Quantitative easing opened a Pandora’s box that will not be closed until massive inflation spreads worldwide. Only when people quit accepting the digital money that central banks spew will it end. However, the end may be far, far away. Traditionally, central banks created money “out of thin air” to finance wars by buying new government
Although many gold buyers readily accept that “gold is real money,” few can explain why gold is real money and why moving away from gold as money to fiat money distorts economic activity. The distortion being a boom followed by a bust, and the size of the distortion being determined by the amount of the
Frank Holmes of U.S. Global Investors recently published an excellent brief history of the role that gold has played in the American economy since 1789. Although a few salient facts were left out, the essay is an excellent, informative and easy read.
Belatedly, Zimbabwe recently declared its currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, worthless. The marketplace recognized the worthlessness of the Z$ in 2009, when the Zimbabwe government adopted the US dollar as its main currency. Account holders with Z$ balances of zero to Z$175 quadrillion will be paid a flat US$5. A “quadrillion” has fifteen zeros.
As European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has been promising (threatening?) for more than a year, the ECB finally is about to begin a quantitative easing program. The program most likely will run for two years.
Recent posts here noted central bankers’ acceptance of inflation as the panacea for the world’s economic malaise. Yesterday’s New York Times joins me in this thought.
Remember Savings Bonds? A buyer recently cashed in years of Savings Bonds to invest in gold and silver. His conversion of the bonds was trying, to say the least. His experience is reported below.
In July 2012, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, steadied European money markets simply by saying, “. . . the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.” Apparently, simply promising to do whatever it takes was enough because the ECB had
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
In the 1960s, I attended the University of Chicago and spent many hours with Milton Friedman and graduate students in his economics department. They called themselves “the Chicago school,” and they stood apart from the professors of economics at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, et al. Those were the days of High Keynesian economics. The Chicago school