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A New World Monetary Order Is Coming

A New World Monetary Order Is Coming

The global coronavirus pandemic has accelerated several troubling trends already in force. Among them are exponential debt growth, rising dependency on government, and scaled-up central bank interventions into markets and the economy. Central bankers now appear poised to embark on their biggest power play ever. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, in coordination with the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), is preparing to roll out central bank digital currencies. The globalist IMF recently called for a new “Bretton Woods Moment” to address the loss of trillions of dollars in global economic output due to the coronavirus. In the aftermath of World War II, the original Bretton Woods agreement […]

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Fed Chairman Powell Is Vowing to Wreck the Currency

Fed Chairman Powell Is Vowing to Wreck the Currency

As the Federal Reserve embarks on a new campaign to raise inflation rates, markets may be in for a change in character. On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would be targeting an inflation “average” of 2%. By the Fed’s measures, inflation has been running below 2% in recent years. So, getting to a 2% average in the years ahead will require above 2% inflation for a significant period. Here’s Powell attempting to explain himself from central bankers’ virtual Jackson Hole conference: Jerome Powell: Our statement emphasizes that our actions to achieve both sides of our dual mandate will be most effective if longer term inflation […]

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New Sound Money Caucus Launched on Capitol Hill

New Sound Money Caucus Launched on Capitol Hill

As the federal government continues to bailout the economy and markets by creating trillions of unbacked pieces of paper and electronic digits, a handful of Congressmen hope to shine a new spotlight on the devastating effects of this runaway financial profligacy. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) recently announced the creation of the Congressional Sound Money Caucus.  According to Congressman Davidson’s office, the caucus exists to promote sound fiscal and monetary policy in the United States with the goal of preserving the purchasing power of the U.S. Federal Reserve Note. Monetary policy, especially since the 2008 financial crisis, coupled with the recent federal fiscal response to coronavirus has re-inflated nominal asset prices […]

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Coin Shortage Ramps Up War on Cash

Coin Shortage Ramps Up War on Cash

Many retail businesses including grocery stores and fast food restaurants have been wrangling with a national coin shortage. Some are posting notices informing customers that they will need to pay in exact change or use alternative payment methods such as credit cards. What’s driving this scarcity of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies? The answer from the U.S. Mint: COVID-19. The virus caused some Mint branches to temporarily slow or suspend production this spring. By May, the total number of circulating coins minted this year came in at around 4 billion, a 1 billion-coin shortfall compared with the same period in 2019. Now as economic activity recovers, there aren’t enough coins […]

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Federal Reserve Notes Are Now “Backed” by Junk Bonds

Federal Reserve Notes Are Now “Backed” by Junk Bonds

Wild price action and unprecedented interventions once again characterized this holiday-shortened trading week. Oil prices whipsawed lower Thursday on concerns about expected oil production cuts from Russia and Saudi Arabia.  But the general trend for most other assets, including metals and equities, was up – way up. Stocks finished out the week with the major averages posting their biggest weekly gains in decades in the space of just four trading days.  Investors went on a buying spree based on hopes that we will soon see a definitive peak in coronavirus cases and begin the process of restarting the economy. The stock market also got another boost from the Federal Reserve.  […]

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Crisis Exposes Devastating Consequences of Fed Policy: Americans Have No Savings

Crisis Exposes Devastating Consequences of Fed Policy: Americans Have No Savings

Two weeks ago, during a March 17 address to the nation in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump asked that Americans work from home, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people. And last week, on March 27, Trump signed a stimulus package of over $2 trillion dollars to provide relief to an economy on the precipice of collapse. The aid package includes handouts and loans to individuals, small businesses, and other distressed industries. Despite Trump’s “having created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country,” when the markets tanked, massive and immediate government intervention was the only thing left to forestall […]

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Fed President Declares: “No End in Our Ability to Print Money…and Congress Has Told Us To.”

Fed President Declares: “No End in Our Ability to Print Money…and Congress Has Told Us To.”

The roller coaster ride in markets took a sharp turn higher this week after the Federal Reserve and Congress together pledged over 6 trillion dollars to rescue the financial system. Perhaps this week was an inflection point for the mass fear and panic that has cleared out bullion dealers of coins and grocery stores out of toilet paper.  Although the number of coronavirus cases hasn’t yet peaked, there are some signs that the hysteria surrounding the deadly outbreak has. The stock market finally put together a sustained rally even though the economy remains locked down.  But how can equities jump without the impetus of actual earnings from business operations?  The […]

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Central Banker Pull Out Their Monetary Bazookas to Try to Avert a Coronavirus Crash

Central Banker Pull Out Their Monetary Bazookas to Try to Avert a Coronavirus Crash

The emerging coronavirus pandemic is already crimping global commerce. In response, the S&P 500 has thus far put in two weeks’ worth of declines (the index fell 2.1% last week) since making new highs to start the year. Even though the U.S. stock market hasn’t even entered a true “correction” phase yet, Wall Street is already clamoring for more Fed stimulus. Mainstream stock market mavens figure the central bank will step in to limit downside – and they are probably right. Following the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision on Wednesday to keep rates unchanged, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said he is “carefully monitoring the situation” with regard to the Chinese […]

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Former Fed Official Says Government Can Borrow a LOT More

Former Fed Official Says Government Can Borrow a LOT More

Narayana Kocherlakota, the former President of the Federal Reserve bank of Minneapolis wants you to know the Federal Government can never borrow too much money. Our government already borrowed $23 trillion and deficits are expected to exceed $1 trillion per year. He knows many Americans feel anxious about the federal government going bankrupt, and he has a simple solution. He just wrote the following in an editorial published by Bloomberg: Policy makers and voters often express concern about the level of the federal deficit, which topped $1 trillion last year, and the national debt, now more than $23 trillion. But, unlike a household that owes money to a bank, the U.S. government […]

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The Signs Swirl All Around Us, so Is the Monetary Reset at Hand?

Article written and contributed by Chris Powell. For most of this decade owning gold and gold-related investments has required the patience of Job, and the sector is so obscure that it is hard to be sure of anything. But for months now the unusual developments have been piling up so much that it may be possible to regain some optimism. There are indications of a shortage of metal not just at the New York Commodities Exchange, where for months now most contracts have been settled through a supposedly “emergency” procedure called “exchange for physicals,” but also in London, the hub of the world gold market, where the usual flow of […]

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The Fed’s “Not QE” Is Morphing into “QE4ever”

The Fed’s “Not QE” Is Morphing into “QE4ever”

Another week, another new and expanded repo market intervention by the Federal Reserve. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York intervened twice with fresh liquidity injections. Fed officials raised their offerings for overnight repos up from $75 billion to a staggering $120 billion. This comes on top of the $60 billion per month in Treasury bill purchases that will extend well into next year and possibly beyond. Over the past month alone, the Fed’s balance sheet has soared by $200 billion. You might think numbers like these should be quite alarming to investors and to anyone who holds U.S. dollars. But the strange thing about these Fed interventions […]

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Federal Reserve’s New QE Transfers Wealth to Its Owner Banks

Federal Reserve’s New QE Transfers Wealth to Its Owner Banks

Metals investors are positioning themselves for rapidly developing political and geopolitical events, as well as a rapidly expanding Federal Reserve balance sheet. What started out as a limited intervention to provide temporary liquidity to overnight lending markets has morphed into a massive $60-billion-per-month Treasury-buying campaign. By some measures, it’s even bigger than the last Quantitative Easing program. The Fed has yet to fully explain why this is all necessary given the lack of an immediate crisis in the real economy. Last week, Fed chair Jerome Powell took great pains to insist that their expanded repo market operations are “not QE” – only to announce a massive new Treasury bill buying […]

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“Baghad Jerome” Powell Denies the Fed Is Using Financial Crisis Tools

“Baghad Jerome” Powell Denies the Fed Is Using Financial Crisis Tools

Jerome Powell has something in common with Bagdad Bob, Saddam Hussein’s infamous press secretary. They’re both liars, suggests Money Metals podcast guest Craig Hemke of the TF Metals Report. Telling obvious lies with a straight face is part of Powell’s job description. He hopes to maintain order even though anyone who is paying attention knows something extraordinary is going on. When the Fed stepped into the “repo” markets at the end of September with hundreds of billions in short term loans for its owner banks, Powell stood out front telling everyone there is nothing to worry about. The Fed’s repo market lending was initially sold as a very temporary measure to […]

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Monetary Madness Puts U.S. Dollars Holders in Jeopardy

Monetary Madness Puts U.S. Dollars Holders in Jeopardy

We’re in uncharted territory. Never before have U.S. fiscal and monetary policy been leveraged so heavily to boost an economy that wasn’t even in recession. Something will break – and it could be the value of U.S. currency. The Federal Reserve Note now faces devaluation pressures on multiple fronts. With the federal government running a trillion-dollar budget deficit and an election year approaching, fiscal restraint is a dead letter in Washington, D.C. Politicians are fighting over who can promise to borrow and spend the most. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is trying to talk the dollar down versus the currencies of China and other trading partners. Even as Trump vents frustration […]

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