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Monetary Digests

Abandoned Gold Standard Guarantees Inflation

In recent weeks, as consumer prices have surged higher, “revived inflation” has become the hot topic among establishment writers. Inaccurately, most writers blame higher energy costs, rising interest rates, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs of hurricanes.

Where Are We?

Stocks are in a primary bear market, which started in early 2000. For the 2-1/2 years after the 2000 top, stock declines became front-page news as they devastated portfolios, postponed retirements, and ruined some retirements.

A Repeat of the 1970s?

In 1970, gold threw off the constraints of government-set prices and within ten years hit $850 on the free market, a twenty-four times move.

A Day of Reckoning

Since August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon closed the gold window, the entire world has been on a fiat paper money system. No country’s paper money is redeemable in either gold or silver.

The Golden Age of Paper

Most people have the misconception that the 1929 stock market crash caused the Great Depression of the ’30s. Actually, the Crash of ’29 signaled the Great Depression, which was brought on by the Federal Reserve’s manipulations of the money supply during the 1920s and 1930s.

It’s a Bear Market

The stock market remains a key to a bull market for gold and silver. Calamitous events aside, as long as most investors are bullish, they will ignore gold and silver. However, those investors who have investigated gold and silver have found an outstanding opportunity.

The Next Crisis

The US is in its ninth year of economic expansion, which helped give rise to the greatest stock market in the history of the world. Never before have so many people made so much money with so little knowledge. Now, though, a myriad of technical indicators suggests that stocks have entered a primary bear market.

The Fatal Flaws of the “Stabilizers”

In terms of its eventual effects, there is nothing worse than inadvertently or mistakenly using the wrong measuring standards. Right now, what the world is seeing for the second time, and on a global scale, is a huge repeat of the events that took place between 1922 and 1929.

Gold: More than Metal

From time immemorial, man has treasured gold because of its unique properties. It is ductile, and one ounce can be drawn into a wire stretching miles. It is so malleable that it can be hammered it into leaves so thin that it takes hundreds of thousands to stack one inch high. It is resistant to chemicals, and gold ornaments last not a lifetime, but forever.

Silver: The Next Bull Market

In 1999, for the 10th consecutive year, industrial demand for silver exceeded newly refined supplies. Although the deficit narrowed from 179.4 million ounces in 1998 to 120.4 million ounces last year, it remains high.

U.S. and Japanese Debt Threaten World Financial Stability

Japan has one of the world’s worst budget deficits, and that this year’s public-sector (government) debt will approach 118% of total economic output, more than twice the U.S. level. By year end, Japan will have the biggest debt as a percentage of GDP that has ever been owed by any developed economy during peacetime.

Japan: Still Struggling

In 1989 Japan’s stock market peaked, and in 1990 its booming economy went into a recession. To turn things around, in 1992 the government implemented a basic Keynesian policy: government spending. Economists like to call such spending “fiscal packages.”

Gold at Fire Sale Prices

The Bank of England’s announcement of its plans to sell 415 tons of gold over next few years helped plunge the price of gold to 20-year lows. The day before the news release, gold traded as high as $290.00; however, two months later on July 6, BoE realized only $261.20 an ounce for the first 25 tons auctioned.

IMF, Swiss National Bank, Bank of England Plan Gold Sales

While Dow Theory analysis suggests that stocks are enjoying their final surge, technical analysis of gold’s price action indicates that the yellow metal has been building a base for a bull market. In August 1998, gold touched $272, breaching its 1985 low of $281.

Y2K Awareness Grows

If not for the Y2K problem, January 1, 2000 would be only a memorable day with hundreds of millions of people waking to headaches from too much partying the night before. The headaches of 1/1/00, however, will not be remedied by taking two aspirins and going back to bed. Y2K may turn out to be a migraine which lasts for months.

Is a Worldwide Depression on the Horizon?

In recent months, the world’s economy has deteriorated rapidly. Pessimists say it teeters on collapse. Trying to figure out how to avoid a financial donnybrook, “world leaders” have scurried around the globe conferring, holding meetings, and issuing statements.

The Greatest Bull Market Ever

Without a doubt, this has been the most profitable stock market in the history of the world. Never have so many people made so much money. In the bull market of the 1920s, most of the investors were wealthy; few average Americans participated.

A Reagan Recession

During the 1980 campaign, the first half of the year was weak economically, permitting Ronald Reagan to enjoy an enviable advantage over the incumbent Jimmy Carter.

More on Third World Debt

Since Mexico’s near default two years ago, articles about the banks’ plight with Third World debt have appeared in all establishment financial publications.

US budget deficit grows

Due to our expensive austerity program and realignment of goals in accordance with the changing views in the industry. Certified Mint has been able to lower its prices, effective immediately, on all sorts of products and services.

U.S. Dollar Skids

Presently the U.S. dollar is undergoing its worst beating ever in the foreign exchange market. Dropping to an all-time low, the dollar literally has had no buyer on some days.

Economic Forecast for 1975

Twenty-four economists, as reported in the December 21st issue of BUSINESS WEEK, anticipate an average price increase of 8.7% in 1975. BUSINESS WEEK goes on to point out, “Last year, economists were humbled by their forecast performance for 1973. This year they are downright humiliated.”

Devastating Depression

The Dines Newsletter, one of the foremost pessimists on the economy and advocates of silver and gold, continues to maintain that we are headed for a devastating depressions in 1975 or 1976.