In this piece we will look at what interest actually is from the viewpoint of the Austrian School of Economics and how the setting (manipulation) of the interest rate by central banks negatively impacts the economy in the long run. In essence, interest is the ratio between the value assigned to specific goods today, to be exact, the goods themselves are irrelevant but rather the underlying want satisfaction, in comparison to the identical goods at a future point in time.
The international monetary system based on credit and debt is, in truth, a confidence game in which gold was once a critical component. But when ties between paper money and gold were severed in 1971, confidence in the bankers’ paper money began to falter; and, today we are witness to what happens when confidence in a global confidence game begins to evaporate.
Any rational person should question whether long term silver investors are 100% wrong, especially in light of the recent notable decline in the price of silver. Nevertheless, if they ultimately conclude that silver investors are probably not wrong, then prudence would dictatethat at least some allocation of their investment portfolio to properly held precious metals would be appropriate.
As history has shown, the government can control the monetary system for a certain time but not endless. As time progresses, the market can take over control. With the global monetary system at risk levels never seen before, Holders of paper money should ask themselves what exactly they are owning … and what would happen if history is about to repeat itself.
Inflation – a few percent seems unimportant, but over a decade, it becomes very important. Look at the calculation in this article. According to several surveys, real people think their personal inflation rate is around 8% per year with a significant percent of the responders claiming 9 – 11% or more per year. Are you going to believe what the government is telling you?
What will the monetary system look like once a collapse occurs, which Rickards expects in the coming 3 to 5 year time frame. In his view, which he describes in great detail in his book Currency Wars, there are four possibilities: multiple reserve currencies, SDR’s, a gold standard, chaos.
Currency controls, confiscation, taxation, … all of these types of measures are about to hit ordinary and hard working people. Yes there is a way out. Smart people can not only diversify their assets and wealth in different types of hard assets, but also internationally. Doug Casey from Casey Research shares some insights in how to do it.
If you have the printing press you can let it run for yourself, the governments and the banks. Central banks gain enormously when they print the money first before anyone else get inflationary losses which is exactly a hidden tax on everybody’s bank account in dollar denominated value. It is like raising taxes without raising taxes.
There should be no doubt that when the US government decides to implement capital controls or other restrictive measures, it will likely have the near-total support of the media and by extension the majority of the people. The time to internationally diversify your assets is running out.
This piece seeks to make the economic case for savers to allocate wealth to physical gold (in proper form) and for investors to allocate capital to precious metal miners. Our argument orients readers with our economic and market predispositions, seeks to explain current macroeconomic events within that context and outlines gold’s fundamental valuation framework.
The recent price crash leaves us with three critical questions which we try to answer in an objective way in this article. How are bullion owners protected, or what are the benefits of owning physical over paper? What does the disconnect between physical and paper mean? Is the “end of the bull market” for real, or when to sell your gold?
Do economists, central bankers, and governments really believe that printing money creates wealth and prosperity? I doubt they do, but they do know that printing money helps the “extend and pretend” confidence game, and it allows an increasingly unstable system to persist for a little longer. When does it stop?
Gold is 25% up in the last 3 months, but it’s up in Yen, not dollars. This is where currency wars and gold dynamics come together. Gold is always rallying somewhere; right now it is rallying in Yen. Meantime you can always make money in gold, as it is always 5 o’clock somewhere.