollars in gold, massive dollar printing began, first in small amounts (millions) but by 2008 in