There are many dangers–not to mention moral issues–of money created out of “thin air.” One of the dangers is that it distorts the markets and results in bad investments during “booms,” which inevitably turn to “busts.” During the busts, the bad investments wash out. Another is that it is easy to use. The economy slows,
In Thursday’s post, I noted that central banks are adding approximately $2 trillion a year to the world’s money supply. Most of that freshly-created money goes into government bonds. However, some of it goes into equities. That’s right, stocks, like those traded on the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The Swiss National Bank and the Bank
According to David Stockman, who served as Budget Director under Ronald Reagan, the world’s central banks are adding some $2 trillion annually to the world’s money supply. This is on top of the trillions that were added with multiple quantitative easing programs by the Fed, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan since
One of the reasons that gold and silver are safe investments is that today central bank printing of paper money is widely accepted. Additionally, there are no limits on how much money central banks can create. The graph shows the balance sheets of the European Central Bank, the Fed and the Bank of Japan. Note
For only the second time in 44 years, I’m recommending old US gold coins. The other time was in the 1990s.
Just looking at the increased number of “HELP WANTED” signs hanging in business windows and the rising prices on restaurant menus, I suspected that inflationary pressures were building. Then I validated my suspicions by looking at Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
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.
Tuesday last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 86% of the money in circulation, except for special uses. Ostensibly, it was a move to check black money, i.e., counterfeit money, money that was gotten through graft or corruption and money on which taxes had not been paid. In the four trading days following the
Friday’s issues of the New York Times and the Financial Times painted glowing pictures for the US jobs market, based on October’s 161,000 jobs added. A quick investigation calls their conclusions into question.
The primary reason for owning gold and silver is the expectation of price inflation. Inflation, of course, comes from money creation at the Fed. However, as what is now often called the World Financial Crisis showed, gold and silver do well in times of financial crises. Here, though, let’s look at a very good indicator